Wrapping up the posts from my trip to Philly earlier this month, here are some pics of one of my favorite shops, Bicycle Revolutions. They've been an AC dealer since the early days of the brand, and Heather and Bryan (the proprietors) have become dear friends as well as big supporters. This was the first time I've been to town since they moved down the street. Check it out!
Getting back to coverage of Single Speed Cross Worlds weekend... Here are some photos from a rainy and cold Bandit Cross that we organized in conjunction with Bicycle Revolutions. And when I say "organized in conjunction" I mean Bryan pretty much did all the work while I sat around and drank beer.
Super proud to bring you a little vid from a fall Bandit Cross race down at the dog park course. Brendan Lauer, filmed and edited this film with a simple message that we're happy to bring you: Have Fun Out There. That's what racing in general and cyclocross specifically is all about to us. The community and bringing that community together.
While Jeff was off gallivanting around tropical Philadelphia for Worlds, I was back in Minneapolis trying to keep my eyeballs from freezing solid. With All-City camera privileges restored, I set off to, what else, hang out at a bike race. Cross state champs, specifically. And the day’s high of five below ensured the state's most elite racers and spectators would be in attendance.
Let's begin our coverage of this past weekend's single speed cross shenanigans with the big one, race day at the Belmont for the Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships of the Flipping Universe. As you may have seen some photos creep out, it was both snowy and magical.
Saturday was cold and windy. I took to the back of Mt. Krumpit to keep warm in the tree cover and give homemade cookie hand-ups...
Friday last week I loaded up a minivan full of kids and bikes and headed down for a weekend of top notch racing and hilarity at Jingle Cross down in Iowa City.
I've been down here in Texas since last Tuesday with the expressed reason for the trip being last Thursday's Keep Cross Weird event, thrown in conjunction with our buddy and Austin local, John Watson of Prolly is Not Probably. Stoked to report that things were indeed kept weird, and the event went off with nary a hitch.
Earlier this year we hired illustrator George Retseck to render a Macho Disc for the cover of our Annual. We fell in love with the results for a myriad of reasons. For one, the dude's always been a legend to us because of his work on the iconic early 90's Bridgestone catalogs.
This past Sunday, Anna, Saisha and myself headed out to Velo CX at our local NSC Velodrome in Blaine for some hot cross action. I was out there racing, Saisha was out shooting photos and chilling and Anna was drunk and obnoxious. Some of the photos are mine, most are Saisha's and a few are Anna's.
It's important to have a wide variety of interests in life. Of course, I love cyclocross, track bikes, and alleycats, but as a well rounded multi-faceted individual I also enjoy other things: such as mountain biking, road trips, shooting bb guns, and getting drunk in a tiny little cabin. To that end, last weekend four of us headed out to my...
Depending on how you want to count it, the brand is basically five years old at this point, and there have been quite a few changes going on in these parts so I figured now might be a good time to revisit the past, thank the folks who have gotten us here, and look forward to the future.
Lately, with the growing popularity of the Bandit Cross Concept™ we've been receiving a number of requests for sponsorship of said events. So far I've pretty much just applied the same formula we use for sponsoring alley cats, but the other day I felt compelled to write a blog post on Bike Jerks about what I called "The Tennets of Bandit Cross."
Huge props to our courier team for their stellar performances at the North American Cycle Courier Championships. Which were won overall by our home slice Christina Peck on her Mr. Pink. After the main race Christopher Dilts took the opportunity to nab some shots of the crew. Check it.
On Saturday the first big alleycat of the year in Minneapolis took place, the Knick NACCC, which featured both a poker run and a speed race. (This is the first of many cats taking place to raise funds for the 2014 Minneapolis North American Cycle Courier Championship effort).
Bandit Cross is making it's triumphant return for the Spring season this Friday night down at the Minnehaha dog park.
I've been wanting to share the tale of the now canceled Macho King cantilever (a Zona version of the Macho Man) for a while now, but I've been afraid to show you something that you can't have. We've been getting a bunch of questions about a Zona Macho lately, and as I feel there are a number of interesting behind the scenes info / how AC works aspects of the story, this is my attempt to let you know what happened and why.
This morning’s ride into work was one icy mother. My second fall left me cussing for spring and longing for late night adventure rides, grassy beer stops and bike camping getaways. So this afternoon I dug into the ole mail box to flip through some customer photos of those gloriously sunny days gone by. Come on spring…
Some upcoming events for ya.
At this year's Frostbike, we held a little private party for the dealers to unveil our new baby to the world: The Macho Man disc. We rented this crazy architecht's party space / show room / studio / home in the Loring Park neighborhood of downtown. There were multiple little VIPish side rooms, a karate dojo, an art gallery, and out door space etc.
I'm proud to let you know that we have partnered with local good guys Fulton Brewery on a Minneapolis based cross team for the upcoming 2014 season. Why?
One of the shops that I was most stoked to see was Mosquito Bikes. I've heard a lot about this shop from our UK distro, and have been seeing their ads in Rouleur for a long time now. They sell quality brands, and we've been working on them for a while to pick up the AC line.
In January I traveled to England to attend the London Bike Show, unfortunately I've been super busy and haven't gotten around to posing photos until now. We'll ease into it with some shots from the tradeshow and get into the radness that is Mosquito, Brixton Cycles, and Tokyo Fixed in a few days.
Our man Austin Horse crushed the 50 mile long Stupor Bowl 16 Speed route this past Saturday, in zero degree weather, to claim his second Stupor Speed title. He accomplished this feat on a Macho Man, and when asked for comment said "the bike was perfect." We're stoked for our homey.
It's no secret that we could benefit from the presence of more ladies on the AC site showing off our women's apparel, plus my little kit shoot last week was ripe for parody. So today Amy and I headed down to the shop to snap some pics. Here, ladies and gentleman, is your favorite All-City Customer Helper, Amy....
The other day I was talking about the Velocity USA (you know the rim makers) and in speaking of them I made the comment that one of the things I admire about them was that they "lead with their values." I thought about this for a while, and have decided that it's pretty much the best compliment you can pay an organization...
About this time every year you'll find a whole bunch of blog posts all over the internets about people wrapping up their year, thanking their customers/friends, and getting all emotional about life, their place in the world, etc. So why should All-City be any different? So, here we go with a little wrap up of what's going on / has gone on.