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E-Bikepacking the Dolomites: A First Time for Everything

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E-Bikepacking the Dolomites: A First Time for Everything

Belén Castelló and Tristan Bogaard have made a life bikepacking around the world. On a trip to Italy last fall Belén’s brother, Horacio, decided to join the couple on a tour through the Dolomites. On the cusp of turning 40 and with little-to-no cycling experience, Horacio was looking for an experience that would shake him up, and wake him up from his normal routine. He found that while riding an e-bike for back-to-back days in the Dolomite Mountains. Read on for Belén’s recounting of the trip and why choosing e-bikes felt like the best choice for their ride.

The Radavist’s Top Ten Stories of 2022

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The Radavist’s Top Ten Stories of 2022

Radical Atavism is about sharing stories from the road, knocking the dust off your bike, and reflecting on an experience. These thoughtful reflections, penned by autodidactic raconteurs, are just one of the feathers we’ll proudly peacock in our caps. Looking back at the past twelve months, we’ve got a list of ten articles that stood out from the rest. Included are stories from the birthplace of mountain biking in the US, of FKTs, CKTs, events, and more. Don’t miss out on this nostalgic trip through The Radavist’s Top Ten Stories of 2022!

Eating and Riding Italy’s TranSardinia Trail

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Eating and Riding Italy’s TranSardinia Trail

During the final weeks of October 2021, Bec and I teamed up with new friends, Tristan and Belén to ride Europe’s longest off-road mountain bike route: The TranSardinia Trail.

A lesser-known, 450-kilometre trail starting at Olbia (Italy) in the north and flowing south, the TranSardinia follows a crocheted masterpiece of natural forest trails, dusty shepherd tracks, and jagged mountain passes – eventually finishing in the city of Cagliari. With 13,000 metres of total climbing, stunning camp cooking, a broken derailleur, and some pretty gnarly descents down baby-head strewn trails, the TranSardinia Trail kicked all our asses… in the best possible way!

The Kory York K2 Tracklocross Frame is a Throwback

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The Kory York K2 Tracklocross Frame is a Throwback

Rimini, Italy-based Kory York manufacturers its frames in Italy offers a unique frame the readers of The Radavist might enjoy. These K2 Tracklocross frames are inspired by the old Cannondale track frames and have all the right details. With five sizes and eight color options this frame would build up a treat. As with all its frames, the K2 is available as a custom geometry as well.

Specs:
100% Handmade
High Quality 7000-series T6 Aluminum Alloy
Handcrafted Smooth Welding
Straight Geometry
Size* : XS | S | M | L | XL (custom geo available on request)
Bottom Bracket Threading : BSA BB 68mm (English)
Seatpost Diameter* : Ø 27,2 mm by Dedacciai® (Ø 31,6 mm available on request)
Head tube* :External 1-1/8″ (Headset on request + 39€) Note: 1″ Classic by Columbus® available on request)
Weight: 1660g (S)

See more at Kory York.

Albion’s Ultralight Insulated Jacket

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Albion’s Ultralight Insulated Jacket

Albion is known for its minimally-branded performance cyclewear. The latest update from the brand is a new color in the Ultralight Insulated Jacket. This jacket weighs just 99 grams (size small), utilizes Clo’s Eco Vivo breathable recycled insulation concept in externally baffled panels to supply ample breathability, and comes with its own stuff sack to pack it away in a handlebar bag or jersey pocket.

Features:
Engineered fit – insulated and lightweight panels combined to optimise warmth and breathability
Ultralightweight, breathable micro ripstop fabric with C0 Durable Water Repellency (DWR) coating
Clo™ Eco Vivo recycled insulation
YKK Vislon 2-way zip with cord pullers
Stuff sack for high packability
Weight – 99 grams (size S)
Adjustable draw-cord hem with internal rear gripper
On bike fit – shorter front and dropped rear
Reflective logo trim at the rear
Fabric – 100% bluesign® approved recycled nylon
Made in Italy
Retail – $183

See more at Albion.

Photographic Observations While Bicycle Touring Along the Tuscany Trail

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Photographic Observations While Bicycle Touring Along the Tuscany Trail

I don’t consider myself an avid bikepacker. Yet, neither I think nor talk about riding my enduro bike (which I don’t have). Terminology in general has lost meaning for me in the past years in the bike world. I guess at the same time as many of us, I got overwhelmed with all the new kinds of everything, and the speed of development and diversity the market has achieved in such a short time. I tried to back off a little and find a short of safe place from where I can observe it all. And at the same time, the kind of biking I try to practice more is also quite determined by the act of observing.

