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Archive Re-Up: Escaping Black Friday with Bicycle Camping, Bourbon, and Black Coffee

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Archive Re-Up: Escaping Black Friday with Bicycle Camping, Bourbon, and Black Coffee

When we lost our image bucket from 2014-2015 a few years back, a bunch of really great content went blank. Over the years, I’ve been slowly re-upping our archives when I want to add a back-link to a current post or story. That happened last week when writing about the Buckhorn Bags Panniers. I remembered our “Escaping Black Friday” Reportage and tracked down the film scans, allowing me to re-up the fun. I also added the RideWithGPS route to the archive as well. If you’re in the Austin, Texas area and are looking for a good (and difficult) road tour, don’t miss this one!

Archive Re-Up: Escaping Black Friday with Bicycle Camping, Bourbon, and Black Coffee

If there’s a story you remember and really would like to see re-posted, drop it in the comments!

Our Parent Company The Pro’s Closet is Hiring!

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Our Parent Company The Pro’s Closet is Hiring!

The team at The Pro’s Closet is growing and with that growth comes opportunities to both work from home and at the Louisville, Colorado facilities. Most importantly, TPC needs line mechanics. Join an awesome team doing big things in the bike industry in a brand new warehouse inthe Boulder/Denver area.Get pro-level benefits and industry perks. This is not a bike shop job — it’s a careeropportunity for pay, perks, and growth.If that’s exciting to you, let us know by applying at Paylocity.

Perks
— Competitive pay and tons of growth opportunities
— Live on the Front Range in the Boulder / Denver area of Colorado
— Service high-end bikes from all brand and disciplines
— 100% paid Medical, Dental, Vision Health Insurance
— Plus, 60% cost of Medical covered for Dependents
— 100% paid Disability, Life and AD&D Insurance
— Employee Purchase Program on TPC bikes & gear
— Career with growth opportunity
— Extensive industry discounts

More Perks
— 401K with match, 100% vested
— TPC Stock Options
— PTO starting at 3 weeks
— Birthday = paid day off
— Sick Leave
— Referral Bonuses (hire your friends!)
— $1k Signing bonus for Master Tech roles
— Weekly Group Rides
— Lotsa snacks & coffee
— Year-round employment

Our Web Shop Will Be Down for a Few Days!

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Our Web Shop Will Be Down for a Few Days!

We’ve been working behind the scenes to send our goods to The Pro’s Closet’s facilities and so we’re closing the Web Shop for a few days while we shuffle things around. If you placed an order this week, we’ll be shipping it out on Monday, so don’t fret! Thanks for your patience!

Win Lachlan’s Alt Tour Cannondale EVO Prize Draw with World Bicycle Relief

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Win Lachlan’s Alt Tour Cannondale EVO Prize Draw with World Bicycle Relief

What a cool project for a great cause, initiated by a truly inspirational individual! Lachlan rode for 17 days, totalling 5,500 km, and raised more than £500,000 for World Bicycle Relief during this year’s Alt Tour! Check out the World Bicycle Relief’s fundraiser:

“Enter to win Lachlan Morton’s SuperSix EVO bike straight from his 2021 Alt Tour!

In celebration of the historic ride, Cannondale, in partnership with EF Education-NIPPO, Rapha and World Bicycle Relief, is offering a chance to win his team-issue SuperSix EVO. Built to Lachlan’s exact measurements and ready for a lucky winner to love this bike as much as he did for his 5,500-km tour, the 54-cm SuperSix EVO features a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 drivetrain, team Vision wheels and Cannondale HollowGram crankset. The prize winner will also receive a signed EF Education-NIPPO Pro Cycling 2021 jersey for display.

There are four additional prizes of display-edition EF Education-NIPPO Pro Cycling 2021 jerseys, signed by Lachlan. There will be a total of five winners.

The Prize Draw will run from Monday 11 October 0:01 (BST) through Monday 1 November 23:59 (GMT) 2021. Entry is £25, with all money raised from the prize draw benefitting World Bicycle Relief’s work to mobilise people in need around the world with life-changing bicycles!”

Enter now to win at World Bicycle Relief.

May You Have Cool Temps, Tacos, and Tailwinds, Andy and Kevin!

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May You Have Cool Temps, Tacos, and Tailwinds, Andy and Kevin!

