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A La Bicyclette Rychtarski Flat Bar ‘Cross Bike – Kyle Kelley

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A La Bicyclette Rychtarski Flat Bar ‘Cross Bike – Kyle Kelley

A La Bicyclette Rychtarski Flat Bar ‘Cross Bike
Photos by Kyle Kelley, words by John Watson

A quick and even thorough internet search for the brand Rychtarski doesn’t turn up much. There’s a Facebook page for the brand, as well as a handful of Instagram posts, mostly of singlespeeds and track bikes, with a few modern road or all-road bikes in the mix. For the most part, the Polish brand Rychtarski has a pretty low-key presence at least from over here in the USA. But this bike isn’t a US-based bike, it’s owned by one of the guys at La Bicyclette, and it’s a total beaut!

Made from one of my all-time favorite tubesets, Columbus MAX, this rim-brake, flatbar ‘cross bike is perfect for inner-city living, where getting out of the myriad of paved or cobbled roads, in order to hit the dirt is a must.

Follow Rychtarski on Facebook to see more of their creations!

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I Got a Yellow Carpet Tour at Mavic’s World Headquarters – Kyle Kelley

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I Got a Yellow Carpet Tour at Mavic’s World Headquarters – Kyle Kelley

This is something that I never thought I’d be able to say. How about you, anyone reading this been to Mavic‘s world headquarters in Annecy, France? If you have, you know the energy, you know the history, and you know just how much yellow can be crammed into one building. If you haven’t, I did my best to photographically document the place, like you too were getting the same tour I did! When you roll up in a replica Mavic Peugeot 504 Service Course vehicle, they roll out the yellow carpet for you, and they even feed you!

Time’s New Speciale MTB Pedals

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Time’s New Speciale MTB Pedals

The Time ATAC platform is my preferred pedal for mountain and ‘all-road’ riding, so when the company announced their Speciale pedal, my interest was piqued. Made in France, at Time’s factory in Nevers, these new pedals come in a few colors, are made from 6106-T6 aluminum, feature a wide platform, adjustable pins for optimal grip and a micro-adjustable clamping system, allowing riders to tune their engagement. I’m anxiously awaiting trying these out. See more information at Time and holler at your local dealer for ordering.

Strange Context

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Strange Context

After Ranger Camp, I had a few days before an engagement in Scotland, so Robin from Blackburn Design and I took a road trip, stopping in Bilbao for an evening and then in Southern France to visit our friend Greg. This afternoon, after catching up on emails, we took Greg’s e-fatbikes on a ride to the beach and up to this WWII bunker on the beach. I gotta admit, I never thought that sentence would come from my fingers on this website. Ha!

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MAVIC® Trans-Provence 2015: Day 01

Here we are, one full year later. The MAVIC Trans-Provence was the buzziest enduro of 2014 and this year’s course looks to be delivering one hell of a fun time. Even on Day 01! Let’s all wish the Radavist contributer Tytanium some good luck!

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Climb

“Climb” is a short video featuring a mostly gravel road on the col des Chevreres in the Vosges mountains, where le Tour came last year. It also happens to be the home of 2014 Tour 3rd place guy, Thibault Pinot…

Café du Cycliste’s Fall and Winter Collection

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Café du Cycliste’s Fall and Winter Collection

Fall is my favorite riding season, particularly because of the apparel offerings and layering options. There’s nothing like climbing for hours, stripping layers to descend in the brisk, chilly air wearing a favorite jacket.

With each year’s season change come new offerings from brands, one of which I’ve been really enjoying is Café du Cycliste. They just launched their fall / winter 2014 lookbook and it’s looking great.

See the 2014 Fall / Winter Lookbook at Café du Cycliste and their entire line at their web shop.

Also, see a few more photos below.

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Trans Provence: Day Six Sick Six

Please note: the Trans Provence is over. You can hear Ty giggling – he’s the one in all black, the anti enduro fluoro, getting rad in the still above – with excitement on the trail and getting in his victory beer wheelie. Watching this unfold has me itchin’ to ride in France, how about you?

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Trans Provence: Stay on target

Day 4. In which our noble riders visit Roubion and the Maritime Alps which, roughly translated, means Sea of Mountians. In this segment the drone camera operator has really hit his stride with some fantastic long follow shots that really really really make me want to get over to France and ride.

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Trans Provence: The Ride is Half Full

Riders have reached the midway point for this year’s Tran Provence and the stage 3 took them up a long hike-a-bike above treeline. My guess is that this was done not just for the benefit of the riders, because the images coming back from this days stage are stunning. Wind swept passes and people on their bikes hauling assses. Epic.

Café du Cycliste’s Guide to Riding in Nice and the Côte d’Azur

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Café du Cycliste’s Guide to Riding in Nice and the Côte d’Azur

Nice is the home base for French cycling apparel company Café du Cycliste. They know the roads, climbs and descents like the back of their well worn in cycling mits. The surrounding Alpes Maritimes region offers some of the best riding in France, and is accessible by numerous scenic roads.

CdC want to welcome you to Nice by laying it all out in the ultimate local’s only guide. Head over to Café du Cycliste to see their Guide to Riding in Nice and the Côte d’Azur.

666 Kilometers of Alps

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666 Kilometers of Alps

Cyclist Mike Cotty is about to embark on a personal journey. He’s planning on riding 666 kilometers of the French Alps from Evian Les Bains to Nice. In doing so, he must traverse 17 mountain passes. Yes, those passes: Télégraphe, Col de la Colombière, Galibier, Madeleine, Glandon, Croix de Fer, Vars, Izoard, Bonette and Madone. In doing so, he’ll have an elevation gain of 16,000 metres.

Yikes. But hey, that’s pretty fuckin’ metal. Talk about the Mountains of Madness…