Gateway bikes. We’ve all had one. You know, that first bike that got you hooked on riding bikes and expanded your horizon into the world of cycling. When the fixed gear craze was sweeping cities all over the world, Rawson bought this Schwinn Le Tour while he was living in Ohio. He immediately converted it to a fixed gear, stripping the bike of all the necessary components, as per the norm at the time and rode it like that for a few years before eventually buying a road bike, then a gravel bike, and a mountain bike.
We’re continuing up through the Western United States with Bozeman being our final destination but man, our time in Santa Fe was magical. We’ve got much more content rolling through over the weekend and into next week, so stay tuned and have a great weekend!
If you have ever ridden with Lael you know that she would ride a rusted beach cruiser until both tires were flat and the wheels imploded and would still be smiling bigger than anyone about it, but if Specialized is sponsoring you with bikes for races, you might as well indulge in some cool shit.
Holy visuals, Yeti! Well done!
Olly, a professional videographer and mountain bike guide made a video showcasing riding the trails of Torridon, Scotland.
Like that Bond villain, Goldfinger, Phil Wood has their own ways of plating their components for the extra bling factor, even on a component that will live out its life hidden from view, such as a bottom bracket. This bottom bracket, in particular, is built with a 103mm JIS spindle with low drag Phil spec carbonyte bearings. It’s not everyday that you see something like this, yet it’s pretty standard issue for Phil Wood to post blinged out items on their Instagram. Give them a follow if you don’t already!
It’s coming! June 22nd is rapidly approaching. Do you know where you’re going for the 2019 Swift Campout? Head to Swift Industries to see who is hosting a Summer Solstice Campout in your city. We’ll be in Bozeman with Alter Cycles and Sklar Bikes. We’ll be doing around 20 miles of dirt road climbing up to Mystic Lake to camp under the Big Sky!
Share your local ride details in the comments and check out some inspirational photos below!
This is the third video the boys at ERTZUI FILM have produced for Germany’s premier wheelbuilder, Light Wolf Studio and if you’re wondering why they spend so much time documenting this talent, well, watch the video! … and if you like this, check out the full-length edit at their Vimeo.
Juliet was one of those smiling faces in Nam and Benedict’s story yesterday. In this video, she walks us through what she brought on that epic Big Sur trip. Head to her site for a more in-depth breakdown on her gear.
“Try before you buy.” It’s not a saying you’d normally associate with a bike shop. Sure, most shops will let you take a bike on a test ride around the block or in their parking lot, but to pull a brand new bike off the shelf and “demo” it for a day, or two, or a whole month, if you so wanted to, is unique. That model was very foreign to me until I walked into Santa Fe’s Mellow Velo.
Rapha continues to expand their on-the-bike portage offerings, with the latest addition being their Bar Bag. It comes in three colors, olive, tan, and black, has reflective hits, and a fully waterproof closure. The Bar Bag retails for $65 and is in stock now at Rapha.
Those looking for more grip on loamy surfaces on their plus bikepacking or trail bike can rejoice at the latest drop from WTB. The Vigalante is now available in a 29er plus package. To keep the weight down and the durability up, WTB utilizes their TriTec compound, which balances traction, support and durability, keeping your sidewalls tear-free and the casings supple. Head over to WTB to read more and your local dealer to order.
With more and more of the bigger brands going to consumer-direct, other smaller brands are growing out of this new model, offering complete bikes with substantial build kits, in modern geometries, straight to the consumer’s door. Ocoee Bikes has adopted this business practice with three platforms currently; all-road with the Baseline, gravel with the Boundary, and MTB with the Seclud model. Each bike comes in a variety of build kit options, colors, and sizing, allowing the consumer to pick the bike that suits their needs best. Now, this business model does come with some downsides. One of which being by cutting out the middleman – aka the LBS – it will put more pressure on existing shops to adapt to the changing market, something that older shops will have a hard time adjusting to. Another issue is being able to ride one of these bikes before you buy one.
… down Guardsman Pass in Utah while it was closed to cars. If you don’t know who Eric Porter is, check out this story we did with him in the birthplace of freeride MTB riding.
I was looking at everyone’s legs. The group of 13 included professional and semi professional racers, life-long athletes focused specifically on their relationship to the bicycle. There aren’t six packs; there’s, like, eight to ten pacs. Some even have muscular faces! How is that even possible to accomplish? Seeing my own soft animal body as lesser than their impressive builds. The grass kept getting greener and greener on the other side of my eyeballs and I felt myself getting smaller and smaller. Where in my body is this discomfort living? I had three days and the grand views around beautiful Big Sur to find the site of where this discomfort lived in my body. Aside from physical discomfort from physical exertion, I came up empty. Instead, I found an interstice where feelings of awe grew and that became my saving grace.
We’re here in Santa Fe this week, overwhelming our olfactory system, riding bikes, eating plenty of food, and visiting bike shops. Yesterday I swung by to see our new friends at Broken Spoke, where I came across this unique handlebar bag called the Endover. Made by Tribulus Limited, this ultralight bag utilizes a series of cinch straps to carry your bikepacking load in a very unique manner.
Bike thieves suck. Colin got his last Sklar road bike stolen last year here in Los Angeles. It was one of those moments where we all dropped what we were doing and rode all over the neighborhood looking for it. While that event was less than ideal, the resulting bike is what is featured here on the Radavist today.
Hope makes exceptional products in the UK and in this video, we get a look into how they make their popular handlebars.