Our friends at Manual for Speed have been spending months upon months working on a new website and all their hard work has paid off. The first post takes us to 2015 Paris-Nice for their anthropological cataloging of cultural phenoms. Or something. Head over to Manual for Speed for more!
What better way to segue into NAHBS and documenting handmade bicycle frames than to visit a facility that produces handmade carbon wheels. Today I’ve been touring the Zipp factory in Indianapolis where I got to see the process from cutting sheets of carbon to testing current and future products. As you could imagine, a lot of this process is top secret, but Zipp allowed photos of specific areas throughout the afternoon.
Expect more reportage to come before NAHBS content begins.
Let’s play a quick word association game. Think about Los Angeles for a second. What comes to mind? Chances are if you haven’t spent much time there, or even if you have, you’ll quickly rattle off something along the lines of: traffic, congestion, Hollywood, smog, sprawl and road rage.
As the roughly 3.8 million residents move about the city’s crowded freeways in their cars, the ever-expanding population of cyclists take to both the urban streets as well as the surrounding hills and mountains. While LA is flat in some areas, it packs in its share of elevation. With Mount Lukens being the highest point within the City of Los Angeles at 5,074′, Mt Baldy breaks 10,000′ in LA County. Everything from sea level to around 9,000′ is accessible by bicycle. If you know where to look.
Macro photography is a delicate art and while I prefer to err on the “stopped down” side of things, sometimes a shallow depth of field works, especially in a controlled lighting environment like a studio. Flickr user Twenty Tree has just uploaded a photoset of this Stoemper ‘Cross bike shot against a black backdrop and my favorite photo is of the head badge. Head over to Twenty Tree’s Flickr to see more.
Southern California is a second home to me, for many reasons, the obvious of which being the excellent cycling and the people that live here. Life’s a bit easier when it’s always sunny and excellent riding is at your finger tips. Perhaps that’s why Ben from Argonaut has always liked the crew at Pedalers Fork in Calabasas. They’ve got world class roads and trails literally surrounding their unique restaurant, coffee and bike shop.
I can’t tell you how many times people attempt this business model, yet Pedalers Fork didn’t just attempt it, they nailed it. Excellent food, great coffee and high end bicycles. Pedalers Fork has created an environment that caters to the local cycling scene with group rides, fund raisers and parties. While their bike is small, they turn out many precision high end builds. Up until this point, they’ve sold only Moots. Not because of any exclusivity deal, but because they were looking for a carbon fiber match to the brand. That’s where Argonaut comes in.
A few weeks ago, Ben from Argonaut asked if I wanted to come out to Calabasas, ride bikes, eat great food and hang out with friends. All to celebrate this new union. Well, that and Ben would be giving a presentation of sorts about the brand to a few select people… and I’d shoot some photos.
We spent the morning riding bikes over the Santa Monica Mountains, with lunch at Pedalers Fork, an afternoon Putt n Pump track action at a secret location before attending a dinner, curated by Chris DiMinno of the Chris King Gourmet Century.
Rough day, huh?
Who would have guessed that Team Dream‘s HQ would be filled with cats and stripes?
I’m in Los Angeles this week and the House of Cats and Stripes will be my home base. The usual suspects and myself will be doing rides and hopefully, coming up with some great stories along the way. For now, I leave you with this photo of Blueberry Pancake, one of Sean’s cats. That’s PK for short…
British Cycling always has great photos during the UCI Track Worlds. These men’s and women’s team pursuit images from Paris, France are excellent and there’s more where that came from. Head over to British Cycling’s Flickr to check out the rest.
Photo by Kyle Kelley
Tracko gave three of my favorite Instagram accounts some love with this photo. Spencer J Harding, Brian Vernor, and Tytanium are all worth the follow if you aren’t already. I need to get back to LA, asap!
With bikepacking coming on strong for the past few years, seeing photos and reading stories like this just shows how longstanding off-road touring truly is. Check out this story over at Brian Vernor’s blog:
“About a year ago my friend Jeff Traugott sent me these photos. They were all taken by a fellow Santa Cruzan, “Rat” aka Bob Landry. I held onto them while looking for the right time to share them and so when Bicycle Times Magazine asked me to photograph Jeff for their Issue 33 I figured now is as good a time as any. Jeff has an immense history on the bicycle, but if you read the article in Bicycle Times you will learn he is an incredible Luthier, making guitars one at a time for world renowned guitar players. Below is the contents of Jeff’s first email to me which included the photos, and then I decided to ask him a couple follow up questions…”
Read up more at Vernor and Photo!
… on a Santa Cruz bike launch. It’s been wild and unfortunately, our wifi signal is choked out here in the woods, so I won’t be able to update until later today. For now, check out a few samplers of what we’ve been coping with.
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