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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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Levi’s Traveling Commuter Bike Shop

Check out Levi’s Commuter Bike Shop site for more information.

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The Spokesman

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Musguard

Pretty cool concept, simple and easy to install it appears.

More information can be found at their site here.
Help the cause on their Kickstarter page.

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Stoopidtall

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Car Grammar

This concept helmet includes headlight, turn signal and brake light.

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bicymple

After watching this video of the bicymple, I sort of want one. You can lock the rear steering, as shown in the first part of the clip, then the remaining video it is unlocked.

The bike is on kickstarter and well past its minimum pledge. Come February 22, it will fund, so you have time with several versions of the bicymple starting at an $800 pledge. Totally a one of a kind design and concept.

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How a Bicycle Is Made (1945)

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NAHBS Pics

I’m going to let the majority of this post be about the pictures.  I am an artist and a cyclist and this show may replace that special place in my heart that Interbike has held for several years now.  What can I say, I’m non-committal.  It was absolute sensory overload (just like Interbike is) but with the added atmosphere that an upscale art gallery has.  I was, to put it simply, in bike art heaven.  I had promised that I would help out Dean Alleger at his booth for the Sacramento Valley Velodrome so I attempted to see as many booths as I could in 20 minutes flat.  I think I was actually gone 30 minutes.  At any rate, please enjoy the following bikeprOn:


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NAHBS this weekend

Friday, March 2nd is the first day of the annual North American Handmade Bike Show, which is being held in Sacramento for the first time this year. The exhibition brings cycling manufacturers and enthusiasts together for three days of events showcasing the finest handmade bicycles in the world.

Every year since 2005, NAHBS has assembled industry pioneers and innovators in a succession of cycling-friendly cities for the event, which has grown in attendance by 10% each year. This year, 172 individual exhibitors will spread out across the Convention Center in anticipation of several thousand attendees. Last year, the show attracted more than 7,300 industry enthusiasts.

In addition to the vendors’ booths, the show features seminars on a range of topics from framebuilding and engineering, innovation in bike frame materials, custom design and the business of marketing small-production high-end frames.

NAHBS predicts new trends in bike building for 2012, including a surge in the use of modern stainless steel, which is gaining popularity as a lightweight and strong alternative to traditional steel frames. Also, after several years of high-profile road-bikes dominating the national consciousness, mountain-bikes and city-bikes will this year form the majority of the total bike categories represented.

Running concurrently with NAHBS is the local ArtBike! community arts initiative, which will be promoting cycling-related film and culture in Sacramento. Hosts include the ever-reliable midtown restaurant Hot Italian (creators of the Savage Sprints), and a tie-in with Sacramento Beer Week, which is currently in progress.

NAHBS kicks-off on Friday with an industry-exclusive morning, followed by regular admission until 6pm. Awards take place on Sunday at 3pm at the stage area of Hall B & C. Pre-registration is available from the website, and tickets will also be available onsite.

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