The All-City Macho Man cyclocross bike features a flat crown lugged fork, fender mounts and a derailleur hanger. Available as a frameset or complete, with a Zona tubeset version in the works. www.allcitycycles.com
Fyxation recently introduced the Mesa MP pedal, with a slim lightweight nylon body and replaceable metal pins for people prone to breaking them or looking for more grip. www.fyxation.com
Soma recently began distributing single speed chains from the Japanese chain manufacturer D.I.D., who is mainly known for their motorcycle chains. They retail for $48.
Dumonde Tech chain lube is a cocktail of proprietary polymer, isoparaffinic fluid, fatty ester and ketone that essentially “plates” your chain with a plastic coating. A 2 oz bottle of original formula retails for about $9. www.dumondetech.com
Profile Racing is better known for their heavier duty offerings, but they also offer ultralight road or cyclocross hubs. Weighing in at a mere 88 g for the front hub and 300 g for the rear, expect to pay about $450 for the set. www.profileracing.com
Modrobes is a Canadian clothing company dedicated to utilizing environmentally friendly materials. Their Base T Longsleeve is made from a fabric derived from eucalyptus trees and retails for $52.
Stephen Bilenky is a hell of a bicycle framebuilder, and he’s also one third of Notekillers, a Philadelphia-based (mostly) instrumental trio. Go to their website and listen to some MP3’s for yourself.
Thomson now offers a stem “dress up kit” which includes a red, blue or gold anodized top cap and face plate, six black bolts and six silver bolts for $40. www.bikethomson.com