Radar Roundup: Swift Redwood Launch, Cinder Phantom Jacket, Cyclehawk x Squarebuilt, BFF Worldwide, Erick Cedeño and The New York Times, A. Homer Hilsen are Coming, and Crust Vol 3


Radar Roundup: Swift Redwood Launch, Cinder Phantom Jacket, Cyclehawk x Squarebuilt, BFF Worldwide, Erick Cedeño and The New York Times, A. Homer Hilsen are Coming, and Crust Vol 3

Our Radar Roundup compiles products and videos from the ‘net in an easy-to-digest format. Read on below for today’s findings…

Swift Industries Ecopak Redwood Launch

Redwood Is Here! Swift Industries Drops a new Color to round out its ECOPAK™ Collection. This rich color captures everything from the lush warmth of a late spring sunset cruise to the moody depth of an autumnal tree-lined trail ride. ECOPAK™ is made from 100% recycled polyester fiber and film. Each yard equates to roughly 20 plastic water bottles sourced from polluted waterways. We’re committed to doing our part in creating a sustainable future by making products built to last out of sustainably and responsibly sourced materials.

Roll on over to Swift to see the new Redwood its iconic bags!


Cinder Phantom Jacket for Men and Women £180

The Cinder Phantom Jacket for men and women is an ultralight waterproof jacket for cyclists. Weighing in at less than 100g, it’s an exceptionally packable, breathable, protective layer, with a silicone grip drop hem, ride-refined sleeves, and a frame attachable stuff sack. The ultralight Pertex® Shield 2.5 layer fabric offers stretch, weather protection and breathability, built with a fusion of durable face fabrics and a breathable, microporous waterproof coating.

Learn more about the Cinder Phantom Jacket at Rab Equipment.


Cyclehawk x Squarebuilt Street Track Frame $500

Cyclehawk is a NYC-based brand, founded by Kevin Bolger. Longtime readers of this site might remember a 2012 feature John did of Kevin and his custom Squarebuilt track bike. Well, over ten years later, Cyclehawk and Squarebuilt are back at it, this time making street track frames made from 6061-T6 shaped aluminum.

Squarebuilt and Cyclehawk are thrilled with the level of interest they’ve received for their SBxCH frame design. However, they need a minimum of 100 orders to move forward with production. There are three sizes available: small, medium, and large. A $200 deposit is needed to reserve your spot and if SBxCH don’t reach 100 orders, they’ll have to cancel your deposits, returning your funds.


  • 6061-T6 Aluminum Alloy Shaped Tubing
  • Full Carbon Fiber Fork with Headset Cap and Expander plug
  • Integrated System Headset IS42/IS52
  • 35mm Seat Clamp with 27.2 Post Insert
  • 68mm BSA Bottom Bracket
  • Designed for 700 x 28 wheels
  • Designed for 27.2mm seat post

Check out more information at the ordering page at Squarebuilt.


Bicycle Film Festival Worldwide Returns Digitally

The 22nd annual BFF returned to theatres with sold-out shows in New York, Amsterdam, Cape Town, Copenhagen, and dozens of cities and towns worldwide.

Now, Bicycle Film Festival is celebrating its new film selections Virtually until March 31, 2023.

BFF Virtual Worldwide features over 35 new films and filmmakers from more than a dozen countries. Get a full festival pass to watch all 4 programs:

  • Program 1: URBAN BIKE + CINEMATIC shorts Oscar nominated and award-winning shorts share equal billing with emerging new talent. Curated with a diverse array of films that capture the spirit of street, youth, and messenger cultures from passionate cyclists in cities around the world.
  • Program 2: CYCLE SPORT shorts Let’s celebrate the sport of cycling from the first Women’s Paris-Roubaix race to the Tour de France filmed over ten years on Super 8. These stories feature Kasia Niewiadoma, Justin & Corey Williams, Meg Fisher, and other stars.
  • Program 3: ADVENTURE shorts For lovers of gravel, mountain biking, bikepacking, and ultra-endurance cycling, this program will take you on a journey around the world.
  • Program 4: ADVENTURE long form A program of four bikepacking films featuring: The East Texas Showdown, The Atlas Mountain Race, The Day Across Minnesota, and Land’s End to John O’Groats. Explore the terrains of Morocco, North America, and the UK by bicycle.

Pick up your digital pass at Bicycle Film Festival.


We’ve featured two galleries of Erick Cedeño’s Buffalo Souldiers route and we’re elated to see him in the New York Times! Roll on over to the NY Times and give this Q&A a read.

If you missed our stories, check them out here:
Dignity and Truth, Part One: Bicycle Nomad Retraces the Historic Buffalo Soldiers Route from Missoula to St. Louis
Dignity and Truth, Part Two: Bicycle Nomad Concludes His Journey Retracing the Historic Buffalo Soldiers Route

Rivendell A. Homer Hilsen Pre-Order

The A. Homer Hilsen was born in 2005 and filled the humongous gap between race-only road bikes and mountain bikes. It redirected our approach to bikes and riding and created our “country bike” category (now replaced by mainstream bike makers who bafflingly didn’t see the need for roadish bikes with more tire clearance until their competitors started selling”gravel bikes”).

Homers are at home on paved or unpaved roads, credit-card tours centuries, and brevets – so the only thing keeping it from being good for everything is the size of the tire it can fit. Homer’s go up to 45mm, which for a roadish bike, is seriously phenomenal, so no need to get greedy and wish for more.

Take advantage of the clearance built into it, and start with a 38 to 42mm tire. Go bigger or smaller next time, if you feel like you must. Also, put a small rack in the front or the back, and at least one bag on it. A Bananasack, a Slimsucker, a BagBoy, or if you shop for food a lot, a Happisack, the bag name inspired by a song title that sounds a lot like Happisack.

Check out the pre-order, live now at Rivendell!




CRUST TV: Episode 3 (East Coast Summer)

Crust Bikes just wrapped its third TV series with some summer ‘22 footage. They visited Ron and Arya in Connecticut and got a tour of Nutmeg Needleworks factory. Then headed over to visit JD and Steph (& Walter) in North Carolina, hung around their farm-house and rode around some pretty mountains, it was a real East Coast Summer.



Stuff we see on the ‘net that causes pause…

Photo via @rivbike

What a beautiful frame! It’s hard not to appreciate the work that Rivendell puts into its bikes…

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