This summer has been a torrent of visitors rolling through Santa Fe either on road trips or bike tours and this week, we had a full house with two guests spending the night before rolling south. Andy and Kevin are from the DC area and returned to New Mexico to travel south to Las Cruces over the next nine days. On their way out of town, I took some quick photos of their setups, fully loaded with water, their gear, and some extra pizza from our dinner the night before. I know how much people love to see bikes all rigged out, so check out some quick “Fully Loaded” detail photos below, along with a portrait shot with our other special guest this week…

Announcing a Partnership Between the Radavist and the Pro’s Closet

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Announcing a Partnership Between the Radavist and the Pro’s Closet

The Radavist has always run on a deep well of passion. When I started back in 2006, I felt like the cycling culture I was immersed in needed to be documented. Back then, it was all about bike messenger-led alleycat races, portraits of “locked up” city bikes, bicycle camping trips, frame builders, and videos from all over the world. My main motivation for The Radavist has always been documenting the outliers: we were the first website to give framebuilders the coverage they deserved, we talked about bicycle touring, makers, and ‘cross bikes on singletrack. This defines my mission to forward radical atavism and over the years, we’ve built an amazing resource thanks to tons of talented and diverse contributors.

Pieces we’ve hosted here over the years have denounced the paradigm, uplifted voices, and created dialogues around difficult topics, all while analyzing, cataloging, and navigating the ever-so-finicky cycling industry and its trends…

Gabe Tiller is Leaving the Oregon Timber Trail

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Gabe Tiller is Leaving the Oregon Timber Trail

Last week we received news that the founder of the Oregon Timber Trail was stepping down from leadership to pursue other life goals:

“Since 2015, when the Oregon Timber Trail was just a sketched line on a map, a concept to bring long-distance backcountry mountain biking to Oregon, Gabe Tiller has been there.

With his thirst for adventure and breathtaking photos, he crafted a story, a promise that with a dream and a bit of teamwork, we could all take the path less traveled, from one rural town to the next, The OTT was born. Gabe has been one of the key visionaries, along with Harry Daalgard and Chris Bernhart, to develop the specific alignment of the Timber Trail.”

Read the full story at the Oregon Timber Trail and we’d like to wish Gabe smooth trails for his future endeavors.

Jan from René Herse Set the Oregon Outback FKT

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Jan from René Herse Set the Oregon Outback FKT

Earlier this year, Lael and Jan set out to FKT on the Oregon Outback. Things didn’t work out for Jan on that run, so he returned before the season ended and it worked out in his favor:

Jan set a new FKT (Fastest Known Time) on the epic Oregon Outback course. Riding unsupported and alone, he covered the 585 km (363 miles) of rough gravel (and some pavement) in 26:13 hours, taking more than an hour off the previous best. Jan averaged 13.8 mph (22.3 km/h) – stops included. It was a beautiful ride, traversing some of the country’s most spectacular scenery. It was also a great test for the concept of the all-road bike – a bike that can travel on rough gravel with road bike speed and road bike fun. Jan was riding a custom-built Rene Herse steel bike, equipped with 26” x 2.3” Rene Herse Rat Trap Pass Extralight tires. Flexible fork blades helped with comfort and speed on the notoriously rough surfaces of the Oregon Outback. Wind tunnel-tested aero fenders helped tackle the infamous winds on the approach to the Columbia Gorge. Jan observed at the finish: “The gravel roads of eastern Oregon will always be rough, but this is as good as it gets. It was fun!”

A full track of the FKT ride is at Trackleaders.

The RAR 2021 SJ Brooks Scholarship is now live & accepting applications!

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The RAR 2021 SJ Brooks Scholarship is now live & accepting applications!

The 2021 SJ Brooks Scholarships seeks to increase access, reduce barriers, and center voices specifically for BIPOC cyclists who are trans, woman, non-binary, intersex, two-spirit, and/or genderqueer. The application will close at 9 pm (PST) on September 30, 2021.

Applicants must be BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, person of color) and TWIG (Trans, Women, Intersex, & Genderqueer). All applicants who are not BIPOC should spread the word to BIPOC cyclists in their community circles.

Apply today at the Radical Adventure Riders.

Why Cycles and Revel Bikes are Hiring!

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Why Cycles and Revel Bikes are Hiring!

Why Cycles and Revel Bikes, one of the quickest growing bike companies in the US, are hiring for full-time work in its Carbondale, Colorado facility. This is one of the coolest companies we’ve profiled over the years, run by people who enjoy the outdoor opportunities the Western Slope of Colorado offers. Current positions they’re hiring for are:
-bike assembler
-design engineer
-order pick/packer
-inventory clerk
-customer service
-inventory/purchasing manager

Check out our Inside/Out Shop Visit at Revel and Why in our Related Archives below and email Revel/Why for more information.

Bailey and Erik are Riding the Full New Mexico CDT

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Bailey and Erik are Riding the Full New Mexico CDT

On Saturday morning, bright and early, I dropped Bailey and Erik off at Cumbres Pass, on the Colorado/New Mexico border. These two are riding the length of New Mexico on the Continental Divide Trail, bypassing Wilderness areas along the way. Not many people have ridden the length of this segment of the CDT, as it traverses the most remote stretches of the New Mexico back country. I’m not sure how much these two will be updating their Instagram accounts along the way, but give them a follow if you’re into this kind of thing. Oh, and they’re riding it singlespeed (32x22t). Hopefully, we’ll have a story from them when they’re done.

