Category Archives: made in the usa
Blaq Packs Grand Opening is Today in Portland!
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Hey Portland, if you’re looking for something to do today, swing through Blaq Packs’ new store grand opening. There are details over at Blaq and check out the sale flier posted above.

Jun 14, 2014 Comments are OFF
Golden Saddle Rides: Sean’s Fast Boy 650b Singlespeed
Golden Saddle Rides: Sean's Fast Boy 650b Singlespeed

Photos by Kyle Kelley

After passing away a few weeks back, Ezra Caldwell‘s work keeps popping up all over, miles away from his home studio in New York City. In fact, this bike was first built up by Golden Saddle Cyclery years back for Sean, a loyal customer living in Santa Barbara.

A singlespeed commuter is really all most people need. 650b tires provide a smooth ride and for medium sized frames, they look well-balanced proportionately. Exra had a way of proclaiming his approach with frame design by not really saying anything. While this bike may seem very straight-forward, the details in the metalwork are what first caught my eye.

The chainguard is attached by two 5mm bolts that actually pass through the down and seat tubes. Then the guard itself is incredibly elegant, especially when matched with the White Industries ENO cranks.

Stainless lugs and raw steel tubes make up the frame’s materials, with a good amount of patina forming on the steel. It must be the salt in the air. Santa Barbara is coastal, you know. The rear rack is custom, with wooden planks, which even out the overall build, especially when compared to Ezra’s signature wooden handlebars.

In a lot of ways, this bike is void of ostentation, yet meticulously detailed. Something that seemed to spill over from Ezra’s personality onto everything he touched.

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Jun 13, 2014 8 comments
Kinoko Cycles: Black Indy Fab Ti Crown Jewel
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There’s something inherently seductive about a painted titanium frame, especially when it’s painted black, with matching ENVE components. Head over to the Kinoko Cycles Flickr to see more and remember, if you’re in London, Kinoko is the place to go for America metal!

Jun 13, 2014 Comments are OFF
SOLD OUT: The Radavist Top Caps
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The Radavist top caps feature the Talisman logo, the Jackal, the ægishjálmr (Helm of Awe) and remind you to keep that Rubber Side Up. Made in the USA by Kustom Caps and shipped from Austin, TX. These come in black only and are to be used with 1 1/8″ steerers.

These are sold in sets of four only and are very limited, so swoop for $40 shipped worldwide. We’ll get these out to you on Monday.

SOLD OUT

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Jun 12, 2014 11 comments
Topo Designs: New Lightweight Mountain Shorts
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I have been wearing the Topo Designs Mountain Shorts since they first got them in stock last year. They are easily one of my favorite shorts and they’re not made from any tech fabric. Sure, they don’t dry as fast, or have any real “stretch” but I love the fit and I can’t find anything wrong with them.

I’ve been waiting for them to re-stock their standard Mountain Shorts to do a little review, but it seems that they went straight to a new model: the Lightweight Mountain Shorts. Guess what? They’re quick-drying, stretchy and come in four colors. Best part is, they’re made in a LEED-certified facility in ColoRADo.

In stock now at Topo Designs!

Jun 12, 2014 4 comments
Outlier: Free Way Shorts in Stock
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There are so many options for made in the USA shorts these days, but one of my favorites will always be Outlier’s offerings. Especially when it comes to the OG Cloth: a perfect choice for touring, camping or just riding around the city and commuting.

Check out the Free Way Mens and Free Way Women‘s shorts at Outlier.

Jun 10, 2014 7 comments
Milwaukee Bicycle Co: The New and Improved Mettle Disc Cross Racer
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Damn. The newest from Milwaukee Bicycle Co is a head turner for sure. The Mettle is their new and improved disc cyclocross bike. It features a tapered head tube, large diameter top and down tubes, stainless disc dropouts, a stainless stay protector, Whisky parts fork and a slick, classic paint job. These frames are made in the USA by Waterford Precision Cycles from True Temper OX Platinum Tubing.

Seriously, this bike looks amazing. Head over to the Ben’s Cycle Blog for more information and contact Milwaukee Bicycle Co for ordering.

Cross is coming but this thing wants to shred trails now!

Jun 10, 2014 2 comments
Chris’ Yamaguchi School Light Tourer
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Yamaguchi’s framebuilding school has turned out some incredible talent over the years. While many enroll with hopes of becoming the next hot thing, some go to just learn the art. Chris Chou, a guy who probably has the most bikes featured on the Radavist, ever, went to Yamaguchi a few years ago to build a light tourer.

Like all Yamaguchi school frames, this bike was made from True Temper tubing and brazed by Chris over the course of a few weeks. When he was finished, he sent it off to Fresh Frame for paint.

Because Chris had never built a bicycle before, the original stem developed a stress riser, so Chris had his then housemate Ian at Icarus make him a stem. From there, the Nitto bars and Campagnolo 10 speed group add a considerable amount of class to what many would consider a utilitarian bicycle. PAUL e’rything, a Crane Bell, Mellow Johnny’s stem cap, my old Pentabike bar end and there’s a lil #JahBlessed going on with the Salsa Rasta Skewers and Ride Jah Bike button.

SON’s Edelux system and a Supernova E3 rear, lights the way and an Ostrich saddle bag holds the daily commuting needs. Cole rode this bike during the Yonder Journal (dis)Enchanted Rock Brovet and slashed a tire pretty badly on a river crossing, so Chris threw a Conti on, leaving the tires mis-matched, which I would add to the character of this bike.

I really love photographing bicycles like this.

Jun 9, 2014 17 comments