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Hestra celebrating 80 years November 13 2016

The family business of Hestra - Martin Magnusson & Co. was founded in 1936 and is now run by the third generation of Magnussons. Both design and development is done at the headquarters in the town of Hestra in southern Sweden.

To celebrate their 80th birthday they released a nice short film showcasing the beauty and diversity of their home country and that every day is different.

Hestra Gloves Every Day from Hestra Gloves on Vimeo.

 

 

 


Keep Jumbo Wild April 17 2016

Keep Jumbo Wild is a documentary by Patagonia and Sweetgrass Productions. The full film is available on NetFlix and is well worth a watch. Not only for its important and powerful message, but also for the stunning scenery.

Protecting the wild is something very important, more and more public land is coming into the hands of developers, please help by signing the petition and help spread the word.

 


Veteran Snowmobile Meet Up - Norrbo, Sweden February 21 2016

Whilst we were in Sweden last week we found ourselves in the small village of Norrbo, deep in the provincial forests of Hälsingland at a veteran snowmobile meet up. This annual event is put on by two local enthusiasts, Bonnbagers Festival is a one day event to celebrate veteran snowmobiles.

 

The organisers have spent most of the winter prepping, building and driving the race course themselves. The race on the day is open for anyone to enter, as long as the snowmobile you're racing is 20 years or older. The heats were raced two on two on an elimination basis, with the winner in each race going on to the next heat and so on.  It was great fun to watch the races, with the jumps, minor crashes and plenty of comedy breakdowns with bonnets flying off, seats sliding off on the corners half way through the race, engine failures and some even had to be towed off. All to be expected when you're racing a snowmobile from the 70's I suppose and this certainly adds to the entertainment. 

 

Just like with cycling, there are extremes to all ends of the spectrum. You have the speed hungry elite, who spend a small fortune on the newest, fastest, most powerful machines. Then you have the tourers, who have the big and powerful machines, built for long distance and comfort. Then you have the veteran lovers, who spend hours and hours tinkering with their vintage machines to get them working. They say it's more fun with a veteran machine because you feel everything when you drive it and you get a great sense of achievement knowing you made it work yourself. But they all have one thing in common, their love for snow, winter and the great outdoors and all things snowmobile of course. Whilst walking around the event we saw everything from shiny new machines with 150+ horse power worth around £15,000 (!) to home built diesel machines, that sounded more like an old boat than a snowmobile! 

In many parts of northern Sweden people rely on the snowmobiles as their main transportation during the winter months. As many local and smaller roads aren't maintained during the winter months and get snowed in, people need a snowmobile to get to their remote cabins and houses. The Sami's are in need of them on a daily basis for reindeer herding and daily jobs. 

 This was my favourite of the day, a late 1960's Sno Tric.

 


New in: Spurcycle Bells December 15 2015

New into Pedal + Tread this winter is the stunning Spurcycle Bell.

Based out of San Fransisco, California, Spurcycle was founded in 2012 by friends Nick and Clint, both engineers and both cycling obsessed.

The concept for their bell project began after crossing a crowded Golden Gate Bridge over many sunny weekend mornings. Sketches and models evolved over more than a year of iteration in their prototype shop before all the details were dialed.

Crafted with precision in the USA from high-grade premium materials and engineered to fit standard and oversized handlebars. The Spurcycle Bell has a powerful clear sound that rings 3x longer than other bells.

Beautifully finished and packaged, this is the perfect bell for your vintage or modern build.

Available on the shop now in raw or black finishes.

 

 


Meet the Cabineers: Pines and Cones December 06 2015

We found Pines and Cones on Instagram over a year ago and were immediately inspired by their photos and cabin lifestyle, and we've eagerly been following them since. So we got in touch recently to find out more about them and how they built their forest retreat.

The Molin/Högfeldt family consists of Oskar, Amelie and the bird hunting dog Brutus. For the last couple of years they have split their time living half the year in Stockholm and the other half in their 40 square metre log cabin. The cabin is located about an hour west of Stockholm, in a forest surrounded by old pine trees and a stunning view of lake Mälaren.

Pedal + Tread: You built the cabin yourself, when and why did you decide to build it?

Pines + Cones: Amelie grew up in the countryside, on the farm and the land that the cabin is located on. One day three years ago when we where walking around in the forest we found the perfect spot, and we just knew that we were going to build something there. Soon!

P+T: How long did the build take, what materials did you use and what was the hardest part?

P+C: From idea to finish it took about a year. The hardest part is all the planning and paperwork to the municipal authorities. We wanted it to be very simple and Oskar is in love with trees of all kinds, so the choice to build it as a log timber cabin was obvious.

P+T: What was your main inspiration for the design and why did you choose to build a log timber style cabin?

P+C: We didn't have a specific inspirational design in mind when we scribbled down our ideas on paper. We just wanted it to be as simple as possible, no strange angles or complicated constructions. Oskar worked with architects at that time and when he showed his colleagues the drawings of the cabin they all laughed as they thought it look like a house you would draw as a child, a square with triangle formed roof. A pine timber log house was a natural choice for us, we thought it would fit in with the environment and it was going to be much easier to build, as there was no good infrastructure near the plot we built on.

P+T: Your cabin is "off the grid", what does this mean?

P+C: It means that we do not have access to either a power grid or water system. We have solar panels and take water from the lake or bring it from the farm a few kilometres away. In the future we will drill for water, but we are in no hurry. For now we have a great water filter called Berkey, that we use for drinking water.


P+T: Was being off grid a conscious choice from the start?

P+C: We fell in love with the location first and foremost, so we didn't see the off grid part as a problem. We think that you shouldn't be intimidated by an off grid life as it doesn't have to be a big hassle. Today  there are clever solutions to everything and life can be comfortable without having the amenities you are normally used to in the city. To be honest we really don't need even half of it!

P+T: How often do you go there and what do you enjoy most about being there at this time of the year?

