Speedvagen’s California Fit Tour

Speedvagen is super excited to travel south for another round of their official Speedvagen California Fitting Tour. While on the road, they will be sharing stories of steel bikes, stopping to surf along the way, and enjoying the California sunshine on some rides. First up is a stop in San Francisco at Taylor Stitch, June 22nd-25th.

‘Vagen will then head south and set up at Golden Saddle Cyclery in Los Angeles, from June 28th-30th. There will be events, bikes on display, as well as doing fittings for new Speedvagen customers at both locations. If you are in the area, stop into either location to learn everything you’d like to know about the brand, the bikes, and the people who make the wheels spin at their Portland-based shop.

Spaces are filling up fast so reach out to [email protected] to book your fitting spot.

May 16, 2018 1 comment
Bike Jerks HQ: The Tale of the Ritchey Prototype Bi-Plane Fork Crown

Bike Jerks HQ: The Tale of the Ritchey Prototype Bi-Plane Fork Crown
Words and photos by Jeff Frane

Behold, perhaps the coolest thing that has crossed my path since I inadvertently started collecting vintage bicycle stuff. One of the rarest for certain. What you’re feasting your hungry eyes upon is one of the few examples of the legendary bi-plane fork crown that Tom Ritchey produced during the heady and formative year of 1983. Now, I have no actual idea how many exist, I should probably ask Tom, but I’ll leave the actual journalism to the professionals. Or the commenters.

It never saw production, as Tom instead decided to focus on the uni-crown, but was later famously copied by Grant Peterson for his legendary MB-1. How was this acquired? Well, my good friend Jeff Schmidt purchased it directly from Tom to potentially use to build a fork for a giant size Ritchey he had previously acquired. See below for their correspondence. (more…)

May 15, 2018 7 comments
Rapha Enters the Saddle Market With Various Widths

Made by Selle Italia in Italy and designed from scratch by Rapha over the past two years, these new saddles offer the stylings of classic and pro team Rapha apparel, on one of the most essential parts of your bicycle. These saddles are vailable in various widths, with or without cut-outs, are easy to fit your tush with their saddle width calculator, and are in stock now at Rapha.

May 15, 2018 11 comments
The Breadwinner G-Road 27.5 Road Bike

While our first introduction to Breadwinner’s G-Road bike here on the Radavist showed the frame built up as a dirt-shredder, the latest builds from the Portland-based frame building outfit have these bikes built up as all-day endurance road or randonneuring bikes. Even though I live in a dry and arid environment, I’ve always loved the way a fendered 650b or 27.5 bike looks. Breadwinner is able to build these bikes to custom spec, including provisions for racks, fenders, generator lamps, or just stripped down and ready to get dirty off-road rigs, all with a sick Igleheart segmented fork. Head to Breadwinner Cycles to see more information.

May 14, 2018 2 comments
Manual for Speed Interviewed Sagan

This is it. A whopping 15 Minutes, 20 Questions and 32 Fun Facts with Peter Sagan from Manual for Speed!

“Manual For Speed interviewed Peter Sagan on the tarmac in the Truckee International Airport in front of an airplane and a custom gold Specialized Diverge. We didn’t ask him about racing and bikes because it’s already been done at least a hundred million times. Also its our opinion most of that stuff is either self-explanatory or immaterial. Bottomline, you only have to watch him race once to know that he’s is the most relevant, sexiest, Most Animal cyclist currently racing. No, MFS asked him a series of hard-hitting and deeply personal questions about the man, Peter Sagan. And in response, we learned a minimum of 32 illuminating insights into how the youngest member of the Pantheon For Speed works. #humanathletesvisualvideoshowcase”

May 11, 2018 13 comments
Paul Component Engineering: Boxcar Stems in 110mm

The Boxcar stem is Paul Component’s flagship stem design and it’s now available in a 110mm length, perfect for a road, all-road, or cross bike. These stems are made in Chico, come in 7º, in black, silver, or polished and are in stock now, shipping direct from Paul, or available for ordering at your local dealer.

