Kurt

I ride therefore I am. Cyclocross, Mountain or Road, geared or single-speed, trail advocate, bike blogger, business analyst. I am a co-conspirator to this little place called talkingtreads.com. Thanks for checking us out. Reach me directly at kurt*at*talkingtreads*dot*com

Cadence Denim


Cadence is the originator of cycling denim before there was a trend in the urban market. Dustin Klein, designer, artist and ex-messenger created Cadence in San Francisco in 2003 and has been deeply embedded in the cycling culture since the early days. The brand has continued to attract a dedicated following due to the no nonsense, progressive approach to design and manufacturing product with purpose in the USA.

Cadence Raw Cycling Denim has been built from over five years of design and testing. Features include Kabiao stitch inseam for durability, double back pockets for riding with a lock, reinforced seat, reflective back label for visibility, 2% stretch for mobility, tapered cuff for riding to avoid rolling up pants, custom hardware and Raw Denim that is manufactured in LA, CA.
Find them at cadencecollection.com

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Showers Pass Announces Body-Mapped Baselayer

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Showers Pass (www.showerspass.com), the Portland, Ore.-based experts in inclement weather protection, today announces the debut of the company’s Body-Mapped Baselayer – a new product created to complement the company’s popular jackets by working in conjunction with their renowned venting system.

The Showers Pass design team dedicated months to refining the fiber content of its Body-Mapped Baselayer to achieve a mix that weaves the softness of Modal, the form-fitting and stretchable fit of Spandex, the strength and durability of Nylon with the warmth and odor resistance of Merino Wool.  Each component of this custom blend material is proportioned to achieve optimal performance in aerobic outdoor activities.

 
The Showers Pass Body-Mapped Baselayer is designed to correspond with the ventilation system in the company’s best-selling jacket line.  The Baselayer features a body-mapped knit pattern designed to vent out excess heat in the areas where you tend to sweat the most – an important design point for the active users who are fans of the brand’s outerwear.  Multiple knit patterns are used to achieve the body-mapping without adding additional seams; the torso is seamless to minimize chafing.
 
“Baselayers are a natural extension of our product line, but it’s a new category for us.  So we wanted to make sure we got it right before bringing it to market.” notes Kyle Ranson, president, Showers Pass. “We surpassed all of our design goals, and are excited to round out our line and offer our customers another well-conceived high performance garment.”
 
The Showers Pass Body-Mapped Baselayer features a long torso, wide hem, and long sleeves with thumb loops, to accommodate high output outdoor activities such as cycling and running.  They are available in a graphite color in two sizes for both Men (size S/M and L/XL) and Women (size S/M and L/XL), with an SRP of $69.

  Showers Pass products are available at cycling and sports outerwear retailers nationwide and overseas. For more information on current Showers Pass products visit www.showerspass.com.

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Ritte Bicycles: The Rider Diaries: A Chance Encounter

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ABUS announces 410 Ultra line

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The new 410 Ultra line-up from ABUS was designed to complete the 400 u-lock series.

This attractive and easy to use lock fills the gap in ABUS entry level u-lock security at an incredibly pocket-friendly price point and shines by offering an complete collection of locks: the mini; mini with cobra cable; long shackly mini; long shackly mini-u with cobra cable; standard size, standard with cobra cable; and a long shackly version.

The new 410 Ultra line up is packed with technology and high quality materials that make it an unbelievable value in bicycle security:

•Unique state of the art 12mm Solid Secure Silver rated, round shackly
•Security Level 8
•Innovative new 6-wafer key cylinder – provides high level of protection against picking
•Hardened lock body
•Ergonomic round lock body
•Double bolting shackle – protects against cutting and twisting attacks
•Simple to use, rattle-free SH34 bracket (fits 24-35mm frames)

All models come with and without a loop cable option.

