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South 2 West 8: Fish and Bike

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Of all the places I would expect to see a fat bike appear a look book for Nepenthes brand South 2 West 8 is not at all one of them. But, maybe this all makes a lot of sense for the brand which focuses on rugged outdoor packs and some apparel. This is not the first time I’ve thought about fishing and cycling together. I actually really like the idea of combining bikes with other sports, for instance the collaboration between Rocky Mountain and Surface was interesting though I don’t totally get what you’re supposed to do with your bike once you strap on your skis.. Cycling and fishing however- excellent stuff.  The appearance of Tenkara rods of course is no surprise, both because of its Japanese origin and compact/minimal nature. View the whole look book here as well as their ongoing Fish and Bike journal.

Suggested reading: Fishing by Bike

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Field Test: Giro Alpineduro Boots

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My friends at Giro hooked me up with a pair of their winter mountain bike boot that they call the Alpineduro. I’ve been wearing the Terraduro shoe for a little while and was really excited to see how its winter brother performed once it got a bit colder. So far it’s been through winter road rides, frozen trail rides, and even some commutes when the morning chill was strong enough to justify it- those days it was hard to even take them off even once I arrived at work due to how warm and comfortable they are.  Continue reading

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Hackney GT Bobble

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Hackney GT came out with the perfect bobble cap to go with their ever-so-popular alpine kit, but I gotta say it looks just as nice when worn without the rest of the ensemble too.. swoop the cap here and fleece jacket here.

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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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