P+C: In the wintertime we go as often as we can, mostly on weekends. As Swedish winters get very cold you need to keep the fire burning all the time and that means that the wood burning cast iron stove is always warm and ready for some cooking. It's  something rather special and very nice to cook your meal cooked on a cast iron stove. Old school, heart warming and delicious.



P+T: What are the most essential things you keep in your cabin, any favourites?

P+C: Apart from our cast iron wood burner, the essentials are blankets, candles, lamp oil for the storm lanterns for the atmosphere, and light of course. A tired and happy dog at our feet to help keep us warm. Solar panels are also good to have....



P+T: Do you consider your cabin complete now, or do you feel there is more to do, any plans?

It will never be complete; there is always something we can do. Our next project is probably to build a sauna.

P+T: Any advice for aspiring cabin builders?

P+C: We're no experts and the good thing is you don't have to be, just do what you think feels right. And even if it doesn't feel right, try it anyway, and be quick about it. We've heard that it's not until you build your third house that you get most of it right anyway, so you might as well start practising. Just enjoy the ride! Also, go off grid, it's less costly and you will likely get a better view, and there are great solutions to most problems.

 


P+T: And finally, what does fresh air living mean to you guys?

P+C: Amelie: When I come out in the nature I am walking a lot slower than in the city to take it all in, maybe that's what it's all about, taking a break from the fast pace life that you are used to. Otherwise, fresh air living is a privilege that one should be very grateful of, not all people get to experience it today.

 

If you're interested in trying out an off grid cabin life, you can do so by renting the Pines and Cones cabin. Amelie and Oskar want to share their cabin with people who love the outdoors and nature as much as they do.

Pines & Cones IG: @pinesandcones
Airbnb: https://www.airbnb.co.uk - type in Selaön, Sweden in the search field


Meet the rider – Gabriel Mak, Devon, England. June 14 2015

Today will mark day 3 of Tour Divide, a grueling 2745-mile cross-continent self-supported endurance race along the American Adventure Cycling Association’s Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR).

The route follows gravel roads, mountain passes, history trading routes, migration routes and some paved roads. Taking you from the jutting mountains of the Canadian Rockies down through Montana, Idaho and into Wyoming, where you cross the Great Basin, a vast expanse of nothing. Following this you enter Colorado and get up to some serious altitude, the highest pass is over 11,000 feet. Then down off the alpine pastures and into the harsh desert of New Mexico. In total covering over 2700 miles, with the equivalent amount of climbing as scaling Mt. Everest from sea level seven times!

On top of that, the route will be unmarked and will entail following dirt paths and backcountry roads, with much of it meandering through wooded areas and national forests where the bikers will be able to camp and rest along their journey.

The unofficial race, begun in 2008 and consisting of entirely self-supporting cyclists, has an almost cult-like following where the truly dedicated, and perhaps slightly crazy, cyclists undertake an immense trek through mountain terrain. The elite racers will try to ride it in less than 16 days, while first timers might take more than a month.

This year one of our good friends, 37-year old Gabriel Mak from Devon, England, will be taking part in the race as a rookie. We caught up with him just before he headed off to hear how preparations had been going, understand why he's decided to undertake this epic race, and learn more about what he’ll be riding and packing for such a unique adventure.

Pedal + Tread: Hey mate, how are you feeling?

Gabriel Mak: I’m feeling good. Had some knee issues, but I think a lot of it is psychosomatic. Should be fine for the race. I fly out Tuesday afternoon! Race starts Friday (12th June) morning.

P+T: What ever possessed you to take on this epic ride/race?

GM: I hate to be clichéd, but life is too short not to. Some big changes in my life over the last 4-5 years made me reevaluate things, and after watching the movie “Ride the Divide” I was hooked on the idea of this. I never thought I’d actually be doing it! 

P+T: How have you been preparing for it?

GM: Physically, I’ve been riding my bike, a lot. 3500 miles this year already, and 300,000 feet of climbing. I’ve lost 25kg of body weight in two years. My resting heart rate is down around 40bpm. I’m fit basically. The best bit is I get to eat a lot.

Mentally, when out on the bike, you have to be able to control your thoughts. Learn to live in the moment, not stress about what might happen. Avoid focusing on aches and pains, and worrying they will develop into something crippling. Just switch off and pedal, look around, enjoy the view.

P+T: What will be your greatest challenge in undertaking this?

Not getting blisters on my arse!

P+T: Any fears...after all you’ll be passing through bear country?

GM: Getting blisters on my arse! I’m actually not that worried about bears now. I was though, for a long time.

P+T: What parts of the route are you most looking forward to?

GM: The Canadian Rockies, they just look incredible (check out @tweed_telegraph on instagram) and the Great Basin in Wyoming - the vast nothingness. I want to sleep in the Great Basin and wake up with no people for 80 miles around! Amazing.

P+T: Talk us through the bike you’ll be riding.

GM: It’s a custom titanium frame made by Triton Bikes in Moscow. I had a bike fit done with Tony Corke at The Bicycle Academy. He really knows his shit. No messing about with crappy retül software, he does it properly. The rest of the bike is light, carbon rims, carbon fork, carbon bars. Dynamo front hub for lights and charging GPS, Phone, Camera, etc. 1x10 gearing, no suspension.

P+T: As this race is self-supported, what's in your pack kit?

GM: I’m travelling light. I have a 1ºC rated Vaude sleeping bag, Six Moon Design Lunar Solo tarp/tent, Exped sleeping mat. One spare pair of shorts, spare pair of socks, waterproof jacket and over-mitts. The over-mitts will also stop my fingers falling off on some of the massive descents off snowy mountains early in the morning.

I’m not carrying a stove or any extra stuff. But I am taking a toothbrush. And Sudocrem to stop my butt getting blisters.