Price:
410 Ultra Mini (5.5”):  $34.99
410 Ultra Mini with Cobra Cable (5.5”):  $42.99
410 Ultra Mini LS (7”):  $39.99
410 Ultra Mini LS (7”) with Cobra Cable:  $44.99
410 Ultra (9”)” $44.99
410 Ultra (9”) w Cobra Cable:  $49.99
410 Ultra LS (11”):  $49.99

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Chrome introduces Warm line

Chrome WARM™ technology offers a unique combination of insulated performance, reversible high-visibility, and classic workwear looks. Chrome WARM pieces are made with lightweight poly-fill insulation (keeps you warm even when wet), a water-resistant ripstop nylon shell, reflective details, a ventilated yoke, and more. Plus, they pack into a pillow for easy travel and naps.  Chrome WARM line consists of a Vest and Work Shirt

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CHROME WARM™  VEST

We built the Chrome WARM™ Vest to be our most versatile urban cycling piece of clothing. It can be worn alone or layered under Chrome Strom™ and Wind™, and over our Chrome Merino™. The Chrome WARM™ Vest has a high visibility rust orange side and a low-key black diamond quilt pattern on the other. Both sides are made with water-resistant ripstop nylon and our lightweight poly fill packs tightly. Bike specific features include longer torso, ventilated yoke and reflective details.

FEATURES:

• Reversible black diamond quilting on one-side, rust orange on the other for visibility choice

• Concealed 4-way stretch Nylon mesh yoke provides ventilation and mobility

• Rear utility pocket doubles as stuff sack

• Front hand warmer pockets

• Reflective taping along front zipper and back yoke band for night visibility

FIT:

• Slim fit with longer torso and arms for riding comfort

FABRICATION:

• Ripstop nylon shell with diamond quilting pattern for rip-resistance

• Water-resistant poly fill insulation provides warmth even when wet

• Welt covered zipper pockets resist wind and water

• Abrasion resistant nylon twill trim for enhanced durability at wear points

BLACK/RUST
MSRP:  $150

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CHROME WARM™
WORKSHIRT

The Chrome WARM™ Workshirt is the most versatile insulated jacket we can make. One side is high visibility rust orange, while the other is black diamond quilted. Both sides are made with water-resistant ripstop nylon. Bike specific details include longer torso and arms, reflective details, and ventilated yoke. The WARM™ Workshirt works on its own, or as an excellent mid-layer under our waterproof Storm™ Field Jacket and Storm™ Cobra.

FEATURES:

• Reversible black diamond quilting on one-side, rust orange on the other for visibility choice

• Concealed 4-way stretch Nylon mesh yoke provides ventilation and mobility

• Rear utility pocket doubles as stuff sack

• Front hand warmer pockets

• Reflective taping along front zipper and back yoke band for night visibility

FIT:

• Slim fit with longer torso and arms for riding comfort

FABRICATION:

• Ripstop nylon shell with diamond quilting pattern for rip-resistance

• Water-resistant poly fill insulation provides warmth even when wet

• Welt covered zipper pockets resist wind and water

• Abrasion resistant nylon twill trim for enhanced durability at wear points

BLACK/RUSTTM

MSRP:  $180

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Affinity Cycles/ Endo Kit Launch

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In collaboration with the most niche cycling kit manufacturer in the business Endo Customs, Affinity is proud to announce the long awaited release of our pro track team kit.  Endo only takes on a select batch of projects each year so we couldn’t be more hyped offering this up to our biggest fans.

So when the first one rolled off the line we asked NYC export and OG Affinity Employee Ben Foster (not the movie star Ben Foster but the fast as shit neo pro roadie) to pick it up right from Endo’s Downtown LA shop. 

Ben got to see the talented folks at Endo Customs work their magic firsthand, before hoping on his bike and testing out the kit in the hills of West LA, taking this series of self-portraits along the way.

A few things to note about our kit and Endo Customs: The kits are 100% handmade in Endo’s small workshop in Downtown LA, they handle all the printing, cutting and sewing in-house, sourcing only the most premium quality fabrics and materials available. The kit is available as both a long and short sleeve jersey and our team bib short.

