Introducing… Morgan Taylor Jan 5, 2015


Have you ever considered whittling your collection down to a single bike? Of course you have – we all have. For the better part of a decade I’ve owned more bikes than there are days in the week, with spare parts for all of them. Getting rid of all but one? Unthinkable. Which one of a carefully curated fleet, each with its own merits and reasons for being, would make the best all-rounder? Which would be your “one bike”?

This idea of downsizing and simplifying has been a theme for me this year. In July, after months of preparation, my girlfriend and I packed our lives and our dog into our two cars and moved to a 227 square foot cabin deep in the Selkirk Mountains of southeastern British Columbia. Like many, we’d been dreaming of living in the wilderness, but this was it. Living the dream, right?

Moving here from Vancouver has been a huge change. Gone are the conveniences of the city, since replaced with stillness. We have electricity, cold water, and a wood stove. A two-burner propane camp stove and an electric frying pan. A tiny fridge. A bed with a view of the lake, which doubles as our couch. A passable wifi connection from my aunt’s house up the hill. And, fortunately, a dry 64 square foot outbuilding to store our gear in.

Obviously my “one bike” was influenced by my new location. Abandoned rail grades and endless gravel roads lead to some amazing places around here, and I wasn’t about to give up trail shredability nor suspension just yet. I chose my Chromag Rootdown 29er – a steel hardtail with a SRAM 11-speed and a Pike – and rehomed the rest of my collection with friends.


In the summer we swam in the lake every day, negating the need for showers. We consciously lazed on the beach when we could have been getting after it in the hills. As fall took over our urge to get out on bikes became more hurried, more determined. Any ride on dirt might be the last until spring. And, as expected, winter’s icy cold grasp arrived – as I type this it’s been snowing for three days straight with a storm coming through tonight.

More recently, our focus has shifted to practical, survival-based measures. Temperatures below freezing are the norm and the mountain bike trails are under snow. We chop wood – a lot of it. Keep jugs of water on hand in case the lines freeze. Plan ahead because the grocery store closes at 6 and the one restaurant in town isn’t worth leaving our own little building for. People in town offer their condolences for our living situation, which seems weird; we’re quite happy with the quaintness of it.

I’ve been connected with John since the blogspot days, when 28c was a big tire and fixie freestyle wasn’t yet an industry. Our conversations over the past year have really solidified a common vision – the positive vibes approach is huge for me. Over a few days in Moab together in March, he told me about the Radavist launch, and while we didn’t discuss it at the time I’m sure we both knew it meant we’d be working together soon enough.


My bike collection is already growing. I salvaged an old steel road bike from the dump and couldn’t say no to a ’91 Haro Extreme which will eventually grace these pages. NRG Enterprises, the Canadian Surly distributor, set me up with an Ice Cream Truck for the winter and SRAM hooked up the Bluto. I poached a few key parts off my Chromag and the fatty has become my “one bike” for the past few months.

It is from here that I begin my journey with the Radavist. You can hit me up at [email protected] for content related things, and follow my life in the mountains on Instagram.

  • Western Rapid

    This is going to be cool. As an aside, the dog on the left looks amusingly like Ridley Scott! Heh…

    • Noel Smith

      ya, i was going to say that dog has an incredibly humanistic looking face. on another note, i get the whole paring down the collection philosophy, but when you live in BC (in the woods no less) surrounded by mountains and woods, why bother?!?

      • Morgan Taylor

        Surrounded by wilderness but we’ve only got 300 (dry) square feet so the collection had to be whittled… I’m rebuilding based on my needs in the new location. Adventure tourer is high on the list…

        • Noel Smith

          fair enough. i think the readers need some backstory on the dog on the left i.e. name, age etc. that dog’s a frickin’ star!

  • Chrue

    i dearly hope to see more of that cabin/lake situation. please!

    • Morgan Taylor

      We’re under 18″ of snow now – eek!

  • Tyler Morin

    Looking forward to reading/seeing more!

  • boomforeal

    addition by addition. i predict this is going to be a very productive relationship :-)

  • Joe

    Love the idea of pairing everything down, take only what you need, leave complication behind approach. I too am down to one bike after having sold my Cannondale road bike last month. Just have the Cross-Check now. I won’t lie and say I’m not already on the lookout for another bike though.

    • Morgan Taylor

      I sold my road bike last year as it just wasn’t seeing the miles living on the North Shore and working in the mountain bike world. Out here I’d have been able to make better use of it!

      I do wonder, though, if a gravel/cross bike would be more versatile – and that was part of why I sold the aforementioned bike, which barely squeezed Velocity A23s and 25mm Duranos.

  • Kerry Nordstrom

    I can’t think of a better contribution to this site than more of The Littlest Duder. Congrats Morgan!!

    • Morgan Taylor

      So, you just want more photos of Ridley Scott the Dog?

  • Gabriel Amadeus

    Hell yeah Morgan!

    • Morgan Taylor

      More from you too, mister!

  • mywynne

    Living in Vancouver, I can see the appeal of the mountains. Rad, keep it coming.

    • Morgan Taylor

      The mountains called, we went; an atavistic urge no doubt.

      • mywynne

        I’m getting pretty fed up with the city. Need to Get Out more…

  • Hope Cyclery

    Super pumped on this!

  • Eric Hancock

    Great dogs.

    • professorvelo

      Yeah, just what I was thinking. I love the action shot on the bottom. Is there any creature happier than dog?

  • kyle von Hoetzendorff

    Nice train spotting John! Damn it yes Morgan, I am looking forward to some more of your long form thoughts and a heaping dose of your sense of humor. So #Radavist!

  • Rivers Mitchell

    Hey Morgan, was sad to see you leave that other site as I looked forward to your posts there. But now I see you are over here…even better.

    This is the kind of move that has been in my mind for a few years now, move to a little cabin on a lake in the mountains….with wifi…haha. I just need to figure out how to make money from there. ;)

    • Morgan Taylor

      Glad to see you over here too, Rivers. As for making money, depends what kind of living you’re content with…

      • Rivers Mitchell

        Don’t need much, bills paid and food on the table and I am pretty happy. :) I also think I would be very happy in the little cabin you are in now…don’t need much. Working on a few things right now to make it so I am not tethered to a spot with a job.

  • Rick

    great pics mate.. i just picked up a Niner Ros 9 on sale, one ripper bike to do it all! (plus my bmx – but its so small it doesn’t count, right?)

    • Morgan Taylor

      ROS 9 is a great bike! Snappy handling and the unmistakable feel of steel.

      In the past year I sold off four BMXs, including the ’98 S&M Dirtbike that I rode as a teenager. Sometimes you just have to let them go…

      • Mike Zinger

        Cant believe you would sell a S&M Dirtbike.

  • Cam McRae

    Congratulations to Morgan and The Radavist. Morgan is a stellar individual and a highly creative guy. No doubt he’ll thrive here. We already miss him on the North Shore and on our rides and trips. He leaves a ginger hued hole in our lives that can’t be filled. Best of luck and I look forward to more awesome posts from a small cabin!