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Le Tour de Pants with Ali Selim

When Alexi Grewal won gold in the 1984 Olympics, it wasn’t because he was wearing spandex. Filmmaker, Ali Selim, was one of the only few keen enough to understand why Grewal won.

A First Timer’s Take on Sea Otter

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A First Timer’s Take on Sea Otter

There’s dust, cold, chaos, and bikes.  Bikes everywhere. Almost more bike tracks than footprints in the thick dirt of the Laguna Seca Raceway paddock, where rows of tents and more flags than the eye can count have taken over for the weekend – this is The Sea Otter Classic.  It’s my first time not only to Sea Otter but to a bike expo- having gotten seriously into cycling during the quarantine this first wave of events post- pandemic is also my first wave of cycling events- period. I did my first bike race two months prior, and while there was an expo there it nowhere near compares to this ocean of logos.  Being a photographer in the cycling world this weekend is a chance to connect with clients I haven’t seen in a while, touch base with connections I have prior only talked to through emails and DM’s, and hug the bejeezus out of the rad gravel ladies I photographed for ‘The Leaders of Gravel’, a series here on The Radavist.

State Bicycle Co and Ozzy Osbourne

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State Bicycle Co and Ozzy Osbourne

These two brands need no introduction, at least I hope not anyway! State Bicycle Co and Ozzy Osbourne, yes, that Ozzy, have teamed up on a capsule collection with jerseys, fleece-lined jackets, a bar bag, and stem cap. It’s a smaller collection compared to what State has done with musical artists over the years but that doesn’t mean it’s any less bad ass.

See more at State Bicycle Co.

A Dyno Pincher-Inspired DeSalvo Gravel Bike for Grinduro California

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A Dyno Pincher-Inspired DeSalvo Gravel Bike for Grinduro California

And so it goes…

Mike DeSalvo is a friend ofmine. I’m a fan of his work (I own a bike from him) and I believe he’s a fan of my work. We’ve done a few projects over the years now. Each one always rooting itself in some sort of nostalgia as the inspiration. Be it our shared love of the Raleigh Team Ti scheme and 80s skateboard graphics. Or his love with Volkswagens, somehow we always, naturally zero in on the thing that inspires both of us.

Archive Re-Up: Escaping Black Friday with Bicycle Camping, Bourbon, and Black Coffee

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Archive Re-Up: Escaping Black Friday with Bicycle Camping, Bourbon, and Black Coffee

When we lost our image bucket from 2014-2015 a few years back, a bunch of really great content went blank. Over the years, I’ve been slowly re-upping our archives when I want to add a back-link to a current post or story. That happened last week when writing about the Buckhorn Bags Panniers. I remembered our “Escaping Black Friday” Reportage and tracked down the film scans, allowing me to re-up the fun. I also added the RideWithGPS route to the archive as well. If you’re in the Austin, Texas area and are looking for a good (and difficult) road tour, don’t miss this one!

Archive Re-Up: Escaping Black Friday with Bicycle Camping, Bourbon, and Black Coffee

If there’s a story you remember and really would like to see re-posted, drop it in the comments!

WTB’s TCS System is Now Complete with New Tubeless Tire Sealant

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WTB’s TCS System is Now Complete with New Tubeless Tire Sealant

Piggybacking on our recent news that WTB is keeping 29/27.5+ tires in its catalog, we wanted to plug – sorry, bad pun – the brand’s new Tubeless Tire Sealant.

For a company that is probably best known for its tires, WTB cares about keeping you rolling across all aspects of wheel-related goods. This is evident in its wheel development, rim tape, valves, tires, and now its own Tubeless Tire Sealant. It only makes sense that the brand would want to encapsulate its products under the TCS System umbrella. Now, not all sealant is created equal, and while everyone has their favorite sealant to use but WTB is doing something unique with its sealant so let’s check out what details make it different…

I Love the Austere Manufacturing Cam Buckles

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I Love the Austere Manufacturing Cam Buckles

As a cargo connoisseur, I often get swept up in the details, the minutiae, and some might argue, the icing on the cake of bicycle travel. These little details can become centerpieces of a final touring package. While I’ll always carry a few extra Voile straps on a tour, there’s something nice about having cam buckles and nylon webbing for the bigger jobs. One of the things I love about touring is the constant need to strap more crap to your bike. Sometimes, it’s a frozen pizza at a gas station that catches your eye or your wet clothes from that swimming hole. Regardless, having these items securely fastened to your bike is important because no one likes a broken pizza box.

Having a few extra straps can go a long way and while there are dozens of options made in China out there, it’s nice when a small company takes it upon itself to make something as simple as a cam buckle in the USA. Austere Manufacturing first popped up in my Instagram feed earlier this summer. I’m not sure why these tan cam buckles caught my eye ;-) but I immediately bought two pairs; a 3/4″ cam and a 1″ cam with webbing. Since then, I’ve used them to carry everything from a fly rod to camp chairs around on my bike and can honestly say, these buckles are some of my favorite things to come from a small, cottage industry maker.

Let’s check them out in detail below.

