Being here in San Francisco, we see a lot
bikes come through the doors. We (read: Luke) saw this gorgeous build from L.A.'s The Cub House featured on The Radavist
and had to share it. What was even cooler was seeing Campagnolo's Ekar being used on a road bike that can fit 40mm slicks. We totally love Ekar and think it's not limited to gravel (though it's central to the current Grevil builds
from Pinarello). It's also neat seeing a bike that wouldn't make the cut for a Slam That Stem
submission. Less aero, more comfortable, and more likely to be ridden often and actually enjoyed while being ridden.
Will over at Rivendell linked up this S.F. Chronicle article
related to the recent rains and ... sewage mixing with the rain water we were all rolling through. Let's just say that I'm elated to have some full coverage fenders on my bike (with mud flaps on the way from Japan). I think that fenders are 1) rad, 2) should be able to be mounted on any bike, and 3) don't have to limit what a bike can or can't ride on. I just did a chill Planet of the Apes
spin down the Peninsula with my fully-fendered bike with nary an issue (okay, so I needed to swap some standard nuts for nylock nuts due to some fender chatter, but it's fixed now). I even have 55mm tires on my bike.
White Industries just bought Rolf and Astral! We're stoked to perhaps see some ready made WI wheelsets hit the market (Anson's a WI fanboy anyway). White had already been making hubs for both Rolf and Astral (for the former since 2004 and the latter since 2017) so it seems business will go on as usual just under new ownership. And, as per the press release: "Beyond wheel-related stuff, there are a lot of ideas swirling about, but we need to get our feet planted before we get ahead of ourselves."
Since the supply chain bottleneck has eased just a bit, White Industries stuff isn't impossible to get ahold of nowadays (what a relief). Our very own Artur has been getting slammed with wheel builds using White hubs and nothing would make him happier than a fresh deluge of requests. Email or call us if you think you'd like to do that.