I went a little nuts this year rounding up gifts for super cool dads but I tried to find a good mix of items large and small, cheap and pricey. Father’s day always lands pretty close to my birthday so these collections act as a wish list of sorts for myself. Fancy that.
I’ve been trying to go to WWII Weekend in Reading, PA ever since I read about it on Matthew Hranek’s blog, The William Brown Project, several years ago. Every Summer like clockwork I remember about it, check the MAAM website, and curse myself for remembering about it weeks or months too late. This year I managed to plan a trip out there on a beautiful Sunday with a few like-minded buddies obsessed with history and WWII in particular. I ‘ll definitely be back..
X-Pac is a pretty amazing material that more and more I’ve noticed pop up in all sorts of bags- bikepacking, ultralight backpacking, and even just casual every day bags. The fabric was originally developed by Dimension-Polyant as sailcloth for high performance sailing, which just so happens to translate really well for bags- it’s lightweight, abrasion resistant, and waterproof. It’s also made in the USA. Without getting too nerdy the standard weight VX07 fabric (there are several varieties) consists of four layers made from a combination of a water-proof layer, poly ripstop, and the distinctive “X” poly fiber that runs throughout to make it super tear-resistant. Right now the only bag I’ve got made from this magical stuff is my 10L Acre Supply Hauser (which, I should add is awesome) made from Multicam-print VX33. A black Multicam does exist in a heavier weight VX50 which Acre’s big brother Mission Workshop makes use of in their Cobra pack. Good stuff.
At this very moment I have six bikes in the house, four of which are 100% built and rideable with the other two in between having parts swapped in and out before getting back out there. Of all these bikes, my cross check is the only one being ridden every single day: to work, to the bar, little errands, all of that. I’ve gone through many, many different set ups between grips, bars, and brake levers but none have been as satisfying and comfortable to ride as where it’s at today.
Rapha is offering a series of Tour of California caps available only at the race stages themselves again after working last year with Delaware-based type foundry House Industries. This collaboration was part of a series of cycling-related projects to promote the release of their then-upcoming font family Velo Serif. Continuing again in 2015 Rapha reached out to Colophon to design their ten-stage set of caps, each with their own fun colorways and patterns. Read more from the designers here.
Garrett of Strawfoot Handmade reached out to me to help hide a couple of his camo pouches around Philadelphia this coming Thursday. He’s also enlisted the help of some other cool dudes across the country: @theathletic took care of Portland yesterday, @theradavist drops off in Austin today, @freshairbicycles in SF tomorrow, and both @goldensaddlecyclery and @onetrippass in Los Angeles on Friday. Each person will post a photo hint of the location on their respective Instagram account, many pouches will include a prize! If you’re in Philly and you happen to find one of mine then you’ll find a code for a free FairEnds cap inside so be sure to keep a watch on my account @corkgrips.
There’s nothing like the arrival of Spring to think to yourself, “damn, I gotta get some new gear.” Whether it’s a new set of bottles, shoes, or even a whole bike (if you play your cards right) any piece of new gear is a good way to start a season of adventures.