The Ride The Black Line season ending omnium was held at the Encino Velodrome on September 3rd, just a few days ago. Samuel Arechiga was there to bring us this footage of the evening.
We made the rounds and between getting lost amongst the zeppelin halls shot some of the latest that caught our eye from the likes of Giro, Abus, GT, Bombtrack, Koga, Kryptonite, Surly, Pashley, Blackburn, Hiplok, Brooks, Canyon, Lezyne and more.
Coming soon, the Paul Component Engineering Klamper, a mechanical road or cyclocross disc brake full of CNC’d goodness. Even without seeing it in person I’d say that this is the must-have part of the season. No word on availability, we’ll know more next week at Interbike.
One of the best parts about riding in the city is when you’re able to take the road out of town, whether for a single night or weeks on the road. Blackburn has introduced the a new line of new-school bikepacking gear for those looking to shed the panniers, namely the Outpost HB Roll and Seat Pack. The $75 handlebar roll features a quick release bracket for 25.4 or 31.8 mm bars coupled with around-the-bar straps to keep the load in place, with a weatherproof, but not true submersible drybag, included. There are light mounts and places to lash other lightweight goods, with a total listed load limit of 8 lbs. The $100 seat pack expands to hold clothing and a ground roll, and is contructed out of Ripstop nylon and treated for water resistance. Carry it all, carry a bit less, even fits a “standard” drybag if you’re riding through a monsoon. Great looking gear that bring the lightweight bikepacking experience accessible to more riders.
Now that disc brakes have been standard equipment on mountain bikes for years and are quickly becoming so on ‘cross and alt-road bikes it’s no surprise to see the shop tool side of things getting more serious. Bleed kits with hydraulic fluid syringes and reservoirs specific to given brake models are nothing new, but this vacuum bleeding pump from Tektro promises to make bleeding mineral oil brakes an easy, flawless procedure with no trapped air bubbles. Didn’t manage to get pricing info, but this isn’t a home bench tool.
If you’ve been paying attention it is clear the winds of change are blowing. Road bikes from major manufacturers are no longer just for racing, with a slew of bikes now available for the rest of us that are more apt to ride the local backroads than pin on a number. GT has introduced the Grade bikes as their EnduRoad line, with disc brakes and large tire clearance across the board for a more versatile, yet performance oriented, road bike. Pictured above is the $1400 GT Grade Alloy 105 bike, with a hydroformed tubeset, tapered steerer carbon fork and Shimano 105 11-speed shifters and derailleurs. Triple triangle as always, with fender mounts all around and six frame sizes to choose from.
For those looking for a lighter version, GT also makes the Grade in a carbon version, shown here with the top end $3500 Ultegra level build. Note the front thru-axle, carbon triple triangle and the clip-on fender bridge. At the entry level look for a sub-$1000 Sora spec’d version as well.
Straight from the slopes to a bicycle near you — skittle thug is the new black. Definitely coming from the enduro mountain bike side of things, the mismatched, matte neon look is making a strong appearance this year. Sure to trickle into the urban and commuter realm, better put your sunglasses on so you can see a little. Earthtones are out, skittle thug is in, I’ll stick with black.
Always a fan of the videos that Portland Design Works produces — here’s the latest showcasing their $35 Ninja pump that works with either a CO2 cartridge or old fashioned arm pumping.
I love riding in the city, but there is something to be said for riding away into less populated territory. I’ve really grown to love the Deux North produced videos, and now this photo set from Johan Bjorklund documenting the Sverigetempot, the world’s longest brevet in 2014 with 2100km to cover in 177 hours across Sweden. In this age of cheap digital cameras, shooting with disposable film cameras can be seen as gimmicky, but it also lends an unmistakeable look. Love this one, see the full set at www.deuxnorth.com