I have enough tools to sort most stuff on the bike, including 4 pairs of extra brake pads. Oil, an old sock to clean the chain and lots of gorilla tape to fix stuff. 2 spare tubes, though I’m running tubeless and hope that will last the trip.

P+T: Any pack tips you can share?

GM: Do lots of trips out beforehand, things you don’t use, don’t take again. Use dry bags for everything. Wet kit sucks.

P+T: Have you set yourself a race time?

GM: I’m aiming for 20 days, which is an average of around 140 miles per day.

P+T: How can we track your ride?

GM: I’ll be trackable on: http://trackleaders.com/tourdivide15

And I’ll be posting on Instagram: http://instagram.com/turnpedal

P+T: Good luck mate. Be safe, and enjoy the ride!

For more information about Tour Divide visit here: http://tourdivide.org/


Introducing: Sandqvist April 12 2015

During our last visit to Stockholm back in December, we had the pleasure in meeting up with two very friendly chaps, Anton Sandqvist the founder of Sandqvist bags and Knotan, Sandqvist's in house photographer. We shared a couple of brews at their local and chatted about knife making, wild fishing, winter cabins, their recent trip to Norway and of course bags. Anton told us how he made his first ever bag in autumn 2004, simply because he needed one. He wanted a bag that was robust and casual, neat enough for work without being too formal and could comfortably fit a laptop. Almost 30 hours of work later, that first bag was finished. This is how Sandqvist started and it has been growing steadily ever since, with Anton now having been joined by his brother Daniel and their friend Sebastian to help run the company.

 Sandqvist Owners - left to right: Daniel Sandqvist, Sebastian Westin, Anton Sandqvist

Today Sandqvist manufactures majority of their products in India, with a growing line of leather items made in Sweden. They use three family run factories across India, one of which was founded by SIDA, The Swedish Development Cooperation Agency. SIDA work on the behalf of the Swedish parliament and government with an aim to reduce poverty in the world by helping poor people improve their lives through various projects. One such project is the factory in Chennai, where all of the machinery came from a defunct Swedish factory, and now almost exclusively produces for Sandqvist. All three Indian factories used by Sandqvist pay their staff fair wages, health insurance and pensions. 

"Our growth and influence has enabled the factories to invest in new location with modern working environments, giving the workers better pension funding, health care and increased salaries. When thinking back at the journey I started when I stitched my first bag in 2004, the fact that we provide good jobs for all these people is the one thing that makes me the most proud" -Anton Sandqvist

You can learn more about Sandqvist's production here.

Anton and Knotan were also telling us about their plans for New Years Eve, they were heading to the Sandqvist brother's cabin in Härjedalen, about 600km north west of Stockholm, a small log cabin with no running water, great fishing on the door step in the river Ljungan, miles of hiking trails and so remote, that to reach it in winter you have to ski 2km to get there. This to us, pretty much sums up what Sandqvist are about. This devotion to outdoor life and a childhood spent in rural Sweden has had a deep impact on the Sandqvist designs. Accordingly, their bags are uncomplicated and robust, with a clear Swedish heritage - true modern outdoor classics.

We carry select bags from the Sandqvist Canvas Original and Urban Outdoor ranges. 

Shop the collection here.

For greater insight into the Sandqvist story, take a look at this beautiful short film: The Sandqvist Story - From Nordic Landscapes


Introducing: Wigwam March 24 2015

For over a century Wigwam have been manufacturing the finest quality socks in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA. Priding themselves on a fair-trade work ethic, Wigwam strive to bring maximum comfort and quality performance while keeping a strong focus on ethically sourced and sustainable materials.

We’re carrying the Cypress Trail socks, a resurrected classic from Wigwam’s outdoor range. Inspired by traditional ragg wool socks, but without the ragg wool itch, the Cypress is made from a high quality blend of breathable cotton and durable nylon that gives great soft comfort with a stretchy fit making them perfect for trail or everyday wear. Featuring a heavy fleck rugged ribbed knit design in a range of two-tone colours these socks look as great on as your feet will feel inside them.

Shop them here.


Introducing: Cereal Magazine Volume 08 January 18 2015

We’re pleased to introduce Cereal magazine to Pedal and Tread.

Founded in 2012 by Rose Park and Rich Stapleton, Cereal is a quarterly travel and lifestyle magazine based in Bristol, England.

Acting as a unique travel guide, Cereal uses insightful writing, beautiful photography and clean design to explore places and cultures around the world.

Each volume contains detailed expositions of food, travel destinations, as well as profiles on products, people and places. Each chosen topic is treated as a chapter, often featuring various articles within it. This allows the subject to be explored in depth, giving it the attention and focus it deserves.

Printed in the UK by Taylor Brothers, Cereal has been created with the goal of making a quality, collectable product for readers who value print and the tactile experience that comes with it. This is clear to see from the choice to go with thicker gsm paper stock in a matt finish for both the inside pages and the cover as it gives the magazine a lovely hand feel.

Overall Cereal magazine brings its minimal calm to every destination it lands in.

We've shared below some stunning imagery taken from our favourite article in the latest volume about Kluane National Park in Yukon, Canada.

Photo credit: Kate Holstein

 

Cereal magazine Volume 08 is available now here.

 


Gift Edit 02: Wilderness Inspired December 11 2014

Our second Christmas gift edit is inspired by adventures in the Swedish wilderness. Made by skilled craftsman using the finest materials, these considered essentials will become loyal companions out in the wild. So if you know someone who loves being close to nature, then these gifts are for them.

Swedish Wilderness Knife - The Karesaundo Hare - £52.95

Hand crafted in Sweden and shaped by centuries of tradition, this perfectly sized genuine wilderness knife features a sharper than sharp 75mm long blade made from hardened Swedish steel and a beautiful Mountain Curly Birch handle, polished and oiled for supreme smoothness. Supplied with a vegetable tanned cowhide leather sheath, this knife will protect and serve its owner for life.

