Perspective on Cross Vegas
2014 Cross Vegas

Let me begin this by saying this is by no means a pitty party post (PPP), it’s more of an open letter, or apology – the latter of which I’m still not sure I owe to anyone, but it’s easier to make mends than it is to carve a soap box from stone. And I suck at using a chisel.


This perspective is from my photo spot for the evening, at the Giro VIP tent, the epicenter of it all. Coincidentally, Giro issued a statement on their Facebook.

Cross Vegas, year after year, is a giant event where people from all over the USA come to enjoy an evening of racing. Yes, it’s also a party. Beer and alcohol are served, people get drunk and have a good time. Each year, racers air the flyover, take beer handups, get heckled and best of all, race bikes. I can recall beer being sprayed in some capacity every year I’ve been in attendance, during the Wheelers and Dealers event…

This year, it was elevated and not in some insignificant metric. It was exponentially elevated, even during the pro race. Beer was thrown, “hooker cards” were thrown, words were thrown. Even trucker hats from a components company were thrown at the pro field.

It was disrespectful and looking back on it, I’m not happy with my behavior either. While I didn’t throw anything, I certainly engaged with the behavior by encouraging beer handups, joining in with the shouting / heckling and yes, documenting it with my camera.

Initially, I didn’t think I did anything wrong. I’m just there, shooting photos, documenting the race. No harm done, right? Well… right and wrong.

My modus operandi for the Radavist is about having fun and trying to not take cycling so seriously, but even this went over the line, considerably. I think Dan Chabanov’s perspective is spot on. People want to party at cross races and people want to race. Don’t push the party on people who want to race and vice versa…

“I know of no racer, not one, who’s going to begrudge anyone the right to have a great time at a cyclocross race. We want you to come out and have a swell time. But don’t show up if your goal is to force the party on the racers. The flip side of the super-serious bike racer is the ass yelling at that racer to have more fun.” – Dan Chabanov

So, where am I going with this? I’m not sure exactly. As I said, I didn’t throw anything all evening, except for some high fives, but I could have done less to encourage the beer throwing. Part of growing a community is nurturing it and making it a positive environment.

All I want is for cycling to be a positive community and I know that I’ve got a reputation in the industry for being a party animal, but I’ve never been accused of being disrespectful. Not like last week. It bums me out, but I can’t say that because I’m sure Sven and Lars were pretty bummed out as well.

All the phone calls, emails, comments, Tweets, Instagram comments from anonymous trolls, (mis)directed at me had me in a deep, dark place. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt that way and I needed a solid few days on the bike to clear my head and gain perspective.

It’s tough to even comment on it, but I can say that if I could relive that evening, I would have handled the situation a lot differently and in saying that, I’m admitting wrong doing. Encouraging raucous behavior at a professional race is in no way cool, or acceptable, so for that, I apologize.

Please, please, please, let’s all take a moment to learn from this and move forward into the rest of the season with a positive perspective. Partying is great, taking racing seriously is great, just don’t push either on people. Having fun is important to me, but being responsible takes precedence.

Love you guys,

John

Sep 16, 2014 9 comments
QBP’s History of Fat and the Remolino Fat
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Remolino was the first company to go to market with all the crucial pieces that make a fat bike. Including 3.5” tires, 80mm rims, and a frame to accept the wide, plump tires. Ray Molina, the guy behind Remolino, donated a production model to help kick off QBP’s History of Fat exhibit at last week’s Interbike.

I had planned on shooting the exhibit, but every time I went by to check it out, the booth was swarmed.

Andy from QBP sent over a few studio shots of this bike, which you can check out below.

Here’s a fun fact: Remolino’s tires were made using an existing tire mold and with a handmade center section added in. They were made in Mexico City on the very same machines that made Model T tires around the turn of the century. The rims are drilled for two valve cores as well.

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Let the raidō rune point you in which ever way your ride or journey takes you. These RADAVIST Rune top caps come in black only and are $12 shipped worldwide a piece. Made by Kustom Caps in the US of A.

Sorry, SOLD OUT.

Sep 16, 2014 2 comments
The Warriors Fun Ride Intro

Back in the 90′s Squid threw a themed event called the Warriors race. Just like the movie, it was a team event and took people all over NYC. This year, he brought the event back, in the form of a fun ride and Takuya Sakamoto was there shooting video.

I can’t wait to see more from this!

Sep 16, 2014 2 comments
Follow Your Way – Chile

Wow. I’m speechless. I love how most of this video is filled with vignettes of the sites and sounds of Chile and very little actual cycling.

