If the shape of the these camp (and baseball style) caps look familiar then perhaps you remember the post I wrote on the cap from a now defunct Freeman Transport. Benjamin Ferencz (pronounced “fair-ends”) formerly of Freeman Transport and his partner Martin Carvajal formerly of Freemans Sporting Club launched FairEnds with an intial offering of five-panel and baseball caps in their own original patterns. In the coming months Fairends will also be releasing a backpack, tote bag, tote pack, and a set of pouches for odds and ends. Really liking the hickory stripes and polka dots and definitely excited for their bags, all are American made goods.
Before there was mountain biking as we know it today there was Klunking. Take some fat tires, a cruiser frame, and a go down a hill as fast as you can.. foot-out sliding is also a must. Check out both videos to see some old school and present day klunking, the former has a nice little interview with a young Gary Fisher around midway through. If you want to learn about the whole history of klunking check out the documentary Klunkerz.
So, say you know a guy like me and you need help figuring out the perfect present. Well these are some things that have been on my radar that I wouldn’t mind receiving this holiday season. Read on for a full list of links.
This one’s been long over due, I guess I could have probably called it a late autumn mix at this point. I got a lot of feedback from people who enjoyed listening to the summer mix I did back in July so there’s no way that I can stop now. Download here and read on for a full track listing.
There is backpacker food, and then there is food made while backpacking. Photographs by Yusuke Kurosawa found on his blog Ridge which is a nice place to see where he’s been and the gear he’s using as well as read some jumbled translations if your browser is capable to do so.
Suggested reading: American Food
Hackney GT is a London based company run by a fella named Russ Jones. Russ got in touch with me after I posted a screen cap of his jerseys as seen in a Rapha Super Cross video on tumblr seeking its origins because I thought they were just that awesome. The alpine style jerseys are now on sale at the Hackney GT webshop, save me a green in a size small Russ!
California based Altadena Works will be adding a couple new packs to their line this winter; the high volume Knapsack which can take lash-on side pockets and a smaller daypack called the Ventura Pack which is the only one of their packs that isn’t leather-bottomed. The Knapsack reminds me of an old Gerry pack I’ve seen before, but surely the Altadena version is more durable because it’s new and made with some serious materials. All four of Altadena’s packs are made with heavyweight cordura, Horween leather, military spec webbing, and metal hardware. Oldschool aesthetics with quality materials, what’s not to like?
This past weekend marked the fourth year of the annual Tweed Ride here in Philadelphia and the third year that I’ve participated, but the first that I was able to help organize and design various print components like flyers and spoke cards. I brought out my 4×5 field camera again this year but was having trouble getting the Polaroid film I had around for it to process evenly (the caustic paste wasn’t spreading right) but I did shoot a couple black and white plates which still need to be processed. Carrying the whole rig of 4×5 camera, film holders, polaroid back, 35mm camera, light meter, and U-lock proved to be a mighty test for my newly installed Nitto M-12 rack and bag made by Ruth Works SF (see third photo below, review to come) but it was very stable even without running a decaleur. The couple loosely cobbled blocks that we were forced to take due to construction closures had me a little nervous but it all held together.
Heres just a sample of some of what I saw, I’ll be posting more on my photo blog over the next couple of days so be sure to follow along there. The Tweed Ride Philadelphia website has also started linking to galleries of photos taken that day by camera-wielding participants so there’s plenty more there as well.