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Trail Guide: Jason Fitzgibbon

Jason Fitzgibbon, who has delivered some exceptional content here at The Radavist over the years, MTB shredder and wildlife ecologist, makes a point to stop to smell the flowers.

Fitzgibbon monitors, tracks, and documents the vast and delicate landscapes of the southwest. He knows that the more aware people become of the needs of the landscape we share, inhabit, and recreate in, the better we are able to work to sustain and protect it.

Filmmaker and fellow SoCal resident Brian Vernor documents Fitzgibbon as he shreds through subalpine regions around Los Angeles, educating and elaborating on our impact to the regions where we live and ride. Made for The Pro’s Closet.

From the Pro’s Closet: Mark Slate’s 1983 WTB Steve Potts-Built ‘Banana Slug’

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From the Pro’s Closet: Mark Slate’s 1983 WTB Steve Potts-Built ‘Banana Slug’

Many of you are obviously familiar with the brand WTB, or Wilderness Trail Bikes. They make awesome tires, saddles, wheels, and other accessories but for a long time in the decade following the birth of mountain biking, they made all sorts of bicycle components including headsets, handlebars, bottom brackets, frames, and more. We reached out to Mark Slate, one of the founders of WTB for his thoughts on one of the most iconic bikes to leave the WTB and Steve Potts workshops: the Banana Slug, Steve Potts #45. I documented this wonderful dream bike – don’t you want one? – during a recent visit to the Pro’s Closet and am honored to have Mark’s thoughts on it here at the Radavist. Read on for Mark’s words and Steve’s handiwork below!

From the Pro’s Closet Museum: Norm Alvis’ 1992 Team Motorola MXL Eddy Merckx with Dura Ace 7400

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From the Pro’s Closet Museum: Norm Alvis’ 1992 Team Motorola MXL Eddy Merckx with Dura Ace 7400

Longtime readers of this website will recall our weekly “Merckx Mondays” posts that began back in 2008. Well, let me just get this out of the way and say don’t get your hopes up for its return, but I am very excited to share this Eddy Merckx with you, on a Monday, as a part of a little sub-category of vintage bikes we’ll be doing at the Radavist over the next few months.

Last week, I traveled to Boulder to see the Pro’s Closet‘s new facilities and their forthcoming bicycle museum. After years of being stored in boxes, over three hundred bikes are being unpacked, built, and displayed at their new facility just outside of Boulder. I spent two days there learning all about their operations and browsing their extensive bicycle collection, while sneaking off to document a few I thought the readers of the Radavist would enjoy, so let’s jump right in…

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NAHBS Trade Up Program by the Pro’s Closet

Got a bike that you’re looking to upgrade to a handmade frame from one of the builders at NAHBS? Check out this new project, entitled Trade Up from NAHBS and the Pro’s Closet. Head to NAHBS‘ site to see the details.

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Quote from the press-release: “Partnering with The Pro’s Closet will allow anyone to trade their used bicycle in before the show, and receive a voucher to use towards a deposit on a new custom bike. This voucher will be valid with any builder at the show, with The Pro’s Closet and NAHBS handling the back-end logistics. Bicycles must be submitted and shipped prior to NAHBS to receive a valid voucher at the show.”

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The Pro’s Closet Interviews Greg Herbold

The Pro’s Closet always brings such great interviews. This time with two-time National Downhill Champion Greg Herbold, who takes us through the technical aspects of his race winning bike as well as the the challenges downhill racers faced in the early 90’s…like hard-tails, tension disks, and peddling uphill!