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The Bikeraft Guide: The Ultimate How-To Guide, History Of and Wild Adventure Stories About Bikerafting

Remember all those wild Reportage reports from bikerafting in Colorado and Utah with Four Courners Guides we’ve posted over the years? Well, Doom and Lizzy have launched a fantastic project born from those endeavors and more:

“We launched the IndieGoGo Campaign December 21st (soft, unofficial for all our fans and followers). You can start pre-ordering the book now through January 29! What is The Bikeraft Guide? It’s a community multi-media storytelling project that will ultimately result in a comprehensive book on bikerafting. It will be the definitive guide on the sport, and includes a comprehensive history section, “The Pirates of Bikerafting” Anthology (a collection of stories from 15 of the world’s best bikerafters) and a how-to section, mostly by Steve “Doom” Fassbinder, but also including interviews with various experts. It will also have a safety section by the “packraft safety guy” and author of the Packraft Handbook, Luc Mehl, a repairs section by Alpacka Raft repairs manager, Ben Phillips, and a Positive Impact Ethos section contributed by Bikepacking Roots.

In addition, this project includes our new The Bikeraft Guide Podcast, and short films in the The Bikeraft Guide enewsletter, on the IndieGoGo Campaign page, on @TheBikeraftGuide Instagram page and on the Four Corners Guides blog.

Our goal with the IndieGoGo Campaign is to raise $20-$30K through pre-sales of the book and “Perks” donated by our sponsors. This will pay for printing, distribution, contributors and editing. We’re really relying on you – aspiring bikerafters and people who love great adventure stories – to help us make this dream a reality.”

Head to the IndieGoGo to support this project!

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Tourist: Finally Finale Ligure

Fall 2019 – We went, we raced, we watched, we ate… we slept, we drank, we rode…we photographed, videographed, we put some words in a series, and then we hit send. Or so we thought. So here’s your Tourist experience in fine motion picture form. You want more? You got it, you can see more of the story at www.touristsoncourse.com

Search and State’s New Brushed Flannel Colors

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Search and State’s New Brushed Flannel Colors

Search and State rings in the new year with two new colors of their popular brushed flannel. These shirts are ultra-durable and will last for years. Details include a 2-ply shaped split-back yoke, forward shoulder, front chest pocket, and sew-through labels.

Specs:
Durability: Very High
Fabric: 100% Cotton Flannel made in Japan
Care: Easy
Fit: True to Size / Athletic
Best For: Everyday Living on or off the bike
Made in: New York City

Available now at Search and State.

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Focus Bikes: Atlas Aluminum Gravel Bike

With four build tiers, Focus’ new gravel bike, the Atlas rolls on an aluminum chassis with a carbon fork, outfitted with cargo bosses to fit racks, fenders, and other accouterments.

This video showcases the Atlas’ possibilities but to see the build kits in detail, head to Focus.

The Radavist 2021 Calendar: January

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The Radavist 2021 Calendar: January

This is the first layout of the Radavist 2021 Calendar, entitled “Snow Way, Santa Fe” shot with a Sony A9ii and a Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 di iii rxd lens in the Santa Fe National Forest, NM.

“Living in a mountain town means when the snow hits, the ski hill is packed but the trails will be wide open for fun…”

For a high-res JPG, suitable for print and desktop wallpaper*, right-click and save link as – The Radavist 2021 – January. Please, this photo is for personal use only!
(*set background to white and center for optimal coverage)

The mobile background this month is from a Chihuahuan Desert canyon road Click here to download January’s Mobile Wallpaper.

Rockgeist is Now Stocking Porcelain Rocket Welded Bar Bags

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Rockgeist is Now Stocking Porcelain Rocket Welded Bar Bags

A few weeks ago, Porcelain Rocket announced they were selling their bag designs and technology to the Ashville, NC brand Rockgeist. Over the weekend, Porcelain Rocket and Rockgeist posted on their Instagram that they now have two Porcelain Rocket designs for sale, the Nigel bar bag and the Meanwhile Wald Basket Bag. Both of these bags use welded seam technology, resulting in a waterproof portage option from a small company. Head to Rockgeist to see more.

