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It’s a blast!

Posted on Aug 1, 2017 | Comments Off on It’s a blast!

With road work along FR26 and FR99, the north side of Mt St Helens’ Windy Ridge (the Blast Zone) is seeing very little activity this summer. And so when a group of friends had in mind to take on the Ape Canyon/Smith Creek Epic we knew we would have a chance to enjoy “surfing the pumice” minus any crowds.

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Gateway to Adventure

Posted on May 12, 2017 | Comments Off on Gateway to Adventure

Out past Bremerton, Seabeck, Holly and Dewatto, the hills offer context and texture to the Hood canal and Tahuya Penninsula. You know you’ve arrived when you reach the Lost Highway. Stop in at our Radventure Emporium, enjoy a libation at our Counsultation Station and start your next radventure with us.  Open M-W 9am-6ish, Thurs-Fri...

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2017 is for buggin out.

Posted on Apr 19, 2017 | Comments Off on 2017 is for buggin out.

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SHOP EXPANSION – May 5th Open House

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 | Comments Off on SHOP EXPANSION – May 5th Open House

                *BRING ON THE SPRING! OUR SHOP EXPANSION WAS A SUCCESS, AND WE’RE READY TO DIAL YOU IN FOR THE ROAD AHEAD!* SEE YOU ON MAY 5TH FOR OUR OPEN HOUSE – Cinco de Mayo, My oh, My oh, My, What a Nice Bike Shop! *   Hi Folks – we’re growing!! And to express our gratitude for our awesome customers, we’re closing the shop 4/14 and 4/15 (and working throughout the weekend) to create our new and expanded Service Laboratory and Radventure Emporium. We’re...

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BOOM! Shop Hoodie!!

Posted on Mar 9, 2016 | Comments Off on BOOM! Shop Hoodie!!

Last October, we had a visitor from Maine who came wanting to rent a sweet Bridgestone RB-2 for several days. Happy to oblige, I asked what brought him to Seattle. “I’m here doing a bit of research for a book I’m writing” he replied. I nodded, “right on, riding bikes helps me ‘peel back the layers of the onion’ too. You’ve picked a fine destination.” He was looking forward to exploring the San Juans and taking in the sweet vistas while diving into some family history. We set him up, and...

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Portland Design Works (PDW) Full Metal Fender Road

Posted on Feb 16, 2016 | Comments Off on Portland Design Works (PDW) Full Metal Fender Road

Love ’em or hate ’em, fenders help make the wheels go round during Pacific Northwest winters. I’ve been using the PDW Full Metal Fenders on one bike or another over the last 3 winters. Initially, I was using them on a tight-clearance road bike that did not have front or rear eyelets for mounting fenders. They worked perfectly, as advertised. Which means that with a lil bit of initial fidgeting, these wrapped elegantly around 23c tires and protected toes and drivetrain alike. Typical with all fenders, there is the occasional...

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COMPASS CYCLES Barlow Pass 38mm tire review

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 | Comments Off on COMPASS CYCLES Barlow Pass 38mm tire review

COMPASS TIRES BARLOW PASS 700cX38mm REGULAR TREAD MODEL TIRE REVIEW The Barlow Pass 700cx38c folding clincher is the latest tire design from Seattle’s own, Compass Tires. Featuring the Bicycle Quarterly’s famous-by-now mantra of “supple tire casing”, this 38mm ups the ante in the 700c plump tire market. As with all of Compass tires, the Barlow Pass employs Panaracer’s premium race-light casing and a glued on file tread pattern. Available in a “standard” (380g claimed, 390g actual) gum-wall casing or an all-black “extra-light”...

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Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Chewbacca, all rolled up into one

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 | Comments Off on Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Chewbacca, all rolled up into one

A conversation with Zack, from NW Asian Weekly, turned into these nice words… *click pic for full interview*             We’ve been based in Pioneer Square for over 5 years. We’ve seen a lot of change, and some of it, we’re very proud of participating in. If you’re new to Seattle or Pioneer Square-curious, stop by for a chat, some maps, some high-fives and some jams, M-F, 9-ish to...

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SOMA(tic) Tangerine Wolverine

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 | Comments Off on SOMA(tic) Tangerine Wolverine

Earlier this summer, SOMA launched the Wolverine and billed it as a MonsterCross adventure bike and a 29’er with drop bars. The Gate’s Carbon Belt Drive compatible frame boasts clearance for 45mm tires with fenders, sliding drop-outs, a full suite of braze-on’s, Tange Prestige tube set, understated retro graphics, and it’s all dressed up in the color of the year. I was keen to bring a couple framesets into the shop, even build one up for myself, when Justin, from the local club, Point83,  gave me the green light...

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Oregon Outback round-up

Posted on May 31, 2014 | Comments Off on Oregon Outback round-up

The guys at VeloDirt put on one hell of a ride. The first running of the Oregon Outback left from Klamath Falls, OR on Friday May 23rd and went through the rolling hills and high desert of central Oregon, across the entire state following decommissioned rail beds, gravel roads, OHV trails, creek canyon roads, a bit of highway, and some of the most scenic areas the wild west has to offer. The crew at Swift Industries offered their newest, lightweight pannier sets for some field prototyping (performed flawlessly, ample stowage, clean design....

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