New Brand Week – MAAP Cycling Apparel

MAAP has arrived, you pretty-boy hipsters.
Seems like a perfect ending to our New Brand Week.
Yes, we are Toronto’s only source.

MAAP Long SleeveHere is what is coming in, first come, first served, updated every week till we sell out, or drop by to try some stuff on so your preferred goods are included with our next order.

Jerseys Short-Sleeve – $170 

Contour Off-White – L only

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Team Citrus – coming soon

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Arrows Blue Corral – S / M / L

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Team Jersey Charcoal Coral – L

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Jerseys Long-Sleeve - $190 

Contour Navy – S / M / L

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Team Charcoal Citrus – S / L

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Bibs - $260

Team Black Aqua – M / L / XL

Bib Aqua

Team Navy Coral – M / L / XL

Bib Navy

Socks – $25

Dot Socks Aqua – L

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Team Socks White – S / L

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Dot Socks Aqua – L

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Leg Warmers – $85

Team Black Leg Warmer – M / L / XL

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Jackets – $350

Team Rain Jacket Black – M / L

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More jackets, long-sleeves, knee-warmers, socks and caps arriving in August so feel free to drop by to try stuff on and make any special requests.

Thanks for following #NewBrandWeek and reach out anytime!!

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New Brand Day – Handlebar Mustache

We’ve decided to call this NEW BRAND WEEK at Blacksmith!!
Each day we will preview a cool new product launch at the shop.

Monday: Carl & Rose
Tuesday: Oakley
Wednesday: Scappa
Thursday: Mad Alchemy
Friday: Cherubim
Saturday: Handlebar Mustache
Sunday: MAAP

Who: Handlebar Mustache
What: Socks, T’s, kits and other goodies for the cycling lifestyle
Where: Another awesome Colorado brand, so everything is made in the USA
When: Socks now in stock, or drop by to let us know what other swag you need
Why: A little bit of levity mixed with a lot of style works for us #sockdoping

And in their own words…

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“Who we are:
The mustache is Brett and the woman behind the curtain is Ashley.

The tees:
Because our garments are made with the highest quality premium cotton, your first Handlebar Mustache tee will quickly become your favorite. Whether you’re a hardcore racer, a club rider or a fixie commuter we hope to have something that helps you express your love for the sport.

How it began:
Handlebar Mustache was initiated on a cold winter day while driving a company minivan through the heart of nowhere and listening to an audio book about the liberty of making a living by doing what you love on your own terms. Cycling was the answer and after a conversation on the topic, we knew immediately that we could fuse cycling and fashion to introduce a product that people like us would dig.

What we believe:
We love to ride and we love a challenge! We like that feeling of being completely spent after an effort that could have been voiced over by Bob Roll. We have our favorite items we grab in our closet after we clean off the road grime tan, and we wanted to make more of these items for everyone. We believe that any of our tees will be worth the extra money you paid for a shirt you’ll want to wear again and again….that’s what premium means to us. We know about the thread count, craftsmanship and color palettes but what really matters is that you love the fit and feel.”

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New Brand Week – Cherubim

We’ve decided to call this NEW BRAND WEEK at Blacksmith!!
Each day we will preview a cool new product launch at the shop.

Monday: Carl & Rose
Tuesday: Oakley
Wednesday: Scappa
Thursday: Mad Alchemy
Friday: Cherubim
Saturday: Handlebar Mustache
Sunday: MAAP

Who: Cherubim, built by Shin-ichi Konno
What: Handmade steel bicycles from legendary 2009 and 2010 NAHBS winner
Where: Built in Japan with choice of Japanese, Italian or British tubing
When: Decades of family-owned heritage, from their lugged R-2 onwards
Why: Perhaps the most beautiful steel bikes in the world. Need we say more?

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Sticky Premium Edition: Cherubim’s slender tubing and flowing lines can be hazardous for your health

See more from the incredible Cherubim lineup after the break… Continue reading

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New Brand Week – Mad Alchemy

We’ve decided to call this NEW BRAND WEEK at Blacksmith!!
Each day we will preview a cool new product launch at the shop.

Monday: Carl & Rose
Tuesday: Oakley
Wednesday: Scappa
Thursday: Mad Alchemy 
Friday: Cherubim
Saturday: Handlebar Mustache
Sunday: MAAP

Who: Mad Alchemy
What: The best chamois cream and embrocation stuff on the planet
When: Bursting on to the CX scene over the past few seasons
Where: Designed and produced in Boulder, #ColoRADo
Why: All the best gear for your junk, plus amazing socks too!!

