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About Scott Spitz

Commuting, touring, kid hauling, couriering, mechanic work, sales, advocacy, fixed, free—Scott has had his hands in it all over the years.

Bicycle Chain Cufflinks

photo 3Is there anything bike chains can’t be turned into? Hand-made one at a time by craft artists, Linda and Ann, in Oregon, these beautiful cufflinks are made out of reclaimed bicycle chains. Each cufflink starts as a used bicycle chain, before they go through a rigorous cleaning process in order to be hand brazed into these cycling inspired cufflinks. The four links are then brazed onto the brass base plate before they are given one final clean.

You can purchase these cufflinks through the online bicycle boutique, BicycleAge, out of Sydney Australia, for around $50 each. They come packed in a synthetic-leather case and are ready for wrapping and gifting.

2015 Frog Bikes at Eurobike

Frog-Road-58-low-res2Kids bike company, Frog Bikes, is just over a year old and still growing strong. They’ll be making an appearance at Eurobike at the end of August, showcasing their 2015 line of high-quality bikes designed for a child’s physique. Mind you, these aren’t just cheap kick bikes, but solid rides with decent components and frames ranging from balance bikes to hybrid, road, mountain and cyclocross bikes for wee humans. Frog bikes utilize narrow and short-drop handlebars, easy reach gears and brake levers, and lightweight frames at an affordable price. They aren’t available in the States just yet, but it would be great to see a more diverse line of rides available for kids over here.

Frog on Facebook
Frog on Twitter

Crew Bike Company

crewA new urban-centric bike company with a stripped down aesthetic has entered the game. Crew Bike Co. out of Southern California offer frames starting at $149 and frame/fork sets at $399.

Crew Bike Co. is a new urban cycling and lifestyle company based out of Southern California. Although a relative newcomer to the scene, the team behind Crew Bike Co. has over 20 years combined experience in the cycling industry. Geared towards urban cyclists, Crew Bike Co. incorporates a distinctive mixture of cycling technology and race-inspired design combined with a modern street aesthetic.

Crew website
Crew Facebook
Crew Instagram

Ride The Black Line Series

Encino Velodrome – Ride The Black Line Summer Series 2014 from Rafael Hernandez on Vimeo.

Cross Season is coming, but velodrome racing is still in full swing. Catch some of the action going down at the Encino Velodrome during the Ride The Black Line summer series every other Wednesday night through September 3rd.

Cannibal’s Bottle from Heavy Pedal

cannibals-bottle-promoWell, this is gnarly. Heavy Pedal’s Campbell’s soup/Merckx/Warhol/etc. bottle design, now available on their site for $11.99. I wouldn’t suggest putting soup into this…stick with water, or human blood.

Cop Does Their Job!


Wow…this happened. A typical angry, tailgating driver gets pulled over BEFORE they hit a cyclist…and gets ticketed! The cop is even heard to say, “Just letting you know I care.” Well, man, can we get this guy to travel the country advising other cops on how to take preventative measures and protect the most vulnerable of travelers?

L&L Society Tahoe Ride


I was asked to fundraise for and ride at this year’s Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Tahoe ride, but had to decline for various reasons. Riding for and with the L & L Society was a great experience and I plan to do it again, but this video of the Tahoe ride convinces me that I’m going to focus on this event next time. I hear this is the best, and most challenging, ride to participate in and now I believe it. Also, the ride experience is one thing, but the satisfaction of, and people you meet through, fundraising is genuinely the most rewarding part of it all.

HouseTrike

Bike camping seems to be the rage right now, but for slower traveling nomads or those living in the city, popping up a tent in public gets you in trouble almost immediately. An Amsterdam artist, Bas Sprakel, has considered this dilemma and created an intermediate between bike camping and homeless domiciles, called the HouseTrike. The mobile temporary home includes a bed with an internal locking mechanism for safety. Sprakel is considering making adjustments in the next fabrication and taking the bike on a tour of Europe to show it’s practical nature.

To me it was important that is was multi-functional and practical for all most everybody who is living without a roof above their head. It didn’t need to be luxurious but it had to be a device solving their basic needs, both psychical and mentally. So it is a bed that can be locked from the inside so you sleep well and feel fresh the next day. The box has a lot of space to store a lot of stuff but is still small so it is stil light and easy to use. Also extended it is still small and therefore you can sleep anywhere you want, also in the city without being noticed that fast. It provides in a very sober way all the basic needs.

What Rides May Come

So, this is a clever way to promote your semi-custom frames, no?
Nolobi sells customizable frames with variations in colourways, wheel sets and accessories.

Etnnic Bikes


Etnnic Bikes is a new frame maker from overseas, specializing in unique urban frames that are both utilitarian and compact. They will be releasing electric models, 20″ fixies and more in the near future.

Etnnic on Facebook

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