Ryan is a full-time roaster at Four Barrel Coffee in San Francisco. He’s a cyclist who commutes into work every day, rain or shine. A few years back he contacted Joseph Ahearne to build him a commuter cargo bike that he’d use everyday hauling his essentials to and from his work. He had a few ideas about what he wanted, but let Joseph take creative lead on the project.
The result is one of the most impressive cargo bikes I’ve been able to document for the Radavist. The bright teal paint job is accentuated by the large tires, shiny (yet dented) fenders, burnt orange portage by Black Star Bags and countless swoops and bends of the rack tubing.
With a wide range in the drivetrain, Ryan could very well take it touring, but it’s been at home in the streets of San Francisco, dipping between cars and dodging pedestrians. This bike has been abused in a loving way, yet maintained mechanically and as a framebuilder, I’m sure Ahearne is stoked to see one of his creations being put to use.
Seriously, this bike blew me away!
Last week in San Francisco, Oakley, Mash and Greg Lemond organized a group ride strictly via social media. We all posted about it, encouraging people from all cycling backgrounds to come along for a chill, no drop ride and crossed our fingers. Would 15 people show up? 20? No one was certain and all we knew was that we’d begin our little jaunt on Market Street at the Oakley store… (more…)
Don’t forget! Tomorrow the Speedvagen Fit Tour lands in Los Angeles, beginning with a group ride at 9am from Golden Saddle Cyclery. We’ll ride for a few hours before the party starts at 7:30pm… See ya there!
You’ll have to bear with me today, as I try to rest up a bit before heading into the week. It’s been a long haul, but we made it to Los Angeles and I am fried!
Expect regularly-scheduled posts to commence later this evening. I need some R&R this morning.
EDIT: Just re-upped the photo to high res, sorry for the initial low res download.
This is the fifth layout of the Radavist 2015 Calendar, entitled “Marin’”. The camera and location are noted on the bottom left of the document.
Those SF locals will recognize this coastal road in Marin County with its swooping descent and gigantic switch back. I’m not sure what’s more beautiful, the scenery or the number of people cycling!
For a high-res JPG, suitable for print and desktop wallpaper*, right click and save link as – The Radavist 2015 Calendar – May. Please, this photo is for personal use only!
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We’re en route to San Francisco in the Speedvagen tank, preparing for the Mission Workshop party this Saturday for a night of bikes, music and beer. If you can make it out, we’d love to have you! Here’s all that’s happening while we’re in town:
Saturday, May 2nd ride:
Ride with Rapha from the Cycleclub
Meet up 8AM, Roll out at 8:30
Coffee provided by Four Barrel.
Expect a 2-3 hour no drop ride.
Saturday, May 2nd party:
Mission Workshop from 6-10PM
Free Fort Point Beer and secured valet bike parking
There will be Speedvagens on display.
Drinks, and unseen art from Chris McNally from the Vanilla Collection
Bike parking will be provided by MW and Vanilla Workshop.
Next week I’ll be embarking on a trip with Speedvagen as we cruise the Cali coast, stopping at key spots and fitting customers for the 2015 Speedvagen Fit Tour. Which, I might add, still has a few spots open. Sign up for a Speedvagen Fit today.
Even if you’re not going to get fit by Sacha, you can come hang in SF on May 2nd and Los Angeles on May 5th at a few choice locations. Our host shops are the Rapha Cycles Club in SF, Mission Workshop’s Valencia store and Golden Saddle Cyclery in Silverlake. There will be group rides leaving from these shops, with special parties at night. Come check out some Speedvagens and artwork from Chris McNally on display.
Check out the full details below.
While en route to Eroica California, we took a pit stop by American Cyclery in San Francisco for some last minute vintage componentry. You know, essentials like 14-28 freewheels, toe straps, toe clips, bar tape and bottles. There were a lot of bikes that needed to be built up for Eroica, each requiring necessary minutiae.
American Cyclery has two shops across the street from each other. One is a bit larger and has mostly new, modern bikes for sale, while the rafters are filled with vintage mountain bikes ranging from Cunningham to Steve Potts. The other is almost entirely vintage road and track bikes, with various bits of cycling memorabilia strung about.
The real honey hole in AC is the basement where the owner Brad keeps all of his various cycling publications. Ranging from the original Fat Tire Flyer zines to his old newsletter, the Bicycle Trader.
We only had a few minutes at American Cyclery, but I liked what I saw and can’t wait to return with a bit more time to shoot some of Brad’s amazing bicycles. Check out a few quick photos in the Gallery.
SF’s TCB Courier always delivers when it comes to their kit offerings. This spring, they went in a lighter direction, using dots and stripes in various pastels. Their pre-order is available in a total kit, including arm warmers, vest, jersey and bibs, or as individual pieces for men and women. Made in downtown LA by ENDO Customs. Head over to TCB to see more.
The House Industries Velo collection is being displayed at the Rapha Cycle Club SF on February 26th. Head over to House for more information.
Opening Party and Design Conversation
February 26, 2015, 6pm – 9pm
at the Rapha Cycle Club, 2198 Filbert St. SF, CA
Exhibition Runs February 27 to March 15, 2015