A group of individuals who share a love of cycling and the outdoors. We will always stop for a photo, or to hit a rope swing… Rubber side up!
Where did Prolly is Not Probably go?
It is still here, and then some. PiNP was one person’s opinion and voice. Now we are a collective – a community of diverse opinions and rich stories.
What does the Radavist mean?
Rad + Atavist = RADAVIST
Why does a porpoise surf a wave, or a sea otter slide down a rock? Atavism is a primal trait in humans and animals that drives us to do what we do – what ought to come naturally. Atavism is why we ride the way we ride; From mashing the city on a track bike to shredding the trails on full suspension. Take the time to get rad.
When I first saw this bike, two things came to mind: Cannondale’s track bikes from the 90’s and Makino’s NJS bikes. This thing is a rocket with tight clearances and just the right amount of nuances you’d expect from a custom build. AJ from Muirandessi has a great eye and his client Gavin knew exactly what he wanted: a track bike that he could race and also spin around Portland on.
I know I don’t say this often, but keep that rubber side DOWN, dude. That is one nice machine!
For the past five and a half years, AJ Lu of Muirandessi Cycles has been working on frames, one by one. After attending UBI framebuilding school, then getting his certification, AJ spent his free time researching the art and history of building a bicycle by hand.
When it comes to new framebuilders, it’s tough to make a leap out into the world and grow your brand or clientele. In the brief time I spoke with AJ, I didn’t get the sense that he was eager to be the next big thing, he just wants to perfect his art and build bicycle frames for people with a purpose.
This Muirandessi Cycles has an interesting story. It was built to be the owner, Lucas’ daily work bike at his company Cascadian Courier Collective. Earlier this summer, Lucas and his buddy Alexander decided to make the trip from Eugene, Oregon to Portland. A tour that most people would plan to undertake with panniers and a touring bike, yet they decided to make it a bit interesting and ate 99 Doughnuts along the way…
Recently it was powdercoated with a metallic flake clear and as the morning sunlight caught each individual flake, the bike illuminated itself in the most flamboyant way. Personally? I freaking love it!
Chas’ Zipp Firecrest 404 Track Wheels
Photos by Kyle Kelley, words by John Watson
When Zipp announced their Firecrest track wheels in both the 404 (58mm deep) and an 808 (82mm deep) model, it was very apparent they were making wheels specific to the track criterium crowd, not the velodrome crowd. Track racers who invest in a set of Zipp’s would opt for the Firecrest 404 or 808 tubulars. The clincher Firecrests are clearly designed for the street use.
These new 404 Firecrest track wheels come in a 28h front / rear 2x lacing pattern, use a single-sided fixed asymmetric rear hub with a non-proprietary lock ring and rather than go for a 15mm bolt, Zipp chose a 6mm allen.
Chas has been racing on these wheels, which found their way onto the Cinelli Work frameset. A steel singlespeed frame that can be ran as a fixed crit bike, work bike or even a singlespeed ‘cross machine. Kyle caught up with Chas at the Wolf Pack Hustle Civic Center crit a few weeks back and loved the look of these wheels.
With the Red Hook Crit Barcelona underway this weekend, Chas, his bike and those wheels will go through a thorough amount of work and personally, I like how this bike is looking.
Zipp Firecrest 404:
1,655g wheelset weight
$950 front and $1,150 rear
Zipp Firecrest 808:
1,805g wheelset weight
$1,100 front and $1,300 rear
It’s not every day that you see a track bike coming from the Boston, Massachusetts shop of Firefly Bicycles. Especially one with such panache. Check out more of this track machine at the Firefly Tumblr.
I’m so stoked for our friends at MASH and the SF community. I wish I could be there to celebrate! Here are all the details:
“Please join us Saturday, September 12th, 2015 to celebrate the world premiere of our new video project. We have set up a fun weekend in San Francisco, we hope you can join us.
ALLEYCAT: 5:00PM at MASH 284 Sanchez Street, SF CA
ART SHOW: Doors open at 5:00PM at The Lab. 2948 16th Street, SF CA
VIDEO PREMIERE: 8:00PM at The Victoria Theater, 2961 16th Street, SF CA
Group RIDE at MASH Sunday September 13th, 1:00PM
Please look for updates on how you can get tickets to the screening in the coming weeks.
Look for updates with stops in Las Vegas September 17th, London September 26th, Berlin September 29th, Tokyo October 17th, Seoul October 21st 2015
Thank you to our friends for the generosity and who have helped make this possible: @vans, @oakley, @oakleybike, @cinelli_official, @girocycling, @clifbarcompany, @sellesanmarco, @kryptonitelock, @castellicycling”
Factory Five’s latest addition to their track bike line is the Stream, a performance minded machine made from 6061 aluminum and shaped to their custom specifications. The Stream comes in four colors and three sizes. Head over to Factory Five to see pricing and availability.