This weekend marks the grand opening of the new Cub House location in San Marino, just blocks away from their old spot in South Pasadena. To commemorate the opening, there is a bike show at 12 noon and a group ride, leaving promptly at 9am. Check out more details at the Cub House’s Instagram and the full schedule below. (more…)
Seth’s Land Run 100 Salsa Cutthroat
Photos and words by Jarrod Bunk
Seth’s Cutthroat is a Testament to having one bike that can do a lot of things well. Seth has raced the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, DK200, and completed Land Run 100 more than a few times, this bike was ridden 10,000 miles last year alone. Local knowledge certainly paid off for him as I’m told he didn’t have to walk any of the hike-a-bike sections. It makes sense to see a 38c tire on a MTB then, especially with the notoriously muddy terrain that can take you from 30MPH to zero in a flash. Those Prototype 38c Vittoria Mud Tires were proven that day, from the loose slick climbs, to the bombing descents they never skipped a beat. Last year was probably the worst year for mud, ever, and the Shimano Di2 drivetrain worked flawlessly, even when caked full.
If you’re thinking about riding Land Run this year sign up is live – I know a few people from the Radavist will be there – and you can bet Seth will be there ready to rock as the cannon fires this year. What bike will you bring?
The Road to L’Eroica: An Italian Honeymoon
Words and photos by Ultra Romance
We had been running from winter… riding from winter… actually hike-a-biking away from winter in the Swiss Alps for nearly 2 weeks now. Snow, wind, rain, and low UV indexes had driven us out of the most verdant and bucolic panoramas I’ve ever eyeballed. Away from the abrupt mountaintops that rise from the undulating valleys like the jagged teeth of a gnashing puma eagle. My hair was damp and lifeless, and our bodies were craving the sunlight and ACTUAL early September weather (fair and pleasant for those of you who live in the Swiss tundra). In a split second decision, while climbing out of a cold and empty valley after hiking down a roots rock reggae slip n’ slide, we hopped a train south to Europe’s fashion capital, Milano. It just felt natural.
Ciao Italy! (more…)
Our friends at Mission Workshop have opened a new storefront in Los Angeles and would like to welcome everyone to come celebrate. If you’re planning on attending, make sure you RSVP at RowLA.
Have you ever ridden the Lehigh trails? I haven’t. For those interested, check out the Tehachapi MTB BrewFondo happening this weekend:
“TMTA is hosting the 2nd Annual Brewfondo Mountain Bike ride is scheduled for October 28th. There will be 4 course lengths to choose from: The Root beer (6 miles, 400 feet of climb), The Tester (12 miles, 900 ft of climb), The Pint (18 miles, 1500 ft of climb), and The Growler (27 miles, 3500 ft of climb).
All courses are a combination of gravel roads, some pavement, and beginner to intermediate level single track in the Lehigh trails area. The event is open to all ages. There will be bike and apparel vendors onsite before and after the ride. The ride will last approximately 3 hours and will be followed with post-ride BBQ and beverages at an Octoberfest festival! Stay tuned for more details. We hope to see you there!”
PAULoweeeeeen, PAULoweeeeeen, PAULOWEEN!… is coming!
Romanticising the desert is as old as literature. From Edward Abbey to Aldo Leopold and Mary Hunter Austin. Over the years, authors and artists alike, have taken to these vast, arid landscapes for inspiration. I, myself, identify with these places and feel most at ease while traversing their planes and mountains. Perhaps its the ability to see for miles, in any direction, or it could be the intricacy of their flora and fauna, but the desert to me is the most wonderful place. Riding a bike in these conditions can be challenging, however. Typically, water is an issue, as is the sun and its oppressive rays, but probably the most incapacitating element is the wind, for you can take measures to block the sun and you can always carry more water.
Last year, I was supposed to travel to South Africa to partake in the Eroica, as well as a cycle tour around the Karoo Desert but I came down with the worst flu of my adult life the day I was supposed to depart. Fast forward a year and I really wanted to return, so I contacted Stan Engelbrecht, the Cape Town local race organizer to see if he wanted to do another trip. Stan also throws the Tour of Ara, a six-day, vintage steel bike-only race. He’s no rookie to races and so I struck up an email thread with him again. That’s when he told me that the Karoobaix was happening. (more…)
It’s back, with the “cowboy loop” offering 288′ elevation per lap. Make sure you’ve signed up and remember, Women’s B/C racers get a free entry! Sign up now at Bike Reg!
This looks like it’ll be a good time in Chris King in Portland:
“Join us for our annual Open House and Builder Showcase! We’ll have food and drinks, and a plethora of custom bikes on hand. We are also offering the chance to see where our parts are made on a rarely offered shop floor tour.
Allied, Argonaut, Breadwinner, Caletti, Crema, DeSalvo, Moots, Seven, and Simworks will all be showing bikes made custom for this showcase. We’ll also have ENVE composites and Santa Cruz showing off some very special bikes from our sponsored riders.
We hope you’ll come by and raise a glass with us.”
Mr. Pubes Goes To Interbike
Words and Photos by Bicycle Pubes
“Could somebody please, find Bicycle Pubes, get a hold of this mother fucker so that I can make sense out of all of this!?”
The question had been asked, by numerous people, all over the globe, possibly on other planets too. But where was the answer? More importantly, where was Bicycle Pubes? This industry is a real puzzler and Interbike needed to expertise and the cognitive capacity of a real heavy hitter to sort all of this hoity toity lithium battery open mold bullshit out.
Luckily, John Watson was off vacation and back home in LA, where he had access to the Pubes Signal. Unluckily, I cannot afford a house close enough to LA to actually see the Pubes Signal, so after several days, John just called me at home. Told me to go to Interbike. I said no I’m watching a Scrubs marathon. He said come on bro. I said OK fine. He said cool. I said fuck yeah it’s cool. Then he hung up.
Without further adieu, here is some shitty art.
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