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Velo Orange: Melissa’s Sport Touring Low Kicker Has Some Very Special Hoops

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Velo Orange: Melissa’s Sport Touring Low Kicker Has Some Very Special Hoops

Velo Orange does such a great job documenting projects like Melissa’s Sport Touring Low Kicker:

“Hill got the conversation started about a new bike for his wife, Melissa. They were looking for something to replace her aging, skinny-tire’d road bike so that she could more comfortably participate in gravel and mixed terrain rides both by herself and with her riding club. She also wanted to make sure it could handle a bit of luggage for overnight, sport touring trips where minimal gear is needed while going between BnBs or hotels. The Low Kicker Polyvalent was a natural selection for the frameset. Needless to say, this sounded like it was going to be a very fun bike for Melissa and a very fun project for us.”

This project has some special details, so head to Velo Orange to see the full spread!

The Speedvagen AAF Commuter

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The Speedvagen AAF Commuter

First the Urban Racer, then the GTFO, and now the AAF Commuter leaves the shop at Speedvagen. These AXS-equipped bikes are built with as many components from American companies as possible (with still having a derailleur) and are limited to 11 signed models.

Each month, on the 11th, Speedvagen will be releasing 11 limited bikes. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. Head on over to Speedvagen to see more details of the AAF Commuter.

Specs:
-One iconic color option. Matte Army Green Cerekote
-Three stock sizes. Size assessments are done after deposit with our CBF From.
-SRAM Force Wide 1x Group with Eagle AXS flat bar Shifter.
-Wheels: 650b White Industires G25A laced to their CLD Hubs
-Tires: Panaracer 650 Gravel Kings
-Saddle: Fabric Scoop Ti rails
-Bar: Signature SV Bar Stem Combo
-Grips: ESI Chunky
-Seat post head: Enve Carbon Seatpost Head.
-Headset: White Industries
-Crankset: White Industries
-Bottom Bracket White Industries
-Bag: Inside Line Equipment Small Porteur
-Rack: Rawland Demiporteur Cerekoted to match.
-Plus, all of the features of our standard Speedvagen frame including integrated seatmast, Enve Seat Post Head, superlight steel and strategically placed stainless reinforcements. Shazam!

Ben’s Rivendell Rosco Bubbe Baby Carrier

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Ben’s Rivendell Rosco Bubbe Baby Carrier

When you become a parent you start to ask the really hard questions, like what kind of amazing bike am I going to build to haul my little kiddo around?  Ben was lucky enough to snag this Rivendell Rosco Bubbe from Alex at Yellow Haus Bicycles when he was clearing out some inventory.  This may look like your average Clem Smith, but nay, this is a Rosco Bubbe experiment. This frame was designed to have a longer top tube to accommodate kid carrier as we see here.  The longer space makes room for the carrier and the rider to fit in the space between the saddle and bars.  This bike is technically Chelsea, Ben’s wife’s rig but it luckily fits them both so they can both take Marcel out for a spin.

A Look at the New Agave Products Handlebar Bag: the Arroyo Backpack

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A Look at the New Agave Products Handlebar Bag: the Arroyo Backpack

One of the joys this website has brought me over the years is helping out small companies jettison their products into the world. From component manufacturers, apparel brands, frame builders, and yes, bag makers, there’s something special about watching a brand bloom over time and having been a part of that process. Last week, I met this fella named Jeff at Sincere Cycles where he showed me a new prototype bag he’s developing under the moniker Agave Products called the Arroyo Backpack.

Jeff and Agave are based in Austin, Texas, my old stomping grounds, and so this project plucked at my heartstrings a bit. Read on for a more in-depth look at the Arroyo Backpack…

This New Yorker Cover by R. Kikuo Johnson Really Normalizes Bikes!

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This New Yorker Cover by R. Kikuo Johnson Really Normalizes Bikes!

What a pleasure it is to see cycling on the cover of a magazine on the New Yorker. For this forthcoming October 26th issue, artist R. Kikuo Johnson normalizes cycling as a form of legitimate transportation, even with a child in tow. While it does create a bit of visual conflict with public transit, not automobiles, we can look past that as an unintended byproduct of the artist’s vision. Hopefully, there will be more pro-cycling and transportation advocacy articles within the pages of the New Yorker. Check out the full cover below…

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Choose Cycling

Choose Cycling looks at two UK-based cyclists, Ore and Lucy, and spotlights what drew them to bikes and commuting.

Readers’ Rides: RJ Rabe’s Sequoia Basket Bike Build

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Readers’ Rides: RJ Rabe’s Sequoia Basket Bike Build

For this week’s Readers’ Rides, our friend RJ Rabe shares his vintage Sequoia townie build in a high res gallery…

I don’t know much about this particular Sequoia before it came into my life. Beyond that, it lived in the rafters of my friend Austin Horse’s New York apartment before I brought it back to California some years ago. You can see the sticker from the shop that originally sold it on the seat tube, with the protective film somewhat intact.

A Different Kind of Maker: Jacob from Bread Shop Santa Fe and his Surly Cross Check

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A Different Kind of Maker: Jacob from Bread Shop Santa Fe and his Surly Cross Check

We visit a lot of makers here at the Radavist. From frames to components to bags. 2020 has put a lot of that on momentary pause, yet I’ve enjoyed meeting cyclists serendipitously since moving to Santa Fe, many of which are small business owners. One of those is Jacob from Bread Shop. He and his wife Mayme, along with his brother Zac run a small bakery that’s big on taste. We’ve been buying loaves once a week from Bread Shop and this week I met up with Jacob to shoot his Surly Cross-Check.

Just Put It In the Basket: Spencer’s Crust Clydesdale Fork-Equipped Fuji Sundance

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Just Put It In the Basket: Spencer’s Crust Clydesdale Fork-Equipped Fuji Sundance

Ya ever wondered if you could keep only one of your bikes, which would it be?  At this point in my life I’d have to say my Fuji Sundance with a Crust Bikes Clydesdale fork up front.  This is my “daily driver” that serves for commuting, errand running, Costco runs, carrying coworkers home, or just taking the dog out for a spin. Vintage 26” rigid bikes are the bikes that just wont die and continue to show themselves as being so damn useful, and nothing compliments that better than the Clydesdale fork.

The Readers Write: the New York Pizza and Dynamo Society

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The Readers Write: the New York Pizza and Dynamo Society

The Readers Write is a short-form feature where readers can write about their local rides, submit photos, and course routes, lowering the barrier for entry with sharing stories here on the Radavist. It’s a new feature we’re implementing in 2020 but have yet to set up the infrastructure for submissions, so sit tight!

Convincing folks to do a group ride is difficult enough during daylight hours in nice weather conditions, but as the nights grow longer and colder, finding a crew to roll with becomes damn near impossible. Enter the New York Pizza and Dynamo Society (NYPDS): A group of cyclists dedicated to exploring some of our city’s finest eateries, exclusively by the light of kinetically-driven lamps.

Alex and His Miyata City Bike

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Alex and His Miyata City Bike

At first glance, you might see this bike and think “sheesh, another $8,000 commuter bike made by someone in Portland.” Rightfully so! This is a clean bike but Alex spent $500 on this Miyata before adding some crucial details to keep him rolling safe and comfortable on the streets of Los Angeles, to and from work…