Up Up Up

Here’s a great little video showcasing a sweet hill climb competition.

Dec 4, 2014 14 comments
Yeti in the Elk Mountains

Colorado’s unmistakable Aspens provide the backdrop for Joey Schusler to craft a visual story with perfectly planned shots. Take a ride with the Yeti crew on a shoulder season adventure in the Elk Mountains.

Dec 4, 2014 2 comments
Notes on Bicycle Camping: Tent or Hammock?
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People have asked me this more than just about anything else when it comes to bicycle camping: tent or hammock? Before we dive right in, I want to clarify that those aren’t the only options. You can also use a bivy or just a sleeping bag on a tarp. I’ve done it all and over the years, I’ve dialed in what I would consider a great system for selecting which will work for you.

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Dec 3, 2014 46 comments
James at Niner Bikes Knows What’s Up!
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When your job is to design bikes and graphics for a living, you tend to take your own bikes seriously. That’s what James at Niner did with his own BSB 9. Like most people these days, James got bit by the camo bug but didn’t want to just do a standard paint finish, so he found a local guy just getting into hydrographics and began to problem solve how to paint the fork, leaving the frame matte black with a blaze orange color accents.

The end result rules.

Dec 3, 2014 43 comments
Rapha Cycle Club NYC: 1986 World Championship Road Race Show
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This looks so good. I wish I could make it!

“On Tuesday, December 9th, the Rapha Cycle Club will be hosting a very special photo exhibition. Our friend Kevin Hatt shot some amazing images at the 1986 World Championship Road Race in Colorado Springs, Colorado. These photos have never been seen before, and they feature some great behind-the-scenes shots from a race event that did not get much coverage.”

See more at Rapha!

Dec 3, 2014 1 comment
Nutmeg Country
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Benedict, aka Ultra Romance knows how to keep warm during the cold winter months in the Northeast and there’s a new blog on Tumblr showcasing the majestic landscapes and shredscapes of this region.

Nutmeg Country is worth the click-through, just be prepared for tons of epic bërm blåsting and dudes, don’t let your lady see these photos or she’ll be boarding a plane…

Dec 2, 2014 14 comments
The Vanilla Bicycles x Chris McNally Collection
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I love seeing projects like this form. Especially when it’s got Chris McNally involved. That man is so talented. Here’s the scoop from Vanilla:

“Born out of a friendship and shared love of impractical vehicles and the clean aesthetic of 60’s and 70’s road racing, this project represents the culmination of seeds planted a few years ago. When Sacha started in on a design for the new Vanilla kit, he was reminded of how garish modern team gear has become. Thinking about what the design could be, he wanted to evoke the beauty and simplicity of past designs, while keeping the forward-looking feel the Workshop believes in…”

Check out more below!

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Dec 2, 2014 1 comment
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Retired Goods is Back
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You might remember this brand from a few years back. Retired Goods started off as Retired Belts, old bicycle tires that were shredded and made into belts. Now the line has grown into dog leashes and blanket roll carriers. Head over to Retired Goods to see more!

Dec 2, 2014 1 comment
Manual for Speed Does Jingle Cross
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Cyclocross is, to me anyway, more visually interesting than road racing, especially when it’s through the lens of Manual for Speed. Jingle Cross lives in infamy for being a really, really, really, cold and tough race, both of which is evident in Manual for Speed’s Part 1 and Part 2 of their coverage… Check it out!

Dec 2, 2014 1 comment
Dosnoventa Runs Japan

When I posted this trailer last week, I got a text from a guy who has worked in the industry for decades. The dude is a legend, in many regards. His text said, “You know, I spend my days telling my company that making cycling look cool isn’t easy, but that Dosnoventa video made riding bikes look cool.”

You know what? I’d agree.

Dec 1, 2014 4 comments
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The Radavist Holiday Kinda Sorta Need List
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Let’s face it, if you’re reading this blog, chances are, you don’t really need anything, in the survival sense. Sure, the holidays are great for many things, most of which bearing more importance than sharing gifts. Bike rides, warm drinks, hiking, camping, all of which are for the most part, free for you to share with friends and family.

That said, it’s a lot of fun sharing gifts and whatever, it’s a once a year kinda thing. Most of these gifts are gauged around lifestyle and camping but all have a place in your day-to-day use.

Every holiday season, we compile a list of products that have piqued our interest here at the Radavist. Most of which are made domestically, be it Japan, Germany, the US and the UK. This year, because I know everyone’s on a budget we’re doing it a bit different, offering up alternatives that are more affordable… Only because I don’t want this list to be alienating.

When you can, buy locally. Did you know your local bike shop can also order camping gear from QBP? Now you do!

Check out the Radavist Holiday Kinda Sorta Need List below!

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Dec 1, 2014 12 comments
SRAM’s CX1 Force Cassette Gets Bigger with 11-36t
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Up from the 36 chambers!

Any numerologist will tell you that 36 is highly significant. It is both the square of 6 as well as what is referred to as a triangular number, resulting in a square triangular number. To top that, 36 is the smallest square triangular number other than 1.

Religious scholars will note its significance throughout early doctrine. In the Midrash, God created light on the first day and it shined for 36 hours. Since we’re near Hannukah, observe the 36 candles. The Māori believe the god Tāne commanded 36 gods to assemble the first human before he would breathe life into her body.

… and of course Wu-tang.

Maybe SRAM is onto something here? Or maybe your cross bike’s CX-1 kit just got a lot more versatile. The CX1 11-36t cassette hits your local bike shop in January, just in time to bring it to Austin for Cross Nats… You’re gonna need it!

