The Radavist 2015 Calendar: April
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This is the fourth layout of the Radavist 2015 Calendar, entitled “Log Jammin’”. The camera and location are noted on the bottom left of the document.

While trees shoot to the sky, Matt rides a fallen giant as part of a bonus line in the Brown’s Camp trail network, just an hour drive outside of Portland.

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

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

Apr 1, 2015 4 comments
SOLD OUT: The Radavist Berserkir Bottles
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Inspired 10% by Clerks and 90% by Odin’s animalistic warriors….

One of my favorite stories from Norse Mythology relates to nature’s impact on man. Scandanavian warriors would often wear the skin of a bear or a wolf before entering battle, resulting in the spirit of the animal possessing them in battle. As Odin’s personal army the Berserkir were known for ferocity as well as loyalty as they fought for the pack leader. In fact the Old Norse word berserkir, literally translates to “bear-shirt” and was soon called “going berserk.”

Venturing into the woods, be it during an expedition, or just an everyday ride, we too can find ourselves transformed. Every time we push ourselves on the bike, or subsequently find ourselves pushed off the bike, we grow – #RubberSideUp. This introspective experience not only shapes us as riders, but it continues to strengthen our relationship with nature. If anything deserves respect, it’s the woods.

This image of the Berserkir, or Úlfhéðnar, is further empowered by the Norse protection symbol, the Vegvísir, which is a direction sign that enables you to stay the course without being lost. Something extremely beneficial to cyclists.

Drawn by Kyler Mart and made in the US of A by Specialized. Two bottles sell for $27 shipped or $37 shipped Internationally. This is a PAIR of bottles.

Sorry sold out!

(more…)

Apr 1, 2015 8 comments
Chris King’s Gourmet Century Registration is Open
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Chris King’s Gourmet Century is more than just a ride, it’s a curated experience that brings delicious food together with absolutely stunning riding. This year’s events is spanning the globe in five locations, all with unique cuisine and terrain.

Registration is now open for these events and they book up fast, so head over to the Gourmet Century website as soon as you can!

Apr 1, 2015 6 comments
Today Marks the 1-Year Anniversary of the Radavist
TheRadavist-1

One year ago, I flipped the switch on PiNP, forming the Radavist and in that time, the team over here has exceeded my expectations. While there are numerous people who make this site tick, I really wanted to thank you, the readers for visiting, commenting and yes, even critiquing how things are rolling over here. Without you, none of this would be possible.

While it’s cheesy to project where a blog can or will go, I’m confident that we’ll continue to deliver stories, rides, photos and products to you in a capacity that will leave you stoked to ride.

Here’s to many more years of rad atavism.

Apr 1, 2015 17 comments
Caletti Cycles: George’s All Road Disc Bike
Photography by Peter Thomsen

Photographs by Peter Thomsen

John Caletti has a way with disc bikes. There’s something about the look of an OS titanium frame, painted to compliment Chris King bits. With “all-road” bikes being all the rage these days, George wanted something extra special, so he contacted Santa Cruz’s Caletti Cycles to build him a bike that he’d very well have for the rest of his life.

Personally, I love the grey and orange, but the inside of the fork blades and backside of the seat tube really do it for me. Oliver at Spectrum Powderworks really did a banging job on this one. Check out more of Peter Thomsen’s wonderful photos below.

(more…)

Apr 1, 2015 6 comments
7Mesh Launches Mens and Womens Collection
S15_7mesh_7D7H_2Thirds_w

Canadian outerwear company 7Mesh first launched their products at Interbike last year. Yesterday they made it official with a new website and stock for both their mens and womens collection. Head over to 7Mesh to read up on the company and browse their stock.

Apr 1, 2015 No comments yet
Specialized’s New Zertz Command Cockpit
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Once in a while, a company like Specialized makes a truly innovative product, well before anyone else. I was both in awe and extremely jealous when I saw this contraption. Only compatible with the Zertz road bike, the Command Cockpit keeps the data where it needs to be, in your face. Smoother is faster, remember? But weight is most important. Specialized has won the “gram game” with this ultralight component.

Check out more below.

(more…)

Apr 1, 2015 14 comments
SOMA Adopts Gates Belt Drive Option for Their MTB Frames
soma_bside_gatesdrive_v1_1_900


SOMA’s Juice 29er and B-Side 27.5 hardtail MTBs are now compatible with a Gates belt drive system, thanks to split Tange Sliding Dropouts. You can now choose to build them singlespeed or with Rohloff hub. For this run, they kept the same colors and adopted the Tange split dropout, but future 2015 models will utilize a split stay. As far as current stock, the only other change was incorporating a drive side chain stay yoke to ensure the frames will fit 2.4″ tires and the thick Gates front cog.

