The Radavist 2015 Calendar: March
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This is the third layout of the Radavist 2015 Calendar, entitled “Wet n Wild”. The camera and location are noted on the bottom left of the document.

Spring is almost here and with that means snowmelt will be filling the dry creek beds. The result: wet shoes will quickly be your companion on each ride. Here’s to the warmer months and soggy feet.

For a high-res JPG, suitable for print and desktop wallpaper*, right click and save link as – The Radavist 2015 Calendar – March. Please, this photo is for personal use only!

(*set background to white and center for optimal coverage)

Mar 3, 2015 No comments yet
Knog Launches the No Ordinary Night Video Competition

Here’s an interesting competition from Knog:

“We’re looking for the best night-time videos from around the globe. Whether it’s midnight snowboarding, festival crowd surfing, or any weird wonderfulness we couldn’t even dream of, we want to see it.

Enter for your chance to win a range of prizes, plus a worldwide screening of your video at the global festival in June.”

Read more about this competition at Knog and see some of the initial video entries at their No Ordinary Night Gallery.

Mar 3, 2015 No comments yet
Straight Outta Brompton: Black Edition

We all know when it comes to bicycles, sometimes blacker is better. Brompton releases their new Black Edition and before you judge folding bikes, I highly suggest you head to a dealer and try one out. Does anyone else want to see this thing with gumwall tires?

Mar 3, 2015 1 comment
International Shipping is Cheaper at Wraith
Hustle

There’s nothing worse than the sting associated with paying a hefty shipping fee, especially for international purchases. Wraith Fabrication recently lowered their $250 rate to around $50 – $70 through switching to USPS. That’s enough money to make the cost of a brand new bike a bit easier to swallow.

Head over to Wraith to check out more specs on the Hustle, their road model.

Mar 3, 2015 1 comment
Merckx Mondays
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Photos by Andy White

Don’t ride up grades, buy upgrades.

Leave it to FYXO to deliver a clean and crispy Merckx Mondays. This Eddy Merxkx pista, is built with a panto’d Cinelli XA stem, Record components and even filtered air in the tubes! See more at FYXO.

Mar 2, 2015 5 comments
These Stinner Frameworks Jailhouse Caps Rock
Stinner_Cap-4

Or maybe they’re Jailhouse Rock?

Cycling caps are both an icon of cycling and an incredibly functional piece of apparel. They shield the sun from your face, redirect sweat from your eyes and hide hat messy, mat of hair while at a cafe or a bar, post-ride.

Design and construction must go hand in hand when conceptualizing a product, regardless of simplicity. These Stinner Frameworks caps were designed by Team Dream Team, built by Pace in California and are one of the most carefully executed designs I’ve seen. All of the lines match up perfectly, something that isn’t illustrated accurately in Aaron’s product photos, so I took the liberty of documenting it myself.

I know this was a bit long-winded, but I like to take the time with products like this.

See more at Stinner Frameworks.

Mar 2, 2015 5 comments
Tomii Cycles: Annie’s Road Build
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Photos by Chris Raia

It’s framebuilder’s week here at the Radavist. Each year, I immerse myself into the world of custom bicycles for the week leading up to NAHBS in an attempt to psyche myself up for the workload that awaits at NAHBS. Covering the world of custom bicycles and framebuilders stems from a love for the industry. An obsession for details, an eye for proportion and the story each bicycle tells without uttering a word.

While NAHBS is all about the exhibition, it’s most importantly a venue for the public to connect to the private world of the framebuilder. These artists spend their time behind lathes, torches and files for most of their days. NAHBS gives them a moment to share their hard work with you, their potential clients.

For builders like Nao Tomii at Tomii Cycles, his work is displayed to the public via his Flickr and other social media outlets. While Nao won’t be at NAHBS this year, it doesn’t mean his work is any less worthy of a spotlight. Case in point is his latest build: Annie’s road. Built with modern Campagnolo, made in the USA White Industries crank, made in the USA Camillo brakes and a mesmerizing paint job by Jordan Low, this piece of art is sure to bring Annie many miles of joy.

Custom frames like this are examples of an artist’s work, but most importantly, they’re vessels that bring clients miles of joy. Well, that and pretty photos for us to ogle. See more at the Tomii Flickr.

Personally, I can’t wait for NAHBS. It’s my favorite event of the year.

Mar 2, 2015 5 comments
The Just Desserts of Gluttony

Eddie Master is method actor, his art form, mountain biking. In this short but powerful documentary film, Eddie risks his title as “King of the Enduro” in order to prove a point to the world, that there is no shame in fat bikes, and in order to do so, he piles on weight like he’s auditioning for a cameo role in another Eddie M’s The Crumps series The man simply sacrifices everything for his art,  and takes the Morgan Spurlock approach to the proof is in the pudding by simply eating all of the pudding. If you are not sold on fat bikes now, you better start cutting out coupons, because after you watch this video you are going to be buying bulk and living large with a whole new take on meaning of “The fat of the land.”

