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Australian Kook Inc. Adventures: GRONK 690 – Jorja Creighton

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Australian Kook Inc. Adventures: GRONK 690 – Jorja Creighton

Australian Kook Inc. Adventures: GRONK 690
Words and photos by Jorja Creighton

gronk – Urban Dictionary

Australian Slang, (noun) A person that is totally lacking in fashion sense, motor skills and/or social skills. Usually a total moron, an extremely unpleasant person or an unwanted guest. 

Sometimes: A likable idiot or Bogan (especially in Queensland)

1. No wonder he can’t get a girlfriend, he is such a gronk

2. Why would you “steal my car for the weekend,” you gronk!

The Jagungal Wilderness is my favorite place to take guests in Australia. Come to Australia for sun and sand? Too bad…I will give you a historically inaccurate tour of the Australian Snowy Mountains in late springtime. Where it may or may not snow, hail or cook you.

Up the Bluff: High Country Bois – Chris Sansom

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Up the Bluff: High Country Bois – Chris Sansom

Up the Bluff: High Country Bois
Words by Chris Sansom and photography by Tom Rooney

If the stakes were higher than normal that weekend, the scene in a regional hotel bedroom with six partly drunk men wasn’t any indication. Listen closely and you’d have heard the nervous excitement as we re-lived Jurassic Park for the millionth time. We’d committed via packed Instagram thread to another Winter Solstice ride, with the ante well and truly upped. Eight raised a digital hand, the number surprisingly only dwindling to six at shit-hitting-the-fan time in spite of snow forecast at 800m. Time to trawl the drawers for those special pieces of clothing designed to keep toes attached and fingers from emulating smashed frozen sausages.

Trail Angels on the Hellish Hunt 1000 –  Jorja Creighton

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Trail Angels on the Hellish Hunt 1000 – Jorja Creighton

Trail Angels on the Hellish Hunt 1000
Words and photos by Jorja Creighton

The Hunt1000 is a brutal ride. “A 1,000 km journey through the rooftop of Australia along backcountry trails, across exposed high plains, through snow gum woodlands, and among tall native forests. The trail links Canberra to Melbourne with limited resupply points and some of Australia’s best high country campsites.” – Hunt Bikes

Lovely… but that description does not include the tears, the sense of panic, search for escape, and loss of confidence the route brings – but like anything that makes you want to quit bikes – it’s worth it.

2018 Handmade Bicycle Show Australia: KUMO RADdonneur Dirt Tourer

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2018 Handmade Bicycle Show Australia: KUMO RADdonneur Dirt Tourer

2018 Handmade Bicycle Show Australia: KUMO Dirt Tourer
Photos and words by Andy White

It wasn’t that long ago that Kumo first took his flame to the flux and gave birth to steel machines. Keith has always had a distinctive style, and while early framesets focused on road and track, the frames he is most passionate about producing are a reflection of his first true love. Riding out into the bush, self-supported and free of distractions.

2018 Handmade Bicycle Show Australia: Llewellyn Custom Bicycles Road

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2018 Handmade Bicycle Show Australia: Llewellyn Custom Bicycles Road

2018 Handmade Bicycle Show Australia
Photos by Andy White, words by John Watson

Darrell from Llewellyn‘s work was first introduced to me by Andy White of FYXO on one of my first trips to Australia, somewhere around 2010 or so. I had never heard of his work, much less had seen it in person, so at the time, I was completely blindsided by Darrell’s craftsmanship. If you were to ask me for US-based frame builders who share a similar craftsmanship, Chris Kvale, DiNucci and others come to mind but there is something different about a Llewellyn and it’s not easy to put a finger on it.

2018 Handmade Bicycle Show Australia: Bastion, BAUM, Bikes by Steve, Curve, Damu

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2018 Handmade Bicycle Show Australia: Bastion, BAUM, Bikes by Steve, Curve, Damu

2018 Handmade Bicycle Show Australia
Photos by Andy White, words by John Watson

One show that has been on my radar over the years is the Handmade Bicycle Show Australia. This year’s showcase was located in Melbourne, Australia, and featured a mix of makers and companies, who bring a selection of custom bicycles and components to display. Photographer and owner of FYXO, Andy White was at the show, documenting each of the maker’s bikes, under the spotlight, and on the stage at the event. We’ll have a few big galleries up over the next few days from each of the builders present at the show. Beginning with…

The Handmade Bicycle Show Australia is Coming!

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The Handmade Bicycle Show Australia is Coming!


Photos by Andy White

There are many, talented framebuilders in Australia and the Handmade Bicycle Show Australia looks to expose their best work to the masses. The show returns this year, on April 27th-29th, showcasing the builders and products born in Australia. As an example, FYXO recently showcased this Prova Cycles Molti all-road bike, which in itself, has many details, but I can’t get over how good King Cages look in black and that Busyman saddle treatment! See the full gallery at FYXO and more details on the show at HBSA.

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In the US, the closest thing to this that could happen on a ride would be a deer jumping out in front of a rider, but somehow, it wouldn’t look as cool!

Rapha and Herman Miller: Alexander Girard Print Caps

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Rapha and Herman Miller: Alexander Girard Print Caps

With a strong heritage in design, Herman Miller is home to archives of numerous textile designers, including Alexander Girard. As a tie-in to the Tour Down Under, Rapha worked with Herman Miller on selecting a series of textile patterns from Girard’s catalogs and applied them to cycling caps, named after famed regions of Southern Australia, a truly beautiful part of the world. Each of these caps are in stock now at Rapha and ready to see your part of the world.

FYXO: Prova Cycles Razzo Road with Campagnolo EPS

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FYXO: Prova Cycles Razzo Road with Campagnolo EPS

Photos by Andy White

“Made in Australia” is not something you see on many of the bikes here on the Radavist, but when that slogan does pop-up, It’s always worth it. Mark from Prova Cycles and Andy White from FYXO met after Andy lurked on the #29+ hashtag on Instagram, landing him on Mark’s own MTB, from there, the two began chatting and Andy began documenting some of his bikes, the latest being this Razzo Road… See more at FYXO!