Oakley’s Greg Lemond Ride in SF!
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Last week in San Francisco, Oakley, Mash and Greg Lemond organized a group ride strictly via social media. We all posted about it, encouraging people from all cycling backgrounds to come along for a chill, no drop ride and crossed our fingers. Would 15 people show up? 20? No one was certain and all we knew was that we’d begin our little jaunt on Market Street at the Oakley store… (more…)

May 4, 2015 10 comments
R&R Today
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You’ll have to bear with me today, as I try to rest up a bit before heading into the week. It’s been a long haul, but we made it to Los Angeles and I am fried!

Expect regularly-scheduled posts to commence later this evening. I need some R&R this morning.

Happy Monday!

May 4, 2015 5 comments
Rubber Side Up 11
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Dylan Buffington from Mash took a bit of a spill during this year’s Red Hook Crit Brooklyn after a racer went down in front of him. Luckily for Dylan, the metal barricades cushioned the blow and his hand took a majority of the damage. He was rushed to the ER and stitched up before being sent home.

This was Dylan’s first ever Red Hook Crit and it left him eager to get back out there again. Racing brakeless track bikes in a criterium-format race is a true testament to bike control, race tactics and straight up luck. Sometimes you have the latter on your side, sometimes you don’t.

Glad you’re back on the bike and already ripping brother. See ya soon!

May 3, 2015 Comments are OFF
Seabase is At it Again

“Gran Canaria on the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago, is one of the most diverse and beautiful places to go cycling. It offers spectacular roads and stunning views that put your mind at ease. In January 2015 Patrick Seabase explored the volcanic island in the atlantic ocean on his track bike (ratio 47/17). Preparing himself for an upcoming project – he covered 12000m of altitude throughout 25 hours of freeriding within 6 days.”

Nice one, Patrick!

May 3, 2015 1 comment
The Radavist 2015 Calendar: May
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EDIT: Just re-upped the photo to high res, sorry for the initial low res download.

This is the fifth layout of the Radavist 2015 Calendar, entitled “Marin’”. The camera and location are noted on the bottom left of the document.

Those SF locals will recognize this coastal road in Marin County with its swooping descent and gigantic switch back. I’m not sure what’s more beautiful, the scenery or the number of people cycling!

For a high-res JPG, suitable for print and desktop wallpaper*, right click and save link as – The Radavist 2015 Calendar – May. Please, this photo is for personal use only!

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

May 1, 2015 3 comments
Firefly Bicycles: Repetitive Pattern
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There’s something really striking about the pattern treatment on the back of this Firefly’s seat tube. The anodizing fade is spot on. For your daily dose of Firefly deliciousness, follow them on Tumblr.

May 1, 2015 1 comment
Twin Six’s Standard 29 Titanium Pre-Order
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As an introductory pre-order offer, Twin Six has some great pricing on their Standard 29 Ti hardtail frames. For $1700, you get a T6 Standard 3.25 titanium tubing, QR (135) or thru-axle (142) compatible, wishbone stays and other details. Check out more information at Twin Six!

May 1, 2015 Comments are OFF
Thank You, Paul Component!
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When you’re on the road, you get brief vignettes into people’s or company’s day to day routine, without fully immersing yourself in their operations. Or at least that’s usually the case. Yesterday, however, my preconceptions were shifted and I came to the realization that you can indeed, peer into a company’s soul in the right environment.

What Paul Component is doing in Chico, California is rad. Hands down. We all knew that but yesterday, I got to hang around their shop for an afternoon, not minutes and then, here’s the best part: I got to ride bikes with a few of their teammates, including Paul Price, the owner.

There’s a story to come, but I just wanted to thank the team at Paul Comp for opening their shop doors to us.

Apr 30, 2015 3 comments
On the Road This Week with Speedvagen
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Yesterday, after a morning of delays trying to get from Austin to Portland, Billy picked me up at the PDX airport in the Speedvagen tank, loaded with bikes, merch and other surprises. As you can imagine, riding in or driving an old armored money truck from Portland from SF will take a few days, so we’re making a few stops along the way to see friends.

I’ll be updating the site daily, and you can follow @TheVanillaWorkshop on Instagram for other, on-the-road updates.

We hope to see everyone at SF on Saturday night as well!

Apr 29, 2015 7 comments
Speedvagen Party at Mission Workshop this Saturday
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We’re en route to San Francisco in the Speedvagen tank, preparing for the Mission Workshop party this Saturday for a night of bikes, music and beer. If you can make it out, we’d love to have you! Here’s all that’s happening while we’re in town:

Saturday, May 2nd ride:
Ride with Rapha from the Cycleclub
Meet up 8AM, Roll out at 8:30
Coffee provided by Four Barrel.
Expect a 2-3 hour no drop ride.

Saturday, May 2nd party:
Mission Workshop from 6-10PM
Free Fort Point Beer and secured valet bike parking
There will be Speedvagens on display.
Drinks, and unseen art from Chris McNally from the Vanilla Collection
Bike parking will be provided by MW and Vanilla Workshop.

Apr 29, 2015 Comments are OFF
Climb

“Climb” is a short video featuring a mostly gravel road on the col des Chevreres in the Vosges mountains, where le Tour came last year. It also happens to be the home of 2014 Tour 3rd place guy, Thibault Pinot…

Apr 29, 2015 Comments are OFF
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The Radavist 2015 Calendar: May
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EDIT: Just re-upped the photo to high res, sorry for the initial low res download.

