Niner’s New RLT 9 Steel Available

Niner’s tried and true RLT 9 Steel platform got some upgrades with its latest model. These upgrades include flat mount disc brakes, more bottle bosses, mounts on the fork as well as a bolt-on top tube bag attachment. These frames will fit a 1.75″ tire, as well as double and triple cranksets. The new RLT 9 Steel is available in 1-star up to 4-star builds from both Shimano and SRAM. Head to Niner to see more.

Feb 17, 2017 33 comments
Babylon Rides

My buddy Tyler is moving to California from Austin, TX to work at Strava in San Francisco. On his drive to his new home, he swung through Los Angeles for two days. While yesterday was a grunt of a dirt ride, today we found our pain in the Hollywood Hills. I love taking people on rides in LA and I only wish we could round out his experience on mountain bikes! Next time, buddy!

Feb 16, 2017 6 comments
Larry vs Harry’s Illustrated Bullitt Cargo Bike Boxes

We saw these boxes in Kevin Sparrow’s shop visit to Larry vs Harry but it was officially announced today that these Kristian Eskild Jensen-illustrated boxes are shipping with Bullitts.

“We often receive pictures from customers who have used their Bullitt boxes to build playhouses and dens for their children. If they are saving the boxes and getting inventive with them anyway, we thought it would be nice to do something unique and original with the boxes.” says Larry vs Harry’s owner Hans Fogh.

Feb 16, 2017 4 comments
Seven Rider Portraits from a Winter Overnight – Morgan Taylor

Photos and words by Morgan Taylor.

Here in Vancouver we’ve been experiencing one of the coldest winters in decades, with more days below freezing than I can ever remember. Over the past six weeks, since firing up #coffeeoutsideyvr, there’s been much talk of packing up and getting out for some overnights. And lately, with sunset already an hour later than it was at solstice, it was imminent that the talk become action. (more…)

Feb 16, 2017 21 comments
Inside Line Equipment Updates Their Photo Bag Mini

My favorite small camera bag just got better. Inside Line Equipment updated the Photo Bag Mini with a new interior fabric, better foam and a simple, one-piece insert design. The new and improved Photo Bag mini is also available in an array of custom material options, along with some stock fabric choices. This bag will fit mirrorless systems easily, as well as a DSLR with a small telephoto zoom lens like the 5D and a 24-70. I’ve used mine thoroughly for almost five years and love it. They retail for $120, are sewn in California with stock available now at Inside Line Equipment.

Feb 15, 2017 7 comments
Fairdale Teases Their New Spaceship Titanium Road Framesets

Fairdale’s Goodship is a great steel road bike. We’ve looked at it in detail over the past few years since its launch and so when I came across their newest project, the Spaceship, I wanted to know more. My main question is “will this ever go into production?” Well, Fairdale seems to hint at that being a possibility. Right now, there’s one built up with Shimano Di2 over at the Fairdale blog, along with some other tidbits of information like a projected pricepoint of around $2,000 – $2,500 for a frameset. Head over to the Fairdale blog for more on the Spaceship!

Feb 15, 2017 6 comments
Salsa’s New Deadwood 29+ Sus MTB

While Salsa has nestled itself inside the bikepacking niche within cycling, they’re making an attempt to branch out a bit with this new Deadwood 29+ full suspension MTB. As per a post on their blog, the Deadwood aims to “see off-roading in a whole new way” with its approach angle, geometry, suspension design and big, blump 29’r tires. Here’s a video from their launch in Virginia and you can see more information on the models available at Salsa.

Feb 15, 2017 1 comment
Win a No22 Aurora and More from Reynolds to Help Fund Cancer Research

Reynolds is working with a number of brands, including No22 to give away tons of product at this year’s NAHBS in Salt Lake City. Here’s the low-down:

“Over the last twenty years, Huntsman and their supporters have accelerated the pace of cancer research and treatment to better the lives of cancer patients and their families. By purchasing raffle entries, you too can join in the crusade against cancer and make a positive change in the fight against this global epidemic.

Reynolds is also proud to support and attend the North American Handmade Bicycle Show being held March 10-12 in Salt Lake City, Utah. This prestigious gathering of small, craft brands will highlight some of the most dedicated bicycle builders in the world. The focus on commitment and quality inherent at NAHBS, and its Salt Lake City location this year, make it the perfect time and place to conclude the raffle. Winners will be drawn and announced the final day of the show, March 12th.”

Head to Reynolds to buy a ticket, or ten!

Feb 15, 2017 1 comment
Cadence’s FLC Collection

Cadence’s newest drop is their FLC, or first in lifestyle cycling, collection. The brand has maintained its roots since its inception in the early 2000’s and the new collection taps into some staples from over the years. Check out the FLC Collection at Cadence today!

Feb 15, 2017 1 comment
MTB India

Well, I have officially added India to my riding destination list.

Feb 14, 2017 5 comments
Bike Unfriendly

The Indian capital city is no joke for cycling, yet these talented riders take it on with ease.