If you’re looking for a versatile, steel hard tail, these two bikes are great options. Check out more details at SOMA and holler at your local shop for ordering. You could even set it up as a mean dirt-dropper. Check out Golden Saddle’s latest Wolverine for inspiration!

Mar 31, 2015 1 comment
Bell Helmets at the Spring Classics: Tour of Flanders

Bell Helmets continue their Spring Classics videos with probably one of the most famous: the Tour of Flanders. In this video, team LottoNL-Jumbo shares with us their thoughts on this race, just days before its kick off on April 5th.

Check out a bit more behind this iconic race, at Bell.

Mar 31, 2015 No comments yet
Up! Up! Up! Prints
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We all know this feeling. Switchback after switchback, we keep pushing upward to the summit. It’s one of the greatest sensations any cyclist can endure…

Victory Chimp and Galibier have just collaborated on a print, inspired by the beauty of climbing. Check out more information below and pick up a limited edition print from Victory Chimp or Galibier.

(more…)

Mar 31, 2015 4 comments
The Strawfoot Easter Egg Hunt in Austin Was a Success!
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“Take the path less traveled going west and find me atop a metal nest….”

This morning on a quick road ride, I snuck down into an old trestle bridge and hid the Strawfoot pouch, containing stickers, top caps, a pair of Strawfoot Arcade socks and a special coupon for the prize. Before Jonathan and I had finished our ride, a handful of people had shown up around the same time to snipe the egg.

Gavin was the first to the bag, yet he shared the bounty with the other easter egg hunters. We met up shortly after and I gave him his prize: the James Brand knife. Color me jealous!

We’re all stoked on this contest and would like to thank all parties involved!

Mar 31, 2015 5 comments
SRAM Launches the Guide Ultimate Brakes
MY16_SR_DB_GD_ULT_BL_CAL_ROT_GLBLK

SRAM has been making moves in their Guide brake lineup and have just introduced a new tier. As the pinnacle in SRAM’s brake technology, the Guide Ultimate has a completely new, 4-piston S4 caliper, SwingLink lever cam, and carbon lever blade, resulting in a 360-gram system. If you end up having to bleed the brakes, that task is easier with the Bleeding Edge system.

I’ve been riding the Guide RSC on my Black Cat hardtail for a few weeks and absolutely love them. More on that to come. For now, see more specs on the Guide Ultimate at SRAM and holler at your local dealer for pricing. The Guide Ultimate launches in May.

Mar 31, 2015 5 comments
Legor Cicli Nuiorksiti Randonneur Transcontinental
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For Legor Cicli, building bikes for his team, the Legor Cicli Squadra Corse to ride in the Transcontinental Race was as interesting as it was challenging. A massive undertaking like the Transcontinental requires a bike that’s nimble on its feet, yet is comfortable for the long days.

This is the Nuiorksiti model in the randonneuring version. The tubing is Columbus Life with a 1 1/4″ fork steerer, fillet-brazed to the fork legs and internal cable routing for the Supernova front hub. As part of an experiment, Legor coated part of the frame with copper, so it would oxidize over the 3000km trek. The frame bags were made by hand by Pinza’t and other support for his team was supplied by Satan’s Coffee CornerRight Side CoffeePedaled, Enve, Brooks and Columbus.

Check out more photos below.

(more…)

Mar 31, 2015 16 comments
Yonder Journal’s Dead Reckoning
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The latest from Yonder Journal is quite possibly (actually, it just is) the largest project the team has ever undertaken. Here’s the synopsis:

“In 2015, Yonder Journal will investigate, ascertain, and document the peripheries and possibilities of exploration by bicycle. We call this project Dead Reckoning*. At it’s core we will apply the technologies and methodologies of adventure biking, bike-packing, and ultra-lightweight touring, to multi-day expeditions with a focus on going Over Mountain, the concept of Over Mountain being the the most essential and transformative form of human exploration.

The first of our Dead Reckoning expeditions took us to New Zealand’s South Island where we would attempt to cross the island from east to west, traveling across roads, trails, and unmarked land that has seldom if ever seen bike traffic. The crux of our route would be a Broderick Pass, a seldom traveled route hidden deep in the Southern Alps. It was quite an adventure.”

Check out some samples below and the full, massive photo story at Yonder Journal.

(more…)

Mar 31, 2015 5 comments
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The Radavist 2015 Calendar: April
RAD_APRIL2015_SMALL

This is the fourth layout of the Radavist 2015 Calendar, entitled “Log Jammin’”. The camera and location are noted on the bottom left of the document.

While trees shoot to the sky, Matt rides a fallen giant as part of a bonus line in the Brown’s Camp trail network, just an hour drive outside of Portland.

