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the Geodiversity of Squamish Mountain Biking

Evaluating a region’s geologic history can be a real joy by bicycle. Will Morris does just that with Squamish.

“Squamish sits on the edge of the Northern Hemisphere’s southernmost fjord, nestled between sprawling mountains built by tectonic, volcanic, and glacial processes. These forces, operating on humanly abstracted timescales, created the landscape in which we learn, live, and recreate. Through features accessible on Squamish’s mountain bike trails, the story of this land’s geologic origin can be formulated. Four main eras are presented in this story, most overlapping and building upon the previous: Mountain Building, Glaciation, Volcanism, and Collapse.”

The Readers Write: Listening and Resisting

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The Readers Write: Listening and Resisting

These past few weeks have been a time for action, introspection, listening, and resisting. Radavist reader Sasha Schellenberg sent in this submission to us for a Readers Write, reflecting on their own perspective of what’s going on in the world right now with the murder of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests. Without further adieu, here are Sasha’s words…

I do a lot of listening while I ride my bike. I listen for traffic and the odd redneck that will try to drive their diesel truck within a hairsbreadth of my handlebars (an unfortunate reality of cycling in parts of rural Alberta), I listen to my bike, always alert for unusual sounds (a result of seeing firsthand how small mechanical discrepancies can turn colossal if they go unnoticed for a time), and I listen for birds and wildlife (the upside of cycling in rural Alberta that makes it worth putting up with smelly trucks). Riding alone, cycling becomes a sensory experience, and it’s on those long gravel climbs, that half of me hates and the other half loves, that sounds seem to resonate clear as a bell.

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The Ride of Your Life

William Cadham and his friends rode from Whistler to Yellowknife, which equals to about ~1600 miles with 69,000′ of climbing in 11 days to raise money for a mountain bike skills park in Yellowknife. This was the first time William had ever ridden a road bike, and the longest ride any of these mountain bikers had ever done.

SMITH just released the film on their Youtube channel and we are keen to try and leverage this opportunity to push us over our 10K(CAD) fundraising goal.

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Choosing to Live

Salsa‘s latest video follows Sarah Hornby, a rider in mourning for her late husband. She would attempt all 10 routes he created while researching his Bikepacking in the Canadian Rockies guidebook, in a single year. Like life, her plans changed along the way…

The Knolly Cache Steel is In Stock

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The Knolly Cache Steel is In Stock

Remember Morgan’s review of the Titanium Knolly Cache? It dropped here on the Radavist just a few months after the Knolly Cache steel was announced. That was back in August of last year. Knolly finally announced they have stock of the Steel Cache, including two build kits and a frameset. You can buy the Steel Cache with a GRX 810 group for $3788, or a GRX 600 for $2899, and the frameset for $1250. Head on over to Knolly to see the component breakdown for each build kit and check out Morgan’s review of the Titanium Cache for a refresh on how capable this bike is.

Kindhuman’s Made in Canada Gravel Bike: the Don

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Kindhuman’s Made in Canada Gravel Bike: the Don

Named after Toronto’s Don River Valley Park, KindHuman’s newest bike is handmade in Canada using lightweight 7000 Series Italian oversized aluminum tubing. With versatility in mind, the Don dons rack and fender mounts, internal cable routing, and room for 42c tires, offering up practical, modern design, with a customizable package. You can design your Don with its own paint, bar tape, and build kit. Pricing begins at $1,899 for a complete bicycle as shown! Head to KindHuman to see more!

Kitsbow’s All-Mountain Jersey for Women

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Kitsbow’s All-Mountain Jersey for Women

Kitsbow has developed a comfortable, all-day, all-mountain jersey specifically for women. These jerseys combine style and comfort with technical fabric, tailored design, and functional details. With its henley-inspired design, the All-Mountain jersey looks great on and off the bike. These are made in Canada and come in four colors. See more at Kitsbow.

Features:
-A blend 48% Nylon, 46% Merino Wool, and 6% Spandex
-Merino Wool sits next to skin for a comfortable feel, temperature regulation, and wick
-Just the right amount of stretch for comfort and the ability to move with the body on the bike
-2 cycling pockets set on the back of the jersey
-Side secure zipper stow-away pocket
-Microfiber cloth for sunglass cleaning attached inside the bottom hem of the garment
-Gripper waistband at sides and back hem
-Tech-snap front closure
-3/4 length sleeve with loop tab closure (unbutton to roll-up sleeves)
-Easily accessible microfiber cloth for sunglass cleaning
-Conveniently placed side secure zipper stow-away pocket for electronics and personal items

Justin’s Kermode Cycles Drop Bar Dirt Tourer

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Justin’s Kermode Cycles Drop Bar Dirt Tourer

We have such amazing bikes this week here on the Radavist. The thing I’ve really enjoyed about this website over the years is running into unique humans with bikes that share the same character. Justin rolled this Kermode Cycles through the door at Golden Saddle Cyclery literally the same week that you, the readership, requested more bikes with beausage and fewer show bikes.

