I must say, the latest footwear drop from PEARL iZUMi really grabbed my attention. Over the years, the brand has made a big push to constantly update and redesign their classic silhouettes and one shoe that recently got a facelift is their X-Alp Launch SPD shoes. Now with a BOA closure system and this beautiful kiyote tan color, I had to try a pair out. After a few rides on our local MTB trails, I think I got the gist and can talk a bit about them, so read on below for a quick and succinct “This Just In” review…
Steve McClure is one of the UK’s best climbers and has set some of the hardest routes. A bike keeps Steve in shape, climbing is demanding on your body, requiring total body fitness. Check out this video showcasing how Steve uses his Cairn e-bike to access areas that would otherwise require long hikes or 4WDs.
Logo by Sam Scipio
While it was the most violent in Illinois history, the Chicago Race Riot of 1919 still remains widely unknown to many. The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 Route Campaign honors the centennial of the riot in 2019 and is a collaboration between PeopleForBikes, Ride Spot, Newberry Library . The CRR1919 Commemoration Project to educate riders about a bitter piece of Chicago’s past while supporting a better future through Blackstone Bicycle Works’ efforts with youth on Chicago’s South Side.
-The goal is to inspire 300 riders to complete the CRR1919 route before Oct 31.
-If we succeed in activating riders and sell all of the CRR1919 Guidebooks, we will raise $7500 for Blackstone Bicycle Works, a non-profit program to expanding the educational and vocational opportunities of BIPOC youth on Chicago’s South Side and contribute to the CRR1919 Public Art Commemoration Project.
This year, riders can follow that same route thanks to Ride Spot. By downloading the mobile app and joining the Chicago Race Riot of 1919 Route challenge, riders will be guided by turn-by-turn directions to each stop along the route.
They can also download or stream an audio tour or purchase a limited edition 1919 CRR Route Guidebook for $10 with 100% of the proceeds donated to Blackstone Bicycle Works and The CRR1919 Commemoration Public Art Project.
To learn more, see the route and access the companion guides, visit CRR1919.COM.
There is no shortage of wheel manufacturers in the United States, which is a good thing, but there are very few carbon wheel manufacturers here so when a new one pops up, we have to share it. Gulo Composites is from Western North Carolina and make their wheels – road, MTB, gravel – in-house. Their GRX-SL is an Allpavé wheel meant for road, gravel, trail, and everything in between. These superlight, 22mm internal width rims were designed with a 2mm spoke hole offset which helps create a very balanced wheel and the spoke hole angles were optimized at each point to work in perfect conjunction with Gulo’s ETI hubs and their unique GIS – Gulo Integrated System – spoke system. Let’s look at this system in detail below.
The more I ride my 150/140mm travel 29er, the more I’m in love with it. It truly is a magical travel pairing and while it takes a bit to keep on top of the travel, it really has become my all-day bike. Modern 150mm 29ers pedal like they’re much smaller bikes but still open up on the descents like a long-travel should. The Esker Cycles Rowl is right in this wheelhouse with a 140mm travel frame and 150mm fork, it is meant to be your all-mountain ally, in a neat and tidy package. With a 65.16º head angle, a 76º virtual seat angle, 425mm chainstay length, threaded 73mm bottom bracket, and a 420mm-490mm reach on sizes S-XL, the Rowl is ready for anything. Rowl completes at the R2 ($4999) and R3 ($5999) level are available now in limited quantities, so head on over to Esker Cycles to read all about it.
Bikes are an extension of the rider in every sense of the word. Not only do the wheels and bars act as our contact points to the terra firma, but everything becomes more than the sum of its parts. Those parts bin grips or meticulously color-matched fasteners all create a piece of rolling poetry. Found art, master-planned, functional, beautiful.
The latest from Patagonia resonates with the current administration’s mission to auction off public lands to the highest bidder. It’s a long one but well worth the watch. Here’s the synopsis:
“Despite support from voters across the political spectrum, our public lands face unprecedented threats from extractive industries and the politicians in their pockets. Part love letter, part political exposé, Public Trust investigates how we arrived at this precarious moment through three heated conflicts—a national monument in the Utah desert, a mine in the Boundary Waters and oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—and makes a case for their continued protection.”
Take action to protect our public lands. Text DEFEND to 71333.
Who is Bicycle Pubes? Or rather, what is Bicycle Pubes? Internet jokester or an anonymous harbinger of cycling’s truths. For this week’s Readers’ Rides we look at the Grim Donut of gravel bikes, the Grav Grav Cruncher by Enforcer Bikes…
Gravel? What is gravel? If you live in the US, you instantly think about the big gravel rollers which you can find out in the mid west. Gravel roads where you can ride a 100 miles before turning, well at times they definitely feel like a 100 miles. Those brutal headwinds!
