Ken Burton Trail is Officially Opening May 1st!
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The Ken Burton trail has been undergoing extensive work here in Los Angeles all winter long with MWBA and CORBA logging in countless hours, along with the help of over 90 volunteers. While Upper Ken Burton is open, there’s still work to be done, in terms of linking Lower Ken Burton to Switzer PA, but for now, it’s open down to the Arroyo. (more…)

Apr 19, 2016 17 comments
FatBike Touring in Northern Alaska

The words “I’m cold” will not come out of my mouth again. The words “I’m cold” will not come out of my mouth again. The words “I’m cold” will not come out of my mouth again. The words “I’m cold” will not come out of my mouth again. The words “I’m cold” will not come out of my mouth again.

Apr 19, 2016 3 comments
The Fire in the Frame

Here’s a trailer for the forthcoming full-length documentary on famed framebuilder Marinoni. I’ve always been a fan of his work and can’t wait to see the full feature.

Apr 19, 2016 7 comments
A Slice of British Pie

Rowdy lines, no excessive product clips and just a bunch of (pro) dudes having fun. Loving this one and if you love mountain biking, you will too!

Apr 19, 2016 3 comments
Escaping the City Lights for a Night
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With all the time I spend away from my new home base of Los Angeles, you’d think I’d want to stay put in between traveling. Well, at least sleep in my bed. This time of year, we’re on the precipice between the cool, early spring days and scorching, on-coming summer days. It’s hit or miss, but when the city of LA spikes to 90º this early in the season, there’s but one refuge from the heat: 5,500′ and up.

Chilao is an all-time campsite in the Angeles National Forest and knowing its popularity, it’s a crap-shoot trying to stay there on the weekends. Especially this time of year where aforementioned weather pushes the outdoorsy city dwellers en masse up Highway 2 and to the campsites surrounding some of our favorite singletrack and fire roads in LA.

Last week I slept outdoors more than in and having the week crescendo into a tent just high enough from Downtown LA to block out the ambient light and noise, yet far away enough to open up the sky to the stars was an unexpected treat. All this from only a 45 minute drive from my comfortable, yet still indoors bed. Check out some more photos below. (more…)

Apr 18, 2016 6 comments
Wolf Tooth Components Fat Paw Grips
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I love silicone grips and every manufacturer has developed their own special compound, shape and feel. For the team at Wolf Tooth, they couldn’t find one they liked, so they contacted RedMonkey Sports to make these. The Fat Paw Grips are larger diameter, soft, made in the USA grips and are in stock now at Wolf Tooth!

Apr 18, 2016 1 comment
Sammi and Ash for Anna Meares x Santini Collection
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Photos by Andrea Schilirò

Track Crit athletes and friends of mine from Austin, Texas, Ash Duban and Sammi Runnels modeled the Anna Meares x Santini Collection while in Italy. Yes, that Anna Meares. The eleven-time UCI Track World Champion / two time Olympic medalist from Team Australia. While I can’t find a link to the actual collection, there is a lifestyle photoshoot on the site. These two ladies absolutely crush it on the bike and turns out, fit female cyclists make for great and real models. Check out the full photo shoot at Santini.

Apr 18, 2016 7 comments
Tillie the Terrible Swede

After working as a seamstress in Chicago, Swedish-born Tillie Anderson received quite the unfortunate nickname after she began sweeping the banks at the local velodrome. In fact, she won 123 of 130 the races she entered, many of which being the now famous Six-Day format. Check out the full story on Anderson’s life in this episode of the Bicycle Story.

Apr 18, 2016 No comments yet
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Escaping the City Lights for a Night
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With all the time I spend away from my new home base of Los Angeles, you’d think I’d want to stay put in between traveling. Well, at least sleep in my bed. This time of year, we’re on the precipice between the cool, early spring days and scorching, on-coming summer days. It’s hit or miss, but when the city of LA spikes to 90º this early in the season, there’s but one refuge from the heat: 5,500′ and up.

Chilao is an all-time campsite in the Angeles National Forest and knowing its popularity, it’s a crap-shoot trying to stay there on the weekends. Especially this time of year where aforementioned weather pushes the outdoorsy city dwellers en masse up Highway 2 and to the campsites surrounding some of our favorite singletrack and fire roads in LA.

