Found in the Mountains Los Angeles Group Ride
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Our friends at @FoundintheMountains have made it down the California coast and will be arriving in the Los Angeles area on Saturday. We’d like to welcome them to LA in style, so we’re throwing a group ride. Expect a 60 mile day total, with around 4,500′ of climbing. Half of the day will be on dirt, the other half through Saturday morning traffic, so keep your whits sharp!

The plan is to meet at Intelligentsia on Sunset Avenue in Silver Lake at 6:30am for a 7am roll-out. BE ON TIME. We will be leaving right at 7am. No excuses!

You should bring plenty of food, sunblock, tools, tubes and pack your big bottles. It’s going to be a hot day, with the highs in the 90’s. There is a water stop at mile 18. After cruising on some of LA’s finest inner-city dirt, we’ll drop down Topanga Canyon and meet our friends at 11am at the Reel Inn on the PCH, eat tacos, drink a margarita or two and then ride back to the east side via Santa Monica Blvd. This is a no-drop ride. There is a lot of climbing, so be prepared.

Ride your cross or road bike! If you’d like to load this route in your GPS, here’s my Strava file and if you’ve never ridden Dirt Mulholland, check out some photos from our Getting Dirty post!

Aug 25, 2016 2 comments
Happy 100th to Our National Park Service!
Death Valley New Years 2015

Today our National Park Service celebrates its 100th. Through the years, some of our Nation’s most beautiful lands have been preserved and maintained by the NPS’ volunteers and employees. If you find yourself in a National Park this weekend, give it a high five and you might find it smiling right back at ya!

Aug 25, 2016 1 comment
Arkel’s New Rigid Frame Bikepacking Saddle Bag the Seatpacker

Path Less Pedaled gives us a look at Arkel’s new rigid frame bikepacking saddle bag. This one looks to be the most versatile rigid frame design, allowing you to clamp to your rails kind of like how a Carradice bag support works. The best part is how quickly it can be installed. As you’ll see in the video, Russ literally installs it in seconds. From the looks of things, it’ll also be dropper post friendly.

The Seatpacker is made in Canada, is waterproof, comes in two sizes and can fit in frames with 8″ or more of clearance between your tire or fender and your saddle rails. Check out more at Arkel.

Aug 25, 2016 3 comments
Chris Akrigg Goes Vintage

Cantis, no suspension and chrome everything doesn’t stop Chris Akrigg from shredding the new Mongoose ATB throwback jammer. I love the ledge drop to no-footed nose manny!

Aug 25, 2016 4 comments
Raindrops on the Moon

It turns out, riding in Williams Lake, BC has quite a lot to offer. Giro takes a few rippers out to document the fun. Check out a full photospread at Giro.

Aug 24, 2016 2 comments
Onion Velo’s Anylander Panniers by Porcelain Rocket
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Projects like this always pique my interest and tap into my Paypal account:

“Together with Vince at Ponderosa Cyclery in Omaha, I’m excited to announce the launch of a project that is near and dear to both of us, and has been in the works for a while. The Anylander Pannier is a bag system that has been born out of a fondness for the style and function of traditional panniers combined with the need for technology that can handle the rough and tumble lifestyle of a backroads tourist.

As a pack system, we’ve found that we really like the usefulness, versatility, and size of panniers, as opposed to the popular, rack-less “bikepacking” style bag systems. However, when riding the rocky, extremely rough backroads of Western Nebraska, many panniers available do a less than perfect job handling the demands that we put on them. While we have found the durability and simplicity of bikepacking bags to be advantageous in some situations, the extremely stripped down nature of rack-less bags, as well as the detailed “tetris-styled” pack plan necessary to use them cramps our relaxed, easy going, “bring-a-few-luxury-items-if-not-the-entire-kitchen-sink” touring lifestyle.”

Check out the new Anylander Panniers at Onion Velo and pre-order these $325 panniers by hollering at Carl’s Email!

Aug 24, 2016 14 comments
The Transcontinental Race: Part 01

Two years ago, we saw Ertzui take on the daunting task of documenting the Transcontinental, a self-guided, self-supported race from London to Istanbul. This year, the TCR has a three part video series showcasing the event, made by AHStudio. Here’s part one.

Aug 24, 2016 1 comment
Team Too Late
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It’s never too late to enter the kit game, especially with two great introductory designs. Check out what Team Too Late’s got to offer at their web shop.

Aug 24, 2016 No comments yet
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Found in the Mountains Los Angeles Group Ride
FITMLA_final-WEB

Our friends at @FoundintheMountains have made it down the California coast and will be arriving in the Los Angeles area on Saturday. We’d like to welcome them to LA in style, so we’re throwing a group ride. Expect a 60 mile day total, with around 4,500′ of climbing. Half of the day will be on dirt, the other half through Saturday morning traffic, so keep your whits sharp!