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The Mountain Why

Cody Townsend and Michelle Parker took on a very unique challenge with The FIFTY:

“The goal was simple, ride bikes, loaded down with 100 pounds of climbing, skiing and camping equipment, over 1000 miles to ski three of The Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America. A tiring adventure and a sufferfest of course, but in the context of an ongoing global pandemic, a nation divided by chaos and a populace on the brink, a simple adventure throws the simple act of adventure into question. Why purposely suffer? Why selfishly pursue adventure? Why go into the mountains at all? All questions that a month long adventure begins to throw into your mind. Starring Cody Townsend and Michelle Parker, “The Mountain Why” is a ski adventure unlike any normal escape to the wild.”

A Statement About This Week’s Terrorist Attack on the Capitol

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A Statement About This Week’s Terrorist Attack on the Capitol

I’d like to think the actions of our company have proven that we are trying to make cycling a better, more inclusive place. That’s not saying we don’t have a lot more work to do, that we are anywhere near the horizon. We cannot stop pushing towards this goal of ridding the outdoors/cycling of white supremacy and making this community more inclusive. The actions by those white supremacists/terrorists who stormed the Capitol this week is simply evidence of the challenges we face as a nation. We will continue to do our best. Thank you.

Show Me the Moné: Cerakote Black Coaster Cooler

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Show Me the Moné: Cerakote Black Coaster Cooler

To coaster brake afficianados, the Coaster Cooler might be one of the coolest most unique inventions for your cruiser. Cjell over at Moné Cycles has a limited edition run of these hub coolers – and hubs/spokes – all done up and fancy in Cerakote black for an extremely limited release. Head to Moné Cycles to check it out.

Lael Rides Alaska 2021 Femme-Trans-Women’s Scholarship

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Lael Rides Alaska 2021 Femme-Trans-Women’s Scholarship

In the summer of 2017, Lael Wilcox rode all of the major roads in Alaska, totaling 4,500 miles on mixed pavement and gravel. Lael is fourth-generation Alaskan. This is where she began endurance riding and her goal to get to know her home state.

In 2020, Lael went back to Alaska with her girlfriend Rue, a photojournalist, to ride together and document her project of riding all of the roads.

This scholarship is intended to enable another woman to design and ride her own 1,000 mile Alaskan adventure in the summer of 2021. This scholarship is open to a woman (including femme, trans and non-binary) of any age with any level of bicycle touring experience. We are looking for positive energy and a strong desire to experience the remote roads of Alaska and have some fun.

The recipient of the scholarship will receive a Specialized Diverge bicycle, Revelate Designs bikepacking bags, PEARL iZUMi apparel, a premium subscription to Komoot, Easton wheels, a Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM GPS, Big Agnes camping equipment, Rene Herse tires, a year subscription to Bicycle Quarterly, Trail Butter, and a $1,500 travel stipend provided by Easton.

Prepare a digital application based upon the questions on the following page and send to Lael Wilcox and the selection team at laelridesalaska@gmail.com no later than February 6, 2021. Provide your responses as the text of an email. The recipient of the scholarship will be announced April 5, 2021.

The scholarship selection team includes Lael Wilcox, previous scholarship recipients Kailey Kornhauser and Brooke Larsen, Abigale Wilson from PEARL iZUMi, Cari Carmean from The Radavist, and Natsuko Hirose from Bicycle Quarterly.

Head to LaelWilcox.com to apply for this scholarship!

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Lael Rides Alaska

After we featured various Lael Rides Alaska stories last year, PEARL iZUMi has sponsored this wonderful video project by Rue!

Lael Wilcox is a 4th generation Alaskan and an ultra-distance cyclist. In 2014, she began pushing her limits in her home state and dreamed that one day, she’d ride all of the major roads in Alaska– connecting the dots and traveling under her own steam to places she’d heard of but never seen. In 2017, after her first year running Anchorage GRIT, Lael spent the summer riding all of the roads, some 4,500 miles. She had the time of her life but rode mostly solo, and that experience was all her own. In reflection, she wanted to share more–to show people the beauty and truth of Alaska and inspire more people to ride there. The global pandemic of 2020 provided a unique opportunity to revisit this project–ride from home, spend time with her family, bring them along, and encourage others to pursue their own adventures.

Riding roads is feeling topography and weather, seeing history and reality, and experiencing everything along the way. If the finish line is home, how much farther can we go? If we bring along our loved ones, how much more will it mean?