Swedish Wooden Cutting Board - £8.00

This handmade Scandinavian juniper wood cutting board is perfect to bring along on hiking or camping trips into the forest. Having natural antibacterial properties and fitting neatly in a rucksack, it can be used to cut up food, such as cold cuts, or simply as a sandwich plate.

Alpaca Hiking Socks - £17.00

Made from British farmed natural alpaca, the special soft, extra thick cushioned sole provides excellent insulation and great wicking properties - ensuring feet stay warm, dry, comfy and happy whilst hiking through the forest.

Klean Kanteen 592ml Insulated Flask - £24.95

Made from high quality BPA-free stainless steel, this double-walled vacuum insulated flask is hard-wearing, toxin-free and will keep contents hot for up to 6 hours, whether that's a strong drip coffee or a filling homemade soup. Perfect for those who love cold wintery woodland days out.

Wildo Wilderness Starter Kit - £16.50

This kit contains three essentials that no one venturing outdoors into nature should be without. Two neat foldable cups; one large for eating outdoor breakfast, lunch and dinner, and one small for drinking a hot morning brew or an evening tipple, and lastly lets not forget the all important Swedish Firesteel that will help make fire in any conditions, because no one likes to eat cold food or drink cold coffee.

Hestra Deerskin Winter Gloves - £59.95

These deerskin gloves are the perfect winter warmers for the forestman in your life. Their soft warm leather and boa fleece lining traps air, retains heat and wicks away moisture. Each pair of gloves is always cut from the same piece of leather by a skilled cutter with many years of experience. Made by Swedes. They know a thing or two about keeping warm in the cold.


Gift Edit 01: Expedition Inspired December 10 2014

With Christmas fast approaching, are you still stuck with what to get that special adventurous person in your life? Well do not fret, we've put together a series of gifts edits to help you.

Our first gift edit features a collection of considered essentials inspired by great expeditions. Made to the highest quality, these essentials will out perform even in the harshest of conditions. So if you know someone who lives for extreme adventures and needs gear they can trust their life with, then these gifts are for them.

Fields Notes Expedition Edition 3-Pack Notebook set - £8.50

Featuring water-and-tear proof paper and a hi-visibility cover this is the ultimate pocket notebook for use in extreme conditions when taking and reading notes could mean life of death.

Vargo Titanium Cookware - from £8.95 - £49.95

Being able to boil water and cook food in extreme isolated places is key to survival. This titanium camp cookware will do just that and is some of the most compact and lightest around, crucial when pack space and carry weight is limited on those big expeditions.

Klean Kanteen 1182ml Stainless Steel Water Bottle - £22.95

This large sized version of the original BPA-free stainless steel bottle is practically bombproof. Designed for those who embark on longer journeys and need to carry higher volumes of fresh tasting water because they never know where the next water source will be.

Alpaca Hiking Socks - £17.00

Made from British farmed natural alpaca, the special soft, extra thick cushioned sole provides excellent insulation and great wicking properties - ensuring feet stay warm, dry and happy even in the harshest outdoor conditions.

Leatherman Sidekick Multi-tool - £59.95

Featuring 14-in-one life saving tools, this original made in America multi-tool can handle just about any job thrown its way and is guaranteed to become the owners trusted sidekick wherever they go.

Sidetracked Magazine Volume 02 - £10.00

An independent publication that captures the emotion and experience of adventures and expeditions throughout the world…full of remarkable stories that are set to inspire anyone who reads them.

 

Christmas Shipping:

Our last shipping date before Christmas will be Monday 22nd December. To guarantee that your gifts arrive in time for Christmas we advise placing all orders by Friday 19th December.

Normal shipping will recommence Monday 5th January 2015.

Extended Returns Policy for Christmas

All orders purchased from November 1st 2014 can be returned anytime up until January 12th 2015 for either a refund or exchange providing return is inline with our standard returns policy.


Collection: Winter Warmers November 24 2014

The long warm days of summer are now far behind us, and as the vibrant colours of autumn start to fade, we look forward with excitement to the cold season ahead. With crisp chilly mornings, cozy nights in front of the fire, and hopefully a sprinkle of snow, winter is one of our favourite seasons. As the Swedish saying goes; there is no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothing. With that said, to help you be prepared for the cold this season, we've put together our winter warmers collection featuring an assortment of considered essentials made by some of our favourite makers.

Hestra Gloves:

Hestra is a family run business in the third and fourth generation based in the village of Hestra, south Sweden. They have been making high quality outdoor gloves since Martin Magnusson started the company in 1936. Today they continue to take inspiration from the surrounding forests, rivers and mountains and have within the family the only two active qualified glove cutters in Sweden. 

Featured product: The Hestra Gagnef glove in natural yellow. Made from durable, soft Swedish and Finish moose (elk if you prefer) leather with a removable wool liner. Leave it in the hands of these Swedish glove experts to keep your hands protected, warm and good looking this winter.

John Arbon Textiles:

John Arbon Textiles is a small family-run business, nestled in North Devon, producing a wide range of premium socks and luxury yarns using raw materials sourced from sustainable British farms and meticulously graded on traditional worsted machinery at their very own Mill - one of only a handful of small scale worsted Mills left operating in Great Britain.

Featured product: The John Arbon alpaca hiking sock. Made from UK farmed alpaca, with a special soft, extra thick cushioned sole providing excellent insulation and great wicking properties. These socks look as great as your feet will feel inside them.

Tweedmill Textiles:

TweedMill has been manufacturing quality made woollen textiles at their mill in Denbigh, Wales, on the edge of the Clwydian Mountain Range for nearly 40 years. An area steeped in a rich textile history, the colours and serenity of this natural location provides daily inspiration for their product range.

Featured product: The Tweedmill Recycled Wool Blanket. Made with recycled off cuts and left overs from other woven items, each one is random and unique in design and colour. Large enough to wrap yourself up in, these blankets will keep you warm during those chilly nights outdoors or cold winter evenings in. 