Mad Alchemy

 

We are now stocking the following products in the shop:

Pro+ Chamois Cream – $20 – The original, and still the champ
Euro Pro Chamois Cream – $20 – Tingly and clean feeling chammy cream
Non-warming Pre-ride Oil – $20 – Uplifting smell and smooth feel
Non-warming Embrocation – $20 – Summer-time embro fun
MiniGrouppo – $19 – Body wash and Umbrocation rinse with poofy
Lip Balm – $5 – All-natural bees-wax lip balm with SPF 15

Any other Mad Alchemy products you want, just let us know?!
Drop on by tomorrow for our next brand, Cherubim Bicycles.

 

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New Brand Week – Scappa

We’ve decided to call this NEW BRAND WEEK at Blacksmith!!
Each day we will preview a cool new product launch at the shop.

Monday: Carl & Rose
Tuesday: Oakley
Wednesday: Scappa
Thursday: Mad Alchemy 
Friday: Cherubim
Saturday: Handlebar Mustache
Sunday: MAAP

Who: Scappa Bicycles – and we are the first dealer in North America!!
What: Handmade perfection in any material: carbon, titanium or steel
When: Born in 2014 and committed to building the world’s finest framesets
Where: German-owned, with all manufacturing and paint by hand in Italy
Why: BikeRadar have basically deemed the Scappa the SuperBike to beat

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Scappa Purosangue with matching carbon components produced in-house 

For a nice cross-section of their offerings, click to see more bikes after the jump…

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New Brand Week – Oakley

We’ve decided to call this NEW BRAND WEEK at Blacksmith!!
Each day we will preview a cool new product launch at the shop.

Monday: Carl & Rose
Tuesday: Oakley
Wednesday: Scappa
Thursday: Mad Alchemy 
Friday: Cherubim
Saturday: Handlebar Mustache
Sunday: MAAP

Who: Oakley
What: Iconic sports performance eyewear from the USA
When: Decades of relevance since Greg Lemond rocked his M Frames
Where: Ridden by half the pro peloton, but designed in California
Why: Stylish, tech-driven, and the best optical clarity around

New Jawbreaker with optional Prizm road lenses, from $250:

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Redesigned Radar EV Path with optional Prizm lenses, from $230:

Radar EV Path

Redesigned Frogskin LX, from $185:

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Original Frogskin Ink Edition, from $110:

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Sliver Fingerprint Edition, from $155:

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These are all in stock NOW, and yes we can order from the entire Oakley collection.

Check back tomorrow for our Scappa Bicycles brand preview!!

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New Brand Week – Carl & Rose

We’ve decided to call this NEW BRAND WEEK at Blacksmith!!
Each day we will preview a cool new product launch at the shop.

Monday: Carl & Rose
Tuesday: Oakley
Wednesday: Scappa
Thursday: Mad Alchemy 
Friday: Cherubim
Saturday: Handlebar Mustache
Sunday: MAAP

First up…

Who: Carl & Rose
What: Tool rolls, musette bags and metal work for stylish cyclists
When: Noah Rosen of Velocolour collaborates with Suzanne Carlson
Where: Handmade in Toronto just 15 minutes from Blacksmith
Why: Good looking, artisan made, fairly priced, YES!

Tool rolls in one of 5 colours, $50:

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Musette bags in choice of 5 colours [cool inner lining not shown], $55:

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These bike geeks also created our Blacksmith Cycle stainless headbadges, $60:

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Check back tomorrow for our Oakley brand preview!

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Blacksmith June Update

Updates? You need some freaking updates?
Here we go…

1. We are heading to Italy and Croatia in 3 weeks for an EPIC adventure.
Click to zoom in on details below, and YOU can join us!! Just email or call to discuss…
We have 2 to 4 “civilian” spots remaining for under $4k all-inclusive, except for flights.
FYI, we’ll be arriving in Venice on June 20th, riding from Trieste on the 21st.
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2. Lots of sexy new bikes are gracing the shop these days.
Stay up with us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. For stuff like this #ScapinIvor…
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3. Riding season has officially started!! Sign up HERE to join the Blacksmith Cycle Club.
Saturday group rides leave from Sunny Joe’s at 250 Sorauren at 9 am sharp every week.

4. Finally, we are fitting and building bikes like crazy these days, so come visit us before we leave for Croatia!

Advance notice that we will be closed from June 20th through June 29th!!

Thanks,
Mike, Paul, Jamie and Youppi

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Olympia Leader Disc In Focus

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Olympia Leader Disc Ultegra Di2

Who: Since this bike was the first Olympia Leader Disc in North America, we figured a quick peak was worth it. Olympia have a 120+ year history of innovation, and now employ a team of 250 workers in their Italian factory. With road and MTB offerings, OlympiaCicli might still be the biggest bike brand you’ve never heard of, until now.

What: This Leader Disc was Olympia’s first road+aero+disc offering, and promptly won the 2014 ExboBici Italy Innovation Award for design. Featuring a fairly traditional road geometry, this carbon aero bike would seem at home amongst your local Sunday group-ride sprinters..until someone notices the lack of brake calipers, and then #HOLYSHITARETHOSEDISCBRAKES!?