Last week I slept outdoors more than in and having the week crescendo into a tent just high enough from Downtown LA to block out the ambient light and noise, yet far away enough to open up the sky to the stars was an unexpected treat. All this from only a 45 minute drive from my comfortable, yet still indoors bed. Check out some more photos below. (more…)

Apr 18, 2016 6 comments
Wolf Tooth Components Fat Paw Grips
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I love silicone grips and every manufacturer has developed their own special compound, shape and feel. For the team at Wolf Tooth, they couldn’t find one they liked, so they contacted RedMonkey Sports to make these. The Fat Paw Grips are larger diameter, soft, made in the USA grips and are in stock now at Wolf Tooth!

Apr 18, 2016 1 comment
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Sammi and Ash for Anna Meares x Santini Collection
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Photos by Andrea Schilirò

Track Crit athletes and friends of mine from Austin, Texas, Ash Duban and Sammi Runnels modeled the Anna Meares x Santini Collection while in Italy. Yes, that Anna Meares. The eleven-time UCI Track World Champion / two time Olympic medalist from Team Australia. While I can’t find a link to the actual collection, there is a lifestyle photoshoot on the site. These two ladies absolutely crush it on the bike and turns out, fit female cyclists make for great and real models. Check out the full photo shoot at Santini.

Apr 18, 2016 7 comments
Tillie the Terrible Swede

After working as a seamstress in Chicago, Swedish-born Tillie Anderson received quite the unfortunate nickname after she began sweeping the banks at the local velodrome. In fact, she won 123 of 130 the races she entered, many of which being the now famous Six-Day format. Check out the full story on Anderson’s life in this episode of the Bicycle Story.

Apr 18, 2016 No comments yet
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Team Dream for Endo CNCPT Tie Dye Jersey
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Team Dream loves tie-dye fabrics, but the thing about jerseys is you can’t tie-dye those nice Italian fabrics. So Sean and Bobby from ENDO worked on a print, especially for the ENDO CNCPT team. These jerseys are available for pre-order now, just in time for summer. Head to ENDO for more!

Apr 15, 2016 2 comments
The Return of the Slim Chance
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While Chris Chance and Fat City might be known best for their MTB, segmented forks and revolutionizing the tig-welding process for frame building, they also had a very successful road bike, dubbed the Slim Chance 2.0. Well, with the relaunch of the brand and its hardtail MTBs, Fat City has just announces their new Slim Chance frames… Check out these details and head over to Fat Chance to see more!

-Available as a frame, ENVE carbon fork and Chris King headset package for $2295.
-Segmented steel Yo Road Fork will be available as an option in the coming weeks.
-Painted stem upgrade options; Carbon (ENVE) for $355, Alloy for $250.
-Choice of mechanical or electronic shifting options at no extra charge.
-4 colors inspired some of our favorite Slim’s from the past; Blue, Pearl White, Pale Yellow and Red.
-Framesets ship in 4-6 weeks, complete bikes in 6-8 weeks.

Apr 15, 2016 16 comments
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Introducing the Salsa Cycles Redpoint
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Words by Morgan Taylor, photo by Scott Haraldson.

Last summer we hosted the guys from Salsa Cycles for a few days as they came through our neck of the woods in the BC mountains collecting images and stories for the launch of their new 27.5″ wheeled, 150mm trail bike, Redpoint. Over the past week, Salsa has slow-released a storysite – Have Dirt, Will Travel – a series of essays on mountain bike road trips with photos from that trip. I’ve got a gallery coming from that visit next week, but for now, check out the storysite and all the details on Redpoint here.

Apr 14, 2016 No comments yet
Maxxis Appalachian Summit Video

Maxxis put together a video showcasing the events from their recent Appalachian Summit in Georgia. It was a hell of a weekend, and if you haven’t checked out the Gallery from the event, be sure to do so.

Apr 14, 2016 2 comments
Adventure Dispatch: Ty Hathaway

In the first of Specialized’s Adventure Dispatch mini-documentary series, our friend Ty Hathaway hits on a theme that we bring up often here at the Radavist: using bikes to seek out the places very few people know about, let alone see – even in a place as densely populated as Los Angeles.

Apr 12, 2016 10 comments
Speedvagen Launches their Ready-Made Program with the OG-1 Road Machine
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What if I told you that you can ride a Speedvagen, completely built with Shimano components, for $5,385? Oh and it’ll be ready to ride in 1-2 weeks. Today Speedvagen announces their Ready-Made Program with the OG-1 road machine. I’ve been riding one for a few weeks now and it’s a total blast. There’s a full review coming shortly, but for now, check out Speedvagen’s press release below, complete with a full component break-down and tons of detail photos… (more…)

Apr 12, 2016 37 comments
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