Continuing Our Wilderness Area and Mountain Bike Access Discussion

The discussion in our last entry brought about some good points and some much-needed information clarifying. Watch this video from Bike Mag and Vernon Felton, the author of those other three articles from Pinkbike.

Personally, I think mountain biking has some work to do in terms of public perception and stewardship. Right now, hikers, runners and other users view mountain bikers as trail bullies, rarely slowing down or yielding right of way. We can all do simple things like adhering to trail etiquette and following the Rules that actually matter to make a difference. Remember, we share trails with hikers, runners and Pokémon Go players so be kind, smile and slow down when you see other users on the trail.

Thanks for sending this one, Chip!

Aug 1, 2016 14 comments
The Radavist 2016 Calendar: August
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This is the seventh layout of the Radavist 2016 Calendar, entitled “Descent Shadow.” Shot with a Leica M240 and a 21mm Super‑Elmar in Smygehuk, Sweden.

Ending a brevet like the Sverigetempot with a ripping descent through golden, rolling hills was an exciting experience for our troop of heroes, only heightened by the falling sun and the feeling of having just completed 2100kms in 156 hours.

NEW: There’s also a mobile image uploaded for anyone wanting a mobile phone background each month. August’s image is from Sweden, featuring tall aspen trees and long shadows. Click here to download Augusts’s Mobile Wallpaper.

For a high-res JPG, suitable for print and desktop wallpaper*, right click and save link as – The Radavist 2016 Calendar – August. Please, this photo is for personal use only!
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Aug 1, 2016 Comments are OFF
House Industry’s Velo Jersey is Back in Stock
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House’s Velo Jersey, rendered in this olive drab, black and white wool, is one of my all-time favorite wool jerseys. These euro-cut jerseys will last a lifetime, as long as you follow House’s car instructions: Cycle regularly, hang to dry, repeat often, do not bleach or Strava. See more at House!

Aug 1, 2016 Comments are OFF
Banned in the USA: Mountain Bikes in Wilderness Areas Part 03
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“Mountain bikes were not (and still are not) banned by the actual Wilderness Act; that didn’t happen until 1984, when the United States Forest Service was persuaded by traditional environmental organizations to change their regulations, so as to ban bikes. The other four agencies that manage Wilderness areas followed the Forest Service’s lead and we’ve been on the outside looking in ever since. The original Forest Service regulations prohibited mechanized transport propelled by a non-living power source, i.e. a motor. The new regulations banned mechanized transport altogether. Bikes are called out specifically. You can argue, of course, that horses, skis, snowshoes and kayaks all provide a mechanical advantage that enables humans to travel further and faster through the Wilderness—but none of these other forms of transport are prohibited in Wilderness areas. Bikes are special and by “special”, I mean “screwed”.”

Head over to Pinkbike to read part 03 of this series. It’s paramount you read this series if you’re a mountain biker living close to Wilderness areas since a bill for MTBs to gain access to Wilderness area has hit Capitol Hill.

Jul 29, 2016 14 comments
Sim Works Pop-Up at Velocult in Portland
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If you’ve ever wanted to see Sim Works product in person before making the commitment to buy, now’s your chance. This Friday, July 29th, Sim Works is opening a pop-up at Velocult in Portland. The shop will be open Friday and Saturday, so make sure you swing by to check it out.

Velo Cult
1969 NE 42nd Ave
Portland, OR 97213

Jul 28, 2016 Comments are OFF
Yonder Journal: Mad Wikkid Bike Toouah Day 01
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You don’t have buy a ticket to Bolivia or Peru to enjoy a few days of bikepacking. Recently, Yonder Journal found themselves in New England for a quick stint in Connecticut and some extensive touring in Vermont, all guided by none other than UltraRomance. Dubbed the Mad Wikkid Bike Toouah, this trip took our heroes through country roads in the green mountain state.

Part one of who knows how many days is now up at Yonder Journal.

Jul 28, 2016 2 comments
Cadence Collection: Pular Cap
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These new caps from Cadence utilize a print design based off the Unknown Pleasures album by Joy Division. Did I really need to point that out though? Head over to Cadence to check them out.

Jul 28, 2016 5 comments
Moots: Farwell 27.5+ or 29’r Hardtail
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If you were to ask me what one of the most promising “innovations” the industry has moved towards, with regards to mountain bikes, I’d say the 27.5+ to 29’r compatibility found with boost frames. Keeping up with this new design capability, the Moots Farwell is a trail-ready hardtail able to roll on 27.5+ tires or a 29’r xc bike. All backed with Moots’ lifetime warranty and pristine construction. Head over to Moots for more information, or see full specs below. (more…)

Jul 27, 2016 9 comments
Patent Leather Helmet by Joe Parkin
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“It was early fall, 1990, in Dublin, Ireland. I had just finished the final stage of the Tour of Ireland and was collecting myself a little, off away from the crowds and the other riders. I’d gone for the long breakaway — me and Irish rider Martin Early — but our bid had been shut down by one of the other teams. There wasn’t too much time to think about what could have been, though, before I was mobbed by some young boys looking for souvenirs.

They took the race numbers off my back and the bottle I hadn’t tossed away in the finale. I’d already had an Avocet cyclometer stolen earlier in the week, so I was pretty protective of the new one, but they did ask for it. They even asked for my jersey and shoes. I think they would’ve taken my shorts and socks if I’d offered.

