Geoff McFetridge is the Best!

… and I’m stoked to be getting a bike designed by him this year. I first was introduced to Geoff’s work when I used to skateboard religiously, as I’m sure many of you did at one point. Who else had those McFetridge Vandals?

In the 90′s, when skateboarding and larger names like Nike began to look to artists to revitalize their brands, Geoff’s work inspired me. Even in my 30′s I still love seeing what he’s been up to.

Looking good dude and I love seeing race numbers hanging in studios like this.

Jul 24, 2014 4 comments
K-Edge Garmin Mounts and Chain Catchers are Made in the USA

So, the other day, I’m thinking I need to buy a Garmin mount for my new Argonaut, but I didn’t want a plastic one. After seeing the K-Edge mounts all over, but having never owned one, I thought, what the hell, a balleur mount for a balleur bike.

This is a totally random post, but after spending some time at the K-Edge site, I really admire what they’re doing. Buying made in the USA – or any domestically-produced – accessory like this keeps an industry alive and keeps people employed. I’m ok with that.

Check out K-Edge‘s offerings at their site and ask your local bike shop to carry them!

Jul 24, 2014 7 comments
Ritchey Brings Back the Bullmoose Bar in Carbon for 2015
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This classic shape is often rendered in steel and is not the lightest option for a modern day race machine. For those looking for a classic Ritchey look for the XC bike, look no further. 35 years since it was first introduced to the MTB world, the Bullmoose returns. Just as stylish, but a little lighter…

The Ritchey WCS Bullboose features a 9 degree sweep with a 6 degree angle, weighs in at 280 grams for the 80mm and comes in three sizes: 70x720mm, 80x730mm and 90, 100 & 110x740mm. Retail is set at $299.95.

Jul 24, 2014 18 comments
The Fall Winter 2014 Fred Perry Bradley Wiggins Collection
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While Wiggins wasn’t at the tour, it doesn’t mean he’s not always busy. Here’s his latest from UK designer Fred Perry.

“Fred Perry is proud to announce the sixth season of the ongoing collaboration with Sir Bradley Wiggins this AW14. Bradley has been involved in every step of the design process and the Bradley Wiggins Collection reflects the essence of his style.”

See the full collection at Fred Perry.

Jul 24, 2014 No comments yet
Initial Reaction: Brooks C15 Narrow Cambium Saddle
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This saddle has been creating quite the stir and rightfully so. I’ve been riding the C17 on and off for several months and it’s great, but I usually ride a narrower saddle, so it was never ideal. When Brooks England gave me two C15 Cambiums to try out on my bikes, I was eager to see how it felt on my touring bike and a road bike. First up, is my Geekhouse Woodville touring bike.

I’ve been pedaling around today on the C15 and I’m already in love with it… See more below

It’s damn hot in Austin right now and a black leather Swift gets hot pretty easily. I’m not sure if it’s a placebo effect, but the C15 feels considerably cooler – even though it will show a great deal of sweat when you’re done riding. It’s also way more comfortable out of the packaging than my Swift was, which should be of no surprise.

Granted, part of the allure of a traditional Brooks is that magical moment when it finally breaks in. With the C15, there’s no break in period. If anything, the fabric top gets a little less tacky and begins to show age. You don’t need to worry about it getting wet and you’ll never need to adjust it, or care for it.

The hardware for the Cambium saddles is a point of departure from the copper, hand-hammer rivets, but I like the look. Each of the 200 “pre-launch” saddles have a number laser etched on them. One day, Brooks promised me that they’ll do an all black version. Fingers crossed!

Back to the main difference between the C15 and the C17, the width. Granted, the C15′s 140 mm width, when compared to the C17′s width of 162mm might not seem like that big of a deal, but for my sit bones, it’s a huge improvement.

Width and looks are two important qualities in my saddles and with the C15 you get both, along with superb construction, long rails for ideal placement (especially on a PAUL Tall & Handsome seatpost) and Brooks’ legacy of saddle making.

I’ll put in more around town miles and some dirt thrashing before updating you on this unique saddle. Until then, you can sign up at Brooks to try one out yourself!

Jul 23, 2014 23 comments
Dain’s Black Cat Carbon and Steel Road
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Dain from Giro was the key player in the Easton Dream Bike give-aways and now, he’s put together one of his own. Being good friends with Todd from Black Cat and a resident of sunny Santa Cruz, he knew where to go with his idea: a carbon and steel constructed road bike.

See more below!

This frame has a Enve top tube and seat tube with Black Cat lugs and seat mast topper.

The stem/fork/handlebars/wheels are Easton with a Shimano Dura Ace group. The build is topped with a Chris King headset, Praxis BB and King cages.

