Raidō is the r-rune of the Elder Futhark, an old proto-Germanic language, used by northern European civilizations. Its meaning translates to the ride or the journey and has been the icon of this website for years, at least in spirit. For Cari’s birthday this year, we wanted to do something new and challenging. We both had our picks for a vacation. Mine was a bicycle tour in Madagascar and hers was backpacking in Iceland. Luckily for Cari, it was her birthday, so she had the final say in the matter. All she wanted was to be on a trail during the Summer Solstice and her birthday, so we began planning…
Raidō, or “the ride”, and Algiz, or “protection”, two runes from the Elder Futhark which hold special meaning to the Radavist. Depending on orientation, these runes’ meaning can change, so the inverted pattern ensures a safe journal and arrival. With the Talisman on the back and the Jackal on the front, this shirt has all the markings of the Radavist.
Printed on American Apparel black longsleeve tees with eco-friendly discharge ink here in Austin by Industry Print Shop, these shirts are $40 shipped to the USA only! Sorry to international orders, but with the holidays rapidly approaching, I want to ensure people can receive their orders in time.
Pick one up below! SORRY SOLD OUT!
I can’t keep these in stock and as it seems, after each batch of 100 sells out, I get dozens of emails, so here ya go, another re-up of the Radavist Raidō Rune Top Caps. In the Elder Fuþark, a rune’s orientation effects its intended power. That goes for Raidō as well. Inverted, mirrored, off-axis all have consequences. Which orientation do you run yours?
Mel from Luv Sik Grafix has done a stellar job with these die-cut vinyl decals. So I’ve re-upped yet another run aaaaand they’ve sold out. Sorry guys!
Raidô means ride or journey in Elder Futhark and now you can embark on one yourself with the new Raidô Viking stickers. Silk screened on high-quality, clear vinyl. These will last for many miles. Pick up (5) for $5 shipped in the States and $6 shipped worldwide now at the PiNP Web Shop.
The Raidô viking is taking over and these new decals from Luv Sik Grafix are sinister enough to stick anywhere, including under your chevrons.
I wanna see some Strava or something for this ride because it looks pretty damn tough based on the riders’ expressions. This Vuurtoren ride looks pretty epic. That’s Raidô though isn’t it? But seriously, let’s see the whole video!
I can’t help but think of Sarke’s “Vorunah” when I read the video title here.
Photo by Brian Vernor
I’ve been wanting to do a Hold Fast signature strap for some time now but have always felt there was no need to rush things. Finally, inspiration came to me while I was cooling off from a climb in the hill country here. The trees are shade and in the Texas summer, they are a crucial part of riding. Whether it’s a roll to a swimming hole, a road ride or FGFS, you actively seek the shade to cool off. This is Raidô, or the ride and journey. The dendritic veins extend to the sky finally, I had my inspiration.
For 4.20, I’m offering a Raidô Viking shirt and a pair of Hold Fast FRS straps. For the first time, Hold Fasts will come with a stash pocket and rolling papers. We chose a grey velcro and purple lining in the pocket.
EDIT: IF YOU’RE HAVING PROBLEMS ORDERING A SHIRT CLICK HERE TO DO SO.
I’m so stoked on the new Viking vector logo done by Paul DeVay of Angry Icons (shown in a clipping mask above). Its simplicity is a new direction for the site and it’ll be popping up quite frequently in new products. This past week, I’ve been working on so many collaborations that my head is spinning and the only way I can keep it straight is by riding. Here in Austin, the trees have been barren for so long that it’s taken all winter for new growth to sprout. The live oaks and mesquite trees are like dripping veins from the sky and when you’re in Texas, the summer heat shows no mercy, sending you to their shade. I spend a lot of time cooling down while riding and when you look up, you’re greeted with chaotic beauty. The ride and journey continues…
Photo by Adhitya Alie
The FLYRS from Indonesia rode out to Anyer Vuurtoren beach recently. Back in 1885, the Dutch built a lighthouse there. I liked this photo a lot and thought it should be shared with everyone.
Today Ross and I went on a great ride. It wasn’t crazy mileage or gnarly climbing, just a lot of fun. It’s been raining here nonstop for the past week, so we were getting a little stir crazy. We finished up at the bar, where I took this shot of a bourbon and a GSC bidon: the only way to end a ride in the endless summer that is Austin.
Also, as a reminder, you can follow my activity on Instagram, even if you don’t have an iPhone, by checking out the API at the bottom of the blog.
The Raidô has ended and everyone’s submissions flooded Instagram. By my last count, there are over 100 photos with the #Raido hashtag. I received dozens on the PiNP FB and my email. Wanting to be as unbiased as possible, I sent 44RN the pool and had him pick two winners. Each of these guys will receive a limited edition Purple 44RN 144#47 chainring.
Check out the two winners below.
Is this what the Aussies mean when they say “PISS OFF”?
Stopping and looking can be the best part of a ride. More to come from our walkabout later…