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
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
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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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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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
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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Garrett Chow on the Argonaut Mavic 125ans Road Bike
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Garrett Chow is an exceptional designer and I’m very fond of his work. In today’s industry, so many cycling-related projects rely on paint design, meaning it’s the ultimate crux in a project’s success.

It’s easy to draw some chevrons, or paint a logo a pantone and call it a day, but to really dive into data, something that’s typically not visually stimulating and pull a compelling paint job from a series of numbers and historical markers takes talent.

With the recent Mavic 125ans project bikes, I took a liking to Argonaut‘s design. There was information there and it required you to stop and really examine every aspect of the bike. There were a lot of immaculate paint jobs in the 125ans bikes, but this one was more than that…

See more below!

The Argonaut Mavic 125ans Road Bike
Photos by John Watson and words by Garrett Chow

“I have designed a livery that aims to support and compliment the Mavic 125 Year Anniversary wheel-set that the bike will be built around. I did not want things to fight with, or compete with / overbear the components / wheelset.”

“On the top of the Top Tube, the 7 color blocks represent the 7 eras of Mavic’s logos’ lineage. 1923 to the present. While this timeline does not extend to 1889, and the company’s inception, the 4 additional color blocks on the bike’s rear-triangle reference the company’s 11 (7+4=11) innovation milestones.”

“Extending from:
01) 1889 Idoux & Chanel begin manufacturing bike parts, including the Apron Mudguard;
02) 1923 first Mavic logo and trademark, and manufacture of rims, mudguard, and handlebars; 03) 1934 750 grams Duralumin rim first made: Magne wins TdF by 27 minutes;
04) 1973 first fiberglass lenticular wheel, and neutral support;
05) 1975 anodized rims;
06) 1975 double hook bridged rims for high-pressure tires;
07) 1979 Le Tour Mavic complete system;
08) 1997 Helium Wheels;
09) 1993 ZMS Electronic Derailleur;
10) 1999 fore drilling process on Crossmax and Ksyrium;
11) 2012 CX01 Technology Wheel and Tire System”

“The bike looks modern and fast. I’ve taken great lengths to contain the graphics and color blocking to the character-lines / ID of the frame set. The graphics compliment and truly fit the bike.”

“On the Down Tube, are the corresponding evolution of the company’s branding: from 1923 at the Bottom Bracket, to present day / full expression of Pantone 012C Yellow at the Head Tube junction.”

“Note that the color blocked areas on the Top Tube, Down Tube, and rear triangle are all gloss-finish set against an otherwise all satin-finished raw carbon bike. This will really draw attention and focus to these areas, and consequently, Mavic and its heritage.”

“Note the Seat Post Head graphic I created celebrating and calling out the 1889 to 2014 / 125 Year Anniversary. I’ve also pulled out the Mavic Yellow on the Seat Post clamp, and on the Head Set lower bearing.”

“These elements help tie the bike together when seen as a whole. Note also, that all typography is set in Helvetica Neue, as per Corporate Identity guidelines. All instances of 100% Yellow are Pantone 012C.”

The paint was designed by Garrett Chow and executed by Eric Dungey of Colorworks in Eugene, OR.

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Follow Garrett on Instagram and Argonaut Cycles on Instagram.

Jul 21, 2014 7 comments
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Sagan Goes Brap

Mute the music and just watch Sagan do his thing. Man, someone needs to get this guy racing cross again.

Jul 21, 2014 16 comments
Field Cycles: Sheffield Steel Peloton Road
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Man, I really want to see one of Field Cycles’ bikes in person and even take one on a quick spin one day, especially after seeing what just rolled out of their shop. The Sheffield Steel Peloton Road is a crit racer’s dream ride. Stiff where it matters and just flashy enough. Check out Field’s thoughts on this bike, along with some more photos below!

We wanted to build something special that Sheffield could be proud of to celebrate our part in the Yorkshire Festival leading upto the Tour de France in Yorkshire. This bike is the culmination of our involvement in the ’Sheffield Steel Peloton’ – part of the 100 days of Culture leading upto the Grand Depart.

We set about building a Contemporary Steel race bike, Tom drew up a fantastically celebratory paint design which John applied flawlessly, using only paint and masking. We never use any stickers and it allows us total freedom to create a vibrant, original and unique paint finishes.

The frameset uses a range of tubing from three different manufacturers. Reynolds 853 front triangle and a Columbus Life chainstays, we love these, the shape and ride quality are spot on for a bike like this. Seatstays are taken care of using S-bend Dedaccia tubes, they are made even more elegant with some additional bending and shaping. The frame uses a 44mm i.d oversized headtube, which allows the use of the curvy Whiskey Parts Co 1.125 – 1.25 tapered fork – this really complements the curves at the rear end of the frame.

The frame is fillet brazed with the fillets flawlessly polished back to give a seamless transition from tube to tube, this starts with putting a smooth neat fillet down from the torch and then carefully filing, sanding and polishing them out to an immaculately smooth seamless joint.

HED Uk kindly supplied a pair of Stinger race wheels which finish off the build of this bike beautifully. The weight of these things is incredible. We’re really pleased with this bike, its the result of each of us doing our particular bit as well as we possibly can – each taking on our own part of the process with the collective pursuit of building a beautiful object. It was great to see our hard work being noticed when we won ‘best bicycle’ at the Yorkshire Bike show held at Leeds Town Hall just hours before the peloton embarked on the Tour De France just outside.

Jul 21, 2014 1 comment
ENVE Composites Made a Rad Looking Wheel Backpack

I like seeing companies like ENVE take into consideration that not everyone drives to races. Carrying race or pit wheels on your back is pretty much the norm if you live in a city that has bicycle racing within riding distance from your local shop or house.

See more photos and details below and scoop one of the ENVE Wheel Backpacks up at your local dealer.

Construction:
Water resistant rip stop nylon & water proof zippers
Molded neoprene back panel
Neoprene shoulder straps w/ load lifters
Padded waist belt
Relfective 10″ ENVE logo
Removable wheel carrier

Features:
Cassette grease guard
Stowable helmet holder
Hydration bladder compatible
Padded laptop sleeve fits up to 19″ screen
Fleece media/sunglass pocket w/ audio port
Exterior zippered accessory pocket
Zippered waist belt pockets
Internal velcro accessory pockets for tire & bicycle repair tools

Wheelbag:
Fits up to 2 x 29″ wheels (may need to partially deflate high volume tires)
Individual zippered wheel compartments w/ offset hub protectors
Double padded
Zippered accessory pockets

Jul 21, 2014 3 comments
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Surly: New 650b Straggler and the Return of the Travel Check
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Surly has a few new offerings for the actual 2015, not the “months leading up to the actual new year”. They’ve made the Straggler more crotch-friendly for shorter riders with a 650b option and have brought back the Travel Check.

Head over to Surly to see more new offerings, including a World Troller.

Jul 21, 2014 10 comments
Sklar Bikes: 29+ Singlespeed MTB
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Adam Sklar builds bikes in Bozeman, MT and this is his newest creation: a 29+ MTB with 430mm chainstays and a Fox 32 fork. I love medium format film for shooting bike portraits, especially with a backdrop like that.

Head over to the Sklar Flickr for more!

Jul 21, 2014 5 comments
Copenhagen Bike Messengers

I always love seeing Jumbo!

“Meet Jumbo and Fergie, two bike messengers from Copenhagen, under the preevent for European Cycle Messenger Championship 2014 in Copenhagen. They tell us about how the bike Messenger job changed their life. It’s so much more than money. It’s about speed, friendship, gear and the sense of freedom.”

Jul 21, 2014 2 comments
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