Because people who ride bikes like old sports cars, the paint was in spired by a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB that Dain saw down the street from the Giro offices at the Canepa Design car museum.

Dain had the following to say about his unique frame:

“I gave Todd my basic measurements and told him that I wanted a bike that was a downhill demon and wicked stable. I said that I wanted to be able to eat a pastrami sandwich (with two hands) on a fast descent… I haven’t found that big, messy sandwich yet, but regular ham and cheese sandwiches haven’t been a problem!”

I hope you find that sandwich one day Dain, until then, enjoy the ride.

Oh and nice sticker!

Jul 23, 2014 2 comments
Find Me and Win Stuff: SoCal Edition – CLAIMED!
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I posted this on Instagram last night, as a challenge to my SoCal readers who happen to enjoy a lot of climbing. If you find this Jackal, you can win. Just do the following:

-Shoot a photo of it on Instagram, tag it #TheRadavist
-Then, email me the road name and an overall photo of the top of the climb.
-The first person who emails me, wins.

I’ll send you a care package filled with some goodies. You want a hint? I put this sticker up while riding in the Malibu area

Shibby Dude claimed this one! Good hustle man! Email me and I’ll get you a fat care package.

Jul 22, 2014 7 comments
Portland Design Works: Ninja™ Pump
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As far as pumps are concerned, the lighter and smaller, the better. If it fits in a jersey pocket, I’m game and it it doesn’t unscrew your valve head in the process, I’m sold. The new Portland Design Works Ninja™ Pump looks like it does all the above (maybe more?).

See more at PDW!

Jul 22, 2014 1 comment
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K-Edge Garmin Mounts and Chain Catchers are Made in the USA

So, the other day, I’m thinking I need to buy a Garmin mount for my new Argonaut, but I didn’t want a plastic one. After seeing the K-Edge mounts all over, but having never owned one, I thought, what the hell, a balleur mount for a balleur bike.

This is a totally random post, but after spending some time at the K-Edge site, I really admire what they’re doing. Buying made in the USA – or any domestically-produced – accessory like this keeps an industry alive and keeps people employed. I’m ok with that.

Check out K-Edge‘s offerings at their site and ask your local bike shop to carry them!

Jul 24, 2014 7 comments
Ritchey Brings Back the Bullmoose Bar in Carbon for 2015
Ritchey_Bullmoose-01

This classic shape is often rendered in steel and is not the lightest option for a modern day race machine. For those looking for a classic Ritchey look for the XC bike, look no further. 35 years since it was first introduced to the MTB world, the Bullmoose returns. Just as stylish, but a little lighter…

The Ritchey WCS Bullboose features a 9 degree sweep with a 6 degree angle, weighs in at 280 grams for the 80mm and comes in three sizes: 70x720mm, 80x730mm and 90, 100 & 110x740mm. Retail is set at $299.95.

Jul 24, 2014 18 comments
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The Fall Winter 2014 Fred Perry Bradley Wiggins Collection
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While Wiggins wasn’t at the tour, it doesn’t mean he’s not always busy. Here’s his latest from UK designer Fred Perry.

“Fred Perry is proud to announce the sixth season of the ongoing collaboration with Sir Bradley Wiggins this AW14. Bradley has been involved in every step of the design process and the Bradley Wiggins Collection reflects the essence of his style.”

See the full collection at Fred Perry.

Jul 24, 2014 No comments yet
Initial Reaction: Brooks C15 Narrow Cambium Saddle
Brooks-B15-cambium-saddle-review-1

This saddle has been creating quite the stir and rightfully so. I’ve been riding the C17 on and off for several months and it’s great, but I usually ride a narrower saddle, so it was never ideal. When Brooks England gave me two C15 Cambiums to try out on my bikes, I was eager to see how it felt on my touring bike and a road bike. First up, is my Geekhouse Woodville touring bike.

I’ve been pedaling around today on the C15 and I’m already in love with it… See more below

It’s damn hot in Austin right now and a black leather Swift gets hot pretty easily. I’m not sure if it’s a placebo effect, but the C15 feels considerably cooler – even though it will show a great deal of sweat when you’re done riding. It’s also way more comfortable out of the packaging than my Swift was, which should be of no surprise.

Granted, part of the allure of a traditional Brooks is that magical moment when it finally breaks in. With the C15, there’s no break in period. If anything, the fabric top gets a little less tacky and begins to show age. You don’t need to worry about it getting wet and you’ll never need to adjust it, or care for it.

The hardware for the Cambium saddles is a point of departure from the copper, hand-hammer rivets, but I like the look. Each of the 200 “pre-launch” saddles have a number laser etched on them. One day, Brooks promised me that they’ll do an all black version. Fingers crossed!