Mar 2, 2015 4 comments
Repete Cycles: Grizzly Cross
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Repete Cycles have been featured here on the Radavist before. Their handmade in the Czech Republic, custom frames are simple machines with clean, austere lines. That is, until you start to really examine their cyclocross bike, the Grizzly. Subtle elegance can be found in the bent Columbus Spirit HSS stays and the matte brown finish. Details that make this bike as fierce as the alpha predator from which it formed its namesake.

Oddly enough, this Czech company will be at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Louisville this week and I’m not complaining! You can see more of Repete’s work at the NAHBS Exhibitor Feature website.

Mar 2, 2015 12 comments
Stoemper Smash
Stoemper

Macro photography is a delicate art and while I prefer to err on the “stopped down” side of things, sometimes a shallow depth of field works, especially in a controlled lighting environment like a studio. Flickr user Twenty Tree has just uploaded a photoset of this Stoemper ‘Cross bike shot against a black backdrop and my favorite photo is of the head badge. Head over to Twenty Tree’s Flickr to see more.

Mar 2, 2015 8 comments
Back Home Before Heading Back Out
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Photo by Ryan Wilson

Austin is my home base, however a lot of my time the past few years has been on the road. As such, I’ll be nomadic for the next few weeks, toting my life with me in a duffle bag and a photo backpack, occasionally with a bike in tow. As things calm down, between and after these events, we’ll be sharing content about what the Radavist crew has been up to. Here’s some of what’s in store, and what you can expect to see in the coming months:

-Zipp Factory tour
-NAHBS
-Rouge Roubaix
-Photo Show at Velo Cult
-Eroica California
-Sea Otter

Should your schedule overlap, come say hi. Hopefully, I’ll get to chat bikes with a few of you. While it’s a busy time of year for me and the entire crew at the Radavist, I really enjoy meeting readers and getting feedback from the community.

Mar 1, 2015 8 comments
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The Radavist 2015 Calendar: March
RAD_MAR2015-SMALL

This is the third layout of the Radavist 2015 Calendar, entitled “Wet n Wild”. The camera and location are noted on the bottom left of the document.

Spring is almost here and with that means snowmelt will be filling the dry creek beds. The result: wet shoes will quickly be your companion on each ride. Here’s to the warmer months and soggy feet.

For a high-res JPG, suitable for print and desktop wallpaper*, right click and save link as – The Radavist 2015 Calendar – March. Please, this photo is for personal use only!

(*set background to white and center for optimal coverage)

Mar 3, 2015 No comments yet
Knog Launches the No Ordinary Night Video Competition

Here’s an interesting competition from Knog:

“We’re looking for the best night-time videos from around the globe. Whether it’s midnight snowboarding, festival crowd surfing, or any weird wonderfulness we couldn’t even dream of, we want to see it.

Enter for your chance to win a range of prizes, plus a worldwide screening of your video at the global festival in June.”

Read more about this competition at Knog and see some of the initial video entries at their No Ordinary Night Gallery.

Mar 3, 2015 No comments yet
Straight Outta Brompton: Black Edition

We all know when it comes to bicycles, sometimes blacker is better. Brompton releases their new Black Edition and before you judge folding bikes, I highly suggest you head to a dealer and try one out. Does anyone else want to see this thing with gumwall tires?

Mar 3, 2015 1 comment
International Shipping is Cheaper at Wraith
Hustle

There’s nothing worse than the sting associated with paying a hefty shipping fee, especially for international purchases. Wraith Fabrication recently lowered their $250 rate to around $50 – $70 through switching to USPS. That’s enough money to make the cost of a brand new bike a bit easier to swallow.

Head over to Wraith to check out more specs on the Hustle, their road model.

Mar 3, 2015 1 comment
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Merckx Mondays
EM_01

Photos by Andy White

Don’t ride up grades, buy upgrades.

Leave it to FYXO to deliver a clean and crispy Merckx Mondays. This Eddy Merxkx pista, is built with a panto’d Cinelli XA stem, Record components and even filtered air in the tubes! See more at FYXO.

Mar 2, 2015 5 comments
These Stinner Frameworks Jailhouse Caps Rock
Stinner_Cap-4

Or maybe they’re Jailhouse Rock?

Cycling caps are both an icon of cycling and an incredibly functional piece of apparel. They shield the sun from your face, redirect sweat from your eyes and hide hat messy, mat of hair while at a cafe or a bar, post-ride.

Design and construction must go hand in hand when conceptualizing a product, regardless of simplicity. These Stinner Frameworks caps were designed by Team Dream Team, built by Pace in California and are one of the most carefully executed designs I’ve seen. All of the lines match up perfectly, something that isn’t illustrated accurately in Aaron’s product photos, so I took the liberty of documenting it myself.

I know this was a bit long-winded, but I like to take the time with products like this.

See more at Stinner Frameworks.