Dec 1, 2014 8 comments
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Mike Flanigan Closes ANT to Work for Seven Cycles
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Last month, Mike Flanigan made the announcement that he’ll be closing the doors to ANT and accepting a welding position at Seven Cycles. Mike is very much tied to the Boston-area and frame building, originally working for Fat City Cycles and more recently, opening a small frame-building school of his own, all while making his “Alternative Needs Transportation” bikes.

The Northeast is the US’ backbone for framebuilding and it’s sad to see Mike close ANT, but I’m glad to see he’ll still be making frames.

If you’d like to help Mike out with his relocation costs, he’s selling commemorative shirts, hats, chainrings and head badges as a meager fundraiser. Head over to the ANTBikeMike blog for more details.

Dec 1, 2014 5 comments
The LA Times Covers Car on Bicycle Hit and Runs
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These days, you rarely see anything positive written about bikes in online news sites. With cycling in American cities on a steady climb, drivers are having to learn to cope with more people on bicycles in “their streets”.

With all the distractions offered by cell phone use and excessive multi-tasking while driving, often times this results in car on bike accidents. Some drivers will stop upon striking a cyclist, but there are hundreds of hit and run cases each year in Los Angeles… Which is what sparked this great online piece.

Head over to LA Times to check it out! I love the portraits.

Dec 1, 2014 No comments yet
Busyman Bicycles: House Industries and Richard Sachs
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Melbourne’s own Mick Peel and his saddle restoration / bar tape company Busyman Bicycles makes saddles for some of the world’s top frame builders. Take one of his latest creations as example. This Specialized Romin saddle and matching tape were designed to finish off a House Industries Richard Sachs frame. Which one? I have no idea but it’s going to look so good.

Holler at Mick for some custom work of your own.

Dec 1, 2014 No comments yet
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Urban Velo Announces Final Issue
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Urban Velo announced today that Issue 45 will be their final issue of the magazine. For over seven years, Urban Velo has covered various events, products and movements within the urban cycling realm and I’ve always been a fan of their work. It’s sad to see another print magazine fold, but I’m sure we’ll be seeing Jeff and Brad around.

Bid adieu by downloading their 45th and final issue at Urban Velo.

Dec 1, 2014 No comments yet
RELoad Bags: Leave Nothing Behind Collection

RELoad has been making custom bags longer than just about anyone else and their newest collection continues that tradition. Each piece was hand printed by Mari Montacelli, then assembled by Ellie Lum and Mari Montacelli in the RELoad SF studio.

See the Leave Nothing Behind Collection at RELoad!

Dec 1, 2014 No comments yet
…. And We’re Back!
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a skid a day!

Well, we’re back! It was a fun, windy and sunny time but we made it home mostly in one piece. Expect updates to the site all day tomorrow and once I get my film developed, I’ll post up our route, as well as some selects.

’til then, check out our Instagram accounts: @johnprolly, @dwntwnbikr, @messengerofjustice and @jkneve

I hope you had a great weekend!

Nov 30, 2014 2 comments
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The UCLA Fowler Museum: Round Trip Bicycling Asia Minor 1891
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This is really, really last minute, but I missed out on posting this on Friday, so read up!

“In the summer of 1890, two young Americans William Sachtleben and Thomas Allen Jr. set off to circle the globe on new-fangled “safety” bicycles, prototypes of the modern bike. Over the next three years, they pedaled 18,000 miles across three continents and helped spark the great bicycle boom that transformed cycling into the wildly popular form of recreation and means of transportation we know today.

Using a new, compact Kodak camera, the young men captured 1,200 spontaneous snapshots on cellulose nitrate-based film negatives while crossing Europe and Asia. A third of these images survived and are held by UCLA Library Special Collections.

OUR VISION:
To celebrate the exhibition and the last century of cycling, the Fowler Museum at UCLA is collaborating with the Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition, Golden Saddle Cyclery, and on-campus partners UCLA Bike Shop, Bike UCLA, Bicycle Coalition at UCLA, and UCLA Transportation and Recreation to organize a fun-filled day of activities centered around the bicycle in March 2015. We hope to offer campus rides, bike repair tutorials, bike rodeos for tykes, bike decorating projects and lots more.

On January 11, 2015, the exhibition curator, author, and historian David V. Herlihy will be in Los Angeles for a lecture and reception to celebrate Round Trip.

To make this vision a reality, we are partnering with UCLA Spark to raise $7,500 by December 2!”

Help support this at UCLA!

Nov 30, 2014 1 comment
Strawfoot Arcade Socks
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Garrett from Strawfoot just dropped these on me:

“Just in time for our annual Cold Cuts sale, we designed a sock for the Fresh Air-Hunter cyclocross team that expresses the our passion for ‘80s arcade games, pizza parties and racing bikes in the dirt. From Friday through Sunday (11/28-11/30), get 25% everything in our online shop when you use the promo code: COLDCUTS.”

So good! Swoop at Strawfoot!

Nov 28, 2014 2 comments
I Just Wanted to Thank You
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This always comes across as cheesy, but I really do want to thank the readers of this site. We work hard over here to keep things positive and we really try to do our best at representing what the Radavist means to us and most of all, the importance of having fun on your bike.

It’s easy to be negative in the comments and thankfully, most of you keep it civil with appropriate discourse. While it’s not always easy running things over here, it’s worth while and we’re all very grateful for the community that exists on the site.

So yeah, it’s cheesy but thank you!

Nov 27, 2014 20 comments
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