The plan is to meet at Intelligentsia on Sunset Avenue in Silver Lake at 6:30am for a 7am roll-out. BE ON TIME. We will be leaving right at 7am. No excuses!

You should bring plenty of food, sunblock, tools, tubes and pack your big bottles. It’s going to be a hot day, with the highs in the 90’s. There is a water stop at mile 18. After cruising on some of LA’s finest inner-city dirt, we’ll drop down Topanga Canyon and meet our friends at 11am at the Reel Inn on the PCH, eat tacos, drink a margarita or two and then ride back to the east side via Santa Monica Blvd. This is a no-drop ride. There is a lot of climbing, so be prepared.

Ride your cross or road bike! If you’d like to load this route in your GPS, here’s my Strava file and if you’ve never ridden Dirt Mulholland, check out some photos from our Getting Dirty post!

Aug 25, 2016 2 comments
Happy 100th to Our National Park Service!
Death Valley New Years 2015

Today our National Park Service celebrates its 100th. Through the years, some of our Nation’s most beautiful lands have been preserved and maintained by the NPS’ volunteers and employees. If you find yourself in a National Park this weekend, give it a high five and you might find it smiling right back at ya!

Aug 25, 2016 1 comment
Arkel’s New Rigid Frame Bikepacking Saddle Bag the Seatpacker

Path Less Pedaled gives us a look at Arkel’s new rigid frame bikepacking saddle bag. This one looks to be the most versatile rigid frame design, allowing you to clamp to your rails kind of like how a Carradice bag support works. The best part is how quickly it can be installed. As you’ll see in the video, Russ literally installs it in seconds. From the looks of things, it’ll also be dropper post friendly.

The Seatpacker is made in Canada, is waterproof, comes in two sizes and can fit in frames with 8″ or more of clearance between your tire or fender and your saddle rails. Check out more at Arkel.

Aug 25, 2016 3 comments
Chris Akrigg Goes Vintage

Cantis, no suspension and chrome everything doesn’t stop Chris Akrigg from shredding the new Mongoose ATB throwback jammer. I love the ledge drop to no-footed nose manny!

Aug 25, 2016 4 comments
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Raindrops on the Moon

It turns out, riding in Williams Lake, BC has quite a lot to offer. Giro takes a few rippers out to document the fun. Check out a full photospread at Giro.

Aug 24, 2016 2 comments
Onion Velo’s Anylander Panniers by Porcelain Rocket
IMG_8014

Projects like this always pique my interest and tap into my Paypal account:

“Together with Vince at Ponderosa Cyclery in Omaha, I’m excited to announce the launch of a project that is near and dear to both of us, and has been in the works for a while. The Anylander Pannier is a bag system that has been born out of a fondness for the style and function of traditional panniers combined with the need for technology that can handle the rough and tumble lifestyle of a backroads tourist.

As a pack system, we’ve found that we really like the usefulness, versatility, and size of panniers, as opposed to the popular, rack-less “bikepacking” style bag systems. However, when riding the rocky, extremely rough backroads of Western Nebraska, many panniers available do a less than perfect job handling the demands that we put on them. While we have found the durability and simplicity of bikepacking bags to be advantageous in some situations, the extremely stripped down nature of rack-less bags, as well as the detailed “tetris-styled” pack plan necessary to use them cramps our relaxed, easy going, “bring-a-few-luxury-items-if-not-the-entire-kitchen-sink” touring lifestyle.”

Check out the new Anylander Panniers at Onion Velo and pre-order these $325 panniers by hollering at Carl’s Email!

Aug 24, 2016 14 comments
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The Transcontinental Race: Part 01

Two years ago, we saw Ertzui take on the daunting task of documenting the Transcontinental, a self-guided, self-supported race from London to Istanbul. This year, the TCR has a three part video series showcasing the event, made by AHStudio. Here’s part one.

Aug 24, 2016 1 comment
Team Too Late
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It’s never too late to enter the kit game, especially with two great introductory designs. Check out what Team Too Late’s got to offer at their web shop.

Aug 24, 2016 No comments yet
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Otso Cycles Rises from Wolf Tooth Components
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If there is one company that has made our lives easier in terms of gearing options, it’s Wolf Tooth Components. Everything they’ve introduced to the market has been smart, innovative and has opened the door to new, affordable drivetrain systems. It should come as no surprise that the guys behind Wolf Tooth have a few opinions as to how bicycles should be designed, which was the motivation for launching Otso Cycles.

Their introductory framesets are the Voytek, a carbon hardtail and the Warakin, a stainless steel all-road. See more details below and be sure to check out Otso Cycles! (more…)

Aug 23, 2016 6 comments
Yonder Journal: Dat Moonshine Doe
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The South is a magical place, something the boys and girls at Yonder got to experience first hand in their Dead Reckoning series. Head on over to Dat Moonshine Doe to take a gander at all the shenanigans including monster pizza slices, singletrack, doubletrack and tubing.

Aug 23, 2016 3 comments
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