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

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

Apr 1, 2015 4 comments
SOLD OUT: The Radavist Berserkir Bottles
berserkir_bottle-5

Inspired 10% by Clerks and 90% by Odin’s animalistic warriors….

One of my favorite stories from Norse Mythology relates to nature’s impact on man. Scandanavian warriors would often wear the skin of a bear or a wolf before entering battle, resulting in the spirit of the animal possessing them in battle. As Odin’s personal army the Berserkir were known for ferocity as well as loyalty as they fought for the pack leader. In fact the Old Norse word berserkir, literally translates to “bear-shirt” and was soon called “going berserk.”

Venturing into the woods, be it during an expedition, or just an everyday ride, we too can find ourselves transformed. Every time we push ourselves on the bike, or subsequently find ourselves pushed off the bike, we grow – #RubberSideUp. This introspective experience not only shapes us as riders, but it continues to strengthen our relationship with nature. If anything deserves respect, it’s the woods.

This image of the Berserkir, or Úlfhéðnar, is further empowered by the Norse protection symbol, the Vegvísir, which is a direction sign that enables you to stay the course without being lost. Something extremely beneficial to cyclists.

Drawn by Kyler Mart and made in the US of A by Specialized. Two bottles sell for $27 shipped or $37 shipped Internationally. This is a PAIR of bottles.

Sorry sold out!

(more…)

Apr 1, 2015 8 comments
Chris King’s Gourmet Century Registration is Open
Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 9.17.44 AM copy

Chris King’s Gourmet Century is more than just a ride, it’s a curated experience that brings delicious food together with absolutely stunning riding. This year’s events is spanning the globe in five locations, all with unique cuisine and terrain.

Registration is now open for these events and they book up fast, so head over to the Gourmet Century website as soon as you can!

Apr 1, 2015 6 comments
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Today Marks the 1-Year Anniversary of the Radavist
TheRadavist-1

One year ago, I flipped the switch on PiNP, forming the Radavist and in that time, the team over here has exceeded my expectations. While there are numerous people who make this site tick, I really wanted to thank you, the readers for visiting, commenting and yes, even critiquing how things are rolling over here. Without you, none of this would be possible.

While it’s cheesy to project where a blog can or will go, I’m confident that we’ll continue to deliver stories, rides, photos and products to you in a capacity that will leave you stoked to ride.

Here’s to many more years of rad atavism.

Apr 1, 2015 17 comments
Caletti Cycles: George’s All Road Disc Bike
Photography by Peter Thomsen

Photographs by Peter Thomsen

John Caletti has a way with disc bikes. There’s something about the look of an OS titanium frame, painted to compliment Chris King bits. With “all-road” bikes being all the rage these days, George wanted something extra special, so he contacted Santa Cruz’s Caletti Cycles to build him a bike that he’d very well have for the rest of his life.

Personally, I love the grey and orange, but the inside of the fork blades and backside of the seat tube really do it for me. Oliver at Spectrum Powderworks really did a banging job on this one. Check out more of Peter Thomsen’s wonderful photos below.

(more…)

Apr 1, 2015 6 comments
7Mesh Launches Mens and Womens Collection
S15_7mesh_7D7H_2Thirds_w

Canadian outerwear company 7Mesh first launched their products at Interbike last year. Yesterday they made it official with a new website and stock for both their mens and womens collection. Head over to 7Mesh to read up on the company and browse their stock.

Apr 1, 2015 No comments yet
Specialized’s New Zertz Command Cockpit
S4006

Once in a while, a company like Specialized makes a truly innovative product, well before anyone else. I was both in awe and extremely jealous when I saw this contraption. Only compatible with the Zertz road bike, the Command Cockpit keeps the data where it needs to be, in your face. Smoother is faster, remember? But weight is most important. Specialized has won the “gram game” with this ultralight component.

Check out more below.

(more…)

Apr 1, 2015 14 comments
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SOMA Adopts Gates Belt Drive Option for Their MTB Frames
soma_bside_gatesdrive_v1_1_900


SOMA’s Juice 29er and B-Side 27.5 hardtail MTBs are now compatible with a Gates belt drive system, thanks to split Tange Sliding Dropouts. You can now choose to build them singlespeed or with Rohloff hub. For this run, they kept the same colors and adopted the Tange split dropout, but future 2015 models will utilize a split stay. As far as current stock, the only other change was incorporating a drive side chain stay yoke to ensure the frames will fit 2.4″ tires and the thick Gates front cog.

If you’re looking for a versatile, steel hard tail, these two bikes are great options. Check out more details at SOMA and holler at your local shop for ordering. You could even set it up as a mean dirt-dropper. Check out Golden Saddle’s latest Wolverine for inspiration!

