Though Specialized might lead the industry with bicycle technology, the company definitely hasn’t forgotten about how they got to where they are. This beautifully crafted steel Allez will be going up for auction beginning Sept 8 and 100% of the proceeds will be going to World Bicycle Relief (WBR). More info below:

"Specialized Bicycles has been lucky to serve the greater cycling community by striving to produce products that and inspire to improve riders lives for 40 years. In the year of our 40th anniversary we simply want to say ‘thank you’ to the riders and give back to one of the best bicycle charities, World Bicycle Relief (WBR). To celebrate, we are revisiting the Steel Allez and sending 100 percent of the proceeds to the WBR. Working with Mark DiNucci, one of our original frame builders at Specialized whose bikes still win global recognition and awards, we wanted to rethink the steel frame from the ground up. The Allez is one of the bikes that started it all for us and in 1981 and stood for the best technology a rider could get. It was part of the very foundation of all of the bikes we have built since. For this ONE-TIME-ONLY run of 74 Frames, every tube, lug, and braze-on has been examined through fresh eyes. “Every lesson we have learned over the last 40 years has been applied to create a totally new and totally modern steel frame” said Bryant Bainbridge, R&D manager for Specialized in the 80s, “Keeping with the 40th theme, we will build the 40th Anniversary Allez in the very factory that created the first Stumpjumper, a factory that continues to produce some of the finest handmade bikes in the world.”

Auctions starts September 8th: www.ebay.com/40thanniversaryallez


"It’s funny how a week of time experienced under intense circumstances outside of situations you regularly experience usually blur together into one big mess. Already a few days after you remember what has happened, but it’s like the memories and experiences from that bubble of time has melted together. Plus, you only remember the good things."

Read more about Johan’s Hunt on Deux North.

Jens Voigt’s fond farewell Madone from Trek has some really awesome details that highlight the hard man’s life and career. Head over to the Trek website to find out more about how you can participate in celebrating the era of Jens: http://www.trekfactoryracing.com/calendar-results/jens-voigt-farewell-tour-usa-pro-challenge

I had the privilege of visiting Golden Saddle Cyclery last year during BKLA13. Definitely one of the raddest bike shops I’ve ever visited with the friendliest dudes in town. Great video and congrats Kyle and co.

It’s incredible when cyclists are able to find a cause they are passionate about, and are able to raise awareness within and outside the community to spread the word. The homie, Joe Ison, and his friends will be venturing off on a 3 day journey from San Francisco to Santa Barbara with the goal of raising money and awareness for HAPS (Haight Ashbury Psychological Services) and the importance of mental health. 

"Mental health is still something that is very much stigmatized in our society, and after learning more about this form of healing and working with people, I am encouraged to raise more awareness around it. Having met the wonderful people that Saskia works with at her internship with Haight Ashbury Psychological Services (HAPS), I am humbled and inspired by the work they do. The mission of HAPS is to "improve the lives of people in our community by providing low-fee psychotherapy to those in need, and education, training, and supervision to those who serve."

For more information: http://hapsclinic.org
To donate: http://www.razoo.com/story/Hoc-For-Haps-Coast-Ride-1