This project is in support of the Anchorage GRIT project and the “Lael Ride Alaska Women’s Scholarship Program.”

Congratulations to Moots for 40 Years of Framebuilding

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Congratulations to Moots for 40 Years of Framebuilding

Moots opened shop in 1981 and have worked their way up to being the Masters of Metal. A lot has changed in the industry in those years, from rim brakes to disc, 3x to 1x, and more. Yet in that time the brand has remained steadfast in the industry, building road, mountain, gravel, and more in Steamboat Springs. For 2021, every bike to come out of Moots will have this unique head badge to commemorate their time melting metal. If a frame is too rich for your blood, they even made bottle openers. See the full story at Moots!

Bombtrack’s Hook EXT Ti All Road

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Bombtrack’s Hook EXT Ti All Road

Here’s some fresh produce for 2021: Bombtrack’s new Hook EXT Ti all road. This titanium frame gets paired with the Bombtrack EXT V2 fork with cargo bosses and beefy construction. Like other Hook models, the Hook EXT TI can accommodate various wheel and tire sizes, multiple bags, no matter the ride, and is globally limited to 50 pieces in its first year, so expect supplies to be extremely limited.

Delivery for the Hook EXT Ti will be between February and March. Head to Bombtrack to see more.

Specs:
-Titanium 3Al-2.5V frame with T47 BB shell fender mounts and through axles.
-Full carbon tapered fork with internal light cable routing, through axles and triple cage mounts.
-Sram UDH derailleur hanger.
-Toptube bag direct mounts, triple cage mount on downtube and seattube for optimized bottle position, bottle cage mounts underneath the downtube and rear rack mounts.
-CNC yoke for maximum tire and chainring clearance.
-Ovalized toptube for supreme steering precision and comfort.
-Biaxially ovalized downtube for optimized power transfer and steering precision.
-Front derailleur compatible.
-12 mm through axles front and rear.

New 44RN MTB Chainrings and Camp Hats in Stock!

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New 44RN MTB Chainrings and Camp Hats in Stock!

Well, we finally received our last two products for our Winter drop. In stock now are two sizes in our new 44RN MTB chainrings (28,32t) as well as three colors in our new camp hats. All are in stock in the Radavist Webshop and we’ll be shipping all week!

Apologies for the slow-trickle of products over the past few months but as you’re well aware, Covid-19 has caused severe delays in production. Thank you for your continued support.

Sour Bikes’ Pasta Party Hardtail

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Sour Bikes’ Pasta Party Hardtail

Sour makes a whole catalog of mountain bikes but like everything in cycling, nuance is king. The Pasta Party is their latest model. It’s a missing link between the Purple Haze and the Crumble and is targeted for XC, lightweight, singlespeed, big backcountry, and bikepacking riding. The Pasta Party frame weighs 2250g for a small and 2600g for an XL, features an eccentric BSA BB, can be ordered as a frame for use with a suspension fork, or a rigid frameset with a carbon fork, starting at 799€ for the base frame. See more at Sour Bikes.

Our New Hats Are Dropping Tomorrow

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Our New Hats Are Dropping Tomorrow

It’s been a long time coming but our new hats are finally ready to hit the shelves of our webshop tomorrow at 12noon MST. These hats are made in the USA by our friends at LAND who did our branding, feature a super soft, brushed cotton, a brass clamp closure, jackal embroidery, and have a very similar fit to our old hats. The color options are Cottonwood bloom (natural), Yarrow (gold), and Caliche (brown).

These will retail for $45, so a little cheaper than our last hats made by Fairends, who have closed up shop as a result of Covid-19. As always, we’ll be shipping these, worldwide. Thanks for your patience and continued support!

RideFarr: Headspace Stem in 35mm Clamp

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RideFarr: Headspace Stem in 35mm Clamp

When RideFarr announced their 70mm long Headspace stem, there was a cry for a 35mm clamp option, so the brand developed a heavy-duty version of this throwback cockpit. These new stems are shorter and have a larger clamp diameter for burlier riding and control. You can pre-order one now at RideFarr for $105 with a March 2021 delivery.

-50mm Extension
-35mm Bar Diameter
-Forged and CNC-machined construction
-31.8mm Compatible ( with shims / sold separately )
-Target Weight : approx 142g