Acre has a great feature up showcasing how our friends at Ride Housemartin in New Zealand operate. For those unfamiliar Sven and Anka Martin live in Nelson, NZ. When Sven isn’t on the road being one of the most bad-ass photographers in mountain biking and when Anka isn’t out racing in the EWS, they lead a series of small, guided tours through the mountains of New Zealand. I got to experience it first hand with Santa Cruz back in February during the Stigmata launch. If you’re interested in reading about how Ride Housemartin operates, click on over to Acre!
This is the sixth layout of the Radavist 2015 Calendar, entitled “Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog”. The camera and location are noted on the bottom left of the document.
The sixth month of the year is deservingly the most metal calendar image to date and those of you who are Wolves in the Throne Room fans will note its title. Upon scaling the Mountains of Madness, two recent graduates from Miskatonic University found themselves engulfed by a fog, as they fled from a pack of Shoggoths. Old Ones beware, you’re not catching these gravity bullies.
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Photo by Kyle Kelley
So I can appreciate photos like this. The hotel life struggle is real, so have fun while you’re at it. There’s more to this story coming next week, including a review of the Niner Bikes Ros 9+ so stay tuned.
Vacation. Holiday. 3-day weekends. From Memorial Day until Labor Day, the road is wide open and the sun is putting in overtime. Taking advantage of those days is key to sucking the last drop from life and its possibilities.
Last summer, I bought a 4 banger Tacoma pickup in Portland and it kickstarted a whole series of road trips. Most of which centered around cycling-related themes or events but it was the interstitial spaces and moments that I remember vividly. Sunsets, sunrises, rain, fog, wind. All of these had a specific scent and sensation. Most of which were captured visually throughout those long summer months.
I carried my Mamiya 7ii with me on every trip, loaded with Portra 400 220 film. It wasn’t until recently that I finally sat and dug through it all, compiling a Gallery of these moments and vignettes. They’re mostly in the correct order, beginning in Portland and traveling down south.
A lot of these spots are well-known, others not so much but they all serve one purpose: to inspire you to travel to the West Coast and see what you’re missing. Pardon the succinct nature of this intro, but there’s not much to say. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
Photo by Brian Vernor
It’s nice to see one of the US’ most prominent painters getting some much-deserved exposure. Joe Bell is the man. Hands down. His work has been showcased on many builder’s steel handy work. For an inside look at Joe Bell’s shop, head over to Brian Vernor’s Tumblr. Great photos Brian!
I’ve gotten a lot of emails regarding this bike. We’re dialing in some details and you can expect a thorough review and gallery in the next few weeks… For now, poke around on the Vanilla Workshop Instagram and the #UrbanRacer hashtag for more teasers.
One of my favorite cycling photographers, Jered Gruber has a story up on Exposure, showcasing the art of photography, cycling and story telling. Head over to Exposure to check it out now. When’s the story on Ashley Gruber going up?!
Not that you didn’t notice or anything. Enjoy your weekend!
Photos by Morgan Meredith
New bike day is the best. It’s a special occasion that sometimes merits special attire. Like a suit… Wait, what? Morgan and Brian went up into the San Gabriel mountains to shoot some photos of Brian’s new Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt. Loving the #RubberSideUp photo! Check out the rest, including a short video at Vernor Film.
The boyz at Manual for Speed are getting their tanning on at the Tour of California. Well, now they’re getting hella wet with all the SoCal rain. At any rate, head on over to Manual for Speed check out some delicious pro cycling in wonderful California.