Mar 31, 2015 1 comment
Bell Helmets at the Spring Classics: Tour of Flanders

Bell Helmets continue their Spring Classics videos with probably one of the most famous: the Tour of Flanders. In this video, team LottoNL-Jumbo shares with us their thoughts on this race, just days before its kick off on April 5th.

Check out a bit more behind this iconic race, at Bell.

Mar 31, 2015 No comments yet
Up! Up! Up! Prints
UpUpUP

We all know this feeling. Switchback after switchback, we keep pushing upward to the summit. It’s one of the greatest sensations any cyclist can endure…

Victory Chimp and Galibier have just collaborated on a print, inspired by the beauty of climbing. Check out more information below and pick up a limited edition print from Victory Chimp or Galibier.

(more…)

Mar 31, 2015 4 comments
The Strawfoot Easter Egg Hunt in Austin Was a Success!
Processed with VSCOcam with a9 preset

“Take the path less traveled going west and find me atop a metal nest….”

This morning on a quick road ride, I snuck down into an old trestle bridge and hid the Strawfoot pouch, containing stickers, top caps, a pair of Strawfoot Arcade socks and a special coupon for the prize. Before Jonathan and I had finished our ride, a handful of people had shown up around the same time to snipe the egg.

Gavin was the first to the bag, yet he shared the bounty with the other easter egg hunters. We met up shortly after and I gave him his prize: the James Brand knife. Color me jealous!

We’re all stoked on this contest and would like to thank all parties involved!

Mar 31, 2015 5 comments
Giro ADVERTISEMENT
SRAM Launches the Guide Ultimate Brakes
MY16_SR_DB_GD_ULT_BL_CAL_ROT_GLBLK

SRAM has been making moves in their Guide brake lineup and have just introduced a new tier. As the pinnacle in SRAM’s brake technology, the Guide Ultimate has a completely new, 4-piston S4 caliper, SwingLink lever cam, and carbon lever blade, resulting in a 360-gram system. If you end up having to bleed the brakes, that task is easier with the Bleeding Edge system.

I’ve been riding the Guide RSC on my Black Cat hardtail for a few weeks and absolutely love them. More on that to come. For now, see more specs on the Guide Ultimate at SRAM and holler at your local dealer for pricing. The Guide Ultimate launches in May.

Mar 31, 2015 5 comments
Legor Cicli Nuiorksiti Randonneur Transcontinental
_MG_2086

For Legor Cicli, building bikes for his team, the Legor Cicli Squadra Corse to ride in the Transcontinental Race was as interesting as it was challenging. A massive undertaking like the Transcontinental requires a bike that’s nimble on its feet, yet is comfortable for the long days.

This is the Nuiorksiti model in the randonneuring version. The tubing is Columbus Life with a 1 1/4″ fork steerer, fillet-brazed to the fork legs and internal cable routing for the Supernova front hub. As part of an experiment, Legor coated part of the frame with copper, so it would oxidize over the 3000km trek. The frame bags were made by hand by Pinza’t and other support for his team was supplied by Satan’s Coffee CornerRight Side CoffeePedaled, Enve, Brooks and Columbus.

Check out more photos below.

(more…)

Mar 31, 2015 16 comments
Yonder Journal’s Dead Reckoning
yonderjournal_deadreckoning_globalmap-1680x990

The latest from Yonder Journal is quite possibly (actually, it just is) the largest project the team has ever undertaken. Here’s the synopsis:

“In 2015, Yonder Journal will investigate, ascertain, and document the peripheries and possibilities of exploration by bicycle. We call this project Dead Reckoning*. At it’s core we will apply the technologies and methodologies of adventure biking, bike-packing, and ultra-lightweight touring, to multi-day expeditions with a focus on going Over Mountain, the concept of Over Mountain being the the most essential and transformative form of human exploration.

The first of our Dead Reckoning expeditions took us to New Zealand’s South Island where we would attempt to cross the island from east to west, traveling across roads, trails, and unmarked land that has seldom if ever seen bike traffic. The crux of our route would be a Broderick Pass, a seldom traveled route hidden deep in the Southern Alps. It was quite an adventure.”

Check out some samples below and the full, massive photo story at Yonder Journal.

(more…)

Mar 31, 2015 5 comments
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BicycleStarz Wheel Building Table, Spoke Nipple Sorter and Wheel Dishing Tool
BicycleStarz Wheel Building Table and Tools

The other night at the Velo Cult party, I got to see a demo from a new company out of Washington state, BicycleStarz. Now, I have to give you a bit of a disclaimer: if you’re a wheel builder, brace yourself, because these tools will leave you frothing at the mouth like a bamboo starved panda…

Coincidentally, all of these tools are made by hand, using bamboo when possible and are filled with such elegant details that they dance that ever-present line of utilitarian art I always speak about.

Check out some in-depth photos below.

(more…)

Mar 30, 2015 1 comment
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