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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.

I Love Riding in the City – Christina Neubauer

Christina_Riding in PerthName: Christina Neubauer
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Occupation: Rider and Writer

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
I live in Perth, Western Australia. Imagine a metropolis surrounded by the ocean to the west and rugged terrain to the east, thousands of miles away from any other city. I was told Perth has the climate people in LA wish they had: clear blue skies, mostly warm and dry with peaks of intense heat in summer. The urban sprawl has turned Perth into an endless carpet of single houses – somehow, sometime in the past someone had the foresight to build a network of bitumen cycle paths along the train lines and freeways, which all lead into the CBD. Whether I commute or get around for recreation – it’d be waste not to do so on a bike.

What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?

I grew up near Hamburg in Germany and have ridden my fare share in Europe. Perth has been, so far, the nicest place I’ve ridden in. Weather, terrain and scenery are AMAZING. With a bit of patience, choosing a slightly longer ‘scenic’ route, I can get around town mostly on shared paths, which feels safe and comfortable. If someone had said ten years ago that I’d enjoy riding with a helmet (we’ve got compulsory helmet laws here) I would have thought they were talking rubbish, but a helmet is not enough to stop me from travelling by treadlie. Plus, the sun is so intense here, I’d wear a hat anyway…

Why do you love riding in the city? My daily 20 mile commute follows the coastline. There is always wind (seemingly always to pedal against, but never mind), a salty sea breeze, sometimes I see dolphins in the surf along the shore, most nights I have the most amazing sunset on my way home. All of this fills my heart with intense happiness.

Or just say whatever you want about riding in the city… Poetry anyone?

Given Perth’s infrastructure, not enough people use it yet, which is a bummer. While I enjoy a ride in solitude I know there is a lot more safety in numbers. I know you know all the other benefits (health, environment and so on) So, I want to do my bid to help change things, which is why I’ve become a cycle coach. Well, I don’t like to call myself a coach – sounds too sporty – but I teach women who’ve never learned how to ride a bicycle. It’s one of the most satisfying jobs I ever had. I also write for People on Bicycles to spread the word.

Website: www.peopleonbicycles.com.au

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

Upright Cyclist Lakeshore Jacket and 12.5 OZ Riding Denim

Photo by Jeremy J Matthews, jeremyjmatthews.virb.comUpright Cyclist is a Boulder-based apparel brand with a clear cut mission, “To design functional commuting apparel and accessories that perform like bike clothes when called upon, but look and feel like everyday clothes.” In other words, these are real clothes for people who ride bikes, not cycling apparel that looks like everyday street wear. Although these items were just released publicly last week, I’ve had samples for two months. Here are my impressions.

The Jacket
The Lakeshore Jacket looks and feels like a high-end workwear jacket. It’s built from cotton-blend Cordura, a fabric that’s tough enough to be used on a backpack, but designed to look and feel good as apparel. The jacket features stretchable nylon side panels for breathability and flexibility, wind-blocking interior panels, and a two-way zipper that allows for ventilation options.

Though it looks tough enough for the job site, the Lakeshore jacket is undeniably designed for cycling. The sleeves and tail are cut long for reaching forward, and the pockets, especially the breast pockets, are designed for on the bike access. The sleeves feature hidden cuffs that help seal out the cold, and if you’re not the tallest guy on the block you can cuff the ends of the sleeves inward.

The jacket is cut reasonably loose, but not as generously as most workwear, as to still look stylish and modern. In my experience it’s been just right for the fall weather when paired with a lightweight top, and with proper layering I expect to get a fair amount of use out of it in the winter. And while it’s not a raincoat, it does have some water resistance.

The construction quality is spot on, which is not surprising considering the current state of Chinese manufacturing. I’ve got just one nit to pick with the Lakeshore Jacket, and that is the lack of a loop inside the collar for hanging. I suppose Upright Cyclist might be sending a message, though, that a $249 jacket deserves a proper hanger.

The Jeans
You could say that denim was the original technical fabric, and while it’s seldom seen in the athletic apparel world anymore, it’s still a pretty good choice for people who spend time in the saddle (millions of cowboys can’t be wrong).

Upright Cyclist’s 12.5 OZ Riding Denim are 100% American-made. Sewn in Los Angeles from Cone Denim woven in North Carolina, these classically styled jeans have a few bike-specific touches that set them apart from the pack. Most notably, they have a reflective stripe integrated into the inside of the lower leg. When cuffed, the reflective panel can be seen. Every time I would wear these to work, a handful of people would stop me and ask about my pants. They would usually also comment that they’re good-looking jeans.

They also feature a high rear waist to avoid that plumber’s crack look. All of the sizes come pre-hemmed for a 34” inseam. Although they’re tapered to the cuff, cutting and hemming them all the way down to a 30” inseam did not seem to have an adverse effect on the fit.

Speaking of fit, I have to say this might be the first pair of casual cycling pants that I’ve had that really seem to fit. Most are too tight, obviously designed with hipsters in mind, and a few are just too roomy, which doesn’t really work well on the bike. $119 might be a little more than you paid for your last pair of pants, but quality and American craftsmanship don’t come cheap.

Check out www.uprightcyclist.com

Photos by Jeremy J Matthews, jeremyjmatthews.virb.com

Ritte Crossberg Disc Frameset


Ritte has announced the Crossberg Disc, a $1250 cyclocross frameset meant for epic rides and ripping it during ‘cross season. Like any cycling niche, there a thousand different philosophies on how to make the best bike and Ritte sought out to make a balanced ride, not too extreme in any given direction while still having a race heritage and making use of the latest headtube and bottom bracket standards. The frame is available in five sizes and is made from 7005 series aluminum with a matching full carbon disc fork. The routing is external and meant for mechanical (rather than electronic) shift systems, though you could easily use a PF30 eccentric adapter to drop the gears altogether come race season. Definitely more performance than commuter — you’ll have to use clip on fenders if you’re looking to avoid the skunk stripe.

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.”

I Love Riding in the City – Samuel Meyer

I Love Riding in the CityNAME: Samuel Meyer
OCCUPATION: 4th Grader

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
Living in Kent is great for riding. It’s a small city so we can get everywhere on two wheels with a quickness. We have a Bike Shop in town and are on our bikes constantly. Over the past few years there has been a lot of new trails and and paths added here for the people to use.

What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
Riding in Kent is great but I really enjoy going to Cleveland and riding around the city with my family. We went to the recent NEOcycle Festival and there was 1500 people on the night ride. It was awesome.

Why do you love riding in the city?
Riding in the streets we have to be safe. There are plenty of routes to take and going a different way is always fun. We are lucky to have Kent State campus in our neighborhood which has an awesome trail running through it that we can ride for miles.

Or just say whatever you want about riding in the city… Poetry anyone?

Being on my bike I can go fast through the streets and riding with my family is my favorite thing to do. The Riverside trail by the train tracks is always fun. It’s great to see more and more kids and grown-ups on their bikes in our town.

Check out kentcycle.com

Ritte Goes To Malibu with The Rider Diaries: A Chance Encounter

“You got this.” Amazing short film from Ritte.

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