Cadence: New Saddle Bags
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I know this is also floating in the sidebar ad column, but I’m stoked to see these new saddle bags from Cadence. There’s an option for everyone too! Made in the USA.

See more at Cadence.

Aug 19, 2014 2 comments
Myles Apparel
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Two of my favorite SF-based brands, Taylor Stitch and Huckberry teamed up to design, develop and produce a new apparel company. Myles Apparel’s first product are four-way stretch athletic shorts. Made from nylon and spandex, these shorts’ pricepoint lands in much lower than other comparable products made from more tech fabrics like Polartec or Schoeller but have similar functionality.

The best part is, they’re priced at $48 for an introductory offer…

Head over to Myles Apparel to pre-order. I ordered black, but I’m thinking I should have sprung for turquoise instead.

Aug 19, 2014 1 comment
Team Dream-Designed Caps for the Ritte Women’s Team
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Photo by Matt Irwin

This is a long one, so I’ll just paste it in, ok?

“The ladies from Ritte asked me to help design a cap for their trip to Ras Na mBan stage race. Kelli sent me the Ritte logo, asked me to match the “fabulous” font on their team kit and said “make it look Team Dreamy!”. The caps came out pretty cool & everybody knows both TDBT & Ritte like to party, so Matt decided to have a little fun with the imagery. Hope you guys dig them…because I sure do!

The team will use the proceeds to help take them to Ireland where they will participate in the country’s premier women’s stage race Ras Na mBan which takes place over six stages in five days and covers 427km. This is the second year running that the Ritte Women’s Team will compete in the event.

The Ritte Women’s Cycling Team is a boutique-sized assembly of determined women who share a passion for racing bikes. In a culture of power profiles, recovery tights and carbon bottle cage bolts, it’s nice to be reminded there are still girls out there who just wanna go fast and have a blast. Because bikes are fun. Riding is fun. Racing is fun. Oh, and winning races every now and then ain’t too shabby either.

Pick up a cap, look “FABULOUS” & help these ladies get to Ireland.”

Aug 19, 2014 5 comments
Campvibes Communique S14
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I forgot to point out in that last Poler entry the launch of their new Campvibes Communique and this rad painting from an artist whose name escapes me. The quarterly document is 10″ x 12.5″ and is filled with stories, recipes and maybe even some cycling content in the future.

Now, back to this knolling illustration, who’s got a link to the artist’s site?

Aug 19, 2014 1 comment
Royal H Cycles: Bad Larry SSCX Bike for Sale
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Yikes! This bike looks like a real ripper. Bryan from Royal H Cycles built up this exquisite singlespeed ‘cross bike for the Bike Cult show in NYC and it’s now available for sale. The price is $3500 as shown, with a 57cm seat tube and 56.5cm top tube (center to center). I think that’s a great price, especially for such a unique frame. I’m really loving the lugwork and paint detailing. See more at the Royal H Flickr.

Great work Bryan! If you’re interested, holler at Royal H Cycles.

Aug 18, 2014 2 comments
Poler Stuff: Rainbro Pattern Products in Stock
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After the Oregon Outback, Benji at Poler showed me the sample tents, covered in his new “Rainbro” pattern, I lost my shit. Poler’s making some big moves in the next few weeks, some of which involves The Radavist, so stay tuned. Til then, head over to Poler and see all the new products – One Man Tent, Two Man Tent and Napsacks – covered in “Rainbro”…

Seriously, this is amazing guys!

Aug 18, 2014 4 comments
ENVE Hucks their Rigid MTB Fork into Stores
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Hell yes. If you’re looking for a way to lighten up your hardtail for expedition-style riding, check out the ENVE rigid 29′r fork. When my hardtail shows up, I’ll be trying one of these out for sure.

I love the removable mud fender and adjustable rake.