Where: We’ll use this section to ask a query? Where…do you ride? On rough roads? In the rain? For long distances? If you say yes to any of those, consider disc brakes for your next road bike, period. Better modulation, better power, and WAY better in the wet. So don’t think that disc should only be reserved for gravel grinders. If you don’t need a UCI-legal bike (and even that is changing soon), the prospect of an aero-disc racer isn’t so crazy.

When: Olympia released this model in 2014 and while it is still a very worthy consideration, we are even more excited to test the upcoming 2015 Boost Disc model, which promises slightly lower weight and higher rigidity. However, what we know for now is that this Leader Disc offers a more traditional look along with a solid-but-not-too-stiff ride quality, aerodynamic tubeset shaping, and the ability to run up to a 27mm tire with most wheelsets, meaning plenty of versatility.

Why: We see this model as a jack of all trades, capable of everything from light gravel grinding and Centurion-type fast-paced cruising, where the tire clearance and aerodynamics would both be key, to shorter and more regular weekly romps and races, where the Leader’s stiffness and braking ability could shine through. Either way, this is a bike capable of handling a variety of ride conditions, with some Italian panache thrown in for good measure, especially in the form of the glittering UD carbon weave.

Frame: Olympia Leader Disc – Size XL – Col. 04
Fork: Olympia Tapered Carbon Disc
Groupset: Ultegra Di2 Hydraulic Disc
Wheels: Pacenti SL25 Disc rims on White Industries CLD hubs #Blacksmithwheels
Cockpit: FSA CSI-99 carbon stem and K-Force-Light Nano carbon compact bar
Saddle: 2015 Fizik Aliante R3

The bulky headtube leads into an aerodynamic fork and downtube, with lots of stiffness:ff35b92b-f370-40c4-a6c7-138a41dfd290_zpsk36q1vzx

Aero seatpost, disc brakes and generous tire clearance for speed, safety and comfort:97bb438f-f34c-4a95-ad7e-146acc380e5e_zpsbtoeihf8

Slippery tube shapes from extensive computer modeling helped win the Leader awards:d59cbb5a-0442-482a-9ae4-15e55cfba7de_zpswwnbrmctI won’t repeat in full my love for disc brakes in this space, but…they rock. Talk to us about ordering your own Olympia today, and stay tuned for more #OlympiaCicli model coverage.

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No. 22 Great Divide Review

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Number 22 Great Divide Road

Who: While the bikes that roll our of the No. 22 workshop are perfectly raceable, we prefer to think they are more at home on lonely roads, logging long, comfortable hours on a hand-made beauty. What’s different about this brand? Incredible quality for the price.

What: No. 22 build it all, and only out of titanium, hence the name.
Road, Cross, Gravel, Track. They got you covered.
Custom geometry or special anodized color requests? Also available.
Fresh off winning best CX Bike in Show at NAHBS? Uh huh.

Where: N0. 22 was born from the minds of two Toronto cyclists and entrepreneurs, and eventually arose out of the ashes of Serotta to begin building gorgeous titanium masterpieces from their new Johnstown, NY facility.

When: Every No. 22 frameset is hand-crafted for each customer in about 6 weeks time, including any custom requests. With our complimentary fit and build services, we guide you through the custom process each step of the way to ensure the perfect result, from fit and tube selection, to the endless array of new component options on the market.

Why: With all due respect to the carbon “super” bikes many of us yearn for, those of us who don’t necessarily race could be much better off with a bike that offers a 10-year warranty, incredible comfort, awesome durability, 27mm tire clearance, optional disc and custom geometry versions, and let’s remember it’s essentially a handmade jewel.

Pictured in Photo up top is the “classic” 22 build: ENVE SMART 3.4’s w/ ENVE cockpit, but click on our gallery below for close-ups on one variations, and know that we build every No. 22 from scratch to each customer’s dream specifications.

Oh, and you wanted a “review”? Well, here’s the thing, custom bikes can be anything you want them to be, so stop reading some magazine’s reviews and start looking for build quality, tube selection, craftsmanship, smart design, intelligent geometries, good functionality, and lust-worthy aesthetics.

For us, the No. 22 possesses it all. In the stock geometry, the ride is fun and agile enough, but still stable and smooth, a bike capable of backroad adventures and regular Donut-Ride flogging as well. Top marks, for sure, and with a starting price of $2499 USD for a raw frame, it’s tough to beat on any level.

Stay tuned for upcoming No. 22 news, including details on when and how you can see their new Reactor carbon/ti monster in person, plus our new “Broken Arrow” arrival ;) Dreaming of your own No. 22? We are the shop you can trust to guide you there.

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