Category Archives: California
The Cannell Trail… Don’t Call it a Shuttle Run! – Kyle Kelley

The Cannell Trail… Don’t Call it a Shuttle Run!
Words and photos by Kyle Kelley

Years ago Ryan Wilson told me of this mythical mountain bike ride in the Sequoia National Forest that dropped from the sky to the desert floor. He said it was thirty-something miles long and had around 8,000 feet of ripping descent. To be honest, I didn’t really believe him, so I retained little to no information that night.

Fast forward a few years, Mike Kalenda had just come onboard at Golden Saddle Cyclery, and one morning he was telling me about this crazy ride out of Kernville where you get shuttled up to 9,200 feet and you spend all day riding your bike down the mountain to a brewery! It all sounded familiar, but nothing was sticking, and then I heard about a Plunge and that got me thinking. Hell…I’m not even sure if Ryan even said the word plunge that night, long ago, but something about that word reminded me. I immediately started researching all I could on the internet about this trail, and came to the conclusion that this must’ve been what Ryan was talking about! Maybe the word plunge just sounded cool and I gravitated towards it, but either way, the word plunge got me there and after riding the last part of this trail called “The Plunge”, I’ll definitely be going back. (more…)

Oct 9, 2017 19 comments
The Radavist 2017 Calendar: October

This is the tenth layout of the Radavist 2017 Calendar, entitled “Autumn Contrast” Shot with a Leica M10 and a 50mm f1.4 lens in Lone Pine, California.

“If contrasting hues and tones is what you’re looking for on your road rides, Owens Valley is where to go, particularly the surrounding mountain roads in Lone Pine.”

For a high-res JPG, suitable for print and desktop wallpaper*, right click and save link as – The Radavist 2017 Calendar – October. Please, this photo is for personal use only!
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The mobile background this month is from Lone Pine as well Click here to download October’s Mobile Wallpaper.

Oct 5, 2017 Comments are OFF
Black Mountain Cycles Keeps Point Reyes Rollin’

There are bike shops and there are bike show rooms, with the latter focusing on merchandising and the former on service. While there are permutations on the two, I really enjoy walking through the doors of a service shop. It’s something about the aromatic experience of chain lube and tires that makes me feel at ease, especially when it’s not my local shop. All it takes is a smiling face to make the environment welcoming. Luckily, at Black Mountain Cycles, that’s exactly what they’re selling: a welcoming and service-minded environment. In a place like Point Reyes, with a population of around 400, there are very few actual locals, so the owner of Black Mountain Cycles, Mike Varley prides himself in making everyone feel at home. (more…)

Sep 6, 2017 12 comments
We’re Back!

… and there are a whole ton of photos to sort through and share this week, so stay tuned. I hope everyone (in the USA anyway) had a great Labor Day weekend! While we compile everything for a Gallery later today, check out our Instagram for some sneak peeks.

Sep 5, 2017 2 comments
Enjoy the Weekend!

We had a killer time in Owens Valley last weekend, but this weekend we’re laying low in Los Angeles. What are your plans? Who’s doing Dirty Kanza?

Jun 2, 2017 7 comments
David’s Ritchey Logic with Ultegra

The Ritchey Logic is one of the cleanest-looking steel road framesets on the market, ATMO. With classic lines, and standard tubing profiles, it has all the looks of a vintage road bike with the performance of modern steel, all with a carbon fork. I’ve seen many fine examples of these affordable frames built up over the years, but David‘s is one of my favorites. Built with Ultegra and Ritchey Super Logic Zeta wheels, David’s kept it lightweight and nimble, perfect for the crushing road climbs this cycling sadist enjoys on the regular.

“The top is just around this bend…”

I’ve heard it many times. David’s enthusiasm for road exploration brought all of us on the Clouds to Cactus ride last year and at the recent Team Dream shoot in the Eastern Sierra, his love for stupid hard routes had him already pining for more exploration. Without a doubt, this bike will bring David places and most importantly, back home in one piece.

Apr 19, 2017 36 comments
The Brooks C13 West Coast Tour

Live in Seattle, the Bay area or LA? Roll through one of these stops and test out a carbon railed Brooks C13 saddle. See more information in the full flier below.

Apr 3, 2017 Comments are OFF
The Radavist 2017 Calendar: April

This is the fourth layout of the Radavist 2017 Calendar, entitled “Sun to Snow” Shot with a Canon 1DX and a 70-200mm in Owens Valley, CA

This time of year, the backdrops along many of California’s sunny roads tell a different tale.

For a high-res JPG, suitable for print and desktop wallpaper*, right click and save link as – The Radavist 2017 Calendar – April. Please, this photo is for personal use only!
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The mobile background this month the same road, from a different angle. Click here to download April’s Mobile Wallpaper.

Apr 2, 2017 2 comments