May 11, 2018 3 comments
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Speedvagen’s California Fit Tour

Speedvagen is super excited to travel south for another round of their official Speedvagen California Fitting Tour. While on the road, they will be sharing stories of steel bikes, stopping to surf along the way, and enjoying the California sunshine on some rides. First up is a stop in San Francisco at Taylor Stitch, June 22nd-25th.

‘Vagen will then head south and set up at Golden Saddle Cyclery in Los Angeles, from June 28th-30th. There will be events, bikes on display, as well as doing fittings for new Speedvagen customers at both locations. If you are in the area, stop into either location to learn everything you’d like to know about the brand, the bikes, and the people who make the wheels spin at their Portland-based shop.

Spaces are filling up fast so reach out to [email protected] to book your fitting spot.

May 16, 2018 1 comment
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Bike Jerks HQ: The Tale of the Ritchey Prototype Bi-Plane Fork Crown

Bike Jerks HQ: The Tale of the Ritchey Prototype Bi-Plane Fork Crown
Words and photos by Jeff Frane

Behold, perhaps the coolest thing that has crossed my path since I inadvertently started collecting vintage bicycle stuff. One of the rarest for certain. What you’re feasting your hungry eyes upon is one of the few examples of the legendary bi-plane fork crown that Tom Ritchey produced during the heady and formative year of 1983. Now, I have no actual idea how many exist, I should probably ask Tom, but I’ll leave the actual journalism to the professionals. Or the commenters.

It never saw production, as Tom instead decided to focus on the uni-crown, but was later famously copied by Grant Peterson for his legendary MB-1. How was this acquired? Well, my good friend Jeff Schmidt purchased it directly from Tom to potentially use to build a fork for a giant size Ritchey he had previously acquired. See below for their correspondence. (more…)

May 15, 2018 7 comments
Rapha Enters the Saddle Market With Various Widths

Made by Selle Italia in Italy and designed from scratch by Rapha over the past two years, these new saddles offer the stylings of classic and pro team Rapha apparel, on one of the most essential parts of your bicycle. These saddles are vailable in various widths, with or without cut-outs, are easy to fit your tush with their saddle width calculator, and are in stock now at Rapha.

May 15, 2018 11 comments
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The Breadwinner G-Road 27.5 Road Bike

While our first introduction to Breadwinner’s G-Road bike here on the Radavist showed the frame built up as a dirt-shredder, the latest builds from the Portland-based frame building outfit have these bikes built up as all-day endurance road or randonneuring bikes. Even though I live in a dry and arid environment, I’ve always loved the way a fendered 650b or 27.5 bike looks. Breadwinner is able to build these bikes to custom spec, including provisions for racks, fenders, generator lamps, or just stripped down and ready to get dirty off-road rigs, all with a sick Igleheart segmented fork. Head to Breadwinner Cycles to see more information.

May 14, 2018 2 comments
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Manual for Speed Interviewed Sagan

This is it. A whopping 15 Minutes, 20 Questions and 32 Fun Facts with Peter Sagan from Manual for Speed!

“Manual For Speed interviewed Peter Sagan on the tarmac in the Truckee International Airport in front of an airplane and a custom gold Specialized Diverge. We didn’t ask him about racing and bikes because it’s already been done at least a hundred million times. Also its our opinion most of that stuff is either self-explanatory or immaterial. Bottomline, you only have to watch him race once to know that he’s is the most relevant, sexiest, Most Animal cyclist currently racing. No, MFS asked him a series of hard-hitting and deeply personal questions about the man, Peter Sagan. And in response, we learned a minimum of 32 illuminating insights into how the youngest member of the Pantheon For Speed works. #humanathletesvisualvideoshowcase”

May 11, 2018 13 comments
Paul Component Engineering: Boxcar Stems in 110mm

The Boxcar stem is Paul Component’s flagship stem design and it’s now available in a 110mm length, perfect for a road, all-road, or cross bike. These stems are made in Chico, come in 7º, in black, silver, or polished and are in stock now, shipping direct from Paul, or available for ordering at your local dealer.

May 11, 2018 3 comments
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