As we shared last week in our Roundup, Ryan Wilson was mugged in Colombia and the thieves took his camera, laptop, and more. Ryan is currently raising money by selling some of his most famous images on Darkroom. Head on over to see his wonderful work and if you can, buy some of his prints. We’re working on aiding Ryan but this will help kickstart his efforts in replacing his stolen property.
There are about 52 weeks a year and every week, we post 5 full-resolution galleries, meaning there are around 260 Reportage galleries a year for you to enjoy. The intention behind this website has always been about documenting the outliers of cycling and inspiring you, the readership’s next build and bike ride. Over the years, we’ve tapped into a wonderful resource of talented raconteurs and photographers. Hosting their work is both a privilege and an honor we cherish.
With such a massive image database, these Photographic Year In Review posts provide reflection, aspiration, and motivation to continue, to push on, and keep doing what we do best: tell stories and share photos.
Read on below for a short synopsis of this year with a massive gallery of inspirational photos from the past twelve months…
From everyone who keeps the wheels rolling over here at The Radavist, we’d like to wish you all Happy Holidays. We’ll be back next week with plenty of content for ya and in the New Year, we’ll be rolling out our 2021 Year in Review posts so stay tuned. Until then, I hope you can get some good riding in and please be safe!
Ever wonder where stolen bikes end up? Well, Bike Index has an in-depth look at a Facebook reseller in Mexico that was selling stolen bikes from Colorado. Alexander’s Bikes had been operating since 2019 and Bike Index uncovered dozens of bikes listed as stolen in Colorado on the Facebook page. This is a really great pice of journalism so be sure to check it out if you have time!
I tell ya what, it’s been a real honor to see so many of my photographs inspire artists to render those vignettes in their own hand style. Jason Pawley dropped this beautiful drawing of Bailey sending his basket bike (again) on his Instagram this morning and it was the first thing I saw when I got out of bed. It’s from our Caja Overnighter post from a few weeks ago. Follow Jason and his work on his Instagram…
Bikepacking Roots (BPR) is excited to share the Love Where You Ride project. Recognizing that bikepackers traverse landscapes from those with wilderness qualities to rural communities to urban areas, we have created a set of Positive Impact Bikepacking practices that riders can apply to travels and racing. We also partnered with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics to adapt their standard Seven Principles specifically for bikepacking and adventure cycling.
Illustration by Josh Cochran
This past year, we’ve seen more and more people getting on bikes — to commute, to recreate, and to get some exercise. More people riding bikes is great, but it means more interactions with car traffic and city infrastructure. So what laws are in place that help make cyclists safer? Here’s a breakdown of some laws recently enacted in Colorado and elsewhere that aim to keep cyclists (and everyone else) safe. Also, here’s a great resource from The League of American Bicyclists that lists all bike laws by state.
Check out this full article at our parent company, The Pro’s Closet.
Our friends at Silver Stallion have a fundraiser going on right now with People for Bikes and Ride Spot:
“In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, we pledged to donate $10 for each of the first 500 riders who completed a Ride for Gratitude Challenge to Silver Stallion Bicycle and Coffee Works. Thanks to your outstanding participation, we hit our goal in the first week! With half of November still to go, our friends at SRAM generously offered to match our $5,000 donation if we can get 200 riders to ride 100 miles by the end of the month! That’s 100 miles total, not all at once. Silver Stallion is a small nonprofit bicycle recyclery based in Gallup, NM, serving Dinétah (the Navajo Nation) and the surrounding communities with a mission to empower and develop youth and young adult vocational skills in the bicycle repair and specialty coffee industries.”
Find out how you can help out at People for Bikes!
Shift Cycling Culture has a new initiative afloat I think you all will be pleased to read:
“Dear cycling industry colleagues,
As a group of business leaders from across the cycling industry, we have become acutely aware that climate change is not only a future risk, but a current one, which is accelerating before our eyes. We are proud that cycling plays an important part in decarbonizing our world, by enabling people to ride their bikes, enjoy the outdoors and make cities more liveable by taking cars off the streets. At the same time, the way in which we in the cycling industry make and sell products is also contributing to the problem. We need to change this, but we can’t do it on our own, which is why we’re making an urgent appeal to you, our partners and competitors across the wider industry.”
