Thanks Josh!

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Hope to someday put these to good use!

Have to try this sometime!

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Summer Vibes

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BMX Video Monday

Few Things…

In life can rival the mid-ride swim. Photo by Bobby Wintle, California August 2017
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Jim Merz’s 1964 Portland to Denver Tour

I am over the moon thrilled to be able to share these amazing photos from Jim Merz’s tour from Portland to Denver in 1964 with the Bike Jerks audience. They are at once charming and romantic, the fuzziness of age and equipment shines through giving a loving look at a formative trip in a young, though soon to be hugely influential, cycling figure’s life.

For the uninitiated from Classic Rendezvous:
“Jim Merz built bike frames in Portland, OR from 1973 until late in 1982, then he shut down his shop and went to work for Specialized as a designer. Merz could build a track or ‘cross bike, and built superlative road racing bikes, but touring bikes were where he stood out. He made bikes with tubular steel racks–generally shorter and quicker steering than most other touring rigs of his time–and matching panniers also made in Portland.”
“Jim started riding a Campagnolo equipped bike in 1964, just after high school. Jim worked as a machinist and taught himself frame building from his metalworking background. He opened his own shop at NW 21st and Everett. Over 400 frames were produced, using Columbus, Reynolds 531 and 753 tubing including two 753 frames (He was the first USA builder certified to use 753) for pro rider George Mount. Merz used BCM lugs and crowns, finished seat stays with flat tops a la Schwinn Paramount, and decorated the bikes with simple graphics and paint. His painter was Virginia Church.”
“To this day, many Portland bikies consider Merz machines in high regard, even the best bikes ever made. Jim was a resident of Bainbridge Island, WA, working for the Browning company, until his recent return to Specialized as their “Master frame builder”.”

Check out these Radavist articles here and here for additional reading on Merz.

1964 Tour: Portland to Denver
In Jim’s own words
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J. C. Higgings made by Puch. Campagnolo derailleurs, alloy Weinnman rims and fenders. I got it used for $50 right before the trip, it had not been used much.

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Starting from Lane’s house in Vancouver Washington.

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Lane’s Geminiani. He bought this from Kissler’s Bikes in Portland. Look at his legs! Lane was a strong rider. I had zero miles on a bike when we started!

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Bike is a little too small for me, but it worked!

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Spilling a lot of water over Bonneville Dam!

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Maryhill Museum. We spend the 1st night here, just about exactly 100 miles the first day.

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I was beat! Cold turkey 100 mile day on a bike!

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Looking at the Washington side of the Columbia River.

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I am not sure about what they were growing over on the other side. These days this is wine country.

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This is NE Oregon. Not much traffic!

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Not sure where this is, but Idaho around Boise.

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Typical resting spot. We camped every night.

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This corner is W South Temple and S West Temple. This is called the Small Church. Main Temple is behind.

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Somewhere is Colorado.

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We rode on Highway 40 across Colorado.

So good!

ACC Bandit Cross Photos

Up on the AC Blog, we just posted photos from the All City Championships Bandit Cross

Here are a few of my faves

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See full gallery here

Introducing the Send Band

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I am beyond stoked to bring you the fruits of a multi-year odyssey to create and produce what is highly likely the greatest device for keeping your ears comfortable in cool temps, while at the same time, (yes, at the same dang time) allowing your dome piece to breathe free.

I have long had a worn out, stretched out Prana bandana as part of my riding kit. I keep it in my backpack during the swing months since you never know when the ability to keep your ears warm will come in handy. It’s become a cherished piece of gear, yet the cotton construction and design left a bit to be desired.

Working with Minneapolis’ own Beard Bags, we put our energies together and wrought forth this dynamite stylish black merino-wool headband for all your riding, hiking, camping, chilling, and climbing needs.

If you have ears, I hope you’ll consider keeping them comfortable with this little number. One run of 40 pieces is all that exist, so jump on it, they’re $17 and available now. Proudly Made in MPLS!

Swoop Here

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All-City Intercontinental Cyclocross Championships

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Favorite Summer Photo!

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a thoroughly decent encapsulation of why I love Summers in MPLS!