• cthenn

    No disrespect to Handlebar Moustache, but have we hit the saturation point yet with sock guys? I checked out their stuff online, they got some pretty cool designs (I may even pick up a pair), but if we’re being honest, it’s just Aireator socks with different designs. $15 seems to be the going rate these days, and some of these sites are asking $20+. For that kind of cash, I can get a really nice, heavyweight pair of Smartwool (actual wool) hiking socks, and for a few dollars more, a pair of wool ski socks. I dunno…maybe I’m just jealous cuz I’m not creative enough to come up with my own designs and start my own cycling sock website!

    • Hyun-ji Song

      Maap socks!

    • Stewie Griffin

      I was thinking the same. “SOCK GAME” is just another hipstermarketing scheme, and it’s not about jalousy with me, it’s just a waste of money to me.

    • Wily_Quixote

      That might be true but respect to any company that employs Gimli from Lord of the Rings to sell their product.

    • Alexander Holbrook

      I don’t get sockgame. Just marketing at it’s best and a lot of people have fallen for it. Nothing better than a plain white pair of aireators with a pair of clean white shoes. Or Black on Black for those that prefer that. $10-12 for a pair o socks that last quite a while.

    • Here’s my 2 cents: Yes we’ve hit the saturation point with socks and it is a total pet peeve of mine. Why do we talk about our cycling socks so much? Are they really that interesting?

      BUT I have some personal exceptions based on completely subjective factors. I’ve never bought any The Athletic socks but they seemed to have carved out the niche earlier than anyone else I know of so I’m a fan. If you more or less create the (fashion cycling sock) niche that’s worth something. I also like Ridge Supply because the designs are quite nice and they seem to pair well with everything. Lastly, I’m a fan of HBstache because they work SO DAMN HARD and are generally positive people in the cycling community. They don’t just say “here’s some socks you should by them”, they totally live their brand. They’ve taken something pretty unremarkable (socks and apparel) and genuinely differentiated themselves with passion and stoke. So, again, it’s subjective. $25 socks is absurd but it’s also a pretty inexpensive guilty pleasure and a fun way put a little self expression into your riding mix. If I just want good socks I can go to Wilderness Exchange and get wool socks for five bucks, but sometimes I want to have some fun.

      As far as starting your own sock brand: Good luck with that. Check out the 50+ less passionate, less original, “me too” cycling sock brands out there and it’ll demotivate you in a hurry.

  • Wily_Quixote

    Tom Ritchey: so ahead of his time even is moustache is back in fashion

    • winkybiker

      Nope. Those pornstaches, never have been, are not, and never will be “in fashion”. See also Taylor Phinney.

      But Tom does awesome stuff. He hasn’t become all weird like Petersen.

  • Hamish Moffatt

    I still can’t work out where a Dutch shoe company is getting kangaroo leather. Pretty sure they don’t have kangaroos in the Netherlands.

    • Wily_Quixote

      There is a commercial kangaroo leather industry, I am reliably informed.

    • Mike

      You need to get out of the city into the countryside.

  • DaGoose

    Love your work Dave as always. Just a question, and it’s something I’ve noticed for a while, why does a lot of your content come through mirrored? Intentional or is just me? >_<
    Or has FSA become ASF with a left side drivetrain?

    • It’s because Dave is using the front facing cam on his phone for many of the videos and it doesn’t correct the mirroring. It’s actually quite the talent being able to run the audio and camera as well as conducting a shoddy interview all at the same time!

      • David Everett

        I’ve looked in to how to flip it, but there’s no real easy way, I’ll just have to trick more people into thinking there’s left hand drive bikes.

        • DaGoose

          Dave is definitely talented at that. He covers a lot of ground quickly and approaches subjects from a slightly different view. On that note I won’t forget Adam Hansen correcting Shoddy’s camera during an interview. Still has me in stitches. I’ve got chopsticks for arms so I wouldn’t fare much better.
          Oh it’s not a complaint Dave and no menace behind the comment, just curious. Thought it might’ve been intentional. Reverso Shoddy better looking than normal Shoddy? Just jokes, I really appreciate the work your team put together. The progression from just tips and chatter on Beach Road bunches to what it is today has been great. Oh and there are left hand drive bikes ( so no need to trick me.

  • FLater Rider

    Wow, the balls on that Alto guy!
    “We were tired of all the open mold bull sh*t coming out of China… here’s our 40, 56, and 86mm rims”

    You mean like these 40,56, and 86mm rims that have the exact same rim shape as you?

    Kudos though! Balls man! Balls!

    • Bobby Sweeting

      Hongfu? Our rims are made in Taichung at the Topkey factory. You are welcome to call them and confirm if you would like!

  • H.E. Pennypacker

    Interested in those Kali helmets. Glad to finally see emphasis put on protection with long-needed material advancements and innovations. If they make them for the fat headed like myself, I’ll be in one by the beginning of next season.

    • David Everett

      The large size did seem on the big size, worth checking out.

  • Morten Reippuert Knudsen

    if Ritchey ever create a break-away version of that Outback frame: im all in and i will sell my new custom TI Gravel bike very, very fast…
    (was very cose to get a swissscross disc earlyer this year but i droped the idea because of the 65mm BB drop and the lack of throu-axles… the new outback has roadie BB drop at 70mm)

    • Wily_Quixote

      if you go to 1:55 in the Tom Ritchey interview you’ll see one…

      • Morten Reippuert Knudsen

        nope… that a Acsent brekaway. very different bike

        • Wily_Quixote

          right you are, then.

  • FPB

    Thanks for the coverage, Cyclingtips, but I have to say this 2 minute gimmick, and Mr. Everett’s behavior in the videos, was one of the most intensely annoying/irritating things I’ve seen on the internet in a while. I only made it through the first couple of videos posted before I had to stop watching… my blood pressure was rising and I felt like reaching thru my computer screen to strangle him! I admire the patience of his subjects, to put up with the gimmick and still try to get their message across in a professional and effective manner.

    • Thanks for the honest feedback @FBP, however we don’t see Dave as a ‘gimmick’. He’s one of the nicest, most genuine and personal people I’ve ever come across and you may be misinterpreting his personality. Or he simply may not be your cup of tea. Either way, we’re never going to able to please everyone, so we’d rather have some personality along the way.

      • FPB

        Thanks, Wade. I appreciate the personal response, and realize my feedback may have been a bit harsh. You’re right of course, one can’t please everyone all of the time, and perhaps he’s just not “my cup of tea”.

        • If you ever happen to see Dave out at an event, be sure to approach him to say hello. I guarantee meeting him in person will change your mind! If not, it’ll be a good opportunity to give him a smack ;-)

          • David Everett

            I bruise easily.

    • ROLL Recovery

      Hey, Jeremy Nelson with ROLL Recovery here (video above) and I have to say I personally loved doing the 2-minute “speed dating” video. Dave did an awesome job and it was quick, fun and informative. We did a lot of other media at Interbike, and this is what normally happens: A crew of 3-5 people walk around with a huge camera and when they finally find someone to interview, it takes them 10-20 minutes to get things set up with microphones, lighting… etc. Then they proceed to interview you for 10-15 minutes – where the interviewer rarely asks any questions, and if they do they seem a bit clueless. They hang around the booth for what seems like an hour. Then, the crew edits that 10 minute interview down to a couple minutes, and you have no way of knowing what they keep and what they discard. So with Dave’s method, you know exactly what will be in the interview, it’s fun and he can potentially be in and out of the booth in a matter of minutes. In our case, we liked Dave so much we wanted to him to hang around longer. Dave/Cyclingtips, keep up the great work!


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