Hardstylethursday and three less cars as Team AWOL went AWOL to Sea Otter Classics last week. 55 miles of riding with some healthy climbs and a visit to The Mother Tree at Madonna Road high up in the Santa Cruz mountains. Of all the thousands of visitors to Sea Otter Classics, the worlds biggest consumer bike show, how many acctually rode their bikes there? - Maybe a handful.  #threelesscars #bikesnotcars #goawol

Rick Bell of Yorkshire just got his hands on one of the first AWOL’s on UK ground. He claims it was definitely worth the wait and we believe him. Can’t wait for more pictures from this stud taking Rick over the Pyrenees to Barcelona. Stoked for You and thanks for the pic #goawol

Rick Bell of Yorkshire just got his hands on one of the first AWOL’s on UK ground. He claims it was definitely worth the wait and we believe him. Can’t wait for more pictures from this stud taking Rick over the Pyrenees to Barcelona. Stoked for You and thanks for the pic #goawol

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You’ve seen fancy pansy persuasive design sketches before. Let us tell You this: That is not how it usually works. Most of our design projects are born on a piece of paper, in a note book or like this, on a bumpy van ride between Morgan Hill and San Francisco, in a note book with a Sharpie.

Telephone scribble is about getting as much of Your idea onto paper, as fast as possible, making sure you don’t lose it.  When You get them sweet ideas flying around your head, there is not time to go fancy on lines ore detailing. Those initial sketches are notes for yourself. Next steps includes more scribble or sketches worthy to present to others.

We get a lot of questions about what rack John Watson was using on The Transcontinental Edition bike in combo with the Tubus Tara and his Swift porteur bag. Answer is simple. It’s the fantastically awesome Globe Front Rack that will carry most porteur bags, beer crates or gym bags. It’s a light aluminum rack and it looks good. More info HERE

POST 001 THE AWOL CARGO ADVENTURE BIKE PROJECT
Being a designer at a bicycle company is about pushing boundaries and asking questions. - What if….is very often the start of a something fun but it can also be the start of a long detour. The - What if… is the sharpest tool in a designers tool box and like so many times before, this project started with the question:
…What if we designed a longer version of the AWOL, a cargo adventure bike, with room for 4 panniers in the front and a pop-up counter-top for cooking in the wild. Who likes to sit on the ground cooking anyway,  wouldn´t that be rad…
This teaser rendering is the first visualization based on some simple telephone scribble E did on a van ride a couple of weeks ago, although the original idea has been maturing in the back of his head for a couple of years, originating from a What if…
We doubt this AWOL cargo bike concept will be a smash hit and go into production but it´s too fun of a concept to not build one and try it out. We will probably learn something good from that. This hands-on approach usually takes us somewhere.
We’ll make this into a series of posts here on the blog, showing you how we work as designers going from that first -What if… to a ride-able prototype.
Hang on, this will be fun!

POST 001 THE AWOL CARGO ADVENTURE BIKE PROJECT

Being a designer at a bicycle company is about pushing boundaries and asking questions. - What if….is very often the start of a something fun but it can also be the start of a long detour. The - What if… is the sharpest tool in a designers tool box and like so many times before, this project started with the question:

What if we designed a longer version of the AWOL, a cargo adventure bike, with room for 4 panniers in the front and a pop-up counter-top for cooking in the wild. Who likes to sit on the ground cooking anyway,  wouldn´t that be rad…

This teaser rendering is the first visualization based on some simple telephone scribble E did on a van ride a couple of weeks ago, although the original idea has been maturing in the back of his head for a couple of years, originating from a What if…

We doubt this AWOL cargo bike concept will be a smash hit and go into production but it´s too fun of a concept to not build one and try it out. We will probably learn something good from that. This hands-on approach usually takes us somewhere.

We’ll make this into a series of posts here on the blog, showing you how we work as designers going from that first -What if… to a ride-able prototype.

Hang on, this will be fun!

Hey AWOL friends. We’ll be going AWOL down to the Sea Otter Classics today. Visit us us in booth 747 and have a chat.

Hey AWOL friends. We’ll be going AWOL down to the Sea Otter Classics today. Visit us us in booth 747 and have a chat.

