Category Archives: Randomness
Something to Read Before You Head Out for the Weekend

“For every picture-perfect tent shot on Instagram, there is an entire gallery of images you should see — but rarely do. When we share a photo on social media, we can’t monitor who it reaches, and a lack of knowledge (or worse yet, a blatant disregard for the rules), can ruin some of our favorite campsites, trails and parks. From garbage to human waste, I’ve dealt with all kinds of foul things when setting up camp, and it only seems to be getting worse.  

Platforms like Instagram are directly linked to this problem, but they can be just as effective in educating people and encouraging them to behave more responsibly outside. I was thrilled to see Leave No Trace (LNT) recently share a set of social media guidelines, concerning both geotags and the message a photo can send. As lovers of the outdoors who sleep in the dirt in the digital age, it’s important to keep this discussion going — and understand how we can better preserve the places we cherish. 

While it’s amazing that so much beauty is open for all to use, there needs to be a system of checks and balances in play. The BLM and Parks Department is understaffed, so any chance you get to clean up, pack it out, and leave it better, please do so! Continue reading this piece at Big Agnes.

Jul 27, 2018 6 comments
Portland’s Velo Cult to Close Brick and Mortar to Focus on Online Sales

These 120 film photos are from the archives, when I visited @VeloCult in 2012

It pains me to post this. Every time we lose a great bike shop, the community suffers and the IBD suffers. It’s scary to witness it happening at such an alarming rate, especially since we really do need bike shops who give a damn. I can’t weigh in too much since I haven’t been to Velo Cult in a few years, but I can say that I wish I would have stopped by earlier this month, instead I figured I’d roll through when I was back in October, to spend some quality time there, rather than drop in, strapped for time.

Writing about this is hard, so maybe the best thing is to leave it with the official statement and a reminder that you, the consumer, won’t realize what you’ve got until it’s gone. Support your local bike shop when you can and hopefully shops can adapt to this changing market and economy. To Sky and the team at Velo Cult, I wish you the best of luck with your online shop.

Read the full press-release below… (more…)

Jul 25, 2018 36 comments
Enjoy the Weekend!

Hope you’re getting on board a party train this weekend!

Jul 20, 2018 Comments are OFF
Trek Makes a Huge Push for Pro Women’s Cycling

“Trek is committed to changing the world by inspiring more people to ride,” said Trek president John Burke, “and our world-class women’s road team will be filled with passionate racers who are out to inspire. We’re putting full support behind our athletes so they can focus on their profession and be the best they can be.”

Yes! Read the full scoop at Bicycle Retailer.

Jul 17, 2018 2 comments
Navajo Riders

We see Navajo designs everywhere in cycling. Their geometric prints and designs adorn water bottles, kits, and other accessories, but has anyone ever stopped to ask if anyone from the Navajo Nation rides bikes? The New Yorker Investigates

Jul 16, 2018 3 comments
We’re in Bozeman

Riding bikes, soaking in the Northern Rocky Mountains, and documenting everything in between. Expect lots of fun to come!

Jul 13, 2018 6 comments
The Radavist 2018 Calendar: July

This is the seventh layout of the Radavist 2018 Calendar, entitled “Nature is Metal” shot with a Leica M10 and a 50mm Summicron lens in Nez Perce Trail, Idaho.

“While fires can be devastating to old growth, in some biomes, it’s essential for the longevity of the forest. The Nez Perce Trail has many burn zones visible today but is no stranger to heartache and loss. This beautiful backcountry byway follows the path the Nez Perce tribe undertook in 1877 while fleeing the U.S. Cavalry. They were attempting to cross the border into Canada, to avoid being forced on to a reservation…”

For a high-res JPG, suitable for print and desktop wallpaper*, right click and save link as – The Radavist 2018 Calendar – July. Please, this photo is for personal use only!
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The mobile background this month is also from Nez Perce Trail, Idaho. Click here to download July’s Mobile Wallpaper.

Jul 12, 2018 6 comments
The Straight Dope Tour Coverage with Floyd Landis

Tired of the same ol’ same ol’ Tour coverage? Want to hear the straight dope perspective of cycling’s greatest race? Well, it’s time to tune into Floyd Landis and Dave Zabriskie’s coverage of the Tour! Open up “The Straight Dope” and mute your Tour video feed because Floyd and Dave are going to give you the inside-the-peloton perspective on events as they unfold, with 93% more humor and 100% more profanity than you’ll find on commercial video feeds.

Jul 12, 2018 1 comment