The Pope and Peter

It’s a long-standing tradition to have the Pope receive a bicycle from any number of manufacturers. You recall the famous “Pope Colnago,” which spawned the design of the Cinelli “Pope” bars, right? Recently, Peter Sagan met with Pope Francis, to deliver him a white and yellow Specialized, the colors of the Holy See.

Jan 26, 2018 Comments are OFF
On Vision and Focus

Themes are very prevalent in a photographer’s work, whether intentional or not. My personal approach could be summed up in a number of ways, although I try to go into each situation with perspective. Whether or not that perspective is something I’m either re-visiting or looking to hone depends on a number of parameters. The moments in which I’m most comfortable experimenting are the ones that are most familiar to me and where the experimentation occurs usually falls into any number of challenging parameters. (more…)

Jan 25, 2018 11 comments
Path Less Pedaled Interviews Whitney Ford-Terry

Whitney Ford-Terry is one of the forces behind the WTF Bikexplorers, the women, transgender, femme bikepacking and bike touring awareness and support group who just launched the Summit and Ride Series for 2018. This series looks to support, celebrate and connect women, transgender, femme and non-binary people who also identify as gravel grinders, mountain bikers, bikepackers, day-rider explorers, long distance road riders, bicycle tourers, backpackers converting to bikepacking and individuals looking to incorporate camping with biking.

Check out this Path Less Pedaled interview with Whitney and check out more information from the WTF Bikexplorers on Instagram.

Jan 25, 2018 Comments are OFF
The NOTCHAS Scrawl Kit by Endo Customs

This whole project looks incredible and I love Chas’ explanation of the process.

“I had toyed with the idea of creating a kit for years, but I only work in analog, hand drawing at full scale, so the digital aspect of kit design always halted my efforts. Then Bobby from Endo Customs in LA reach out with a solution. He printed out the kit template full size and sent it my way, after 4 weeks, 11 paint pens, untold jammers and countless hours I sent back the template covered in my art. Here you have a hand drawn kit, expertly rendered into print by Endo customs! I don’t even remember all the little things hidden in this kit, surprises of stoke for years to come!”

You can pre-order this kit, made by Endo Customs in Los Angeles at the NOTCHAS Store.

Jan 25, 2018 7 comments
No Compromises: A Firefly Super Commuter

For some people, commuting by bicycle to work each day is the only time they’re assured time on the bike, so making those rides as enjoyable as possible is an added bonus. When it comes to Firefly, I can’t think of a better ride experience, so starting your day on something like this must be an extra special treat. Check out more at the Firefly Tumblr.

Jan 24, 2018 13 comments
Long Live Cuyuna

Success stories like this really resonate with the cycling community as a whole. Using mountain bikes to economically resuscitate an area is never a bad thing…

Jan 24, 2018 2 comments
Itinerology : The Workspace

The events that shape our lives on the bike take real people to make happen. This three-part video series looks at one such human, Ash Smith, the founder of the Trans Provence mountain bike race. Don’t miss this intimate look into Ash’s modus operandi.

Jan 24, 2018 Comments are OFF
Tuscany Trail Project

This one features two friends taking on the Tuscany Trail for the first time and highlights the highs and lows of any bikepacking trip or bicycle tour.

Jan 24, 2018 Comments are OFF
For Your Winter Wanderlust

I never go on a bike ride without a camera. Call it what you will, but documenting the rides in the greater Los Angeles area is something I love to do. Add to the list, taking out of towners on rides they’ve never done before. Our good friend Erica is in town for a bit, on a riding holiday/work trip from Nevada City, California and expressed an interest in riding up Mount Lowe in Altadena. Now, for those of you who haven’t done this ride, it’s the hardest road ride in the LA area, ATMO, but you can choose to bite off as much as you wish, establishing the general ride vibes early on, or as the hours go by.

Last weekend, we opted for the full experience and it left me a bit vanquished for a few days, so Erica and I took the party train up to Inspiration Point for some reflection on what it means to be a cyclist in a city with so much car culture. Spoiler alert: bikes will always win… and yes, I got sunburnt. In winter.

Check out a few more below and see our route from the Cub House at my Strava. (more…)

Jan 23, 2018 10 comments
Un-Lost: Camille McMillan’s Photographs of the Transcontinental Race


Photos by Camille McMillan

Every photograph has a story and for Camille, it centers around the tale of the TCR.

“Camille McMillan has followed the riders of the Transcontinental Race with his camera for the last three editions of the race, capturing their journeys from one corner of Europe to the other.

The Transcontinental is a self-supported bikepacking race, with riders finding their own way for over 4000km. To paraphrase the race’s founder, Mike Hall, “if you get lost, you will need to get un-lost.” Camille’s photographs capture the riders as they navigate unfamiliar and vast landscapes of Europe, showing that in an age of SPOT trackers, GPS and Google Maps, there’s something to be said for being lost and finding your way again.”

Head to Un-Lost to see Camille’s prints for sale, or to an Apidura retailer to see a selection of artist proofs in person.

Jan 23, 2018 Comments are OFF
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The Surly Pugsley Gets a Facelift

Classics never go out of style, they just get a facelift from time to time. As is the case for Surly’s Pugsley, the veritable, do-it-all fatbike. The Pugsley 2.0 is filled with new features to make it an even more bicycle touring-capable bike. Be it sand or snow, or just really slow on roads, the Pugsley is designed to take you where you want to go. Even if it’s just the bar… See actual technical information at Surly’s blog and head to your local dealer to see it in person.

