Four Portland frame builders recently joined forces to move their passions from their basements to a professional shop. Check out Bantam Cycle Works, Cooper Cycles, Cycles J. Bryant & Telos Cycles. The new venture was recently written up in BikePortland.org. Read the full article HERE. I had a chance to work on a Cycles J Bryant last August (check it out) and I was really impressed with its quality and design. Consider supporting an up & coming builder, maybe you’ll end up with a frame from the next great.
I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw something similar popping up in Seattle or elsewhere soon.
Haven’t made enough mistakes at Belltown Underground yet this month? Well, you have at least one more shot! Friday night marks the welcoming party for this weekend’s Emerald City Open bike polo tournament. The party is open to everyone and starts with a fast paced “polocat” down the hill from TT Minor to the party. Of course you can also just show up at the end for the party. There will be more minibike disasters, dancing, raffles, a photo booth and beverages, so you should probably show up with your regret shoes on. You know, the ones that hose off easy.
This morning, Via6 held their second Breakfast Via Bike promotion at McGraw Square in downtown Seattle. The event lures in commuters with a free breakfast from Skillet if you show up on bicycle, and is meant to draw attention to Via6’s new condo complex on 6th and Blanchard. The building also houses the relocated Velo Bike Shop, as well as Via Bike, a membership based “bike club” offering 24 hour secure parking, showers and lockers. ZipCar and Cascade were also on hand to attract attention from the wide variety of cyclists that dropped by to see what was going on.
Bloggers never turn down a free breakfast, so several GMG contributors and friends were on hand to eat free food and take a couple snaps.
Nigel Sylvester for G-shock. Not bad.
I’ve known Karl for a number of years now. He moved to Berlin a while ago to pursue his street art stuff and has been doing amazing things with murals with some rad folks. He has stopped doing his apparel line, and instead is doing limited print runs. He has a lot of different stuff- but since this is a bike blog, here are his bike prints.
Check out his Big Cartel site HERE
Here is a link to the Facebook Page as well.
More footwear to come out of the minds at Chrome, this model sporting a couple options. The 415 Workboot is designed to give you the “stability and protection of a work boot, and the mobility and comfort of a sneaker.” It’s available in canvas (the same 1000 denier Cordura used in their bags) or the Storm 415 Workboot comes in a water resistant, breathable/oiled leather combination. They are not SPD compatible, instead sporting a sole resembling a… wait for it… workboot.
The regular Workboot retails for $120 and the Storm Workboot retails for $150.
Last week we gave you a sneak peek at what Brian Vernor and the folks at Wilderness put together for Argonaut. They released a print version at NAHBS for those that had the opportunity to go. For the rest of those eager to see what they came up with, check it out HERE. If you are curious about a day in the life of a custom carbon frame builder, check it out.