Rubber Side Up Tip
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Getting rad has its price, especially on a MTB and one of the ways to learn you and your bikes limitations is to fall. Here in Texas, that usually means sharp limestone, or brittle, dry mesquite trees are waiting for you on the ground.

One pointer I always try to keep in mind is to always ride with a clean bottle. That just means, no hydration mix or juice. Having a bottle with mix and a bottle with just plain water gives you a means to wash a fresh wound out immediately, rather than waiting to get back to the car or your home.

Wash the wound throughly. Remove any rocks, sand, debris and let it dry. Cover it if you can or just let the air dry it out. Sometimes, even putting sunblock on a fresh wound will sterilize it even more – assuming there’s alcohol in it. Otherwise, carry a small first aid kit in your pack.

Sep 18, 2014 14 comments
Let the Good Times Roll

With Tanner Goods and Cielo!

“Our friends across the river at Chris King and Cielo know how to craft three things extremely well: precision bike components, hand-built frames and tasty food. Every year they bring their love of all three together for the Gourmet Century, a 100-kilometer tour through the countryside with four stops along the route for riders to enjoy some of the best food Portland has to offer.

This year we took the Tanner Goods edition Cielo Sportif Classic out for the daylong tour with a few hundred other riders, both old friends and new riding buddies alike. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the bike yet, take a look at the video above, in our online shop or at our LA Flagship Store.”

Sep 18, 2014 2 comments
Off the Grid with the Cinelli Hobo

This is so rad!

“A new chapter begins with GEO, the ultimate adventure-bike for the offroad travel, which will take you where no one has before. Tested and refined crossing the incredible Darien Gap, the most secluded jungle on the earth, between Columbia and Panama, where the Pan-American road stops.”

See more at Cinelli.

Sep 18, 2014 6 comments
Wet Kits
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Today, Sean, Spencer and I rode mountain bikes at some of our favorite local trails but more importantly, we went swimming afterwards. I can’t get enough of this kind of stuff. Swimming holes are the perfect way to end a ride.

Sep 17, 2014 2 comments
Giro’s Empire VR90 MTB Shoe Blends Comfort and Style
Giro's Empire VR90 MTB Shoe

I really love my limited edition Giro Empire MTB shoes, but like all of my current shoes, when compared to the Vibram Terraduros, I wish they had more grip for walking over slippery rocks and loose roots.

Giro’s really going for it with the Vibram soles on their forthcoming shoe line and included in the bunch are the new Empire VR90 shoes. Shown here in a limited edition blaze orange.

I’ve been putting in some trail time with these and all I can really say is so far, so good. See a few more photos and more words below.

The bottom, showing the full Vibram and Easton EC90 Carbon Fiber integration.

Front of the bottom, with optional placement for cleats.

… and rear at the heel.

The biggest improvement to these shoes is the toe box. My limited edition camo Empires came unglued last summer, so I used two-ton epoxy to re-attach the soles. Since then, they’ve been good to go. Giro’s addressed those issues with a more secure sole integration.

Time will tell whether or not they’ll hold up as well as the Privateers, but I can already notice a difference.

With laces, they’ve got to be secure and the lace loops do just that.

Padding at the heel and Vibram’s slip-reducing sole make these one solid choice for mountain, cross and commuter bikes. While I love the orange, I can’t wait to get a pair of the black ones for a less flashy ride.

These shoes will be at select Giro dealers. Follow their Facebook for updates.

Keep at it, Giro. I’m always anxious to see what’s next!

Sep 17, 2014 6 comments
Yonder Journal: Trail of Tears Permanent
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Man, the latest from Yonder Journal is amazing. Earlier this year, the gang – sorry, I wasn’t able to make this one – headed to the Southern US to embark on an infamous journey: along the trail of tears.

While civilization has sept and crept in since settlement era, a majority of this landscape is still very much alive as it was in the early 1800′s. It was a dark time in our Nation’s history, yet it served as a fantastic stage for a Brovet.

See more at Yonder Journal as the gang traverses the mountains in North Carolina and Tennessee. Also check out more behind the scenes selects below!

Sep 17, 2014 2 comments
The Athletic: Brian Vernor and Chris McNally Cyclocross Shirts
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Man, I feel like this collaboration has been in the works for ages. Two of my favorite artists, working together for one rad brand, the Athletic.

“Brian Vernor and Chris McNally teamed up to make these fantastic t-shirts. This isn’t the first time that these two have teamed up together, but it is something that they have been talking about for a while.

