New swrve Deck Jacket.

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I wasn’t at Interbike this year but did some trolling of the internet afterwards.  And during these trolling sessions, I came across the new swrve Deck Jacket.  There is always one thing I fixate on at Interbike, last year it was the Giro Privateer with the gum-sole and even though I wasn’t there this year, its gotta be the swrve Deck Jacket that I got my sights on for the new year.

I’ve always loved the swrve Milwaukee Jacket but it was always lacking in the style category for me.  I like buttons, hidden zippers and high collars on jackets.  No hoods for me either, I have a helmet on when riding or some kind of cap when off the bike.

It’s still not winter here in Los Angeles, so I can’t really tell you much about this jacket but I can tell you it looks real nice!  Here’s what swrve has to say about it though…

made out of water and wind resistant 3-layer softshell fabric this jacket has a cozy fleece interior to keep you warm, a middle layer that is not only water and wind resistant but also highly breathable to keep you dry even during vigorous riding. this jacket is fully loaded with bike friendly features and is functional on and off a bike.


Bench Self Made: Jordan Hufnagel Interview.

It was about midnight last night when my friend Jordan Hufnagel started texting me pictures of him brazing someone’s frame from his flip-phone.  He didn’t actually say it was mine but it did say “so it begins”.  I never know when Jordan is lying to me or telling me the truth but either way I am pretty psyched!


I am a custom bicycle maker and I share a large metalworkshop in Portland, Oregon with my friend James Crowe. He’s a custom motorcycle fabricator. We have a traditional metal shop full of things like manual milling machines, lathes, sheet metal shaping machines, saws, grinders and hand tools. James and I both work a ton and we try to make all our time spent outside of the shop as rad as possible. That usually means things like camping, motorcycles and swimming. Together we just started a new company called West America. It’s more focused on all our parts, rather than being hyper focused on our other respective companies. With West America we are creating an outlet for us to share stories, focus on some new products and get lost more often.


I moved at the end of 2004. I had been living in Austin, Texas for a few years at the time and was eagerly searching for the next spot. I spent most of 2004 on various road trips zig-zagging back and forth across the States, only spending a few months at home. It was awesome and exciting. That brought my first visit to the Northwestern United States. When I got to Portland it was summer time. Portland was in its full glory, packed with life and motivated people, surrounded by mountains and rivers. I felt like I’d found the place I was looking for. I extended my stay on that visit and when I got back to Austin I just bought a one-way ticket back immediately.

Continue reading the interview…HERE!