Search and State A-1 Jerseys

 

In the three years we’ve been doing this blog, it’s always a treat to get one of our many amazing multi-talented customers to get behind the keyboard and tell us about their gear. Whether purchased in our shop or elsewhere, we, at The Spindle, love talking gear that we can test or potentially bring to our customers. With so many positive endorsements from several friends, we’ve decided to bring Search and State on as a new brand. Our rad ass friend, Damon a.k.a Crocodile Brown, indulges us with his forethought on their tops. His story and causes are admirable and we hope you also dive into seeing the positive things he does for the community around him, as well.

MY SEARCH AND STATE CYCLING APPAREL

A LOVE STORY

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My cycling style and profile are different and varied to say the least. I ride a lot,
but not often (or maybe it’s the other way around). On top of that, my routine is as
multifarious as my iTunes catalog. You see, I may beat around town after work or
shift between my office in downtown, to a lunch in the AUC, to a meeting in
midtown, and, then, to an event at the State Bar. Or, I may ride the open road or
get left behind in a crit race.

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Most of my riding, of course, is as part of my personal cycling initiative
(@bikeGAcounties) to bike in every Georgia county (again), benefitting
FB4Katl.org. It is on those rides that I tackle the rolling terrain north of the metro
area, the coastal views south and east of it, the agri-rural areas to the south and
west, and then the small and historic towns between here and South Carolina. I
have come to realize that in the midst of all of those rides, the truest constant has
been use of one of my four (4) Search and State cycling jerseys (I also own a
long sleeve merino base layer that is like butter in the winter week we experience!)
The S1-A green, the Aloha, the S1-A black, and the Patriot, sound like interstate
highways or wrestling moves. But, for me, they have been much more than that.
Those layers of intricately woven fabric serve as a barrier for me from drag and
from the sun. They serve as a trusted valet, allowing me to store personal
belongings and other essentials for the haul – long or short.


I can’t tell you about them technically. I’m just not that smart. I know what they tell
me. They (DJ Khaled voice) tell me the jerseys have a refined fit, offer reliable
performance, are tough and luxe and, like me, are made in the USA. I have seen
nothing to prove any of that wrong.
What I can tell you is, they are durable. I can tell you that they keep their form
and shape. My first SAS is over 2 years old and still performs today, the same
when it did when I first wore it biking in South Beach. I am guaranteed a
compliment about the jersey each time I ride, be it from fellow cyclists as part of
the MACC One Love, the waitress at the BBQ restaurant in Hiawassee, the
courthouse sheriff’s deputy in Webster County, the hotel clerk at the Jekyll Island
Club Hotel, the iron man participants in Augusta, or from your mom.
I can also tell you they are pretty. Yes. If you aren’t concerned about the look of
your apparel in addition to the feel, you’re dumb. You see, I am not built like
Daniel Teklehaimanot, nor do I have the metabolism of an Alonso Tal. But my
jerseys fit and feel comfortable – every time. Every time mashing. Every time I
zoom down the Beltline at 3.78 mph. Every time. I mean, you gotta feel
comfortable. And, AND, they allow me to stand out from the crowd, without
looking like I am about to sling shot Peter Sagan down the last 5km of a GT race.
They all have been used on days when I will ride straight for 50+ miles. They
have all been used on days when I commute in to work. They have all been used
on days that I have attended meetings. They have been used with base layers
underneath, and without. I use the hell out of them. Which means I wash the hell
out of them, and wash and wash. Colors are still robust and shape is still willing
to mirror whatever shape I may be in at the time (naturally I hang them to dry and
believe that makes a huge difference).


I got no complaints. THEY have told me that, from time to time, they are prone to
snag. I don’t know where those folk were riding but, even with an occasional trail
ride that I have put two of them through, no snags for me (please don’t be a jinx).
Let me tell you one other thing that has brought me back to SAS time and time
and time and time again. I like their story. Up until now, there has been no dealer
I could purchase from so all of my interaction has been via the web. Their service
is strong. Their commitment to building products in the US is unparalleled. Their
separate efforts in the community and at highlighting important causes are top
notch. I like their story.

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So, while that review turned out to be something like a creepy love story, I am
#sorrynotsorry. I am looking forward to building the other parts of my cycling
closet with the bibs next and other essentials. Taking my relationship with SAS,
like my cycling, to the next level. dee

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To learn more about the @bikeGAcounties initiative and support FB4Katl.org, follow Damon on Instagram (@damonelmore), Twitter (@bikeGACounties) and, most important, support the initiative with a tax deductible donation via http://www.razoo.com/story/bikeGAcounties2

New Spindle Kit Pre-Order!

The new Spindle Team Kits designed by local ATL artist Molly Rose Freeman (@Mollyrosefree) are now up on castelli’s site ready for pre-order! Orders will be taken until 6/27 so be sure to get down on it!! Big thanks to all our sponsors Lotta Frutta (@lottafrutta), Westside Bikes (@westsidebikes), Velo Coffee (@velocoffee), Hotlanta Yoga (@hotlantayoga), & Clay Parks Law!!

https://teamorder.serviziocorse.com/index.aspx?pc=94894C51-14A1-42DA-9C42-B84BC9D930C6

5/15 The Spindle Shit Show See-Saw Race!

