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36 Hours in Kitsbow: The Mysteries of Saint Anthony

Just minutes north of Harrisburg, Stony Valley is part of the second-largest roadless wilderness tract of land in Pennsylvania. Originally called Saint Anthony’s Wilderness, the land is marked with remnants of an industrial haven from coal and lumbering industries, where more than 2,000+ people lived along the mountains of this beautiful valley in its heyday. After recently moving to the area, a mom and daughter venture out to explore their new backyard, and uncover some of the valley’s hidden gems along the way.

See more at Kitsbow!

The Bike that Tipped Us Over the Edge: August Bicycles’ Balance Bike

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The Bike that Tipped Us Over the Edge: August Bicycles’ Balance Bike

I can’t say that the possibility of a custom balance bike persuaded me personally to have a kid (let’s give hormones that honour), but having been together many years, I feel confident stating that it was in the pro column for Gavin. As I sat on the sofa, snacks resting precariously on my growing stomach, Gavin would wax lyrical about ideas he had for the small person’s first balance bike, with me nodding sagely but honestly, not listening. There were screengrabs, blackboard diagrams and long waffling trains of thought. Then, parts started arriving at the workshop and not for August Bicycles customers.

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Smiles 4 Miles Tour

Empower People Of Every Race, Nationality, And Socioeconomic Strata To Rehabilitate And Maintain Their Own Bikes.

This 8,000 mile tour includes stops in twenty-five cities including mountain bike trail rides, advocacy talks, community cruises, and community wrench rehab events. The starting line is New York City and we’ll tour a southerly route via Fort Worth, Texas, to the West Coast, returning along a northerly route via Chicago, Illinois, to the finish line in New York. With a repurposed school bus as a mobile basecamp, we will journey from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and back, stopping in communities to ride our mountain bikes on some rad trails, advocate for BIPOC – all people! – to get on bikes to share in our journey, and to empower communities through hands-on wrench events, all while giving away over 1,200 bikes in the process.

Head to GoFundMe to donate if you can and to Smiles 4 Miles Tour to read more!

Resourcefulness and a Community Endeavor: Silver Stallion Bicycle and Coffee Works in Gallup, NM

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Resourcefulness and a Community Endeavor: Silver Stallion Bicycle and Coffee Works in Gallup, NM

A while back, we featured the photography of Shaun Marcus and the writing of Jon Yazzie in our Reportage section, documenting the Dzil ta’ah Adventures Navajo Youth Bike-Packrafting Adventure Series. That story took place in Nazlini, AZ, and it served as an introduction to the readers of the Radavist about the Silver Stallion Bicycle and Coffee Works. All last year, the Navajo Nation fought the Covid-19 pandemic, as it spread across the expansive reservation which covers over 27,000 miles of Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. This year, with the vaccination efforts pushing forward, I felt like it was finally safe to travel three hours south to Gallup, New Mexico upon invitation to get a first-hand experience of what the Silver Stallion has been up to…

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Grew, Grow, Grohens: Flowgroh shreds with 8-year old Charles

With Flowgroh stuck in his home area in Les Vosges, France due to lockdowns, he chose to teach his family friend Charles the ways of MTB. Learning stoppies, schralps and hucks became a school for Charles, and he was a quick learner. So much so, Charles would be awake at 6 am waiting for the next ride.

The Santa Fe Rattlers Youth MTB Program Are Meeting at Glorieta Camps This Weekend

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The Santa Fe Rattlers Youth MTB Program Are Meeting at Glorieta Camps This Weekend

Kick-Off your summer riding season with the Santa Fe Rattlers! Explore the trails at Glorieta Camps, meet the coaches and start your mountain biking summer. The Santa Fe Rattlers are Santa Fe’s Junior mountain biking team. We are a part of the New Mexico Interscholastic Cycling League which develops interscholastic mountain biking programs for student-athletes in New Mexico.

The Santa Fe Rattler’s are a composite team which means we welcome ALL 12 to 18-year-old kids (no matter which school you attend) in the Santa Fe area!

We are about riding safely, learning new bike skills, and most importantly, having fun. See you soon!

Details:
When: May 22, 2021, 10 am – 2 pm
Where: Glorieta Camps, Glorieta, NM
Who: 12-18 year old kids in Santa Fe.
Cost: Free!
RSVP: email to rattlers@velonewmexico.org by May 20!