Our kits are crafted with…
– Italian engineered highly abrasion-resistant fabric with MITITECH high compression technology, featuring 50+SPF/UPF
– Cytech EIT Carbonium COMP HP Chamois
– Laser cut leg band fabric with integrated grip

This kit has been reserved exclusively to our World Championship winning track team and has never been available for public sale. We’re running a two-week pre order and capping it off at the first 50.  So don’t be selfish and make sure you tell your fellow Kissena and Lo Pro riders before they’re gone.

Photography © Ben Foster 2014

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Gevenalle Releases BURD Front Derailleur

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Gevenalle (Formerly RetroShift) releases new BURD (Blatantly Upgraded and Rebranded Derailleur) Front Derailleur (and Chain Guide) just in time for cross season. The new 84 gram short cage derailleur completes the CX 1 and CX2 Shifting System. Coupled with the BURD rear and CX Shifters, Gevenalle comes closer to a complete Cyclocross groupo. MSRP for the BURD Front is $49 and includes Gevenalle’s amazing crash rebuild service, getting riders back up and running in the event of a incident for only $20 including shipping.

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Blackburn Central Series Lights

Your own personal safety beacon of light.
Blackburn’s CENTRAL light series signals traffic in all directions to watch
out, and keep their distance. Take the lane and feel safe knowing you’re seen. These
lights are built to the ANSI FL-1 standard, which provides consistent light performance guidelines
and measurements.

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Central 100 Front
Blackburn’s brightest rear safety light, with a very broad visible beam.
• Built to ANSI FL-1 light standard
• Micro USB charging connection
• Extruded Alloy Shell
• 3 modes: High: 20 lms, Steady Flash: 20 lms,
Blackburn Strobe: 20 lms
• Runtime: High: 25 hrs, Steady flash: 42 hrs,
Blackburn strobe: 76 hrs
• LED fuel gauge/charge indicator
• Silicone mount, 1 size fits all
MSRP:  $34.00

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Central 20 Rear
• Built to ANSI FL-1 light standard
• Micro USB charging connection
• Extruded Alloy Shell
• 3 modes: High: 100 lms, Low: 50 lms, Blackburn Strobe: 50 lms
• Runtime: High: 3.2 hrs, Low: 7 hrs, Blackburn strobe: 21 hrs
• LED fuel gauge/charge indicator
• Silicone mount, 1 size fits all
7053783
MSRP: $34.99

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Modify Watches grows deeper into cycling market

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San Francisco, CA, Modify Industries, Inc.,a San Francisco-based company that designs and manufactures interchangeable watches, announced today their recent collaborations with iconic IBD’s, cycling teams and street cycling heroes.

Following their successful Kickstarter campaign – ‘Mod-To-Order’- Modify Watches can now print-on-demand fully-customized watch designs These are printed and assembled in the San Francisco, CA and Modify is proud to offer the same process to cycling teams and IBD’s.  This control over the supply chain and production enables Modify to service both large and small shops, as well as teams.

“Modify’s entry into the cycling industry and itsculture is a natural extension for our brand and, more importantly, fun for our team.” states Aaron Schwartz, CEO, Modify Watches.  “We want to work with brands, teams and people that inspire us. IBD’splay a critical role for communities, as these brick and mortar shops offer the best resources for people to learn about our product. We are proud to have the opportunity to collaborate with people that we admire.”

Modify has made custom watches for SRAM,Pinarello, Ritte Racing, Hodala Cyclocross Team,Cyclehawk, Godspeed Courier and Levi’s GranFondo to name a few. Shops such as One On One Bicycle in Minneapolis and West End Bikes in Portland are signed on to carry custom watches as well as stock options. For dealer inquiries please contact Aaron Schwartz, aaron@modifywatches.com

About Modify Industries, Inc.

