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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Leatherblade Calf Holster

Leatherblade, home of the original Calf Holster, specializes in uniquely functional fashion and accessories that celebrate the body as a kinetic sculptural form.

Founder & creative director, Tina Matthews, was born into a family of artists in the backwoods of Northern Kentucky. It was there she garnered a respect for the natural realm that would inspire her later work as a fine artist, costume designer, performer, & musician. 

In 2003, she completed a BFA in Fine Art from the Columbus College of Art and Design. Her devotion to fabric and natural materials was strengthened by the exceptional hand skills acquired through her studies. While in Columbus, Matthews applied her artistry to the creation of distinctive costume design, winning the reputable Halloween Highball in 2011. Her costumes have garnered national recognition through her work as a founding member of the avant garde performance group, Queen Mae and the Bells, as well as her ongoing work with DJ duo, RoeVy. From 2008 through 2012, she was part of the bicycle messenger bag company Seagull Bags, and took lead of the design department as chief of custom embroidery.

Conceived by Matthews in 2010, Leatherblade has become a public platform for the design and creative explorations of her practice. offers an ongoing Diary of her costume design, up-cycled garments, and unique accessories – some of which are for sale in the Shop.


Bicycle Bungee - It does EXIST!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Handsome Fredward

Handsome Cycles 2013 Catalog

A Handsome Tale

Handsome Cycle Co. was started a few years ago by a couple of guys in Minneapolis who wanted to create classically styled, versatile bicycles for a price within reach of the many—not the privileged few.
The Handsome line of bicycles have been crafted from steel because of it's comfortable ride and it's tried and true reliability. But steel is not Handsome—People are. Handsome is about people riding bicycles that reflect the individual's style and riding needs. So, please take a long, Handsome look—better still, a Handsome ride.

Women Of Dirt - Feature Length Movie

Stanridge Speed Bicycles - Columbus, OH

Adam Eldridge the the trusty SRS Postal Jeep
Adam Eldridge and the trusty SRS Postal Jeep (Photo courtesy of John Watson)
From the Stanridge site – 
My name is Adam Eldridge. Stanridge Cycles is my creation. I’m often asked, “How and where did you learn to do this?” When I’m standing at the vice running over the 4130 chromoly with a bastard file, I have plenty of time to think: how did I get to this point? Honestly, placing my finger on one singular event in my life that motivated me to craft Stanridge Cycles is not easy.
I’ve never been one to shy from a challenge. At eighteen, I was running on southern Atlanta roads and pushing deep into the “pain cave.” Coach Westbrook pushed us hard. It was during those years that I learned to push my limits to achieve a goal. A state championship my final year cemented the value of hard work. Back then I didn’t want to get stuck out on the red clay back roads or beaten back to school by teammates. Now, as I am building my future and the legacy of Stanridge Cycles, I am continually reaching back to the lessons learned on long endurance runs.
The Stanridge Speed Shop
During the summers early in my life, I spent time with both my grandfathers in their shops. Papaw made a living in auto upholstery. Granddad was an entrepreneur who focused on gas, oil and everything mechanical. My grandfathers’ influence was the primary motivation that drove me to develop the skill set I would need to handcraft Stanridge Cycles. Stanridge is an amalgamation of their surnames. It was their love of craftsmanship, the pride in their work, and the way they carried themselves that left such a lasting impression on me.
As consumers we’ve grown tired of mundane factory-produced goods. The last few years have pushed us to spend a few extra minutes examining our consumption patterns and purchase decisions. Supporting the small guy and creating a lasting relationship is important to us now. American craftsmanship and a staunch resolve shaped this great country into what it is today. Now more than ever, it’s important to bring production back into America, to return to that ingenuity that made us great. I take pride in producing goods here in the U.S.A.
Mentally and physically pushing ourselves to improve Stanridge Cycles consumes every waking minute. The investment, both monetarily and on the clock, is completely worth it. We place a strong emphasis on cultivating relationships with my clients, partners, and employees. Making a perfect bicycle is our utmost goal. Your on-bike experience is paramount.
We’ve brought all aspects of the building process in house. We have the ability to wet paint and machine parts and tubing. We have the best bicycle building jigs on the market and the skill to use them.
It’s not in our nature to rest on our laurels. What can we make for you? How do we make your dream a reality? What is your legacy?

