We were approached here at the shop by a charming couple to build up a custom All-City for a unique engagement photo. The groom was already the proud owner of a dialed Space Horse touring rig, and they came to us with the idea of building up a matching bike for his bride to be.
The build came together really well, using Paul Components Neo Retro front/Touring rear brakes, a Shimano 105 drivetrain, and a wheelset of Paul hubs laced to H Plus Son TB 14 polished rims. A set of custom fitted Velo Orange fenders framed the wheels, and honey brown Brooks leather rounded out the saddle and bartape.
It was a pleasure building up such a beautiful and functional bike for their special day, and we are sure these photos represent the first of many great rides together.
Congratulations Emily and Phil!
Shopping for friends and family can be a challenge for everyone.
If you’re looking for some cool affordable gifts for the cyclist in your life look no further.
Everything in this post (including the combined items in the kits) is no more than $40.
Perfect for stocking stuffers, office parties, your kid sister, or your estranged father!
With the power of BLINGEE these gifts come to life with sparkles that last throughout the year.
Every ride goes somewhere. The flattest route to the grocery store or the most beautiful ride up Mount Tam are illustrated in the 20 different bicycle maps we carry. Plan your next tour with your best friend or take a solo trip to the beach. Explore the world out of cellphone range with these as your guides. We’ve got most of California covered here.
Valve caps with attitude. Presta and Schrader options make it work for any bike. Put some alien heads on your mom’s time trial bike or trick your little brother into thinking your getting him cash when really you just got him gold $ valve caps! Your co-worker wont stop staring at you? Plauge their rides with some eyeballs of your own… valve caps that is! (please don’t put your eyes on anyone’s valves)
Most cyclists have heads and while they may be picky when it comes to helmets they will probably appreciate an extra cycling cap or two. With Made in the USA options abound here at Box Dog you can’t go wrong. Chuey caps made here in SF with plenty of colors/patterns to pick from and some even have a little more cold weather ear protection. Our own 100% cotton BDB caps are also made stateside by Pace and would pair well with a full kit if you’re feeling generous.
DING DONG! DING DONG! I hate to see you go but I love to hear you leave. May the tones of brass tinkle down the lanes of your loved ones all the live long day. DING DONG! DING DONG!
Minimalist Coffee Maker
This set up is a staple on our camping trips. A simple lightweight filter and the timeless classic blue enamel mug are prefect for use camping , at home, or at the office. Some people use a paper filter and some don’t. The cool thing is: you can do whatever you want and you still get to drink coffee.
Basic Repair Kit
Park MTB-1 Multi-tool-$11
Your patch glue dried up, your levers broke, your dog ate all your chain lube, and you left your multi-tool at your ex’s house and things got a little weird so you don’t want to call them to go get it because frankly you’re not ready to see them yet.
Stories like this are hardly exclusive to the holidays. Stay on the safe side of gift giving this year with all the basic things every daily cyclist will all need EVENTUALLY. You wanna be a real hero? Throw a coupla tubes on top and wow em!
Simple Mess Kit
GSI Nesting Bowl/Mug $8
GSI Stacking Cutlery $5
How do you tell someone you want to take them to the woods alone and eat food with them with not so many words. It’s simple really, just look above these words and then go buy what’s in the picture and give it to your eminent rural dining partner. GSI’s PBA free nesting mug and bowl come with a sippy lid for slippy liquids and a neoprene-esque insulation sleeve to keep what’s hot hot and your fingers unscathed. The stacking cutlery includes everything you need to shove food into your mouth. PERFECT.
Lightweight Camp Kitchen Kit
GSI Spice Missile-$10
So your buddy’s getting into bike camping or backpacking but constantly complains about the bags of trader joe’s Indian food giving them the runs? For the whiny OR the gourmet this kit has what you need to cook REAL FOOD while you’re surrounded by so much natural beauty it’s hard to keep almost ANYTHING down!
