Squid! Paint! Cross!

Here's a sneak peak preview of the first Squid that we built. We're happy to have the good folks in Sacramento do a paintjob for you, or for you to DIYFS, but Riley is also very happy to design and paint for you. Like, really happy.

Look at how happy he is doing touch-up paint with his gross, dirty cast hand! The bike is built and complete now, so you'll be seeing it in the next couple days...!

Squid Has Landed!

Bikes are fun! They are, and you know it. Bikes rule because they're fun, and we like having fun. Which is why we're stoked to have partnered up with Squid and are now ready to sling their awesome, fun DIYFS bikes! The first one arrived the other day in a spraypainted box, ready to shred. Well, ready to paint. We get to ready it for the shreddy.

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If you aren't familiar with Squid, they're a Sacramento company whose values really reflect ours. From their website:

"Riding bikes is about as dumb and futile an endeavor as many other hobbies, which is to say it's worthwhile and existentially gratifying in ways that are hard to explain. Bikes are simple machines that bring deep joy. They're a way to find clarity and peace, not to mention a great way to get around."

Yes to all that.

Squid makes this cross bike (the $quidcross), a hardtail ripper, a steel cross bike, and a BMX cruiser. They all ship stock as raw frames. The aluminum ones are welded by Ventana. When they arrive, you can paint them yourself, or we can do it for you for a fee. Squid's artists will also paint one if you ask nicely enough (pay). These bikes RIP and they're cool. Be the only one in the MFG with a PDJ-painted $quidcross!

Astral Buenos Aires Upgrade

These days, as you can tell, we look first to Eugene, Oregon for wheels. Rolf/Astral are making aluminum rims in-house, getting White Industries hubs, and building them by hand to order. Every set comes with a card with your builder's name.

So when Mitch walked in with this beautiful LeMond Buenos Aires and a pair of dangerous Bontrager wheels, we knew exactly what was needed. A 1370g wheelset that's stiff enough to let a Vittoria Corsa shine in all its suppleness.

And we were all pretty jazzed on how they look, too.

Rolf/Astral Wheels = Best Wheels

Rolf's unique design makes the best aluminum gravel/cross wheels on the market, and the best road wheels. Custom seamed rims, White Industries hubs, and built to order. With a five-year warranty, and lifetime crash replacement, and lifetime parts support, and a 30-day satisfaction guarantee that you'll never think about using, there isn't a single negative thing to say about them.

Don't like paired spoke designs? Get a pair of their sister company Astral's straight-drilled wheels!

Radiant Golden Suns

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You'll hear em before they come into view, and you'll see gold reflections on the trees before you see the wheels, but boy when you finally see em... they gold.

They really gold. Industry Nine makes some of the best mountain bike wheels in the game for a ridiculous price. Strong, stiff, and light. And customizable! These Trail 270s got a level two custom pack, but you can go level three and go crazy with multiple colors.

Michael's Utility Fishing Shred Sled

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Michael told us he wanted a bike that he would work for taking to Duthie with his son, Tiger when his son's older, and ride to the river with boots and a rod to fly fish. The Niner SIR 9 is the perfect tool for that. Modern, slack, and long, but compatible with plus tires, frame bags, rear racks, steel! The SIR 9 would be a genuinely great "a-bike" for Raging River and Tokul, but like the RLT, it can do so much more than just what most shreddin' performance bikes in its genre do

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The bike was a great starting point, and we passed the bag design off to Aaron at Big Tuna Bags. This frame bag is a full custom color-matched job. You'll never see two identical ones.

There's not much more to say, so enjoy the rest of these pics of the hand-stitched bag! This bike is gonna be extra-sick when we swap to some plus-sized wheels!!

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Eyewater — Holy Moses

Wow. What the heck can we say?! NAHBS Best New Builder of 2018 Eyewater Bikes is all the best stuff that we like. Locally crafted? Tick that box—Corey Lowe builds the frames down Lakeside Ave in Mt. Baker. Fully-custom? Check. Handsome? 110%. Corey's method makes sure that you don't end up with three inches of material above the top tube and a top tube halfway down the head tube. It'll always look like a bike. Performance? Uh, yeah. But like Vittoria Corsas, while the speed is unbelievable, the comfort is what makes it dreamlike.

These bikes have the best carbon layup and molding we've ever seen. Go check out the Eyewater Instagram to see the cross-sections and be astounded. Corey says he could do a colorful finish on the frames, but he prefers to leave the carbon raw so you can see the beautiful iridescence in the tubing. The decals were inspired by a pair of holographic Doc Martens.

The NAHBS judges were understandably blown away by the craftsmanship evident at every seem and joint. These aren't glued like normal carbon lugs—they're wrapped with carbon and cured together so that the frame is stiffer and stronger. Incidentally, it's gorgeous.

Custom Cloth: Big Tuna Bags

A teal limited-edition Big Tuna x PDJ tool roll.

A teal limited-edition Big Tuna x PDJ tool roll.

Big Tuna Bags is a local custom bag maker that we're more than happy to have in our portfolio. Aaron Anthony makes bar bags, frame bags, tool rolls, fanny packs, race totes, and stashers all the time, but he's happy to take on custom work.

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Featured here are the limited-edition PDJ tool rolls we helped design. We've got colors and colors and colors and... but they won't last much longer here.

Expect a full feature on this custom Niner SIR 9 frame bag soon.

Ride Dry

Ride Dry

Fall and Cyclocross season dovetail nicely with the season for long rides. Those time when you and your pals just spin the little ring for a few hours between coffee and pastry stops, it's pretty much the best time of the year, delightfully removed from the ego and restlessness that comes after months of earning your base fitness. Like the weather, fall is riding is just chill.