If you work or own a bike shop! Please read!

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Today a friend brought in some new Shimano XTR brakes that he apparently bought online for $145.00 a unit, each from Arts Cyclery, an online business. No sales tax, and free freight. My cost is $155 from the only US Shimano distributor.

I have been in the bicycle business for 36 years and it looks like it’s over. I can not seem to gather much support from dealers to fight for change. Shimano has control. Their sales were recently reported to be up 14% while bicycle dealers are down 25% and dropping.

I sent two emails to the two top guys at Shimano USA, before I received a response. Their response was to say that there is nothing on the horizon to fix this problem. He said several times during the conversation that he had nothing to say that will make me feel better. He just listened and apologized.

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It’s time we take a stand! Thanks for sharing this Drew Johnson, owner of World Famous City Cycle!

Still wear more Outlier than anything!

Welcome to Klum House!

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In theory, we all make things everyday. But think about the last time you truly made something – with your mind, with your hands, with your heart. Maybe you cooked dinner from scratch, designed your own garden, built a table, or fashioned a piece of jewelry. You created something, whether for yourself or someone else. Maybe it was your own idea, or perhaps you borrowed bits and pieces from others. Either way, you put it out there, a tangible piece of your efforts, and it felt fantastic.

Dustin Klein and Ellie Lum are professional makers and are lucky enough to experience this feeling each day through their various artistic expressions. Dustin is the founder of Cadence lifestyle cycling apparel and has a fine art practice, using mediums of design, painting, and tattooing. Ellie is the founding partner of RE Load Bags and specializes in the craft of sewing and teaching skill-building workshops. Together they created Klum House, a space where they live and work. As skilled makers, they make all the things they need or want, and offer many of their goods and wares for sale. Simply put, it’s seriously cool.

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Keep on truckin’ you two!

Merckx Monday: On the Trail…

of Eddy Merckx!

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There is a reason why I am standing in a small, tidy square in the quiet Brussels suburb of Woluwe St Pierre. Why my eyes keep turning toward a garage door which belongs to a building that was once a grocery store; It was through that very garage door each morning that Eddy Merckx emerged, come rain or shine, for his 120km (minimum) training ride.

Tess, my fiancée, and I had set out on the trail of Merckx a few days previously from London St Pancras. I had Daniel Friebe’s excellent Merckx biography in my hand and Tess’ tales in my ear of how, having spent her childhood in the suburb of Woluwe St Pierre, her first bike rides were up the ‘Sharp Inclines’ (I am putting that one down to poetic license and maybe never having ridden it, Daniel) of Kouter Laan, one of the climbs that threads its way through the neighbouring district of Auderghem; A climb on which Eddy Merckx also used to train in his youth. The plan was simple: Get ourselves some of the Brussels ‘Boris Bikes’ equivalents and enjoy exploring Eddy’s old stomping grounds, see the suitably understated plaque that provides the only clue as to the afore mentioned small square’s place in cycling’s folklore and which commemorates the Ogre of Tervuren’s (more than likely) never to be equaled career; And perhaps seek out some people who had memories or anecdotes of the young lad who pedaled around the streets delivering bread on his way to cycling’s firmament. Then, a coffee- maybe a beer. This is Belgium, after all. What we found was more than I could ever have hoped for.

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That vintage Merckx townie is so good!

I’ve never wanted a pair of Phils so bad!

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