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Velo Love

Velo Love, aka Swrve, are hosting a swap meet and race tomorrow. The swap meet starts at noon, with the race starting at about 4pm. This should be a really fun event, and I encourage everyone in LA to come down for the festivities.

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Thomson Road Handlebar

Thomson has long been a favorite company of mine. I have had Thomson seatposts and stems for many years on many different bicycles. When I first heard they were going to start producing handlebars, I was very excited. I was even more excited to discover that the cross and road versions would be carbon fiber. This, of course, opens up loads of questions. Where would they be made and would they be a Thomson design top the list. They are indeed a Thomson design, and the molds are owned by Thomson. The carbon fiber is manufactured by Toray, a Taiwanese company that is the main supplier to Airbus and Boeing. They are made in one piece, and are molded over an EPS mandrel to avoid wrinkles inside the layup during molding. I have the road version, and it is beautiful to look at. It has a great shape, and is really comfortable in the drops and on the hoods. The weight on the 42mm road bar is 195 grams with a retail price of $249.95. I think Thomson has done an incredible job leaping into a new product segment, and the quality is in line with all their previous product. I suspect these bars will live on bike after bike after bike. On a side note, Thomson have updated their website providing a clean and simple place to view all their product.

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Taylor Stitch Mechanic’s Shirt

I feel a bit guilty for posting this so long after its release, but it’s too good a product to not write about, and there are plenty of other offerings from Taylor Stitch. The Mechanic’s Shirt was released earlier this year, and it sat for a bit, as the weather here in LA was far too warm for it. Now, the weather has finally turned, and the mechanic’s shirt has become a regular staple in my wardrobe. It is incredibly comfortable, well tailored, and really well made. All of Taylor Stitch’s shirts are handmade in San Francisco, and the quality is supreme. The line now includes over fifty shirts, jeans, belts and ties, as well as women’s shirts. I’ve also been using the Black Oval Buckle Belt, and since it arrived, it is the only belt I’ve used. The belts are also made in San Francisco. This is a company well worth watching, and I look forward to seeing the brick and mortar shop in San Francisco.

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