“Second part of our travel – almost 4 months of cycling through the amazing Chile. After a really tough start we fell in love with our bikes, but first of all we fell in love with the country.

Few things come to my mind when I think ‘Chile’: beautiful landscapes, difficult past, very friendly and helpful people and unfortunately, a lot of hidden, mainly environmental problems (contamination from mines, HidroAysén project).

It was a really wonderful time. Many thanks to all good people we’ve met on our way!”

Sep 16, 2014 1 comment
Neko Mulally’s Bad Luck 13

Neko snapped his chain, right out of the gate and still pulled off one of the best times of the day at the UCI Downhill WC, landing him in 4th place overall. All this kinda makes that bad luck 13 number suddenly seem quite lucky. I can’t stop watching this.

Thanks for sharing this video, Neil!

Sep 15, 2014 2 comments
Manual For Speed does Vegas
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There are some weird, strange places on the internet and Manual for Speed is one of them. Not many media outlets can tackle Las Vegas into submission, but these two put out a damn good effort. See the Las Vegas Red Carpet post and the Cross Vegas coverage at Manual for Speed.

Also, surely you can see the difference between Daniel and I, right?

Sep 15, 2014 8 comments
Kinoko Cycles: New Products
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London’s Kinoko Cycles has been ramping up their online catalog since closing their brick and mortar store in Soho earlier this year. Part of their new products include new shop t’s and patches. Head over to Kinoko to see their full line of new arrivals.

Sep 15, 2014 1 comment
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Perspective on Cross Vegas
2014 Cross Vegas

Let me begin this by saying this is by no means a pitty party post (PPP), it’s more of an open letter, or apology – the latter of which I’m still not sure I owe to anyone, but it’s easier to make mends than it is to carve a soap box from stone. And I suck at using a chisel.


This perspective is from my photo spot for the evening, at the Giro VIP tent, the epicenter of it all. Coincidentally, Giro issued a statement on their Facebook.

Cross Vegas, year after year, is a giant event where people from all over the USA come to enjoy an evening of racing. Yes, it’s also a party. Beer and alcohol are served, people get drunk and have a good time. Each year, racers air the flyover, take beer handups, get heckled and best of all, race bikes. I can recall beer being sprayed in some capacity every year I’ve been in attendance, during the Wheelers and Dealers event…

This year, it was elevated and not in some insignificant metric. It was exponentially elevated, even during the pro race. Beer was thrown, “hooker cards” were thrown, words were thrown. Even trucker hats from a components company were thrown at the pro field.

It was disrespectful and looking back on it, I’m not happy with my behavior either. While I didn’t throw anything, I certainly engaged with the behavior by encouraging beer handups, joining in with the shouting / heckling and yes, documenting it with my camera.

Initially, I didn’t think I did anything wrong. I’m just there, shooting photos, documenting the race. No harm done, right? Well… right and wrong.

My modus operandi for the Radavist is about having fun and trying to not take cycling so seriously, but even this went over the line, considerably. I think Dan Chabanov’s perspective is spot on. People want to party at cross races and people want to race. Don’t push the party on people who want to race and vice versa…

“I know of no racer, not one, who’s going to begrudge anyone the right to have a great time at a cyclocross race. We want you to come out and have a swell time. But don’t show up if your goal is to force the party on the racers. The flip side of the super-serious bike racer is the ass yelling at that racer to have more fun.” – Dan Chabanov

So, where am I going with this? I’m not sure exactly. As I said, I didn’t throw anything all evening, except for some high fives, but I could have done less to encourage the beer throwing. Part of growing a community is nurturing it and making it a positive environment.

All I want is for cycling to be a positive community and I know that I’ve got a reputation in the industry for being a party animal, but I’ve never been accused of being disrespectful. Not like last week. It bums me out, but I can’t say that because I’m sure Sven and Lars were pretty bummed out as well.

All the phone calls, emails, comments, Tweets, Instagram comments from anonymous trolls, (mis)directed at me had me in a deep, dark place. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt that way and I needed a solid few days on the bike to clear my head and gain perspective.

It’s tough to even comment on it, but I can say that if I could relive that evening, I would have handled the situation a lot differently and in saying that, I’m admitting wrong doing. Encouraging raucous behavior at a professional race is in no way cool, or acceptable, so for that, I apologize.

Please, please, please, let’s all take a moment to learn from this and move forward into the rest of the season with a positive perspective. Partying is great, taking racing seriously is great, just don’t push either on people. Having fun is important to me, but being responsible takes precedence.

