The homie Tobi Whaley, aka @WHEELTALKROAD was one of the main reasons why we went to Germany last month. He grew up there and flies back to visit pretty often. This year he brought us along. We met up in Wiesbaden where our good friend Jason Sellers let us stay at his apartment for the first week. Jaoa Danaikrit came down from Dusseldorf and it wasn’t long before we had the team assembled. More photos to come, but until then chew on some of these. Check out more below.
Five years ago was the last time we made a kit. In those five years the amount of custom cycling kit manufacturers has seemed to double. Everyone is now offering exclusivity, premium cuts, aero dynamics, and low minimums. With all these choices, and the old kit showing signs of wear, it was time to make a new kit and put one of those manufacturers to the test.
It’s already been one week and I feel like a lot has already happened. I’ve been spending this first week with family in Hunsrück and riding down to the Rhein river and taking in the castle scenery and long 10 mile climbs back home. The local hot loop that everyone hits up is a 38km dedicated bike path through the woods and surrounding farmland. So of course I’ve been hitting that up on days where I can only get in something short. They just had a big techno festival, Nature 1, along the bike path which lead to lots of Raver Dodging.
Remember summer vacation as a kid? Endless days spent riding bikes, jumping in swimming holes, carefree days where your parents let you roam free. That is what is in store for Wheel Talk in the next few days. We are headed to Germany for some chill vibes, bike rides, catching up with friends, and of course… beer.
Stayed tuned for more!
It’s been 3 years since we released a new kit. Not only have we been waiting for the right time but we have also been hunting for the right manufacturer to make the kits. Having worked with two companies previously we either had issues with high minimums or not exactly the quality we were expecting. We were looking for something that we felt would match the care we put into the brand. Luckily Rapha decided to step their toes into the custom game right at the same time we were relaunching the website and Wheel Talk brand. Being friends of the Rapha brand we were quickly put in touch with their lead creatives to see what we could come up with. After some emails and some toying around with their editing tool we were able to come up with a style that we were happy with. Also, knowing that it will get produced with Rapha quality leaves us with no worry that the finished product will be what we envisioned.
We hope y’all are as happy with this as we are. Pre-orders will be open all month with an 8 week lead time. All orders will be shipped priority mail once they arrive.
Happy riding everyone!
What up fellow Riders! Spencer here, the newest contributor to Wheel Talk. I wanted to introduce myself, go over my love(s) for riding, and provide a scoop on what you can expect to see from me in what’s shaping up to be frickin’ awesome year for bike riding. So let’s get into it.
I’ve been riding bikes for well over 12 years now, with the past 9 years residing in San Francisco, California. I was fully convinced I’d be able to push my limits and grow as a rider after diving straight into a truly fast paced topographically-rich city. And… I was right.
My first bike love was (and remains in many ways) forged on the urban track bike. I specifically say ‘urban track’ because I am not a velodrome track racer or possess (much of any) traditional track hardware on my current fixed rig. I always found myself firmly split between doing tricks and charging down hills, slashing thru car traffic to be my own personal bread n’ butter.
The yearly Turkey Trot. Every year Bryan Dempler, Tobi Whaley and I go on our Thanksgiving day ride before we sit down and feast for the evening. We’ve hit the same route for the last 3 years running, and I don’t think we should ever change it. It’s starting to feel like a tradition at this point. There’s strength in repetition, and it’s a fun challenge to try and shoot it differently every time.
With rains the days before and morning leading up to our launch, things were still pretty wet. Especially once we hit the not so dusty trail on our decent back into town. Every couple of feet we had to push out tacky clay that had begun to accumulate in our wheels and tight clearance points. We were all getting tired of having to find a new stick strong enough for the job, but after hopping a couple fences, dodging a few cows and b-lining across some fields, we finally made it back to the main road. Check out photos from other years HERE and we’ll see you next time.
Today is Tobi Whaley’s (@wheeltalkroad) birthday, so we pulled up some photos from when he came and visited us here in Portland last March. We road around downtown then made our way through Forest Park along the Leif Erickson Trail, and across the St. Johns Bridge. Tobi and I have had a lot of good times over the years, and both got into riding bikes at the same time. A decision that changed both of our lives and became a part of our lifestyle really quickly after. We have some big things planned and are excited to share them with everyone when the time comes. Until then enjoy these photos and “Happy Birthday Tobi”.