Category Archives: Randomness
This week I’m leaving the sunny confines of Southern California for Nutmeg Country, to the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. In case you weren’t aware, this year’s event is in Hartford, Connecticut and takes place this weekend. That’s February 16-18. So if you’re in the area, come find me as I’m in the throughs of documenting some of the year’s craziest bikes… If you want to refresh 2017’s coverage, check out the archives. As always, drop a note here or on Instagram for bikes you’d like to see documented and expect nothing but the highest quality NAHBS documentation on the internet, right here at the Radavist!
Photo by Brian Vernor
“Do you have a spiritual practice?”
Of the many questions I expected a psychiatrist might ask me, I hadn’t expected that one.
I was in his office seeking help for my depression, anxiety, and irritability. For more than a year I’d been struggling with some of my personal relationships, but most especially with my wife Shana and our young sons, who are 8 and 5. I could go from calm to explosive almost as quickly as a firecracker. My boys thought me angry, sometimes mean. Shana and I had been distant for months; I couldn’t recall the last time we’d kissed.”
Continue reading this article at Bicycling Magazine.
… and I’m not trying to make a rhyme about it! Please, if you can head to Erik’s Instagram posts and keep an eye out for these unique bicycles. He is offering a healthy reward for their return. See each of these bikes in detail below. (more…)
In a freak accident, total bad ass of a cyclocross star Katie Compton was mangled at the start of Saturday’s race – the Ijsboerke Ladies Trophy – in Lille, Belgium by a fellow racer’s disc brake rotor during a crash. This kind of event is exactly what the UCI will use to solidify their disc brake safety laws. You can see the graphic photo at Mr. Katie Compton’s Twitter. On a more positive note, it appears the laceration was clean enough to make dressing the wound easy. Personally, I think it’s one hell of a story and accompanying battle wound.
Congrats on your killer season, Katie. Heal up quick!!
As noted last year, we lost our 2015 Image bucket do a server swap error. It was a huge bummer when I found this out and have been slowing re-uploading the files. Since NAHBS is right around the corner, I wanted to re-up a few from my favorite frame builders and makers. Included in this re-up are:
An Afternoon with Paul Component in Chico
Inside / Out at the Vanilla Workshop
Inside / Out at Black Cat Bicycles
Todd’s Black Cat Steel and Carbon Road Has 8 Lives Left
Inside / Out at Hunter Cycles
Watch out for the Hunter Cycles Bushmaster!
Inside / Out at Strawfoot Handmade
Sending sunny love from Southern California to all y’all. Next week, we’re heading to colder weather in the Northeast for some pre-NAHBS fun.
See more below…
Not every ride merits a story, nor an explanation of intent, and luckily, some photos are worth 1000 words. All I can say is I was truly humbled by yesterday’s outing into the Angeles National Forest. See more photos below! (more…)
… what a way to end the day.
… and the long road ahead.
Trails need work. All the time and across the globe, there are numerous organizations that rally the troops when work needs to be done on their local singletrack. In LA, one of our organizations is the Mount Wilson Bicycling Association. Year after year, MWBA has been working alongside the Forest Service, IMBA and CORBA to re-open various trails that were closed after the Station Fire ravaged the San Gabriel Mountains in 2009. One such project is extending the Gabrielino Trail from Ken Burton to Switzer’s. If you’re an LA local, these names might sound familiar to you.
The Gabrielino follows a canyon down below Highway 2 and out to the Arroyo. This trail hugs the hillsides of the canyon walls, crosses waterfalls and snakes its way through the sandy, rocky and loose wash. Today, 30+ volunteers spent their Sunday morning workin’ dirt with MWBA. With such big crowds, it’s easy to cover a lot of ground in a single afternoon.
The Angeles National Forest is home to many exceptional trails. Once MWBA, and their volunteers, have worked to open these remaining trails back up, we’ll have even more options for big back-country loops, almost entirely made from singletrack. If you’d like to help out, follow MWBA on Instagram and Facebook!
Thank you to everyone who came to help out today!