Thursday, February 25, 2016

Throwback Thursday?

We've come a long way when it comes to mountain biking. Gone are the days when the dudes from California converted their balloon-tired cruisers—or as commonly called, klunkers—to shred the dirt on fire roads down the Repack track at Mount Tamalpais, replaced with bicycles made from exotic materials equipped with long travel suspension, hydraulic disc brakes, electronic shifting, and gearing range that allows you to climb all the way to the moon.
Somewhere along the way, romanticism sets in. The need of a throwback, to return to the days where things were much simpler. Those kind of moments where you feel a bit nostalgic.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A Pleasure to Ride

Ah, Japan. The land of manga cartoons, technological breakthroughs, and vertically-stacked, automated underground bicycle parking lot. Speaking of which, you cannot remove bicycle from the Japanese culture. Apart from being home of the largest bicycle component manufacturer, bicycles are still largely used as main form of transportation.
Since many people still rely on bicycles to get around, Japanese have a different approach when it comes to urban/city bicycle design. These bicycles are considered as efficient, functional machines that will stand the abuse of daily commuting: potholes (not that Japanese roads are full of them), train crossings, and worse, being buried under stacks of other bicycles should someone toppled a herd of them in the parking lot.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Wheelbuild: Double Trouble

We're often asked to do rim swaps. Usually the client wanted to switched the hubs or rims of their recent wheelset, whether to drop some weight or to upgrade from the factory, vendor-sourced stock hubs. But in this particular case, we stumbled upon something entirely different. As the certain Team Rocket once said, prepare for trouble, and make it double...

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Shorten Your Lock-On Bicycle Grips

If you tend to tinker your bicycle a lot like me, having a pair of lock-on grips is a blessing. No more struggling to get them off when you want to swap your handlebar, shifters, or brakelevers, while the locking mechanism prevents the grips from twisting off when you're mashing your pedals real hard.
But if you're using twist-style shifters, these grips will be too long to use. So how do you shorten them? I'll show you how.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Celebrating Ten Years of MASH SF

With its extraordinary hilly terrain San Francisco may be one of the most unlikely places for track bikes to flourish, yet on the city’s hills, street riding is reaching one of its ultimate forms of expression. MASH SF, a group of riders from across San Francisco first showed the city’s track-bike potential to the world. Cinelli saw the potential to become the first legendary Italian bicycle manufacturer to embrace the booming urban fixed gear culture. A collaboration with MASH SF resulted with the production of Cinelli x MASH Bolt frame, starting from 2009.
To celebrate the MASH SF's tenth anniversary this year, they teamed up with Cinelli to produce a limited batch of 100 Parallax frames, featuring the livery design from the extraordinary talented Garrett Chow.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Instant Recognition: 1954 Bates Vegrandis

We have a special place in our hearts for British bicycles, especially since we have one in our family for quite a long time. Our brakes are even set in moto-style, proper British way. So when Akmal Haris Rusdi challenged us with a ground up restoration built project, we're really excited.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Wheelbuild: Long Live The King

In the age where people treat their wheels as consumables, it is easy to see why a lot of people prefers to buy a ready-to-ride, factory built set of wheels. You'll find them in a wide choice range to suit your pursuit of lightness/stiffness, or to match your budget.
But sometimes some people would like to take their factory built wheels even further.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

A Gift of Two Wheels

A family that rides together, stays together. Or that's what I remembered written on the wall of a bicycle-themed coffee shop I visited many moons ago. So it is very natural for cycling enthusiasts to spread their love of bicycles to their significant others.