Snow and Sunsets in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains: Things to be Thankful For

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Snow and Sunsets in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains: Things to be Thankful For

What a year it’s been. To be honest, as the editor/owner/curator of this website, I was very nervous about how we would survive the pandemic and subsequent lockdown. So much of my work that goes into this site is about traveling to other communities, documenting shops, group rides, races, and yeah, people’s bikes. All that was put on hold and we had to resort to more bike galleries and reviews than I’m used to.

My passion comes from the aforementioned activities and while I love bikes, I love what they create and enable even more. All year, I’ve been personally battling a pendulum of moods but one thing that has been the great equalizer is a jaunt into our mountains, the Sangre de Cristo Range, the southernmost tip of the Rocky Mountains. Living on the last stop on the Colorado Plateau has its perks I suppose and a simple hour or two-long pedal in the foothills often gives me perspective that is much-needed in this year of uncertainty. It’s something I have to remind myself daily. Yesterday was a perfect example.

Esker Cycles: Japhy Hardtail 29er

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Esker Cycles: Japhy Hardtail 29er

Some people were excited by the announcement that Esker Cycles had restocked their beloved Hayduke hardtail but saddened by its migration to a long travel 27.5″ wheeled chassis. To this Esker just announced their new Japhy hardtail 29er. A completely new bike, dedicated to 29″ wheels, a 120mm travel fork, and similar detailing as the Hayduke, the Japhy fills the niche left by its rowdier sibling’s revisions. Head to Esker Cycles to see all the juicy details.

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Critical Interstices: “The Wheel is a Flat Circle” – A Roval + Ultradynamico Review

We don’t usually do video here at the Radavist, usually reserving it for special projects like this one. It’s different and thus, pretty special, so enjoy…

Recorded at the Live Oaks Community Center in January 2020 this presentation was scheduled thanks to the centers call for local participant submissions. Products featured in this presentation include the Roval Terra CLX Evo 650B, The Ultradynamico Rose Race 650B, and the Bistro Graphic Croc. If you like this review and would like to see more please contact @newantarctica to discuss whether or not a in-depth product review is right for you.

ERGON Oil Slick Grip Clamps

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ERGON Oil Slick Grip Clamps

Looking for some PVD bling for your bike? Or perhaps you want to match your blinged out “oil slick” SRAM AXS XX1 cassette? Look no further. ERGON now makes oil slick grip clamps but they only made a limited batch…

In stock now at ERGON:
-Exclusive to US and Canada
-MSRP: $19.95
-Limited supply
-2 different clamp options:
-Clamps for GE1 and GE1 Evo models
-Clamps for GA2, GA2 Fat, GA3, GD1, GD1 Evo and GFR1

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Matty and Clare: Lost Camptures

The latest video from Bombtrack has all the vibes!

“Matty has bikepacked plenty of times in Europe and Australia and has passionately shared his infatuation for riding with me. I was fairly new to this way of life and adventure but excited to share this experience on my first bike-packing trip overseas. More than a year of travel ahead and a one-way flight to Oslo, Norway was the beginning of the unknown. The trepidation of leaving our family, friends and jobs behind was tempered by the excitement of the new challenges we would soon be facing. Add to this a strong emotional link to Matty’s Grandfather, Bob, who had cycle toured Scandinavia in the 1950’s, we felt a powerful draw to this mountainous country to mark the beginning of our world trip. There was also the challenge of tracking down the same locations Bob had captured on an old film camera, recently uncovered in a dusty photo album.

The film documents our daily trials and tribulations, from strong headwinds, torrential rain, the odd argument and uncontrollable happiness as we attempted to re-trace the pedal strokes of Matty’s Grandfather. Maybe, we dared to think, even recreate one of his images and come to find his ‘Lost Captures’…” – Clare Nattress

Dangle Supply Reinvents the Titanium Dangle Mug

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Dangle Supply Reinvents the Titanium Dangle Mug

Dangle Supply, makers of the almighty DangleBong™️, recently revisited their roots and re-designed the titanium camp mug. You know, those camp mugs everyone dangles off their rear saddle packs? These newly-designed titanium cups are 400ml 420ml in volume, 85mm in outside diameter, and 90mm high (get it?). These are priced at $49.69 and are in stock now at Dangle Supply.

