The RAR 2021 SJ Brooks Scholarship is now live & accepting applications!

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The RAR 2021 SJ Brooks Scholarship is now live & accepting applications!

The 2021 SJ Brooks Scholarships seeks to increase access, reduce barriers, and center voices specifically for BIPOC cyclists who are trans, woman, non-binary, intersex, two-spirit, and/or genderqueer. The application will close at 9 pm (PST) on September 30, 2021.

Applicants must be BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, person of color) and TWIG (Trans, Women, Intersex, & Genderqueer). All applicants who are not BIPOC should spread the word to BIPOC cyclists in their community circles.

Apply today at the Radical Adventure Riders.

Ride with GPS Introduces Road Surface Types: Know Before You Go!

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Ride with GPS Introduces Road Surface Types: Know Before You Go!

Ever plan a route and when you get out on it, it’s not what you expected? Perhaps you wanted a road rout and the dirt roads are too chewed up for 28mm tires, or you want to do a gravel tour and the route is mostly pavement? This can happen for a number of reasons like outdated Google Earth images. Ride With GPS’ newest tech helps facilitate this by breaking down what surfaces your new route is made of.

There are three surface type categories:
-Paved – Paved surfaces include asphalt, concrete, and chip seal. Paved surfaces are shown as a solid line.
-Unpaved – Unpaved surfaces include gravel, dirt, cobblestones and natural/unimproved trails. Unpaved surfaces are shown as a dashed line.
-Unknown – When there is insufficient data available about a surface it will show up as unknown. Unknown surfaces are shown as an outlined white line.

Check out more details at Ride With GPS!

Stiletsi & the White Crane: Oregon Timber Trail’s Newest Tier Loop

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Stiletsi & the White Crane: Oregon Timber Trail’s Newest Tier Loop

In the early 1840s, John C. Fremont undertook several exploration missions for the U.S. government. The Oregon Territory was disputed and claimed by both the United Kingdom and the U.S.A. Just to the south, California was still a part of Mexico. Fremont’s mission was to assess the American West and determine how well it was defended by these other nations. Of course, all this land was already—and still is—Indigenous land.

Alexandera Houchin Reflects on Her Cover Photo in Freehub Magazine

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Alexandera Houchin Reflects on Her Cover Photo in Freehub Magazine

Our friend Alexandera Houchin sent us over an exciting email yesterday, celebrating her making the cover of Freehub Magazine’s latest issue. Here’s Freehub’s description of this issue:

“An unprecedented number of people are riding mountain bikes as an outlet for exercise and exploration and, as a result, discovering a truth we all eventually come to know: Every ride is an adventure. Freehub’s 12.4 edition is a celebration of this truth and a meditation on how adventure leads to discovery, both of the outside world and within oneself. In our cover story, ultra-endurance racer Alexandera Houchin writes about how her relationship with the bike has instilled a deeper understanding of her identity as a Native woman—and how she’s come to realize the act of racing is a ceremonial expression of her Ojibwe spirit. Transformative adventure pervades this book, with feature stories on a life-changing family bikepacking journey in the Alaskan wilderness and the existential reckonings of a rider attempting to clear a long-neglected trail in central Nevada’s remote Toiyabe Range. Welcome to Issue 12.4—a tribute to self-discovery and embracing the unknown.”

Read on below for Alexandera’s thoughts on this experience…

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Old Man Mountain Launches the Divide, a Bike Rack for Any Bike

The latest from Old Man Mountain is the Divide rack, which is designed to fit on just about any bike in your quiver. It comes in standard, fat bike, and a made in the USA model. The Divide attaches to QR, thru-axle, or eyelets, on the front or rear of any bike. Check out this video for the gist and see more at Old Man Mountain!

Specs:
-The Divide fits up to 3 inch tires, with room for fenders.
-Front or rear mountable.
-Made from 6061 aluminum the racks are lightweight, stiff, and strong.
-The main rack frame is made of 1/2″ (13 mm) diameter tubing for durability, and the pannier rails are 3/8″ (10 mm) diameter to fit all panniers.
-The low pannier rail makes it a breeze to load and unload panniers with gear lashed to the deck.
-The deck measures 3.9″ x 10.5″ (100 mm x 266 mm)
-The deck includes slots for easily lashing gear in place and holes for mounting a light.
-The dropouts are height adjustable to keep the weight loaded low on the bike and fit a wide range of tire sizes.
-The Divide come standard, eyelet mount ready with optional fit kits available for thru axle or QR mounting.
-The Divide has a load capacity of 55lbs when eyelet mounted. For more adventurous endeavors we offer thru axle or -QR Fit Kits, that mount the rack to the axle and increase the load capacity to a whopping 70lbs!
-Powder coated a sleek and refined shade of black
-Stainless Steel mounting hardware
-Lifetime warranty!

