A group of individuals who share a love of cycling and the outdoors. We will always stop for a photo, or to hit a rope swing… Rubber side up!
Where did Prolly is Not Probably go?
It is still here, and then some. PiNP was one person’s opinion and voice. Now we are a collective – a community of diverse opinions and rich stories.
What does the Radavist mean?
Rad + Atavist = RADAVIST
Why does a porpoise surf a wave, or a sea otter slide down a rock? Atavism is a primal trait in humans and animals that drives us to do what we do – what ought to come naturally. Atavism is why we ride the way we ride; From mashing the city on a track bike to shredding the trails on full suspension. Take the time to get rad.
I’ll swear by a shredpack anyday. Why cover your entire back with a backpack when you can get away with a hip pack? Over the past few months, I’ve been obsessing over these functional packs, checking out what various makers are whipping up in their workshops. One such maker is High Above. Based in Bellingham, Washington, they make two sizes in their hip bags: Das Radpack (small) and the Cascadia (large). Both bags can be coupled with a Bottle Rocket holster for either a beer can or water bottle.
Check out the various color options at High Above and expect a shred pack showdown on the site in the coming weeks!
It doesn’t matter if you’re on the road for a week, or just riding around town, keeping your randonneur bag organized is important. Maybe that’s why I like the looks of the Hinterland Ozette rando bag from Swift. With those new cargo straps, everything stays in its right place.
Vince and Garrett at Strawfoot love doing work for their local heroes at Giro. This round, they made a limited edition musette using Giro’s breathable water resistant cotton fabric. Like other Strawfoot musettes, it features a sternum strap to keep the bag steady while riding and a top flap with a snap closure. It also packs down to easily fit inside a jersey pocket for easy stashing. Made in Santa Cruz from people who love to ride bikes, for people who love to ride bikes and in stock now at Strawfoot.
Founded in 1998, ReLoad Bags has an interesting story, told here by Roland Burns. As one of the first bag companies I remember seeing making custom messenger bags on the east coast, I love seeing them still doing what they love as a brand.
Swift Industries continues to pursue their love of experiencing the outdoors by bicycle with the Hinterland Collection, a collection of in-house made bicycle portage. The centerpiece of the line is the Hinterland Ozette Rando Bag which experienced a big upgrade through utilizing XPac™ textiles in the classic French box-bag design. This material upgrade makes the Ozette Hinterland edition the lightest on the market. Also new to Swift is the Hinterland Jr. Ranger Panniers and a range of shirts and camping accessories.
I’m lucky to know so many makers. People who take a raw material and manipulate it to fit a specific use and aesthetic. Like frame builders, bag makers are able to look at a table full of parts and visualize the whole.
Garrett and Vince are Strawfoot Handmade. They’re two guys working out of a garage in Santa Cruz making everything from Dopp bags to totes for everyday use and kit bags, riding wallets or saddle bags for cycling. It seems like an obvious or easy job for someone who can sew but there’s a lot to the production process and that’s not even counting the development of new goods. (more…)
Here I was thinking the Mr Fusion was as good as it gets. Like all great minds, Scott at Porcelain Rocket wasn’t satisfied with V1, wanting to make he and Rick Hunter’s collaboration project even better.
Mr. Fusion V2 is the evolution of the Porcelain Rocket bag system. It uses the same support rack design, is 100% waterproof, and with the snap of one buckle, it’s insanely easy to load or unload. The included RF-welded Porcelain Rocket drybag has a 5–13L capacity, just roll it as your crap seems fit. (more…)
Now’s your chance to pre-order one of those super rare Ramblin Rolls from Yanco and Tracko. The pre-order is open until the slots fill up, with a turnaround of 6-8 weeks. Head over to the Tracko webshop to place an order.
I love nesting pouches and zippered wallets, especially for riding. It’s nice to have one place to throw in your Co2, patch kit, multitool, debit card, cash, “safety” stuffs and even your phone. While there are hundreds of options out there, I’m currently using the Strawfoot Ride Wallet and Zip Wallet.
The Ride Wallet fits my Sony RX100mk3, or an iPhone 6, or even a Yashica T4 while the Zip Wallet fits cash, cards and my riding keys. Both are made by hand in Santa Cruz from weather-resistant cordura, a waterproof zipper, ripcord handles and have a secondary pocket on in inside. In stock now at Strawfoot.
Our friends at Strawfoot have been busy making some special kit bags for Grinduro.
I’ve been on the road from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz and I couldn’t roll through town without seeing what Strawfoot has been up to (and to get tacos.) Turns out, they’ve been working hard prepping for Grinduro…