Utah Needs Us

In the beginning of 2017, Patagonia penned a critical, yet warranted blog post about Utah and its connection with the outdoor industry. Then, last week, literally the day we got to St. George, Gov. Gary Herbert reached out to the Trump Administration, requesting the monument status of Bear’s Ears National Monument be lifted, allowing mineral and oil extraction to take place, resulting in Patagonia flexing its Outdoor Retailer muscles

In addition to this blow, the BLM has opened the land lease on the original Red Bull Rampage site in Virgin, Utah. After some commentary on Instagram, @ParkCityMountainBiking dropped a bit of insight on us:

“There’s a lot of folks here in Utah fighting the good fight, but we can’t do it alone and especially need those with a prominent voice and platform to push these issues to the forefront. Here are a couple of good places to start:

1. Public Comment on leasing of BLM lands (specifically the old Rampage site) – You can also use this link from the Sierra Club.

2. Defend Bear’s Ears National Monument (Use zip code 84032). Email is nice, but phone calls are better.”

So yes, Utah needs our help. If you have ever stepped foot on public land there, or taken part of your own kind of Rad Atavism, please take a few minutes and read the above two links. It’s gut wrenching to read headlines like this, but as cyclists and lovers of the outdoors, we need to do our share. Thank you.

Feb 9, 2017 9 comments
River City Bicycles: Pro Build Spirit of ’77 Seven Cycles

What do you ride if you’re 6’10”? Dave from River City Bicycles wanted a bicycle in-store for a Portland Trailblazer, or any customer that tall, and the result is a titanium road bike built to commemorate the 1977 NBA Championship won by the Portland Trailblazers.

Feb 9, 2017 4 comments
Torino to Nice! RALLY RALLY RALLY! The Important Thing is All that Sun

Unless you’re John and crew down in Southern California you might be feeling the detrimental effects of S.A.D. You’ve got the full-spectrum bulbs installed, you’re taking Vitamin D, and when the sun briefly pokes its head out from behind a grey wall of clouds you stare at it with the earnest intention of an indoctrinated Breatharian. Or maybe I am only speaking for those of us in the Pacific NW? But you know what, that’s where I live, and that’s the only experience that I know so let’s just allow a bit of regional solipsism shall we? Does that hodge podge of conflated ideas even make sense? Does it matter?

The point is that I think locally, maybe nationally, we’re all looking for some sunshine. Some happy moments. Some bliss. And if you are in the subset of athlete>cyclists>dirt-cyclists>distance-dirt-cyclist>distance-dirt-cyclist-adventurer then I believe you’ll enjoy this video. But it’s only my belief, which really just boils down to an opinion, so I accept that I could be wrong and I am ok with it.

Feb 9, 2017 5 comments
REI’s Co-op Cycles DRT 27.5+ 2.1 Bike

I get a lot of emails and for some reason, as I was on the road in Utah, most of my inquiry emails came in the form of “what’s an affordable 27.5+ hardtail?” While there are many options out there, this one just happened to come across my inbox and it looks promising. The REI Co-Op Cycles DRT 2.1 hardtail features a X-Fusion McQueen fork, Shimano SLX components and clearances for a 27.5+ tire. While the chainstays look a little too long for my taste, this bike would get you rolling for under $1,600. Not bad if you have some REI dividends coming in… See more at REI and if you have an opinion on this bike, or others, drop them in the comments.

Feb 9, 2017 19 comments
Portland Design Works Supports the ACLU

This just in from PDW:

“Between February 7-14th, we’re donating 100% of our sales of the ACLU.

The bicycle is a simple tool – a couple of circles and triangles that enable self-propulsion. But those of us that ride them know that they’re more powerful than their design suggests. We know that the bicycle can power revolutions – those in our legs, in our hearts and minds and in our communities. We’ve witnessed their positive impact in the past and are hopeful for the change they will bring to our future. Bicycles are machines of freedom.

The American Civil Liberties Union is also a machine of freedom, a non-partisan organization that works to protect and defend the rights and liberties which have been guaranteed to us in our country’s Constitution. In support of the important work the ACLU is doing we’re donating 100% of our sales to the ACLU for the next week – Tuesday, February 7th thru Tuesday, February 14th.

Want to help? That’s easy – over the next week, shop for something for your machine of freedom and we’ll donate your purchase to the ACLU machine of freedom. It’ll be a beautiful cycle of support! Or, you can choose to donate directly to the ACLU Foundation. “

Feb 9, 2017 8 comments
Perspective

Rapha’s latest video shares the perspectives of Drew Ginn, Jesse Carlsson, Katya Crema and Tony D’Alberto.

Feb 6, 2017 5 comments
Hang Tight

We decided to stay in Utah a bit longer, but don’t fret, there’s Reportage coming through all week. You can also follow us on Instagram to see more.

Feb 6, 2017 2 comments
The Radavist 2017 Calendar: February

This is the second layout of the Radavist 2017 Calendar, entitled “Finding Zen” Shot with a Canon 1dx and a 24-70mm f2.8 lens in St. George, UT

The Zen trail in St. George has it all. Swooping cross-country, rowdy A-lines and tons of rock formations to shred on. We’ve had great weather here for the past few days and I can’t wait to share more photos from this next week!

For a high-res JPG, suitable for print and desktop wallpaper*, right click and save link as – The Radavist 2017 Calendar – February. Please, this photo is for personal use only!
(*set background to white and center for optimal coverage)

The mobile background this month also features the Zen trail, at dusk. Click here to download February’s Mobile Wallpaper.