Read the full commitment and see which brands are spearheading this endeavor at Shift Cycling Culture.
American Classic recently relaunched as a tire company, offering a variety of sizes for road, gravel, and e-bikes at an approachable price point. Coinciding with the relaunch, American Classic has established an ambassador program and is currently seeking applicants.
All types of riders and racers are encouraged to complete the application form to be considered. American Classic will then follow up and provide tires to those selected in exchange for feedback, fun content, and the charge of spreading the joy of cycling.
Bikepacking Roots’ latest route – the Northwoods Route – is a ~600-mile-long circumnavigation of the western half of Lake Superior, primarily following gravel roads, relatively smooth two-tracks, rail trails, and short sections of pavement through thick forests and along countless lakes of all sizes. This loop has been created to be inviting to riders on both mountain or gravel bikes, and riders will find that resupply options are relatively frequent along the way. Singletrack alternates and trail networks along the way offer options for riders looking for more technical riding opportunities – loaded or unloaded – and to experience the many unique trail systems built near communities along the way.
Head to Bikepacking Roots for the full breakdown of this epic route!
Perhaps you read our announcement last month about The Radavist merging with The Pro’s Closet?
These are exciting times, and we’re excited about many new initiatives. One of those includes hiring an editor to help take some workload off my shoulders.
After running this platform solo for 15+ years, I think it’s safe to say it’s time for a right-hand editor to help out. Well, we put out a call for applications for this position, had some great interviews, and were pleasantly surprised to find one of our endemic contributors fit the role perfectly.
Josh Weinberg has penned and photographed some wonderful pieces for The Radavist over the years and his contributions will help with our vision for 2022 and beyond. For the past few years, he’s spent his time working for Arizona State University where he used SEO and other web tactics to grow its online degree programs. We’ll be tapping into Josh’s knowledge for growing The Radavist while leaning heavily on his photography and organizational skills to continue our pursuit of documenting cycling’s Radical Atavists.
We compiled a list of some of the stories Josh has shared with The Radavist over the years below in our Related Archives, so take a few minutes to check those out!
I’d like to personally thank Josh for being such a solid companion over the years and look forward to seeing him grow his role here at The Radavist! I might add, he’s got a stellar eye for medium format photography, so be sure to give him a follow on Instagram!
– John Watson, founder, and director at The Radavist
Bikepacking Roots has been searching for a new Executive Director all year and today the announcement came that Ally Johnson will be taking over the organization from its co-founder Kurt Refsnider. To introduce Ally, BPR has a great interview with her, so head on over to give it a read!
We really value Bikepacking Roots’ community-driven, across-the-aisle collaborations over the years and are excited to see where Ally will be taking the organization and how The Radavist can continue to support the company’s efforts.
As part of Bikes or Death’s Dangerbird coverage, Patrick sat down with Cjell from Moné Bikes to chat about framebuilding, Silver City, and more! Give it a listen at Bikes or Death. Also, related to the Dangerbird is a new Monumental Loop Patreon, where you can support New Mexico bicycle touring and bikepacking by subscribing.
One of the things that caught my eye at this weekend’s NM Bikepacking Summit was Mike, the owner of Broken Spoke in Santa Fe’s custom-built O’Leary rack for his Karate Monkey. Mike really wanted a better way of carrying his essentials, rather than a bikepacking saddle pack. His goal for the rack was to have it be multi-purpose, both designed to carry traditional panniers or as a framework to strap Nalgene bottles to, while allowing for a bedroll or tent to be strapped to the rack’s platform. Depending on how you’re traveling, this opens up the use of a dropper post as well.
Mike went to O’Leary, a custom builder here in Santa Fe, to hash out the design and he whipped it up in a matter of hours. Minimal racks like this offer a simple solution to a very common problem and I thought the readership would be intrigued by this. Check out a few more photos below!
We’re down in Las Cruces for the Dangerbird and NM Bikepacking Summit. That means you can expect a few galleries from the events this weekend and more. Be sure to say hello if you find yourself at the event this weekend and to everyone participating remember to Leave No Trace and obey all Wilderness boundaries! :-)
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!
If there’s a story you remember and really would like to see re-posted, drop it in the comments!
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.
— 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
— 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