Alpha Bicycle: Start Em Young

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Alpha Bicycle: Start Em Young

McGovern, Meriwether, and even Spray.Bike had a helping hand in this custom bike for Alpha Bicycle’s Adam Rachubinski:

This project started almost as one of necessity. Bicycle shortages and delays are a matter of fact that don’t care if your daddy owns a bike shop. With the shop’s allocation of kids bikes from our manufacturers barely able to cover a quarter of the demand, I knew I was going to have to get creative. Combine that with the fact that my now 6-year-old twins are still pretty small for their age. They just can’t fit the majority of 20” wheeled bikes that are on the market. At the same time, their small stature and current single speed bikes didn’t stop them from regularly riding 4 or 5 miles a day, often while having to dismount and push up the bigger hills.

Check out this full project at Alpha Bicycle’s blog!

Parenting by Bike: A Boy Named Max

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Parenting by Bike: A Boy Named Max

You ever cross someone’s path and roll away feeling like they changed something in you forever, simply by existing as they are? I am Katie Sox, a freelance visual media maker, a professional massage therapist, and proponent of platonic love. I ride bikes, see people beyond their costumes, own my awkwardness and giggle a whole bunch, too. I grew up racing BMX and doing ballet then got into mountain biking in my early 20’s. For me, the privilege to ride is of the utmost value.

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.

Looking Forward for the Youth: The LA Bike Academy

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Looking Forward for the Youth: The LA Bike Academy

Today’s Reportage shines a light on a movement that has been a ray of light in this tumultuous year. The LA Bike Academy is getting the youth of the greater Los Angeles area stoked on bikes, using our favorite two-wheeled transport as a vessel for learning real-life skills. We’re pleased beyond words to share the work of Alonso Tal (photos) and Michael Cedeño (video) today with you and to use this post to announce LABA’s partnership with Easton Cycling for 2021…

Get Your Kids Hooked on Gravel with the 24″ Salsa Journeyman

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Get Your Kids Hooked on Gravel with the 24″ Salsa Journeyman

For its latest release, Salsa took the accessible platform of the Journeyman gravel bike and scaled it down to a 24″ chassis, suitable for younger riders looking to get their feet dirty off-road. The 24″ Journeyman’s aluminum frame has a 455mm effective top tube length and 350mm seat tube length to suit smaller riders and a refined geometry suitable for not only the smaller, 24″ wheels but also the shortened standover and overall dimensions. A 1×9 drivetrain propels the 24 x 1.85″ wheels, opening up a wild variety of terrain options…

See more at Salsa!

Dzil Ta’ah Adventure’s Navajo Youth Bikepacking Adventure Series:  John’s Canyon

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Dzil Ta’ah Adventure’s Navajo Youth Bikepacking Adventure Series: John’s Canyon

Recently, the Navajo Nation reinstated a 57-hour weekend lockdown due to the spikes in COVID in several communities. This put a hold on our first official Dzil Ta’ah Adventures youth bikepacking series outing in Nazlini, which was originally slated for September 26th. Once the lockdown is lifted, which we hope will be soon, we will proceed as planned with the Dine Composite participants. With the postponement of our first trip, we felt like this was an opportunity to leverage the extra time and continue to shape our mentorship program and build more of my team’s dexterity with an outing in John’s Canyon, Utah, at the southwestern base of Cedar Mesa.

Dzil ta’ah Adventures Navajo Youth Bike-Packrafting Adventure Series

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Dzil ta’ah Adventures Navajo Youth Bike-Packrafting Adventure Series

Dzil ta’ah Adventures LLC was created to offer sustainable cultural experiences in the backcountry via bikes and bike packing with most of the commercial tour proceeds helping to build a bikepack community on the Navajo Nation. Whether it be creating routes or mentoring native youth.

Our year to launch was spring 2020. The COVID pandemic resulted in all non-essential businesses being shut down including the Navajo Parks and Recreation department. Parks and Rec are the issuing authority for permits.

Blackburn and Bikepacking Roots Bring Bikepacking to NICA

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Blackburn and Bikepacking Roots Bring Bikepacking to NICA

This is an exciting announcement from our friends at Blackburn and Bikepacking Roots!

“The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), Blackburn Designs, and Bikepacking Roots are excited to announce a new partnership that establishes a bikepacking curriculum and traveling gear library for NICA student-athletes and coaches. Bikepacking Roots is providing the on-trail expertise and Blackburn is providing the funding and bikepacking kit for 20 riders as part of their Bronze Level sponsorship with NICA for 2020.”

Keep an eye here on the site for more coverage from this exciting announcement!