It's the coming of a new year, and with that brings reflection. It's inevitable: year end best lists, resolutions, trying to finish the things that you said you were going to do this year, etc... Well for me, one of those things is writing more on the blog. Not posts about events, races, bikes, etc. but actually writing, communicating, the thoughts and beliefs that make All-City what it is, and what is was, and what it will eventually become.
Today, we rely on a little help from our friends over at the Radavist for their coverage of Kyle Kelley's (owner of GSC, Tracko, and Ringtail) lovely Big Block single speed build. The heart of this beast is the 5th Anniversary edition Big Block frameset.
A huge shout out to the ladies of Koochella who were just named USAC's track club of the year. According to USAC’s post, Koochella won for their passion for growing the women’s racing scene in Minnesota. In their application they talked up their new racers, the clinics they hosted and volunteered in, and the brand new second women’s field at the National Sports Center Velodrome.
Thanks to El Nino (which is Spanish for The Nino) there's absolutely no snow around these parts, which makes for great road riding, but absolutely lousy sledding. We also don't get a chance to wave all those heroic iced over road shots at you. So instead, let's hop in the way back and remember one of the best snowy days ever. The Single Speed World Championships in Philadelphia 2013.
Hey there folks, our allies in the good fight, Koochella, recently published a guide to starting a women's race team, going through both the steps, and their experience in doing just that. We highly suggest you take the time to check it out as it's a great inspirational read for anybody who's interested in cycle sport or starting a team, regardless of whether or not that team is going to be women's specific.
Hello party people, if you happen to be in or near KC or St. Louis next week, you should totally come out and go for a ride with us. We will be hitting Kansas City on Tuesday to go for a roll around with the homies from Velo +, and on Wednesday night we will on a two night stand in St. Louis with a ride on Wednesday and the Spoked Bikes and Stuff One Year Anniversary party on Thursday.
I hesitated posting pictures of my personal Space Horse build as it felt a little “braggy” to me but I really want to give you all a glimpse into where my brain is at. Buckle up and hold on. So truth be told I was never a big fan of the Space Horse. My only experience being the annual SaddleDrive industry event where I’d grab one and take it for a quick lap around the lower parking lot and back up the hill. The bikes are set up “to fit everyone” so the Space Horse always felt way too tall and uninspiring. Meh. In August of last year my opinion drastically changed.
Let me tell you what I'm stoked on... This whole adventure / exploration thing that has absolutely exploded in the last few years. Now I'm sure you didn't just spit out your coffee in amazement (Oh really? No way!) that 'Ol Jeffy is excited about the trend that everyone in the industry is excited about right now and using to hawk their product. And I realize that bike industry trends are often viewed with suspicion, as in "They're just trying to sell me something new."
There are a number of things that makes MPLS a little different than your average cycling town, one of which is the fact that mountain bikes have always been a part of the scene. We have plenty of urban green spaces and trails both of the sanctioned and unsanctioned variety, and of course winter. All of which make riding around a fat tire bike pretty great. A few weeks ago the annual Homie Fall Fest took place, a late fall gathering of the tribe and pretty much just an excuse to ride bikes all day and drink beer.
Post-Interbike Team Koochella, Minneapolis' own band of intrepid Women-Trans-Femme racers, pointed their rental truck towards the bright lights and big city of Los Angeles and a rendezvous with their Los Angeles counterparts, the She Wolf Attack Team. Here is a visual representation of what went down.
We are so proud of our team rider Koshi, who's been tearing it up on his Single Speed over in Japan for a few years now. Koshi just received an upgrade and is now the only Cat 1 in Japan to race Single Speed exclusively. We wanted to both congratulate and thank him for his hard work, dedication, and for making it all look so good.
I headed out to Colorado a week ahead of NACCC's to meet up with my good friend Josh Culbertson of Avery County Cycles to do some camping and mountain biking in the Fruita and Moab area. Obviously the love of track, cross, and road bikes runs deep, but I was brought up a mountain biker in the backwoods of Northern Wisconsin. It was my first love, and the opportunity to trod the holy ground of the mtb mecca that is Moab was way too alluring to pass up.
At the beginning of the month the annual North American Cycle Courier Championships took place in Denver, Colorado. As per usual at these things, the All-City courier crew went hard, taking first place in qualifying (Stu), first place Men's (Austin), and 2nd place ladies (Christina).
Yep, that's right. The Paglia Rosa kit which was created to celebrate the pink Mr. Pink has just gotten a re-up. We sold out so fast of the first run based on word of mouth and Instagram, that we didn't actually even bother to do a product announcement or blog post. So if you're one of the many who missed it the first time, here's your chance.