Tailwinds and cold water, you two!

Check out their bikes in our Reportage Archives below…

The Beloved Mount Hough Has Burned

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The Beloved Mount Hough Has Burned

With fires raging across the American West, one fire, in particular, the Dixie fire has taken a mountain we’ve spent a lot of time on. Our friends at the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship began cutting trails in preparation for the original Grinduro race which took place in 2015. It was a real achievement at the time, putting Quincy, California on the map for gravel, mountain biking, and even moto tourism. Mount Hough was the backdrop for a lot of memories over the years and it pains me to see the communities in the Lost Sierra (and everywhere, really) real with fires year-round.

This isn’t meant to be anything other than a note, extending some positive vibes out to the people who have been affected by the fires, the communities reeling from the reality, and to the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship.

We’re thinking about you all… see some of our memories in the Related archives below.

Singletracks Podcast Interviews Jon from Dzil Ta’ah Adventures

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Singletracks Podcast Interviews Jon from Dzil Ta’ah Adventures

Our friends Nadine and John from Dzil Ta’ah Adventures have been receiving a lot of press lately and the latest in the torrent is the Singletracks podcast. Give it a listen to hear the motivations behind Dzil Ta’ah Adventures, and what they’re doing within the Navajo Nation to enable their community to ride bikes.

Check out our Related archives below for the work we’ve done with Dzil Ta’ah Adventures in the past, including this year’s Yellow Dirt Route Reportage.

 

Ride in Peace Max Kullaway: 333 Fab

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Ride in Peace Max Kullaway: 333 Fab

It is with a heavy heart that we have to share the news that Max Kullaway from 333 Fab passed away after spending years fighting cancer. His wife posted on Facebook this morning announcing the sad news. We’d like to extend warm thoughts and love to all who knew Max and to all of his customers, his legacy now lives with you. Ride in peace, buddy.

See you on the other side of the pass.

xo

If you can and would like to support his family, you can at this GoFundMe.

The Bike That Flew: Sarah Swallow on the Tour Divide

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The Bike That Flew: Sarah Swallow on the Tour Divide

Over at Rapha, Sarah Swallow shares her story about how her Tour Divide almost ended before it even began:

The journey began with a three-day drive from my home in Colorado to the start line in Montana. My partner Adam and I were wrapping up a long day of driving and looking for a place to camp south of Seeley Lake, Montana when we drove over a large bump in the tarmac at 60 mph. The entire truck bounced like a sea-saw, causing us both to cringe when we heard a snap and saw something in the rearview mirror.

“What was that!?” I yelled.”It was a bike…” Adam answered.”Was it your bike?” I asked desperately.”I think it was your bike…” he responded.We stopped the car, and I got out to confirm that my Tour Divide bike lay one hundred yards down the road. I ran toward it hysterically like it was a loved pet that had just been run over.

Head on over to the Rapha blog to read more!

Otso Cycles is Seeking a Bike Builder

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Otso Cycles is Seeking a Bike Builder

Our friends at Otso Cycles are looking to hire a full-time employee with benefits. You can head to Otso to read all about it:

Otso Cycles is seeking an experienced bicycle builder to join the team in our Burnsville, MN facility.

Duties:
-Assembly of complete bicycles
-Packaging and shipping bicycles
-Packaging and shipping spare parts and accessories
-Kitting parts for bicycle sales and assembly
-Servicing demo bikes
-Aid marketing and sales staff at bike demos
-Flex to Wolf Tooth assembly and machine shop as time permits

Contact brendan@otsocycles.com for more details or to apply for the position.

The Dells Are Saved

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The Dells Are Saved

Perhaps you remember this piece we posted a few years back, showcasing the conservation efforts by Arizona-based community members to save the Dells from residential development. Well, on July 13th, the City Council of Prescott, Arizona voted in a Special Voting Meeting, ultimately rejecting the development of this important piece of land in Northern Arizona, saving 474 acres of unique public land…

“Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Remember the date. Prescott, Arizona City Council voted 7-0 to approve the annexation of thousands of acres of land owned by Arizona Eco Development into the city, with the prize being 474 acres of natural open space now under city protection. This culminates a five-year process in which a few caring citizens formed a political action committee, Save the Dells, to achieve this very goal. Save the Dells garnered enormous public support, and through long, sometimes very difficult, negotiations, this date turns out to be the win-win-win successful compromise for Prescott, the people, and the developer. And let’s not forget the thousands of animals that depend on that ecosystem!”

Read more at Save the Dells’ Facebook Page.