Mining for Skills

Kirt Voreis takes to the desert for some pastel freeriding and a few tips from a lost prospector…

Feb 12, 2018 1 comment
We’ve Re-Upped a Few Inside / Out Galleries

As noted last year, we lost our 2015 Image bucket do a server swap error. It was a huge bummer when I found this out and have been slowing re-uploading the files. Since NAHBS is right around the corner, I wanted to re-up a few from my favorite frame builders and makers. Included in this re-up are:
An Afternoon with Paul Component in Chico
Inside / Out at the Vanilla Workshop
Inside / Out at Black Cat Bicycles
Todd’s Black Cat Steel and Carbon Road Has 8 Lives Left
Inside / Out at Hunter Cycles
Watch out for the Hunter Cycles Bushmaster!
Inside / Out at Strawfoot Handmade

Feb 11, 2018 4 comments
Enjoy the Weekend!

Sending sunny love from Southern California to all y’all. Next week, we’re heading to colder weather in the Northeast for some pre-NAHBS fun.

See more below…


Feb 9, 2018 1 comment
Cocora Velo

This takes the whole camp coffee and coffee outside thing to a whole new level!

“All The Places is a travel film series exploring our relationship with food, culture, sport and the environment. Each bikepacking trip maps out a new travel route through a region of global significance – whether it produces coffee, whiskey, music, tea, apparel, world class athletes, palm oil, or centenarians.

Colombia is world class in two things, coffee and cycling. In episode one, CocoraVelo, we look at these two important and very well-acquainted industries and as they converge in a symbiosis unlike anywhere else in the world.

This is the Napa Valley of coffee.”

Feb 9, 2018 1 comment
Support Death Valley and MUSA Sneakers with New Balance

I’ve got much love for our National Parks and while some have become overrun with excessive tourists, there are still many out there that offer a true wilderness experience from the safety of your car, or in our case, your bicycle. We’ve almost had our fill of desert exploration this year, but I’m always looking for ways to support our National Parks. That can come in many forms, from sharing stories or photos taken within the park boundaries – as long as you’re not using a drone! they’re like the e-bikes of cameras, and are illegal in all National Parks – to buying a yearly parks pass, or even unique collaborations like this, between J Crew and New Balance.

These limited edition, made in the USA 998 New Balances are inspired by the tonality of Death Valley’s Mojave desert, both low and high. They’re in stock now at J Crew for $180 and yes, you can ride a bicycle in them just fine. Oh and they even have an all-blue 998 model inspired by Crater Lake, but I’m not a fan of mosquitos

Feb 8, 2018 6 comments
Shred on You Krusty Diamond… VIDEO!

This bike was one of my favorite shoots last year and now Travis gives you a look at it in the latest video from Paul Component Engineering. Did you miss the original gallery? Check it out in the Related sidebar to the left!

Feb 8, 2018 2 comments
The Handmade Bicycle Show Australia is Coming!

Photos by Andy White

There are many, talented framebuilders in Australia and the Handmade Bicycle Show Australia looks to expose their best work to the masses. The show returns this year, on April 27th-29th, showcasing the builders and products born in Australia. As an example, FYXO recently showcased this Prova Cycles Molti all-road bike, which in itself, has many details, but I can’t get over how good King Cages look in black and that Busyman saddle treatment! See the full gallery at FYXO and more details on the show at HBSA.

Feb 8, 2018 5 comments
Patagonia Action Works

For almost 40 years, Patagonia has been involved in some way with environmental activism. This week they launched Action Works, an online portal to connect you to localized grassroots activism. See more at Action Works.

Feb 8, 2018 1 comment
Special Edition PAUL Somethin’ Somethin’ For the Radavist

Over in Chico, Travis from PAUL had an idea, inspired from a certain band from the 80’s and wanted to do a fun product for the readers of this website. Splatter ano, like this band, had its heyday in the 1980’s and without giving you a direct link, if you search for the band’s name this color combination represents, it’ll take you to a special page where you can pick one of these special Somethin’ Somethin’ up.

We’ll give you two hints. The first being: this band was formed by two brothers, who were born in the Netherlands and moved to Pasadena, California in the early 60’s. The second: two lead singers were prominent during this band’s lifespan, which continues today.

If you head to PAUL and add in the answer to the search bar, it’ll take you straight to the product. For whatever reason, y’all can’t figure this out, express your concern in the comments…


Feb 7, 2018 33 comments
Hi Lo Cali

The latest from Brian Vernor checks all the boxes for those who either love this region already or hold a curiosity that could ignite a journey of their own…

“Three friends ride bicycles 192 miles through the California desert, from Badwater Basin to White Mt. Peak. Along the way they ascend over 24,000 vertical feet, and experience a 70 degrees shift in temperature. Before embarking the riders plan their ride carefully and leave food and water along the route in old ammunition canisters for later consumption. Unsupported from beginning to end, the riders carried small cameras and filmed themselves during the ride, capturing serendipitous moments like a dusk flyby of a group of owls and a desperate dive into a grungy bathroom to escape from the cold.”

Nicely done!

Feb 15, 2018 18 comments
I’m Heading to the 2018 NAHBS

This week I’m leaving the sunny confines of Southern California for Nutmeg Country, to the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. In case you weren’t aware, this year’s event is in Hartford, Connecticut and takes place this weekend. That’s February 16-18. So if you’re in the area, come find me as I’m in the throughs of documenting some of the year’s craziest bikes… If you want to refresh 2017’s coverage, check out the archives. As always, drop a note here or on Instagram for bikes you’d like to see documented and expect nothing but the highest quality NAHBS documentation on the internet, right here at the Radavist!