Bailey’s Rocky Mountain Hammer Basket Bike

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Bailey’s Rocky Mountain Hammer Basket Bike

The almighty basket bike. It doesn’t need to be fancy. Doesn’t need flashy components. Just build it out for practical uses… like wallrides!

Earlier this year, Bailey got the idea to convert this older Rocky Mountain Hammer frame into a basket bike. His intent with the bike was to have a no-nonsense, do-it-all beater that he could lock up anywhere and not worry about it. Yet, because it’s Bailey, there was a twist to this bike’s use…

New Nonprofit, Two Bikes Knoxville, Launches With an Amazing Goal

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New Nonprofit, Two Bikes Knoxville, Launches With an Amazing Goal

I met Mitchell many years ago while riding opposite directions on the Tour Divide and since then we’ve kept in loose internet contact. Mitchell and Matt are launching a new shop in Knoxville with an amazing goal and I wanted to share it with everyone:

Howdy, we’re Mitchell and Matt, two regular people who ride bikes. We also happen to be starting a non-profit bike shop in the Historic Old City district of Knoxville, TN. We’re calling it Two Bikes and our mission is to give away a bicycle for every one we sell.

To make this happen we rely on donated bikes – and bike parts – which we refurbish and sell for reasonable prices. The shop will also serve as a hub for the fast-growing and diverse Knoxville cycling community by offering public repair stations, mechanics classes, a taproom showcasing local beer, a resource library and – when things return to normal – an event space.

We believe in the transformative power of bikes, not just as a means of exercise or a social object, but also as a tool for personal mobility, freedom and autonomy. From the latest carbon space bike to the modest be-fendered and basketed commuter, we hope you’ll agree that with each bicycle the world becomes a more wondrous and positive place. As such, Two Bikes is committed to lowering the barrier for entry to this brighter world by providing access to affordable bikes and to creating a more inclusive and egalitarian culture through honest, unintimidating service.

We’re documenting the process of starting the nonprofit online too. If you’d like to follow along, the best spot is probably Instagram.

Rivendell’s New 60cm Tosco Bar comes in 31.8 and 25.4 Clamp or 1 1/8 Direct Clamp

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Rivendell’s New 60cm Tosco Bar comes in 31.8 and 25.4 Clamp or 1 1/8 Direct Clamp

Looking to offer its newest bar in a variety of clamp sizes and specs, the newest Rivendell handlebar is one for the masses. The Tosco mid-rise bar fills out the Bosco family of bars. The Bosco is a high-rise, the Losco (a Blue Lug bar) is low-rise. If you don’t like the standard 25.4mm clamp diameter, well there are options for that. You can order a Tosco in a 31.8mm clamp or a direct-to-steerer 1 1/8″ direct mount (pictured). These bars retail for $60 ($120 for direct clamp) and are in stock at Rivendell right now.

The Esker Hayduke is Back in Stock with a New Fork Spec

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The Esker Hayduke is Back in Stock with a New Fork Spec

The Hayduke is one of the best steel hardtails on the market and it just got better. Until now, Hayduke completes have been equipped with a 120mm 29er fork built with 27.5+ wheels, which allowed riders to swap between the 27.5+ and 29er wheel sizes. While that same swapping ability still exists for Hayduke framesets, complete builds will now feature a dedicated 27.5” fork with 140mm of travel, allowing Esker to develop a dedicated 29er model down the road. This increased travel with a dedicated 27.5″ wheel means the A-T-C length is the same as a 120mm and 29er wheel, so riders can always buy a frameset and build their Hayduke up that way as well thanks to the Portage dropout system, which allows users to adjust their chainstay length.

