Bloody Disc Brakes!

In a freak accident, total bad ass of a cyclocross star Katie Compton was mangled at the start of Saturday’s race – the Ijsboerke Ladies Trophy – in Lille, Belgium by a fellow racer’s disc brake rotor during a crash. This kind of event is exactly what the UCI will use to solidify their disc brake safety laws. You can see the graphic photo at Mr. Katie Compton’s Twitter. On a more positive note, it appears the laceration was clean enough to make dressing the wound easy. Personally, I think it’s one hell of a story and accompanying battle wound.

Congrats on your killer season, Katie. Heal up quick!!

Feb 12, 2018 29 comments
Thank You for Bidding on Edie’s Bike!

If you bid on this bike, thank you! If you read the post, thank you! If you took the time to send Edie positive energy, THANK YOU! All companies involved would like to thank you for helping us raise $5,600 for our friend Edie Perkins. Thanks to SRAMZippBrooks, Industry Nine and Chris King for donating everything needed to build the bike at Golden Saddle Cyclery, and to top it off, thanks to Stinner Frameworks for color-matching components!

Feb 12, 2018 1 comment
Mining for Skills

Kirt Voreis takes to the desert for some pastel freeriding and a few tips from a lost prospector…

Feb 12, 2018 1 comment
We’ve Re-Upped a Few Inside / Out Galleries

As noted last year, we lost our 2015 Image bucket do a server swap error. It was a huge bummer when I found this out and have been slowing re-uploading the files. Since NAHBS is right around the corner, I wanted to re-up a few from my favorite frame builders and makers. Included in this re-up are:
An Afternoon with Paul Component in Chico
Inside / Out at the Vanilla Workshop
Inside / Out at Black Cat Bicycles
Todd’s Black Cat Steel and Carbon Road Has 8 Lives Left
Inside / Out at Hunter Cycles
Watch out for the Hunter Cycles Bushmaster!
Inside / Out at Strawfoot Handmade

Feb 11, 2018 4 comments
Enjoy the Weekend!

Sending sunny love from Southern California to all y’all. Next week, we’re heading to colder weather in the Northeast for some pre-NAHBS fun.

See more below…


Feb 9, 2018 1 comment
Cocora Velo

This takes the whole camp coffee and coffee outside thing to a whole new level!

“All The Places is a travel film series exploring our relationship with food, culture, sport and the environment. Each bikepacking trip maps out a new travel route through a region of global significance – whether it produces coffee, whiskey, music, tea, apparel, world class athletes, palm oil, or centenarians.

Colombia is world class in two things, coffee and cycling. In episode one, CocoraVelo, we look at these two important and very well-acquainted industries and as they converge in a symbiosis unlike anywhere else in the world.

This is the Napa Valley of coffee.”

Feb 9, 2018 1 comment
Support Death Valley and MUSA Sneakers with New Balance

I’ve got much love for our National Parks and while some have become overrun with excessive tourists, there are still many out there that offer a true wilderness experience from the safety of your car, or in our case, your bicycle. We’ve almost had our fill of desert exploration this year, but I’m always looking for ways to support our National Parks. That can come in many forms, from sharing stories or photos taken within the park boundaries – as long as you’re not using a drone! they’re like the e-bikes of cameras, and are illegal in all National Parks – to buying a yearly parks pass, or even unique collaborations like this, between J Crew and New Balance.

These limited edition, made in the USA 998 New Balances are inspired by the tonality of Death Valley’s Mojave desert, both low and high. They’re in stock now at J Crew for $180 and yes, you can ride a bicycle in them just fine. Oh and they even have an all-blue 998 model inspired by Crater Lake, but I’m not a fan of mosquitos

Feb 8, 2018 7 comments
Shred on You Krusty Diamond… VIDEO!

This bike was one of my favorite shoots last year and now Travis gives you a look at it in the latest video from Paul Component Engineering. Did you miss the original gallery? Check it out in the Related sidebar to the left!

Feb 8, 2018 2 comments
The Handmade Bicycle Show Australia is Coming!