Yep, that's right we've joined up with Ass Savers to bring you an emergency fender to match your totally sweet ride. These babies are affordable, and just plain work. They tuck up nicely under your saddle or fold flat for storage in your backpack.
As it goes in many love affairs, our local velodrome is both beautiful and high maintenance. This Spring our own Nick Paglia spent a day volunteering up at the track replacing worn out boards and paint. The photos he collected as work unfolded are simply sublime. Check it.
Our team rider Fred Marshall organized this year's Westside Invite, a traveling annual alleycat on, you guessed it, the West Coast. It's the largest annual race out that way, and this year it took place in lovely Seattle. Here's Fred's take on what went down.
Join us this Saturday as Angry Catfish pulls out all the stops for the what will likely be the demo event of the weekend. We're talking pig roast, beer, bikes and even rumors of a dunk tank. If you recall how much fun we had at the last ACF X AC event, I wouldn't miss this for the world.
Since the arrival of the Mr. Pink into our lineup five years ago people have been asking "Why is it not pink?" Our answer to that question has always been that it would have been way too obvious for our tastes. However last year, when we produced the All-City X Fulton team bikes in a Bridgestone / Merckx inspired paint scheme, it became clear that we could and should use that template to create a Merckx / Telekom tribute.
Here in the ol' MPLS it's officially All City Championship weekend. The brand's namesake race turns 10 this year, and the festivities start tomorrow with Bandit Cross, followed by a track crit on Friday, and the alleycat on Saturday. If you're anywhere near MPLS, don't miss out. Get Here!
We've finally done it. The Cloak of Invincibility is here, and with it, All-City takes another giant leap forward. The Cloak, which does not actually make you invincible, or invisible, but will help keep you warmer, is a lightweight shell made from Eschler's supremely amazing E3 fabric which is among the most breathable in the world.
Here are 50 Reasons why MPLS is pretty cool. Brought to you by Gear Junkie.
A few weeks back the Radavist posted about the Speedvagen Urban Racer, which was a polarizing bike to say the least. That post reminded us of a customer build that we received back in April, but had not got around to posting. A modded NB Zona done up in an eerily similar way.
It's finally time to get back to sharing coverage of our 2014 Japan tour. It's been too long. Today we'll showcase Tempra Cycles, a super rad little shop that only sells Keirin bikes and All-City's. This is the only shop I know of who's only new bike line is us. (And we feel pretty great about that) The other and possibly way more interesting tidbit about the shop is that at night it transforms in the Handlebar. A little corner drinking spot.
A few weeks back we sent our homie Marty Wood up to opening night at the velodrome to capture the magic of that wooden oval. After all of the off season maneuvering, which saw the track in jeopardy of not opening this year, it was an especially emotional and special first night of racing. Here are a few favorites from the evening.
Last night we had the privilege of hosting a ride with our dear friends, Angry Catfish. We've been wanting to get together for some sort of event for a while now, and it finally happened in the form of a slow beery ride to St. Paul to watch the sunset with both cities skylines in the distance. While your'e scrolling through the pics, make sure you take notice of the one and only Rocky Mountain Donut. Quite possibly the cutest puppy on the planet right now.
Hey there folks, today on this Memorial Day Monday it is not a day of rest at All-City HQ. Rather it is a day of excitement as we officially release upon the world our New Sheriff SL hubs. What's so cool about these hubs you ask? Well, for starters they're among the lightest track hubs in the world, and not only are they light, Buddy, they are plenty durable too.
We're stoked to start making a big push with our new kit the "Big Gulp." This time we've got two big reasons to celebrate. One is the fact that Saisha once more killed the design, this time with a sweet homage to the iconic 7-11 jerseys of the 1980's, and secondly this is our first kit with our new supplier Pactimo. With the new manufacturer, we've taken a big step up in materials, especially in the chamois.
Hey Chicago, please stop on down to Johnny Sprockets on May 13th for a little get together hosted by the shop and All-City. Jeff will be on the turntables, and their will be free beer and you could win an All-City frameset. That's three all around good things.
While out in Los Angeles last week I ran into our homie Robert Pacheco from Chicken Hawk courier, and took the opportunity to snap some pics of two of his fine work steeds. Check them out.
And we're back with the second of Christina's two guest blogs on the CWMC's. Last time, she showed us the photo goods from the pre-ride, this week she tells us about how it went down in the main race. (Spoiler Alert - she wins!!!!!)
Today we've got a guest post from our recently crowned two time defending World Courier Champion, Christina Peck. She recently returned stateside from Australia and has been kind enough to give us a run down of how it all went down on the other side of the world. This post is a photo set of what went down on the Pre-ride from Sydney to Melbourne. Look for a race recap next week.
