Max’s New Rock Lobster S&S Frame

At a certain point, even I become inundated with so many balleur rides rolling around, but sometimes a project pops up that catches my eye. Max’s new Rock Lobster S&S road bike is one of those moments. I can’t wait to see this one built up. It definitely needs some rasta components!

Feb 27, 2017 5 comments
Jandd for Mash: Bicycle Travel Bag

When I used to live in New York, a common bicycle travel hack I’d use were these portfolio cases from Chinatown. They were awesome for flying with a road, track or ‘cross bike but required you to take almost your entire bike apart. Small bike travel bags are great. You can sometimes sneak them on board for less than the bicycle check fee and you don’t have to lug around a big case or box through airports. Using what they’ve learned over the past few years of traveling with bikes around the globe, Mash contact San Diego’s Jandd to build a bicycle travel bag based on their design input. These bags will fit a road, track or ‘cross bike. Perhaps even an S&S tourer, but I’ve yet to confirm that. They’re in stock now at Mash, so if your interest is piqued, like mine is, head over there to check them out.

Feb 27, 2017 7 comments
TGIF GSC Rides

Every Friday, Golden Saddle Cyclery leads a group ride leaving from Intelligentsia Coffee in Silver Lake that heads into the surrounding hills. Sometimes it’s dirty, sometimes it’s road but it always ends at Mission Workshop LA for Bicycle Coffee LA‘s Free Coffee Friday. If by the end of this jaunt, you’re not fully caffeinated, then you’d better check your pulse. For this most recent TGIF GSC ride, our group rolled into a hillside park called Cherry Canyon and rode a mix of fire road climbs and singletrack descents before heading back. If you’d like to join in on the fun. Meet up at Intelli for a 7am ride each Friday. The shop will announce the route and terrain Thursday on their Instagram.

Check out a few more sunny, blue-skied photos below!

(more…)

Feb 26, 2017 4 comments
The Pale Mountains Road

Here’s one from PedalED’s latest video Journal entry:

“The mountains are my life, I live here, my house is here and my love too. The roads that surround my house they unravel into the woods until they reach the high silver-colored peaks and limestone summits that form a stone ring around the village. I know all of those peaks, I have been up there hundreds of times, I know all the paths, I know all the small lakes created from ice, I know every stone and I know how hard and beautiful it is to get there. When I look at those peaks my mind blows up into thousands of different memories related to them.”

Feb 26, 2017 2 comments
A New Low

We haven’t seen Smokey Bear this stoked in a while! When the fire danger is low, it’s a good thing, especially for the dirt. This morning I showed Connor around our local hobo trails on a quick jaunt. I’m always excited to show out of towners our local rides.

Feb 23, 2017 7 comments
At the End of the Day

… this is all that matters. Riding whatever kind of bike you want, however you want. The end of this day in particular was beautiful!

Feb 22, 2017 5 comments
Konga Bicycles Isn’t Yoking Around

In preparation for NAHBS, I like to crank up my framebuilder observation scope, resulting in obsessive Instagram stalking of my favorite builders, even if they’re not attending the show. If you were to ask me the number one challenge builders are presented with currently, in terms of construction techniques, my answer would be swift and without hesitation: 27.5+ yokes. Designing a yoke that will clear the tire, maintain optimal chainline and allow the use of a range of ring sizes is not easy. The issue is sometimes you’ve only got millimeters to spare and while machining or casting a yoke would be an easy solution, you sacrifice weight. If you use normal chainstays and crimp to allow clearance, you weaken those points considerably. A few builders have cleverly designed their solutions. My current favorite is Cameron Falconer, who uses plate steel at the drive side and a normal, bent stay on the non-drive side. The asymmetry doesn’t bother me, yet when I see this design by Konga Bicycles, my mouth begins to water. Check out more at the Konga Flickr!