Of course your options for great affordable gifts from Box Dog don’t end here! Stop by the shop and see what else you can shove in a big red sock to make someone happy!
If you didn’t know I originally hail from the 3rd coast of America. Houston Texas is a sprawling metropolis that has the capability of forcing everyone you admit to living there to immediately apologize for such a misfortune. However it’s a place dear to my heart and even though I’m far away now (and very happy) I miss quite a bit. I hadn’t been back for over 3 years and my buddies Oliver and Patrick (also from Clutch City ) had been talking about taking a Gulf Coast bike trip for about 6 years.
Oliver is quite a talented photographer (check out his flickr) and captured the whole thing beautifully. (The pictures are kind of out of order but you get the idea)
We thought we’d save some time and skip to a more scenic route and got a ride from Houston out to Liberty, Tx. (about 30miles). We rode up to Siblee to meet up with the ACA’s Southern Tier which we took all the way to Baton Rouge. From there we took the 61 (Airline Hwy) down to New Orleans then stayed pretty close to or on the 90 all the way to Pensacola.
It was small roads all the way up to Lumberton where we spent the first night. One thing about riding in this part of the country that’s particularly notable is the amount of dogs that chase you. This isn’t pictured here because it’s kind of hard (though not with out want) to capture a mob of yipping dachshund mixes biting your ankles and panniers. For the most part this wasn’t particularly threatening and we found that if we slowed down they would often lose interest really fast. At one point however we were packing dog treats as an attempt to distract them or win their favor. *This did not work*
While this part of the country is not so rife with “renegade” camping spots it seemed that most small towns were more then hospitable enough to let touring cyclists crash in City Parks. The photo above was us in a Civil War Battlefield turned park in Simmsport, La. Below was our humble tarp home in a city park in DeRitter,La. which some young gentlemen referred us to as that was “where all the homeless people sleep”.
While there’s not much elevation (save some rolling hills) in this part of the country there were plenty of bridges. The ones below were smaller fare over bayous but there were 1-2 mile bridges daily (sometimes two) from New Orleans to Pensacola over various Bays. All of which have to have enough clearance underneath for incoming barges.
If you’re not familiar with Bayous they are low lying/slow moving channels and can contain fresh or brackish water. They are also beautiful.
Sauvage Bayou New Orleans East, LA.
On thing that’s probably ubiquitous for touring everywhere but was unique to the gulf coast if only in variation was the sheer amount of roadkill we saw. Pictured below is a butterfly, a red-eared slider, and a barn owl. There was, however, MUCH MUCH MUCH more. Including; a boar, many deer, nutria (one bloated so big I thought it was a seal), the back half of an alligator, dogs , & so many herons and cranes.
Most of the ride was pretty agricultural. Mostly pine, sugar cane (which was being harvested and smelled horrible/crazy), cotton, and some corn too.
I don’t know why Oliver wanted me to touch all the dead things but I did it.
Rest stops were mostly starchy foods and sugar but I wasn’t complaining. Zapp’s potato chips & cold Dr. Pepper abound.
Our set ups were all pretty similar although Oliver had a much smaller load on his Cetma 3 rail but only because his Aluminum Raleigh really wasn’t built for loads. It made it though!!!
This Minnehaha bag is the perfect size for my tent (when I was carrying it) and more than enough room for warmies and snacks (when I wasn’t carrying my tent).
Once we got on the coast an unfortunate (and seemingly out of the ordinary) headwind caught us HARD. This pretty much lasted until Pensacola. Pictured above is sand loaded wind literally pummeling us. Very Painful.
Patrick, Oliver, and Matt all got Dr. Bob signs in New Orleans (for free!) and we hung them up at all the campsites after.
The Gulf is a scene of tragedy, weirdness, mixed up histories, disparate wealth and more. But it’s a part of the country that I miss. The heat and humidity, the raging weather, the bomb ass food, and every taken opportunity for celebration.