Video: The Free Radicals explore New Zealand

Adventure starts when things go wrong, but that's part of the fun

The Free Radicals

The breathtaking mountains of New Zealand and “Black Mamba” in all its glory.

What happens when you throw out the idea of racing, buy a heavily used van in New Zealand, shove a bunch of bikes in it, and go for an extended road trip? Awesomeness, of course.

In this video, the Free Radicals describe themselves as, “Four relatively unstable guys who are just trying to ride some bikes.” They live in vans, work seasonal jobs, and eschew the comforts and constraints of traditional lives in order to ride bikes as much as humanly possible. Press play to see this nomadic crew let loose on New Zealand’s best trails.

The Free Radicals show that adventures don’t have to be deliberate affairs. They don’t need to involve remote destinations, premeditated objectives, or detailed plans. All you need is a willingness to explore, and then let the adventure take you where it will.

The Free Radicals

All these places sound great, but Dog Island is where I wanna be.

Last winter, four of the Free Radicals explored the South Island of New Zealand in a severely clapped out Ford (The Black Mamba) and ripped some of the coolest trails on earth.

The Free Radicals

The Free Radicals know that rippin trails and adventure is what life is all about.

After watching this we’re reminds that this adventure could have taken place anywhere, with any group of friends. All it takes is packing your mates in a van, or whatever vehicle you have access to, and go find some new trails to ride. Don’t worry, something will go wrong, but hey, that’s part of the adventure!

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About the author: Jordan Villella

Jordan comes from the steep streets of Pittsburgh PA, where he learned to dodge cars and rip single track. He has been involved in nearly every aspect of the cycling industry: from turning wrenches, store design, clothing production and bike park creation. Jordan spends his free time racing cross country and cyclocross around North America, though he has been know to enduro every now and then. His love of cycling is only second to his love of his family and punk rock.

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