Photos by Andy White

There are many, talented framebuilders in Australia and the Handmade Bicycle Show Australia looks to expose their best work to the masses. The show returns this year, on April 27th-29th, showcasing the builders and products born in Australia. As an example, FYXO recently showcased this Prova Cycles Molti all-road bike, which in itself, has many details, but I can’t get over how good King Cages look in black and that Busyman saddle treatment! See the full gallery at FYXO and more details on the show at HBSA.

Feb 8, 2018 5 comments
Patagonia Action Works

For almost 40 years, Patagonia has been involved in some way with environmental activism. This week they launched Action Works, an online portal to connect you to localized grassroots activism. See more at Action Works.

Feb 8, 2018 1 comment
Joey Schusler’s Time to Reflect

The Colorado River is where Joey likes to play in his free time. On this trip, it’s home to a solo packrafting excursion.

Feb 8, 2018 Comments are OFF
Hi Lo Cali

The latest from Brian Vernor checks all the boxes for those who either love this region already or hold a curiosity that could ignite a journey of their own…

“Three friends ride bicycles 192 miles through the California desert, from Badwater Basin to White Mt. Peak. Along the way they ascend over 24,000 vertical feet, and experience a 70 degrees shift in temperature. Before embarking the riders plan their ride carefully and leave food and water along the route in old ammunition canisters for later consumption. Unsupported from beginning to end, the riders carried small cameras and filmed themselves during the ride, capturing serendipitous moments like a dusk flyby of a group of owls and a desperate dive into a grungy bathroom to escape from the cold.”

Nicely done!

Feb 15, 2018 21 comments
I’m Heading to the 2018 NAHBS

This week I’m leaving the sunny confines of Southern California for Nutmeg Country, to the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. In case you weren’t aware, this year’s event is in Hartford, Connecticut and takes place this weekend. That’s February 16-18. So if you’re in the area, come find me as I’m in the throes of documenting some of the year’s craziest bikes… If you want to refresh 2017’s coverage, check out the archives. As always, drop a note here or on Instagram for bikes you’d like to see documented and expect nothing but the highest quality NAHBS documentation on the internet, right here at the Radavist!


Feb 15, 2018 17 comments
The Argonaut Test Flight Program is Coming to Los Angeles on March 10th-11th

On March 10th and the 11th, Argonaut Cycles will be holding their test launch event in Los Angeles. The exact location of the event will be announced via email to those who register.

So what is a Test Flight?

“A Test Flight is where you can test out an Argonaut and find out first hand what ride quality really means. Each bike is equipped with Dura-Ace Di2 Hydro components and ENVE 3.4 / Chris King disc wheels. Take a spin, then schedule a fitting and get your bike in our build queue. When you register for a test flight we’ll have a bike waiting for you with the fit adjusted to your measurements. Take a 45 – 60 minute ride around a predetermined route, then take some time to talk one on one about the ride, and how we can make one tailored for you.

Registration will close at 12pm on February 26th. To ensure everyone is able to ride the size and configuration they need, fill out the form online and we’ll email you with the time of your test ride. Test Flights will be on Saturday March 10th, with a group ride and fittings on Sunday March 11th.”

Best of all, this is FREE! Register at Argonaut Cycles.

Feb 14, 2018 Comments are OFF
It’s Great Seeing this Black Magic and Bishop Bikes Finally Built Up

For anyone who attended NAHBS last year, this Bishop frameset will look familiar. It won Best Finish in show and was painted by Rudi at Black Magic Paint. Well, it took almost a year to build this bike up, but it’s complete. Before we jump into that, however, here’s what Rudi has to say about the bike:

“Chris Bishop sent this bike to do whatever we wanted in the summer. My right/dominant arm was paralyzed in a moto wreck shortly after we received the bike. The bike hung in our shop for months until I felt comfortable painting a bike like this. I sent some sketches over before NAHBS and Chris said, “Awesome! Go with your vision.” My vision was gold paint outlines with kandy gold leaf fade over the fill for the logos. The “grain” panels were a three-color kandy fade. The head tube logo was five color wet paint over a solid black base color. ”

See the completed build photos at the Bishop Flickr and the frameset photos at the Black Magic Flickr.

Feb 14, 2018 1 comment