Modify Watches let’s you rep your favorite cycling brand, or go full custom

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I’ll admit I’m a bit of a watch nut so I was I wanted to share this new timekeeping option for cycling fans – or really anyone who wants something unique. Everything these days is about standing out from the crowd. Brands like Timbuk2 and Chrome offer custom products, and even Trek is in on the action with its Project One bikes.

Modify Watches was launched from a crowd-funding effort and offers stock or custom watches for less than $100. You can choose a pre-made template, use the online configuration to build your own, or even send in your own design and have it printed on the watch face. The cycling industry is getting in on the action with plenty of brands and styles to choose from.

Modify has made custom watches for SRAM,Pinarello, Ritte Racing, Hodala Cyclocross Team,Cyclehawk, Godspeed Courier and Levi’s GranFondo to name a few. Shops such as One On One Bicycle in Minneapolis and West End Bikes in Portland are signed on to carry custom watches as well as stock options. If you’re a brand or bike shop, get in touch with Modify to learn about making your own.

Want to let loose on the weekend but need to be serious at the office? You can purchase an extra strap for just $15 and switch the face out in seconds.

What do you think? Should we make a Bicycle Times watch?

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Blackburn welcomes class of 2014 Blackburn Rangers

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Created in 2012 to embody the culture of adventure, the Blackburn Ranger program supports cyclists that the brand admires on their journeys along the Pacific Coast and the Great Divide. This year, the brand has added four new adventure cyclists into the 2014 Blackburn Ranger “Out There” program.

To continue the legacy and spirit that Founder Jim Blackburn built in 1975, the Ranger program is created from a simple and effective people-and-product-first approach with everything it touches. This no-nonsense style provides in the field product development feedback that gets fast-tracked for future innovation and also places community first. Ultimately, the program encourages everyone to ‘get out there.’

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Shimano announces new road disc brake mount

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Shimano has never been afraid to reinvent the proverbial wheel, and today it has announced it has done it again with a new road disc brake mount standard dubbed Flat Mount.

The new mount has been developed with “leading road bike brands” and we will likely see it equipped on some 2015 models this fall. The design allows road bike manufacturers to move away from the traditional mountain bike mounting system for a cleaner, more integrated look. It will still be backwards compatible with the proper adapters, Shimano says. It also has no visible hardware and will allow easier tool access for rear brake calipers tucked inside the rear triangle.

No actual product images yet, but when they are available we will post them here.

 

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Post on Instagram and you could win an Oregon Manifest bike

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How do you have fun on your bike in the city? Share your urban bike fun with us on Instagram and and you could be one of the first to own an Oregon Manifest winning Bike Design Project bike!

Oregon Manifest is a design and construction competition to create the ultimate urban transportation bike. Five teams in five cities are planning, designing and constructing their own bikes to be unveiled July 25. The public can then vote on its favorite design and the winner will be put into full-scale production by Fuji Bikes!

To share your inspiration, post your good times on Instagram before July 17 and include #urbanbikefun and @oregonmanifest in the caption. The Bike Design Project crew will choose the most interesting, creative image.

The winner will receive one of Oregon Manifest’s Bike Design Project winning bikes to be produced by Fuji Bikes. Open to US residents only. By posting a photo you agree to the following contest rules found here. CONTEST ENDS ON JULY 17! Winners will be announced on Tuesday, July 21.

See some of the entries here.

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Rolling A Fatty: Custom rear rack for a Northwoods adventure

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Words and photos by Dave Schlabowske

Last November, the night before I headed off for my Northwoods deer camp in Peeksville, Wisconsin, I decided to build a new rack for my blaze orange Schlick Northpaw hunting rig. Because I was putting it together at the very last minute, I started with a really basic rack, but left it bare steel so I could continue to modify.

My Schlick is built up with a Shimano Alfine 11 IGH and Gates Carbon Centertrack belt drive, plus a Super Nova E3 powered by an Alfine dynamo hub. Adding the rack, a pair of 45Nrth studded Dillingers and some full coverage fenders from Big O Manufacturing in Minneapolis and I had ultimate winter commuter and an incredible hunting rig. After four months of tweaks over the long winter, I think the rack is finally done.

I typically use a backpack and sling my rifle over my shoulder when I ride to my deer stand, but this rifle season, I decided to hunt a couple of miles deeper in the woods, and I wanted to bring some camera gear with me. In order to save my back, I decided to build a rear rack to haul the gear.

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Group Hug: Paul Smith, Mr. Porter and Mercian

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The 2014 Tour de France begins Saturday in the United Kingdom, and to commemorate the special event, fashion designer Sir Paul Smith has developed a surprisingly understated steel bicycle made by U.K.-based Mercian Cycles, to be sold online by mens fashion outlet Mr. Porter.

The collection is called Paul Smith 531, named after the famous Reynolds lightweight bike tubing used by Tour de France champions up until the early 1980s; the number 531 refers to the ratio of manganese (5), molybdenum (3) and carbon (1) in the steel alloy.

Click through to see video of Sir Paul talking about his love for cycling and the making of the bike.

Watch it here.

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Chrome introduces forged rubber with factory tour

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Chrome Industries might be best known for its huge line of backpacks and messenger bags, but it’s really stepping up its game in footwear lately. Its latest line of shoes are built from forged rubber, which is a process whereby the rubber penetrates the canvas at 300 degrees for super durability and flexibility. They are made by hand from old machines the brand salvaged from Slovakia.

Learn how to get a pair for half price!

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