Reader SeanMauceri sent in this video of him riding along some of the most beautiful country roads the Northeast has to offer, just north of Woodstock Vermont amidst the Green Mountains.
Woodstock, Pomfret, Quechee Loop.
Inside Line Equipment, or ILE for short, makes one of my personal favorite camera bags, and just today they announced it has been updated! The Photo Bag Mini is designed to haul your full-frame camera with a 24-70mm lens, along with a few extra pockets for filters, SD cards, and other accessories. Seriously, this camera bag has traveled the world with me, and is my go-to favorite for city bike photo rides and hikes alike. New for this model is an upgraded COBRA buckle option as well to really up the resilience factor.
The ILE Photo Bag Mini comes in a variety of colors and is in stock now. I just bought one and can’t wait to see these updates in person!
Otso’s Waheela C is a crowd-pleaser all-road bike that checks a lot of boxes for lovers of gravel. For Autumn 2020, it gets a new slate and gray matte paint. After customer feedback, Otson has decided to launch this bike now instead of next year and will come with an option to have a fork with a 12mm or 15mm axle. The Waheela C has been covered here before on the Radavist but here’s a refresh for y’all:
-Massive tire clearance. 29” x 2.1” tires (700c x 53mm equivalent) with ample space. The same clearance can be found with 650b or 27.5” wheels.
-Adjustable geometry. A Tuning Chip rear dropout allows the rider to change the wheelbase by up to 20mm. This chip has three positions: the rear position makes for a long wheelbase and stable ride, the front position is a shorter wheelbase for CX racing or singletrack riding, and the middle position is kind of the best of both worlds.
-EPS molded carbon frame. It’s light, strong, and ready for the next race, climb, or spirited ride.
-Dropper compatible. 60mm and 100mm travel options on Otso’s custom bike configurator.
See more at Otso!
This morning Campagnolo announced their 13-speed gravel groupset dubbed Ekar and similarly, brands rolled out their build kit offerings with the new group. Sage Titanium is one of those brands and they now offer Ekar on their two gravel models, the Barlow race machine and the monster gravel machine, the Storm King. You can now build a Storm King as pictured with Ekar, a dropper, Shamal wheels, and the whole 9, err 13, for $9,500. It might not be for everyone’s budget but it sure is nice to look at! See this build in detail below and check out more at Sage Titanium.
The Pandemic has left people with a lot of free time to pursue new hobbies. How many of your friends became sourdough bakers, xeriscapers, or home improvement gurus with all their newfound time at home? Eric Puckett is a long-time friend who always had sewing skills but once he was forced to work at home and couldn’t spend as much of his time outdoors, he began making bags for cycling, rock climbing, and more. Recently, he made this hobby into a side hustle called Farewell Bags. I caught up with Eric last week to shoot his new bags on his own Salsa Timberjack, so check out more below…
The Basso Tera looks to the rocky roads, the rutted descents, and the washboarded doubletrack and offers up a multi-material construction chassis with an aluminum frame, a carbon rear triangle, and a carbon fork. It’s available as a sporty drop bar version in raw aluminum…
… or a flat bar in a mint green. The pivot design allows for 8mm of flex in the rear triangle, will clear a 45mm 700c tire, has four bottle cage mounts and is designed to have a spacious front triangle for a large frame bag.
-Fixed pivot with 8 mm of flex
-Tires up to 45mm
-Alloy and carbon construction
-Internal cables routing
-Compatible with both 1x and 2x groupsets
-4 bottle cage mounting positions
-Built to carry multiple bags
See more and configure yours at Basso Bikes.
Choose Cycling looks at two UK-based cyclists, Ore and Lucy, and spotlights what drew them to bikes and commuting.
Editor’s intro: I’ve long been inspired by the work of Chris Burkard, particularly his work in Iceland, so when I saw he had taken up bikepacking and was about to embark on a crazy tour across Iceland’s interior, I reached out to see if he’d be willing to share his story. Read on below for an intro by Chris and an interview…
Redshift has made a name for themselves by listening to what consumers want with their gravel bikes and the latest from the brand embodies that. The Kitchen Sink Handlebar comes in widths from 44cm up to 50cm and is designed to make your off-road experience as comfortable as posttible. Aiding in this is an option for an 150mm aerodynamic loop extension and options for their ergonomic Cruise Control Grip System.
-20mm RISE means less pressure on the hands and a broad range of fit options.
-7° SWEEP means the bar is positioned where your hands want to be, whether your on the flats, the hoods or the drops.
-25° FLARE on a compact drop means a stable, aerodymanic drop position that is actually comfortable enough to use.
-Optional endurance loop adds an alternative aerodynamic riding position and a perfect spot for gear storage and mounting accessories.
-Shipping in December
Head to Redshift to see more!