Joel Caldwell Was Interviewed by Far Ride Magazine

Joel Caldwell, who has contributed here to the Radavist before, has been through a lot in the last year and while you could say that about most of our lives, Joel’s story really resonated with me and put the notion of struggles into perspective. He dives into it in the latest issue of Far Ride Magazine, who just posted this interview:

Recently you experienced a rather large change in your life. Can you tell us a bit more about that?

I had a job that I’d pitched to a motorcycle magazine. Air Canada had a deal where you could fly from Montreal to Frankfurt with your motorcycle for 800 extra dollars. So, I packed my motorcycle, flew to Frankfurt and rode down across the Alps to pick up my then-girlfriend, Hailey, and we rode around Italy for ten days. I proposed to her in Tuscany. When we came back, we started thinking about what we wanted to do and decided on a small wedding in Tuscany, as we’d just fallen in love with it. So, in June of 2017, I flew to Germany to pick up my motorcycle and ride down to Italy again.

I made it about half a day when I had a really bad accident. I spent a month in the hospital, missed my wedding—all of my family and friends were already in Italy at the time. Hailey obviously missed it as well. She was up in the hospital with me in Germany. Ultimately, I had a pretty bad concussion. I had double vision for two months, a broken arm and ended up having to get my left leg amputated below the knee. It was a pretty big shock. There was too much damage in the foot and ankle. The opportunity to try and save the foot through a series of reconstructive surgeries was offered to me, but the likelihood of chronic pain and a fused ankle was not an attractive option.

The surgeons and healthcare professionals in Germany were amazing. They told me that if I wanted to continue to be an independent and athletic person, a below the knee amputation could still allow for that. That was eight months ago.

Check out the full piece at Far Ride!

Aug 16, 2018 1 comment
Water Cycle: Chapter 2 – Ocean, Surf By Bike

Coinciding with Blackburn’s Water Cycle: Chapter 1 – River, Fishing for Steelhead comes the second installment, Ocean, Surf By Bike. In this video, we follow Ashley Llyod Thompson, a surf shaper from Santa Cruz, California. Ashley took time away from her shaping studio to travel with her husband and son to Mexico in search of quiet surf breaks. Many of the best breaks are tough to access and aren’t on any map. Fat bikes made the most sense to enjoy these secret places. Along the way, she found some beautiful quiet moments with the ocean and with her family. These are the simple joys that life on a bike can bring.

Enjoy!

Aug 16, 2018 1 comment
Firefly Announces New Technology

It might not look like much in its raw form with no context but to Firefly and their future customers who’d like to increase their tire size, while running a double crankset and maintaining correct chainline, this is the only way to do it. Above is Tyler from Firefly’s personal bike. This all-road was sent off to test their new yoke design, which will clear either a 700x42mm or 27.5x53mm tire with a compact road crankset. The team at Firefly have been working on this for some time now and it’s finally an option for those looking to optimize their drivetrain. Check out the technology section at their website for more information and see more photos of Tyler’s bike at the Firefly Flickr.

Aug 16, 2018 5 comments
Kona’s New Libre All-Road

With two models, the Libre DL and Libre, Kona has released their most accomplished all-road bike to date. Both models feature carbon frames with adjusted build kits and are priced at $3,999 and $2,999 respectively. Head to Kona for more, your local dealer to check one out in person, and see the tech details in the above video.

Aug 15, 2018 11 comments
Why Not?

David shared his video from touring Adventure Cycling’s Idaho Hot Springs route:

“In August 2017, I decided to ride my bike on a portion of the Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route with my tent and my fly-fishing rod. 6 days on a solo trip with as best memory: the total solar eclipse. A unique experience in which doubts and fatigue mixed with happiness, joy, and pride of having done something I dreamed about.”

Aug 15, 2018 No comments yet
Big Agnes Announces the Copper Spur UL2 Bikepacking Edition

Finding a tent that strikes a balance between weight and durability is paramount for bikepacking. Then, finding one that has cycling-specific details is near impossible. Luckily for the brand Big Agnes, whose ultralight backpacking tents have been readily co-opted for bikepacking, adapting their most popular models to fit into the activity of bikepacking and bicycle touring was easy.

Big Agnes recently announced the Copper Spur UL1/UL2 Bikpeacking Edition and Fly Creek UL 1/UL2 Bikepacking Edition. The Copper Spur UL2 bikepacking edition tent features shorter tentpole segments, designed to fit between the shifters on a drop bar handlebar, in a frame bag, or just saving room in any pack. The bikepacking specific compression sack is built to withstand the rigors of the trail and designed with a versatile daisy chain attachment system. The tent has bike specific design features including a helmet sleeve under the fly and larger interior storage areas for bike gear.

