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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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I don’t know who at Golden State Cyclery will be riding a cross bike with this gorgeous fork (ENVE?) mounted on it but I sure wish it were me. Vietnam tiger stripe camo painted by the wizards over at Death Spray Custom, guaranteed to make any bike just a bit faster.

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Mr Spartacus

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Cancellara models some looks (as well as his Trek Domane) for web retailer Mr. Porter. Beautiful and serene photographs by Cedric Bihr shot in his homeland of Switzerland.

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Hot Dog

Grillin & chillin, PDW gets it.

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Vanilla

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Vanilla workshop as seen by Leave it on the Road.

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Field Test: Portland Design Works Full Metal Fenders

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Dan over at PDW was kind enough to send over a pair of their Full Metal Fenders which have been installed on my road bike for a few months now. Both Dan and Erik have been working on the fenders for several years going through prototype after prototype to find the perfect design to fit frames not generally intended to fit fenders. They’ve been a lifesaver on wet and snowy rides this Winter keeping me as dry as possible (and therefore warmer) due to their extensive coverage. Some may scoff at the $120 price tag but if you’re a regular follower of this site you probably already understand the value of well made things.

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The hardware is all very well thought out and makes for easy adjustment later down the line should you decide to tinker the fender-lines to perfection. Yes, I do that. The fenders themselves are made from anodized aluminum and fit 23mm tires. Again, the coverage is excellent- you stay dry and your friends stay dry.. everyone wins. If you’re down about not being able to fit fatter tires fear not because a 45mm version is on the way.

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The original fender stays reached the rear wheel’s skewer but in order to utilize the fender eyelets on the dropouts of my frame I needed a little extra length. I had an extra set of fender stays that I cut down to the size I needed them, they’re certainly wider than the included stays but it allows for a more even fit.

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Cielo Tanner Edition

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has teamed up with fellow Portland craftsmen Tanner Goods to offer both their Sportif Classic and Cross Classic (pictured above) in a special edition that includes three beautiful hand-crafted bags- a saddle bag, handlebar bag, and frame bag. The frame bag is what caught my attention immediately: the button studs make attachment and removal a smooth process. Why would you need to take it off and on the bike so much? Because it doubles as a shoulder bag, fantastic. Oh, and the color-matched Honjo fenders are part of the package, too. This build will be on display at NAHBS in Denver if you’re lucky enough to attend later this month to drool over it in person.

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Team Sky

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Emily Maye shoots the newly launched Team Sky outfitted by Rapha. Many of Rapha’s regular and pro team fit pieces get the team color treatment, which I love, and will all be for sale if you feel like playing Wiggo. Speaking of the mod in the yellow jersey, I think the smartest piece from the collection is the target base layer made up in tribute to Wiggo. Check out the whole shoot here.

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