Hayduke framesets come standard with Portage dropouts, an axle, seat collar, and a Wolf Tooth Components headset for $750. Complete builds are available in limited quantities at 3 levels starting with H1 at $2000, H2 at $2950, and H3 at $3250. Framesets and completes are available through eskercycles.com.

See more at Esker Cycles.

Mason Cycles InSearchOf Redux Features the Condensor Rack and Load-Bearing Fender

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Mason Cycles InSearchOf Redux Features the Condensor Rack and Load-Bearing Fender

Many framebuilders and bike companies approach cargo capacity by relying on third-party racks, which is fine and all but when a company designs specific cargo solutions, it causes pause. Trek did it with their 1120+ touring bike and now Mason Cycles turns it up a notch with their new InSearchOf steel touring bike model, featuring the Condensor Rack. Yet the most clever innovation here is this beautiful load-bearing front mudguard/fender. Not every ride requires cargo bags but plenty of rides, especially this time of year, require the constant shedding and switching of layers. This fender can hold a jacket (or a hoagie, burrito, muffin, etc), with the addition of ski straps.

You can read all about the Condensor Rack at Mason Cycles and see the new ISO models there too!

Adidas Returns to Cycling With “the Road” Shoes and More

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Adidas Returns to Cycling With “the Road” Shoes and More

While Adidas’ entire cycling lineup looks exceptionally well, the real standout from the brand’s full-fledged return to cycling apparel is ‘the Road’ shoes. Those fans of the ’70s and ’80s Adidas cycling shoes will remember how sleek and minimal those shoes were. The Road shoes feature three reflective stripes, lace closure, a seamless upper, and use three-bolt cleats patterns. These shoes will retail for £130 when they’re in stock and unfortunately, they’re only available in the UK…

See more at Adidas.

Finding the Fun of Riding in Circles: Connecting Singletrack in Guaymas, Sonora

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Finding the Fun of Riding in Circles: Connecting Singletrack in Guaymas, Sonora

Up until the beginning of this year, I had barely stepped foot on a proper mountain biking trail. Not because my hometown lacks options to do so, it’s just that my approach to riding bikes as a commuter and tourer is to get places, and trail riding seemed much like riding in circles. This summer, as my long term traveling plans got postponed, a mountain biking trail 15 minutes away from home suddenly seemed interesting and I started to get the hang of riding single track as a temporary substitute for long, open dirt roads; after all, this 5 km trail did a lot for keeping me sane over the summer.

You Can Now Own a Firefly… Pump

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You Can Now Own a Firefly… Pump

Our friends at Firefly have teamed up with Silca to make a titanium bodied, Silca Pocket Imperio Pump. By switching the construction of the pump from aluminum to titanium, it offered a new palette for Firefly to offer a few of their finishes on. These pumps are made-to-order at Firefly’s shop, come in a high-voltage anodized fade (pictured), a brushed, or blasted finish.

Specs:
-Fully butted titanium construction
-Premium leather piston gasket and brass check-valve
-Slide-Lock gaskets
-Length: 8 in
-Weight: 135gm
-120psi maximum pressure
-Finished in Blasted, Brushed or Ultra-high voltage anodized fade
-For presta valves only
-Pumps are all made-to-order. Lead times are 2-3 weeks.
-Retail $220 for brushed/blasted $300 for anodized fade

Head to Firefly to see more.

A Digital Preview – Of Crank & Chain: Cyclocross

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A Digital Preview – Of Crank & Chain: Cyclocross

Of Crank & Chain: Cyclocross is a 240 page photographic and written expression of domestic cyclocross in 2019. Both black and white and color images captured locally in the Pacific Northwest as well as at UCI events around the nation, the book is not organized by the events themselves, but rather by parts of a race day from the events spanning the season, blended together and presented as one continuous event. None of the images contain captions of the who and the where, because, in a way, a season is a singular event and also features images of amateurs and professionals and doesn’t draw a distinction between them. In the U.S., we are all just ‘cross racers suffering on the same track. In that respect, American cyclocross paints amateurs and pros with essentially the same brush. More than anything the book is about what it is to race cyclocross and what goes into it, as opposed to a year in review.