Klean Kanteen:

Hailing from Chico, California, Klean Kanteen launched the first ever BPA-free metal bottle on the market back in 2004. Designed to be the healthier and safer alternative to polycarbonate and lined aluminium bottles, it has changed the way people think and drink ever since. Their company bottom line is simple: to provide affordable, safe, healthy, high quality products and to promote and encourage health, sustainability and environmental awareness.

Featured product: The Klean Kanteen 592ml Insulated. Made from BPA-free stainless steel, its durable double-walled vacuum insulation will keep your favourite brew hot and your iced drink cold up to 6 hours. It's the perfect companion on any cold winters day hike or bike ride.

To view the complete winter warmers collection click on the banner link on our homepage or visit: http://pedalandtread.com/collections/winter-warmers


Coming Soon: Unexposed by Field Notes November 10 2014

We’re pleased to soon welcome Field Notes, handmade pocket notebooks and memo pads inspired by the vanishing sub-genre of agricultural memo books, ornate pocket ledgers and the simple, unassuming beauty of a well-crafted list.

In addition to offering the originals and classics from Field Notes, we’re lucky enough to also be carrying limited editions from their seasonal "Color" series.

Since Winter 2008, Field Notes have issued quarterly editions called Field Notes Colors, limited edition variations on their classic pocket memo books. The Colors series explores new papers, printing processes, and colours, sometimes adding special packaging and other fringe benefits. A very few of them become a regular part of the line, but for the vast majority, once they’re gone, they’re gone forever.

For the 24th Colors edition, Field Notes presents “Unexposed”, their most unique and secretive edition to date. There is so much mystery surrounding this edition that even we don’t know much about it, so we’ll let Field Notes explain the details themselves in the below short video.

 


We hope that cleared things up for you. No!?! Okay, then please check back here soon and hopefully we’ll be able to tell you more about this special edition Field Notes when stocks have arrived.


Introducing: Hestra November 06 2014

We are incredibly excited to introduce Hestra to Pedal + Tread this Autumn/Winter.

Hestra is a family run company, into their third and fourth generation. Martin Magnusson moved to the village of Hestra, in south Sweden, with his family in 1935. One year later he started his own business, making and selling gloves for local lumber jacks and farmers. The first pair of gloves was made from hardwearing goat leather with warm wool on the back of the hand. The same year a new slalom slope was built in the village. Tourists came from miles away to ski. It soon dawned on Martin to begin providing gloves for skiers too.

Since then the company has continued to grow, develop and make gloves of the highest quality. The forests, rivers and mountains around Hestra are still their natural inspiration. It's where they find many of their favourite materials, like the durable leathers and warming wool. But they are always careful and mindful in the management of the assets nature offers us. In that way, even future generations can enjoy the fresh air and clean water in their surroundings too.

Today Hestra can be found around the world and have more than 300 models for sport, lifestyle and outdoors, and is run by the third and fourth generation Magnusson's. With two of the fourth generation, Anton and Niklas having learned the craft of glove making, and are the only certified glove cutters in Sweden. In order to manage the entire production chain, Hestra sources all their own materials and own their factories.

We stock models from the Sport Classic collection. The biggest source of inspiration for this line is nature - the wild and unrestrained characterises both design and the selection of materials. Typical choices are elk leather from Sweden and Finland and North American deerskin, lined with warm wool or lambskin. 

Head over to our softgoods department to view the Hestra collection.


Introducing: Leatherman November 03 2014

We are pleased to now carry Leatherman, the original American made multi-tool, and ultimate pocket essential.

Founded in 1983 by Tim Leatherman and his business partner Steve Berliner, Leatherman make tools that can endure just about anything thrown their way and come back to work tomorrow, time and time again.

Tim Leatherman was inspired to design a "Boy Scout knife with pliers" while he and his wife travelled Europe and Middle East in 1975. He spent several years perfecting the "Mr Crunch" protoype and received his first U.S. patent in 1980. After additional refinement, Leatherman's first product was introduced in 1983 called the Pocket Survival Tool (PST)...it was a huge success.

Fast-forward 30 years, and countless models later, today Leatherman makes 17,000 tools per week out of their only manufacturing facility in the heart of Northwest region of the United States, Portland, Oregon (one of our favourite places), and has become the go-to provider for reliable, lightweight, handy multi-tools.

Almost ten percent of their manufacturing facility is given to the repairing and rebuilding of any tool that needs it. Their policy is to replace and return any tool sent in with an equivalent item, reducing the time the owner is without the tool, unless they request the same physical tool due to sentimental reasons. This is a testament to Leatherman's commitment to quality and proves that they really are built to last a lifetime.

Most Leatherman multi-tools are built around a pair of pliers, with up to 21 additional tools stored in the handles, including knives, screwdrivers, saws, wire cutters and strippers, bottle and can openers. There have been tales of mini-surgery, being cut out of wire fencing, emergency bike repairs, whittling out a spear for survival, or just slicing cheese at the campsite...there really is a Leatherman tool for just about any job out there.

Leatherman are extremely proud of their Oregon heritage and do a lot to promote the region. It's a place of immense beauty, and is a paradise for outdoor recreation of every sort. As a result, this provides the perfect natural playground to put Leatherman's to the ultimate test. Tested on the face of nearby Mt. Hood by employees on bike and hiking trails, in hunting shacks and campsites, ensures Leatherman's are fit for purpose in any harsh condition. This also means Leatherman is a company of campers, hikers, hunters, fishing fanatics, mountain bikers, and participants of pretty much anything that's fun to do outside - basically a company that shares our philosophy of "fresh air living".

Tim built Leatherman on a simple philosophy: manufacture product on time, meet specifications, increase value, and provide a pleasant work environment. Now retired, Tim still regularly visits the facility and plays an active role in the direction of the company going forward.

So no matter where you are, or what's in front of you, you'll always be prepared with a Leatherman in hand.

