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Greg LeMond at Rapha Cycle Club NYC

By Tom Ran

Published: February 13, 2014 under Bike Skate & Surf

Greg LeMond

Photo: Rapha

For every sport there is an athlete that pushes the game beyond the field and takes it to a realm of popular culture. You have your Jordans, your Hawks, and your Whites. Unfortunately for road racing and the Tour De France, that athlete was Lance Armstrong. As much greatness he had done to promote the sport, he had tainted it as well. But there was another American who came before Armstrong that shined the spotlight on an otherwise European past time. Greg Lemond, won the Tour three times from the mid 80s to early 90s. He was the first and only official American to do so. His accomplishments were overshadowed by Armstrong’s incredible comeback story and achievements until now. Lemond’s narrative is ripe for a comeback. Though his days of being a champion are well over two decades ago, his success shouldn’t go unrecognized by a new generation. Rapha is hosting an exhibition to showcase Lemond’s bikes, jerseys, and other gear that were used during his storied career. Three brand new LeMond bicycles will also be on view. The exhibition opens tomorrow and runs through March 16th at Rapha Cycle Club NYC. Rapha spent some time with Greg LeMond for an exclusive interview.

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Rapha Cycle Club NYC

By Tom Ran

Published: September 13, 2013 under Bike Skate & Surf

Rapha's Voiture Balai or Broom Wagon or the Citroen H-Van

Photo: Rapha

A couple of years ago, Rapha opened a pop up shop on Bowery equipped with a coffee bar, a look at its full line, and a location for bikers to meet before or after a ride. Flash forward to 2013 the Rapha Cycle Club is opening a permanent location in NYC with the same concept. It’ll be in the Meat Packing District, a few yards away from the West Side Greenway which includes the longest unobstructed bike path in Manhattan. The shop’s address was announced this week but riders were given a chance to find out before everyone else last weekend. Rapha’s Facebook page posted coordinates to a location that would reveal the shop’s new address. For the diehard Rapha fans and cyclist who attempted to ride out to the coordinates, which turned out to be in Bear Mountain, it would have been a 50 mile trek from NYC.

Rapha Cycle Club will open its doors on September 20th. The address is 64 Gansevoort Street.

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“Skateboarding Is Not a Crime” at BAM

By Tom Ran

Published: August 19, 2013 under Bike Skate & Surf

Rosario Dawson and Chloe Sivigny in Larry Clark's Kids

Photo: Larry Clark

It comes as a welcoming surprise when the most established theater and film institution in Brooklyn decides to put on a film series devoted to skateboarding. From September 6th to the 23rd, BAM will feature 19 films in their “Skateboarding Is Not a Crime” program. The set of films span six decades and includes 80’s schlock, Thrashin’ and Gleaming the Cube; art house classics Kids and Paranoid Park, and documentaries Dragonslayer and The Motivation. And what would a skate film series be without a proper skate film. Ty Evans and Spike Jonze’s 2003 “Yeah Right!” makes the cut.

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X Games Detroit

By Tom Ran

Published: April 4, 2013 under Bike Skate & Surf

X Games Detroit

Photo: X Games Detroit

Even with its economic decline, the city of Detroit has a lot of heart. It’s because of its people that the city has a pulse, a heart pounding one in fact. With inventive and creative new ways of turning adversity into dynamic ideas, Detroit is the underdog city that everyone is cheering for. It’s primed to be the comeback story of the century. That’s why we’re always keen on hearing what the city has to offer. Detroit is now bidding to host the X-Games for three years starting in 2014. They’ve even created a teaser for the bid. It’s a gritty and energetic piece that sets the industrial landscape as the backdrop by turning concrete and dirt into all terrain courses. Though some may perceive the spot to be a bit ominous, overtaken by outlaws in a Mad Max world. It’s proven itself to be effective by grabbing your attention, it definitely has ours. You can help join the movement now at xgamesdetroit.

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Deus V2

By Tom Ran

Published: June 27, 2012 under Bike Skate & Surf

Deus second edition comes with a slip case.

Photo: Deus ex Machina

For years, Deus ex Machina was widely known within a circle of diehard motorcycle heads in Australia and Indonesia. But their unique sensibility and perspective of combining motorcycling, surfing, and biking culture quickly gave them the global recognition they deserved. This was buoyed by the release of their book, Deus – The House of Simple Pleasures, a reflection of all things Deus. They captured a lifestyle of being free and easy drawing in the thrill seekers, bike enthusiasts, and generally anyone that had the desire to set off on two wheels or a fin. Since the book’s release, a lot has happened, so Deus revised the tome and is rereleasing it with 60 more pages, a new cover with an added slipcase. The Book of Deus is now available in their shops or online. If you’re new to the brand, this is the perfect gateway into their world. If you’re familiar with Deus you needn’t a book to remind you how awesome Deus is, but it will sure helps.

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Everyday’s a Saturday

By Tom Ran

Published: April 4, 2012 under Bike Skate & Surf

Morgan Collett, Josh Rosen, and Colin Tunstall of Saturdays Surf

Photo: Tuukka Koski

In our third installment of What’s in Store we visit Saturdays Surf. Formed in August 2009, the shop struck a chord with its customers by combining the beauty of surf with an urban aesthetic that is not usually akin to the sport. The front steps of their shop is cement and cobblestone yet that location proved to be a key component to the brand. Saturdays sits in the middle of the block on Crosby Street and is sheltered away from the heavy traffic of Broadway. The shop is armed with a coffee bar up front and a backyard usually reserved for dining rather than retail. They created the perfect vibe for the urban surfer. We met with the trio, Josh Rosen, Morgan Collett, and Colin Tunstall, on a Tuesday afternoon right before their departure for Tokyo to open a new store in Daikanyama and spoke with Josh to see what was in store for Saturdays.

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FEATURES

Alya Kazakevich

By Raven Keller
Alya Kazakevich in her shop in the Lower East Side

Photo: Rose Callahan

On a damp and muggy summer morning on the Lower East Side, Alya Kazakevich slowly stitched up the edges of a leather coin purse and recalled her childhood in Eastern…

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Workstead

By Tom Ran
Partners Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler

Photo: Samuel Bristow

Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, are the partners behind Workstead. The two met at Rhode Island School of Design while studying architecture and opened their studio in 2009,…

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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