Bike of the Week: Ristretto, Resurrected.

How do you stop selling your bikes every year? Simple. Just repaint them.


While we’re proponents of healthy living and losing weight the old-fashioned way (read: Diet and exercise), there’s something enormously gratifying about shedding pounds instantly. Meet the Above Category Diet, guaranteed to make you marginally faster uphill without the joyful, time-consuming misery of eating nothing but juiced kale for several months. We took an already-lithe Cervélo R5Ca and made it feel like a neo-pro at their first training camp with a hint of babyfat, robbing it of all the spare grams with some seriously drastic measures.

NOT NORMAL: Meet the man who goes by TKO.

Pas Normal Studios comes from a place where cycling should be an anomaly. Copenhagen, Denmark is at the same latitude as the southern reaches of Alaska. But here, cycling is the norm, with most of the city’s population using it as the principle modality of transit. In turn, it’s helped birth Pas Normal, a clothing brand on the forefront of the modern cycling aesthetic, and helped shape the creative drive of its lead designer. We went to Scandinavia, coming away with a conversation with him and a better understanding of what makes Pas Normal Studios tick.

They’re Trying to Kill Us

The long-running “debate” about cycling on public roads is getting tired. When we’re nearly intentionally killed on our local streets in broad daylight, it becomes downright exhausting. The polemic fight is multifaceted, but what point is enough? Is it the perception that an individual on a bicycle deserves to be harmed for having the audacity to ride outside? And how do we shift that perception while staying alive in the process?

Bike of the Week: The Matte Orbis

DRAB DREAMS Most of the Baums we commission come in Geelong’s trademark lustrous glossy clearcoat, and it’s a shame we don’t see more magnificent matte machines make their way into the world. Yes, they’re harder to keep clean, but the texture and real feel of a patina comes to life when it’s laid bare without […]

Rebecca’s Private Idaho: The Report

FAMOUS POTATOES, AS THEY SAY A hit squad was sent to the far reaches of the Intermountain West to do battle at Rebecca’s Private Idaho, one of the country’s up-and-coming gravel races in remote Sun Valley, Idaho. The trio made it back alive, minus some skin. This is Frank and Kemi’s story. FRANK I’ve heard […]

Bike of the Week: Tool of the Professional

The Professional Not the rider, the mechanic. Baltimore-born Mr. Michael Webber, Above Category’s service manager. He’s seen it – and touched it – all. In that sense, this bike is special. We’ll let Michael take it from here to tell the readership why. The mechanic has likely the most intimate relationship with your bicycle and […]

Bike of the Week: The Modern Martini

Is the new Baum Orbis, equipped with second-generation Dura-Ace Di2, the savior of disc road, the bike that can appeal to even hard-set traditionalists? Perhaps, especially with a Martini Racing livery. Dig into what the wunderkind from Geelong, Australia have slung our way.

Bike of the Week: Bohemian Bliss

Prague-based Festka’s carbon ONE Classic is a bike that, with its nostalgic lines, is often confused for a metal bike. A level top tube, slender construction, and classic paint can all deceive the viewer into thinking the ONE is a gentlemanly steed. They’d be mistaken, in its soul pure Led Zeppelin racing technology wearing the stripes of a Dvořák movement. This one? A devastatingly crimson beauty, built with a nod to the past – and the present.

Bike of the Week: Upper Gone Funner

Some say the Open UPPER is confused. Adrift. Lost in a rip in the genre time-space continuum. A Subaru BRAT? Nay, say we. Instead, let’s try a BMW 1200GS – maybe the world’s most fun category-bending motorcycle in existence. Like the Beamer, the UPPER splits the difference between a mountain bike and a road bike, offering immense long-legged versatility, especially with big 650B rubber as on this week’s featured build.