Orange’s Iconic Crush Pro Gets a New Geo and More for 2022

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Orange’s Iconic Crush Pro Gets a New Geo and More for 2022

With a new, steeper seat tube angle of 75.5°, a 63.5° head tube angle, 430mm chainstays, and a bottom bracket height of -58mm, the 2022 Orange Crush Pro 27.5er is right there in terms of existing within the hardcore hardtail geometry. There’s also a new chainstay yoke, promising excellent chainring and tire clearances, and yeah, we love the new paint job!

These frames are made in the UK from 6061-T6 Custom Butted OS aluminum tubing and carry quite the cult following. See more of the new and improved Crush Pro at Orange.

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Bjørn Olson: Northern Migration

Bjørn Olson‘s latest video project is not to be missed!

“Hidden in the far north is a range of remote mountains where one can imagine the Aesir, Frost Giants, trolls, and cave bears reign supreme. Ferocious storms, neck-craning tors of marble, herds of herbivores, and stealthy carnivores fill the realm where few humans tread, and even fewer approach with a bicycle.”

Grand Rapids Urban Singletrack with Mitch Mileski, His All-City Electric Queen, and Grand Rapids Bicycle Company

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Grand Rapids Urban Singletrack with Mitch Mileski, His All-City Electric Queen, and Grand Rapids Bicycle Company

In addition to riding some amazing purpose-built singletrack in my former hometown of West Michigan this past summer (more on that to come!), another highlight was linking up with Mitch Mileski for a very unexpected type of trail riding. Mitch manages the Fulton Street location of the Grand Rapids Bicycle Co. and, having also grown up in Grand Rapids (just much more recently than me) he knows the city very well and was generous to show off a few hidden gems. I met up with Mitch early on a moody weekday morning with a typical summer weather forecast calling for a 50% chance of precipitation.

100 Copies: 49 – Shine On

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100 Copies: 49 – Shine On

100 Copies’ posters are true to form crowd-pleasers. The latest print is entitled “Shine On” features a cyclist and the cyclist’s shadow or reflection on the road, forming a mirror image. With no right side up, the cyclist could be riding when it’s dark or when it’s light. You can hang it either way.

Specs:
Date of release: October 2021
Sheet size: 840mm X 594mm (33 inch X 24 inch)
Print Quality: Offset Lithographic Printing using 2 special Pantone Metallic Colours (Gold and Silver) and 1 Pantone Black to ensure colour accuracy and a high-quality print. Printed on 252gsm Exel Satin paper. Suitable for archival use.

See more at 100 Copies.

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Wolf Tooth’s 8-Bit Tool Kit

Sometimes videos speak louder than words and Wolf Tooth’s new video showcasing the functionality of the 8-Bit Tool Kit is one of those times. There are three tools in the new 8-Bit System: 8-Bit Chainbreaker + Utility Knife Multi-Tool, 8-Bit Tire Lever + Rim Dent Remover Multi-Tool, and 8-Bit Pack Pliers. A total of 22 functions between the three tools will keep you rolling to the next town or trailhead.

See the full collection at Wolf Tooth.

ORNOT’s Seat and Handlebar Bags

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ORNOT’s Seat and Handlebar Bags

Bag don’t always have to be big and Ornot‘s new bags embody the “less is more” approach to bag design. Both the new handlebar bag and saddle bag are designed to be compact and to hold the essentials. Both models are available in Stone Blue, Olive, and Morocco (pictured). Head on over to Ornot to see all the details.

Manufacturing with Passion: Velocity USA’s Grand Rapids Wheel Factory

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Manufacturing with Passion: Velocity USA’s Grand Rapids Wheel Factory

During a visit to my hometown of Grand Rapids, MI this past summer I stopped in at Velocity USA, purveyors of finely shaped and colorful formed aluminum. Jill Martindale – resident endurance racing aficionado and winter weather lover – graciously took time out of her day to show me around their manufacturing facility. I’ve been a fan of Velocity for quite a while (still have a 20ish-year-old set of Deep Vs kicking around) and was very geeked out roaming around the factory with Jill, observing the precision processes that go into creating each rim and wheel build, and meeting the folks that make it all happen.

Our Parent Company The Pro’s Closet is Hiring!

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Our Parent Company The Pro’s Closet is Hiring!

The team at The Pro’s Closet is growing and with that growth comes opportunities to both work from home and at the Louisville, Colorado facilities. Most importantly, TPC needs line mechanics. Join an awesome team doing big things in the bike industry in a brand new warehouse inthe Boulder/Denver area.Get pro-level benefits and industry perks. This is not a bike shop job — it’s a careeropportunity for pay, perks, and growth.If that’s exciting to you, let us know by applying at Paylocity.

Perks
— Competitive pay and tons of growth opportunities
— Live on the Front Range in the Boulder / Denver area of Colorado
— Service high-end bikes from all brand and disciplines
— 100% paid Medical, Dental, Vision Health Insurance
— Plus, 60% cost of Medical covered for Dependents
— 100% paid Disability, Life and AD&D Insurance
— Employee Purchase Program on TPC bikes & gear
— Career with growth opportunity
— Extensive industry discounts

More Perks
— 401K with match, 100% vested
— TPC Stock Options
— PTO starting at 3 weeks
— Birthday = paid day off
— Sick Leave
— Referral Bonuses (hire your friends!)
— $1k Signing bonus for Master Tech roles
— Weekly Group Rides
— Lotsa snacks & coffee
— Year-round employment