Category Archives: road bike
My OD OG1 Speedvagen Road with SRAM Rival
My Speedvagen OD OG-1 with Sram Rival

Ever since first reviewing the All-City Mr. Pink and then the lavender Speedvagen OG1, I really wanted a steel road bike again. After some finagling, I managed to buy an OG1 frameset, along with a few painted-to-match parts from the Vanilla Workshop. Now, since the OG1 is a ready-made, off-the-shelf geometry, it’s not as pricey as the other Speedvagen frames. I also didn’t feel the need to go custom for this frameset, since the OG1’s stock geometry fit me pretty well. All I needed was a spacer under the stem to get the same reach and extension as my Argonaut road bike.

For me, a road bike is the simplest tool in my quiver. There are no rack mounts, no disc brakes, it’s just a straight-forward road machine. (more…)

Dec 20, 2016 83 comments
The HIA Velo Co-Founder’s Personal Founder Road
The HIA Velo Co-Founder's Personal Founder Road

The HIA Velo Co-Founder’s Personal Founder Road
Photos by Bryan Clifton, words by John Watson

Doug Zell is best known for his success with the coffee brand Intelligentsia Coffee, but as a lifelong cyclist, Doug has recently invested in a company that has made recent headlines with their new, US-made, production, carbon road bikes. HIA Velo was co-founded by Tony Karklins and Doug Zell. The two wanted to bring full-on production of carbon fiber back to the US, resulting in a $3,000 USD frameset, painted in-house with a variety of color choices. These bikes use the highest quality materials and are manufactured by using the same technology as you’d find in the pro peloton bikes. All from their facilities in Arkansas.

Photographer Bryan Clifton met up with Doug Zell on a recent trip to HIA Velo and shot his Lucky Charm Founder road bikes. It’s built with SRAM eTap with Carbon Quarq Power ReadyCranks, Ksyrium Pro Carbon SL C wheels, EE Cycleworks brakes, Cane Creek Forty headset, and Fizik parts. These bikes have all the flash, without the excessive branding. In my personal opinion, there’s no need for heavily-branded bikes let the frameset and its detailing do the talking…

Follow HIA Velo‘s story at their website and stay tuned to the Radavist for future projects involving the brand.

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Dec 15, 2016 19 comments
Zach’s Blackened VYNL Road
Zach's Blackened VYNL Road-2

On Saturday, I received a DM on Instagram from a kid named Zach who had just built up a new VYNL road bike. It was the first VYNL to use masked decals, not stickers and from what I could see, looked to be a slick build. I told Zach to come by GSC and I’d love to shoot photos of it. Little did I know Zach would roll through at mile 70 during his ride, in the complete opposite direction he needed to be going. That’s what “new bike day” does to you though…

As mentioned earlier, VYNL is now offering masked decals, straight from the paint booth. Zach’s is built up with Ultegra and Ritchey components and is very no-nonsensical. After riding various carbon bikes over the years, he missed the way aluminum road bikes felt and started looking. VYNL was at the top of his list, so he placed an order and waited.

The end result is what many would consider a damn beautiful bicycle and clearly, Zach is loving it! (more…)

Nov 14, 2016 27 comments
The Radavist 2016 Calendar: November
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This is the eleventh layout of the Radavist 2016 Calendar, entitled “Tunnel Vision” Shot with a Leica M-P typ 240 and a Leica Macro-Elmar 90mm in the Angeles National Forest, California.

Escape from LA, via highway 2 and you’ll find yourself in another world. Just past Cloud Burst Summit, awaits one of the best sections of paved road in LA county. On our recent trip from Clouds to Cacti, there were many incredible photo spots, yet this one in particular really stuck with me over the days.

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NEW: There’s also a mobile image uploaded for anyone wanting a mobile phone background each month. November’s image is also from our recent ride, featuring a slice of road amidst the Mojave Desert. Click here to download November’s Mobile Wallpaper.

Nov 1, 2016 1 comment
From Clouds to Cacti: Three Southern California Ranges in Three Days
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From Clouds to Cacti: Three Southern California Ranges in Three Days
Photos by John Watson, words by David Bangor with notes by John Watson

Intro: I’ll just jump into this before I let David do his thing. The idea of a multi-day road tour hasn’t popped into my head in years. These days, I want to be away from cars and people, on dirt roads, hauling my own shit. What was proposed to us with this ride was very different. We’d be taking on a lot of climbing and distance each day on road bikes but because we’d be in the mountains, we’d have to carry our food, clothing in case of inclement weather, and all necessities like tools or spare tubes. Our duffel bags, containing clothes, laptops and other on-the-road necessities would be shuttled from day’s end to day’s end. We’d stay at a hotel, a friend’s mountain top cabin, and ultimately in Palm Springs at our friend’s Air B&B listing for a few days of post-ride R and R. I have been riding road a lot lately, mostly because it’s easy to get out and get back in a few hours, but was I ready for this kind of ride? Much less, was I fit enough to document the whole damn thing with a camera and a few lenses? Check back in after David’s words and read on in the captions…

Ever since I moved back to Southern California, I have been scheming to take on a mini mountainous ride across all the Transverse Ranges of the glorious classical terrain encompassing the Los Angeles and Inland Empire basins. With all my maps and possible routes planned out, it was just a matter time until I found some like-minded people to take on such a journey. Finally, at the end of September I got a call from Sean Talkington from Team Dream, expressing a need for the exact route I had been planning out in my head for months. He put out the word and we soon had rough plan of three days in the saddle and a solid group of eight cyclists, all willing to take on a solid amount of elevation and miles. (more…)

Nov 1, 2016 46 comments
Firefly Bicycles: Faded Black
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Just in time for Halloween! From the looks of the teaser images on the Firefly Tumblr, this black-painted titanium lugged frame with carbon tubes is going to be slick. Check out more at their Tumblr!

Oct 31, 2016 Comments are OFF
Own a True Temper Slim Chance Road Frame
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If you’re looking for a new steel road frameset, check out the latest offering from Fat Chance. These True Temper Slim Chance frames come with a number of configuration options. You can choose a steel fork, or an ENVE, color-matched ENVE stem, and even a color-matched Silca frame pump. You can even select if you want a cabled road groupset or SRAM Red eTap. The pricing starts at $2395 for a frame, fork and King headset, allowing you to tack on options as needed. This pre-order is a limited edition offering, and will close out on November 15th with a end of January 2017 delivery.

Head to Fat Chance for the skinny on the new Slim Chance.

Oct 24, 2016 17 comments