Specialized Adventure Dispatch: Sarah Swallow rides S24O through Humboldt Redwood State Park

Life has a funny way of working out sometimes. I first met Tom Swallow in college and convinced him that he should come work with me at a bike shop which I had been working since first starting in the industry. It was at that shop that he met Sarah after she was hired on from the local bike rental. Soon they were married, and after the shop sold and sort of imploded under the new ownership, I made my way to Bikerumor, and Tom and Sarah made their own path with Swallow Bicycle Works. It wasn’t long until they became the hub for adventure riding in the area and gradually worked their way up to their incredible TAT ride – crossing the country by bike on the Trans-America Trail. Typically reserved for dual sport motorcycles, the Swallows crushed the 4,970 miles in 87 days. A ride that many thought wouldn’t be possible.

Which brings us to the present and the fact that I am not at all surprised that I am writing about their latest rides as part of the Specialized Adventure Dispatch. Say what you want about the program, but riders like Sarah (and Tom) are the real deal – which I can only assume the same for other Adventure Dispatch riders like Ty Hathaway as well…

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Life has a funny way of working out sometimes. I first met Tom Swallow in college and convinced him that he should come work with me at a bike shop which I had been working since first starting in the industry. It was at that shop that he met Sarah after she was hired on from the local […]

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Greg Minnaar takes the new Santa Cruz Tallboy for a South African Epic of his own

Did you catch the launch of the new Santa Cruz Tallboy this morning? If you overslept like Greg, you should catch the rest of the video then head over to read about the new Tallboy and its sister, the Juliana Joplin. If you ask us, it looks like Greg may have had a bit more fun on his own epic…

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Did you catch the launch of the new Santa Cruz Tallboy this morning? If you overslept like Greg, you should catch the rest of the video then head over to read about the new Tallboy and its sister, the Juliana Joplin. If you ask us, it looks like Greg may have had a bit more […]

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Best Videos of the week: Brompton Worlds, Rémy Absalon chases trail, & Eddy Merckx doing what he does

Not only are the Brompton World Championships as serious as they are fun, they hands down wear the best looking cycling kits. Also check out Rémy Absalon in Chasing Trail shredding some fantastic singletrack and an amazing look back of Eddy Merckx during some of his best racing.

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Not only are the Brompton World Championships as serious as they are fun, they hands down wear the best looking cycling kits. Also check out Rémy Absalon in Chasing Trail shredding some fantastic singletrack and an amazing look back of Eddy Merckx during some of his best racing.

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Detroit Bikes & New Belgium double their USA-made bikes for brewery’s 25th anniversary

 

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Probably one of the best marketing campaigns in our industry wasn’t even from a company in our industry. When New Belgium came out with Fat Tire Amber Ale prior to the craft beer boom and put a bike on the bottle’s label, it immediately became the unofficial beer of cycling. Even after it had been out for 10 years, each time it started shipping to a new market, it repeated that same tradition. Topping it off, a lot of their “signage” were the actual bikes on the label hanging up in bars and other places that sold their beer. And these weren’t just cheap promotional bikes… they were made by the likes of Felt, Schwinn & Electra.

Check out New Belgium Brewery’s 25th anniversary bikes that are made right here in the USA by Detroit Bikes, plus a great video explaining how the 2 year old outfit aims to produce the largest volume of made in the USA bikes in decades…

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  Probably one of the best marketing campaigns in our industry wasn’t even from a company in our industry. When New Belgium came out with Fat Tire Amber Ale prior to the craft beer boom and put a bike on the bottle’s label, it immediately became the unofficial beer of cycling. Even after it had been […]

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See Switzerland by mountain bike with BMC and Teton Gravity Research

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Singletrack-Switzerland

BMC and Teton Gravity Research have teamed up to produce a three-part video series that offers a deeper look into the stunning riding that the Swiss Alps have to offer. It isn’t just skiing, cheese, and chocolate. They’ve even got contest live now that will send you and a riding buddy to experience the Swiss trails firsthand and ride away on a new BMC.

