#Arizona

tag

The Radavist 2022 Calendar: September

Radar

The Radavist 2022 Calendar: September

“SoMo Sunset” is the ninth layout of the Radavist 2022 Calendar. It was shot with a Sony A1 and 70-200 lens outside on South Mountain, Phoenix.

Stef McDaniel rides South Mountain in Phoenix, AZ on a very warm summer evening. Photo by Josh Weinberg.”

For a high-res JPG, suitable for print and desktop wallpaper*, right-click and save link as – The Radavist 2022 – September. Please, this photo is for personal use only!
(*set background to white and center for optimal coverage)

The mobile background this month is a vertical crop from this photo. Click here to download September’s Mobile Wallpaper.

Bikepacking the Rainbow Rim Trail on The Radavist x Mosaic GT-2X Bikes

Reportage

Bikepacking the Rainbow Rim Trail on The Radavist x Mosaic GT-2X Bikes

Arizona is one of the most remarkable states in the lower 48. From saguaro-covered mountains to forests of ponderosa pine, the ecotonal shift across the state’s expansive footprint is only bested by the geologically awesome Grand Canyon. That’s part of the appeal of the mighty Arizona Trail, right? To see the state in its entirety from top to bottom. While the AZT might not be for everyone, there’s another trail system on the rim of the Grand Canyon that is perfect for those looking for a truly unique and characteristically Arizona experience via a quick overnighter or even a day ride.

Once we had samples of our Radavist Edition Mosaic GT-2X bikes, I wanted to put them to the test and do a proper shake-down overnighter somewhere memorable and beautiful. Pulling together this project was quite the undertaking with supply chain issues still running rampant. Our trip kept getting pushed back into the summer months. It was edging on being too hot to tour our original route, so we looked to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and found a true gem of a ride, perfect for a weekend of sleeping out under the monsoon skies…

The Radavist 2022 Calendar: July

Radar

The Radavist 2022 Calendar: July

“Monsoon” is the seventh layout of the Radavist 2022 Calendar. It was shot with a Sony A9 and the Sony 70-200 lens on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona.

“Spend enough time in the Southwest and scenes like this will be commonplace. Spend a weekend on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and be prepared to have your mind melted at the spectacle.”

For a high-res JPG, suitable for print and desktop wallpaper*, right-click and save link as – The Radavist 2022 – July. Please, this photo is for personal use only!
(*set background to white and center for optimal coverage)

The mobile background this month is a vertical view from this zone. Click here to download July’s Mobile Wallpaper.

Campfire Cycling in Tucson Stokes the Bicycle Camping Flames

Reportage

Campfire Cycling in Tucson Stokes the Bicycle Camping Flames

The intersection of cycling with other outdoor activities is where my mind has been for the past few years. Bikefishing, bikerafting, bicycle touring, and the like all bring together cycling with outdoor recreation. A few retail environments come to mind that encourages not only cycling but these adjacent activities. Most prominently in my mid-term memory is Circles in Nagoya Japan, and recently, I found myself at Campfire Cycling in Tucson with camera in hand. While there, I documented a few of the shop employee’s personal bikes, as well as the space itself. Let’s take a look below!

A Bicycle Tour through the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge

Reportage

A Bicycle Tour through the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge

Across the road from a sprawling old corral with a dozen or more cattle pens constructed from creosote-laden boards and discarded railroad ties stood a small stone monument. It commemorated an earthen dam, behind which was a very small but empty reservoir at the foot of a butte called Coyote Peak.

“If it were not for strongmen like Bob Crowder,” the metal plaque read, “with the fortitude and ambition to develop water in these vast desert areas, there would be no game and no livestock today.”

72 Hours in Patagonia, Arizona: A Ventum Racing x Coyote Collective Project

Reportage

72 Hours in Patagonia, Arizona: A Ventum Racing x Coyote Collective Project

In October of 2021, I pulled my truck into Patagonia, Arizona for the very first time. I had no real agenda (other than ride bikes, take photos, and sample the local draft list), and no inkling how important this place would soon become in my story. Spotting the liveliest-looking spot in the 1-horse town center, I walked over and was promptly greeted by Heidi Rentz Ault – “Are you here for the Grand Opening?” She was talking about Patagonia Lumber Company, the new bar, music venue, and coffee house cooked up by her and her husband Zander Ault. The doors were due to open for the first time in 1 minute, and by pure luck I became customer number 1. The kind folks at the bar then pulled me an IPA from nearby Tombstone, Arizona.

Come Together at the 2022 Ruta Del Jefe

Reportage

Come Together at the 2022 Ruta Del Jefe

The last cycling event I attended before the pandemic gripped the globe was Ruta Del Jefe in February of 2020. Returning to the event in 2022, after two years of lockdowns, masks, and vaccinations was bittersweet. Granted, the pandemic is not over but it felt like a good reset for the coming months of bike events quickly piling up on my calendar.

Ruta Del Jefe is a bike event like no other that puts various socio and geopolitical issues surrounding the host land at the forefront. This year’s experience was organized into a new format that helped raise awareness and money for a handful of non-profits that navigate a myriad of obstacles in the Southern Arizona grasslands.

Returning to the Audubon Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch for the event, with camera in hand, ears and heart open, I was once again reminded just how special Ruta Del Jefe and its organizer, Sarah Swallow is. Let’s see why below…

The Radavist 2022 Calendar: March

Radar

The Radavist 2022 Calendar: March

“Grasslands” is the third layout of the Radavist 2022 Calendar. It was shot with a Sony A9 and the Tamron 28-200 lens outside of Elgin, Arizona.

