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The Radavist’s Top 10 Readers’ Rides of 2021

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The Radavist’s Top 10 Readers’ Rides of 2021

2021 was an exceptional year for our Readers’ Rides series, which we first began posting back in 2011. Last year’s readership-submitted bikes ran the gamut, much like our Top 10 Beautiful Bicycles, but Readers’ Rides is 100% audience-submitted. We love receiving submissions each week so if you were on the fence about submitting your ride, perhaps this list will motivate you to break out the camera. This list was compiled by web traffic and comments. Let’s check out the Top Ten Readers’ Rides of 2021 below, in no particular order…

The Radavist’s Top 10 Articles of 2021

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The Radavist’s Top 10 Articles of 2021

This year’s retrospective includes a look at our highest traffic pieces. These articles really blew up, bringing in a lot of comments, backlinks, social media posts, and traffic. While it should come as no surprise, most are bike reviews but a few of these galleries are seminal bits of Reportage. In this list are nine Reportage articles and one Radar, so let’s jump right in!

The Radavist’s Top 10 Beautiful Bicycles of 2021

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The Radavist’s Top 10 Beautiful Bicycles of 2021

I hope your winter break was refreshing and that you got some miles in over the Holidaze. We’re back in 2022 with the first of our 2021 year-end recaps, beginning with everyone’s favorite: the Top 10 Beautiful Bicycles of 2021. Like years prior, I compiled this list by traffic, comments, and social media/backlink chatter, also omitting bikes from Open House/Expo style showcases. There are some real gems in here, so let’s get to it!

A Look at Cycles Manivelle and Wizard Works’ Concours de Machine 2021 Entry

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A Look at Cycles Manivelle and Wizard Works’ Concours de Machine 2021 Entry

We are Manivelle, a framebuilder based in Strasbourg, France. Here is our build for the “Concours de Machine” 2021.

Concours de Machine“, WHAT’S THAT?

The “CDM” is a historical event of the small French framebuilding world, born early in the 1900s, the golden age happened between 1934 and 1949 including Jo Routens and Rene Herse’s work. The Concours disappeared for a long time after the industrialization but is back to life since 2016.

A Downright Functional and Stylish Do-All Bike: Dax’s BTCHN’ Bikes Cruiser

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A Downright Functional and Stylish Do-All Bike: Dax’s BTCHN’ Bikes Cruiser

Last year I was visiting the BTCHN’ Bikes shop to shoot some process photos for the Sierra Explorer project and got stopped in my tracks as soon as I walked into the door by a different frame in a stand. This frame was totally unlike any design I’d seen before, and there was so much hard thought and problem-solving that went into making it a reality that I couldn’t even open that door of my brain and had to just stay on target with the bike I was actually there to shoot.

The Merry Sales Company Is Importing Eagle 2-speed Coaster Brake Hubs in USA

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The Merry Sales Company Is Importing Eagle 2-speed Coaster Brake Hubs in USA

People love tinkering with coaster brake cruisers but the achilles of the cruiser bike is always the hub. Truth told, there aren’t a lot of options out there for coaster brakes, but luckily, distributor Merry Sales Company will be importing Eagle brand 2-speed coaster brake hubs in USA. They will distribute the hubs to dealers and distributors and will also conduct OEM sales and services.

Here’s a bit of backstory from Merry Sales:

International Cycle Gears of India has manufactured hubs and other parts for the last 25 years. Mr. B.B. Lall, President of International Cycle Gears, has worked on the Eagle 2-speed coaster hub project for many years; first with Mark Worksman, and later with The Merry Sales Co. Mr. Gurpeet Bhushan son of Mr. B.B. Lall will soon join the company after completing his MBA to handle this new project. There may be some people in the U.S. that do not recognize the name International Cycle Gears, but they have a long history of collaborating with Mark Worksman when he was President of Bendix USA.

The Eagle 2-Speed Hubs are for sale at Merry Sales for $119.99. You can order from your local shop.

