Category Archives: Randomness
Up Nort’ With Angry Catfish – Kyle Kelley
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Up Nort’ With Angry Catfish
Words and Photos by Kyle Kelley

Every year QBP invites people from all over the world to visit Minnesota during the coldest part of winter for Frostbike. Why they chose this time of year I don’t know but I’ve gone twice and wouldn’t trade it for any other bicycle industry event or convention. The people at QBP, and everyone else I’ve met in Minneapolis for that matter, are exactly the kind of people you wanna be hanging out with when it’s below freezing. They want to keep you warm and comfortable and a bit liquored up and I am A-OK with that.

When I found out I was heading to Frostbike again this year, I put the feelers out to see if anyone wanted to do any partying after the event and Josh from Angry Catfish was the first to respond. All he told me was to bring warm stuff and he’d take care of the rest. So, the Monday after Frostbike Josh picked me up and we headed Up Nort’ to the Angry Cabin with Thomas and Parker, also from Angry Catfish. I made a quick assessment of the supplies packed in the truck and all I could see was loads of beer, tons of cured meat, a comically large flask full of Booker’s and four fat bikes!
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Mar 5, 2015 5 comments
Back Home Before Heading Back Out
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Photo by Ryan Wilson

Austin is my home base, however a lot of my time the past few years has been on the road. As such, I’ll be nomadic for the next few weeks, toting my life with me in a duffle bag and a photo backpack, occasionally with a bike in tow. As things calm down, between and after these events, we’ll be sharing content about what the Radavist crew has been up to. Here’s some of what’s in store, and what you can expect to see in the coming months:

-Zipp Factory tour
-NAHBS
-Rouge Roubaix
-Photo Show at Velo Cult
-Eroica California
-Sea Otter

Should your schedule overlap, come say hi. Hopefully, I’ll get to chat bikes with a few of you. While it’s a busy time of year for me and the entire crew at the Radavist, I really enjoy meeting readers and getting feedback from the community.

Mar 1, 2015 8 comments
A Day in Calabasas with Pedalers Fork and Argonaut Cycles
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Southern California is a second home to me, for many reasons, the obvious of which being the excellent cycling and the people that live here. Life’s a bit easier when it’s always sunny and excellent riding is at your finger tips. Perhaps that’s why Ben from Argonaut has always liked the crew at Pedalers Fork in Calabasas. They’ve got world class roads and trails literally surrounding their unique restaurant, coffee and bike shop.

I can’t tell you how many times people attempt this business model, yet Pedalers Fork didn’t just attempt it, they nailed it. Excellent food, great coffee and high end bicycles. Pedalers Fork has created an environment that caters to the local cycling scene with group rides, fund raisers and parties. While their bike is small, they turn out many precision high end builds. Up until this point, they’ve sold only Moots. Not because of any exclusivity deal, but because they were looking for a carbon fiber match to the brand. That’s where Argonaut comes in.

A few weeks ago, Ben from Argonaut asked if I wanted to come out to Calabasas, ride bikes, eat great food and hang out with friends. All to celebrate this new union. Well, that and Ben would be giving a presentation of sorts about the brand to a few select people… and I’d shoot some photos.

We spent the morning riding bikes over the Santa Monica Mountains, with lunch at Pedalers Fork, an afternoon Putt n Pump track action at a secret location before attending a dinner, curated by Chris DiMinno of the Chris King Gourmet Century.

Rough day, huh?

Feb 25, 2015 13 comments
Ended Today With a Great Sunset
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Today’s been a busy one, but those are usually the days where a quick ride will do wonders to reset your mind. Earlier this afternoon, Jonathan and I hit the trails, before shooting photos of his SWorks Epic. The lighting was perfect and this time of year, Central Texas does not disappoint on the weather.

More on this to come…

Feb 17, 2015 1 comment
In New Zealand with HouseMartin and Santa Cruz
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There are worse places to wake up!

I’m in New Zealand with Santa Cruz for a press launch, being guided around its beautiful trails by Sven and Anka Martin of HouseMartin for the week. We’ll be packing in our gear for the next few days, throughout some of the lesser known trail systems.

Unfortunately, because of embargos, I can’t show you what we’re riding just yet and because we’ll be in remote areas, data and wifi will be limited. I’ll try to update the site, but no promises.

You can however follow @TheRadavist on Instagram for updates…

Feb 10, 2015 8 comments
Lance Armstrong Cameos in Future User’s New Music Video
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I’m sure most of you grew up in the Rage Against the Machine era, as well as the US Postal Tour era, so this one will strike two notes. Future User, the side project from Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford features a cameo by Lance Armstrong, where Lance taunts another cyclist by saying “you can never hang”…

The video’s message lies in Future User’s outrage over the misplaced aggression and media hype surrounding doping, insinuating that, essentially, the US has better things to be pissed off about. Turns out, Commerford and Lance are buddies.

Watch the video at Vevo.

Feb 6, 2015 21 comments
Announcement: Disqus Promoted Comments are Turned Off
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Over the past week, Disqus – the comment platform used on the site – added a feature to all forums called Promoted Comments. Their reasoning was something along the lines of “Fortune 500 companies will pay to have their products advertised on your site.” Uh, not cool, guys. Personally, I see features like that on click-hole websites, not on a community like this.

Problem is, there was no “opt out” / “enable” button on the Disqus admin menu. So all forums were forced into this. Which sucks.

After a week of back and forth, mixed in with angry Tweets directed at Disqus, they claim to have disabled them for the Radavist. Hopefully this means they’re gone for good, because they were an eyesore and I apologize.

In the future, if you see any, screenshot them and post them up in the comments, please.

Thanks for your patience…

Jan 24, 2015 12 comments
Manual for Speed: Human Athlete Visual Showcase – Team Clif Bar x The Radavist
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It was last Thursday morning, I believe, when Daniel and Emiliano from Manual for Speed hollered hard at me via SMS about doing a Human Athlete Visual Showcase (HAVS) with Team Clif Bar at our house. Bear in mind, there were about 8 people sleeping at my house during Nats, so it was a mess but who can say no to such adorable photographers?

Saturday morning rolled around and promptly at 11am, MFS and Team Clif Bar entered the house, made us all get into skinsuits and began to do their thing. The resulting photos and a short Q&A is now over at Manual for Speed, so go check it out!

Jan 17, 2015 8 comments