Category Archives: Photos
Vacation. Holiday. 3-day weekends. From Memorial Day until Labor Day, the road is wide open and the sun is putting in overtime. Taking advantage of those days is key to sucking the last drop from life and its possibilities.
Last summer, I bought a 4 banger Tacoma pickup in Portland and it kickstarted a whole series of road trips. Most of which centered around cycling-related themes or events but it was the interstitial spaces and moments that I remember vividly. Sunsets, sunrises, rain, fog, wind. All of these had a specific scent and sensation. Most of which were captured visually throughout those long summer months.
I carried my Mamiya 7ii with me on every trip, loaded with Portra 400 220 film. It wasn’t until recently that I finally sat and dug through it all, compiling a Gallery of these moments and vignettes. They’re mostly in the correct order, beginning in Portland and traveling down south.
A lot of these spots are well-known, others not so much but they all serve one purpose: to inspire you to travel to the West Coast and see what you’re missing. Pardon the succinct nature of this intro, but there’s not much to say. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
Photo by Brian Vernor
It’s nice to see one of the US’ most prominent painters getting some much-deserved exposure. Joe Bell is the man. Hands down. His work has been showcased on many builder’s steel handy work. For an inside look at Joe Bell’s shop, head over to Brian Vernor’s Tumblr. Great photos Brian!
I’ve gotten a lot of emails regarding this bike. We’re dialing in some details and you can expect a thorough review and gallery in the next few weeks… For now, poke around on the Vanilla Workshop Instagram and the #UrbanRacer hashtag for more teasers.
One of my favorite cycling photographers, Jered Gruber has a story up on Exposure, showcasing the art of photography, cycling and story telling. Head over to Exposure to check it out now. When’s the story on Ashley Gruber going up?!
Not that you didn’t notice or anything. Enjoy your weekend!
Photos by Morgan Meredith
New bike day is the best. It’s a special occasion that sometimes merits special attire. Like a suit… Wait, what? Morgan and Brian went up into the San Gabriel mountains to shoot some photos of Brian’s new Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt. Loving the #RubberSideUp photo! Check out the rest, including a short video at Vernor Film.
The boyz at Manual for Speed are getting their tanning on at the Tour of California. Well, now they’re getting hella wet with all the SoCal rain. At any rate, head on over to Manual for Speed check out some delicious pro cycling in wonderful California.
Road Magazine has followed through with an exceptional story on the Rouge Roubaix in their latest issue. As one of the print media brands present at the event, Chris did a great job showcasing what makes this race and the Rouge Roubaix Builders Challenge so unique.
Head over to Road’s online viewer to read the whole article. I’m stoked to see some of my photos hitting print!
The idea of a shuttle run is something very foreign to me. You gotta earn that descent! Still, a few friends here in Los Angeles have been trying to get me to wake up at 5am to hit the Mt Wilson shuttle with them and this morning, I finally gave in.
Juliet did a nice feature on Caren Hartley of Hartley Cycles in the UK over at the Brooks England Blog. She was the first and only builder at Bespoke, which is an achievement in it of itself, yet from the looks of her work, she deserves that award for Best Utility Bike!
Check out more at the Brooks England blog!