Wheel size: 29″
Weight: 711g w/fender, 686g w/clasps
Adjustable rake: 44, 52
Axle to crown: 470mm (44 rake), 472mm (52 rake)
Tire clearance: 88mm (3.46
Steerer: 1.125″ to 1.5″ tapered
Steerer length: 300mm
Rotor size: 160 or 180mm
Axle: ENVE 15mm thru

Order now at your local ENVE dealer and see more information at ENVE.

Aug 18, 2014 8 comments
Firefly Bicycles: The Trusty Third Bottle Cage
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From here on out, any bike that goes off-road and could potentially find itself in the wilderness for an extended period of time with have a third bottle cage. They’re life savers.

Not to mention, I’d love to spend some “alone time” with this bike. See more at the Firefly Flickr!

Aug 18, 2014 15 comments
Trek Factory Racing: Jens Voigt Farewell Tour Madone 7 and Kit
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To bid Mr. “Shut Up Legs” adieu, Trek has created a chrome bike, helmet, shoes, and custom kit.

“Jens’ team-issued Madone 7 Series is a chrome-colored vision that took Trek Project One artists more than a week to perfectly polish. Trek designers, having worked with Jens in the past, understood the moments and teams throughout the rider’s seventeen year career that hold the greatest significance and incorporated them through a graphic that runs the length of the top tube. The down tube includes a running tally of the number of souls Voigt has crushed in his career of attacking, though the number is a conservative estimate…”


“The Bontrager Velocis helmet that will adorn Voigt’s head has been painted to match the bike, complete with chrome and a graphic complimenting the artwork appearing across the top tube of his Madone. His Bontrager XXX shoes have been given the same chrome treatment, creating an almost mirrored effect. The Bontrager Race Shop Limited jersey and shorts have also been updated slightly. Written across the back of the jersey is Jens’ goodbye message, “Farewell Fans!”. As if to promise the rest of the peloton that his retirement is real and that their days of futilely chasing the hard-charging German are soon over, the rear panel of his shorts reassures the competition with the message, “One last time”. ”

See more at Trek Factory Racing.

Aug 17, 2014 2 comments
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Firefly Bicycles: The Trusty Third Bottle Cage
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From here on out, any bike that goes off-road and could potentially find itself in the wilderness for an extended period of time with have a third bottle cage. They’re life savers.

Not to mention, I’d love to spend some “alone time” with this bike. See more at the Firefly Flickr!

Aug 18, 2014 15 comments
Trek Factory Racing: Jens Voigt Farewell Tour Madone 7 and Kit
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To bid Mr. “Shut Up Legs” adieu, Trek has created a chrome bike, helmet, shoes, and custom kit.

“Jens’ team-issued Madone 7 Series is a chrome-colored vision that took Trek Project One artists more than a week to perfectly polish. Trek designers, having worked with Jens in the past, understood the moments and teams throughout the rider’s seventeen year career that hold the greatest significance and incorporated them through a graphic that runs the length of the top tube. The down tube includes a running tally of the number of souls Voigt has crushed in his career of attacking, though the number is a conservative estimate…”


“The Bontrager Velocis helmet that will adorn Voigt’s head has been painted to match the bike, complete with chrome and a graphic complimenting the artwork appearing across the top tube of his Madone. His Bontrager XXX shoes have been given the same chrome treatment, creating an almost mirrored effect. The Bontrager Race Shop Limited jersey and shorts have also been updated slightly. Written across the back of the jersey is Jens’ goodbye message, “Farewell Fans!”. As if to promise the rest of the peloton that his retirement is real and that their days of futilely chasing the hard-charging German are soon over, the rear panel of his shorts reassures the competition with the message, “One last time”. ”

See more at Trek Factory Racing.

Aug 17, 2014 2 comments
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Record Shops Supporting Bike Shops in Los Angeles
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Here’s some more of that community building the dudes at Golden Saddle were talking about in that last video. Amoeba Hollywood will have two new GSC shirts for sale tomorrow.

