Radar Roundup: We Ride for the Mountains, 7mesh Upcycling, CdC Leonie Insulated Jacket, Baphomet Dynaplug, and Shutter Speed


Radar Roundup: We Ride for the Mountains, 7mesh Upcycling, CdC Leonie Insulated Jacket, Baphomet Dynaplug, and Shutter Speed

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



We Ride for the Mountains

Kait Boyle and Kurt Refsnider created a short film for Protect Our Winters called We Ride for the Mountains, which has the primary goal of helping motivate folks to go vote in the fast-approaching mid-term elections. The film shares the story of a changing mountain west and the resulting impacts on mountain biking and trailside communities around the globe.

If you’re in the Phoenix area this Thursday, November 3, Kait and Kurt will be at the Pivot Cycles HQ in Tempe screening this film and another short one about the Alpine #7 Trail in Montana. They’ll also be sharing some stories about their bikepacking adventures in the Alps this summer and doing some fundraising for the Arizona Trail Gear Girls Program.

Adventure in Upcycling

We recently came across this upcycling story on clothing brand 7mesh’s blog and wanted to share it.

Like most people who spend time in the great outdoors, Hamish Elliott appreciates well-designed gear. Unlike most people, though, Hamish makes his own equipment, incorporating recycled materials wherever possible. Hamish recently collaborated with Squamish, British Columbia’s 7mesh to give new life to returned, warrantied, and sample garments, turning them into frame and handlebar bags. Taylor Burk and 7mesh documented the design process and the bikepacking trip around his backyard in Southern BC where he put the bags to the test. See the full piece at 7mesh.

Café Du Cycliste Leonie Insulated Jacket for Men and Women $279

With design cues taken from the high hills that stretch out behind Nice, Leonie mixes colder weather protection with evolving signature style. Built around a mid-weight and highly breathable blend, the jacket provides warmth on cold roads without adding unnecessary weight or bulk.

The three-layer core section is constructed with a windproof face, lightweight insulation and a permeable mesh interior to perfectly balance active performance and protection on cooler weather rides. The sleeves also include windstopper panels while the rear fabric is high wicking and ribbed to ensure all around excellent temperature control.

The jacket features a contrasting zip along with three cargo pockets and a valuables pocket to give enough capacity for longer rides. Reflective elements provide added visibility and safety in poor or low light conditions.

These insulated jackets are available for men and women, in three colors at Café Du Cycliste.

Baphomet Bicycles Dynaplug Racer Pro $60

We hope one day the story about what happened to Dillen from Baphomet can be told, but for now, Dillen is working on learning to live with one full leg. To help pay for his stacking bills, he’s made these Dynaplug Racer Pro tubeless tire pluggers.

Of which he is donating 50% of the profit from each sale to ROMP Global: Range of Motion Project. They are an incredible organization dedicated to making quality prosthetics available to folks who might otherwise not have access. They’re not only stepping up to get people moving, but also to get amputees the freedom to pursue activity.

When he lost his foot, Dillen was almost immediately denied rehabilitation services by his insurance—they argued that getting back to my previous level of activity was not “medically necessary” and that his quality of life in a wheelchair would be adequate.

That limiting mentality—that amputees deserve anything short of an adventurous life—is exactly what ROMP is fighting through their compassionate care.

Pick up a Racer Pro at Baphomet Bicycles.

Framework Designs The Travellers Mini Panniers Limited Colors: Bottle Green and Flamingo Pink A$249

Designed to stay securely on your bike through all your endeavours, from trips to the market, to jaunts in the Jagungal Wilderness, The Travellers bolt directly to the triple cage spacings on forks and racks with washers and low profile bolts provided! There are also ample webbing options on the back of each pannier for strapping to racks without mounts. (We recommend using Voile Nano straps for this).

Our Limited Edition Travellers are made from Peacock Canvas and Cordura and contain a custom made, plastic backing panel that acts as a light weight rack to keep your bag secure while bolted in place. While the materials are waterproof, we recommend using dry bags if you are planning on doing water crossings/expecting a heavy downpour (the bags have holes in them after all!).


  • 4.5-4.8L capacity each when comfortably rolled closed (7L when open)
  • Width 18cm, Depth 9cm, Height >30 (rolled) 44cm (open)
  • 350-360gms each (approx)
  • Waterproof Poly/Cotton Canvas Main, Cordura Side Panels
  • Waterproof Nylon/Poly Lining
  • 2mm ABS (Acrylonitrile/Butadiene/Styrene) back panel with eyelet holes
  • 3mm water, mold and rot resistant foam padding on front, back and bottom
  • Daisy chain webbing
  • Roll top closure with your choice of hardware
  • Price is Per Pair

See more at Framework Designs.




SHUTTER SPEED: Shooting with Benedict Campbell

Photographer, filmmaker and visual artist, Benedict Campbell, wanted to be a professional cyclist before taking and making pictures for a living. A recent collaborator with Café du Cycliste, Benedict’s love for cycling is very much in the frame with his commercial and personal work. Creativity for him is intrinsically linked to a life on two wheels, and here, he explains how to make a successful collection shoot.


Stuff we see on the ‘net that causes pause…

Photo by @adamgassonphoto

While we’re more focused on environmental portraits, we pause for exceptional studio work like what Adam has done here for Sturdy Cycles’ Bespoked UK offering. Check out more at Adam’s profile!

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