Yesterday I mailed off my beloved Space Horse to Golden Saddle Cyclery in Los Angeles as I'm heading that way next Tuesday for a personal vacation and some high mileage days in the saddle on a four day mini tour. Here are a few reasons I'm stoked:
Most of our bikes have a simple story behind them, no one was making a track/road/cross/ etc bike the way we wished one existed so we built ourselves one. Such was the case with the Mr. Pink. There just wasn't a production bike that combined the capabilities and qualities of the road bike of our dreams, so we had no choice but to make one and hope that enough of you shared our beliefs and taste.
We are beyond stoked to finally lay hands on the images from the embedded photographer who accompanied us on all of our Japan adventures, Shuji Yamamoto. Shuji is a dear friend of Motocross Intl. our Japanese distributor, and as a Tokyo local was the one who's wheel we would follow as we explored the city and visited bike shops. As you'll soon see, he is also an ace behind the lens, and we couldn't be more grateful to the man. He was a central figure in making our trip as memorable as it was.
We are proud to showcase one of Minneapolis cycling's great success stories, the building up of the women's race field at our local Velodrome via the efforts of All-City sponsored Team Koochella, in our latest video. Through the hard work of Anna Schwinn and her team of dedicated riders, more women raced at the track this year than ever before.
This has got to be one of my favorite Space Horse builds ever. So unique, so very from the Japanese scene. We haven't actually seen many single speed Space Horse builds, so that alone makes it somewhat rare, but then you start getting to the personal touches which push this bike way over the top. While it may not be your dream machine, it's exactly what the owner envisioned, which is just how a custom build should be.
Without a doubt one of the highlights of our trip to Japan was a visit to the Matsuda Cycle Factory, home of framebuilder Matsuda Shikou, maker of the famous Keirin racing marque Level. He was a beyond gracious host and let us ask stupid questions and watch him work. His anecdotes were hilarious and the humbleness of this master of the trade left us all charmed.
As you may be aware, this weekend was the annual Frosbike tradeshow, and the release of our 2016 Cross lineup. If you've been following along on our Instagram, you've already seen some shots of the new goods, here now though is a full peek behind the curtain. Or at least the best peek we can provide you with the photo assets we currently have.
One of the absolute highlights of our trip to Japan was a night ride through the streets of Tokyo. Lee Basford, an English ex-pat, showed up on his Big Block and captured the event, and our hearts. We were a little apprehensive about the whole thing, as we didn't know if anyone would actually show up.
We are stoked to finally make available the long awaited, much anticipated, never duplicated, collaboration bandanna of our dreams. Our Team Dreams, to be exact. A bandanna has long been part of our backpack essentials, you never know when you'll need it or what you'll need it for, but invariably it gets used.
Yeah, you read that right. Here in the real world you can actually purchase either a really small or pretty darn big Thunderdome frameset in lovely polished aluminum. And if that wasn't enough to get your RPM's up, there's more. Yes, there is actually even more good news. We have dropped the MSRP on this 7000 Series aluminum beast to $650. Zoinks!
While down in Austin for Cross Nationals we threw a little party with our dealer Cycleast. In between laying heavy slabs of wax on the ears of the partygoers, I had the opportunity to shoot some photographs of Cycleast's head honcho, Russell's, way hot Dura Ace equipped Space Horse. Check it out.
I'm sure you've seen the jokes and internet punditry associated with last Sunday mornings abrupt cancellation and subsequent postponement of racing. If you haven't, let me give you a brief recap. Sunday is THE BIG DAY. The day that the Elites (read pros) and juniors take to the turf to decide who is the best of the best in the good ol' United States. This is the day the entire week of racing has been building toward, and the day where all the pro teams, moms and dads, and sponsors get their big payoff.
On Thursday of the National Cyclocross Championship in Austin, All-City sponsored Beat the Clock Cycling and the Radavist's bandit cross event, Crash Nationals. This was your regularly scheduled Bandit Cross, not to be confused with Sunday's Crash Nationals race which was put together at the eleventh hour in order to salvage a historic and potentially shitty day (which turned out awesome BTW). More on Sunday's race in the next blog post, so today we'll just soak in the stoke from what was an absolutely excellent night race.
Hey folks, take a minute to get to know the newest member of our team member, New Jersey transplant Nick Paglia. Nick is sliding into the Product Manager role, taking over for Amy who's leaving us for the bright lights of our sister brand Surly. We're all real excited about his coming on board because he just plain "gets it." If you you know what I mean...
I'll be heading down to Austin this week, so if you see me out and about flying the All-City X Fulton black and green, make sure you say hello. We've got a party planned with Cycleast on Wednesday that I'll be DJ'ing at (flyer to come), and we are sponsoring Crash Nats, where you can win a Macho Disc Frameset. See you in Texas.