Both of these models, the Copper Spur and the Fly Creek have been my favorite bikepacking tents for years and I cannot wait to see this system in person. Check out more detailed photos below, and keep an eye on Big Agnes for more information! (more…)

Aug 14, 2018 4 comments
Wolf Tooth and King Cage: the Morse Cage

I love seeing collaborations like this. Wolf Tooth components had an idea and could have probably sourced their own fabrication means themselves to make a cage like this, but instead, they reached out to King Cage, because that’s what King Cage does better than anyone. That idea is a cage with various mounting points, to make the best use out of your limited space. The result is something that adds practicality to a tried and true design. Hats off to all parties! Swoop up a Morse Cage at Wolf Tooth.

Aug 14, 2018 9 comments
No22 Frames and Search and State: Made in NY Collection

No22 and Search and State are two powerhouse cycling brands, both based in New York. When it comes to precision, both of these brands can proudly wear that badge of honor so it would make sense they would team up on a Made in New York collection. In SAS’ tradition, this cycling kit is minimal, with a focus on fit and performance. Included in the lineup is a base layer, riding vest, bibs, and a jersey. See the full collection at No22 and see more photos below.

(more…)

Aug 14, 2018 No comments yet
You Can Now Stream Slow is Fast For Free

A few years back, we posted the trailer for a movie called “Slow is Fast” and after yesterday’s post on Ocean: Surf by Bike, someone emailed over a note saying Slow is Fast is now online for free. If you haven’t seen this movie and you enjoy cycling and surfing, do yourself a favor and check it out!

Aug 14, 2018 1 comment
A Hardtail for Hypebeasts: Supreme x Santa Cruz Chameleon

Do not adjust your phone, pad, laptop, or desktop computers. This is a real collaboration and you know what? I think it’s awesome. In a completely surprising move, Supreme, purveyors of random wares and streetwear, have teamed up with Santa Cruz Bicycles on a limited edition Chameleon hardtail. Check out the preview at Supreme and expect this to “drop” shortly. Thanks to Johnnie Davis for the heads up! Rumor has it retail will be $2,500.

Check out our review of the Santa Cruz Chameleon in the Related sidebar.

Aug 13, 2018 25 comments
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Joel Caldwell Was Interviewed by Far Ride Magazine

Joel Caldwell, who has contributed here to the Radavist before, has been through a lot in the last year and while you could say that about most of our lives, Joel’s story really resonated with me and put the notion of struggles into perspective. He dives into it in the latest issue of Far Ride Magazine, who just posted this interview:

Recently you experienced a rather large change in your life. Can you tell us a bit more about that?

I had a job that I’d pitched to a motorcycle magazine. Air Canada had a deal where you could fly from Montreal to Frankfurt with your motorcycle for 800 extra dollars. So, I packed my motorcycle, flew to Frankfurt and rode down across the Alps to pick up my then-girlfriend, Hailey, and we rode around Italy for ten days. I proposed to her in Tuscany. When we came back, we started thinking about what we wanted to do and decided on a small wedding in Tuscany, as we’d just fallen in love with it. So, in June of 2017, I flew to Germany to pick up my motorcycle and ride down to Italy again.

I made it about half a day when I had a really bad accident. I spent a month in the hospital, missed my wedding—all of my family and friends were already in Italy at the time. Hailey obviously missed it as well. She was up in the hospital with me in Germany. Ultimately, I had a pretty bad concussion. I had double vision for two months, a broken arm and ended up having to get my left leg amputated below the knee. It was a pretty big shock. There was too much damage in the foot and ankle. The opportunity to try and save the foot through a series of reconstructive surgeries was offered to me, but the likelihood of chronic pain and a fused ankle was not an attractive option.

The surgeons and healthcare professionals in Germany were amazing. They told me that if I wanted to continue to be an independent and athletic person, a below the knee amputation could still allow for that. That was eight months ago.

Check out the full piece at Far Ride!

Aug 16, 2018 1 comment
Water Cycle: Chapter 2 – Ocean, Surf By Bike

Coinciding with Blackburn’s Water Cycle: Chapter 1 – River, Fishing for Steelhead comes the second installment, Ocean, Surf By Bike. In this video, we follow Ashley Llyod Thompson, a surf shaper from Santa Cruz, California. Ashley took time away from her shaping studio to travel with her husband and son to Mexico in search of quiet surf breaks. Many of the best breaks are tough to access and aren’t on any map. Fat bikes made the most sense to enjoy these secret places. Along the way, she found some beautiful quiet moments with the ocean and with her family. These are the simple joys that life on a bike can bring.