And then one of them asked for my helmet.”

Continue reading Joe Parkin’s story on his hairnet helmet at Brancale!

Jul 27, 2016 Comments are OFF
Strava: Strive Series

Rides have highs and lows. Pain and excitement. Strava takes on these emotions with the Strive series. All of which are super short and concise, showcasing ride and dirt. Play the first one to view the whole series.

Jul 27, 2016 Comments are OFF
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Sim Works Pop-Up at Velocult in Portland
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If you’ve ever wanted to see Sim Works product in person before making the commitment to buy, now’s your chance. This Friday, July 29th, Sim Works is opening a pop-up at Velocult in Portland. The shop will be open Friday and Saturday, so make sure you swing by to check it out.

Velo Cult
1969 NE 42nd Ave
Portland, OR 97213

Jul 28, 2016 Comments are OFF
Yonder Journal: Mad Wikkid Bike Toouah Day 01
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You don’t have buy a ticket to Bolivia or Peru to enjoy a few days of bikepacking. Recently, Yonder Journal found themselves in New England for a quick stint in Connecticut and some extensive touring in Vermont, all guided by none other than UltraRomance. Dubbed the Mad Wikkid Bike Toouah, this trip took our heroes through country roads in the green mountain state.

Part one of who knows how many days is now up at Yonder Journal.

Jul 28, 2016 2 comments
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Cadence Collection: Pular Cap
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These new caps from Cadence utilize a print design based off the Unknown Pleasures album by Joy Division. Did I really need to point that out though? Head over to Cadence to check them out.

Jul 28, 2016 5 comments
Moots: Farwell 27.5+ or 29’r Hardtail
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If you were to ask me what one of the most promising “innovations” the industry has moved towards, with regards to mountain bikes, I’d say the 27.5+ to 29’r compatibility found with boost frames. Keeping up with this new design capability, the Moots Farwell is a trail-ready hardtail able to roll on 27.5+ tires or a 29’r xc bike. All backed with Moots’ lifetime warranty and pristine construction. Head over to Moots for more information, or see full specs below. (more…)

Jul 27, 2016 9 comments
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Patent Leather Helmet by Joe Parkin
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“It was early fall, 1990, in Dublin, Ireland. I had just finished the final stage of the Tour of Ireland and was collecting myself a little, off away from the crowds and the other riders. I’d gone for the long breakaway — me and Irish rider Martin Early — but our bid had been shut down by one of the other teams. There wasn’t too much time to think about what could have been, though, before I was mobbed by some young boys looking for souvenirs.

They took the race numbers off my back and the bottle I hadn’t tossed away in the finale. I’d already had an Avocet cyclometer stolen earlier in the week, so I was pretty protective of the new one, but they did ask for it. They even asked for my jersey and shoes. I think they would’ve taken my shorts and socks if I’d offered.

And then one of them asked for my helmet.”

Continue reading Joe Parkin’s story on his hairnet helmet at Brancale!

Jul 27, 2016 Comments are OFF
Strava: Strive Series

Rides have highs and lows. Pain and excitement. Strava takes on these emotions with the Strive series. All of which are super short and concise, showcasing ride and dirt. Play the first one to view the whole series.

Jul 27, 2016 Comments are OFF
Terrene Tires
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Oftentimes, the smaller tire manufacturers can keep up with growing trends in the industry. Which is why I’m usually more likely to have tires from these brands on my own bicycles. Introducing Terrene Tires, a rider owned and operated tire company, setting out to develop dirt tires for MTB and ‘cross bikes alike. The Wazia is a studded fatbike tire, the Chunk is a chunky trail tire and the Elwood is a dirt road tire for your drop bar bike. That’s all the information I have at the moment, look for more around Interbike and follow Terrene on Facebook. If you’d like to read the press-release, do so below.

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Jul 27, 2016 5 comments
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Salsa’s Updated Line
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Salsa Cycles has just introduced their updated bike line at Saddle Drive, QBP’s trailside dealer open house in California. New to Salsa’s already plump lineup is the Woodsmoke. A rowdy, slack n low hardtail designed to fit either 27.5+, 29+ or 29″ wheels. Head on over to Salsa’s blog to see more details and the complete lineup!

Jul 26, 2016 11 comments
Ornot: House Jerseys
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A labor of love, the House jerseys from Ornot are by no means club fit and not really race fit either. They’re redesigned to fit just right, with a slimmer, articulated cut, including a shortened center front. Even the zipper has been redesigned to be lightweight, allowing the jersey to lay as flat as possible. Available in three designs and in stock now at Ornot.

Jul 26, 2016 Comments are OFF
Mash SF: Kosuke Masuda Track Bike
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The work of Kosuke Masuda is mind-blowing. The Japanese artist engraves bicycle components with traditional Japanese-inspired designs from flowers to wind bands and waves. His latest work has just been showcased by Mash SF, who donned Kosuke’s work on a Cinelli track bike for photos. Head to Mash to see the full photoset.

Jul 26, 2016 1 comment
Squeak

While this video is a little long, it showcases some of our local riding here in Los Angeles, as well as a squeaky clean ‘Nago.

Jul 26, 2016 4 comments
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