Aaron Bradford and Vernor set out to make this one at Wilder Ranch in Santa Cruz. Just as Brian and McNally did with their other shirt at Townsley Tunnel.

These are the spaces we ride all year round on cross bikes. In the North Cal. it is always cyclocross season, the terrain dictates it.”

See more at the Athletic’s web shop.

Sep 17, 2014 No comments yet
Toof

This video’s so good.

“Meet Joe:
18 years old,
bike thief,
West Ham supporter and would-be charmer.
He owes money around town and must pay it back.
He tries to make good by selling some stolen bikes.
But his past catches up with him. Joe must pay for his misdemeanours.
Tooth for painful tooth.”

Nicely done fellas!

Sep 17, 2014 1 comment
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Rubber Side Up Tip
RubberSideUp-2

Getting rad has its price, especially on a MTB and one of the ways to learn you and your bikes limitations is to fall. Here in Texas, that usually means sharp limestone, or brittle, dry mesquite trees are waiting for you on the ground.

One pointer I always try to keep in mind is to always ride with a clean bottle. That just means, no hydration mix or juice. Having a bottle with mix and a bottle with just plain water gives you a means to wash a fresh wound out immediately, rather than waiting to get back to the car or your home.

Wash the wound throughly. Remove any rocks, sand, debris and let it dry. Cover it if you can or just let the air dry it out. Sometimes, even putting sunblock on a fresh wound will sterilize it even more – assuming there’s alcohol in it. Otherwise, carry a small first aid kit in your pack.

Sep 18, 2014 14 comments
Let the Good Times Roll

With Tanner Goods and Cielo!

“Our friends across the river at Chris King and Cielo know how to craft three things extremely well: precision bike components, hand-built frames and tasty food. Every year they bring their love of all three together for the Gourmet Century, a 100-kilometer tour through the countryside with four stops along the route for riders to enjoy some of the best food Portland has to offer.

This year we took the Tanner Goods edition Cielo Sportif Classic out for the daylong tour with a few hundred other riders, both old friends and new riding buddies alike. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the bike yet, take a look at the video above, in our online shop or at our LA Flagship Store.”

Sep 18, 2014 2 comments
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Off the Grid with the Cinelli Hobo

This is so rad!

“A new chapter begins with GEO, the ultimate adventure-bike for the offroad travel, which will take you where no one has before. Tested and refined crossing the incredible Darien Gap, the most secluded jungle on the earth, between Columbia and Panama, where the Pan-American road stops.”

See more at Cinelli.

Sep 18, 2014 6 comments
Wet Kits
Sean-2

Today, Sean, Spencer and I rode mountain bikes at some of our favorite local trails but more importantly, we went swimming afterwards. I can’t get enough of this kind of stuff. Swimming holes are the perfect way to end a ride.

Sep 17, 2014 2 comments
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Giro’s Empire VR90 MTB Shoe Blends Comfort and Style
Giro's Empire VR90 MTB Shoe

I really love my limited edition Giro Empire MTB shoes, but like all of my current shoes, when compared to the Vibram Terraduros, I wish they had more grip for walking over slippery rocks and loose roots.

Giro’s really going for it with the Vibram soles on their forthcoming shoe line and included in the bunch are the new Empire VR90 shoes. Shown here in a limited edition blaze orange.

I’ve been putting in some trail time with these and all I can really say is so far, so good. See a few more photos and more words below.

The bottom, showing the full Vibram and Easton EC90 Carbon Fiber integration.

Front of the bottom, with optional placement for cleats.

… and rear at the heel.

The biggest improvement to these shoes is the toe box. My limited edition camo Empires came unglued last summer, so I used two-ton epoxy to re-attach the soles. Since then, they’ve been good to go. Giro’s addressed those issues with a more secure sole integration.

Time will tell whether or not they’ll hold up as well as the Privateers, but I can already notice a difference.

With laces, they’ve got to be secure and the lace loops do just that.

Padding at the heel and Vibram’s slip-reducing sole make these one solid choice for mountain, cross and commuter bikes. While I love the orange, I can’t wait to get a pair of the black ones for a less flashy ride.

These shoes will be at select Giro dealers. Follow their Facebook for updates.

Keep at it, Giro. I’m always anxious to see what’s next!

Sep 17, 2014 6 comments
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Yonder Journal: Trail of Tears Permanent
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Man, the latest from Yonder Journal is amazing. Earlier this year, the gang – sorry, I wasn’t able to make this one – headed to the Southern US to embark on an infamous journey: along the trail of tears.

