Say hello to our newest contributor Angelo Spagnolo, a writer and photographer residing in Portland, Oregon. When he's not writing his weekly column for Four-Pins or consulting menswear brands, he can be found skating around the city, drinking cheap beer and hanging with his orange cat Waldo. Watch out for his posts, coming to you in the very near future (or, you know, when he finds out how to work this thing).
Hot babes. Cool printed skateboards. Dudes doing all the tricks. OKAY, so this video isn't 100% female focused, but these Globe Bantam ST graphic cruisers are fuckin' adorable and obviously meant for the skater girl in all of us. Excuse me while I fawn over the pretty floral one, appropriately named "Grandma's Couch."-Ally
If you have someone in your life who loves upscale bags and electronics, then please, for the love of god, buy them one of these Hard Graft computer bags. Their newest laptop bag, the Old Fashioned, is the prettiest thing in the entire world and also super functional. You can't beat that! The bags start around $350, so they may make a bit of a dent in your wallet (or, let's face it, a crater), but they're totally worth it. -Katie
Crush is an collection of nostalgic, dreamy works from two of our local friends, Erin M. Riley and Jason Andrew Turner, and Pakayla Rae Beihn from Brooklyn. If you're in Boston, stop by the opening tomorrow from 8-11pm, and the show's up until Jan. 7.
Next weekend brings the third Philadelphia Bike Expo to the 23rd Street Armory where vendors will be present with their latest bikes, accessories, apparel, and much more. Aside from the vendors a host of events will occur around the expo including a wide array seminars, a bike fashion show, and my personal favorite: the bike swap! Grab your tickets in advance and save a few bucks. -Bob
Do you believe in the kindness of strangers? On the new website Spinlister, the goal is to be able to rent bikes to other individuals with the trust you'll be getting it back. And if by chance your bike breaks, is destroyed or completely disappears, they'll pay for the damages up to $5,000 and make you a cake (mmm, cake). Sounds like a good plan to me. Start by listing your bike today! -Ally
Okay, so say you love Kate Upton and skateboarding but you can't decide between the two. Well now you don't hypothetically have to because Skate Upton brings together your two favorite things. If somehow these actually make it into productions I'm definitely scooping one up! -Bob
New York bicycle boutique Chari & Co have been working on this pack for two years and have come to a final design ready for the public. The complete list of features are too many for me to get into, but I suggest you check out the whole rundown on what makes it so special in their blog post here. -Bob
After my last post I realized that there aren't a ton of aesthetically pleasing helmets out there meant for the average get-around-towner. My top pick would have to be Giro's new Reverb helmet which is meant for both ladies and gents. The shape is pretty sleek for non-racing type helmet and has plenty of vents to keep the head cool. Also, it's available in a variety of colors and patterns. -Bob
Being a guy with short hair, I've never given much thought to the challenges of wearing a helmet with long hair that a female (or male) might face. Refinery 29 did a rundown on five helmet-friendly ways to wear long hair as well as spotlight some cool helmets. You heard me right: helmets are cool. Check out the whole feature here. -Bob
No, these aren't the kind of bike shorts you see on the bike path weekend warriors, but a pretty casual chino short by Paul Smith with a playful embroidery of a gentleman mounting his two-wheeled steed. Available here. -Bob
Farm Tactic's Kyle Ng has set up shop at Space 15 Twenty with Field Study, a month-long pop-up that features some of the coolest outdoor gear around. So cool, even, that this past weekend the Aetherstream came by for a visit.
The ever-present black and orange mini U-Lock can be a little drab for some, but Kryptonite offers these kits to replace the original rubber casing. Mix and match a couple of them and you've got a pretty unique way to keep your bike safe. -Bob
"I tried finding the continuation of the small road along the Mekong river towards Kratie. My GPS showed that I was right at the turn off for the road, but all I saw was dirt. I wandered around for a while, and then decided to plunge into the dirt.
Treadlie is a fairly new cycling publication (it's in its 6th issue) that focuses on the lifestyle of cycling as appose to the sweaty and expensive world of racing as so many other publications do. Though the magazine comes from Australia, it was easy to find at a nearby major bookshop for perusal. I suggest seeking it out! -Bob
"The bicycles I’ve seen in Vietnam are cheap single-speeds. People here have been able to do a lot with them. I’ve seen some great utility bikes, but I bet they’d love to have gears–I see people walking their bikes up hills and bridges.
"The landscape in Vietnam has been beautiful, and the traffic has been terrifying and annoying. Misty mountains, rice fields, and water buffalo along with non-stop honking and oncoming buses entering your lane to pass out traffic in front of them. As a cyclist, you can’t take your eyes off the road without risking your life.