Between the Eyes with Grant Robinson

Being a fan of Grant Robinson‘s photography is easy. What’s not to love about framebuilders and mountain bikes?

Here’s another video from the Between the Eyes project:

“While many action sport photographers create beautiful, pixel-perfect photos, Grant is one of the few who doesn’t just document the act but the emotion and feeling of the moment. He doesn’t often attempt to stage perfectly choreographed action sequences. While some photographers and their subject work tirelessly to manipulate the surroundings and reproduce The Moment, Grant is more than happy to snap and move on, avoiding recreating a synthetic representation of The Moment.

Rather than trying to capture the action he lets it wildly dance all across the image. Rather than freeze-framing a millisecond, wrangling and seizing it forcefully, he allows the motion of the moment, the many moments, to truly show themselves. The result is what some people consider imperfect images and perhaps sloppy technique, but a closer look reveals a story about the warmth of the act, the adrenaline of being on the edge, and the dance of skill and chance, both for the subject and the shooter. Life isn’t perfect so why should every image be so?

Some of Grant’s photos are far from some people’s categorization of excellence, but by being imperfect they display feeling or emotion that is much harder to place deliberately.”

Oct 8, 2014 2 comments
A Look at Second Life Bikes

I know there are a lot of balleur bicycles posted here at the Radavist, and while they’re pretty to look at, they’re still just bikes. At the other side of the cycle spectrum, shops like Second Life Bikes are doing something much more important to the future of cycling – and cyclists – in America. Getting people to ride and work on bikes is of the utmost importance and I love watching videos like this. Well done guys!

Oct 7, 2014 2 comments
I’m Loving This Talbot Dalsnibba Road with Di2
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Road technology, with regards to custom framebuilders, often flattens out and begins to form into a mesh of nuances, or details. Case in point is this new Talbot Dalsnibba road. Di2 is by no means new tech, yet the mixture of the rear brake placement, ISP, wishbone stay and sleeved lugwork makes me really want to comb this bike over, piece by piece with a camera. Luckily, photographer Phil Rooney has already done that. To see the rest of Phil’s photos, head to the Talbot Frameworks gallery.

Oh and the color ain’t bad either!

Oct 7, 2014 3 comments
Rapha Gentlemen’s Race Colorado

This has got to be one of the best Rapha Gentlemen’s Race to date. I can’t wait to see the full feature photo gallery. It’s great to see Tyler from Pearl Velo in there!

Oct 7, 2014 3 comments
Fairdale’s 2015 Drop Weekender Looks Great
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Looking for a touring rig for under $1,300? Check out Fairdale’s new Drop Weekender. Like all of their 2015 bikes, they’ve written up an explanation on the Fairdale Blog. For a play by play of this bike’s bells and whistles (just kidding, it doesn’t come with a bell or a whistle), head over and check it out.

My favorite is still the Goodship!

Oct 7, 2014 6 comments
Portland Design Works: Full Metal Fenders™ + Fenderbot™ Special
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The team at Portland Design Works have been waiting all summer to unleash this deal. Right now, you can get the Full Metal Fenders and a Fenderbot for $125, that’s 15% off MSRP. I have a set of these fenders and they are great, but it never rains in Austin!

At any rate, I’m sure it rains where you live, so check out more at PDW.

Oct 7, 2014 No comments yet
Kona Bikes: Growing Up Cross

I like it when companies take a minute to profile some of their athletes, rather than putting out a pulse-racing video of them riding. Kudos to Kona for this one.

Oct 6, 2014 3 comments
Merckx Mondays
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Vintage, black and white photos of Eddy Merckx will always be my favorite. Here’s one from 1969, Eddy racing in the TDF time trial race Revel-Revel. On his yellow jersey is the number 51, a marveled pairing of numbers in the Tour’s history.

Back then, “Champions are born with the back number 51″ was a common saying in the Peloton and with good reason. Many legends were adorned by these digits: Eddy Merckx, Louison Bobet, Bernard Thèvenet and Luis Ocana. All of which exceeded a simple win and elevated themselves into cycling’s history.

Thanks to the Flickr stream of Walter Vermeulen for this week’s Merckx Mondays!

Oct 6, 2014 No comments yet
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Firefly Bicycles: Lefty 29’r
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Let’s see, Barzo 2.25 tires, Lefty, Ti stem to match the sweet Ti frame, segmented stays, Industry Nine. Yep. This is probably one of my favorite Firefly MTBs to date. I can’t stop looking at it!