Jan 29, 2018 9 comments
Eric Koston Rides a Santa Cruz Stigmata

I tell ya, GSC has a lot of amazing customers, but this whole moment stoked me – and I’d imagine 13-year-old me – out. Now if we can just get Eric Koston out on some rides…

Also, I missed posting a Throwback Thursday post, where I’ve been uploading ‘lost’ entries from 2015 back on the site after our server deleted our 2015 image bucket. So check out the original Stigmata Review in the ‘related’ entries to the left.

Jan 27, 2018 26 comments
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The Pope and Peter

It’s a long-standing tradition to have the Pope receive a bicycle from any number of manufacturers. You recall the famous “Pope Colnago,” which spawned the design of the Cinelli “Pope” bars, right? Recently, Peter Sagan met with Pope Francis, to deliver him a white and yellow Specialized, the colors of the Holy See.

Jan 26, 2018 Comments are OFF
On Vision and Focus

Themes are very prevalent in a photographer’s work, whether intentional or not. My personal approach could be summed up in a number of ways, although I try to go into each situation with perspective. Whether or not that perspective is something I’m either re-visiting or looking to hone depends on a number of parameters. The moments in which I’m most comfortable experimenting are the ones that are most familiar to me and where the experimentation occurs usually falls into any number of challenging parameters. (more…)

Jan 25, 2018 11 comments
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Path Less Pedaled Interviews Whitney Ford-Terry

Whitney Ford-Terry is one of the forces behind the WTF Bikexplorers, the women, transgender, femme bikepacking and bike touring awareness and support group who just launched the Summit and Ride Series for 2018. This series looks to support, celebrate and connect women, transgender, femme and non-binary people who also identify as gravel grinders, mountain bikers, bikepackers, day-rider explorers, long distance road riders, bicycle tourers, backpackers converting to bikepacking and individuals looking to incorporate camping with biking.

Check out this Path Less Pedaled interview with Whitney and check out more information from the WTF Bikexplorers on Instagram.

Jan 25, 2018 Comments are OFF
The NOTCHAS Scrawl Kit by Endo Customs

This whole project looks incredible and I love Chas’ explanation of the process.

“I had toyed with the idea of creating a kit for years, but I only work in analog, hand drawing at full scale, so the digital aspect of kit design always halted my efforts. Then Bobby from Endo Customs in LA reach out with a solution. He printed out the kit template full size and sent it my way, after 4 weeks, 11 paint pens, untold jammers and countless hours I sent back the template covered in my art. Here you have a hand drawn kit, expertly rendered into print by Endo customs! I don’t even remember all the little things hidden in this kit, surprises of stoke for years to come!”

You can pre-order this kit, made by Endo Customs in Los Angeles at the NOTCHAS Store.

Jan 25, 2018 7 comments
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No Compromises: A Firefly Super Commuter

For some people, commuting by bicycle to work each day is the only time they’re assured time on the bike, so making those rides as enjoyable as possible is an added bonus. When it comes to Firefly, I can’t think of a better ride experience, so starting your day on something like this must be an extra special treat. Check out more at the Firefly Tumblr.

Jan 24, 2018 13 comments
Long Live Cuyuna

Success stories like this really resonate with the cycling community as a whole. Using mountain bikes to economically resuscitate an area is never a bad thing…

Jan 24, 2018 2 comments
Itinerology : The Workspace

The events that shape our lives on the bike take real people to make happen. This three-part video series looks at one such human, Ash Smith, the founder of the Trans Provence mountain bike race. Don’t miss this intimate look into Ash’s modus operandi.

Jan 24, 2018 Comments are OFF
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Tuscany Trail Project

This one features two friends taking on the Tuscany Trail for the first time and highlights the highs and lows of any bikepacking trip or bicycle tour.

Jan 24, 2018 Comments are OFF
For Your Winter Wanderlust

I never go on a bike ride without a camera. Call it what you will, but documenting the rides in the greater Los Angeles area is something I love to do. Add to the list, taking out of towners on rides they’ve never done before. Our good friend Erica is in town for a bit, on a riding holiday/work trip from Nevada City, California and expressed an interest in riding up Mount Lowe in Altadena. Now, for those of you who haven’t done this ride, it’s the hardest road ride in the LA area, ATMO, but you can choose to bite off as much as you wish, establishing the general ride vibes early on, or as the hours go by.

Last weekend, we opted for the full experience and it left me a bit vanquished for a few days, so Erica and I took the party train up to Inspiration Point for some reflection on what it means to be a cyclist in a city with so much car culture. Spoiler alert: bikes will always win… and yes, I got sunburnt. In winter.

Check out a few more below and see our route from the Cub House at my Strava. (more…)

Jan 23, 2018 10 comments
Un-Lost: Camille McMillan’s Photographs of the Transcontinental Race


Photos by Camille McMillan

Every photograph has a story and for Camille, it centers around the tale of the TCR.

“Camille McMillan has followed the riders of the Transcontinental Race with his camera for the last three editions of the race, capturing their journeys from one corner of Europe to the other.

The Transcontinental is a self-supported bikepacking race, with riders finding their own way for over 4000km. To paraphrase the race’s founder, Mike Hall, “if you get lost, you will need to get un-lost.” Camille’s photographs capture the riders as they navigate unfamiliar and vast landscapes of Europe, showing that in an age of SPOT trackers, GPS and Google Maps, there’s something to be said for being lost and finding your way again.”

Head to Un-Lost to see Camille’s prints for sale, or to an Apidura retailer to see a selection of artist proofs in person.

Jan 23, 2018 Comments are OFF
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