How To Order

Road: $2,198
Track: $1,800
Rando: $2,298
Cross: $2,198

Have any questions? Your custom bicycle is special, we should talk...

A Year Without a Car: Reflections of a Recovering Suburbanite. [Elephant Journal]

I’m a reformed country club princess who has gone granola.

It didn’t happen all at once… but it has happened. I turned off my TV and woke the fuck up.
I had been slowing evolving for a while, but things changed drastically for me when I met my husband last year. Anders lives in Norway so we talked on Skype every day for three months and really got to know each other before we met in person. When he came to Portland for a month and stayed with me.
We knew almost instantly we would marry. As with most travel and exposure to other cultures, it’s what I noticed about what we took for granted as “normal” here that opened my eyes the most.
I love that there are natural-looking women on the front of Norwegian magazines, complete with wrinkles and double chins. I love the way there’s a healthy medium on the weight issue—you rarely see someone who is either anorexic or obese. I love that it’s unusual to see a homeless person, while our streets are now overcrowded and overwhelmed with tragedy.

I didn’t realize how badly we denigrated those who don’t drive cars here in the U.S.

Not until I re-watched “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” with my husband. While I still find that movie hysterical, it’s interesting social commentary that the nerdy old virgin rides a bike.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Endurance Conspiracy's un-official USA Pro Cycling Challenge, aka 'Le tour of Colorado', aka, 'Ronde van Colorado'(Flemish for 'Tour of Colo.'), poster. 3 Color print on thick 18x24 inch poster paper, lovingly silkscreened in Boulder, Colorado. All posters are signed by EC Artist, Tony DeBoom.
A fun graphic with a personal description of the entire week long race by Tony himself. This one is frame-worthy! Perfect for the cycling fan who appreciates art and/or cycling.

Merino Drawcord Hat

Made from a merino and stretch-fabric blend, the Merino Drawcord Hat uses a heavyweight yarn that ensures maximum insulation in wintery conditions. The natural properties of merino ensure excellent breathability and the hat can also be used as a collar, or even a headband for that bona fide 'Euro' aesthetic. One size fits all.

Key features:

  • Breathable
  • Insulating fabric
  • Merino drawcord
  • Drawcord 'tuck hole' to prevent cord flapping
  • Contrast tab with Rapha logo

Bicycle Taxidermy

An eccentric side project born out of too many sleepless nights at the Royal College of Art and a homesickness for the rugged Highlands. Bicycle Taxidermy first began on a couple of memento mori for my father’s once prized but long discarded mountain and road bikes.
One could argue that this process was born out of a post-modern distain for the conspicuous consumption of disposable objects but in reality it was a bit of laugh taken too far and turned into a bit of an obsession.
I can provide a couple of services. The first is a taxidermy service for client’s retired steeds. An epitaph, saying what you wish, is engraved in stainless steel of the horned beast’s legacy. It can be backed on either a scorched or bleached European oak plaque sealed with natural beeswax, a couple of 22 or 28mm chromed fixing brackets and a wall mount. We can send this piece out to you; you can send us the handlebars or if you visit a couple of affiliated bike reclaimant shops they’ll buy the rest of the bike off you and we’ll collect and mount the handlebars from them before sending them, mounted back to you.
The second is for purpose made mounts; the same mounting strategy can be applied to newly sourced handlebars. I focus on chromed Chopper, Cruiser, Pursuit, Butterfly and Dropped bars. Others can be used but I’ve found these to be the best.
If you have any questions please contact me at
Regan Appleton
[Bicycle Taxidermy]

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Columbus PediCab for SALE!

Want to make good money and have lots of fun?! Ever want to learn what it takes to be a pedicabber? 

This gig literally payed (sic) my way through undergrad, and kept me in amazing shape.

Then why am I selling it if its so great?! I'm going to grad school soon (outside of Columbus), and need the money to travel beforehand!