Mar 2, 2015 5 comments
Tomii Cycles: Annie’s Road Build
Tomii-Annies_road_01

Photos by Chris Raia

It’s framebuilder’s week here at the Radavist. Each year, I immerse myself into the world of custom bicycles for the week leading up to NAHBS in an attempt to psyche myself up for the workload that awaits at NAHBS. Covering the world of custom bicycles and framebuilders stems from a love for the industry. An obsession for details, an eye for proportion and the story each bicycle tells without uttering a word.

While NAHBS is all about the exhibition, it’s most importantly a venue for the public to connect to the private world of the framebuilder. These artists spend their time behind lathes, torches and files for most of their days. NAHBS gives them a moment to share their hard work with you, their potential clients.

For builders like Nao Tomii at Tomii Cycles, his work is displayed to the public via his Flickr and other social media outlets. While Nao won’t be at NAHBS this year, it doesn’t mean his work is any less worthy of a spotlight. Case in point is his latest build: Annie’s road. Built with modern Campagnolo, made in the USA White Industries crank, made in the USA Camillo brakes and a mesmerizing paint job by Jordan Low, this piece of art is sure to bring Annie many miles of joy.

Custom frames like this are examples of an artist’s work, but most importantly, they’re vessels that bring clients miles of joy. Well, that and pretty photos for us to ogle. See more at the Tomii Flickr.

Personally, I can’t wait for NAHBS. It’s my favorite event of the year.

Mar 2, 2015 5 comments
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The Just Desserts of Gluttony

Eddie Master is method actor, his art form, mountain biking. In this short but powerful documentary film, Eddie risks his title as “King of the Enduro” in order to prove a point to the world, that there is no shame in fat bikes, and in order to do so, he piles on weight like he’s auditioning for a cameo role in another Eddie M’s The Crumps series The man simply sacrifices everything for his art,  and takes the Morgan Spurlock approach to the proof is in the pudding by simply eating all of the pudding. If you are not sold on fat bikes now, you better start cutting out coupons, because after you watch this video you are going to be buying bulk and living large with a whole new take on meaning of “The fat of the land.”

Mar 2, 2015 4 comments
Repete Cycles: Grizzly Cross
Repete_Grizzly_Cross4

Repete Cycles have been featured here on the Radavist before. Their handmade in the Czech Republic, custom frames are simple machines with clean, austere lines. That is, until you start to really examine their cyclocross bike, the Grizzly. Subtle elegance can be found in the bent Columbus Spirit HSS stays and the matte brown finish. Details that make this bike as fierce as the alpha predator from which it formed its namesake.

Oddly enough, this Czech company will be at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Louisville this week and I’m not complaining! You can see more of Repete’s work at the NAHBS Exhibitor Feature website.

Mar 2, 2015 12 comments
Stoemper Smash
Stoemper

Macro photography is a delicate art and while I prefer to err on the “stopped down” side of things, sometimes a shallow depth of field works, especially in a controlled lighting environment like a studio. Flickr user Twenty Tree has just uploaded a photoset of this Stoemper ‘Cross bike shot against a black backdrop and my favorite photo is of the head badge. Head over to Twenty Tree’s Flickr to see more.

Mar 2, 2015 8 comments
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Back Home Before Heading Back Out
photo 3

Photo by Ryan Wilson

Austin is my home base, however a lot of my time the past few years has been on the road. As such, I’ll be nomadic for the next few weeks, toting my life with me in a duffle bag and a photo backpack, occasionally with a bike in tow. As things calm down, between and after these events, we’ll be sharing content about what the Radavist crew has been up to. Here’s some of what’s in store, and what you can expect to see in the coming months:

-Zipp Factory tour
-NAHBS
-Rouge Roubaix
-Photo Show at Velo Cult
-Eroica California
-Sea Otter

Should your schedule overlap, come say hi. Hopefully, I’ll get to chat bikes with a few of you. While it’s a busy time of year for me and the entire crew at the Radavist, I really enjoy meeting readers and getting feedback from the community.

Mar 1, 2015 8 comments
Above Category: Baum Turanti
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There’s something so boss about an oversized titanium frame, especially with Baum‘s own unique selection. It looks like you can throw anything at it. Dirt rides down fire roads and cross races beware! This Turanti from Above Category fits the bill, right down to that blue paint and red anodized components. Check out more of this Bike of the Week at Above Category.

Feb 27, 2015 5 comments
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ENVE Introduces the MTN Stem
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For those of you who wish those ENVE stems were designed for mountain riding, or came in mountain lengths, today’s your lucky day. Just announced this afternoon, ENVE has developed a new stem, designed specifically for their M-Series wheels and component range.

The MTN stem is available in 40, 55, 70 and 85mm lengths, with a 6º or -6º rise and a 37mm stack height. MTN Stems are due to hit dealers any day now, so head to your local shop for ordering.

Feb 26, 2015 3 comments
Search and State: S1-J Riding Jacket in Sandstone
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Search and State’s popular S1-J Riding Jacket is back for 2015 in a new color. For those who don’t like wearing head to toe black (what is wrong with you!?), there’s a new option: Sandstone. Head over to Search and State to see more information. I might add that this is one of my favorite cycling jackets I own.

Made in New York.

Feb 26, 2015 6 comments
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