“Bike riding is awesome: no released pollutants, one less car on the road, it’s good for your community and good for YOU. Amoeba Hollywood and Amoeba San Francisco are celebrating bike culture in partnership with the Bicycle Coalitions of L.A. & S.F. and want you to join us Sunday, August 17 12-5pm. Free treats, DJs, and a chance to win cool bike gear and prizes—all while raising funds for the Coalitions!”

Check out more at Amoeba and thanks for the heads, Tracko!

Seriously, support your local record shop, buy vinyl, not MP3s!

Aug 16, 2014 1 comment
Borderline Stupid

There are a lot of motion capture riding segments out there. Like a lot a lot. Mostly it dudes on bikes either working really hard at riding their bikes or putting it all on the line for something completely out of the average riders range. Impressive as some of these edits maybe their formulaic approach coupled with the shear amount of them makes for an experience that is ultimately forgettable.

Enter humor. Kirt Voreis has been infusing VTT with levity and slapstick for as long as I have been reading magazines and in this edit he roped two other Bend, OR super shredders Jamie Goldman and Carson Storch into an hilarious self-discovery cum adventure short that really takes you somewhere. That somewhere is the MTB Mecca, a little place called Whistler. Do it, watch the thing.

Aug 16, 2014 3 comments
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Speedplay Zero Pavé Pedals Enjoy Playing Dirty
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I’ve always wanted to ride Speedplay pedals, but with all the hike-a-bike rides I do, it would wreak havoc on their cleats. I’m sure this isn’t the first time Speedplay’s had that criticism and maybe that’s the motivation behind their new Zero Pavé pedals.

Here’s their selection criteria:

-You enjoy riding in mixed terrain environments, road, gravel, or cobbles
-You demand a high performance pedal in wet and dirty conditions
-You expect to walk on un-paved surfaces

Basically, if you enjoy riding your road bike off-road, these might be your new best friend. Head to your local shop for ordering and if you have tried these out yourself, let us know your thoughts!

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Aug 15, 2014 16 comments
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Chris King Introduces Sour Apple Flavored Components
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Is is bad that I see this and I immediately want to replace a component group from a current bike of mine? For the first time (ever?) Chris King is offering Sour Apple anodized components. Yes, that’s NoThreadSets, InSets, ISOs, R45s, BMX, Wheels, Bottom Brackets, Coffee Tampers and Accessories.

If you’re interested, place orders between September 1st, 2014 and May 1st, 2015.
Shipping begins October 1st, 2014.

See more at Chris King.

Aug 14, 2014 3 comments
Topo Designs: New Rover Pack
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I’ve been thinking that I wanted a backpack that’s just a bit smaller than my 22L Klettersack from Topo Designs and this morning, they announced their new Rover Pack. Made in Colorado at a LEED-certified facility and available in an array of colors.

See more photos below and head to Topo for more information.

Aug 14, 2014 No comments yet
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Aerodynamics and Beards

Personally, I think unless you’re pro, you shouldn’t worry about being “aero bro”, because when you’re pro, someone else worries about it for you. That said, this was pretty fun to watch.

Aug 14, 2014 No comments yet
Winter Bicycles: Volante Road
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Photos by Anthony Bareno

Eric from Winter continues with yet another stunning complete bike. This one is dubbed the Volante. Read on for his explanation of what this bike means to Eric and see more of Anthony’s photos.


“Alis Volat Propriis”- The Oregon State motto meaning “She Flies With Her Own Wings”. The “Volante” (or “Flyer“) was envisioned to echo this spirit of adventure and self reliance.

The “Volante” was designed as an event bike for a full rando season. Designed around wider 700c tires, fenders, and the ability to run disc or optional long reach brakes. The Volante is set up for internal light wiring and optional internal caliper brake routing. It features a Winter French point stem with bell mount and custom removable spacer if the rider chooses to sub in a cable hanger for center pull use. The custom Gothic point rack accents the stem and seat tube details.

Rich cobalt paint and gold box lining by Keith Anderson.

Aug 14, 2014 3 comments
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