The official home of the AWOL is down at the Specialized HQ in Morgan Hill, California, but that’s only on the paper. The real home of the AWOL is the Marine Headlands where we spend most of our weekends riding, hiking and camping out. It’s the perfect AWOL test lab. With San Fransisco visible in the background, we know the radventure is only an hour way, at any given day, and there’s still tons of stuff to explore (and good food) #goawol

bottlecap_warrior is shredding the Marin Headlands. Team AWOL was out there to this weekend trying some new stuff out. The AWOL is the perfect bike to explore this vast paradise just north of the Golden Gate bridge.

bottlecap_warrior is shredding the Marin Headlands. Team AWOL was out there to this weekend trying some new stuff out. The AWOL is the perfect bike to explore this vast paradise just north of the Golden Gate bridge.

Seem like @klousen’s new steel horse got some dirt for breakfast. The AWOL looks like so much fun with those fat tires. Sweet build!

Seem like @klousen’s new steel horse got some dirt for breakfast. The AWOL looks like so much fun with those fat tires. Sweet build!

Hillary and Brian sent us some cool pictures of their "His and Hers" matchy matchy Awols. From two Awol Comp frame-sets, they built these two awesome touring (do it all) radventure machines. Some old parts and some new. They ended up with the nicely utilitarian Soma racks, platform pedals, Supernova Infinity front dynamo hub to power up the usb charger called The Plug on the stem cap and a mixed Shimano and Sram smorgosbord. They’ll dress up the racks with some Ortlieb City front panniers and a Chrome top duffle and writes.

His and hers awols:) Nothing too epic yet, but we have been commuting to work on these absolutely fantastic bikes. Just makes the ride that much more fun and enjoyable even if it is a little heavier. We are obsessed. Can’t wait for some knobby tire camping.

Hillary and Brian, we’re stoked for You, keep Your radventures going and pictures coming. Thanks for sharing!

Team AWOL is all about having fun. But we’re also very serious about our coffee breaks. Once a day, we take out the heavy machinery and get ourselves a man sized Sin Dawg slice. Camp coffee at work. Happy Friday!

Wow, just saying, only two months left, Team AWOL will be there and shred across The Beaver state. This Oregon Outback dirt odyssey is the perfect race.

AWOL friends. It’s that time of the month, time to revisit the truly epic documentation of the AWOL on the Transcontinental Race. We do it ourselves about once a month to regain some of that stoke, get inspired and get on our bikes. Take some time and watch P A R T 0 1 again.

London to Istanbul within two weeks, overcoming more than 3100km, 30.000m of altitude gain and crossing 14 european borders. Unsupported, following a route of their choice, day and night, rain or shine, crossing the whole european continent: We went AWOL with Recep Yesil and Erik Nohlin on the mighty Transcontinental Race.

Filmed and directed by For behind the scenes, check Here Riders: Recep Yesil and Erik Nohlin  Bikes: Specialized AWOL Transcontinental

Oh, and as pointed out by The Radavist: In Stock Now: The Specialized AWOL Transcontinental Edition Since the first documentation of this project was posted on this site, I’ve been very interested in seeing the AWOL Transcontinental Edition touring bike hit local dealers. It is one of the most unique tourers I’ve ever ridden. My Product Review of the bike was thorough and Erik’s suped up Peacock Nuke edition swept everyone up in awe. Head over to Specialized for specs and contact your local shop for ordering.

Oh, and as pointed out by The Radavist: In Stock Now: The Specialized AWOL Transcontinental Edition Since the first documentation of this project was posted on this site, I’ve been very interested in seeing the AWOL Transcontinental Edition touring bike hit local dealers. It is one of the most unique tourers I’ve ever ridden. My Product Review of the bike was thorough and Erik’s suped up Peacock Nuke edition swept everyone up in awe. Head over to Specialized for specs and contact your local shop for ordering.

Our friend John Watson is stepping up the game. For many years, Prolly Is Not Probably has been our go-to for the latest and greatest of the kind of cycling we do and love. What we love so much is Johns dedication and good vibes that spreads through out our global cycling community. Haters can hate on other forums. So, we’re stoked to see that Prolly evolved into THE RADAVIST, Things just got better: RUBBER SIDE UP JOHN

Our friend John Watson is stepping up the game. For many years, Prolly Is Not Probably has been our go-to for the latest and greatest of the kind of cycling we do and love. What we love so much is Johns dedication and good vibes that spreads through out our global cycling community. Haters can hate on other forums. So, we’re stoked to see that Prolly evolved into THE RADAVIST, Things just got better: RUBBER SIDE UP JOHN