These jerseys Team Dream designed to commemorate Circles Japan’s 10th anniversary came out great! Getting your hands on one might be a bit of a challenge, but we can all dream, right?
When I used to live in New York, a common bicycle travel hack I’d use were these portfolio cases from Chinatown. They were awesome for flying with a road, track or ‘cross bike but required you to take almost your entire bike apart. Small bike travel bags are great. You can sometimes sneak them on board for less than the bicycle check fee and you don’t have to lug around a big case or box through airports. Using what they’ve learned over the past few years of traveling with bikes around the globe, Mash contact San Diego’s Jandd to build a bicycle travel bag based on their design input. These bags will fit a road, track or ‘cross bike. Perhaps even an S&S tourer, but I’ve yet to confirm that. They’re in stock now at Mash, so if your interest is piqued, like mine is, head over there to check them out.
While Summer’s a way out still, these Tomii Cycles watermelon caps are good year round. If you can get your hands on one. Made in Austin, Texas by Rothera Caps. They’re back in stock now, so head to Tomii to swoop!
Bringing back the S2-R jersey for 2017, Search and State evolved the piece to be leaner, meaner, and lighter evolution the original. Made in New York, with durable construction and in stock now. Check out more information at Search and State.
Ok, maybe you can call it a ‘cross bike, because that’s truly what it is at its roots. Before we get ahead of ourselves here, let’s take a step back. There are stigmas attached with the words “commuter” “city” “townie” and even “cross” bike. There are certain checklists that apply to each of those permutations. The most notable being fender and rack provisions. Even with the latter, “cross” purists want drop bars and 32mm tires for a bike to be true to its UCI roots. This bike has no provisions for racks or fenders, is sold with a 40mm tire, flat bars and a bell. It’s not as much as it is. It is whatever you want it to be. (more…)
It was a game changer when 1x drivetrains made the leap from mountain bikes to drop bar bikes. Last year when RaceFace purchased Easton, the merger promised a bit of cross-pollination between RaceFace’s MTB technology and Easton’s road 1x systems. The EC90 SL crank adopted RaceFace’s Cinch system, allowing it to utilize direct mount 1x chainrings and direct mount 2x spiders, all in a road q-factor and chainline. This makes for an incredibly versatile crank interface that not only looks good, but in my opinion, out performs many other cranks. I’ve been riding the EC90 SL cranks on my firefly with a 38t direct mount on SRAM’s 1x Force system with a 10-42t cassette. Mounting them was easy, and there’s a new found confidence in Easton’s beefy bottom bracket. Especially when compared to SRAM’s GXP offering which always seems to creak right out of the box. (more…)
Like big, chunky tires on your mountain bike or touring bike? Have an addiction to carbon rims on said bikes? Check out the WTB CI31 rims. 31mm interior rim width, strong as hell and in stock now. Head to WTB to read more and your local dealer for ordering.
Cool Stuff at Frostbike
Photos by Kyle Kelley and words by John Watson
Frostbike. It’s part party, part bike industry tradeshow and all fun. Each year, Quality Bicycle Products, the largest distributor for bike shops in the US, invites a handful of media and tons of shop owners to its facilities in Bloomington, just outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Once within its walls, attendees get a sneak peek at many of the brands QBP carries’ newest offerings.
This year, we didn’t line anyone up to cover the event, but Kyle was there for his shop, Golden Saddle Cyclery. Because he is a shop owner and a regular contributor to the Radavist, Kyle’s eye for what is “cool” really resonates. You’ll see a lot from the brands commonly featured here on the site and if you’ve got any questions, just drop them in the comments.
Niner’s tried and true RLT 9 Steel platform got some upgrades with its latest model. These upgrades include flat mount disc brakes, more bottle bosses, mounts on the fork as well as a bolt-on top tube bag attachment. These frames will fit a 1.75″ tire, as well as double and triple cranksets. The new RLT 9 Steel is available in 1-star up to 4-star builds from both Shimano and SRAM. Head to Niner to see more.
“We often receive pictures from customers who have used their Bullitt boxes to build playhouses and dens for their children. If they are saving the boxes and getting inventive with them anyway, we thought it would be nice to do something unique and original with the boxes.” says Larry vs Harry’s owner Hans Fogh.