Ain’t No Disappointment Aug 30, 2012

If you follow @KyleBKelley and myself on Instagram, these photos should come as no surprise. Tuesday was my last full day in LA and I wanted to do a ride I’ve never done before. But we wanted to take one of the shop helpers, Christian with us, so where would we go?

We began doing Mt. Wilson: 18 miles of climbing and 4,500′ of elevation, which is a piece of cake. Then, we left Christian to nap for an hour at Redbox and headed up Mt. Disappointment, with its rumored top pitches of over 20%. A would be easy feat for my Bishop road with its Austin-hill gearing (34×28) but I was on Ty’s Hufnagel with a granny gear of 38×25. I.e. it hurt like hell.

Even Kyle, who’s a mountain goat of sorts admitted to almost getting off his bike. 3 miles, 1,200′ later and we were at the top and on this one, the views were breathtaking.

Our day totalled around 65 miles and over 7,200′ of climbing. While Kyle doesn’t like to get hung up on distance and elevation, I like to throw it in there not to brag but to show that riding is about having fun with your friends, even while you’re all in pain!

See more Instagram pics from our ride here and 35mm are on the way.

  • Trackosaurusrex

    you’re all in pain.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Davey-Tacos/100003163509414 Davey Tacos

    What’s great about sharing the miles and such is that it shows you’re improving as a rider/ growing stronger.  I think blurbs like this are encouragement for sure, more than anything else. Get out there, ride your bike with friends, see things, live. Careful, it might hurt a little…

    • Trackosaurusrex

       Knowing how much you rode is for the birds!

  • Ancient Arrakis Youth

    I would love to see what bike Kyle was riding that day .

    • http://theradavist.com John Watson

      Calfee with Dura Ace

  • Guest

    I don’t get it… why would I follow myself on instagram?? LOL

  • Jewel

    Looks good.  I’ve just got my first bike for years and am looking forward to getting out and about on it, although not quite to the extent that you are (there aren’t any mountains where I live and I have to get there and back within my son’s school day).  Still inspiring stuff, though.

  • Ryan

    No socks in those Sidis?

    • http://theradavist.com John Watson

      Kyle’s feet not mine – he had on short socks

      • Trackosaurusrex

         Fuck socks!  I had no socks on…I’m not a pussy!

  • Joshua Robot

    Ouch. That’s a lot of climbing. Next you’re in the Bay, give me a reason to do the Nifty Ten-Fifty course. 10,000 ft if climbing in 50 miles. 

    You’re putting in some killer rides this year.
    – Robot

    • http://theradavist.com John Watson

      I am so fucking down!

  • DamianRiehl

    Now that looks like a good ride!