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Her Knight in Shining Armor: Brenda’s Otso Warakin Stainless

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Her Knight in Shining Armor: Brenda’s Otso Warakin Stainless

Returning to Minneapolis from my solo bike trip in Scotland, the last thing on my mind was riding bikes. Turns out pushing your fat bike through rivers, bogs and pouring rain for three weeks makes you want to never look at a bike again. I needed a break and I had planned on recovering by a lake for the rest of the summer. That is until I received an email that my new gravel adventure bike was ready in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Kitsbow’s All-Mountain Jersey for Women

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Kitsbow’s All-Mountain Jersey for Women

Kitsbow has developed a comfortable, all-day, all-mountain jersey specifically for women. These jerseys combine style and comfort with technical fabric, tailored design, and functional details. With its henley-inspired design, the All-Mountain jersey looks great on and off the bike. These are made in Canada and come in four colors. See more at Kitsbow.

Features:
-A blend 48% Nylon, 46% Merino Wool, and 6% Spandex
-Merino Wool sits next to skin for a comfortable feel, temperature regulation, and wick
-Just the right amount of stretch for comfort and the ability to move with the body on the bike
-2 cycling pockets set on the back of the jersey
-Side secure zipper stow-away pocket
-Microfiber cloth for sunglass cleaning attached inside the bottom hem of the garment
-Gripper waistband at sides and back hem
-Tech-snap front closure
-3/4 length sleeve with loop tab closure (unbutton to roll-up sleeves)
-Easily accessible microfiber cloth for sunglass cleaning
-Conveniently placed side secure zipper stow-away pocket for electronics and personal items

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The Rusch Mindset

From Laos to Idaho, ultra-endurance athlete and complete bad-ass rider Rebecca Rusch opens up about giving back to the sport that has given her so much.

The State of Gravel Racing and the WTF Bikexplorers Gravel Program

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The State of Gravel Racing and the WTF Bikexplorers Gravel Program

The idea for a WTF Bikexplorers Gravel Program sprouted in 2019 as I spun back into the gravel race scene. I saw the same deficit in diversity that bike-touring had (and still has) when five friends and I decided to organize the first WTF Bikexplorers Summit in 2018. Despite gravel racing as a rapidly growing sport within cycling, it is still very grassroots. It is not controlled by the UCI – yet – or any other sanctioning bodies and therefore it has the opportunity to mold and change to be the way we want it to be.

Madness and Mud: Ruta Del Jefe 2020

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Madness and Mud: Ruta Del Jefe 2020

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,

The world offers itself to your imagination,

Calls to you like the wild geese jaguar, harsh and exciting 

Over and over announcing your place

In the family of things.

-(modified) Mary Oliver “Wild Geese”

The weather matched the event in challenging the assumptions of what a desert landscape or a gravel race should be for most of the riders of the Ruta Del Jefe this year  which was hosted at the Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch in Elgin, AZ. The imagination of a desert as a dry and sunny landscape dotted with saguaros, prickly pears, and cholla was expanded for those who held that thinking. Home to the Madrean Sky Islands ecoregion that includes the Santa Ritas, Whetstone, and many other mountain ranges, this area is a treasure trove for those who eat gravel for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Sky Islands refers to the unique interplay between the low lying desert grasslands and the dramatic wooded mountains that become islands in the sky for their residents. Natt Dodge introduced this concept as “mountain island in a desert sea” back in 1948 which was then cemented by Weldon Heald’s book Sky Island in 1967. In the lowlands, this area is home to  many unique varieties of grasses who abundantly glow their sunshine and straw colors to her visitors.

Swift Industries releases its 2020 Collection with the transformed Zeitgeist on center-stage.

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Swift Industries releases its 2020 Collection with the transformed Zeitgeist on center-stage.

We at the Radavist are very excited to have our hands on two of these redesigned bags so stay tuned for a full-fledged review in the coming months!

Swift Industries® unveils its 2020 product-line with the Zeitgeist Saddle and Handlebar Bag in the limelight. The improvements to the Zeitgeist mark an inspiring step for the cult brand’s design trajectory as the female-led team went full steam ahead to elevate Swift Industries’ top-selling bag from an already notorious saddle bag to moonlight as an equally hailed handlebar bag.

Tenspeed Hero’s Resort Line

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Tenspeed Hero’s Resort Line

Tenspeed Hero has launched its new Resort line for Spring 2020, including a plethora of beautiful designs, socks, jerseys, sweatshirts, caps, bibs, and more waiting for your browsings. Head over to Tenspeed Hero to check out this great-looking launch!

Introducing Unpaved Podcast: The UK’s First Gravel and Bikepacking Podcast

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Introducing Unpaved Podcast: The UK’s First Gravel and Bikepacking Podcast

If you live in the UK and have been hankering for some local bikepacking and gravel coverage, then check out Unpaved, the new podcast from Katherine Moore! Unpaved Podcast investigates the the bikepacking and gravel scene with stories of riders, route designers, and their local trails, while exploring the reasons why and how the off-road movement is booming. Read the full press-release below!

The Roads To Take: Pacific Coast – Oregon to California on Highway 1

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The Roads To Take: Pacific Coast – Oregon to California on Highway 1

He thought there would be a limit and that would stop him. He depended on that.

“An Atlas of the Difficult World – VIII” – Adrienne Rich

Before I left:

A month before I left, a bus hit me on the sidewalk as I avoided² the dangers of an indifferent suburb riding to the job I did as pittance-paid worker on a bike industry profit trawler. The night before I left, I couldn’t get the tire off, sobbed, exhausted. Six days before I left, I stopped having fun at a race and decided to bail, tired, beer softened, slowed wrong, ate gravel, wrist sprained. Before I left I destroyed my shell in the wash. Before I left I shook nothing down. I wasn’t ready but it didn’t matter. I had to go. How would I keep on otherwise?

Some of us are hoping for limits. There are reasons for that.

Alexandera Houchin in Bicycling Magazine

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Alexandera Houchin in Bicycling Magazine

“When I cross the line, people seem stunned”.

“The sun is beating down from a relentlessly blue sky on an 80-degree late-May afternoon in Emporia, Kansas. Alexandera Houchin is joking with her friends and supporters at the starting line of the Dirty Kanza XL, despite the fact that she’s just ridden her bike a few hundred miles through rain and mud from Iowa, napping under a highway overpass to get here on time. The laughter masks her misgivings about this race. It’s not because the DKXL is a notoriously difficult 542km ride through the steep and sharp Flint Hills of Kansas. It’s the race’s name, “Dirty Kanza,” that gets her. Kanza is a nickname for the Kaw Nation, the “People of the South Wind,” who lived in this region long before white settlers arrived. To preface that with “Dirty” shows a disconnect of the history of place that is ironic to Houchin, whose mother is Ojibwe.”

Check out more at Bicycling Magazine!

The Radavist 2020 Calendar: February

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The Radavist 2020 Calendar: February

This is the second layout of the Radavist 2020 Calendar, entitled “Spring Sprint” shot with a Canon 1DX mkii and a 24-70 lens in Los Angeles, California.

“Even though it’s bone-chillingly cold outside, the warmer months are coming, so put your hands in the drops and hold on!”

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The mobile background this month is from Mount Lowe Railway. Click here to download February’s Mobile Wallpaper.