Show Me the Moné: Cerakote Black Coaster Cooler

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Show Me the Moné: Cerakote Black Coaster Cooler

To coaster brake afficianados, the Coaster Cooler might be one of the coolest most unique inventions for your cruiser. Cjell over at Moné Cycles has a limited edition run of these hub coolers – and hubs/spokes – all done up and fancy in Cerakote black for an extremely limited release. Head to Moné Cycles to check it out.

State Bicycle Co Releases a 27.5″ Wheeled Coaster Brake Cruiser

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State Bicycle Co Releases a 27.5″ Wheeled Coaster Brake Cruiser

For $400, this “Klunker” which is, in reality, a *Cruiser from State Bicycle Co has all the fixins for getting sideways on local fire roads and trails. This bike is built on a durable steel frame and fork with a 5-year warranty. It’s paired with a BMX stem and a 30” extra-wide V-bars with 7″ rise and Vans Grips. Head to State Bicycle Co for more.

*The disambiguation of Klunker refers to a bike like this with gears and brakes, while a Cruiser refers to a coaster brake bike.

Moné Bikes: Help Fund this Carbon Riser Bar Dubbed the “Light Bar”

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Moné Bikes: Help Fund this Carbon Riser Bar Dubbed the “Light Bar”

Want a riser bar with a classic cross-brace but also want your bike to weigh less? Enter the Light Bar.

These carbon bars have a 31.8 Clamp. 2.5” of rise, 827mm wide, and 12º of backsweep. That’s a bit less rise and sweep than Moné’s Oddmone, so if you have a similar bar, you can swap the Light Bar in for a some added comfort and less weight.

Moné is making these bars, no question about it but tooling is expensive, so they’re doing a pre-sale to help kick the Light Bar into production. In exchange for your patience, you’ll get wholesale pricing ($239) for a limited time. Presale runs until Saturday, Oct. 24th. The first 30 Light Bar sales will be fast-tracked so you’ll get your bars even sooner.

Head to Moné Bikes to order.

Moné Bikes: Look Ma, Copper Brake Lines

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Moné Bikes: Look Ma, Copper Brake Lines

Is this an article written by Cjell, about a bike built by Cjell? Yes, indeed. Not too many other people around here to tell ya about it, so it’s me you’ll have to listen to.

My operation has a couple of facets to it. One being stock frames that I have the privilege of working with a shop in Taiwan. They’re faster and much better equipped to put together frames more efficiently, and their neighborhood is full of toolmakers, tube benders, casters, etc. The fact that they put up with me trying to keep up in the shop is a testament to their patience and capacity.

Readers’ Rides: Timothy White’s Customized Diamondback Cruiser

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Readers’ Rides: Timothy White’s Customized Diamondback Cruiser

This week’s Readers’ Rides is one wild rig! Timothy‘s Diamondback is a great example of how vintage bikes can keep rolling for decades and can be quite fun to build out, much less ride!

If you need a rugged machine look no further then the Diamondback bicycle family from the ’90s. Overall great construction, pretty strong and made from USA True Temper tubes. This example was customized by Jeffson Bikes around 2004 and has an adjustable BB and disc tab welded on. The paint is my own doing after I could not stop looking at a Cooks Bros cruiser with a sunset fade. I did this with spray cans, and the homie made me some custom stickers that represent my bad back I had while building this bike.

Cam’s 1979 Lawwil Knight Pro Cruiser is a Drum Brake Blast From the Past!

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Cam’s 1979 Lawwil Knight Pro Cruiser is a Drum Brake Blast From the Past!

Mert Lawwil had already been a legendary motorcycle racer for years and was building and selling Harley Davidson flat-track racing frames with Terry Knight when they got the idea to weld up a batch of BMX bicycle frames. But Don Koski of the Cove Bicycle Shop in Tiburon, California (hangout spot of mountain biking progenitors, The Larkspur Canyon Gang), convinced them to make a production run of “mountain bikes” in batches of 50 at a time instead. Mert and Terry had to label and sell these bikes as “cruisers” because most other bicycle shops didn’t understand or want to sell “mountain bikes”…yet.