Category Archives: Products
The Vanilla Bicycles x Chris McNally Collection
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I love seeing projects like this form. Especially when it’s got Chris McNally involved. That man is so talented. Here’s the scoop from Vanilla:

“Born out of a friendship and shared love of impractical vehicles and the clean aesthetic of 60’s and 70’s road racing, this project represents the culmination of seeds planted a few years ago. When Sacha started in on a design for the new Vanilla kit, he was reminded of how garish modern team gear has become. Thinking about what the design could be, he wanted to evoke the beauty and simplicity of past designs, while keeping the forward-looking feel the Workshop believes in…”

Check out more below!

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Dec 2, 2014 1 comment
Review: Blackburn’s Barrier Universal Panniers
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Products that are designed to work within a system, but also operate just fine on their own are crucial to a brand. What if I don’t want to use your company’s rack? No problem. Blackburn’s Barrier Panniers are meant to be integrated into their Interlock racks – a system that allows you to lock your panniers for security while running errands around town – yet they work with any rack, even low-riders.

I recently gave these Barrier Universal panniers a go on a three day bicycle camping tour and loved them. Check out more below.

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Dec 2, 2014 10 comments
Retired Goods is Back
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You might remember this brand from a few years back. Retired Goods started off as Retired Belts, old bicycle tires that were shredded and made into belts. Now the line has grown into dog leashes and blanket roll carriers. Head over to Retired Goods to see more!

Dec 2, 2014 1 comment
The Radavist Holiday Kinda Sorta Need List
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Let’s face it, if you’re reading this blog, chances are, you don’t really need anything, in the survival sense. Sure, the holidays are great for many things, most of which bearing more importance than sharing gifts. Bike rides, warm drinks, hiking, camping, all of which are for the most part, free for you to share with friends and family.

That said, it’s a lot of fun sharing gifts and whatever, it’s a once a year kinda thing. Most of these gifts are gauged around lifestyle and camping but all have a place in your day-to-day use.

Every holiday season, we compile a list of products that have piqued our interest here at the Radavist. Most of which are made domestically, be it Japan, Germany, the US and the UK. This year, because I know everyone’s on a budget we’re doing it a bit different, offering up alternatives that are more affordable… Only because I don’t want this list to be alienating.

When you can, buy locally. Did you know your local bike shop can also order camping gear from QBP? Now you do!

Check out the Radavist Holiday Kinda Sorta Need List below!

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Dec 1, 2014 12 comments
SRAM’s CX1 Force Cassette Gets Bigger with 11-36t
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Up from the 36 chambers!

Any numerologist will tell you that 36 is highly significant. It is both the square of 6 as well as what is referred to as a triangular number, resulting in a square triangular number. To top that, 36 is the smallest square triangular number other than 1.

Religious scholars will note its significance throughout early doctrine. In the Midrash, God created light on the first day and it shined for 36 hours. Since we’re near Hannukah, observe the 36 candles. The Māori believe the god Tāne commanded 36 gods to assemble the first human before he would breathe life into her body.

… and of course Wu-tang.

Maybe SRAM is onto something here? Or maybe your cross bike’s CX-1 kit just got a lot more versatile. The CX1 11-36t cassette hits your local bike shop in January, just in time to bring it to Austin for Cross Nats… You’re gonna need it!

Dec 1, 2014 8 comments
Mike Flanigan Closes ANT to Work for Seven Cycles
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Last month, Mike Flanigan made the announcement that he’ll be closing the doors to ANT and accepting a welding position at Seven Cycles. Mike is very much tied to the Boston-area and frame building, originally working for Fat City Cycles and more recently, opening a small frame-building school of his own, all while making his “Alternative Needs Transportation” bikes.

The Northeast is the US’ backbone for framebuilding and it’s sad to see Mike close ANT, but I’m glad to see he’ll still be making frames.

If you’d like to help Mike out with his relocation costs, he’s selling commemorative shirts, hats, chainrings and head badges as a meager fundraiser. Head over to the ANTBikeMike blog for more details.

Dec 1, 2014 5 comments
Busyman Bicycles: House Industries and Richard Sachs
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Melbourne’s own Mick Peel and his saddle restoration / bar tape company Busyman Bicycles makes saddles for some of the world’s top frame builders. Take one of his latest creations as example. This Specialized Romin saddle and matching tape were designed to finish off a House Industries Richard Sachs frame. Which one? I have no idea but it’s going to look so good.

Holler at Mick for some custom work of your own.

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