Monday, March 3, 2014
Been thinking about these things a lot today. This winter has been nothing short of relentless, miserable and depressing, with seemingly no end in sight. It has been the worst in my recent memory. I've got a bad case of cabin fever and I'm itching to get out and frolic in the wild. I'm not even hoping for warm weather, but merely a climate that is capable of sustaining life again. I need to keep reminding myself that this winter is not forever, and soon enough we shall camp and hike and bike again. We will do awesome things outside again without suffering, and for as bad as these past few months have been, the next will likely seem that much better...
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Ancien Cycles is a pretty cool bicycle boutique in River West, and last weekend they hosted the 17th Annual Chicago Bike Winter Art Show, so Marcus and I rode over to check it out. I took some pictures. It was neat.
Monday, February 24, 2014
I wasn't able to make to out to Frostbike this year, but you lucky dogs who did got to see these: The All-City Macho King Disc - an upgraded version of the Macho Man disc, with Reynolds 853 double-butted tubing, and the Nature Boy Disc - a disc brake equipped version of the original, of course. Both frames feature some beautiful custom investment-cast dropouts and nice details all around. I'm, not a particularly huge fan of disc brakes, but All-City did a great job on these things, and I just can't get over the dropouts...
Friday, February 21, 2014
Check out the kits, and scoop one up here. Or, apply for club membership, and get the kit at wholesale cost here.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
I dig the new Knurled Welded bags from Chrome. I especially like their front rack bag and panniers, which is something totally new for the company. They're practical, simple, rugged, and look pretty damn cool (a quality not often found in bike bags). I really like the versatility of the front bag, which allows you to take it off and throw it over your shoulder without looking like you're carrying a bike bag. The panniers feature some pretty clever attachment hardware and some details that make it ideal for both everyday commuting, and long distance touring.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014
I enjoyed this recent post over on Tenspeed Hero. Really makes me want to get out there and explore again. Too bad it's like -5 degrees Fahrenheit right now, so I'll probably just lock myself up in the house until we reach double digits again...
Thursday, February 6, 2014
...They're always sweattin' the details. The amount of thought and customization that they put into their frames is so far beyond what other companies offering Taiwanese-made products do. Anna had some great posts recently on the All-City blog, documenting her design process here and here.