We just received our shipment of limited edition Peugeut inspired long sleeve wool jerseys in black recently. Like our short sleeves, these are made by Woolistic from the finest Merino wool available. In addition to my normal shots on the picnic table out back, yesterday Josh and I took advantage of the ridiculous temps (40's in December) and lack of snow to once more do the ever awesome Low Road to Sibley route. We took the shortcut that I found last week and knocked at least a half hour off our time.
This Sunday I headed out my Nature Boy to explore an area of the river that I'd never checked out before. I've been super into the river as of late, there is so much decaying structure, man made tunnels, and 18th century left-overs down there. And being able to easily shuck the city and get into the unknown is one of the things that I really cherish about living in Minneapolis and riding a bike. I want to know every detail, every nook and cranny, and it's most often my bicycle that takes me there.
Our courier in Richmond, Stu, clued us in to this project by Carytown Bicycle Company and Need Supply Co. written up in GQ online. Bikes are everywhere these days in the city, but sleek, understated, and stylish bikes? A rarity. And you're never going to fulfill your European-sartorial-commuter-biking fantasies on that mountain rig, dude. That's why we're digging designer Gabe Ricioppo (from Richmond, Virginia's Need Supply Co.) and Tim Mullins', (from Carytown Bicycle Company) take on an outrageously cool city cruiser
To say that I am proud of the Big Block is an understatement. It was the first major proprietary undertaking from our then fledgling brand, and it is the bike that over the last three years I have spent the most amount of time on. I love the thing. It is/was the perfect track bike for my lifestyle. I understand if it isn't everyone's ideal, but for a certain type of rider or a certain type of climate, it is the absolute business.
I've been slacking on the Music Appreciation posts as of late. I'm sorry. Growing up a Northwoods boy in a backwards little city that was so classicly small town the Chamber of Commerce might have issued Kenny Rogers albums to all of its citizens, I have a deep love and affection for country music. I make no apologies, if you hate country it's because you're not listening to the right stuff.
And on Saturday was the Blow Me Fall Colors Tour aka the Homey Fall Fest... I bring this to your attention because the mountain bike aspect is one clear differentiator between MPLS bike culture and all of the other major metro areas in the U.S. The generation prior basically invented single speed mountainbiking and the vibe still goes strong.
Perhaps you don't believe me when I tell you all about how flipping sweet the Nature Boy is. Perhaps you'd care for a second opinion from someone who doesn't collect a paycheck from All-City. Well Mr. (or Mrs, or Miss) skeptic, perhaps you'll believe the esteemed Stevil Kinevil when he tells you that he enjoys riding this fine mount for bicycling related activities.
Zach from Dash sent over some shots of his personal builds: Def Wish: Large frame w/ Dropout fork Sun Rhyno Lite rims laced to All City New Sheriffs Continental Comfort Contact 47c tires Shadow Conspiracy Ravager stem and Corvus headset and bb Stolen Team Cranks 170mm Profile Racing spline drive sprocket 36t All City 15t cog w/ Dura-Ace lockring