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Paradise’s Local Bike Shop: Kauai Cycle
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This shop’s been on my radar since I first came to Kauai, four years ago and yet, this trip was the first one that brought me through its doors. Kauai Cycle is a small shop, located in what many consider to be an island paradise. For those visiting, but not wanting to schlep a bike on a plane, they do high end road and MTB rentals.

My favorite part about visiting shops like this are the little details, which you can check out in this short but sweet Gallery. Also, how good is that shirt?

Thanks to Jonny and Chris for taking me out on a MTB ride last Sunday. Mahalo!

Aug 19, 2014 3 comments
Manual for Speed: Chillering – the Art and Science of Napping & Reading
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Manual for Speed is at the US Pro Challenge in Colorado and they’re already making a splash with Team Garmin-Sharp’s Alex Howes and Phil Gaimon, as they invent yet another word: “Chillering”.

Find out what chillering is at Manual for Speed.

For the record, I am not at the US Pro Challenge. If you see someone that looks like me, with a camera, it is Manual for Speed, not me. Don’t be the 60th person who mistakes Daniel for me!

Aug 19, 2014 No comments yet
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Tecolote Canyon Cross Camp “TCCC” – Matt Lingo
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Tecolote Canyon Cross Camp “TCCC”
Photos and words by Matt Lingo

Having someone like Josh Hayes around your office is a valuable asset. With all the logistics, red tape, and TPS reports that can seem to work against getting shit done, sometimes you just need someone to call a situation out for what it is, and then promptly return to their computer to blast Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up”.

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Aug 19, 2014 3 comments
Cadence: New Saddle Bags
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I know this is also floating in the sidebar ad column, but I’m stoked to see these new saddle bags from Cadence. There’s an option for everyone too! Made in the USA.

See more at Cadence.

Aug 19, 2014 2 comments
Myles Apparel
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Two of my favorite SF-based brands, Taylor Stitch and Huckberry teamed up to design, develop and produce a new apparel company. Myles Apparel’s first product are four-way stretch athletic shorts. Made from nylon and spandex, these shorts’ pricepoint lands in much lower than other comparable products made from more tech fabrics like Polartec or Schoeller but have similar functionality.

The best part is, they’re priced at $48 for an introductory offer…

Head over to Myles Apparel to pre-order. I ordered black, but I’m thinking I should have sprung for turquoise instead.

Aug 19, 2014 1 comment
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Team Dream-Designed Caps for the Ritte Women’s Team
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Photo by Matt Irwin

This is a long one, so I’ll just paste it in, ok?

“The ladies from Ritte asked me to help design a cap for their trip to Ras Na mBan stage race. Kelli sent me the Ritte logo, asked me to match the “fabulous” font on their team kit and said “make it look Team Dreamy!”. The caps came out pretty cool & everybody knows both TDBT & Ritte like to party, so Matt decided to have a little fun with the imagery. Hope you guys dig them…because I sure do!

The team will use the proceeds to help take them to Ireland where they will participate in the country’s premier women’s stage race Ras Na mBan which takes place over six stages in five days and covers 427km. This is the second year running that the Ritte Women’s Team will compete in the event.

The Ritte Women’s Cycling Team is a boutique-sized assembly of determined women who share a passion for racing bikes. In a culture of power profiles, recovery tights and carbon bottle cage bolts, it’s nice to be reminded there are still girls out there who just wanna go fast and have a blast. Because bikes are fun. Riding is fun. Racing is fun. Oh, and winning races every now and then ain’t too shabby either.

Pick up a cap, look “FABULOUS” & help these ladies get to Ireland.”

Aug 19, 2014 5 comments
Campvibes Communique S14
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I forgot to point out in that last Poler entry the launch of their new Campvibes Communique and this rad painting from an artist whose name escapes me. The quarterly document is 10″ x 12.5″ and is filled with stories, recipes and maybe even some cycling content in the future.

Now, back to this knolling illustration, who’s got a link to the artist’s site?

Aug 19, 2014 1 comment
Royal H Cycles: Bad Larry SSCX Bike for Sale
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Yikes! This bike looks like a real ripper. Bryan from Royal H Cycles built up this exquisite singlespeed ‘cross bike for the Bike Cult show in NYC and it’s now available for sale. The price is $3500 as shown, with a 57cm seat tube and 56.5cm top tube (center to center). I think that’s a great price, especially for such a unique frame. I’m really loving the lugwork and paint detailing. See more at the Royal H Flickr.

Great work Bryan! If you’re interested, holler at Royal H Cycles.

Aug 18, 2014 2 comments
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Poler Stuff: Rainbro Pattern Products in Stock
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After the Oregon Outback, Benji at Poler showed me the sample tents, covered in his new “Rainbro” pattern, I lost my shit. Poler’s making some big moves in the next few weeks, some of which involves The Radavist, so stay tuned. Til then, head over to Poler and see all the new products – One Man Tent, Two Man Tent and Napsacks – covered in “Rainbro”…

Seriously, this is amazing guys!

Aug 18, 2014 4 comments
ENVE Hucks their Rigid MTB Fork into Stores
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Hell yes. If you’re looking for a way to lighten up your hardtail for expedition-style riding, check out the ENVE rigid 29′r fork. When my hardtail shows up, I’ll be trying one of these out for sure.

I love the removable mud fender and adjustable rake.

Wheel size: 29″
Weight: 711g w/fender, 686g w/clasps
Adjustable rake: 44, 52
Axle to crown: 470mm (44 rake), 472mm (52 rake)
Tire clearance: 88mm (3.46
Steerer: 1.125″ to 1.5″ tapered
Steerer length: 300mm
Rotor size: 160 or 180mm
Axle: ENVE 15mm thru

Order now at your local ENVE dealer and see more information at ENVE.

Aug 18, 2014 8 comments
Meandering in Kaua’i on a Cross Bike
From two-track, to one-track.

All things considered, negotiating a bike as a piece of important luggage on a ‘vacation’ isn’t easy. The past few times we’ve gone to visit Lauren’s parents on Kaua’i, Hawaii, I’ve been so bummed to not have a bike with me.

Not that Kaua’i is a cycling destination, moreso because everything we’ve hiked here is totally bike friendly, aside from a few hike-a-bike moments up some mangrove forest or down a waterfall.

After taking two weeks off four our road trip, Lauren agreed to let me bring my cross bike. I argued that it’d offer me two or so hours a day of fitness, thus making me less restless during all the family time outings. Remember, Hawaii means ‘chill’ and sitting still is something I’ve programmed out of my daily repertoire. Must. Keep. Moving.

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Aug 18, 2014 20 comments
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Firefly Bicycles: The Trusty Third Bottle Cage
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From here on out, any bike that goes off-road and could potentially find itself in the wilderness for an extended period of time with have a third bottle cage. They’re life savers.

Not to mention, I’d love to spend some “alone time” with this bike. See more at the Firefly Flickr!

Aug 18, 2014 15 comments
Trek Factory Racing: Jens Voigt Farewell Tour Madone 7 and Kit
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To bid Mr. “Shut Up Legs” adieu, Trek has created a chrome bike, helmet, shoes, and custom kit.

“Jens’ team-issued Madone 7 Series is a chrome-colored vision that took Trek Project One artists more than a week to perfectly polish. Trek designers, having worked with Jens in the past, understood the moments and teams throughout the rider’s seventeen year career that hold the greatest significance and incorporated them through a graphic that runs the length of the top tube. The down tube includes a running tally of the number of souls Voigt has crushed in his career of attacking, though the number is a conservative estimate…”

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Aug 17, 2014 2 comments
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