What you get:
A high quality pedicab (descriptions below)
Be self employed making at least $15-$20 an hour (some events will be $80/hour) $15,000-$18,000 over the course of the year
detailed description and coaching on how to make money (I've been doing this in Columbus for 5 years)
detailed lists of how much we've made at what events (so you know whats worth your time)
All the contacts you need to work, maintain, and run your business
detailed explanation and contacts of all venues we make money at
Discounts on the sale price for leasing your Advertising space to me.

Also, you must be self motivated and probably like riding bikes!

These Pedicabs go for about 4+k after shipping. I'm selling my Pedicabs at two price points. $2.8k . and $2.7k if you let me advertise on it for a year. I have one bike that needs fiberglass work that's $2.25k, and one that needs a new axle for $2.2k .

All bikes are outfitted with new (this year) high quality SRAM components: good cranks, working shifters, new bombproof rims, good tires, working lights etc. Website, company name, and FB page are $5k .

I will also throw in lots of extras like pumps and tools with your purchase.

Bikes mean better business [Minn Post]

Minneapolis cyclist
Courtesy of MnDOT
“We want young talent to come here and stay. And good biking is one of the least expensive ways to send that message.”

“Biking is definitely part of our strategy to attract and retain businesses in order to compete in a mobile world,” says Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak as we glide across the Mississippi river on a bike-and-pedestrian bridge — one of two that connect downtown to the University of Minnesota. “We want young talent to come here and stay. And good biking is one of the least expensive ways to send that message.”
As we turn onto to a riverside bike path to inspect another span the mayor wants to convert to a bike-ped bridge, he recounts a recent conversation. “I was having dinner with a creative director that a local firm was eager to hire for a key post. He was an American living in Europe, and we spent most of the evening talking about the importance of biking and walking to the life of a city,” Rybak says, smiling. “He took the job.”

The art of riding in New York City [Bike Portland]

Flushing St protected bike lane-1

Art infuses the bicycling experience
in New York City.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)
As you might have noticed, there were many things I liked about riding through the streets of New York.
While envious of their bike-specific infrastructure, one aspect of the New York City bicycling experience that might get easily overlooked by engineers and planners is its interestingness. Maybe it was just because I love public art. Or perhaps it was simply because I was a tourist with fresh eyes. Either way, I couldn't help but notice all the paintings, murals and other interesting art as I rode around.
While some of what makes New York City street art so abundant is graffiti, the NYC DOT appreciates it enough that they actually have an official urban art program. The benefits of urban art — especially for bicycling — are obvious. For relatively little money, painted walls and infrastructure can create a more vibrant and welcoming space. When you're trying to encourage people to use that space, it makes sense to make it as inviting as possible.
And it seems to me that public art has even more impact for people transporting themselves with human power. From the seat of a bicycle or from the vantage point of a sidewalk people who are biking or walking are going slower and they have much better vision of their surroundings — both of which make it easier to appreciate public art.

[Keep reading at Bike Portland]

Watershed Big Creek Bag

Product Description

Whether canyoneering in the Arizona desert, or hauling your laundry to shore in the dinghy, the Big Creek offers airtight, submersible storage in a small daypack size. Works well for small cameras and a few towels for a day at the beach, or a carry bag for waterfowling in flooded timber.
  • Removable, padded shoulder straps
  • Durable top lug handle
  • Large, tapered opening allows for easy access to contents
  • Available Colors: Red, Blue, Yellow, Black, Clear, Green & Multicam - *There is a 30% up-charge for Multicam fabric.