Feb 5, 2017 7 comments
Enjoy the Weekend!

We’ve got quite the compound at the top of a lookout over St. George, where we’ve been riding for a few days before finishing out our trip at Gooseberry Mesa. Hopefully you can get in some good riding this weekend!

Feb 4, 2017 2 comments
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River City Bicycles: Pro Build Spirit of ’77 Seven Cycles

What do you ride if you’re 6’10”? Dave from River City Bicycles wanted a bicycle in-store for a Portland Trailblazer, or any customer that tall, and the result is a titanium road bike built to commemorate the 1977 NBA Championship won by the Portland Trailblazers.

Feb 9, 2017 4 comments
Torino to Nice! RALLY RALLY RALLY! The Important Thing is All that Sun

Unless you’re John and crew down in Southern California you might be feeling the detrimental effects of S.A.D. You’ve got the full-spectrum bulbs installed, you’re taking Vitamin D, and when the sun briefly pokes its head out from behind a grey wall of clouds you stare at it with the earnest intention of an indoctrinated Breatharian. Or maybe I am only speaking for those of us in the Pacific NW? But you know what, that’s where I live, and that’s the only experience that I know so let’s just allow a bit of regional solipsism shall we? Does that hodge podge of conflated ideas even make sense? Does it matter?

The point is that I think locally, maybe nationally, we’re all looking for some sunshine. Some happy moments. Some bliss. And if you are in the subset of athlete>cyclists>dirt-cyclists>distance-dirt-cyclist>distance-dirt-cyclist-adventurer then I believe you’ll enjoy this video. But it’s only my belief, which really just boils down to an opinion, so I accept that I could be wrong and I am ok with it.

Feb 9, 2017 5 comments
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REI’s Co-op Cycles DRT 27.5+ 2.1 Bike

I get a lot of emails and for some reason, as I was on the road in Utah, most of my inquiry emails came in the form of “what’s an affordable 27.5+ hardtail?” While there are many options out there, this one just happened to come across my inbox and it looks promising. The REI Co-Op Cycles DRT 2.1 hardtail features a X-Fusion McQueen fork, Shimano SLX components and clearances for a 27.5+ tire. While the chainstays look a little too long for my taste, this bike would get you rolling for under $1,600. Not bad if you have some REI dividends coming in… See more at REI and if you have an opinion on this bike, or others, drop them in the comments.

Feb 9, 2017 19 comments
Portland Design Works Supports the ACLU

This just in from PDW:

“Between February 7-14th, we’re donating 100% of our sales of the ACLU.

The bicycle is a simple tool – a couple of circles and triangles that enable self-propulsion. But those of us that ride them know that they’re more powerful than their design suggests. We know that the bicycle can power revolutions – those in our legs, in our hearts and minds and in our communities. We’ve witnessed their positive impact in the past and are hopeful for the change they will bring to our future. Bicycles are machines of freedom.

The American Civil Liberties Union is also a machine of freedom, a non-partisan organization that works to protect and defend the rights and liberties which have been guaranteed to us in our country’s Constitution. In support of the important work the ACLU is doing we’re donating 100% of our sales to the ACLU for the next week – Tuesday, February 7th thru Tuesday, February 14th.

Want to help? That’s easy – over the next week, shop for something for your machine of freedom and we’ll donate your purchase to the ACLU machine of freedom. It’ll be a beautiful cycle of support! Or, you can choose to donate directly to the ACLU Foundation. “

Feb 9, 2017 8 comments
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Perspective

Rapha’s latest video shares the perspectives of Drew Ginn, Jesse Carlsson, Katya Crema and Tony D’Alberto.

Feb 6, 2017 5 comments
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Hang Tight

We decided to stay in Utah a bit longer, but don’t fret, there’s Reportage coming through all week. You can also follow us on Instagram to see more.

Feb 6, 2017 2 comments
The Radavist 2017 Calendar: February

This is the second layout of the Radavist 2017 Calendar, entitled “Finding Zen” Shot with a Canon 1dx and a 24-70mm f2.8 lens in St. George, UT

The Zen trail in St. George has it all. Swooping cross-country, rowdy A-lines and tons of rock formations to shred on. We’ve had great weather here for the past few days and I can’t wait to share more photos from this next week!

For a high-res JPG, suitable for print and desktop wallpaper*, right click and save link as – The Radavist 2017 Calendar – February. Please, this photo is for personal use only!
(*set background to white and center for optimal coverage)

The mobile background this month also features the Zen trail, at dusk. Click here to download February’s Mobile Wallpaper.

Feb 5, 2017 7 comments
Enjoy the Weekend!

We’ve got quite the compound at the top of a lookout over St. George, where we’ve been riding for a few days before finishing out our trip at Gooseberry Mesa. Hopefully you can get in some good riding this weekend!

Feb 4, 2017 2 comments
We’re off to Utah!

Today, Kyle and I are packing up the ‘Cruiser with mountain bikes and camping gear to spend a week in Utah riding the trails of St. George, Hurricane and Gooseberry with the boys from Angry Catfish in Minneapolis. We’ve got content coming in through the Radar and Reportage, so stay tuned!

Feb 1, 2017 14 comments
Industry Nine’s AR23 All-Road Wheels

I am very excited about these wheels. Made in house at Industry Nine’s Asheville, North Carolina facilities, the AR23 is designed for your disc road bike with a 25mm outer, 21.5mm inner width, various axle compatibility, 24h 2/1 lacing, and a 1460g total weight. The AR23 wheels are in stock now at Industry Nine, in various color configurations for $1,175.

Feb 1, 2017 3 comments
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