Come share with us the one year anniversary of the worst idea in cycling history, The Spindle “B Team” Labeled the Shit Show. To memorialize this epic event we are having a Seesaw Race. It is a race with a starting point, 2 check points (The Seesaw), and then the final destination. The pregame for the race will start at The Spindle @2:00pm. The race will start at @3:00 from Spindle and then the racers will make their there way towards Intrenchment Creek and then to West Side Bikes for a secret challenge and then to the final destination and post ride party will be held at Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium. Where we will have Free PBR and PBR patches made for this event.

https://www.facebook.com/events/256120828109305/

May 15
$7
Boys
Girls
Fixed
Road
Raffel
blah blah blah

spindlle shit show

1st Look: Parker Dusseau x Radavist Cold Black Button-Up

We’ve been chompin at the bit ever since Vaughn Brown, of Parker Dusseau, let us in on a collaboration with The Radavist on a limited edition button up urban cycling shirt. Needless to say, we put an order in right away.  We received our shirts a few days before official release and were able to give it some tests in the early Georgia spring.

The shirt is made with the lightest Schoeller material we’ve ever had run through the shop.  For those unfamiliar with Schoeller, it’s a Swiss textiles company specializing in weather resistant, breathable materials that are great for outdoor and travel apparel.  Schoeller’s Coldblack Technology provides 30 SPF protection and reduces heat build up in darker fabrics. When grabbing this button up off the hanger, the shirt is cool to the touch! Pretty mind blowing!

 

The 1st three days after getting the shirts were going to be between 75-80 degrees and sunny, so it was worn three days in a row. For being such a dark black shirt I was surprised at how cool I was and how the air circulated throughout the shirt, cooling me with the sun beating down. The fabric even maintains temperature even as the the temperature slowly drops as the sunsets. 

This colab still delivers the standard, yet way above average,  nuances that Parker Dusseau button ups feature and moves incredibly well with no restrictions. The hidden mesh vents set behind the shoulder blades allows for very little resistance when stretching into the drops and help with cooling you down while ramping up your cadence.  We even found that the shirt did very well once the weather peaked at 82 during the week.

 

In addition, a light sprinkle while riding is fine and the shirt was dry in less than five minutes, but will be waiting for a downpour to see how this lighter Schoeller performs. We’re curious to see how this shirt holds up once we hit the truly humid Georgia months, but we will update you on that too.

SPRING SALE

The weather is getting sexy again so we’re gonna sling ya some Men’s & Women’s Chrome gear/bags, Giro, Vulpine, Levis Commuter, various accessories and all cycling caps at 20%-40% off! Come until the end of March and get cha some!

 

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Report: Dirty Pecan 2016

The Spindle Gravel team took it down to Monticello, FL on March 8, 2016 for the Dirt-y Pecan 60/100/150 mile unsupported ride. The team party paced through 60 miles of plantations, oak canopies, and of course, pecan orchards.

Monticello is a cool little town right over the GA/FL state line, we arrived late Friday evening, set up camp, and a couple of beers and whiskey shots later, it was time to rest up.  Rising up at 6 am to cook breakfast for the team was little rough, but Spindlero Ezz heeded the call for some tacos to get the gears moving, slowly after 7am you started to see cars and trucks with beautiful bikes strapped on and ready to get filthy!

The organizers rolled through and greeted everyone with a fierce battle cry, at the start of the race at 8, there was an estimated 250 riders ready to get going. Although the Spindle team lagged a little, due to Sharif’s inevitable mechanical failure, which we were just happy to get out of the way. Out by 8:30 on a gorgeous soon-to-be 75 degree day, we embarked on our fantastic voyage.

 

The route was less than 20% paved, so dirt and gravel were going to be abundant.  Pedaling through the farmlands between South Georgia and the panhandle of Florida was packed with stunning views and mixed terrain of which none of us have ever seen. The route was mostly exposed but portions of the trail was marbled with shade from the enormous tree limbs draped with Spanish Moss, lingering overhead. Excavated forest roads dug 4 feet deep through the wood exposed deep, red-orange GA clay that has been eroded over decades of sun and heavy machinery rolling through each groomed passage. The walls on these roads were enveloped with rich moss of bright greens and yellow shades. What we also found was a hybrid texture, a combination of  sand, GA red clay and water that could only be described as peanut butter.  

Most of us rode CX bikes and rolled through fine. Even Sharif and Ivan Ravioli (aka David Baker), had little trouble on the route with their All-City fixed CX bikes. Though Spindlero Andy’s thoughts on choosing a 650b MTB deemed to be a bit of a sluggish decision. Being an unsupported ride everyone was well-prepared with their Spindle packs and frame bags loaded with snacks, fruit, and water. Helping immensely as the temperature rose throughout the day. 

As we approached the finish, we scouted out a little farmers market that served up a sundry of local fruits, veggies and boiled peanuts which Spindlera Molly Russell and Atlanta Beltline Bicycle team rider, Zach Holmes, took back to camp.

 

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With beautiful views and good people surrounding us, overall it was a beautiful ride. We drank the juice and are already looking forward to dirtying up our pecans for next year’s ride!  For more info on the ride please visit the Dirt-y Pecan facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/dirtypecan/?fref=ts