Feb 14, 2017 2 comments
To the Night

Riding at night is just part of being a cyclist in the winter months. This video showcases the sights surrounding Bristol.

Feb 13, 2017 6 comments
At the End of the Day

… this is all that matters. Riding whatever kind of bike you want, however you want. The end of this day in particular was beautiful!

Feb 22, 2017 6 comments
Konga Bicycles Isn’t Yoking Around

In preparation for NAHBS, I like to crank up my framebuilder observation scope, resulting in obsessive Instagram stalking of my favorite builders, even if they’re not attending the show. If you were to ask me the number one challenge builders are presented with currently, in terms of construction techniques, my answer would be swift and without hesitation: 27.5+ yokes. Designing a yoke that will clear the tire, maintain optimal chainline and allow the use of a range of ring sizes is not easy. The issue is sometimes you’ve only got millimeters to spare and while machining or casting a yoke would be an easy solution, you sacrifice weight. If you use normal chainstays and crimp to allow clearance, you weaken those points considerably. A few builders have cleverly designed their solutions. My current favorite is Cameron Falconer, who uses plate steel at the drive side and a normal, bent stay on the non-drive side. The asymmetry doesn’t bother me, yet when I see this design by Konga Bicycles, my mouth begins to water. Check out more at the Konga Flickr!

Feb 22, 2017 4 comments

While traffic chugs along, two dudes go for a ride in Golden Gate Park in SF.

Feb 22, 2017 5 comments
MTB Tech for Road and Cross Bikes: Easton’s EC90 SL Cranks Get the Thumbs Up!

It was a game changer when 1x drivetrains made the leap from mountain bikes to drop bar bikes. Last year when RaceFace purchased Easton, the merger promised a bit of cross-pollination between RaceFace’s MTB technology and Easton’s road 1x systems. The EC90 SL crank adopted RaceFace’s Cinch system, allowing it to utilize direct mount 1x chainrings and direct mount 2x spiders, all in a road q-factor and chainline. This makes for an incredibly versatile crank interface that not only looks good, but in my opinion, out performs many other cranks. I’ve been riding the EC90 SL cranks on my firefly with a 38t direct mount on SRAM’s 1x Force system with a 10-42t cassette. Mounting them was easy, and there’s a new found confidence in Easton’s beefy bottom bracket. Especially when compared to SRAM’s GXP offering which always seems to creak right out of the box. (more…)

Feb 21, 2017 11 comments
WTB’s CI31 Rims are in Stock

Like big, chunky tires on your mountain bike or touring bike? Have an addiction to carbon rims on said bikes? Check out the WTB CI31 rims. 31mm interior rim width, strong as hell and in stock now. Head to WTB to read more and your local dealer for ordering.

Feb 21, 2017 2 comments
Don’t Tire Tread on Me

Photo by Cameron Best

Locke’s story yesterday featured a snippet about how Cameron was shooting a photo of a rattlesnake (Prarie Rattlesnake) when it leapt from its coil in a defensive strike. A lot of these desert dwellers are coming out of their dens already, so make sure you don’t tread on them, and it’s best to keep your distance. Rattlesnakes can strike over half the length of their bodies and some of them grow up to 74″.

Feb 21, 2017 9 comments
Using Instagram Stories for a Photo Tutorial

I get a lot of emails, messages, and comments about shooting photos while riding bikes and over the next few weeks, I’ll be doing my best to address them using Instagram’s “Stories” format. Yesterday, I took to the Verdugo Mountains in LA County to share the process for shooting landscapes with a 90mm lens and a mirrorless camera. These stories are still live for another few hours on the Radavist Instagram, so check them out. Next up, I’ll be discussing the options for carrying a camera on the bike, which is part of a gallery I’m working on this week so tune in! Unfortunately, “stories” aren’t viewable on your desktop, so you’ll have to look on your mobile device.

Feb 20, 2017 9 comments
Bill Cunningham in Three Objects

I’m so moved by this studio photo and that doesn’t happen all too often. Check out more at Hypebeast. If you don’t know who Bill Cunningham is, or was, rather, check out the documentary on Hulu. Thanks for sharing, Julian!

Feb 20, 2017 3 comments
The Speedvagen Fit Tour is Going to Texas!

Howdy! The folks at Speedvagen will be hosting two Texas rides as preparation for their forthcoming fit tour in March. They’d like to invite Houston and Austin riders to check out the bikes and enjoy some beer.

Tuesday 2/21/17 – HOUSTON morning ride
Start: Bicycle Speed Shop
End: Catalina
Time: 7:30am – 9:30am
Coffee on Speedvagen after!

Thursday 2/23/17 – AUSTIN evening ride
Start/End: Cycleast
Time: 6:00pm (25miles)
Come test ride an Urban Racer and enjoy a round of beers on Speedvagen after!

Check out more information at Speedvagen and sign up for the event by emailing them.

Feb 17, 2017 3 comments