Founded in 2010, Modify Watches are fun, colorful and affordable timepieces featuring mix-and-match faces and straps. Near endless custom combinations means you can build the perfect “Mods” to match your style. Modify is an industry leader and official licensee of Major League Baseball, Major Leagues Soccer as well as local and national cycling teams and companies.  Their tagline says it all: Show YOUR Colors! More at ModifyWatches.com | @modifywatches

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BLACKBURN ANNOUNCES 2014 RANGERS

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA—July 15, 2014 — Blackburn (www.blackburndesign.com), designer and developer of innovative cycling products and accessories, announced today the induction of four new adventure cyclists into the 2014 Blackburn Ranger “Out There” program. Created in 2012 to embody the culture of adventure, the Blackburn Ranger program supports cyclists that the brand admires on their journeys along the Pacific Coast and the Great Divide.

To continue the legacy and spirit that Founder Jim Blackburn built in 1975, the Ranger program is created from a simple and effective people-and-product-first approach with everything it touches. This no-nonsense style provides in the field product development feedback that gets fast-tracked for future innovation and also places community first; which has always been a fundamental tenet of the brand.

According to Robin Sansom, Brand and Product Manager, “The Rangers are on the front line with our products on a daily basis for months. Their level of focused feedback is instrumental to our product innovation, validation and testing.  We are approaching our third year of the Ranger program and our team is all so proud of the cyclists for stepping up to share their adventures.
Ultimately, the program encourages everyone to ‘get out there.’

Blackburn sent out a smoke signal to cyclists asking for participation into the Ranger program from January– March 2014.  There was an overwhelming response as hundreds of applicants created videos and wrote essays explaining why they wanted to embark on the adventure and become a Blackburn Ranger.  The end result was the Blackburn team choosing four new Rangers that they felt symbolized the sprit of the brand and would carry the torch of the proceeding Rangers. 

Introducing the 2014 Blackburn Rangers

Name:  Chas Eberle 
Route: Pacific Coast

About: 
Chas has been chasing adventure for a long time.  He is currently a student but the majority of the time you can find him at Mt. Baker during the winter teaching snowboarding and in Alaska during the summer supervising a zip line course.   Chas is not in a hurry to complete the journey and has his sights set on epic surf stops and finding as much dirt connectors as possible along the tour.

Name: Eiry Bartlett
Route: Pacific Coast

About: 
Eiry calls the beautiful land of Vancouver home and one of her passions is designing leather goods for her company AARAWORKS.  Her other drive is to
Embark on the road less travelled and have adventure bike/camp become a daily ritual during the long ride to Mexico.

Name:   Sam Harney and Kurt Williams
Route:  Great Divide

About:
Sam and Kurt are long time friends and will be joining forces during their adventure.  The duo will be carrying 100lbs of climbing gear in order to pick off routes during their endless summer ride.  They both live in Bishop, CA and climb as much as humanly possible and plan to continue this lifestyle by bike.  They are in absolutely no hurry to finish the route and their personal success gage will be a combination of miles and how many routes they knock down along the way.

Name:   J.D. Pauls
Route:  Great Divide

About:
J.D. is a returning Ranger, who successfully completed the Great Divide last year and told some fantastic stories along the way.  We welcome J.D. back this year for another adventure, this time along the Colorado Trail, which intersects the Great Divide and is incredibly story worthy.

Name:   Jennifer Schofield
Route:  Pacific Coast

About:
Also a returning Ranger, Jennifer’s journey in 2013 helped to inspire a career change and now she is embarking on a life journey that involves guiding others on their cycling adventures.  We’ll see what this iteration of travel by bike is like for her . . . ice cream will be a part of it.

To follow the Blackburn Ranger adventures go to: http://www.blackburndesign.com

About Blackburn Design
Since 1975 Blackburn Design has been dedicated to designing innovative and reliable cycling products and accessories that are essential to the riding experience. The Scotts Valley based company produces pumps, lights, racks, bags, computers, cages, trainers, tools, fenders and mirrors.  For more information, visit http://www.blackburndesign.com | @BlackburnDesign

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