Feb 22, 2017 4 comments
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Max’s New Rock Lobster S&S Frame

At a certain point, even I become inundated with so many balleur rides rolling around, but sometimes a project pops up that catches my eye. Max’s new Rock Lobster S&S road bike is one of those moments. I can’t wait to see this one built up. It definitely needs some rasta components!

Feb 27, 2017 5 comments
Jandd for Mash: Bicycle Travel Bag

When I used to live in New York, a common bicycle travel hack I’d use were these portfolio cases from Chinatown. They were awesome for flying with a road, track or ‘cross bike but required you to take almost your entire bike apart. Small bike travel bags are great. You can sometimes sneak them on board for less than the bicycle check fee and you don’t have to lug around a big case or box through airports. Using what they’ve learned over the past few years of traveling with bikes around the globe, Mash contact San Diego’s Jandd to build a bicycle travel bag based on their design input. These bags will fit a road, track or ‘cross bike. Perhaps even an S&S tourer, but I’ve yet to confirm that. They’re in stock now at Mash, so if your interest is piqued, like mine is, head over there to check them out.

Feb 27, 2017 7 comments
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TGIF GSC Rides

Every Friday, Golden Saddle Cyclery leads a group ride leaving from Intelligentsia Coffee in Silver Lake that heads into the surrounding hills. Sometimes it’s dirty, sometimes it’s road but it always ends at Mission Workshop LA for Bicycle Coffee LA‘s Free Coffee Friday. If by the end of this jaunt, you’re not fully caffeinated, then you’d better check your pulse. For this most recent TGIF GSC ride, our group rolled into a hillside park called Cherry Canyon and rode a mix of fire road climbs and singletrack descents before heading back. If you’d like to join in on the fun. Meet up at Intelli for a 7am ride each Friday. The shop will announce the route and terrain Thursday on their Instagram.

Check out a few more sunny, blue-skied photos below!

(more…)

Feb 26, 2017 4 comments
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The Pale Mountains Road

Here’s one from PedalED’s latest video Journal entry:

“The mountains are my life, I live here, my house is here and my love too. The roads that surround my house they unravel into the woods until they reach the high silver-colored peaks and limestone summits that form a stone ring around the village. I know all of those peaks, I have been up there hundreds of times, I know all the paths, I know all the small lakes created from ice, I know every stone and I know how hard and beautiful it is to get there. When I look at those peaks my mind blows up into thousands of different memories related to them.”

Feb 26, 2017 2 comments
A New Low

We haven’t seen Smokey Bear this stoked in a while! When the fire danger is low, it’s a good thing, especially for the dirt. This morning I showed Connor around our local hobo trails on a quick jaunt. I’m always excited to show out of towners our local rides.

Feb 23, 2017 7 comments
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At the End of the Day

… this is all that matters. Riding whatever kind of bike you want, however you want. The end of this day in particular was beautiful!

Feb 22, 2017 5 comments
Konga Bicycles Isn’t Yoking Around

In preparation for NAHBS, I like to crank up my framebuilder observation scope, resulting in obsessive Instagram stalking of my favorite builders, even if they’re not attending the show. If you were to ask me the number one challenge builders are presented with currently, in terms of construction techniques, my answer would be swift and without hesitation: 27.5+ yokes. Designing a yoke that will clear the tire, maintain optimal chainline and allow the use of a range of ring sizes is not easy. The issue is sometimes you’ve only got millimeters to spare and while machining or casting a yoke would be an easy solution, you sacrifice weight. If you use normal chainstays and crimp to allow clearance, you weaken those points considerably. A few builders have cleverly designed their solutions. My current favorite is Cameron Falconer, who uses plate steel at the drive side and a normal, bent stay on the non-drive side. The asymmetry doesn’t bother me, yet when I see this design by Konga Bicycles, my mouth begins to water. Check out more at the Konga Flickr!

Feb 22, 2017 4 comments
Quicker

While traffic chugs along, two dudes go for a ride in Golden Gate Park in SF.

Feb 22, 2017 5 comments
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