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Road to NAHBS 2016: Don Ferris of Anvil Bikeworks

Photo by Probably Dead, Used with permission of Don Ferris
Photo by Anvil Bikeworks
Photo by Anvil Bikeworks

Don Ferris is so pervasive within the frame building community that many take for granted that he exists. His company, Anvil Bikeworks, develops and fabricates the fixtures that help build many of the bikes you’ll see at NAHBS this year. At this point, it is unusual to walk into a frame builder’s shop and not see something of his work.

But knowing how much the fans of the community enjoy the cult of personality, it is a crying shame that Don, due to his customer base of frame builders, is relegated to the background. He is one of the more dynamic members of the industry. Few others have gone from the wrong side of the law, to the Antarctic, to UBI, to giving up a successful career as an esteemed frame builder in order to build the tool that the community uses to do their jobs every day.

When editing, I enjoyed the story so much that I left it a little longer than the others because, hey, this is the internet…

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Sidi adds a touch of customization to their mid and high end shoes

Sidi adds a touch of customization to their mid and high end shoes

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Long a dominant force in cycling, Sidi Sport has had a lot of competition in recent years as more companies have stepped up their game to produce high performing, well-made cycling shoes. Sidi themselves have mostly made small iterative updates to their line for the last 2 or 3 years, but still can be found on the likes of last year’s Tour de France winner Chris Froome and XC World Champion Nino Schurter. Now to offer a bit of the custom look that the sponsored pros get, Sidi has introduced a new way to personalize most of their performance and premium shoes with more detail color options. Take a look across the fold at which shoes will get a personalized touch, plus a look at a Froome limited edition shoe…

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Seal Point Park – San Mateo, CA

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Seal Point Park – San Mateo, CA

bikerumor pic of the day Seal Point Park, San Mateo, CA

Photo submitted by Gino LV. Ledesma, “Taken during Super Bowl Friday with the San Francisco to Google (SF2G) bike to work crew. The ‘Bayway’ route is an easy 42-ish mile commute with pretty good scenery, low traffic, flat terrain, and staying on bike trails. This makes the route suitable for riders of practically all skill levels and experience.

First Fridays of each month is the group’s monthly No Rider Left Behind (no drop) ride, making it an excellent social ride. There’s plenty of cookies and pastries that go around in the few designated regroup points.”

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Review: Garmin gets safer – Edge Explore 1000 w/ incident detection and Varia radar integration

Edge 1000 Explorer Varia 20160201_172627

Edge 1000 Explorer Varia 20160201_172627

Testing Garmin’s first unit with “Incident Detection” sounded like a fun experiment, and I even considered taking and ghost riding one of the lesser used bikes in my possession to set it off. Ultimately, I didn’t need to stage a crash as my riding took care of that for me, but I’m happy to say the crash incident detection works – even if it’s not a huge crash. Adding to the Edge Explore 1000’s list of features is integration with the Garmin Varia radar detection device. After my first experience with the Varia, this is exactly what it was missng…

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AirSupply’s power of air pumps up your bicycle tires directly from your saddle

airsupply bicycle seatpost tire pump with flex hose

airsupply bicycle seatpost tire pump with flex hose

We’ve seen integrated seatpost pumps before, combining a bicycle tire pump into the seatpost, but we’ve never seen the hose directly attached to it. The obvious benefit is that you no longer need to remove the post/pump from the frame, and thanks to the flexible coil hose, it’ll reach both front and rear tires.

The project is called AirSupply, and it’s the brain child of Alexander Haager. He started dreaming it up in 2008 at age 15, and by 2013 he’d gone through dozens of design iterations and hundreds of prototypes to arrive at a production ready design. Between now and then, he and his team have lined up manufacturing partners and a support staff, passed EN testing and have it ready to go. Now, all they need to see their dreams (and your tires) inflate is a little support on Kickstarter…

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Video: Brandon Semenuk treats his Subaru like his bike in Vice Versa. Surprised?

Video: Brandon Semenuk treats his Subaru like his bike in Vice Versa.  Surprised?

Brandon Semenuk

It’s no secret Freeriders don’t just keep “it” all on the bike and in many cases anything with wheels is fair game. Subaru Canada sacrificed one of their new CrossTreks to help Brandon get to some serious loam and the always cool as ice Semenuk does it like any rich blooded mountain biker should….

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Bontrager rips with MIPS on top road and mountain lids

Bontrager rips with MIPS on top road and mountain lids

MIPS crash

We first saw Bontrager adopt MIPS technology into their helmets at their Trek World dealer event in August and now they’re available. Given the potential safety benefits, it’s no surprise to see Bontrager add it to a range of their helmets to cover most riding styles. What is surprising are the very reasonable price points.

Check out the new MIPS helmets from Bontrager and the video for a visual on how it works…

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Road to NAHBS 2016: Carl and Loretta Strong of Strong Frames

Photo by Loretta Strong
Photo by Loretta Strong
Photo used with permission of Carl Strong (jumping)

Strong Frames has gone through several phases in its over 20 year existence. It grew from a one man band in Carl Strong’s grandmother’s garage to a million dollar a year company with twelve employees at its largest. In the past ten years, however, the company has been poetically distilled down to its current, ultra-focused, customer-centric format.

Getting to do this interview was very exciting for me for a couple of reasons. For one, having spent my last few weeks interviewing builders and frame builder community members, Carl Strong’s name has come up quite a few times as someone who deserves accolades within the community for his work in helping new builders to get established and as someone who people have gone to for advice. For another, this interview was an opportunity to talk to the better half of Strong Frames, Loretta Strong, who is a massive reason why the company is the way it is today…

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Coastline Cycle Company surfs in w/ the Supermoto inspired “One” bike for street, dirt & more

Coastline cycle company c3 chad battistone urban supermoto commuter fun bike bicycle disc brakes 275-11

Coastline cycle company c3 chad battistone urban supermoto commuter fun bike bicycle disc brakes 275-3

There are a lot of new bikes out there. There are so many that for a new company to make a splash with a new bike, it really has to be something different. Something, interesting. Something… like the first offering from Coastline Cycle Company.

To call this thing a commuter really isn’t a worthy description, but neither is city bike, or even mountain bike. The brainchild of industry veteran Chad Battistone, Coastline Cycle Company is hoping to capitalize on those looking for a bike that is as fun as it is practical, and ride in with a new wave of affordable yet performance oriented carbon components as well…

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