Not to be confused with the Blackburn Rovers program, currently sitting mid-table in the Championship League, the 2015 Blackburn Ranger Program looks to recruit 6 nieuw ambassadors to put a hurtin’ into their products.
“Continuing in the spirit of adventure, Blackburn announces its third installation in its “Out There” adventure cycling program. Blackburn will be recruiting 6 new brand ambassadors for 2015. Nicknamed “Rangers,” these ambassadors are the ultimate testers of Blackburn products, while supporting and promoting it’s core culture. The program will continue to feature two of the most iconic cycling routes, the people who ride them and the uncommon adventures they have along the way. The Pacific Coast and the Great Divide will continue to serve as the pages that the Blackburn ambassadors, will write their journal of adventures upon.”
For more information and/or apply, check out the Blackburn Ranger page.
As much as it kills me to not be in Austin voor #CXNATS, I still need to be a part of it somehow. First way is promoting a ridiculously sweet shirt from a company known for its ridiculously sweet caps! Rothera is offering their official 2015 CX Nationals T-Shirt ($20USD) to eponymously commemorate the race. I’m definitely picking one of these up!
Pumps are pumps are pumps. Except when they’re not. Finding those that are not just pumps and that also fit your particular preferences narrows things considerably.
The Blackburn Airtower Shop Floor Pump ($110USD) seems to check off most of the boxes I’m looking for. Since I regularly deal with both Schrader and Presta valves on my bikes, I’m not a huge fan of a chuck only capable of doing one or the other without changing (cue outrage over the usual suspects). The Airtower Shop handles that with aplomb as well as some other necessary boxes, but it’ll take much more inserting and pumping to produce some results.
Those of you following me on Instagram have a good idea of #WhatImRiding on a daily basis. There are some obvious daily choices that get put into #HeavyRotation, hence the reason for this post. Due to the idiotic nature of the bike industry, some of the products below are no longer available, which is idiotic.
For those about to commute, Vulpine salutes you! Well, at least those who want to ride and work/play/shop/drink/etc. in the same outfit, that is. Whether your steez is casual Friday on a Friday or everyday, this may be what you’re looking for.
The Vulpine Jinzu Raw Selvedge Cycling Jean ($280USD) is both long in name as it is long in style. Wait, is long in style actually possible? Anyway, Vulpine’s thrown all the requisite cycling friendly features into this commuter jean while still managing to maintain an air of normalcy.
Vulpine: “You don’t want to be sat on any uncomfortable seams, so we’ve used our low-key Diamond Gusset, as with all our trousers. We’ve cut them long at the back to prevent any exposure of your ‘gluteal assets’. These are straight cut, in regular 32” and long 34” legs, to accommodate a cyclist’s quads, without being baggy.
The 12oz raw selvedge (unwashed) denim is sourced from the Jinzu River area in Toyama Prefecture, Japan. This is exceptionally high quality pre-shrunk denim that we suggest not washing for 6 months if you want the most personalised effect, though you can rinse out the excess dye straight away. If you leave them unwashed you’ll get the best possible fitting and self-designed jeans. It’s up to you.”
Luh ‘dis bici. If you have some disposable income and want to philanthropize like a baws, check out this auction by Mavic and Seven Cycles benefitting the Davis Phinney Foundation.
All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Davis Phinney Foundation and their efforts to offer programs that provide the information, tools and inspiration that can be used to live well with Parkinson’s today. More information can be found here. Every Victory Counts!
Special thanks to Mavic, Seven Cycles, Shimano, Rapha, The Radavist and The Pros Closet for making this bike and auction possible. All images provided by John Watson at ‘The Radavist’.
I originally shot these way back in August. Soooo, after the Interbike blitz, an honest-to-Merckx metric shit ton of nieuw products, and some CX action all mixed with a generous portion of procrastination, I’m stoked to finally get to these. This is the first of more than a few bikes I have queued, and, obviously, a full shop profile.
If yer hot to learn more about Wayne and his shop, Velo Classique, check out the PEZCycling post from a few weeks ago. They got the holeshot, but I got the finishing kick. Hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed shooting them. The anecdotes on the bikes are written by Wayne.
The frame was built by Roland Della Santa in Reno Nevada in 1987. It was part of a batch of pre-production frames built for Greg LeMond and his father Bob LeMond when they were setting up the LeMond frame and bicycle business. Della Santa was building Greg’s race frames at the time, and was contracted to build a limited number of pre-production frames for use in getting the business up and running. Most frames were built up with Campagnolo C-Record group-sets that were engraved with “Team LeMond”, and were used for promotional purposes in shows and for photographs. This particular frame was repainted buy Jim Allen, who still paints Roland Della Santa’s frames today.
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While I’m a fan of hi-viz or brightly colored kits when I’m out riding voor exercise, I am not when commuting or running errands. Whether I’m grocery getting, beignet getting, or bloodbag getting, I prefer NOT to look like a pedaling safety cone. I want to arrive at my destination in the clothes that I would normally wear when not cycling (which happens to also be cycling clothing. I know, complicated). However, those articles of clothing aren’t necessarily the uniform of the urban ninja. While muted in their hues and tones, they have a secret weapon of visibility: REFLECTIVITY. Unfortunately, most of those garments are outerwear (or pants, which are also worn on the outside). Obviously, there are times and temps when such jacketry isn’t needed, and a simple shirt would suffice.
The Endura Urban Shirt ($89.99USD) answers that need. Made of magical wicking cotton fibers that are also antibacterial which means they’re anti-stench, this shirt also delivers on the reflective front. Threads harnessing the power of bright are sewn throughout the garment, lighting up when lit!
This is one epic sack. The messenger game be changing and this thing is an evolutionary masterpiece. While still adept at portaging files and big boxes, it’s also equipped to get food orders and flowers to their intended destinations.
Chrome says: “The Pro Barrage is built with our WW2 technology – welded-waterproof, built twice – the most durable, truly waterproof way to build a bag. The liner seams are 100% welded-waterproof and the outer shell is made with abrasion-resistant Cordura. The Pro Barrage fits a standard size file box and has a removable food-tray stabilizer system. Our iconic five-point cargo net secures a range of loads from garments to flat files. To increase comfort and load distribution, we split the yoke on the shoulder straps. The Pro Barrage has been tested by working messengers in our HUB cities of Seattle, Portland, SF, Chicago, and NYC. Nico, a messenger with Four Star Couriers in Chicago put the Pro Barrage through some pretty harsh Chicago work days and weather and made sure it could stay out of the way at the bar each night. Made in USA. Guaranteed for life.”
Cycling glasses are typically categorized under two styles—performance and lifestyle (I know there are more, but that would defeat my literary device). Then, there are the illegitimate child glasses created during a frenzied, alcohol-induced, late night Vegas hook-up between performance and lifestyle. That pretty much describes the Flynn.
The Spy Optic Flynn ($149.99USD) straddle between the world of big pimpin’ and big KOMs. Perfect voor both ride and destination, especially when your destination is the DJ booth. Pretty much all of the styles available for this model are off the hook. Happy Lens models are available as well.