Hi Lo Cali

The latest from Brian Vernor checks all the boxes for those who either love this region already or hold a curiosity that could ignite a journey of their own…

“Three friends ride bicycles 192 miles through the California desert, from Badwater Basin to White Mt. Peak. Along the way they ascend over 24,000 vertical feet, and experience a 70 degrees shift in temperature. Before embarking the riders plan their ride carefully and leave food and water along the route in old ammunition canisters for later consumption. Unsupported from beginning to end, the riders carried small cameras and filmed themselves during the ride, capturing serendipitous moments like a dusk flyby of a group of owls and a desperate dive into a grungy bathroom to escape from the cold.”

Nicely done!

Feb 15, 2018 16 comments
I’m Heading to the 2018 NAHBS

This week I’m leaving the sunny confines of Southern California for Nutmeg Country, to the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. In case you weren’t aware, this year’s event is in Hartford, Connecticut and takes place this weekend. That’s February 16-18. So if you’re in the area, come find me as I’m in the throughs of documenting some of the year’s craziest bikes… If you want to refresh 2017’s coverage, check out the archives. As always, drop a note here or on Instagram for bikes you’d like to see documented and expect nothing but the highest quality NAHBS documentation on the internet, right here at the Radavist!


Feb 15, 2018 17 comments
The Argonaut Test Flight Program is Coming to Los Angeles on March 10th-11th

On March 10th and the 11th, Argonaut Cycles will be holding their test launch event in Los Angeles. The exact location of the event will be announced via email to those who register.

So what is a Test Flight?

“A Test Flight is where you can test out an Argonaut and find out first hand what ride quality really means. Each bike is equipped with Dura-Ace Di2 Hydro components and ENVE 3.4 / Chris King disc wheels. Take a spin, then schedule a fitting and get your bike in our build queue. When you register for a test flight we’ll have a bike waiting for you with the fit adjusted to your measurements. Take a 45 – 60 minute ride around a predetermined route, then take some time to talk one on one about the ride, and how we can make one tailored for you.

Registration will close at 12pm on February 26th. To ensure everyone is able to ride the size and configuration they need, fill out the form online and we’ll email you with the time of your test ride. Test Flights will be on Saturday March 10th, with a group ride and fittings on Sunday March 11th.”

Best of all, this is FREE! Register at Argonaut Cycles.

Feb 14, 2018 No comments yet
It’s Great Seeing this Black Magic and Bishop Bikes Finally Built Up

For anyone who attended NAHBS last year, this Bishop frameset will look familiar. It won Best Finish in show and was painted by Rudi at Black Magic Paint. Well, it took almost a year to build this bike up, but it’s complete. Before we jump into that, however, here’s what Rudi has to say about the bike:

“Chris Bishop sent this bike to do whatever we wanted in the summer. My right/dominant arm was paralyzed in a moto wreck shortly after we received the bike. The bike hung in our shop for months until I felt comfortable painting a bike like this. I sent some sketches over before NAHBS and Chris said, “Awesome! Go with your vision.” My vision was gold paint outlines with kandy gold leaf fade over the fill for the logos. The “grain” panels were a three-color kandy fade. The head tube logo was five color wet paint over a solid black base color. ”

See the completed build photos at the Bishop Flickr and the frameset photos at the Black Magic Flickr.

Feb 14, 2018 1 comment
Bicycling: Under the Darkness of Depression a Cyclist Pursues Zen by Bike

Photo by Brian Vernor

“Do you have a spiritual practice?”

Of the many questions I expected a psychiatrist might ask me, I hadn’t expected that one.

I was in his office seeking help for my depression, anxiety, and irritability. For more than a year I’d been struggling with some of my personal relationships, but most especially with my wife Shana and our young sons, who are 8 and 5. I could go from calm to explosive almost as quickly as a firecracker. My boys thought me angry, sometimes mean. Shana and I had been distant for months; I couldn’t recall the last time we’d kissed.”