Enjoy!

Aug 16, 2018 1 comment
Firefly Announces New Technology

It might not look like much in its raw form with no context but to Firefly and their future customers who’d like to increase their tire size, while running a double crankset and maintaining correct chainline, this is the only way to do it. Above is Tyler from Firefly’s personal bike. This all-road was sent off to test their new yoke design, which will clear either a 700x42mm or 27.5x53mm tire with a compact road crankset. The team at Firefly have been working on this for some time now and it’s finally an option for those looking to optimize their drivetrain. Check out the technology section at their website for more information and see more photos of Tyler’s bike at the Firefly Flickr.

Aug 16, 2018 5 comments
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Kona’s New Libre All-Road

With two models, the Libre DL and Libre, Kona has released their most accomplished all-road bike to date. Both models feature carbon frames with adjusted build kits and are priced at $3,999 and $2,999 respectively. Head to Kona for more, your local dealer to check one out in person, and see the tech details in the above video.

Aug 15, 2018 11 comments
Why Not?

David shared his video from touring Adventure Cycling’s Idaho Hot Springs route:

“In August 2017, I decided to ride my bike on a portion of the Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route with my tent and my fly-fishing rod. 6 days on a solo trip with as best memory: the total solar eclipse. A unique experience in which doubts and fatigue mixed with happiness, joy, and pride of having done something I dreamed about.”

Aug 15, 2018 No comments yet
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Big Agnes Announces the Copper Spur UL2 Bikepacking Edition

Finding a tent that strikes a balance between weight and durability is paramount for bikepacking. Then, finding one that has cycling-specific details is near impossible. Luckily for the brand Big Agnes, whose ultralight backpacking tents have been readily co-opted for bikepacking, adapting their most popular models to fit into the activity of bikepacking and bicycle touring was easy.

Big Agnes recently announced the Copper Spur UL1/UL2 Bikpeacking Edition and Fly Creek UL 1/UL2 Bikepacking Edition. The Copper Spur UL2 bikepacking edition tent features shorter tentpole segments, designed to fit between the shifters on a drop bar handlebar, in a frame bag, or just saving room in any pack. The bikepacking specific compression sack is built to withstand the rigors of the trail and designed with a versatile daisy chain attachment system. The tent has bike specific design features including a helmet sleeve under the fly and larger interior storage areas for bike gear.

Both of these models, the Copper Spur and the Fly Creek have been my favorite bikepacking tents for years and I cannot wait to see this system in person. Check out more detailed photos below, and keep an eye on Big Agnes for more information! (more…)

Aug 14, 2018 4 comments
Wolf Tooth and King Cage: the Morse Cage

I love seeing collaborations like this. Wolf Tooth components had an idea and could have probably sourced their own fabrication means themselves to make a cage like this, but instead, they reached out to King Cage, because that’s what King Cage does better than anyone. That idea is a cage with various mounting points, to make the best use out of your limited space. The result is something that adds practicality to a tried and true design. Hats off to all parties! Swoop up a Morse Cage at Wolf Tooth.

Aug 14, 2018 9 comments
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No22 Frames and Search and State: Made in NY Collection

No22 and Search and State are two powerhouse cycling brands, both based in New York. When it comes to precision, both of these brands can proudly wear that badge of honor so it would make sense they would team up on a Made in New York collection. In SAS’ tradition, this cycling kit is minimal, with a focus on fit and performance. Included in the lineup is a base layer, riding vest, bibs, and a jersey. See the full collection at No22 and see more photos below.

(more…)

Aug 14, 2018 No comments yet
You Can Now Stream Slow is Fast For Free

A few years back, we posted the trailer for a movie called “Slow is Fast” and after yesterday’s post on Ocean: Surf by Bike, someone emailed over a note saying Slow is Fast is now online for free. If you haven’t seen this movie and you enjoy cycling and surfing, do yourself a favor and check it out!

Aug 14, 2018 1 comment
A Hardtail for Hypebeasts: Supreme x Santa Cruz Chameleon

Do not adjust your phone, pad, laptop, or desktop computers. This is a real collaboration and you know what? I think it’s awesome. In a completely surprising move, Supreme, purveyors of random wares and streetwear, have teamed up with Santa Cruz Bicycles on a limited edition Chameleon hardtail. Check out the preview at Supreme and expect this to “drop” shortly. Thanks to Johnnie Davis for the heads up! Rumor has it retail will be $2,500.

Check out our review of the Santa Cruz Chameleon in the Related sidebar.

Aug 13, 2018 25 comments
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