Road bikes. We don’t really talk about them so much over here at the Radavist – anymore. There was a time however where we’d post galleries from road adventures and still to this day, one of my favorite rides I did in California was on all pavement. Still, there have been a few defining reasons for the wane of the road bike’s popularity and it wasn’t until I accepted the offer to review the lightweight Aethos road bike that I began to mull over these reasons. A 16lb road bike is both terrifying (am I going to break this thing?!) and a joy (WOW! this is incredible) to ride but what does the state of road cycling look for me, personally, and how did this review shape my perspective of drop bars after a long hiatus from enjoying the pleasures of road riding? Read on to find out.
Sam sent in his 1990s Novara Corsa road bike for this week’s Readers’ Rides, built with a 1×8 drivetrain and plenty of beausage. Let’s check it out below!
The 8Bar Mitte V3 is an aluminum frame that can transform from a gravel bike to a road bike and back with the simple adjustment of their Twist dropouts. If your road wheels have a 140mm discs and your gravel bike has 160mm discs, then there’s no need to adjust the brakes either. Best of all, the Mitte V3 retails for only 599,90€ and is available at 8Bar today. See more information at 8Bar Bikes.
Custom bikes mean fully-custom to Alchemy. That means layup, geometry, and frame material. The brand recently overhauled their US-made Atlas all road bike to include both titanium and a carbon model (pictured). The Atlas is Alchemy’s modular road model meaning Alchemy can swap out chainstays and a fork to design and fabricate either a classic Atlas road (28mm clearance) or a larger, all-road model (38mm clearance) and that’s just the beginning. For more information, hop on over to Alchemy to see all the details.
Speedvagen just announced their 2021 Surprise Me paint job, dubbed “the Painter’s Proof”, inspired by printing registration marks. This might be the most intense Surprise Me to date, so to read all the details, drop on into the Speedvagen Blog…
Kent Seki sent over this fun video project:
Anyone that has ever played a sport imagines themselves participating in some kind of championship event with the commentator announcing the play-by-play of their exploits. Whether it’s the game-winning shot, pass, sprint, hit, or play, the visualization of yourself doing these things is a natural phenomenon in sports. For cyclists, that takes the form of the play being called by Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen. Liggett is considered “The Dean” of professional cycling commentary, and he brought Paul on as his partner in 1986.
As a young cyclist, I would imagine Phil Liggett making the call as I crested the famous climbs in the Tour de France, doing my best impression of Greg Lemond while riding the local hills. Of course, I was, and still am, a slow cyclist, but that did not stop his voice from echoing inside my head. In those early days, Paul wasn’t part of the US coverage of the Tour, but by the time Lance Armstrong started winning, he was there.
I created this short video of me climbing Old La Honda juxtaposed to their commentary as a tribute to the late Paul Sherwen who passed away unexpectedly in 2018 at the age of 62, and as an example of what probably goes through every cyclist’s head while training.
With the pandemic halting all bicycle shows like NAHBS and various Open House events, we’ve been scouring the ‘net for framebuilders to feature here on the website. Sort of like keeping the NAHBS spirit alive if you will. Today, we’re thrilled to host a showcase Reportage from Jay Sandefur, a framebuilder hailing from Alabama, and owner of Wild Card Bicycles, with exceptional photos and video provided by Jordan Mahy of Mahy Visual, and words by Jay, so let’s drop in…
Every steel bicycle frame begins life as a pile of tubes and frame components. This frame really started as a pair of Shimano UF, semi-vertical dropouts, lying on the Schauff table at Eroica South Africa. I bought them on a whim, after enjoying a few beers at the finish line of the 2020 event. At that moment I thought I would hang them on a keychain or hand them over to a friend, Dave Mercer of Mercer Bikes.
Many of you know Fergus, either from the Bay Area scene, or through his job at Ritchey. This week’s Readers’ Rides comes from Fergus and is featuring his beloved Falconer Cycles Road. This one’s got all the beausage and quite the story, so read on below!
The Speedvagen Readymade program returns for 2021 but due to the pandemic, it required some new requirements for this popular program. Right now, Speedvagen is taking deposits for the Drop Bar GTFO and the Disc-OG bikes. A deposit of $1,000 is required to get get the ball rolling and only 11 of each bike model are available. Check out all the information below and if you like what you see, place your deposit at Speedvagen.
Our friends at the Service Course are working with Argonaut Cycles now and are the exclusive distributor for the UK, Europe, and Australia customers. Here’s a quick video profile on the brand, introducing their new partnership:
From humble beginnings building steel frames by hand, Ben Farver and the team behind Argonaut Cycles now produce some of the finest custom carbon bikes in the world, controlling the entire process from raw material through to final build at their high tech composite facility in Bend, OR.
Taking inspiration from F1 race cars and aerospace engineering as much as the personal connection forged with every Argonaut customer, their latest creation is the RM3: an “argument” to the wider cycling industry as the most complete road bike imaginable, uniquely tuned to the exact requirements of each rider.
See more at the Service Course!
Wahoo Frontiers takes to one of California’s most breathtaking places, the Lost Coast:
“In this first episode of season two, Ian Boswell, Peter Stetina, and Colin Strickland meet up in California for a bike trip that explores the Lost Coast. This is not just an adventure, it is the new training camp for these privateers. What do you do when you need your competition to get better so you can beat your competition later? Ian, Pete, and Colin find out as they tackle the Lost Coast each seeking something a bit different and each riding away with fresh perspective and motivation for challenges ahead.”
See the route links below…
With the warmer Summer months just around the corner, having a pair of lightweight road shoes is crucial to battling the elemetents. Australia’s MAAP has teamed up with high end shoe manufacturer Suplest on a pair of Edge+ Road Pro Shoes. These shoes are lightweight (230 g – 8.11 oz) and are designed specifically for dry, hot, and windy conditions. They come in olive (pictured) or a bright white and retail for $549.00 AUD (approx. $399 USD). See more at MAAP.
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.
At €3,799.00 for the complete build, Standert’s new Columbus tubing disc road bike, the Triebwerk isn’t excactly a cheap bike but with build kit options, a flashy limited-edition package and a plethora of sizes currently available, it’s a beautiful option for those looking for a new road machine this spring. Head over to Standert to see sizing, options, and availability!
In late 2016 Thereabouts traveled down to Colombia for a two-week tour around Colombia where they were immersed in the local’s way of living and of course, its world-renown riding.
Czech framebuilding duo Michael Mourecek and Ondrej Novotny, also known as Festka, released a list of their most popular bicycles of 2020 this week and we have to share it. Honestly, we can’t help ourselves. Some of these designs are mind-blowingly beautiful… read on below.