Interview with Greg Matyas – Owner (and racer) of Fatback Bikes []

the one
We met Greg Matyas out in LasVegas at the Interbike Outdoor Demo last September and asked him for the opportunity for an interview. I hope you enjoy reading Greg’s answers as much as we liked hearing them.
FBC ~ Tell us the story of what led you to open Speedway and then start your own fat-bike company (Fatback).
GM – Well, I was getting a bit long in the tooth for an exotic dancer, so I said to myself, “Why not lose your ass in the bike industry?”  Actually I was a commercial contractor and my body didn’t like it anymore, so, being a lifelong cyclist, I decided to give it a go. As a kid, I would ride all winter, as well as alpine and nordic ski race, so it was an natural progression. Originally I was going to do skis in winter as well, but ended up having my hands full right from the get go with the Fatback line. Pete Basinger* was working at the shop, and he’s been on top of that game for awhile now, so he had lots of good input. At that time, the Pugs was available, as well as the Vicious, and the  Wildfire. They were all a little different, but I had my own ideas. First and foremost, a wide, symmetrical drive train. Wider tire clearance. Lots of stand over, vertical drop outs, longer, slacker head tube, lower bb, steeper seat tube, under top tube cable routing…basically everything you see on virtually all the bikes now. We started with 165mm rear  hubs, as that’s all that was made in 2007. In 2008 I had Peter at Phil Wood make the first set of 170mm rear hubs for us. Beautiful, but really expensive, and a bit heavy, so I had Hadley start making hubs for us and we still use them now, though we do have an imported hub as well. None of us thought it would be as popular as it is. Lot’s of riders here prefer winter over summer riding. More trails, much smoother, no bugs, bears, mud or mosquito’s.

[Keep reading at] 

Full Windsor FoldnFix Mudguard

For rainier months, our foldnfix mudguard offers fulltime protection. Simply tie it on with cable ties (supplied), then show mother nature who’s boss. The foldnfix attaches down the seat tube, protecting your upper legs and backside. And its origami design keeps it nice and rigid, but allows it to spring back when knocked, making it durable and resistant to breakage. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Support Yay Bikes! (@yaybikes) tonight at Raising Cane's Spirit Night (@Raising_Canes)

Present the Spirit Night flyer (printed or on your SmartPhone) at the High Street Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers location during this time and they'll donate 20% of your sale to Yay Bikes! We'll be there also, hanging out & promoting How We Roll. See you there!

ThermaRest LuxuryLite UltraLite Cot™ for bikecamping?

The UltraLite Cot™ is lighter and packs smaller than any cot on the market. At only 2lbs. 12 oz., this cot will open up new opportunities for comfortable nights in the outdoors. Whether you’re out fishing for the weekend or riding a dual sport across the continent, the UltraLite Cot™ offers the comfort you need at a weight and packed size that’s impossible to beat.
  • BowFrame™ Technology: Our patented technology eliminates the painful crossbars, squeaky joints and broken hardware found in other cots.
  • Ultra Lightweight: The lightest cot on the market – so light even backpackers carry it.
  • Super Packable: Compact design fits easily in a pannier, portage bag or backpack.
  • Durable Construction: Laminated nylon cover is waterproof and stretch-free; anodized aluminum poles and durable nylon feet stand up to heavy use.
  • Three-Minute Set Up: Assembles quickly and easily – no tools required.

Horsethievery [VIDEO]

Pre-Frankenbike Recon Ride 11182012

Start: Scioto Trails State Park
Gravel and paved roads
Roger and me. (not the movie)

26 miles
2100 ft climbing
10.3mph average

Animals encountered
Stray cat with three kittens



Bespoke St-Germain bicycle, in our signature navy with small frame logo and metal head badge featuring the St-Germain crest (from our bottle cap).
Features a custom leather bottle holder, perfect for transporting your bottle of St-Germain to your next picnic or soirée.
Bike specs:
Single speed, coaster brake roadster
Durable Hi Tensile steel frame with Chromoly down tube
3-Piece forged aluminum crank
Double wall alloy rims with stainless steel spokes
North Road polished aluminum handlebar
Brooks Flyer leather saddle
Brooks D-Shaped tool bag
Brooks Ring leather grips
Michelin World Tour 700 tires
Mid-century brass bell
Available in Medium (20”) or Large (23”)


Please check back for availability.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

One Got Fat 1963 Bicycle Safety

Bicycle Traveler Magazine Newsletter - November 2012


In this issue:

Cycling the Americas
Cass Gilbert reflects on bicycling, travel and the final destination.

Ian Hibell
An interview with a bicycle touring legend.

French Alps
Inspirational photography from Kees Swart

Equipment information and more…