Continue reading this article at Bicycling Magazine.

Feb 14, 2018 7 comments
Broken and Coastal Vol 03

Broken and Coastal’s latest issue is out, featuring:

“Photographer Brian Barnhart interviews Jenna Contuchio on how to live life to the fullest; Franziska Wernsing writes a love letter while biking across the Americas; Silvia Galliani takes on a Tuscany adventure; Joe Rich shares his thoughts on traveling and the open road.

Plus contributions from Brandon Harrison, Chris Nygaard, Damian Riehl, Jake Szymanski, Joachim Rosenlund, John Watson, Kyle Emery-Peck, and R.J. Rabe.”

Check it out online or buy a copy at Broken and Coastal!

Feb 14, 2018 1 comment
A Look at the Ultra-Low Visibility Camo Leh Cycling Goods Bar Tape and Saddle Bag

With NAHBS approaching – this weekend! – one of my favorite features to photograph are the unique touches that make the bikes of the show, show bikes. While not everyone can afford a crazy titanium fatbike with bends for days, or a carbon road bike that weighs only 12 lbs, that doesn’t mean we can’t accessorize our bikes to look like a balleur show bike.

Leh Cycling Goods is a leathersmith, based in Texas, that makes custom saddles, bar tape, and other cycling accessories, but what makes Leh different from the others is his ready-made stock, including leather-clad saddles! I’ve been using two of Leh’s products on my Speedvagen OD OG-1 and they really bring this bike’s whole package up a few notches… Check out more below. (more…)

Feb 13, 2018 5 comments
Ponderosa Cyclery + Tour Enamel Mugs

I love a good product with an even better back-story and you can tell the team at Ponderosa really loves Pine Ridge:

“What yer seeing here (the topo) is the Pine Ridge of Nebraska. Real special place. Two-track, big pine forests, grasslands, badlands… most of the good stuff. We like to ride bikes out here. In the grand scheme of things, this is the very northwest corner of the state. Sioux County (number 80 on the plates, 1 in your hearts). Wyomin’ just to the left, South Dakot’r to the north. Elevation is between 4800′ and 5000′. High plains. Lots of Ponderosa (“x” marks the Champion Ponderosa), lots of Yucca. It’s where the Munsons live. Go out there, ride a bike, camp in Gilbert Baker (WMA), sleep among the trees and under the stars. You won’t (can’t) regret it.”

Check out these enamel mugs and other products at the Ponderosa Shop!

Feb 13, 2018 1 comment
All-City and Deer Jerk

Photo by Cassie Lopez

For their latest product collaboration, All-City teamed up with Morgantown, West Virginia-based artist Deer Jerk on a capsule collection, featuring a cap, bottle and shirt. Head to All-City to read the full interview, go to your local shop to order and see the products below.


Feb 13, 2018 3 comments
Bloody Disc Brakes!

In a freak accident, total bad ass of a cyclocross star Katie Compton was mangled at the start of Saturday’s race – the Ijsboerke Ladies Trophy – in Lille, Belgium by a fellow racer’s disc brake rotor during a crash. This kind of event is exactly what the UCI will use to solidify their disc brake safety laws. You can see the graphic photo at Mr. Katie Compton’s Twitter. On a more positive note, it appears the laceration was clean enough to make dressing the wound easy. Personally, I think it’s one hell of a story and accompanying battle wound.

Congrats on your killer season, Katie. Heal up quick!!

Feb 12, 2018 27 comments
Thank You for Bidding on Edie’s Bike!

If you bid on this bike, thank you! If you read the post, thank you! If you took the time to send Edie positive energy, THANK YOU! All companies involved would like to thank you for helping us raise $5,600 for our friend Edie Perkins. Thanks to SRAMZippBrooks, Industry Nine and Chris King for donating everything needed to build the bike at Golden Saddle Cyclery, and to top it off, thanks to Stinner Frameworks for color-matching components!

Feb 12, 2018 1 comment
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