We stock the classic Sidekick full size mulit-tool (shown above), ideal for first-time users or the veteran, and the mini Squirt PS4, perfect as a key-chain attachment. Head over to our hardgoods section and learn more about these two handy pocket essentials.


Introducing: Ernest Journal August 24 2014

We are pleased to now stock the debut print issue of Ernest Journal, a new independent biannual magazine brought to you by the people behind the online blog and digital magazine with the same name.

Aimed at curious and adventurous gentlefolk, Ernest Journal is guide for those who appreciate true craftsmanship, who are fascinated by curious histories and ancient traditions and who care more for timeless style than trends.

Featuring 160 beautifully crafted pages, what goes into Ernest Journal is just as important as how. With that considered ethos followed, Ernest Journal worked with Bristol’s oldest printers, Taylor Brothers Ltd, to put the first print issue together using their Heidelberg Speedmaster litho press.

Here’s a short video showing the printing process and press in action.

Ernest Journal - Putting ink on paper from Ernest Journal on Vimeo.

 Issue one of Ernest Journal contains a variety of fascinating articles covering topics ranging from Alastair Humphreys' expedition across the heart of Iceland, to hot spas in the Westfjords, to the history of Swiss, Czech and Norwegian backpacks, to the slow coffee movement.

Ernest Journal print issue one is available now at www.pedalandtread.com


Factory Visit: Arthur Wright and Son August 10 2014

We recently made a factory visit to Arthur Wright and Son, a traditional pen and pocket knife manufacturer based in the famous steel city of Sheffield, England.

Started in 1947, but now owned and managed by John Maleham since the early 90's, they still operate according to the principles of its founder, with all knives being individually hand crafted by apprentice trained Sheffield Cutlers using methods passed down from generation to generation.

Employing just six members of staff, every part of the knife making process is done in-house. This includes blanking out the blades and springs (cut out of sheet steel, using blanking tools and a 50 ton press), hardening and tempering, assembly, grinding, glazing and final polishing. Working this way gives them a guaranteed quality control through every step of the process, the result of which is clear to see in the end product.

All Arthur Wright knives are manufactured using high-grade carbon steel as opposed to stainless steel. Although stainless steel doesn't rust, it blunts quickly and doesn't give a good edge compared to carbon steel, which can be ground much sharper and is therefore much more useful. 

Here one of the new young apprentices is soldering the solid nickel bolsters onto the brass linings before attaching the rosewood scales using brass wire that rivet the knife together.

The handles are all made from natural materials that have been hand picked for the highest quality. Many of them are either made from kiln-dried wood such as Indonesian rosewood, responsibly sourced bi-product of buffalo horn or naturally shed antlers from UK farmed deer.

The nice thing is that each handle, whether made from wood, horn or antler, will be different in texture and colour giving each knife a unique feel and look.

Once the pocket knife has been assembled, ground and grazed, one of the senior Cutlers uses a Linisher to grind and shape the knife to the required finish.

The last part of the process is to give the knife its final polish and sharpen the blade on a whet stone.

A tray of polished to perfection buffalo handled Lambsfoot pocket knives ready for stock.

In a single year A.Wright and Son will produce tens of thousands of knives as well as custom commissions for private clients who range from the military to collectors.

The stockroom shows a wide range of different knives and handle types available from A.Wright and Son.

A beautifully finished Lambsfoot pocket knife with stag handle.

John Maleham standing outside the entrance of the factory building.

Big thanks to John for giving us such an insightful tour and sharing his deep knowledge about the craft of knife making. The visit reminded us just how important it is to support this traditional British craft and ensure it is not lost for generations to come.

Head over to the shop to view our available range of A.Wright and Son pocket knives.


Introducing: King Cage July 19 2014

While working at One Off Titanium in the early 90’s, a customer asked Ron Andrews if he could get a water bottle cage made from titanium. Ron gave it a go and has been making them ever since under the name King Cage.

Today King Cage provides a range of titanium and stainless steel water bottle cages, including a unique design that specifically fits Klean Kanteen 800ml bottles, allowing you to carry greater volumes of fresh tasting water on those longer, more adventurous rides.

Ron still makes all his products in his garage in Durango, Colorado, and sources all raw materials from the USA. His hand made approach ensures that King Cage cages are of the highest quality and only available in limited batches. They will not leave any marks on your water bottle or your frame, and are super strong, durable and lightweight, making them the cage of choice for any type of bicycle.

You will find both stainless steel cage designs available now at our shop.


Field Trip Stories: Yosemite National Park July 01 2014

Yesterday marked the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act, signed by Abraham Lincoln on 30th June 1864. It was the first of its kind, a land grant to protect the wild lands of Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove for the enjoyment of all. In addition, this grant marked the first California State Park.

Visionaries like Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and Galen Clark understood that the wonders of the American wilderness are not only our inheritance, but also our responsibility. Now, 150 years later, the promise of the Yosemite grant endures as this beloved national park opens its arms to over 4 million people annually who marvel at the awe-inspiring beauty and gain a new understanding of the importance of preserving our wild lands.

Yosemite National Park covers nearly 1,200 square miles of mountainous terrain in the Sierra Nevada of California and is best known for its towering granite monoliths, thundering waterfalls, deep valleys, grand meadows, and giant sequoias. We visited Yosemite in April last year and it holds a special place in our hearts for many reasons, but mostly for the special feeling it gave us whilst we were there.

Upon entering the park you drive through a long dark mountain tunnel and once out at the other end you are greeted with a heart stopping view of Yosemite Valley far in the distance, grand granite mountain cliffs, thousands and thousands of trees and the beauty of Bridal Veil Falls. It really does have the ability to knock the wind out of you.