Back to the main difference between the C15 and the C17, the width. Granted, the C15′s 140 mm width, when compared to the C17′s width of 162mm might not seem like that big of a deal, but for my sit bones, it’s a huge improvement.

Width and looks are two important qualities in my saddles and with the C15 you get both, along with superb construction, long rails for ideal placement (especially on a PAUL Tall & Handsome seatpost) and Brooks’ legacy of saddle making.

I’ll put in more around town miles and some dirt thrashing before updating you on this unique saddle. Until then, you can sign up at Brooks to try one out yourself!

Jul 23, 2014 23 comments
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Dain’s Black Cat Carbon and Steel Road
20140710-DZ2_3784 copy

Dain from Giro was the key player in the Easton Dream Bike give-aways and now, he’s put together one of his own. Being good friends with Todd from Black Cat and a resident of sunny Santa Cruz, he knew where to go with his idea: a carbon and steel constructed road bike.

See more below!

This frame has a Enve top tube and seat tube with Black Cat lugs and seat mast topper.

The stem/fork/handlebars/wheels are Easton with a Shimano Dura Ace group. The build is topped with a Chris King headset, Praxis BB and King cages.

Because people who ride bikes like old sports cars, the paint was in spired by a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB that Dain saw down the street from the Giro offices at the Canepa Design car museum.

Dain had the following to say about his unique frame:

“I gave Todd my basic measurements and told him that I wanted a bike that was a downhill demon and wicked stable. I said that I wanted to be able to eat a pastrami sandwich (with two hands) on a fast descent… I haven’t found that big, messy sandwich yet, but regular ham and cheese sandwiches haven’t been a problem!”

I hope you find that sandwich one day Dain, until then, enjoy the ride.

Oh and nice sticker!

Jul 23, 2014 2 comments
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Find Me and Win Stuff: SoCal Edition – CLAIMED!
Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 7.38.50 PM

I posted this on Instagram last night, as a challenge to my SoCal readers who happen to enjoy a lot of climbing. If you find this Jackal, you can win. Just do the following:

-Shoot a photo of it on Instagram, tag it #TheRadavist
-Then, email me the road name and an overall photo of the top of the climb.
-The first person who emails me, wins.

I’ll send you a care package filled with some goodies. You want a hint? I put this sticker up while riding in the Malibu area

Shibby Dude claimed this one! Good hustle man! Email me and I’ll get you a fat care package.

Jul 22, 2014 7 comments
Portland Design Works: Ninja™ Pump
017_web

As far as pumps are concerned, the lighter and smaller, the better. If it fits in a jersey pocket, I’m game and it it doesn’t unscrew your valve head in the process, I’m sold. The new Portland Design Works Ninja™ Pump looks like it does all the above (maybe more?).

See more at PDW!

Jul 22, 2014 1 comment
44 Bikes: A Hunstman to Commute or Shred
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While N+1 may be the theme around here these days (so many bikes!), I love seeing projects like this coming from the 44 Bikes workshop. Murdered-out cross bikes with disc brakes and SRAM Force 11-speed look great, especially with big tires for shredding, but let’s be honest, there’s no sense in forgetting that these bikes make great commuters as well.

See more photos below and thanks to Kris from 44 Bikes for sending this project over!

Jul 22, 2014 6 comments
Modify Watches Does Cycling Brands
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Stoked to see some familiar logos in this one:

Modify Industries, Inc., a San Francisco-based company that designs and manufactures interchangeable watches, announced today their recent collaborations with iconic IBD’s, cycling teams and street cycling heroes.

Following their successful Kickstarter campaign – ‘Mod-To-Order’- Modify Watches can now print-on-demand fully-customized watch designs These are printed and assembled in the San Francisco, CA and Modify is proud to offer the same process to cycling teams and IBD’s. This control over the supply chain and production enables Modify to service both large and small shops, as well as teams.

Modify has made custom watches for SRAM,Pinarello, Ritte Racing, Hodala Cyclocross Team,Cyclehawk, Godspeed Courier and Levi’s GranFondo to name a few. Shops such as One On One Bicycle in Minneapolis and West End Bikes in Portland are signed on to carry custom watches as well as stock options.”

Customize your own at Modify Watches and see more below.


Jul 22, 2014 1 comment
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Le Coq Sportif: Fall Winter 2014 Lookbook
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Cycling apparel designer le Coq Sportif just launched their fall winter 2014 lookbook and all I can think is that summer’s just begun. The brand has really stepped up their technical apparel and accessories, while maintaining their classics. Head over to le Coq Sportif to see their forthcoming offerings.

Jul 22, 2014 2 comments
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