No matter how often we complain about drivers or our roads, always remember, there are some with it much worse.
Well, it’s Sunday night and that means everyone that races ‘cross probably has at least one day in their legs from the weekend. We had a great time in Austin and you can expect a full gallery tomorrow, but for now, I’m just stoked that ‘cross is here!
Let’s face it, commuting wear has come a long way in the past few years and Rapha always delivers…
It’s been too long since Indianapolis’ CornFed graced these pages!
The Red Hook Crit spawns so many videos and this one’s the first complete recap I’ve seen. Nice job Castelli!
If you ride jah bike and you want jah matching kit, check out Superdomestik‘s “Rasta” edition kits, up for pre-order now.
I don’t know why I didn’t hear about this sooner, but the 2014 Texas Custom Bicycle Show is this Saturday evening. I’d go, but I have a wedding! So if you’re looking for something to do this Saturday, head on over.
See more information at the Texas Custom Bicycle Show Facebook.
Here you go, the second installment of this year’s SVENNESS series from CX Hairs. Just in time to get you stoked on the weekend’s races!
I’ve been meaning to restock this pack for a while…
$12 for (6) decals, varying in 1″ and 5″ in length, shipped world wide. Made from the highest quality, blackest ever black matte vinyl that won’t fade.
PLEASE limit one pack per customer to ensure everyone has a chance to order this time! If you order more than one pack, you will only receive one pack!
Sorry, sold out!
You know what? I think Drew at Engin’s work is some of the finest in the world and when it comes to mountain frames, his titanium trail rockets are the things dreams are made of, so why wouldn’t he be able to make a sick cross bike, or all-road rig? Look at the body language and stance on that thing!
These bikes look the part and although I’ve never ridden one, I bet they rip just fine.
Check out more at Engin.
Sometimes, the simplest designs are the ones that become favorites. You don’t even have to explain the inspiration for the new Elevation wool socks from the Athletic. We get it. Available in Plum and Royal.
Mash has been killing it with product this year and now they’ve got a whole line up of Cinelli collaboration shirts, as well as a few new pieces of their own. I’m particularly partial to the Mash Cutty Cross logo. Head over to Mash to see what’s new.
I wish more of my weeks ended like this… and yes, I have to shoot that bike. I’ve just been waiting for the right time.
Tools of the trade:
Leica M7 / Zeiss 28mm
I don’t even know what to say anymore… You’ll just have to go to Manual for Speed to find out for yourself. All I know is Krispy Kreme > Dunkin’ Donuts.
With the development of the narrow wide chainring, more and more companies are beginning to roll out their own designs for MTB and cross bikes. The newest I’ve come across is Endless, out of Asheville, NC. They machine and anodize everything in the USA and while they currently only offer 104 BCD rings, they do come in an array of colors for 32t or 36t rings.
See more at Endless.
Lifestyle photos by Chris Blott
Shand calls the Stoater a “cross bike for people who don’t race cross” and here in the States, bikes like this get labeled “gravel grinders” or “adventure bikes”. I like to think of them as all-road bikes.
The Stoater can be run as a singlespeed, geared or Rohloff. Shand achieves versatility through using a PF30bb, so it can accept a Beer Components EBB and the Paragon Polydrop dropouts with interchangeable inserts. This, along with modular cable routing, drivetrain swaps are easy. Built from Reynolds 853 with Deda and Columbus stays, the Stoater can take what you can throw at it.
See more of the Stoater at Shand Cycles.
Good news for Japanese readers. You can now buy the Radavist top caps from Blue Lug direct. They’ve got a good amount in stock in both black and purple, so head over to pick some up.
Photos by Francesco Dolfo
I’ve been looking for some photos to post about the Red Hook Crit Milano and to congratulate my girl Ash Duban for crushing the women’s race. She shared the podium with Eduard Grosu, the winner of the men’s race.
This year’s Red Hook Crit series has been exhilarating to watch. Congrats to everyone who raced in it. Now, go check out all of Francesco’s photos.
Since moving all of their production from Oregon to Austin, Chumba‘s been cranking out their mountain bike frames in house. Today after a quick trail ride with Vince from Chumba, he took me out to their facilities so I could see their office and fabrication shop.
All I have to say is I’m stoked to see this going down in Austin, just 30 minutes from my home.
More to come!
A reader sent me this just now, scoffing at it and all I could think when I saw it was “holy shit, that looks fun!” Call it a monster cross, or a dirt drop 29’r, bikepacking rig, or whatever… yes, beach racer. This bike looks like a marketing hit gone awry, turned legit trail ripper. Also, I love the bars. All it needs are some 2.5″ gumwall Ardents.
Has anyone seen one in person? See more at Koga.
Thanks for sharing, Sam!
This Thursday, House Industries is having an exhibition of their new Velo Font at the Rapha Cycle Club in New York City. I wish I could make it out and see this collection in person, it looks really great.
Here are the details:
Opening Oct. 16 at 6:00 p.m.
With a panel discussion PEDALING DESIGN presented by AIGA NY
64 Gansevoort St, New York, NY
Exhibition runs October 16 to October 26
Yesterday, we took a look inside the workspace of Brian from Chapman Cycles and today, I see this gorgeous fendered commuter up on the Chapman Flickr. There are so many beautiful details on this frame, that you’ll have to go see them for yourself.
Bikepacking bags have gained a lot of momentum in the market over the past few years and now Blackburn offers up their take on these simple designs. By utilizing a standard dry sack, the Outpost Seat Pack and Bar Roll make it even easier to load and unload your bike, all while remaining secure, even on the most technical singletrack.
I cannot get over how incredible this year’s Trans Provence looks. Seriously, what an incredible event!
Hey Minneapolis, head out to this and wear a damn costume!
Even though the Radavist is based in Austin, Texas, I’ve put in more than enough time riding in inclement weather in NYC. I wish, back then, that I had footwear like the 45NRTH offerings. Check out this video for some insight into their lineup.
Front flip, meet possible cross wind, or any other number of factors that could come into play while doing a 75′ front flip during Rampage. Yeeeesh!
Brian Chapman really does build some exquisite frames. Check out this short video profile from his work space at Chapman Cycles. Looking great, Brian.
Portland Design Works introduces their new USB charging commuter lights, the Lars Rover™ in 650 and 450 lumens. Each light has five modes, depending on how you want to use them. For me, a 2 hour battery life on light like this seems pretty good, especially coming from a lamp without an external battery pack. That takes it out of the strictly commuter, blink light mode into some trail romping.
Looking good, PDW.
As interesting as retro-inspired jerseys are, there’s very little quality to the run-of-the-mill reproductions you’ll find online. Unless you’re looking at DeMarchi’s offerings. These 100% made in Italy jerseys are either full merino, or a merino blend. They won’t itch or pill like other repro jerseys and some even have a unique story behind them. Take, for example that Cinelli jersey… It’s an exact replica of Doug Dale’s own:
“Doug Dale, a well-known American racer in the 1960’s and ’70’s lent us his original cycling jersey for the replica, one that he obtained from the legendary Kopp’s Cycles in Princeton, New Jersey USA.”
Such craftsmanship and heritage isn’t cheap, but then again, at least you know where it’s made!
See more at DeMarchi!
Gaulzetti is a name that doesn’t pop up all that much here on the Radavist, but when it does, it’ll be burnt into the back of your mind for at least a month and that has nothing to do with the paint found on this disc cross. Holy. Hole. Shot.
See more at Gaulzetti.