See more for yourself at the Firefly Flickr. Coincidentally, this is #360 from Firefly! Full-circle indeed guys. Congrats!

Oct 6, 2014 11 comments
Between the Eyes with Jordan Manley #DailyWalk

Seb did an outstanding job on this video series, the first of which being action sports photographer Jordan Manley.

“In November, 2012, Jordan Manley, a very well respected action sport photographer and filmmaker, suffered a concussion that severely changed his life. The concussion was such that Jordan was unable to perform even quite simple tasks without triggering his symptoms. Recovery for this kind of injury, which is effectively brain damage, means resting the brain as if it were any other part of the body. For Jordan, this meant losing the ability to exercise not just physically but mentally. All he could do was take one short walk a day.

As time went on he began taking his iPhone and captured some of the remarkable things he saw on his strolls and then uploaded them to Instagram. #dailywalk became Jordan’s way of providing an outlet for his boisterous creativity and a way of communicating with the world about the symptoms of his concussion, the inner working of the brain and the emotions of dealing with his recovery. Taking these photos became his therapy and provided him with a form of solace while he went through a very foreign and daunting time. It’s also fair to say that very few people could create such a stunning portfolio of images using just an iPhone.”

Watch the video and read more at the Vimeo Page. Seriously Seb, this is amazing and yes, your best camera is the one that you have on you at all times.

Oct 6, 2014 No comments yet
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The Athletic: You Got This Socks
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The Athletic are doing their own kind of cancer awareness in October. They’ve done a pair of socks with Cait, which you can pick up at the Athletic and read up on the story here:

“Our friend Cait — you may know her under the moniker @attnkatdaley — had a knock down drag out fight with cancer a little while back. One of the things that she used to help guide her through the dark days was the moniker “You Got This” which she had tattooed on her body as a reminder. Read the story behind it here » What “You Got This” Means To Me.

Her friend (our illustration hero) Chris Piascik did the lettering, which he always does well. ”

Miss ya Cait!

Oct 6, 2014 No comments yet
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Chris Akrigg Rides a Fatbike

The “other” trials dude, Chris Akrigg may not be scaling ridges on a carbon Santa Cruz, but he’s holding it down on a Mongoose fatbike just fine!

Oct 3, 2014 5 comments
Baum Cycles: A Cubano for a Cuban
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Baum Cycles’ endless drive to deliver 100% customized frames to their customers culminates in this Cubano for a Cuban gentlemen. Non-drive chainstay etching, special top tube logo treatment and a choice selection of colors. See more at the Baum Flickr!

Oct 3, 2014 No comments yet
Race Dots: Ditch those Pins
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Here’s a simple, yet functional (and customizable) product. I definitely have a few jerseys with holes and rust stains from pinning numbers and Race Dots avoid that with a magnetic retention system. See more at Race Dots.

Oct 3, 2014 4 comments
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The Festka ONE Road
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Czech builders Festka recently completed the development of their newest frame project, simply titled, ONE. Boasting a 60% stiffer layup process than previous Zero models, these custom road frames will be available shortly, with custom geometry and paint, at Festka.

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Oct 2, 2014 5 comments
The Radavist 2014 Calendar: October
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This is the tenth layout of the Radavist 2014 Calendar, entitled “West Texas Roads”. The camera and location are noted on the bottom left of the document.

Our trip from Vegas to Austin in my pickup truck was a blur, except for moments like this. Oh and Sedona. Sedona was rad. Anyway… The thing that sucks about traveling by car is that you never want to stop when you see a great road. After 13 hours of driving that day, we definitely stopped for this one…

For a high-res JPG, suitable for print and desktop wallpaper*, right click and save link as – The Radavist 2014 Calendar – October. Please, this photo is for personal use only!

(*set background to white and center for optimal coverage)

Oct 2, 2014 No comments yet
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Bell’s New Star Pro Road Helmet
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During my discussion with Bell at Interbike, I mentioned that the average consumer with any amount of eye for style or design, doesn’t really care about how aero their helmets are. We, if I may be so bold, would rather a helmet look good, keep us cold and protect our lives. Sometimes, however, style and aerodynamics overlap. In my opinion, that’s what the Bell New Star Pro is. An aero helmet with style…

With an innovative, closable “vent” system, these helmets not only offer aerodynamics, but I’d like to think, additional warmth during cold seasons.

Check out full specs below and see more at Bell.

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Oct 1, 2014 6 comments
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