Trash Bags makes top quality custom bags, and a couple of pieces of serious winter gear. It gets cold in Minneapolis, you need to bundle up to ride through the winter cold snaps. Smoking, skitching, helmets, drinking… this video hits all the controversial points.
Check out our Trash Bags shop tour from our last visit to Minneapolis.
A close friend snapped this photo of a sharrow with a some added paint the other day on the way to work. She says it best, “This is one of the most validating pieces of infrastructure I have ever seen. I love them!”
The DZR Marco is a polo-specific SPD-compatible high-top built around a nylon shank that provides a strong, stiff platform for efficient power transfer on the bike, in a style you can wear off. Polo can be a rough sport on the ankles, but the Marco’s high-top design includes a surprising amount of protection. The ankle padding feels like a cross between a lightweight hiking shoe and the pillowy interior of a skateboarding shoe without making them look like a set of clogs. I’ve never really been one for wearing high-tops, but after taking a few knocks, I have to say that I may be converted.
The Marco’s sole is well designed for both clipless and flat pedals. While I ride clipless for polo, I was impressed with the grip the sole had on flat BMX pedals. On the clipless side, the new fiberglass filled nylon shank is noticeably stiffer than earlier DZR models, and reportedly much more durable under serious abuse. The recessed cleats rarely touch the ground, a huge plus for folks using soft cleats, though be prepared to use a spacer under your cleat if you prefer clipless pedals with a platform. Another benefit of the large cleat area is that I didn’t have a problem with mud gumming up my cleats when the weather turned sour. Despite the stiffness of the soles, I was very comfortable wearing the Marcos for the full length of a polo weekend including the six-hour drive to the tournament.
Stylistically I really dig the black with gum sole, and the embossed mallet on the lace strap. The toe box and sides of the Marco are perforated to allow for better ventilation in warmer weather. Given the perforation, I was surprised to notice that my feet never felt as though they were sloshing around in the shoe, even in a torrential downpour. My feet were very wet, but the ventilation made sure that the shoes didn’t fill up with water.
The DZR team has been very receptive to comments from the polo community with regards to what players want from a polo shoe. The $130 Marco addresses the issues I’ve had in the past with other clipless shoes for polo and is worthy of being the first purpose-built polo shoe. www.dzrshoes.com
Contributed by friend of Urban Velo and ever-traveling polo player Nico Paris.
It’s not everyday that you see a $12,000 custom bicycle, let alone a newly constructed one with ’90s era Shimano and Dia-Compe components. The old mantra of “the customer is always right” holds true especially well in custom work, where customer preference trumps all else. In this case the customers are accomplished randonneurs with a preference towards the simple, dependable and serviceable parts atop this fully custom titanium Bilenky Cycle Works tandem. The custom racks keep the panniers riding low for stability, and provide a place to mount the dynamo lighting kit required for late-night and early-morning miles. The S+S coupled frame may technically fit in a travel box, but it’s more to make the bike manageable for air travel than to meet the standard size for checked luggage. The cantilever brakes and rear drum brake (for drag on descents) are a classic road tandem combo, even if today’s disc brakes are far more powerful. But this is a bike for customers with a specific traditional build in mind, and Paris-Brest-Paris on the calendar. A beautiful bike destined for lots of miles.