Accommodation in Yosemite Valley ranges from camping and motorhome (RV) parking to deluxe rooms at Ahwahnee, a luxury hotel built in the 1920s. An overnight stay at the Ahwahnee is probably above most peoples budget, but we certainly recommend an evening visit just to take in the grand interiors - and the bar serves up some seriously good grub at very affordable prices. We chose to stay in a traditional white canvas cabin at Curry Village, otherwise known as Camp Curry, situated right in the shadow of spectacular Glacier Point and Half Dome.

Curry Village was founded by David and Jennie Curry back in 1889, with the idea of offering affordable lodging for Yosemite visitors, which stays true to this day. It was a very unique experience, especially walking back to our tent that first evening. The temperature had dropped to below zero Celsius, the sky was so bright and full of stars we had to stop and marvel, we could see Half Dome from the light of the moon and it was so quiet that we could hear the roaring of Yosemite Falls from the distance. That is one moment we will never forget.

Hiking and rock climbing are two of the most popular activities to do at Yosemite. We spent a day hiking along the Mist Trail, an 11km round trip hike that starts near Happy Isles in Eastern Yosemite Valley and forms part of the Half Dome Trail. It takes you past not one, but two gorgeous waterfalls; Vernal and Nevada Falls. The trail is, as the name suggests, very misty due to the passing of Vernal Falls, especially in springtime. So a good waterproof jacket and waterproof sturdy boots are essential. It’s by no means an easy hike with the climbing of steep granite steps, uneven ground and rocky switchbacks, but the view from the top of Nevada Falls makes it well worth your while.

The guide books say the hike takes about 5 hours, we would say start early and take your time, time for photos, time for fika breaks and more importantly time to just soak up the atmosphere and admire the kingdom of Yosemite that lies ahead of you, so make a day of it.

Yosemite National Park is a very special place, one that has inspires us and so many other people, and one that you should definitely add to your bucket list to visit, and not just once but several times, because we’re certainly intending to go back sometime in the near future.

For more information about Yosemite National Park visit: www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm


Introducing: Vargo June 23 2014

Founded in 2003 by Brian Vargo from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, Vargo manufacturers some of the lightest, most dependable, and innovative outdoor products available today.

What began as a personal quest by Brian to lighten his own pack after hiking the Appalachian Trial during the dawn of the ultralight movement has now become the driving goal behind Vargo as they strive to lighten the pack load for all outdoor enthusiasts around the world.

 

High-grade titanium is the base for most of Vargo’s products providing them with an unparalleled strength to weight ratio compared to any other metal-based product. Titanium is as strong as steel, twice as strong as aluminium, corrosion-resistant, biocompatible, flexible, and extremely light, making it the ideal material for camp and outdoor cook ware.

Vargo is focused on innovation through design and responsibility through manufacturing. With their “simple is good, good is simple” attitude their products find the perfect balance between form and function, and value without impacting on quality. 

Sometimes Vargo see a product and improve it, other times they don’t see a product, so they simply make it. Either way, this approach has lead them to pioneer many industry firsts, such as the first titanium alcohol stove (the Triad) and the first anodised coloured titanium sporks.

Whether you’re hiking, trekking or cycle touring, heavy packs are a burden. Lighter loads provide for safer, more comfortable and enjoyable trips so you can go further, see more, and reap bigger rewards from your adventures.

That’s the philosophy Vargo bring to every product they make: do more with less. They want you to get the most out of the outdoors because that is what they want to do too. 

To view the available collection of Vargo titanium products, please visit our shop.


Introducing: Klean Kanteen May 05 2014

Back in 2002 Robert Seals started putting together the first prototype of what was to become the Klean Kanteen bottle we know today, from materials he bought at the local hardware store in Chico, California. In 2004 he introduced the 800ml Klean Kanteen to the market and gave people a safe, healthy, reusable bottle free from Bisphenol A (BPA) and other toxic substances.

Robert passed on Klean Kanteen to the Cresswell family in 2005 and they have since continued to improve and expand the brand and its products and to promote and encourage health, sustainability and environmental awareness.

Why Klean Kanteen?

We believe they offer the best bottle on the market, because it’s stainless steel and not a lined aluminium bottle, it is completely safe, and it will not retain or impact any flavours, no matter what you put in it. It’s highly durable; our first bottle travelled with us around the world and has been dropped, thrown around, dented and scuffed, adding character for sure, but more importantly is still intact and functions perfectly. 

Most importantly; refilling and reusing your Klean Kanteen, instead of buying single-use keeps thousands of bottles, cups and other items from entering our waste stream, waterways and oceans. It also means, no more wasting your pocket change on buying bottled water.

Klean Kanteen are an inspiring company, designing and making quality products as well as working towards a better world by changing the way people think and drink.

Read more about Klean Kanteen and their continuous mission on their website: www.kleankanteen.com

To view the collection of available Klean Kanteen products, visit the shop section of Pedal + Tread.


Introducing: Falcon Enamelware April 16 2014

Since the 1920s Falcon Enamelware has been an icon of British home life. Ice white with a distinctive blue rim, it is instantly recognisable as a design classic.

But as well as timeless elegance, Falcon Enamelware has enduring strength and functionality. Enamelware is porcelain enamel fused onto heavy-gauge steel, which is what gives it its unique qualities – durability, smoothness and chemical-resistance. It can assume brilliant, long-lasting colours, and cannot burn. If you drop it, it may chip but it won’t break. Enamelware is made to last!

The form is usually pressed out of a sheet of steel, which is then dipped in liquid enamel and fired in a kiln. Once the first firing is complete, the rim is hand-painted, the Falcon Enamelware crest added to the base and the whole thing is re-fired to seal. 

Here at Pedal + Tread we present the classic Falcon enamel mug which has been made in the same factory since 1951, but has now been updated and improved by using a heavyweight steel and thicker enamel for extra durability and smoothness around the rim. It is dishwasher-safe and oven-safe up to 530F / 270C, it can also be used on gas stoves and electric hobs, making it ideal for use outdoors when hiking, camping, cycle touring or just at home enjoying your daily hot brew.

