We would like to add an introductory note to this project. Covid 19 has impacted small towns and indigenous communities at disproportionate rates, so please don’t travel to do this ride – or any rides outside of your locales – until the pandemic subsides. This will give you plenty of time to plan for an epic and safe ride along the Camino del Diablo…
Fire up Google Earth, and look for a route across the Sonoran desert. Although it’s one of the most immigrated routes along the United States Mexico border, there isn’t anything there that would suggest it’s passable. It’s a massive empty, unknown expanse on the otherwise populated map. It is Shared Territory…
PEARL iZUMi‘s Go Connection series features stories from all over and this Dig Episode two takes us to the Eastern Band of the Cherokee in North Carolina:
“Cherokee, North Carolina, is home to the people of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee. The Tribe took advantage of their land’s beauty to generate an eco-tourism economy and improve their people’s health through an active lifestyle. They have created a network of trails to enjoy the beauty of their land while riding, hiking and running. The Fire Mountain Trails is a little over 10 miles of trail purpose-built by Trail Dynamics. With wooden features, berms and jumps, any rider of any ability can get out to get connected to their natural world.
These trails have opened the door to the world of mountain biking many only thought about or didn’t know. For some, riding Fire Mountain keeps them focused on progression and improvement not only on the trail tread but in their daily lives. These trails have been a catalyst for reconnecting to generations of stories and harmony with the land.”
If you’ve seen a Beautiful Bicycle here on the Radavist with a crazy paint or powder coat from Mosaic or other brands, there’s a good chance it came from this shop, Spectrum Paint & Powder Works:
“Typically this time of year, many in the bike industry are (would be thanks to the pandemic) be priming for the Chris King Open House in Portland, Oregon. It’s an event that highlights amazing unique bike builds from a small selected group in the bike industry. One of those chosen for this year is Arthaya Nootecharas of Spectrum Paint and Powder Works. She also works for the sister company Mosaic Cycles.
Spectrum Paint and Powder Works isn’t shy about what they do our how they do it while being welcoming of any rider looking to have a bike that others will drool over. Especially this masterpiece for the Open House that was to be.
Arthaya’s concept reflects her art outside of spraying frames or designing the next dream build, incorporating her style of drawings and sketches of the world. The bike is full of simple yet organic lines, laden with little details. “It’s not chaos. It’s just a lot of lines, but it’s organized,” she says. Come along and learn more about Arthaya’s craftwork and passion for cycling art.”
Nice one, PEARL iZUMi!
I must say, the latest footwear drop from PEARL iZUMi really grabbed my attention. Over the years, the brand has made a big push to constantly update and redesign their classic silhouettes and one shoe that recently got a facelift is their X-Alp Launch SPD shoes. Now with a BOA closure system and this beautiful kiyote tan color, I had to try a pair out. After a few rides on our local MTB trails, I think I got the gist and can talk a bit about them, so read on below for a quick and succinct “This Just In” review…
We love custom bikes over here but the frame is only part part of the equation. A lot of the presentation and panache of custom builds comes from the paint. PEARL iZUMi has a new web series called 1 OF 1, featuring custom paint shops, in the same spirit of the Built series with Justin Balog. The first episode features Flux Customs.
Check the video out here and see more photos and info at PEARL iZUMi.
One not-so-obvious by-product of Covid 19 is I haven’t seen my framebuilding family this year. Aaron from Mosaic is included in that very extended group of creative individuals. PEARL iZUMi‘s Built series, shot by Justin Balog, really sheds some light on these talented artists.
PEARL iZUMi has been putting out some phenomenal products over the years, yet over the past few seasons, they’ve turned up their designs a notch or two. Evidence in this can be found with their new footwear, launching in August. Now, these images are a teaser, if you will, of what’s to come. Let’s look at some of these new models below.
PEARL iZUMi features a lifestyle of living lightly with its Crew members Dillon Caldwell and Nicole Pressprich who built up a cargo van to lessen their impact on the world around them. They travel around competing in gravel races and events throughout the Western United States. They have learned in the process of living in a limited space all of the things they don’t need, and only keeping the items of value to them.
Pearl Izumi makes some of the most bomb-proof cycling outerwear. From thermal bibs to balaclavas, the brand knows how to keep you warm during the cold winter months. This year, they released the BLVD, a merino vest meant to keep your core warm.
-Thermal Merino wool/Nylon fabric for comfort, odor control and natural body temperature management.
-Made with 18.5-micron fine Merino for ultimate luxury.
-Recycled wool insulated front and back paneling for warmth.
-Zip-secure front hand pockets.
-Metalux center front zipper with semi-auto locking zipper head.
-Zip-secure back side pocket.
-BioViz® reflective elements for low-light visibility.
The BLVD is available in a forest green (pictured) or black and is in stock at Pearl Izumi for $190.
To commemorate Veteran’s Day, Mosaic and Pearl Izumi have joined forces to support the Wounded Warrior Project. In 2018 Mosaic’s wounded warrior ‘cross project raised more than $17,000 for WWP and for 2019 the partners are stepping up their game to raise more and directly impact the lives of vets. Read on more on this project below.
In the spirit of Gonzo Journalism, videographer Justin Balog shares his setup while documenting RAGBRAI – the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa – for PEARL iZUMi. Check out his video here at the Radavist and read up on his setup below. As a heads up, the 2020 registration for RAGBRAI opens November 20th! Thanks to PEARL iZUMi and Justin for pulling this together!
Lyons, Colorado is home to Reeb Cycles, a framebuilder that makes mountain-ready bikes in the old Oscar Blues brewery barn. After watching this video by Pearl Izumi and Shimano, take a look at their models online. They look pretty rowdy! Just like a 60-series in the driveway at the barn!
With the 2019 Silk Road Mountain Race beginning tomorrow, we thought we’d give a break-down for what Lael Wilcox will be carrying on her bike for the duration of the event. Lael is hoping to finish the 1700 kilometer course with 27,000m elevation in 7-9 days. In order to do that, she has her setup dialed. Check out the full list below for those curious as to what an ultra-endurance racer carries on their bike.