Naked Bicycles & Design - News Naked Bicycles & Design News en-us Fri, 27 Nov 2015 20:47:17 UTC (Todd Heckeler) (Todd Heckeler) News Addition: Ryan's Candy Coated Steel Road Frame Fri, 13 Nov 2015 20:19:38 +0000 Ryan’s steel road frame. This is our classic road bike, perfect for epic road rides. Built for comfort and speed. Built for long reach road brakes allowing clearance for tires and fenders. Fork is Seven long reach carbon painted to match the frame. Paint: this is candy coated. Red on red.

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]]> News Addition: Dre's 29+ 1 x 11 Hardtail MTB Thu, 05 Nov 2015 00:09:12 +0000 Dre’s 29+ Chubby bubby Big Bird. Ever since picking up this bike, I think he’s rode every day at least 2x. He’ll phone up, say he’s headed out for a quick rip on the Quadra trails, then we’ll find out he did a double or even triple header that day. Must be love! Up to this point, all the other mountain bikes he’s ridden have been too small. About Dre’s bike: it’s a 29+ 1×11 steel tig welded hardtail mtb. Internal cable routing. 2 standard water bottle mounts. Paragon rocker dropouts. Solid lego colour base. FOX 34 talas 140mm fork. XTR parts. Raceface parts. Chris King bling. RockShox dropper post. Industry Nine custom Torch wheelset. Tubeless. Chupacabra/Dirt Wizard 3.0″ tires.


]]> News Addition: Hand Crafted - The Bike Maker Fri, 30 Oct 2015 22:38:52 +0000 The folks at and Gab Films visited us on Quadra Island this past summer. They are part of a series that showcase artisans in British Columbia who make a living working with their hands. Here’s the finished product of  “The Bike Maker” film featuring Sam Whittingham, Naked Bicycles, and Quadra Island! Special quest appearance by Dre Hagen!!! !! Beautiful film!!!



]]> News Addition: JP's 29'er 1x11 Hardtail Deadfish Deluxe Thu, 29 Oct 2015 22:35:04 +0000 JP’s 29’er 1 x 11 hardtail MTB. A Quadra Island Sunday ride regular, JP’s MTB’s got the DeadFish stamp of approval. His DeadFish D’Lux is all about climbing the old school techy trails of Quadra while descending like a demon. And let me tell you, JP descends like a demon! Kitted out with Fox 2016 34mm float 140 travel fork, lots of Race Face bits, and JP threw on his King wheels with Schwalbe Hans Dampf tires. Primary use for bike: trail shredding

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]]> News Addition: Cyclocross Magazine - PRO BIKE PROFILE: MICAL DYCK’S CANADIAN NATIONALS-WINNING NAKED BICYCLES CROSS ADVENTURE Wed, 28 Oct 2015 18:47:18 +0000 An article by Cyclocross Magazine on Mical’s Naked X ! !!

“Canada’s Mical Dyck does it differently, and it’s working. The newly-crowned Canadian Cyclocross National Champion is riding a handmade Naked Bicycles steel frame, single ring Di2 setup, and tubeless rims with converted clinchers. See Dyck’s unique rig in Cyclocross Magazine’s latest pro bike profile today:  “- John Proppe, Cyclocross Magazine


]]> News Addition: Dyck Rides Away with Second Canadian Cyclocross Championship - Photos by Thomas Fricke Tue, 27 Oct 2015 21:43:54 +0000  

Mical Dyck becomes a two-time Canadian cyclocross champion

Mical Dyck (Naked Factory Racing) took her second elite national cyclocross title on Saturday at the Shimano Canadian Cyclocross Championships p/b Volvo in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Dyck, who previously won in 2012, accelerated out of a corner past Luna Pro Team’s Maghalie Rochette and pried open a gap shortly into lap one.

She held onto the lead as Sandra Walter (Liv Cycling Canada) established and maintained a strong grip on second place through the finish. Despite a recent cold, Winnipeg’s Leah Kirchmann (Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) moved steadily through the field to claim third.

Morning sun dried out dampness from the previous day’s rain, and Dyck described the course as grippier than last year’s which had been dusty slippery dry. This year’s circuit resembled the 2014 design, though some additions made the circuit harder. Riders found more off-camber corners in the grass section that tripped up many riders last year as well as a longer two-part run-up and a new out-and-back trip over wood planks on and Dyck didn’t get the muddy course she had hoped for, but still flexed her technical skills for a smooth ride. She also relied on her explosive power right way to recover from a bad start.

“I slipped the pedal a couple of times so I wasn’t where I wanted to be,” Dyck explained. “I have pretty good pop. So once I can get the pedal I can accelerate really fast.”

She snuck through a gap and landed on Rochette’s wheel in second position as the field entered the grassy, off-camber section of the 3.2 kilometre course. Behind Dyck were Walter, Natasha Elliott (Red Truck – Garneau p/b Easton Cyclocross Team), and Ashley Barson (Rise Racing p/b Cyclepath Woodbridge).

Some corners later in the opening lap Dyck put her power to work again. She shot away from Rochette and
once she realized she’d gained separation put her head down to tackle the sand pits and stay away. Walter also leap-frogged over the Luna Pro Rider who seemed to be on an off day.

After leaving the damp sand where earlier races had drawn pretty firm lines, the riders climbed stone stairs and then dropped down to the river. The next challenge on course, a set of stairs on one side of a fly over which followed an already steep, tough run-up, earned praise from Dyck. “The changes they did [to the course] were super fun. The stair run-up after the run-up was so hard. You got [to the top] and you were like, ‘OK, I’ve got five feet to get on my bike before I drop in.’ It was super, super fun.”