I really felt like as a community, we put out the energy and thoughtfulness into documenting more everyday bikes with character and it made me think about New Thought philosophy. In short, this line of thought falls in with the Law of Attraction, which is the belief that positive or negative thoughts bring positive or negative experiences into a person’s life. Well, you wanted well-used, patina machines and it’s like the cycleverse was listening because this bike has plenty of patina to go around!

The World’s Fastest Human is Naked (Bicycles)

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The World’s Fastest Human is Naked (Bicycles)

Over the years Stephanie and I have visited some out-of-the-way frame builders, but Sam Whittingham’s Naked Bicycles is one of the more out-there. Pedaling our camping bikes on the ups and downs of Quadra Island, an eclectic community of 2,700 people off northern Vancouver Island, we’re reminded that this is a two-speed kind of place – where the only gears you need are your easiest and your hardest.

The road narrows and the hills become even steeper, and we eventually come upon a gate, with a kind note asking us to close it after entering, for there are horses inside. We put Denver on his leash and grind the final few hundred metres to Sam’s shop, a quirky metal-roofed building with lots of windows, reflecting the even-more-whimsical shape of his house on the other side of the driveway.

If people make the effort to get here, Sam makes them feel at home. He arrives on the porch with a smile, and invites us in to his frame building shop in the woods.

The Porcelain Rocket Mr Fusion Has Been Revised

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The Porcelain Rocket Mr Fusion Has Been Revised

For fans of the Porcelain Rocket Mr Fusion, you’ll notice some key updates to this stable saddle pack platform. The support bar is now curved to match the line of the pack. Now, Mr. Fusion comes in a 12 or a 15 size. Mr. Fusion 12 is the same size as the old Mr. Fusion.  The included drybag has a capacity of 8-12L.  Mr. Fusion 15 is the new Mr. Fusion XL.  The included drybag has a capacity of 10-15L.  See Porcelain Rocket for clearance requirements. These are in stock now, although the XL is momentarily sold out… Head to Porcelain Rocket for more!

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Could You Survive a Grizzly Attack?

Colin Dowler was mountain biking in a remote region of the British Columbia coast when a grizzly bear attacked him. He survived by fighting back with a pocket knife. Watch him tell this harrowing tale from a hospital bed where he is recovering from his wounds.

Porcelain Rocket: OliveIt Nigel Handlebar Bag

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Porcelain Rocket: OliveIt Nigel Handlebar Bag

Porcelain Rocket has taken their Nigel handlebar bag and olivized it. Olivactivated? OD from OD? Whatever you call the process of making a solid product a little more fashionable by making it out of olive drab, that’s what they did and they call it OliveIt. These handlebar bags are amazing. They’re weatherproof, easy to swap from bike to bike, and make access while riding simple! These are in stock now at Porcelain rocket for $150 CAD. See some more specs below.

Hunter Cycles Updates their Fanny Packs with a Bungee Cargo Strap

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Hunter Cycles Updates their Fanny Packs with a Bungee Cargo Strap

The Hunter Cycles hip pack is one of the best packs out right now and it just got better with a new, updated design. Now you can carry your rain jacket, knee pads, or even a burrito on the top of the pack thanks to this simple, functional addition.

These packs are made by Porcelain Rocket in Canada and are in stock now in Bonny Doon, California at the Hunter Cycles HQ.

Did you catch our Hunter Cycles shop visit? Be sure to do so!

Porcelain Rocket Redesigns the Nigel Handlebar Bag

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Porcelain Rocket Redesigns the Nigel Handlebar Bag

Porcelain Rocket has redesigned the Nigel Handlebar Bag. This redesign aims to distill the design elements that made the original Nigel unique and practical, into a much simpler, sleeker package. The new Nigel is smaller, which will allow for use on a larger variety of bikes. However, at 4.5L, it is still larger than typical burrito-style bar bags. Its wide opening and one-handed bungee closure make for extremely easy access on the bike.

The whole thing has been made much sturdier, with Voilé Nano Straps main straps, a semi-rigid back plate, and a removable EVA foam “bed liner” in the base. Also included are die-cut foam spacers, so that people can space the bag out for clearance for their hands on the tops, or for cables/hoses.

By paring down the design Porcelain Rocket is now able to sell the Nigel for $150CAD / US$115. They’re in stock now at Porcelain Rocket.

Porcelain Rocket: New Microwave Panniers

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Porcelain Rocket: New Microwave Panniers

Panniers can be an interesting pickle for bag designers. With so many racks out on the market, being flexible in terms of mounting is of the utmost importance. With their new Microwave Panniers, they have solved that problem, creating a cradle pannier which holds onto individual dry bags. The system itself is secure, adaptable, modular, and practical, as all panniers should be. Check out their mounting instructions, and rack fitment for answers to your questions before heading to Porcelain Rocket to check them out!