Thursday, April 29, 2010

so much going on!

there really is a lot going on right now!

Cole's Bates Crates are one of the hottest products out right now- check out a recent review from our EcoVelo:

time is also running out to enter a couple of contests-
the first is from Go Means Go / Cetma Racks / Swift Industries -enter to win a porter rack & bag! scroll down the page for the flyer to enter!
the second is from bicycling magazine- go to their site and enter to win a $5000 bike of YOUR choice!!

then today i got this email from our friends @ Chrome:

Chrome Announces MY FOOTS photo contest
San Francisco, CA, 4/28/2010 – Following up from their Turds For Gold promotion where Chrome shipped out over 5,000 pairs of free shoes all over the globe, they now want to see how folks will live in them. Between now and August 1st, take a photo of yourself in your new Chrome shoes and send it to The photo can document your daily life, be humorous or ridiculous. Most importantly, it should say something about you. In August, the Chrome staff will vote on the top four submissions. A staff member will then visit each of the finalists’ hometowns, hook them up with some Chrome goods and photograph them to be featured in a Chrome ad campaign later this year.

“We can’t wait to see what kinds of submissions we get,” says Chrome Marketing Director, Matt Sharkey. “This isn’t hollow market-research, this is us wanting a glimpse into the many different lives that make up the extended Chrome family.”

By submitting your photo to, you grant the Chrome crew full permission to blast it all over the interweb, use it as a dartboard in the office, or for any other activity they do so choose. For any questions regarding the MY FOOTS photo contest, visit the Chrome Facebook Fan Page at:

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hey friends,

Just a quick note to ask you to please check out the movie my friend Phoebe has been working on by Portland director Andy Blubaugh called The Adults In the Room.

After an inspiring, compelling and exhausting ride, this tiny budget feature film is going to festivals and getting great press. However, they need to raise that last little bit of cash to do the final finishing for the film and to keep the festival momentum going.

They've been able to be a part of this really cool "crowd-funding" project online. It's called Kickstarter, and it basically works like this: What if we all put in $25 (or even just $5) a pop to make my movie, then your movie, then her movie? Well, then we'd all get to make movies! The idea is to have lots and lots of backers at smaller levels than the typical investor model. They only have 18 days left to go, as Kickstarter sets a time limit. Basically, it's this all-or-nothing campaign where people pledge to support the film, but if we don't meet the goal, then the funding is canceled.

You can see their Kickstarter page here:

50 backers have gotten them over the hump- the halfway mark. Kickstarter allows them to offer gifts to their supporters, and many folks have been thrilled to be able to kind of "pre-purchase" a DVD of the film and a DVD of Blubaugh's other films. As a result, they are just $2988 away from completing the campaign as a success and being able to completely finish the film!

Please, take a look, take a listen. This film represents the effort of many folks giving it their all and the entire team could use some encouragement, maybe just by you becoming a fan, leaving a note or donating a few dollars to help them finish the project through Kickstarter.

Visit The Adults In The Room on Facebook:
Follow THE ADULTS IN THE ROOM on Twitter :
Read more about us on the web:

Kickstarter for only 18 more days:

And, for those of you who may feel inclined, please consider posting this message, a quick tweet or even the kickstarter widget to you blog and facebook pages.

Thank you for your love and support,
Phoebe Owens & the TAITR Team

Cole and I have a few tours planned this summer, the longest being around Lake Michigan! Personally, I can't wait to hit the road. Lately as I've been training, when I get to the spot where I need to turn around, or make a turn to complete my circle, I don't want to- I just want to keep on pedaling, wherever it may take me.

You've seen the bike Raleigh sent for the trips, and this past weekend a set of rear panniers showed up at my doorstep from our friends at Arkel. Every little piece of our pre-tour puzzle are falling together, so we're both pretty excited about that!

Did we announce our pick for the graphic artist we were looking for? I can't remember...if not we'll post that with the reviews this week, so come back soon and we'll see you then!



Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Here's the lowdown on Chrome's Chukka Boots I've been talking about!

The short: Super swank, 1980 and older Tonka tough, and classy like Freddie Blassie (early pro wrestler turned manager in the 80's (?), managing the likes of the Iron Sheik and Andre the Giant!)! The kind of product that lives up to the Chrome name that we all know and love.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

check these out!

Cole's been back home in Michigan building another batch of Bates Crates- We got to hook up for a minute the other day & we got a shot of this pile of crates- a mixture of classics & model t's ready to be stained (which is happening as i type!). If you haven't yet, check out the site!

Guarenteed to add a nice touch of class to any set of wheels...

Also, This is me trying to post early in the day & not procrastinate as much! Hours ahead of my regular schedule!!!

More reviews this week too...


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Getting ready to tour this summer, Raleigh sent their Sojourn to travel around the country with and abuse at will, so here's my first impression.

First off, this is a really smooth looking bike- makes me think of coffee when I see it (I really love my coffee!). Even though I take my coffee straight, the steel frame/fork is a beautiful cream color, and comes stock with beautiful chocolate Brooks leather bar tape and saddle. You really can't go wrong there, although since this is a touring bike I wish the saddle had springs...but it's still a Brooks. What more can you really say? Read more...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The package from Raleigh is the 2010 Sojourn.- a really nice touring rig! Tomorrow we'll give you our first impressions.

Cole is in Michigan making a big batch of Bates Crates, and started working on a prototype of a new rear crate! Follow Cole on twitter to hear all about it!

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Cole scored a fat box of veg goods that he's pretty stoked about. If that's up your alley, you'll definitely wanna check out his review of the stuff he got from Upton's Naturals!

I'm not a vegetarian or even close to being vegan, but it sounds like good stuff either way.


Monday, April 05, 2010

above: prozac sticker. below: contest (click to see full flyer!!!).