All of our hand crafted wood components are made entirely from reclaimed wood sourced in NYC and upstate New York. Our designs are made from a part in the history of the greatest city in the world; they have seen the roofs of Manhattan lofts and the shores of the Atlantic, under the feet all those have visited the Coney Island Boardwalk. We’re giving a new life to these storied boards and passing them on to you, now, to see all the corners of the city and beyond.
Surname Cycling Goods Co. is based in New York City. They make these really elegant porteur boxes, wood fenders, wood handlebars, and more. The wood used to create these fine cycling goods is reclaimed and repurposed from wood found around the city. Surname says it best:
This fine company was discovered with their contribution to the latest Urban Tour Project bicycle built by Horse Cycles, also of New York. The Urban Tour Project is a production-style bicycle constructed using TIG welding instead of the more timely fillet- or lugged-construction. These bikes are quality built for commuting and light touring comfort in mind. Find out more on the website: www.urban-tour.com.
Have a look into Surname Cycling Goods Co. in this video:
Richard Sachs is one of the grandfathers of bicycle frame building who still produces bicycle frames using steel lug design. He has been doing this for about 40 years and his passion is still evident and thriving. In this video, the jargon of any craftsman is present and illustrates an individual's drive to put enormous amounts of time and energy into fabricating a product with one's own mind and hands. This is more than a video about a bike frame builder; it is a glimpse into the heart, mind, and motivation of all craftspersons out there.
Video credit: Nick Czerula
I'm sure all of you are familiar with Cuppow, their mason jar drinking lids, and their latest creation: BNTO. But did you know that 5% of proceeds from purchasing a colored lid goes to a carefully chosen charity depending on the lid you are buying?! Now that is what you call a conscious-minded business that uses profit and sales to give back.
Cuppow nicely outlines what charity each lid donates to under the Charity section of their website. Stop by and click through the links provided to get a better idea of where your money is going. You vote everyday with the purchases you make and Cuppow is one of those companies that prides themselves on making their impact on the world a positive one. Vote by supporting Cuppow and in turn you support a charity, environment sustainability, and a community of Boston-local businesses that make Cuppow a reality.
The subject today is Bees. Yes, the stinging, hovering, pollinating insects that often leave people flailing in fear. And these guys are in distress. With that, I came across an article that has been floating around on the internet and thought it necessary to share. The problem of their en masse die offs - called Colony Collapse Disorder - seems to be a bit more complicated than anticipated. In short, it is not just one pesticide that may be at fault but the culmination of pesticide/fungicide applications and chemicals as a whole. Very interesting and scary stuff. These little buzzers do more for continued food growth then most of us will ever understand.
Here is the link to the full article. Stay informed and do what you can to help:
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Cycling Sojourner Washington is set to be a valuable guide to get the most out of bicycle touring in Washington state. It will provide detailed maps, queue sheets, guides of all sorts, and first hand encounters with the terrain (including writings from Martina of Swift Industries). In order to help with construction and publishing costs, Ellee Thalheimer and Bicycle Alliance of Washington have put together a Kickstarter campaign. With your contributions you will not only help this guidebook come to fruition, but you will be gifted with some goodies as a thank you for your support - not a bad deal if I do say so myself.
A fusion of storytelling, local knowledge, & practical info, this guidebook lures you to the best bicycle tours in Washington.
The most recent release from Outlier is the result of their combined efforts with Vans. A bit shocking, I know. However, the Supermarie Bedford looks like just the right combination of form, function, and durability - we wouldn't expect anything less from a product with the Outlier name on it.
Outlier: One of the dirty little secrets behind Outlier is just how committed we are to delivering value to our customers. We love working with the best materials (which are often very expensive) so it’s not always obvious, but we’re always pushing to deliver incredible quality at the best possible price. So when we got an opportunity to work with Vans on a shoe… well damn, not only did a lot of us grow up wearing Vans, but it was also a chance to make a great shoe at a really accessible price, so we didn’t hesitate.
Outlier meets Vans, the Supermarine Bedford. Water resistant Supermarine Cotton®, stainless steel hardware, pigskin cupped insoles, and of course a Vans OTW vulcanized waffle sole. $90. Available now.
Juniper Ridge has a wide range of products that always involve the great outdoors and smell of the terrain. Everything from incense to cabin spray, Juniper Ridge brings the wilderness to its customer using sustainably harvested plants, needles, trimmings, often times from trail cleanups, etc.
What is really thoughtful is the Harvest Number on each product sold. This allows you to see where the plant material was harvested and corresponding photos from the harvest itself. What a nice touch to get a behind the scenes look at the what, where, and how of the product. Awesome idea, guys!
Head on over to JuniperRidge.com and take a look at the fine material and products they have to offer.
What a nice recent find: Bunyan Velo online magazine. The theme and focus is simply stated: "A quarterly collection of photographs, essays, and stories celebrating the simple pleasures of traveling by bicycle." So, if you are into any kind of adventure and/or travel, no matter if it by bike, the words and photos will be a joy to take in.
Each issue can either be viewed directly online or purchased as a download for $5 (you can also donate in support of continuing this publication). How ever you view this zine, you will see contributions from cyclists that have traveled all over the world, not just excursions here in the United States. Articles are put together from all types of riders but each one is a gifted photo-journalist educated by pleasure and passion, not necessarily a college degree. The word-smithing and photographs are beautifully constructed.
Stop on over to the website and read some of the shorts or get comfortable and devour some of the longer articles. All are a joy.
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