WTF Bikexplorers announces the Cycling Industry Pledge to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the cycling community.
… to ride our bikes but we’ll see you first thing tomorrow morning!
We cover a lot of gravel races here at the Radavist and while most of them are in the Western United States, we’ll be returning to the Mid South this year for an in-depth look at Stillwater, District Bicycles, the new race, and a look at the racer’s bikes. As you can imagine, it’s a lot of work to cover races and it costs a lot of money out of our pocket to fly out, document, edit, and post these events. While as a whole, we’re less interested in roadie 2.0 races like the DK and more interested in races with a unique format, which is why we’ve covered Grinduro so much in the past. It’s a really fun environment to be working your ass off in.
So I wanted to ask, what races would you like seen covered here on the site? We’ve already got SSAZ, the Mid South, Grinduro, and a few others on the calendar, but I’m interested in hearing your thoughts. If you could, leave them in the comments, with a link to the race’s website, that would be helpful.
We want to spend our time covering the things you want to see, so these posts are VERY helpful!
We’ve got Reportage on the way from this past weekend’s LA Tourist Race but I just wanted to personally thank everyone that turned up at 7am on a Saturday morning to race 80 miles and climb over 10k in elevation!
There was snow, beautiful weather, and lots of elevation to be had. Over 130 racers started with Kent winning yet again for the men and Erica Schwanke coming first place for the women.
Keep an eye here on the Radavist for the full report, written by Erin Lamb and Jen Whalen!
This read is one hell of a way to kick in the New Year. Got plans to do a bike tour? Don’t monetize it!
“In a race for your life from a belligerent madman, there is no worse getaway vehicle than a recumbent bicycle. Particularly on any sort of climb. At least that’s what Alan* and I discovered as we crept up a desolate stretch of Arizona highway, necks craning behind us to see if the knife-wielding drunkard was gaining any ground.”
Continue reading at Outside Online.
Where do we even begin with this post? 2019 was a year that defies all previous efforts here at the Radavist. Never have the pages of this site been graced with more exceptional photography and words! While we’re known for our full-res galleries, we really made a push to include exceptional writing this year. While this isn’t a top ten list, we’ve highlighted some of the exceptional work below. Stories that really stood out from our normal, year-to-year Reportage. Or if you’re a nostalgist, simply flip through the mega-gallery. Keep in mind, this one will take a bit to load!
I speak for everyone here at the Radavist when I say I can’t wait for 2020! Your feedback last week really helped all of us hone our vision and where we should direct our pens and our lens glass.
The history of the Land Run is a sordid one, which you can read all about it our earlier Reportage from the 2018 event. This question comes up a lot these days: if we know better, are we supposed to do better? While local vernacular influences the discussion, the Land Run wasn’t exactly something you want to build a community upon in the modern age. There is a much larger discussion to be had about this and the Land Run founder Bobby Wintle did such a great job on the official announcement, that I’d prefer to let him explain it below.
You might get tired of us thanking you for your time, thoughts, support, and comments each and every year but get used to it! We had a great year and from all of us here at the Radavist, we wish you a Happy Holidays! You might have noticed that we didn’t pull together a “Top 10 Products” post because we don’t want to promote consumerism during this time of year.
We spend so much time scouring the internet for cycling products, reviewing products, and talking about products that we feel like for a few weeks, we should focus on our communities, our families, our friends, and those in need. If you’re able to, enjoy some time on your bike, and if you can’t ride over the holidays, check out our Rides category to inspire. Daniel’s got a great post up today that you should check out!
Most importantly, enjoy this time with your loved ones and we’ll see you periodically through the New Year, when we’ll post our Year-In-Review!
As we roll into the New Year and since we’re always trying to make this website a better place, so all y’all enjoy browsing its galleries, we wanted to ask you, the readers, what you’d like to see more of? I feel like every year, we ask this and this year, we tried to follow through on many of your concerns.
So please take a minute to chime in the comments with what you’d like to see more of? Be it Shop Visits with builders or bike shops, more affordable bike reviews, more daily riders bikes, rides, landscapes, reviews… anything. Please don’t feel coy, let us know so we can continue to make this site better!
