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Fairweather Bullmoose

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The bullmoose is a classic mountain bike handlebar, but I suppose you can’t just label it as just a handlebar since the stem is integrated into the bar. I’ve only ever owned one bike that would have fit the bill for the previously quill-only bar, it was a Bridgestone CB-Zip and I ended up fitting it with a Nitto Technomic stem and set of mustache bars.. which I ended up selling last winter.

Moving on: the bright people at Fairweather got together with Nitto to bring the bullmoose to the threadless 1-1/8″ standard of today. I’ve been considering getting a set of these burly bars for my Surly porteur; the 710mm of width would provide ample control of the heaviest loads along with a little more maneuverability than my porteur bars allow for. Get them domestically from Archive Bag (along with some great bags) or from Fairweather directly where they’re also offered in a black ano.

Photos by Blue Lug

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Tanner Goods Saddle Bag

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Really digging the design of this saddle bag from Tanner Goods that I had previously noticed on their edition of Cielo builds. The double ring strap is a nice alternative to a buckle or toe strap, I imagine it holds the bag to saddle rails really well. With it’s heavy duty 10z canvas, 18oz twill, thick leather, and brass hardware it’s definitely not the lightest saddlebag around but it’d surely look great on a classic steel road or city bike. Check out the bag in the other two great colorways as well as Tanner’s handlebar and frame bags on their web shop.

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Samba Velo

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The good dudes over at Hackney GT are not only lovers of cycling but appreciators of the beautiful game and the music of Brazil- Russ himself is actually an eclectic dj whose mixes bring together all sorts of global genres. To celebrate the World Cup landing in Brazil this Summer Hackney GT’s created a jersey for men and women designed with motifs borrowed from the nation’s flag. Swoop here, go for a ride, and watch the games! Photographs by Geoff Waugh.

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Rapha SS14

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As always I’m interested to see what Rapha‘s doing each new season and this collection does not disappoint. New styles of old favorite pieces, and new additional pieces that expand the brand’s offerings for the sartorially discerned cyclist. I’ll just touch on what caught my eye but the whole lookbook can be viewed here.

The Trade Jersey (pictured above) was introduced last year but they’ve taken the concept of the jersey further with the addition of embroidered text and graphics inspired by the heroes.

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Hike And Bike

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I got a chance to check out the 2014 Fall Winter Giro New Road line while I was at Capsule for last month and this boot was easily the stand out piece for me. The rep from Giro mentioned that the design team took inspiration for the silhouette from classic hiking boots like the Vasque Sundowner; the red laces are definitely a nod to the hiker style. It’s great to see the brand producing another lace-up style, likely after seeing success with the Empire and Republic models currently being offered.

Between the rugged Vibram sole and one piece leather vamp it’s bound to be a solid boot for winter riding. I’ve never liked a winter mountain bike style boot enough to buy one and commuting with neoprene booties in the winter can be annoying. Whatever price Giro will be asking for the boot will surely be fair for both the style and quality it’ll offer. And now, we wait..

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PDW City Fenders

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Nearly a year ago I installed a set of Portland Design Works’ Full Metal Fenders on my Lemond. The original design was optimized to fit road bikes that were never meant to fit a set of proper full-coverage fenders. New to 2014 is a much wider model that fit tires from 28mm to 38mm, the original road fenders are rated to fit 23′s but I found some 25′s to fit pretty well. At $120 they’re not exactly the cheapest set of fenders on the market but they boast features others don’t- strong quality hardware, drill-free installation, and strong anodized aluminum construction. Swoop a set from PDW directly or from your local bike shop.

Also see: Field Test: Portland Design Works Full Metal Fenders

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Rapha City Riding 2013

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Jake Stangel shoots the Rapha City Riding collection throughout Antwerp and Berlin. This year’s collection brings some new pieces (merino gilet) as well as past favorites with updated features and of course new colors. The ‘old gold’ color pops up in quite a few pieces like the long sleeve city jersey & winter city socks. One thing that did stick out to me was the unnamed brown jacket which I’m quite sure is a yet to be released color of the already offered city rain jacket. I personally own their classic softshell jacket and it’s easily my favorite piece of kit, I certainly wouldn’t mind adding a more casual piece of Rapha outerwear to closet. View the rest of the lookbook here and some words with Stangel on the Rapha blog.

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Shinola Bike Tour

If you haven’t yet heard about Shinola by now then let me get you up to speed real quick: Waterford bikes, Detroit made watches, leather accessories, and journals. I got a chance to visit their newly opened 

Last week Shinola will be kicked off their bike tour that brings their Willy’s Jeep loaded with Shinola wares to twenty locations across the country through October. I’m honored to help host them on their Philly stop at Art in the Age Thursday the 25th (tomorrow!) and of course get a chance to ride around on some of their bikes. The event kicks off at 6 pm running until 9 with food, booze, and bikes. What more could you want in an event? More info about the tour and dates here.

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