This is the fifth layout of the Radavist 2015 Calendar, entitled “Marin’”. The camera and location are noted on the bottom left of the document.

Those SF locals will recognize this coastal road in Marin County with its swooping descent and gigantic switch back. I’m not sure what’s more beautiful, the scenery or the number of people cycling!

For a high-res JPG, suitable for print and desktop wallpaper*, right click and save link as – The Radavist 2015 Calendar – May. Please, this photo is for personal use only!

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

May 1, 2015 3 comments
Firefly Bicycles: Repetitive Pattern
Firefly_Perspective

There’s something really striking about the pattern treatment on the back of this Firefly’s seat tube. The anodizing fade is spot on. For your daily dose of Firefly deliciousness, follow them on Tumblr.

May 1, 2015 1 comment
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Twin Six’s Standard 29 Titanium Pre-Order
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As an introductory pre-order offer, Twin Six has some great pricing on their Standard 29 Ti hardtail frames. For $1700, you get a T6 Standard 3.25 titanium tubing, QR (135) or thru-axle (142) compatible, wishbone stays and other details. Check out more information at Twin Six!

May 1, 2015 Comments are OFF
Thank You, Paul Component!
Speedvagen_Fit_Tour-8

When you’re on the road, you get brief vignettes into people’s or company’s day to day routine, without fully immersing yourself in their operations. Or at least that’s usually the case. Yesterday, however, my preconceptions were shifted and I came to the realization that you can indeed, peer into a company’s soul in the right environment.

What Paul Component is doing in Chico, California is rad. Hands down. We all knew that but yesterday, I got to hang around their shop for an afternoon, not minutes and then, here’s the best part: I got to ride bikes with a few of their teammates, including Paul Price, the owner.

There’s a story to come, but I just wanted to thank the team at Paul Comp for opening their shop doors to us.

Apr 30, 2015 3 comments
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On the Road This Week with Speedvagen
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Yesterday, after a morning of delays trying to get from Austin to Portland, Billy picked me up at the PDX airport in the Speedvagen tank, loaded with bikes, merch and other surprises. As you can imagine, riding in or driving an old armored money truck from Portland from SF will take a few days, so we’re making a few stops along the way to see friends.

I’ll be updating the site daily, and you can follow @TheVanillaWorkshop on Instagram for other, on-the-road updates.

We hope to see everyone at SF on Saturday night as well!

Apr 29, 2015 7 comments
Speedvagen Party at Mission Workshop this Saturday
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We’re en route to San Francisco in the Speedvagen tank, preparing for the Mission Workshop party this Saturday for a night of bikes, music and beer. If you can make it out, we’d love to have you! Here’s all that’s happening while we’re in town:

Saturday, May 2nd ride:
Ride with Rapha from the Cycleclub
Meet up 8AM, Roll out at 8:30
Coffee provided by Four Barrel.
Expect a 2-3 hour no drop ride.

Saturday, May 2nd party:
Mission Workshop from 6-10PM
Free Fort Point Beer and secured valet bike parking
There will be Speedvagens on display.
Drinks, and unseen art from Chris McNally from the Vanilla Collection
Bike parking will be provided by MW and Vanilla Workshop.

Apr 29, 2015 Comments are OFF
Climb

“Climb” is a short video featuring a mostly gravel road on the col des Chevreres in the Vosges mountains, where le Tour came last year. It also happens to be the home of 2014 Tour 3rd place guy, Thibault Pinot…

Apr 29, 2015 Comments are OFF
The Col Collective: Col Agnel

Like picturesque villages, clinging onto the sides of gargantuan beasts like the Col Agnel? Well, the Col Collective has just the thing you’re looking for…

Apr 28, 2015 1 comment
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Derek Yarra’s Pre-Red Hook Crit Portraits
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Photos by Derek Yarra

Last Saturday was the 2015 Red Hook Crit Brooklyn and racers from all over traveled to NYC to take a stab at victory, or at least finishing in the main group. Photographer Derek Yarra met up with a few racers for portraits, prior to them taking off for NYC. Here are two, of Erica and Marc, see a few more at Derek’s Flickr.

The Radavist’s Red Hook Crit coverage is on the way this week!

Apr 28, 2015 Comments are OFF
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Yoann Barelli Performs Miracles on a Cross

Super shredder Yoann Barelli helps us to understand the reality of what it takes to be a pro by taking what amounts to be a beefed up road bike on some heavy duty late 90’s/early 00’s tech trails. Gnar.

Apr 27, 2015 4 comments
Tenspeed Hero Summer Collection
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With the days getting longer, the sun staying hotter and miles being put down on the road, Tenspeed Hero is welcoming the season change with a whole lotta new offerings in their lineup. They’ve issued a few new pieces for men and women, as well as more socks and a collaboration cap with Intelligentsia coffee. Head on over to Tenspeed Hero to see the full Summer Collection. I’m digging the kaleidoscope design.

Apr 27, 2015 1 comment
Map Bicycles: Brooks C17 with Schmidt SON Tail Light
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This is pure genius. Mitch Pryor from Map Bicycles modified a Cambium saddle to mount a Schmidt SON tail light. He first removed the Brooks plaque, then disassembled the saddle and tapped threades to hold the Schmidt light. The wiring enters the seat post and seat tube through a hole drilled in the PAUL Tall n Handsome post head, before traveling through the frame. Then Mitch used beveled washers on the backside of the light allows it to be mounted to the curved surface. I kind of want to try this one out…

Apr 27, 2015 7 comments
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