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Mavic Ritte Auction

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The bike you see pictured above is one of several created to celebrate Mavic’s 125 year anniversary. This particular model was created by Ritte, and is a definite stunner. A complete SRAM Red gruppo complemented by the Ksyrium 125 Anniversary wheel-tyre system and hand painted by Ritte founder Spencer Canon make this bike one of a kind. Now is the opportunity to own this unique bicycle as it is being made available to the public via an eBay auction hosted by the Pro’s Closet. The proceeds of the sale will go to World Bicycle Relief, an outstanding organization using bicycles to help improve the lives of others.



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Thomson Bike

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This post is not about a particular product, but more of a reminder of those in the cycling industry who deserve recognition every once in a while. Thomson has been making seat posts and stems for a long while. The first bicycle components were created in 1994-1996. Patents were obtained, and a new chapter began for L.H. Thomson. Aerospace is still a major part of the business, but the cycling side has created a steady demand for the small, but always increasing catalog of parts. There are only a handful of companies in the cycling industry that have obtained the rock solid reputation that Thomson has gained. The parts are known the world over for being the best in the business. Every bicycle I’ve put together over the years has at least one part from Thomson, and some many more. The recent Calfee build has the stem, the seatpost, and my favorite Thomson handlebars. When using these parts, I feel I have the best available, and something that will last a lifetime. I appreciate the focus of the company, and always look forward to what is coming next. Thomson will always have a top spot on the podium.



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Icebreaker

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Singing the praises of Icebreaker is something I do often. The company makes some of the finest merino wool clothing out there. Every piece I’ve been fortunate enough to try has exceeded expectations. The jackets are incredible, the base layers perfect, and now I can add a button up long sleeve shirt to the list. The Lodge Shirt is a 100% woven merino wool piece billed as a travel shirt. It seems ideal for travel, as the merino wool is a natural regulator of body temperature, and it has the added benefit of being naturally odor resistant. When navigating airports and train stations, this is a must for keeping fresh and tidy. The feel of the lightweight 200 merino wool against the skin is about as comfortable as you’ll ever encounter. This is an all day piece perfect as a first layer. The construction is simple and straightforward with two chest pockets that have button closures. The cut is relaxed, yet slim enough to be considered for a more formal setting. It is available in three different colors, all vibrant and rich. The Lodge Shirt is an exceptional piece, and easily fits within the Icebreaker mold of designing the finest merino clothing available.



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Showers Pass

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Showers Pass is making the entry into base layers, and they have released the new LS Body-Mapped Baselayer for men and women. The piece integrates with their line of excellent jackets, and will provide the right amount of venting to keep you perfectly comfortable. The material is a blend of merino wool, modal, spandex and nylon featuring four way stretch and seamless body construction. This is sure to be an excellent piece. The folks at Showers Pass are upping their game, and are now a featured brand at Nordstrom. Things are looking good for the Portland based company.



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