100 Percent New Altis Gravel Helmet

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100 Percent New Altis Gravel Helmet

100 Percent has been increasing its cycling apparel and accessories catalog over the years and this week the brand announced its newest product: the Altis Gravel Helmet. This helmet was designed to be slim fitting for gravel riding but built to endure the demands of modern mountain biking. While this helmet is packed with details, the most impressive is its pricepoint of $100.

Specs:
-Smartshock® Rotational Protective System (11 point)
-High-Density EPS foam injection and molded with polycarbonate. All sized in specific molds (XS/S, S/M, and L/XL)
-Massive airflow with an impressive 14 ventilation ports
-Expanded coverage while staying lightweight
-Washable, moisture-wicking anti-microbial liner
-Adjustable ratcheting fitment system
-Nexus push release snap-buckle

See more at 100 Percent.

The Westfjords Way: Bicycle Touring One of Iceland’s Most Remote Areas – Part 03

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The Westfjords Way: Bicycle Touring One of Iceland’s Most Remote Areas – Part 03

There’s a place to get soup at the halfway point. We’ll stop there. They might have some dried fish and rugbraud to pack for dinner– traditional Icelandic bread; dark, dense, and sweet. In the past, the locals dug holes and used the heat from geothermal water to bake the bread. We pack a sandwich to go, throw a leg over the top tube and let the wind carry us down the way. When the wind is your friend, there’s no feeling like it.

Why Cycles and Revel Bikes are Hiring!

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Why Cycles and Revel Bikes are Hiring!

Why Cycles and Revel Bikes, one of the quickest growing bike companies in the US, are hiring for full-time work in its Carbondale, Colorado facility. This is one of the coolest companies we’ve profiled over the years, run by people who enjoy the outdoor opportunities the Western Slope of Colorado offers. Current positions they’re hiring for are:
-bike assembler
-design engineer
-order pick/packer
-inventory clerk
-customer service
-inventory/purchasing manager

Check out our Inside/Out Shop Visit at Revel and Why in our Related Archives below and email Revel/Why for more information.

Mosaic Drops the Mic with the New 29×2.25 GT-X Gravel and Adventure Bikes

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Mosaic Drops the Mic with the New 29×2.25 GT-X Gravel and Adventure Bikes

Mosaic has added two new frameset models to their G-Series lineup of gravel and adventure bikes. The GT-1X and GT-2X are two new Mosaic framesets for riders seeking a big tire, off-road capable titanium adventure bike. Both GT-X frames are designed around a 29×2.25 tire, a gravel-specific or MTB drivetrain, and a geometry that incorporates a longer top tube and shorter stem, allowing the rider to set up their GT-X in a drop bar or flat bar configuration. The addition of optional frame bag and accessory mounts, as well as rack and fender mounts, make the GT-X capable of all-season, all-terrain exploration.

The GT-1X utilizes Mosaic’s top-of-the-line, double-butted titanium tubeset. Custom geometry and a rider-specific tubeset are included as “standard” options on GT-1X, making it a truly custom build. The GT-1X is offered in the rider’s choice of Mosaic Paint Layout or the Mosaic Factory Finish.

The GT-2X utilizes Mosaic’s simpler straight gauge titanium tubeset. The GT-2X is offered in 7 stock sizes from S-XXL, with custom geometry available as an upgrade. The GT-2X is finished in Mosaic’s standard raw finish, with available upgrade options to a Mosaic Paint Layout or the Mosaic Factory Finish.

Every GT-X adventure bike is built to order and finished in Mosaic’s Boulder, Colorado facility. Orders can be placed through a Mosaic dealer, and frames carry a 12 week lead time from the date that the details are confirmed, the order is signed off and put into the build queue.

See more at Mosaic.

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NORTH COAST: A Cycling Film by Restrap

In July 2020, a group of five friends had planned an epic tour of Europe, but plans changed. A new tour was cobbled together in a week, and the new destination was set: Scotland. The group would ride the famous North Coast 500, a legendary route along the rugged Scottish coastline, and then onto the Highlands. ‘NORTH COAST’ chronicles the reality of touring through harsh conditions, relentless weather and the challenges faced with a country fresh out of a pandemic lockdown…