With the Queen of the Classics now behind us, for many the best parts of the road racing season are over – although if this was a preview of the talent pool in 2014, the Grand Tours should be quite entertaining this year as well.
Paris-Roubaix 2014 was one of the best single day races in recent memory, with numerous breaks and an insanely fast average speed (+45 kmph!) – in the final 10 km the lead group included the likes of Cancellara, Sagan, Boonen, Hushovd, and Wiggins, so you know the win was hard fought. Enjoy the always-infomative coverage of Cosmo Catalano, and next up, Amstel and Liège–Bastogne–Liège
Justin Morrison aka Scrappers is a man of many activities; drawing, painting, camping, surfing, moto riding and i am sure the list goes on. Born on Vancouver Island and now based in Portland, Scrappers is all about the adventure life and he wants to share and explore that with you, so much so he is looking to launch a free adventure/lifestyle mag called STAY WILD. To help get things off the ground he has started a Kickstarter page to raise money for the printing costs of the first issue. This looks like it is going to be a super rad publication, one I can fully support and if you feel the same head on over to the Kickstarter and throw down in the name of adventure…
Great interview with Quadra Island-based Sam Whittington and his Naked Bicycle co, some of the finest hand-made bikes on the planet. Sam’s client and wait list speaks for itself, and even better is his impressive record of riding, from the human-powered land speed records through to racing Expert in our local cross circuit on a single speed (and always wearing distinctive socks). A Naked road and/or track bike is bucket list material for me, one day… for now, watch and get insight in to soul craft philosophy and why it’s the sustainable route forward.
‘BARRACUDA SURFBOARDS has been a Vancouver Island mainstay for many years. From the inception of the business it has been in the hands of surfers who have loved what they do and love the sport of surfing. Never pushing too hard and never losing sight of what matters most – your surfboard.
Carl White started the small Vancouver Island Based business in 1999 and handed it down to Will Hazen who now runs the show with a very liberal hand, always asking for input from the community of committed surfers based here on the BC island. Other craftsman and dutiful employees call Barracuda home now, showing up for work before the sun has risen and after it has set, all in the name of getting their daily wave count in….shaping, glassing, sanding, fixing, restoring and having a sh@t load of fun all the time.
HtO adopted the philosophy of only carrying hand shaped boards long ago and because of this we have been carrying Barracuda Surfboards for a very long time. Our relationship with these guys is one we want every surfer to have, to know the guy, to share a beer and shake his hand….surfing has a soul and we want you to help keep it alive.’
Another year full of memories and successes to build upon: we’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who checks in on this site, to browse the catalog of our tastes and gauge our viewpoints – from the site redesign to the related items we’ve put in motion, 2013 was a great year for us from our home base on Vancouver Island, and we’ve got plenty more in store for 2014… so stay tuned! For now, off to some cabins in the woods, cold surf and no cell service.
All the best to you and yours, and we’ll see you soon – Kevin and Brendan, 84/85
Another year in the books and a ton of great music to celebrate: 2013 was a stellar year across genres, and as always it was hard to keep up with everything and make the time to give the repeat in-depth listens these releases warranted. Top highlights for me include Montreal’s Bummer who released 2 EPs of flawless modern punk, Hamilton’s Jessy Lanza and her impeccable debut LP on Hyperdub entitled Pull My Hair Back, Alpinist sideproject Jungbluth and their relentless LP Part Ache, Brighter Arrows and their gripping take on post hardcore w/ Dreamliner, and Denzel Curry with his dark narration of youth culture via N64. Above and after the jump and a random assortment of tunes that stayed on rotation and will carry in to 2014… give a listen and hopefully there’s something new here for you.
Wild that 10 years have passed with the Cadence Collection in existence… from Fast Friday in Seattle to a full-fledged cycling apparel line and kit provider out of SF, the brand truly represents the grassroots cycling lifetyle. Congrats to Dustin Klein for growing his artistic vision, and in celebration they’ve released this 10 year kit for the winter months, another hit produced by Capo in Italy. Both my Cadence kits fit/wash/ride like gold, full recommend to go cop right now while your size is still in stock.
New to our radar this fall, Philadelphia’s Blue Claw are doing it right when it comes to a vertically integrated production and marketing model for quality small-run goods. From their FAQs,
‘We are American. Blue Claw’s goal was not only to make the perfect bag, but to bring domestic production back to the USA. Domestic manufacturing not only improves the quality of life for fellow countrymen, but we are able to monitor the quality of our bags much more closely. A rare but true Win-Win.’
Check their site for a breakdown on all materials used in manufacturing the collections, and make sure to peruse the shop and peep the wise range of items and styles… best part? Free shipping in the USA and reasonable rates internationally… click through for more from this lookbook