If you love to roll by a local coffee shop on your way to work, sometimes on your gravel, road, or mountain bike, then you know the amount of skill it can take to navigate a city with one hand on your bars and one hand on your paper coffee cup, sloshing and spilling all over your work clothes. Well, hopefully by now you get coffee in a reusable bottle or mug but if you don’t, check out the Velo Canteen. This 13.5 ounce stainless steel, double-walled, insulated coffee bottle features a leak-proof twist-on cap, weighs a mere .45lbs (200grams), and yes, it fits in a standard bottle cage. These canteens retail for $44.95 direct from Velo Canteen.
There’s dust, cold, chaos, and bikes. Bikes everywhere. Almost more bike tracks than footprints in the thick dirt of the Laguna Seca Raceway paddock, where rows of tents and more flags than the eye can count have taken over for the weekend – this is The Sea Otter Classic. It’s my first time not only to Sea Otter but to a bike expo- having gotten seriously into cycling during the quarantine this first wave of events post- pandemic is also my first wave of cycling events- period. I did my first bike race two months prior, and while there was an expo there it nowhere near compares to this ocean of logos. Being a photographer in the cycling world this weekend is a chance to connect with clients I haven’t seen in a while, touch base with connections I have prior only talked to through emails and DM’s, and hug the bejeezus out of the rad gravel ladies I photographed for ‘The Leaders of Gravel’, a series here on The Radavist.
Keeping Up With The Cartel is a new video series following the team behind the scenes of The Good Coffee Cartel, a specialty coffee roastery, and coffee-based shop in Glasgow, Scotland. Episode 1 follows Todd and Tony as they cycle 100 miles (160km) over the wonderful Scottish countryside to visit a wholesale customer for a coffee. They pick up some friends on the way and make some classic one-take promo to keep Courtney happy.
It’s coffee and cycling, need we say more…
Our friends at Latigo Coffee hold annual Campouts in the areas around their operations on the Central California Coast. Last year’s event took them to Kernville, a veritable gravel and mountain bike mecca, for some riding, running, swimmin’, good times, music, and of course coffee! Check out their vibes-heavy video.
Wow! It feels like yesterday I was still calling Austin my home, riding the rolling hills and ripping around on the limestone and cedar tree-lined singletrack. Those were some magical years for me, filled with a lot of amazing memories, solid friendships, and watching my friends open their own businesses, only to have them bloom and grow when I left town.
I’ve been back through Austin a few times since leaving in 2015 but never really had enough time to settle in and document the spaces of these businesses. This past trip, we had all the time in the world, so I got to work documenting my favorite of the Austin scene: the space at Cycleast and Flat Track Coffee…
FOREWORD: Back in May and into June, I had the pleasure of helping the crew at Angry Catfish for a couple of weeks as their summer season began to pick up. The following is a series of entries from a journal I kept during my time there. My hope is that through these vignettes you will get a glimpse of what it’s like to not only work at one of the most successful bike shops in the country, but be a bicycle salesperson and mechanic in the city of Minneappolis. Think of this as an extended shop visit, one where I get my hands dirty and experience the area and community the way those at Angry Catfish and other locals do. All photos are film, shot on 35mm and 120mm. Enjoy!
Illustration by Creep
Latigo Coffee is planning a weekend of fun camping in Kernville, California on the weekend of October 25th and they want you to come along. Enjoy some live music by the campfire on Saturday evening by Amelia & Rosy. Bring a bike, trail running shoes, or just some good vibes and register at Event Brite for the event!
If you’ve been to the Sea Otter Classic in the last couple years, it’s very likely that you’ve been to Captain + Stoker Coffee. It’s become quite the staple for bicycle nerds making the annual pilgrimage to the event. I’d even say that Captain + Stoker has become a home base for many people attending the Classic. Hundreds of people meet there before and after rides, they host movie screenings and even live stream races in their beautifully converted service station.
It hasn’t been easy for Tyler Ellis and Kelsey Richmond the owners of Captain + Stoker to get to this point, but from what I’ve seen each time I’ve been there, I believe they’ve both found their calling.
Coffee and bikes. It’s a timeless pairing and one that Breadwinner Cycles, the Portland-based framebuilding operation, has embraced with their new cafe and shop. It’d been since 2015 when I got to visit their facilities, which at the time were in Tony Pereira’s house. Tony and Ira Ryan make up Breadwinner, along with some of their employees. Last year, Breadwinner opened their new shop and an adjacent cafe, along the bicycle expressway off North Williams. Since then, it’s become a hub for people meeting for group rides, or laptop-toting freelancers, and tourists like myself wanting to peek into the process that is making a Breadwinner.
When Mark from Latigo Coffee and I discussed the giveaway contest we ran last week here on the site, I added in two additional subscriptions, bringing it to a total of three lucky winners, which we’ve just announced:
Congrats and thanks to all who entered. If you’re interested in trying out Latigo Coffee, head to their website to read about their coffee subscriptions.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t operate without a good pot of coffee in the morning. That goes for work days and camping days. Over the past few months, I’ve really enjoyed the coffee our friends at Latigo Coffee are roasting. So much so that I wanted to offer some free coffee to the readers of this website. For free.
It’s a simple email sign-up form. Just enter your name and email below. The winner will be randomly selected from this list of new email subscribers. Winner would receive a free 3-month Gift Subscription (details at Latigo), for a total of 6x shipments. Brand new coffee every time – Latigo is sourcing + roasting + shipping every 2 weeks. Best of luck to you all and if you’re always looking for new coffee, I highly suggest checking out Latigo! Enter this giveaway below.
This takes the whole camp coffee and coffee outside thing to a whole new level!
“All The Places is a travel film series exploring our relationship with food, culture, sport and the environment. Each bikepacking trip maps out a new travel route through a region of global significance – whether it produces coffee, whiskey, music, tea, apparel, world class athletes, palm oil, or centenarians.
Colombia is world class in two things, coffee and cycling. In episode one, CocoraVelo, we look at these two important and very well-acquainted industries and as they converge in a symbiosis unlike anywhere else in the world.
This is the Napa Valley of coffee.”
Well… that’s one way to do it!
With some of the best coffee and best climbs in the world, Colombia is a gem, hidden in plain sight.
Coffee, friends and stoked faces. Thanks for the morning ride, guys! If you live in LA, and can make it out on a 2-4 hour ride each Friday morning, follow @GoldenSaddleCyclery for the meetup time and location each Thursday. The ride begins at Intelligentsia Coffee in Silver Lake and ends at Free Coffee Friday at Mission Workshop, to ensure you’re good and caffeinated all day.
We’ll see you at the All-City GSC Happy Hour Ride this afternoon. Enjoy the weekend!
I’d heard of Wheelys Cafe before, but never knew the backstory…
Golden Saddle and the Sleepers pulled together a great little video showcasing the weekly LA River Camp Coffee meetup. Interested in going? LARCC meets every Wednesday morning at Sunnynook River Park, starting at 7AM.