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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.

Ice Tires


Yeah, it’s a “because I can” sort of thing, but it’s Friday…so there. Admittedly, the winter sledding potential is pretty exciting.

Keirin Cut Jeans

Well, the Kickstarter doesn’t need any help, but if you wanna get in on a pair of the first run jeans, you can still donate to the cause. Keirin cut jeans are designed for big (huge?) quad’ed athletes who struggle to find leg wear that fit throughout the lower body. More than just a pair of jeans that work for riding in all conditions, these are tailored to your actual body type…should you have huge quads, of course.

First run jean rewards start at $107 at this point, with options to buy multiple pairs.

F-ABRIC by Freitag

Recycled tarpaulin bag makers, Freitag, have just released a new material called F-ABRIC, which they have incorporated into a number of apparel products and are currently using to create a concept bag. The material is plant-based and biodegradable, but also comfortable and robust enough to be used as work wear. Various products will be available in stores this month. The Swiss come through again.

Mister Ghibli


In an industry that is consistently more high-tech with every passing year and in a time when outsourcing everything seems to be the norm, Campagnolo’s most prized asset are the hands within its very own factory.

Mr Ghibli is just one example of how Campagnolo maintains the quality and integrity of its products by producing everything under its own roof through passionate and competent staff. #misterghibli

Black Women Bike DC

BWBDCThink Progress has a write-up on the group Black Women Bike DC, an organization dedicated to increasing black women ridership and change public perceptions about black riders. From the article:

Regardless of its purpose, biking poses many health benefits for women of color, a demographic often plagued by a host of ailments including high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Biking serves as a means of alleviating some of those conditions. Pedaling at a rate of 12 to 14 miles per hour burns nearly 500 calories in an hour. The activity also reduces fatigue, strengthens muscles and joints. Perhaps the greatest long-term gain for ardent riders lies in the reduction that one will develop heart disease, designated as the leading cause of death for American women.

“Seeing other women of color bike has been cool and empowering,” Bavier said. “It makes me feel like this activity is really for us. The city should focus its attention in places without much visibility or commerce. If you look at much of the infrastructure east of the river, there’s not much to accommodate bikes. It’s affected everything, from the levels of community awareness to the ways that the bike lanes are set up.”

Stephane, World Bicycle Traveller

Stephane, World Bicycle Traveller from BlueDogFilms on Vimeo.

Well dang, it’s Friday, where are YOU riding this weekend?
“It’s a wonderful life.”

Church Burners Kits

churchburner2churchburner1Those fancy gents over at Dodici Cicli have their Italian made, arguably famous Church Burner kits back in stock. Get em at the Cicli online store. Matching T-shirts also available.

Cranksgiving NYC

cranksgivingTis the season (almost) for holiday rides and Cranksgiving NYC is still going strong after 16 years of rides benefiting a number of non-profits. The specifics for the ride and event are as follows:

REGISTRATION – Saturday, November 22nd 12:30pm – 2pm

2:00PM – START – SOLAR ONE · 23rd St & the East River

3:30PM – 5:00PM – FINISH at “THE PIT” at CHRYSTIE ST. & BROOME ST

If you finish after 5:00 and no bikes are around, you can bring your donations to the Bowery Mission: 227 Bowery. Don’t miss the after party & awards! Even if you come in last, there’s a good chance there will be a prize for you.

5:00pm – AFTER PARTY & AWARDS · THE CHROME STORE · 238 Mulberry St.

Find more info at the website.

Bike Gob Mocks MacAskill

Bike Gob at the Playgirl Palace from Bike Gob Glasgow on Vimeo.

Bike Gob was not too stoked on Danny MacAskill’s video filmed with the Playboy bunnies, so they made this satirical response.

Funnell – Kickstarter

Well, this is intriguing. After an initial failed Kickstarter, Make It Happen went back to the drawing board and refined their all-in-one backpack jacket combination. Funnell is a backpack with quick pull strings that unveil a hooded rain jacket that covers both the wearer and the backpack. The advantages are obvious, but I couldn’t ignore one snag…how is the jacket washed? I couldn’t tell if the jacket is actually removable from the bag for cleaning, which would be crucial if wearing this on a bike and accumulating sweat.

Regardless, the Kickstarter is off to a powerful start and base level contributions of $139 secure you a pre-order immediately.

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