While Dyck and Walter both extended their gaps as the racing continued into the final laps, Elliott moved into third position on course as Rochette struggled and Winnipeg’s Anna Schappert (Dark Red Racing) and Kirchmann gained ground. Then Schappert lost her snap as Kirchmann caught Rochette and next reached Kirchmann drew energy from the hometown crowd packed around the sand pits. “I heard so many people out there chanting my name, so that was really motivating,” Kirchmann said. “That made me want to get on the podium that much more and helped me ride a bit stronger.”

When Elliott and Kirchmann came to the line in a battle for third the Optum rider out-sprinted Elliott to claim the last spot on the podium.

“I really didn’t know how it was going to play out. This is my first ‘cross race of the year,” Kirchmann said after the finish. “My plan was just to go out there and see what I could do. I definitely lost some ground off the start. But I used my strengths in the flat fast sections and my power from the road to make up those spots. I was excited when it came down to a sprint for third.”

For Dyck, who’s had a slow start to this ‘cross season, the win was a satisfying turn-around from last year’s result when she placed ninth.

“It was my own fault; I crashed out and ended up mangling my chain and had to run,” the new champion said about her 2014 race. “I really didn’t want to run twenty minutes this year, so I decided to keep it upright.” Dyck quit a lucrative geology job to focus on building a cyclocross career. The Winnipeg victory validated her choice. “It feels really good. When you go through some tough times and you doubt what you’re doing, it feels really good to have a good race and reaffirm that it’s OK that you’re doing this and you’re following your dreams and having fun.”

Her new sponsor, Naked Bicycles, is a frame maker. Unlike most professional ‘crossers, Dyck races on a
custom steel frame. “It’s a little heavier than carbon fiber but the ride is amazing. For ride quality over the rough stuff, it just tracks so well.”

Dyck plans to tackle Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships when the party descends on Victoria,
British Columbia, where she lives. In December she’s headed to Belgium for Christmas week cyclocross.

Photos by Thomas Fricke

Sensation Ruby West dominates new U23 women’s title race

Ruby West (Centurion Next Wave), the 16 year-old from Dundas, Ontario who’s been racing well in the
women’s elite field in U.S. UCI races, stormed away from her rivals from practically the first pedal stroke. The U23 pack started right after the women’s elite field and the soon-to-be inaugural Canadian U23 women’s champion worked her way through a number of elite athletes on her way to the victory.

“I was first off the pavement and I kind of just went from there and didn’t look back,” West stated. “I just tried to maintain the gap I had and work through some of the elites to keep me motivated. It’s cool to have them out there and be able to race with them.”

West demolished her runner-up U23 colleague by a margin of three minutes. She said she hadn’t expected to run away with the win. “I thought it would be a lot closer of a race. But it was pretty cool. I was thrilled with it and couldn’t be happier.”

Dana Gilligan (Cycle Solutions Angry Johnny’s CC p/b Norco LG) came in second. Maggie Coles-Lyster
(Local Ride Racing) rounded out the podium for third.

Canada’s cyclocross championships are held in the fall due to the country’s early winter; this year’s winners will own their titles for 2016.  

About the Shimano Canadian Cyclocross Championships p/b Volvo

The Shimano Canadian Cyclocross Championships p/b Volvo is a three-day cyclocross festival taking place
October 23 to 25, 2015 at The Forks in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Featuring an eclectic and culturally diverse
marketplace and a wide variety of dining and entertainment opportunities, The Forks provides an outstanding venue comparable to courses in the Belgian heartland of the sport. The weekend’s marquee event is the Canadian Cyclocross Championships on October 24. Racing continues on Sunday with the Manitoba Grand Prix of Cyclocross, an international UCI C2 event. The Kick Cancer Cyclocross Derby launches the weekend on October 23 with a series of fun races and educational opportunities to benefit the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation. Find more information at

]]> News Addition: Jim's Paris Brest Paris Experience Wed, 21 Oct 2015 21:15:52 +0000 Three nakedites head to Paris Brest Paris. This is Jim’s account of his experience leading up to and during the race published on BC Randoneurs Cycling Club page.


]]> News Addition: VeloNews - Mical Dyck sharpens cyclocross intentions as a Privateer Mon, 19 Oct 2015 23:51:43 +0000 Mical Dyck featured! Talks about her past racing accomplishments, this year’s new sponsors (including us!!! ) and her upcoming cross racing season. Up very soon is the Canadian Cyclocross Championships in Winnipeg Oct. 23/24.  Photo by Keith Leifley



]]> News Addition: Matt's Naked X Mon, 19 Oct 2015 23:33:58 +0000 Matt’s Naked X. Rounding off the run of Naked X’s for 2015 is Matt’s. Steel, tig welded, disc brake, ready for Di2 or singlespeed. Whiskey 9 thru axle X disc fork. Accent colour – safety meeting orange.



]]> News Addition: Patrick's Titanium Naked X - Look out Transcontinental Race! Tue, 13 Oct 2015 22:23:34 +0000 Patrick’s Titanium Naked X. Kitted out with a 3rd water bottle mount, generator front hub, Sinewave Reactor dynamo powered USB charger, Eriksen Titanium seatpost, Velocity Blunt SL wheels, Shimano Ultegra drivetrain and Whiskey 7 disc fork. He’s taking his bike to the Transcontinental Race for 2016. That’s a 2000 mile race across Europe. It’s one stage, unsupported, no defined route (but check in locations along the way). It’s a test of self sufficiency, logistics, navigation, physical fitness and mental perseverance.