After the New Year, we’ll be looking at the year in review posts and I can already tell it’s going to be the best yet!
We’ve been working hard to keep on top of shipping your webshop orders all month but today’s shipment batch is the last that can still make it to you in time for Christmas, although there are no guarantees! Thanks for being patient over the past few weeks, it’s been a busy time for our webshop! We’ll be shipping our final pre-Christmas orders at 12 noon PST today! All orders placed after 12 noon PST will not be shipped until next week!
When Grant Blakeman took over the arduous task of updating the Radavist, the only cycling site that posts a high-res gallery each and every day, we both knew it would be an undertaking that would take a long time. While most of the updates in recent months have been admin/backend, we finally rolled out a massive one, which will help the UI/UX roll more smoothly.
I’ll cut to the chase. Thumbnails! When it comes to big 100+ image galleries, having all the time in the world to scroll is nice but let’s be honest, most of you are at work when you browse the site, so being able to look through the gallery in thumbnail form lets you get to the meat of the post. This new feature lets you scroll through a mini version of the gallery with ease and jump right in. Or skip back through a few photos once you’re in the gallery. Take note the small grid in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. This applies to both the mobile and desktop experiences.
Lastly, we’ve added a “Click to View Gallery” hover on the mobile and desktop version of the site. This is a sure-fire way to show you that there’s more to the post than just the in-line images. We thought the “Reportage” category hierarchy was enough but your feedback directed us to more direct labeling of the galleries.
There’s also one that snuck in a week or two ago. If you’re on a desktop or mobile and would like to see an in-line image fullscreen, simply click on the image now to have it pop in.
We’ve had a great year at the site and we’d like to thank each and every one of you for visiting, commenting, and making this feel like a family. Next week we’ll be looking at our year-in-review posts, so stay tuned and thanks for your patience!
Our friends at Education First Pro Cycling, aka that cool team in pink, sent over a whole grip of images shot by Jordan Haggard from their team camp in Arkansas this past weekend. We were supposed to head out to experience this first hand but had prior engagements. So, without further adieu, check it all out below!
Late August 2019, Düsseldorf, Germany.
Schicke Mütze, a bike shop, and cafe in Düsseldorf organized a visit of Tom Ritchey and a gravel ride together with local cyclists and enthusiasts. they let me in on that beautiful day, the following is the account of a conversation and video interview with Tom Ritchey.
Where did you ride? With whom? Did you get caught in some snow? We’d like to open up the comment section to any photos you took of your long weekend rides and we’ll pick some winners to send some care packages to. You’ve got all week to do so! We’ll look at the number of “up votes” each post gets to decide on some winners.
The WTF Bikexplorers have expanded their mission for the forthcoming 2020 calendar year. Within the list of new programs are a new Gravel Team and a fresh podcast, dubbed Within & Without. Check out the details below.
Photo by Brian Vernor
Caché, one of the Golden Saddle Cyclery homies, is a Guatemala native, who grew up in Los Angeles. In this Bike Mag online article, he goes over his past, present, and future of riding and painting. I highly recommend this piece as it points to the importance of accessibility of bikes for inner-city kids! As to why he paints chickens…
“I’d read a book by Carlos Castaneda called ‘The Teachings of Don Juan,’ and he talks about ‘energy vampires’ that feed off our human energy and awareness, saying we’re like chickens being reared for the consumption of others,” Caché explains. “When I first decided to paint the chickens, it was more of an observation of the human condition. We are in our own coops, controlled by worry and fear.”
Check out this article at Bike Mag!
Yesterday I had the pleasure of accepting an invitation put out by the Mojave Desert Land Trust to partake in a 45-minute long flight from Palm Springs, across the Sand to Snow National Monument, across the Morongo Canyon Preserve, through Joshua Tree National Park, and back across the Little San Bernardino Mountains into Palm Springs on a Ecoflight single-engine Cessna 210…
Got an adventure up your sleeve? Or a creative way to do projects? Or perhaps you just really love Kona. If you’ve ever wanted to be a Kona Ambassador, now is your chance. The brand has just posted their call for entries to be a 2020 Kona ambassador. Head to the Kona Blog to see how you can enter…