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Track racing. Fixed gear bikes on a velodrome. It’s been around a long ass time, and it’s not going away anytime soon. Go fast, turn left.

Bicycle, Bicycle Racing, Clothing, Gear, Track

Limited Affinity Endo Track Kit

Looking for a clean looking kit from one of our favorite NY track teams?  Affinity teamed up with Endo to bring you this beauty. The kits are 100% handmade in Endo’s small workshop in Downtown LA, where they handle all the printing, cutting and sewing in-house. The kit is available as both a long and short sleeve jersey and our team bib short. 

This kit had been reserved exclusively to their World Championship winning track team and has never been available for public sale. They’re running a two-week pre order and capping it off at the first 50.  So get in now, or forever hold your peace.

Pre-order HERE 

Bicycle, Bike Porn, Track

Two for Tuesday

New York will forever embrace the track bike.  On the track or in the streets, it will never go away and that somehow comforts me.  This just in from the East Coast:

Stanrdige x Eine – Red Hook Crit 2014 from FWD on Vimeo.

Stanridge Cycles will be working together with Ben EINE for the Red Hook Crit this year. EINE is a world renowned graffiti artist who has collaborated with Banksy and has work hanging in the White House. Ben will be hand painting the two iconic Stanridge High Street frames that will be raced during this years Red Hook series.

The custom bikes will be piloted by elite cyclocross racer Katie Arnold, and previous Red Hook winner Evan Murphy. Look for more from Stanridge as the bikes are done and race day approaches.

The ego, it’s the only thing that drives us forward isn’t it? You know it’s a competition. If you’re not going to take it fucking seriously than why bother doing it? You know you want to be the biggest and the best, up in the most amount of places, the most amount of photographs over the fucking internet in the most amount of countries in the world… stupid. It’s just mad. We were kids. 20 years later Banksy’s up for an Oscar and I’ve got a painting in the White House. You can’t make this shit up…. It’s just fucking mad. -Ben EINE

Also,

Affinity Cycles is celebrating 7 years.  With that they bring you the Kissena World Champions edition frame set and rainbow striped jersey.

Affinity is proud to have won 2 World Championship victories in both the match sprints and scratch race. Plus, with over 20 US National and European championships, the Kissena is the most celebrated and trusted aluminum track frame in the industry. They’ve custom designed their exclusive track frame with gold foil rainbow striped graphics, indigo sparkle blue paint and a CNC machined head tube. Only 40 World Champion frames are available, they can be purchased along with the new Affinity World Championship Jersey through the Affinity website as well as select retailers.

The jersey is also available for pre order here for the next 2 weeks and all Affinity frames sets and complete builds are available now.

 

Bicycle, Film/video, Track

This Friday on the internet: Chrome Video Release

Remember Massan?  He’s still riding a track bike and getting rad in the streets.  Chrome is doing a live web release of a new film he’s in showcasing the Barrage Cargo.  Filmed in Portland.  Check it out.CHROME_MASSAN__TEASE2_1920X1080

Chrome Industries announces the live screening of its first short film this Friday, December 13th at noon west coast time. Chrome will temporarily take over its website for the screening from 12:00 to 12:30 pm. The Chrome Crew worked with Portland natives Kamp Grizzly to document Massan Fluker taking his track bike and Chrome’s new Barrage Rolltop to the hills and bridges of Portland. The final 3 minute short includes some of the best riding Portland has to offer including an epic decent of Burnside at +40 mph. Set your phone alarms for noon this Friday to catch the live screening. Spread the word.

Chrome Films: Massan Barrage Cargo Sneak Peek from Chrome Industries on Vimeo.

Bicycle Racing, Cycling Legends, Film/video, History, Media, Track

Eddy Merckx: Hour Record 1972 Mexico City

In his first year as a professional (1965) Eddy Merckx was asked the not unusual question for a neo-pro, “What are your principal ambitions as a racing cyclist?” The answer was immediate: “To win the Tour de France and set a new Hour Record“.

Although Eddy Merckx went on to create an incomparable road record, he was equally adept on the track. As an amateur he tried everything on the nearby Belgian indoor velodromes of Ghent and Antwerp, even match sprinting. As a professional he won no less than 17 six day races and contested many more. In short he had no fear of the banked boards. Unquestionably a certain knack is needed to ride the track successfully. Some giants of cycling, such as Bernard Hinault, never could adapt to track riding.

By 1969 he had won both the Giro and the Tour, along with Paris-Roubaix and the World Championships; he knew he had the physical maturity for the Hour. Then late that season his leg was broken in a motor paced criterium putting finis to any record hopes.

It wasn’t until 1972 that Merckx decided to include the Hour in his season’s plans. The general idea was to ease up on the number of races so he would have energy enough to do the intense preparation required. In practice he kept pretty close to his normally full schedule. During the year he won no less than fifty (50!) races, among them a fifth Milan-San Remo, a fourth Tour de France, a third Tour of Italy, a third Liège-Bastogne-Liège, a third Fleche Wallone, a second Tour of Lombardy

Text from here: Eddy and the Hour.

 

Bicycle, Events, Seattle, Track

Emerald Sprints and Marymoor benefit!

It’s been a while since we’ve brought out the rollers. Well get ready for a good time on May 12th because there is a benefit for Marymoor Velodrome Association that is going to be awesome.  There will be roller racing, a track parts swap and prizes and beer and it all benefits the MVA!  So grab your friends and come down to Hale’s in Fremont on May 12th.  Racing starts at 7:30- so don’t be late!

For sprints- just bring your street shoes- we have bikes set up.  All you need is to be able to spin really fast for around 30 seconds- easy, right?

Bicycle, Track

The older I get the better I was….

Robert Marchand, on the other hand just keeps on keepin’ on.  The 100 year old frenchman just broke the hour record for his age group.  Riding 24.251 km in one hour at the World Cycling Center in Aigle- it was his first time back on the track in 80 years.  Guys like this just make me sick.

Really though- good on ya Mr. Marchand!  An inspiration to keep riding!

Read more about it HERE