Feb 15, 2018 17 comments
The Argonaut Test Flight Program is Coming to Los Angeles on March 10th-11th

On March 10th and the 11th, Argonaut Cycles will be holding their test launch event in Los Angeles. The exact location of the event will be announced via email to those who register.

So what is a Test Flight?

“A Test Flight is where you can test out an Argonaut and find out first hand what ride quality really means. Each bike is equipped with Dura-Ace Di2 Hydro components and ENVE 3.4 / Chris King disc wheels. Take a spin, then schedule a fitting and get your bike in our build queue. When you register for a test flight we’ll have a bike waiting for you with the fit adjusted to your measurements. Take a 45 – 60 minute ride around a predetermined route, then take some time to talk one on one about the ride, and how we can make one tailored for you.

Registration will close at 12pm on February 26th. To ensure everyone is able to ride the size and configuration they need, fill out the form online and we’ll email you with the time of your test ride. Test Flights will be on Saturday March 10th, with a group ride and fittings on Sunday March 11th.”

Best of all, this is FREE! Register at Argonaut Cycles.

Feb 14, 2018 No comments yet
It’s Great Seeing this Black Magic and Bishop Bikes Finally Built Up

For anyone who attended NAHBS last year, this Bishop frameset will look familiar. It won Best Finish in show and was painted by Rudi at Black Magic Paint. Well, it took almost a year to build this bike up, but it’s complete. Before we jump into that, however, here’s what Rudi has to say about the bike:

“Chris Bishop sent this bike to do whatever we wanted in the summer. My right/dominant arm was paralyzed in a moto wreck shortly after we received the bike. The bike hung in our shop for months until I felt comfortable painting a bike like this. I sent some sketches over before NAHBS and Chris said, “Awesome! Go with your vision.” My vision was gold paint outlines with kandy gold leaf fade over the fill for the logos. The “grain” panels were a three-color kandy fade. The head tube logo was five color wet paint over a solid black base color. ”

See the completed build photos at the Bishop Flickr and the frameset photos at the Black Magic Flickr.

Feb 14, 2018 1 comment
Bicycling: Under the Darkness of Depression a Cyclist Pursues Zen by Bike

Photo by Brian Vernor

“Do you have a spiritual practice?”

Of the many questions I expected a psychiatrist might ask me, I hadn’t expected that one.

I was in his office seeking help for my depression, anxiety, and irritability. For more than a year I’d been struggling with some of my personal relationships, but most especially with my wife Shana and our young sons, who are 8 and 5. I could go from calm to explosive almost as quickly as a firecracker. My boys thought me angry, sometimes mean. Shana and I had been distant for months; I couldn’t recall the last time we’d kissed.”

Continue reading this article at Bicycling Magazine.

Feb 14, 2018 7 comments
Broken and Coastal Vol 03

Broken and Coastal’s latest issue is out, featuring:

“Photographer Brian Barnhart interviews Jenna Contuchio on how to live life to the fullest; Franziska Wernsing writes a love letter while biking across the Americas; Silvia Galliani takes on a Tuscany adventure; Joe Rich shares his thoughts on traveling and the open road.

Plus contributions from Brandon Harrison, Chris Nygaard, Damian Riehl, Jake Szymanski, Joachim Rosenlund, John Watson, Kyle Emery-Peck, and R.J. Rabe.”

Check it out online or buy a copy at Broken and Coastal!

Feb 14, 2018 1 comment
A Look at the Ultra-Low Visibility Camo Leh Cycling Goods Bar Tape and Saddle Bag

With NAHBS approaching – this weekend! – one of my favorite features to photograph are the unique touches that make the bikes of the show, show bikes. While not everyone can afford a crazy titanium fatbike with bends for days, or a carbon road bike that weighs only 12 lbs, that doesn’t mean we can’t accessorize our bikes to look like a balleur show bike.

Leh Cycling Goods is a leathersmith, based in Texas, that makes custom saddles, bar tape, and other cycling accessories, but what makes Leh different from the others is his ready-made stock, including leather-clad saddles! I’ve been using two of Leh’s products on my Speedvagen OD OG-1 and they really bring this bike’s whole package up a few notches… Check out more below. (more…)

Feb 13, 2018 5 comments
Ponderosa Cyclery + Tour Enamel Mugs

I love a good product with an even better back-story and you can tell the team at Ponderosa really loves Pine Ridge:

“What yer seeing here (the topo) is the Pine Ridge of Nebraska. Real special place. Two-track, big pine forests, grasslands, badlands… most of the good stuff. We like to ride bikes out here. In the grand scheme of things, this is the very northwest corner of the state. Sioux County (number 80 on the plates, 1 in your hearts). Wyomin’ just to the left, South Dakot’r to the north. Elevation is between 4800′ and 5000′. High plains. Lots of Ponderosa (“x” marks the Champion Ponderosa), lots of Yucca. It’s where the Munsons live. Go out there, ride a bike, camp in Gilbert Baker (WMA), sleep among the trees and under the stars. You won’t (can’t) regret it.”

Check out these enamel mugs and other products at the Ponderosa Shop!

Feb 13, 2018 1 comment
All-City and Deer Jerk

Photo by Cassie Lopez

For their latest product collaboration, All-City teamed up with Morgantown, West Virginia-based artist Deer Jerk on a capsule collection, featuring a cap, bottle and shirt. Head to All-City to read the full interview, go to your local shop to order and see the products below.


Feb 13, 2018 3 comments