“Our recent ride with Sarah Swallow in Elgin, Arizona served as a reminder that the roads in Southern Arizona are from a dream…”

For a high-res JPG, suitable for print and desktop wallpaper*, right-click and save link as – The Radavist 2022 – March. Please, this photo is for personal use only!
(*set background to white and center for optimal coverage)

The mobile background this month is a vertical crop of this image. Click here to download March’s Mobile Wallpaper.

Rubber Baron Ronnie and His 650b Ultradynamico Crust Romanceür Canti

Reportage

Rubber Baron Ronnie and His 650b Ultradynamico Crust Romanceür Canti

What will soon be seven summers ago, Crust Bikes CEO Matt pedaled his prototype Evasion to the end of Long Island to catch a ferry across the Sound to where the fishing boat I was working on docked each evening. I readied the lines as the boat backed into the harbor.  Looking up, I could see a backlit figure of a cyclist above the docks in the parking lot— late summer setting sun illuminating orange and golds through course, untamed hair.  Chest hair.  We had been expecting each other…

2022 Single Speed Arizona! Cave Creek Edition: Rattling it Around

Reportage

2022 Single Speed Arizona! Cave Creek Edition: Rattling it Around

What exactly is Single Speed Arizona? Well, first and foremost, it’s not a damn bike race. A cesspool of degenerates? Sure, but only for the weekend – some of these people are actually really good at adulting! One might argue that it’s a borderline cult with congregants making an annual pilgrimage to The Grand Canyon State each February to hike a bunch with our stupid bikes, commune, and praise Jah. The reality is that whether you’re escaping winter in other parts of the world, or your own reality for a whole weekend, being sun-drenched while riding/hiking bikes in February makes for a wonderful family reunion. Welcome to Arizona’s Premier Outdoor Recreation Conference.

2022 Single Speed Arizona! Cave Creek Edition: Southwest Wildlife Tour and Bike Gallery

Reportage

2022 Single Speed Arizona! Cave Creek Edition: Southwest Wildlife Tour and Bike Gallery

Following a hiatus in 2021, Single Speed Arizona (SSAZ) returned earlier this month – over an action-packed weekend – to Cave Creek. We’ll be hosting a full event report and photo gallery soon, but today we’re kicking off our coverage with a pre-ride tour of Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center and a gallery of bikes (and their riders), which is about as eclectic and diverse as it gets.

The Radavist 2022 Calendar: February

Radar

The Radavist 2022 Calendar: February

“Snowbirding” is the second layout of the Radavist 2022 Calendar. It was shot with a Sony A9 and the Tamron 70-180 lens outside of Tucson, Arizona. It was shot by Josh Weinberg.

Reddington Road is a classic gravel climb in the Tucson area with vistas for days and plenty of elevation to make your legs burn.”

For a high-res JPG, suitable for print and desktop wallpaper*, right-click and save link as – The Radavist 2022 – February. Please, this photo is for personal use only!
(*set background to white and center for optimal coverage)

The mobile background this month is a vertical crop of this image. Click here to download February’s Mobile Wallpaper.

Snowbirding in Southern Arizona and Riding the Santa Rita East Adventure Route

Reportage

Snowbirding in Southern Arizona and Riding the Santa Rita East Adventure Route

Birds, whales, pronghorn, and butterflies, among other animals, all have migration patterns. They spend their summers in warmer climates, but once the mercury beings to drop, they head south in hopes of finding warmer temperatures. I don’t blame them one bit for avoiding the cold. As a Colorado resident, I tire rather quickly of snow and spending more than fifteen minutes getting dressed to go on a ride. Shoe covers, while invaluable in the winter, are loathsome to put on over cleats.

Catching up with Karl: Bikes for Buddies and his Rusty Trucker Mountain Cruiser

Reportage

Catching up with Karl: Bikes for Buddies and his Rusty Trucker Mountain Cruiser

Back in 2020, Cjell Monē and I wrote about our friend Karl Artis‘ eclectic bike collection and his collaborative “Bikes for Buddies” fundraiser with Matt Whitman, which raised enough money to purchase fifty bikes for youngsters in need. Since then, Karl has added even more bikes to his personal cache, including an enviable custom mountain cruiser, and finally found a home for the youth bikes after months of pandemic-induced hiccups. I recently met up with Karl and a crew of other friends – who were fresh off a weekend of building and donating bikes – to check out Karl’s new cruiser and enjoy some metamorphic chunder on the trails of North Phoenix.

The Radavist 2022 Calendar: January

Radar

The Radavist 2022 Calendar: January

“Sonoran Winter” is the first layout of the Radavist 2022 Calendar. It was shot with a Sony A9 and the Tamron 70-180 lens outside of Phoenix, Arizona. It was shot by Josh Weinberg.

“Parts of the Tonto National Forest might not look like much of a forest to you but these desert landscapes are incredibly biodiverse. Sprawling over 2,873,200 acres, it is the largest of the six national forests in Arizona and is the ninth-largest national forest in the United States.”

For a high-res JPG, suitable for print and desktop wallpaper*, right-click and save link as – The Radavist 2022 – January. Please, this photo is for personal use only!
(*set background to white and center for optimal coverage)

The mobile background this month is a from Baja Sur, Mexico. Click here to download January’s Mobile Wallpaper.