Clip in across the fold and see if you can follow the wheels in the videos of a small group of pro BMC riders as they explore the trails Switzerland offers to mountain bikers…

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BMC and Teton Gravity Research have teamed up to produce a three-part video series that offers a deeper look into the stunning riding that the Swiss Alps have to offer. It isn’t just skiing, cheese, and chocolate. They’ve even got contest live now that will send you and a riding buddy to experience the Swiss […]

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UNNO teases wide premium carbon mountain range, made in Spain

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We’ve just gotten word of a new boutique carbon bike builder sprouting in Barcelona. UNNO seems to be growing out of years of industry knowledge working for other big brands, and now the founders have decided to have a go at bike building themselves. From the looks of things Unno is being developed by the designers that came up with Mondraker’s most recent full suspension design, so they seem to be building on a solid design pedigree. They’ve even given us a rare inside look at the number of carbon pieces that make up the layup for their upcoming enduro bike.

With five new mountain bikes expected to debut this fall, they will certainly have something to interesting to offer. Join us after the break for a look inside the minds of the engineers behind Unno, including a video that tracks the birth of a bike from idea to trail. Plus, we have teaser images of the 5  mountain bikes on the way, with a few nice close-up detail shots. We’re excited to see what they have on the way…
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We’ve just gotten word of a new boutique carbon bike builder sprouting in Barcelona. UNNO seems to be growing out of years of industry knowledge working for other big brands, and now the founders have decided to have a go at bike building themselves. From the looks of things Unno is being developed by the designers […]

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Fairdale R&D gives new life to old derailleurs with Front Derailleur Repurposing Division

You’ve probably heard the news. Front derailleurs are dead, dead, dead. Well at least according to some. Now that thousands of front derailleurs are being discarded and left to rust away in the back of shops world wide, Fairdale Bikes thought it was time to figure out a way to give them new life. New purpose. Thanks to all the creative ways to use them that they’ve come up with through their Fairdale Bikes Front Derailleur Repurposing Division (FBFDRD), you’ll be rushing to dig all those old FDs out of the trash before you can say ‘1x.’

Enjoyed the work of their R&D department? Their first R&D video is just as good…

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You’ve probably heard the news. Front derailleurs are dead, dead, dead. Well at least according to some. Now that thousands of front derailleurs are being discarded and left to rust away in the back of shops world wide, Fairdale Bikes thought it was time to figure out a way to give them new life. New […]

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Best Videos of the week: Claudio’s Lourdes preview, Kurt Sorge about to get burned and much more!

From Redbull, one of the more fun POV’s to view, regardless of being retired is Claudio Caluori’s course previews.  Seeing him skillfully follow some of the top riders while his commentary sounds like he is really enjoying his first time on a DH bike makes it impossible not to smile. Here he checks out World Cup course in Lourdes, France… road gaps and all!

Ahead we have Kurt Sorge ripping towards a live volcano, Teton Gravity Research teams up with BMC for an amazing venture in Switzerland, and BH bikes gives us a pretty cool and less scary perspective of e-bikes…

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From Redbull, one of the more fun POV’s to view, regardless of being retired is Claudio Caluori’s course previews.  Seeing him skillfully follow some of the top riders while his commentary sounds like he is really enjoying his first time on a DH bike makes it impossible not to smile. Here he checks out World Cup […]

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Polar V800 GPS watch pairs with GoPro for controls & video stats

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One of the early pioneer of wearable fitness tech, Polar has paired up with the GoPro Developer Program to add action cam integration functionality in the V800 GPS watch later this year. While the V800 already tracks a wide range of cycling, running and swimming training, plus 24/7 activity and sleep, the new connection will link the GPS device with the growing number of GoPros filming everything from training to races…

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One of the early pioneer of wearable fitness tech, Polar has paired up with the GoPro Developer Program to add action cam integration functionality in the V800 GPS watch later this year. While the V800 already tracks a wide range of cycling, running and swimming training, plus 24/7 activity and sleep, the new connection will link the GPS device with the […]

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