One of the first things to greet me this AM once I logged onto the world wide web, was this post on Facebook by Jered Gruber. The shot of Johan Vansummeren blazing across the cobbles of le Carrefour de l’Arbre during a photo shoot is good, yet unremarkable when compared to many of the images produced by Jered and Ashley. No, what grabbed my attention where the words included with the posted picture. Not only is the moment of the shot is perfectly portrayed by the text below, it poignantly conveys the love Johan has voor Paris-Roubaix while immediately transporting the fans of the revered race into the familiar tunnel of noise of the live broadcast.
Okay, not technically a product release, per se. But, it is a release of some balleur styles previously unavailable for purchase outside of the Down Undah.
4Shaw (IG: @4shaw_dion), the creator of some of the hottest sock designs I’ve seen, has finally made them and their other products available internationally through their freshly launched site and webstore.
Check it out and what I imagine to be their ever expanding line of products.
But ‘dem socks tho.
OH HAI, I AM IN UR GLOBAL NETWORK SCRAPING UR CONTENTS. No, I kid. But I had to post this Global Cycling Network (@GCNTweet) video because Klaas is so charming he’s convinced me to buy a season’s worth of Dugasts at full retail.
De current BelgischKampioen veldrijden, Klaas Vantornout provides the full breakdown on his full race day Dugast tire selection including conditional tire pressures. For those nieuw to the sport this is an eye-opening look into the intricacies the CX service course. I still geeked out at this despite my CX knowledge being second to only Adam Myerson.
I’m sure I’ve written this somewhere before, but testing saddles after one’s found THE saddle that works is always a strange and slightly anxiety producing endeavor.
But that’s exactly what I’m face with after Salvatore from Prologo offered a saddle straight off their Interbike display wall. The Scratch Pro CPC ($199USD) also happens to be the pro perch of none other than #SVENNESS himself, Sven Nys.
I’ve always dug the shape and overall aesthetics of the Scratch Pro saddle, but had to move to the Romin for the channel. However, I’m interested in experiencing the tactile nature of the CPC patches so we’ll see how it works. Follow along on on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook/Flickr as I test Prologo’s latest.
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To be honest, this is the first time I’ve actually paid attention to PISSEI. I’m sure I’ve seen the brand in passing, but there’s so many clothing lines out there that you have to differentiate yourself somehow. This is how. Yes, it’s over-the-top but that’s what makes it fuggin’ brilliant. PISSEI’s an Italian company and the video is highlighting the Korean division of their brand. Seoul definitely shines in this short. It may not even be a clothing launch, but whatever it is, I HAZ A LIKE.
However, WTF IS UP WITH GIRLFRIEND’S STRAPS ON HER CATLIKE?!
It’s one of those things said in the shop, while you’re in the midst of working with a customer and you don’t quite comprehend what was just said. My friend/co-worker Max Hoffman (IG: @maxhoffman) is the dude who crafted that fully functional Campagnolo Record derailleur from organic material you saw in Bike Rumor. I didn’t fully catch the significance of what he told me until I saw the post. Needless to say I was dumbfounded and actually quite proud, probably because I’m old enough to be his dad.
Regardless, it’s a fuggin’ work of art. Rumor has it $$$ is being thrown at him from all directions for the honor of ownership. Will be interesting to where this leads. Check out the full post on Bike Rumor. And believe it or not, the comments are merciful.
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As a convert to the “commuter jeans” camp after riding swrve’s Cordura Skinny Fit Jeans I’ve had my eyes on Rapha’s Jeans ($220USD) since their arrival. I love the details they put into their products and I’m a known sucker voor de pink. Question is, will they be able to match my first time experience?
Rapha’s description: “Unlike regular denim, the jeans are extremely resistant to abrasion and won’t deteriorate at key wear points, particularly around the seat. The stretch in the yarn also allows for ease of movement. With a standard straight-leg fit, the jeans are cut for on-the-bike fit, with a high-backed waist, which is cut lower at the front. The jeans have been tailored to accommodate the pedalling action with offset inseams to prevent chafing. Belt loops are positioned for maximum comfort.”
Yeah, slightly late but what else would you expect from me? Vulpine continues its relentless assault upon the hapless lycra-louts with yet another stylish piece voor *BOTH* ride and destination. Although, I’m guessing you can use these sweet Merino Mid Socks ($27USD/£17GBP) whilst wearing said lycra. 70% merino keeps things warm and not stinky with the 30% poly assuring they’ll stretch over your disturbingly grotesque feet.
They also offer an exceedingly long version as well, cleverly monikered, Merino Long Socks ($32USD/£20GBP). Warning voor any Statesiders wearing these calf covers: there’s a distinct side affect of drinking copious “cuppas” and using the term, “naff” when describing everyone else’s hosiery.
Pretty much perfect. Sums up a lot of what I enjoy about cycling lately. As much as I love pro cycling and the sport aspect of it, my personal connection (as is probably voor most of you) is through exploration and experiencing everything around you at a level unachievable through any other means.
I’m enjoying how these Deux North Hunts are evolving. Looking forward to seeing even more exploring and their interactions with everyone encountered.