While civilization has sept and crept in since settlement era, a majority of this landscape is still very much alive as it was in the early 1800′s. It was a dark time in our Nation’s history, yet it served as a fantastic stage for a Brovet.

See more at Yonder Journal as the gang traverses the mountains in North Carolina and Tennessee. Also check out more behind the scenes selects below!

Sep 17, 2014 2 comments
The Athletic: Brian Vernor and Chris McNally Cyclocross Shirts
DSCF9775_SQ

Man, I feel like this collaboration has been in the works for ages. Two of my favorite artists, working together for one rad brand, the Athletic.

“Brian Vernor and Chris McNally teamed up to make these fantastic t-shirts. This isn’t the first time that these two have teamed up together, but it is something that they have been talking about for a while.

Aaron Bradford and Vernor set out to make this one at Wilder Ranch in Santa Cruz. Just as Brian and McNally did with their other shirt at Townsley Tunnel.

These are the spaces we ride all year round on cross bikes. In the North Cal. it is always cyclocross season, the terrain dictates it.”

See more at the Athletic’s web shop.

Sep 17, 2014 No comments yet
Toof

This video’s so good.

“Meet Joe:
18 years old,
bike thief,
West Ham supporter and would-be charmer.
He owes money around town and must pay it back.
He tries to make good by selling some stolen bikes.
But his past catches up with him. Joe must pay for his misdemeanours.
Tooth for painful tooth.”

Nicely done fellas!

Sep 17, 2014 1 comment
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Perspective on Cross Vegas
2014 Cross Vegas

Let me begin this by saying this is by no means a pitty party post (PPP), it’s more of an open letter, or apology – the latter of which I’m still not sure I owe to anyone, but it’s easier to make mends than it is to carve a soap box from stone. And I suck at using a chisel.


This perspective is from my photo spot for the evening, at the Giro VIP tent, the epicenter of it all. Coincidentally, Giro issued a statement on their Facebook.

Cross Vegas, year after year, is a giant event where people from all over the USA come to enjoy an evening of racing. Yes, it’s also a party. Beer and alcohol are served, people get drunk and have a good time. Each year, racers air the flyover, take beer handups, get heckled and best of all, race bikes. I can recall beer being sprayed in some capacity every year I’ve been in attendance, during the Wheelers and Dealers event…

This year, it was elevated and not in some insignificant metric. It was exponentially elevated, even during the pro race. Beer was thrown, “hooker cards” were thrown, words were thrown. Even trucker hats from a components company were thrown at the pro field.

It was disrespectful and looking back on it, I’m not happy with my behavior either. While I didn’t throw anything, I certainly engaged with the behavior by encouraging beer handups, joining in with the shouting / heckling and yes, documenting it with my camera.

Initially, I didn’t think I did anything wrong. I’m just there, shooting photos, documenting the race. No harm done, right? Well… right and wrong.

My modus operandi for the Radavist is about having fun and trying to not take cycling so seriously, but even this went over the line, considerably. I think Dan Chabanov’s perspective is spot on. People want to party at cross races and people want to race. Don’t push the party on people who want to race and vice versa…

“I know of no racer, not one, who’s going to begrudge anyone the right to have a great time at a cyclocross race. We want you to come out and have a swell time. But don’t show up if your goal is to force the party on the racers. The flip side of the super-serious bike racer is the ass yelling at that racer to have more fun.” – Dan Chabanov

So, where am I going with this? I’m not sure exactly. As I said, I didn’t throw anything all evening, except for some high fives, but I could have done less to encourage the beer throwing. Part of growing a community is nurturing it and making it a positive environment.

All I want is for cycling to be a positive community and I know that I’ve got a reputation in the industry for being a party animal, but I’ve never been accused of being disrespectful. Not like last week. It bums me out, but I can’t say that because I’m sure Sven and Lars were pretty bummed out as well.

All the phone calls, emails, comments, Tweets, Instagram comments from anonymous trolls, (mis)directed at me had me in a deep, dark place. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt that way and I needed a solid few days on the bike to clear my head and gain perspective.

It’s tough to even comment on it, but I can say that if I could relive that evening, I would have handled the situation a lot differently and in saying that, I’m admitting wrong doing. Encouraging raucous behavior at a professional race is in no way cool, or acceptable, so for that, I apologize.

Please, please, please, let’s all take a moment to learn from this and move forward into the rest of the season with a positive perspective. Partying is great, taking racing seriously is great, just don’t push either on people. Having fun is important to me, but being responsible takes precedence.

Love you guys,

John

Sep 16, 2014 31 comments
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