Available now at Pedal + Tread in three great colours; pillarbox red, pigeon grey and classic white with blue rim.


Meet the Maker: SORT Design March 20 2014

In an increasing digital age where everyone seems to carry a portable device, we felt it was important that our first considered essential should very much embrace the analogue and nothing does that more than a handmade paper notebook - a forever trusted pocket essential.

We wanted the design to reflect the inspiration and spirit behind Pedal + Tread as well as embrace a more traditional production approach in order to create a very unique and tactile product. With this in mind we turned to our friends; the Society of Revisionist Typographers, otherwise known as SORT, to design and make our first commission.

Consisting of Mr Tom Boulton and Mr Theo Wang, SORT specialises in letterpress printing and typographic design and operate out of two spaces; one in Clerkenwell, London and one in Bognor Regis on the South Coast of England. 

We caught up with Theo at their Clerkenwell studio to see our notebooks come together and learn more about SORT and the craft of letterpress printing.

What made you guys start SORT back in 2009?

We both graduated from the London College of Printing (now Communication) after studying typographic design but didn’t really feel we fitted in to the, mainly digital, design world at the time. We’d both been heavily interested in Letterpress, screen printing and book binding and really wanted to create design work in a more tactile, physical way. Plus we were very keen on the idea of craftsmanship and making things based on skill and traditional techniques. 

How is your working environment set up?

Our Bognor Regis workshop has the majority of our equipment; four full size, upright, treadle pattern presses all dating back from the 1890s roughly. Plus over 200 trays of type and all manner of assorted printing ephemera. Our Clerkenwell studio is based in Cockpit Arts and is much smaller but still has two presses and about 50 trays of type.

We split the work between the two spaces depending on the requirements, so most of the notebooks and stationary sets are made in Bognor where there is more space while things like personal commissions and greeting cards are done up in Clerkenwell which is also useful for clients to visit.

Can you talk us through your main working process - letterpress?

The process itself is one of contact printing, meaning that it relies on physically transferring ink onto a surface. Essentially we’ll compose the design with the type and ornamental blocks from our collection, lock that into place and transfer the composition into the machine.

The machine is then run manually, all our presses are powered by a foot treadle rather than electricity. The machine inks the composition and the paper is manually hand-fed into the machine where it makes the impression. The print is then removed and you keep going with the next one. Most of the time is spent doing the composition and setting up the machines correctly, all the alignment has to be done by eye and the pressure has to be just right to work correctly. But on a good day once the set-up has been done, each of us can put out about 1500 prints by hand.

What are the main materials, tools and machines you use?

Mostly we print onto good quality, 300gsm card stock. Where possible we always try to use recycled or FSC regulated stock. The inks we use are extremely thick and oil based but the process is very efficient and there is very little wastage compared to modern lithography.

 

Pretty much everything we do is carried out on one of our vintage presses. All were restored by us from various states of disrepair. Where possible we always try to stick to using our collection of lead and woodblock type for our designs but we also work with plates for commissions.

What inspires and motivates your work?

We both have a deep rooted love of print, design and ephemera and take a great deal of inspiration from the Victorian era, both in terms of the language they used as well as the visual aesthetic. But we are also very keen on some of the more modernist typographic styles such as Constructivism, Bauhaus and DaDa.

What do you like most about what you do?

Designing and making things with our hands was always one of our main goals. Since we do almost everything in-house, being able to see a project through from the concept stage, design, production, finishing and ultimately having an end product that was done from scratch by you is immensely satisfying.

Do you feel you have a responsibility towards your trade?

We feel that we have a responsibility to promote letterpress as a viable form of print production, for sure. In the last few years it has undergone a bit of a renaissance but when we first started up it was definitely seen by some as a dead industry and a waste of time. So much equipment has been lost or broken down and sold for scrap. We are very keen to make sure that it doesn’t die out completely and that the skills and amazing machinery aren’t lost forever. Plus we also feel that it’s important to show that it is relevant in the modern world as well; that you can produce well made, contemporary, affordable print design in letterpress and not just have it as a niche, artisan novelty.

What would you like people to gain from your work?

Probably to see the craftsmanship that has been involved in the making process, enjoy the unique properties of letterpress printing. But also to use the things we make too! It’s always quite pleasing to see someone with one of our notebooks; well worn, filled with scribblings, doodles and random bits of paper.

What’s to come in the future for SORT?

We are aiming to get our new range of wedding stationary launched very soon, plus we have another exciting event in the works that we should be able to announce in the coming weeks. And we’re always working on adding some new designs to our range of products, possibly a few new formats this Summer.

And finally, what does fresh air living mean to you?

Well Tom is down on the South Coast so he’s never far away from the seaside and bracing sea air! But he also owns an allotment and does a fine line of fruit and veg in his spare time.

I’m based in London so my fresh air tends to be of the park variety but it’s definitely nice to escape out of town once in a while.

For more information about SORT and the products and services they offer, head over to their website: www.sortdesign.com


Introducing: Skandinavisk Hemslöjd March 09 2014

Skandinavisk Hemslöjd was originally named Hantverksboden and first started back in 1995 by Ulla Persson and Anna Linderholm, two artists who had a studio and small shop on Rörstrandsgatan in Stockholm, where they made and sold their wooden and textile products. They soon ran out of space and moved the business to Rönninge, south of Stockholm. In 2009 their business expanded when they acquired Skandinavisk Hemslöjd and continued trading under that name.

Today Skandinavisk Hemsljöd offers a wide range of traditional Scandinavian handmade textile and juniper wood products, such as butter knives, cups and other utensils, made for them by craftsmen throughout the Nordic region.

Ulla and Anna still run the business and work closely with the chosen craftsmen, designing new products together and priding themselves on their quality. Their aim is to not only offer beautifully hand crafted products, but also to nourish the old traditional way of handi crafts, to ensure it’s practice is passed down the generations and not forgotten or lost. Something we share as being important too.