Love you guys,

John

Sep 16, 2014 9 comments
QBP’s History of Fat and the Remolino Fat
fatbike-03

Remolino was the first company to go to market with all the crucial pieces that make a fat bike. Including 3.5” tires, 80mm rims, and a frame to accept the wide, plump tires. Ray Molina, the guy behind Remolino, donated a production model to help kick off QBP’s History of Fat exhibit at last week’s Interbike.

I had planned on shooting the exhibit, but every time I went by to check it out, the booth was swarmed.

Andy from QBP sent over a few studio shots of this bike, which you can check out below.

Here’s a fun fact: Remolino’s tires were made using an existing tire mold and with a handmade center section added in. They were made in Mexico City on the very same machines that made Model T tires around the turn of the century. The rims are drilled for two valve cores as well.

Sep 16, 2014 No comments yet
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SOLD OUT: Radavist Rune Stem Cap
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Back by popular demand! Also, if I owe you caps, please email me again!

Let the raidō rune point you in which ever way your ride or journey takes you. These RADAVIST Rune top caps come in black only and are $12 shipped worldwide a piece. Made by Kustom Caps in the US of A.

Sorry, SOLD OUT.

Sep 16, 2014 2 comments
The Warriors Fun Ride Intro

Back in the 90′s Squid threw a themed event called the Warriors race. Just like the movie, it was a team event and took people all over NYC. This year, he brought the event back, in the form of a fun ride and Takuya Sakamoto was there shooting video.

I can’t wait to see more from this!

Sep 16, 2014 2 comments
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Follow Your Way – Chile

Wow. I’m speechless. I love how most of this video is filled with vignettes of the sites and sounds of Chile and very little actual cycling.

“Second part of our travel – almost 4 months of cycling through the amazing Chile. After a really tough start we fell in love with our bikes, but first of all we fell in love with the country.

Few things come to my mind when I think ‘Chile’: beautiful landscapes, difficult past, very friendly and helpful people and unfortunately, a lot of hidden, mainly environmental problems (contamination from mines, HidroAysén project).

It was a really wonderful time. Many thanks to all good people we’ve met on our way!”

Sep 16, 2014 1 comment
Neko Mulally’s Bad Luck 13

Neko snapped his chain, right out of the gate and still pulled off one of the best times of the day at the UCI Downhill WC, landing him in 4th place overall. All this kinda makes that bad luck 13 number suddenly seem quite lucky. I can’t stop watching this.

Thanks for sharing this video, Neil!

Sep 15, 2014 2 comments
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Manual For Speed does Vegas
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There are some weird, strange places on the internet and Manual for Speed is one of them. Not many media outlets can tackle Las Vegas into submission, but these two put out a damn good effort. See the Las Vegas Red Carpet post and the Cross Vegas coverage at Manual for Speed.

Also, surely you can see the difference between Daniel and I, right?

Sep 15, 2014 8 comments
Kinoko Cycles: New Products
Kinoko-Goods

London’s Kinoko Cycles has been ramping up their online catalog since closing their brick and mortar store in Soho earlier this year. Part of their new products include new shop t’s and patches. Head over to Kinoko to see their full line of new arrivals.

Sep 15, 2014 1 comment
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Everyone always asks me what’s the one product I liked at Interbike and I never really have a clear answer. This year however, I was most impressed with one accessory.

Silca’s undergone a bit of a domestic production revival.

Their products are now made in the USA. From Co2 chucks to this SuperPista Ultimate Floor Pump.

This one’s not for the bargain seekers, but I will say, it’s a damn fine floor pump. Every single piece is machined and finished. It’s like the Rolex of bike pumps. See more (including the price) at Silca.

Sep 15, 2014 10 comments
Cinelli Winged Store: Neil Bezdek Rider Cap

Man, it’s a Red Hook Crit morning. Here’s a video showcasing Neil Bezdek and his Rider Cap:

“Neil Bezdek is a bike racer, advocate, commuter, and writer based in New York City. Neil grew up mountain biking on singletrack outside of Denver, Colorado before falling in love with road cycling while attending college in scenic Santa Barbara, California.

After a year-long stint as a bike messenger in New York City, Neil took up road racing and competed professionally for three seasons. Now pursuing a “grown up” career in NYC’s Department of Transportation’s Bike Share Program, Neil still finds time to moonlight as a semi-professional at races across the US while also contributing regularly to Bicycling magazine.

Neil is a four-time winner of the Red Hook Criterium, which we considers his all-time favorite cycling event.”

Pick up a cap at the Cinelli Winged Store.

Sep 15, 2014 No comments yet
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