Category Archives: Portland
No Thanks, but Thanks
Photos and words by Kyle Von Hoetzendorff
I have made the decision to believe that that yes, global warming is happening. There is a ton of heavy shit that goes along with that, I know, I get it; superstorms, biblical droughts, floods, famine, plague, strife, real estate devaluations, shorter ski seasons, etc. A truckload, boatload, superfund, Yucca Mountain amount of issues right? Mega fusion/fission, black hole singularities, end-of-days issues.
But that’s all in the future right? I mean we’re good for a little while anyway. Us humans, as a social species, as a global community, we have never really been good at preventative care, especially if that means making things harder on ourselves. You could say that human evolution has really just been one long march towards the Lazy Boyz, on-demand, and a multi-stage high and low compression and rebound damping. By and large, we are a “wait and see” bunch…
Locally accessible mountain bike trails are a privilege. Fact. If you live in a place with quality riding right out your front door, then you have a good thing going. Now if you live in a city that has, for years, laid claim to the crown of the the nation’s best cycling city you would expect that with a number of hills and park lands within the city limits there would be a decent set of trails for the countless cyclists that call this city home. You’d expect, that to have the confidence, the audacity, the gall to wear such a crown, to print it on city walls and propagate the message in travel brochures and in-flight magazines you would have a infrastructure for all manner of cyclists. For the most part we do pretty damn well, heckfire we even have a special bike rack for our Zoo Bombers, but the one thing Portland doesn’t have is mountain bike trails, there are those who will try to convince you that Leif Erickson is a MTB track, it’s not, it’s hardly a dirt road. If you can push a stroller on it, its not a mountain bike trail.
The local bike shop has undergone a bit of stress over the past decade. Online sales from steep discount sites have crippled many shops, forcing them to close, so anytime a LBS stays open for 20 years, it’s worth noting. While River City Bicycles is far from my own local shop, they’ve always treated me like one of their own when I’m in Portland.
Congrats to the team and the community for two decades in the industry. If you’ve never been to RCB and you find yourself in Portland, it’s well worth the visit!
Oh and great freaking cap guys!
Photo by Matt Lingo
I’m really digging this photo from a set that Matt Lingo shot with Damian Riehl on a rainy afternoon in Porland a few weeks back. Head over to RecFail to see more.
What in the world is going on here? Whatever it is, I’m paying attention, Ti Cycles.
So is this what holiday parties look like in Portland? Looks good to me!
The Radavist may have a global reach but that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about specifics when necessary. This Tuesday night, December 2nd, the City of Portland’s Metro division while be hosting an event that will help shape the future use of the North Tualatin Mountains natural area…
Read on below.
Pass the Torch with Vanilla Bicycles and Coat Paint Shop
Photos by Jeff Curtes words by Sacha White
I’d be willing to bet that if you surveyed a handful of frame builders, asking them what one of the bigger challenges they face would be, their answer would be paint. At least with the builders I converse with frequently, paint seems to be their biggest inconsistent component in the equation. From late jobs, to increase in rates, for someone who is trying to deliver a product on time, paint can be the literal last straw.
Perhaps this is why so many builders are moving towards in-house paint. Or, I should say, smaller framebuilders are moving to in-house paint. A move that Vanilla Bicycles decided would be a key development in their operations early on. The world looks to Speedvagen and Vanilla for inspiration, that’s no secret, but in an attempt to delve a little deeper, I asked Vanilla’s Sacha White to share Coat Paint Shop’s history and future in a Pass the Torch feature here on the Radavist…
This Wednesday, the guys from Limberlost are doing an old fashioned slideshow from their Idaho trip at Velo Cult in Portland. If you can’t make that, you can always turn off the lights, crack a beer and flip through Gabe’s gallery here on the Radavist, but that won’t be nearly as fun!
We are Here to Win Fucking Races
Photos by Dylan VanWeelden, words by Kyle Von Hoetzendorff
Charlie and Alex arrive at a bar. They’re friends, they met through bike racing, they’re both good at it, they’re both tall. Charlie, usually big on words with questionable substance and unquestionable humor is noticeably quiet. Something is troubling him. Wit isn’t lacking in Alex however, he powers the conversation, something he has never had a problem with, throwing out easy jabs, blockable shots, lazy passes, hoping to get his friend into the game.
Alex knows they’re competitors, that, while he leaves himself open for body blows, Charlie, in his current state of discontent, is vulnerable and it would be easy to land a couple of devastating hits, but this isn’t where they compete, and that isn’t how you play the game. In their field time is the perpetrator, the villain.