For this edition From the Pro’s Closet, we present the unique 1989 Otis Guy mountain bike, built with Suntour, which was displayed at the Braunstein-Quay Gallery ‘Art of the Mountain Bike’ showcase. The current owner, who is loaning this bike to the Pro’s Closet sent over the story of how he acquired this unique ride, so read on below for Eric‘s words and yes, the chain is out of alignment in the photos. John blames that on the bright sun… ;) Check out the full spread below!
Continuing our sporadic coverage of a few vintage gems uncovered at the Pro’s Closet during a recent visit is this rare J.P. Weigle Ice Cycle. Due to the nature of this creation, I reached out to Peter Weigle himself to see if he could fill the readers of the Radavist in on this stunning bike. Check out Peter’s story below accompanied by a plethora of photos…
“Gravel bikes are just XC bikes from the 80s/90s with drop bars.” You hear that over and over again, ad infinitum on the internet. While that might be true to some degree, I think this statement does XC bikes from the 80s/90s a disservice. Back when the big companies were slow to pivot towards innovation, smaller builders were the ones tinkering in their shops, fabricating step-up cassettes, designing bikes with boost spacing, 1x drivetrains, quick-release seatpost collars, and more. It took people like Charlie Cunningham and Jacquie Phelan to really push the paradigm until it broke.
Take, for example, this tribute of Jacquie’s 1985 “Otto” Cunningham, which was built in June of 1983 for a customer in Marin and later acquired by the Pro’s Closet where it resides today…
Longtime readers of this website will recall our weekly “Merckx Mondays” posts that began back in 2008. Well, let me just get this out of the way and say don’t get your hopes up for its return, but I am very excited to share this Eddy Merckx with you, on a Monday, as a part of a little sub-category of vintage bikes we’ll be doing at the Radavist over the next few months.
Last week, I traveled to Boulder to see the Pro’s Closet‘s new facilities and their forthcoming bicycle museum. After years of being stored in boxes, over three hundred bikes are being unpacked, built, and displayed at their new facility just outside of Boulder. I spent two days there learning all about their operations and browsing their extensive bicycle collection, while sneaking off to document a few I thought the readers of the Radavist would enjoy, so let’s jump right in…
Last year, The Pro’s Closet approached Mosaic Cycles, another Boulder-area company, to collaborate on some special edition, made in Colorado titanium bikes. We already looked at The Radavist editions in detail this morning, so let’s take a quick look at The Pro’s Closet’s builds!
Beginning today, our parent company, The Pro’s Closet is giving away a free Lead Out Bag with the first 100 gravel bikes purchased. These bags were designed by our creative director Cari Carmean and feature minimal branding and compact size, perfect for your essentials.
Not every handlebar bag has to be big and I’ve found this size to be perfect for a spare tube, tool wallet, vest, pump, and a few snacks while riding my road bike.
“As cyclists, we ask our bodies to do so much for us. However, too often we end up picking at our physical self, always asking to be stronger, thinner, or fitter instead of appreciating all that our bodies allow us to do. Marley Blonsky believes that all bodies, all people, should feel comfortable and included while riding. We need to focus less on what we look like and more on just how amazing it is to ride a bike.”
Many thanks to Reese for doing such a great job on these video series profiles!
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.
— 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
— 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
The Radavist has always run on a deep well of passion. When I started back in 2006, I felt like the cycling culture I was immersed in needed to be documented. Back then, it was all about bike messenger-led alleycat races, portraits of “locked up” city bikes, bicycle camping trips, frame builders, and videos from all over the world. My main motivation for The Radavist has always been documenting the outliers: we were the first website to give framebuilders the coverage they deserved, we talked about bicycle touring, makers, and ‘cross bikes on singletrack. This defines my mission to forward radical atavism and over the years, we’ve built an amazing resource thanks to tons of talented and diverse contributors.
Pieces we’ve hosted here over the years have denounced the paradigm, uplifted voices, and created dialogues around difficult topics, all while analyzing, cataloging, and navigating the ever-so-finicky cycling industry and its trends…
Stoked to see Missy get some attention from the Pro’s Closet Museum Series. Don’t miss this one!
Got a bike that you’re looking to upgrade to a handmade frame from one of the builders at NAHBS? Check out this new project, entitled Trade Up from NAHBS and the Pro’s Closet. Head to NAHBS‘ site to see the details.
Quote from the press-release: “Partnering with The Pro’s Closet will allow anyone to trade their used bicycle in before the show, and receive a voucher to use towards a deposit on a new custom bike. This voucher will be valid with any builder at the show, with The Pro’s Closet and NAHBS handling the back-end logistics. Bicycles must be submitted and shipped prior to NAHBS to receive a valid voucher at the show.”
Perhaps you’ve heard of Yeti Cycles? Well, John Parker is the guy who got that company rolling. Check out the latest from the Pro’s Closet interviews!
The Pro’s Closet always brings such great interviews. This time with two-time National Downhill Champion Greg Herbold, who takes us through the technical aspects of his race winning bike as well as the the challenges downhill racers faced in the early 90’s…like hard-tails, tension disks, and peddling uphill!
Salsa wasn’t always a QBP brand. Here the Pro’s Closet interviews the originator of Salsa, Ross Shafer!
I’m loving all these vintage MTB-related interviews the Pro’s Closet has been conducting. Here’s the latest, featuring Ned Overend were he talks about the early days of professional mountain bike racing, dueling with John Tomac, and the tension disc.
Joe Breeze is regarded as the maker of the first purpose-built mountain bike and in this episode of the Pro’s Closet Museum Series, Joe discusses the evolution of the mountain bike. Beginning with the inspiration of his Schwinn Excelsior klunker to the nickel-plated Breezer Series 3.
You’re gonna be seeing a lot of Chris Chance and Fat Chance over the next few weeks:
“The Pro’s Closet caught up with Chris Chance at the “Mountain Bike Hall of Fame” in the spring of 2015. In this mini-doc, Chris describes the early days of Fat Chance, the forces that pulled him away from the bicycle world, and the passion that led him back!”