Alba Optics: Delta Ultra Sunglasses

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Alba Optics: Delta Ultra Sunglasses

Alba Optics, an eyewear company based in Italy, began when its founders looked for an original mold for sports shades from the 80s. Once they found it, they began producing sunglasses in Italy, starting with the Delta. A little while later, they took the Delta and refined it, offering wider, 360º panoramic views. This new lens is called the U-Lens and it offers a more streamlined silhouette. The frames are made from a material called Tr90, a hybrid material fabricated from nylon and carbon fiber, organically compatible and safe to the skin, even after prolonged use. It is 20% lighter than other conventional materials and it offers more protection against crashes.

So what are the Delta Ultra sunglasses for? Gravel? Road? MTB? Whatever you want. The Delta Ultra sunglasses come with a carrying pouch, retention straps, and retail for €179,00 with free shipping to the USA. See more at Alba Optics.

Cascada’s Raw Lightweight Merino Jersey

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Cascada’s Raw Lightweight Merino Jersey

It’s hard to beat merino when it comes to a material suitable for riding in various environmental conditions. Cascada knows this and that’s why their newest jersey is more like a lightweight merino t-shirt. These new jerseys are 50% merino and 50% polyester, this ensures your jersey will last longer and be resilient to moths. For €80,00, you can pick between either sage or rust for a jersey that is made in Italy. See more at Cascada.

Suplest: Road Pro Game On Edition Shoes

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Suplest: Road Pro Game On Edition Shoes

Suplest’s carbon fiber road shoe model the EDGE+ Road Pro LTD got a makeover in a “GAME ON” colorway inspired by Fabian Cancellara’s two-time Olympic wins. These special edition shoes feature Olympic colors overlayed on an all-white upper sole. These shoes feature an Anatomic Wrap design which allows the shoes to conform to a number of foot shapes and sizes, a carbon shield wrap under the closure to help spread out the pressure from the BOA system closure, and come with SOLESTAR insoles, which were specifically designed for the rigors of road cycling.

To see more about the EDGE+ Road Pro shoes, head on over to Suplest.

Cascada: Lakewood Adventure Shorts

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Cascada: Lakewood Adventure Shorts

With warmer weather on the way, your riding shorts will quickly become your weekend camping shorts, swim trunks, and more. Cascada’s Lakewood Shorts are made of tear-resistant, lightweight, and quick-drying ripstop fabric. They are a stripped-down, bare essentials shorts, perfect for on and off the bike adventures.

Specs:
-100% Polyamide rip-stop fabric
-Tear resistant
-Quick drying
-4 pockets (two side and two rear)
-Length 19″ outseam
-Packable into back right pocket
-Made in Italy
-Retail €75,00

See more at Cascada.

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Pegoretti Cycles: Reflections

In Reflections, Pegoretti riders around the world share their stories of life during the past year, their thoughts for the future, and how cycling, community, and creativity help them find moments that matter.

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Albion’s Ultralight Insulated Jacket + Backpack

Weighing just 99 grams in size small, the newest piece of apparel in Albion’s kit is an ultralight, insulated jacket that combines warmth, breathability and packability. This new jacket uses Clo’s Eco Vivo recycled insulation and utilizes 100% recycled nylon ultralight ripstop face fabric with a C0 DWR coating to provide some shower resistance. Made in Italy.

Pricing: Jacket – £145, Bag – £35, Bundle – £170

See more at Albion.

Gaerne Updates their Winter Road and Mountain Shoes

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Gaerne Updates their Winter Road and Mountain Shoes

Gaerne, Italian makers of performance cycling footwear, have updated their two winter riding shoes just in time for frigid temperatures. The G.Ice Storm Road shoes have a new sole that is made of nylon-impregnated carbon that delivers a thin thickness and increased stiffness. The sole has a non-slip insert in the toe and an interchangeable pad in the back. Meanwhile, the G.Winter MTB shoes received a new “MTB 3Density Sole”, which is a hybrid material, combining nylon and fiberglass materials, making it durable, lightweight and thin. The G.Winter MTB shoes also have removable studs on the front toe for increased grip. Both shoes retain their warm cuff to keep your ankles warm and dry.

See more at Gaerne.

PEdALED’s Jary Collection: All-Road Hooded Merino Jersey

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PEdALED’s Jary Collection: All-Road Hooded Merino Jersey

PEdALED recently launched the Jary collection and within this robust catalog of new pieces lies this beautiful All-Road Hooded Merino Jersey.

This jersey is made from a merino wool blend for natural breathability, durability, and body-heat regulation. It also incorporates ripstop chest panels to combat cold wind and keep your core temperature in check while also protecting against scratchy plants in the woods. The balaclava-style hood keeps the cold off your head and face, coupled with windproof cuffs to keep unwanted gusts out.

The entire Jary collection is a looser-fit, allowing you to layer up and dress more casually. These are designed in Japan and made in Italy.

The All-Road Hooded Merino Jersey retails for $180 at PEdALED.