Category Archives: road bike
Nick’s Sparkle Stanridge Speed Disc Road

It was time for Nick to get a road bike. Nick is usually seen around town on a track bike – and a damn fine one at that – but now, he’s got something new. A longtime fan of Adam Eldridge’s Stanridge Speed brand, he commissioned him for a road bike with aggressive angles, disc brakes and an almost blinding wet paint. The sparkles almost overpower this speed machine’s stance. Short chainstays, a drop stem and a zero setback post puts Nick on the front of the bike at all times. It’s perfect for inner city riding and descending the tight canyons found in Los Angeles.

As you can tell, he used Ultegra, Thomson and DT Swiss for the build. This road bike is one of the meanest looking specimens to cross my lens this year. Lookin’ good, fellas!

Jun 5, 2017 32 comments
Rapha Rides Milan

Alessandro Trovati is a photographer and a cyclist. Over the course of his life, he’s documented many of the Grand Tours. Follow him through Milan in the latest Rapha Rides.

Jun 2, 2017 Comments are OFF
Duel

Cat fight, dog fight, whatever, two riders take on Hellfire Pass and battle it out all the way up.

May 30, 2017 1 comment
Giving My Firefly a Dose of Road Plus with WTB’s Byway 650b x 47mm Tires

When designing and conceiving my Firefly all road bike a few years ago, I wanted to be able to fit a 43mm tire, while maintaining a road geometry. “It’s not a cyclocross bike, rather a road bike with bigger tires and disc brakes” I’d tell people. Inadvertently, what I found was by allowing clearances for such a large 700c tire, I’d opened the door to even larger 650b tires.

I first used WTB’s “Road Plus” platform shortly after they released the 47mm Horizon tire. They sent the tires mounted to their Ci24 rims, built to White Industries hubs. While the wheels fit with enough clearances on my Firefly, I wasn’t a fan of the Horizon tires. Sure, they looked great and rode even better on sealed roads, but I found them to be less-than-ideal on the fire roads and singletrack I frequented in the mountains of Los Angeles.

Jump forward a year and WTB’s newest “road plus” tire, the Byway is now available and I’ve been riding them for a few weeks. The difference between the Horizon and the Byway is simple: there’s slight tread on the sides of the Byway, meant to give traction on loose corners. Well, does the Byway live up to the marketing jargon? (more…)

May 3, 2017 92 comments
Breadwinner Cycles: The W/// Sport Lolo Pre-Order

Now through May 5th, Breadwinner’s Lolo road bike gets a special edition package dubbed the W/// Sport. This M-series inspired road bike comes with three build kit options, special pricing and a limited edition Portland-made ANTHM Collective wool jersey. Build kits start at $5,190 with a $2,595 deposit. Not bad for a fully custom bike! See more at Breadwinner and check out our 2017 NAHBS coverage from this bike in the related column on the left.

Apr 24, 2017 Comments are OFF
City+County Road One Made in the USA Frameset Pre-Order

If you’re looking for a lightweight, sleek, disc road bike with clearance for a 32mm tire, look no more. City+County are offering up their Road One made in the USA disc road frameset, for an introductory price of $2,500. The frame is made from Columbus Life and Zona tubing, with a brand new 2017 ENVE road disc fork and a Cane Creek 110 headset. See more details on this beautiful machine, along with ordering options at City+County.

Apr 19, 2017 13 comments
Jay’s Gunnar Cycles Dirty Road Bike

Gunnar Cycles has had some pretty tricked-out bikes featured here on the Radavist over the years, but Jay’s bike holds a special place in my heart. First, you need an introduction to Jay. He’s worked at Topanga Creek Outpost for a few years now, and in his spare time spends hours upon hours exploring the neighboring State and National Parks as part of the Unpredict Your Wednesday outings. Jay is a lover of nature and the magic herb our Mother produces here in California. He’s a smiling soul with love and stoke always present.

Jay’s bike has that special something that stops people in their tracks and requires further visual inquiry. In a world of disc-brake dominated bikes, Jay’s is a Paul Cantilever-equipped machine, with clearance for a 40mm tire and a relaxed road geometry. If it had provisions for racks, it could even pass for a lightweight tourer. That hasn’t stopped him from strapping bikepacking bags on it in the past, however.

This bike looks like a carton of American Spirits, or an old hotel sign in the southwest. It oozes Americana without being overly ostentatious. Like Jay, this bike is best observed and engaged with when you’ve got the time. Jay is moving up to the Bay Area and we’re all gonna miss him down here in Sunny So-Cal. That means it’ll be time to fender up this bad boy, right, Jay?

Apr 18, 2017 62 comments
Fat Chance Brings Back the Yo Eddy Road Fork by Igleheart

If you’ve got a Slim Chance and are looking to give it more of a throwback look and feel, then check out the latest from Fat Chance. These Yo Eddy Road Fork are being made by Chris Igleheart, the man who has arguably been making segmented forks longer than anyone. These forks are available a la cart or with a Slim Chance road frame, in a variety of colors. Head to Fat Chance to see more.

Apr 18, 2017 3 comments