Category Archives: Randomness
Not So Recent Roll: Summer of Road Trippin’
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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.

May 22, 2015 13 comments
Monday
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I’ve just got back from being on the road for a few weeks and need a day to handle the rest of life’s hurdles. Expect content to continue later tonight. In the meanwhile, check out our boy Christian from Anthem Bike Co hopping his Camaro…

May 18, 2015 3 comments
Lay Waste
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Photo by Morgan Meredith

LA has been rad for various reasons. One of which has been figuring out how to talk about this #UrbanRacer. So far Morgan has shot the best photo of the bike which I will discuss more in depth at a later date, but tonight we went up to a spot in Los Angeles to recreate it and came out with a completely different shot.

A shot that I’m still really vibin’ with. Lay waste…

May 11, 2015 4 comments
Geekhouse is Hiring!
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The team at Geekhouse are looking to expand their operations with a new position. If you meet the criteria and want to start off at a framebuilder’s operations in the Boston-area, now’s your chance. Head over to Geekhouse for more information.

May 11, 2015 No comments yet
Consuming Time
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It’s the weekend, that means most of you will be hitting the roads, paths, trails and tracks in your locale. You don’t need a motivational post here on the site to convince you to do so, but I just wanted to convey one thing: enjoy your time on the bike. Consume as much as you can. Over indulge. Engorge. Binge…

May 9, 2015 7 comments
The Life and Times of Shop Dog Stella
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Life’s tough when your day-to-day routine consists of a few behaviors, both innate and learned. For Stella, the resident shop dog at Golden Saddle Cyclery in Los Angeles, her mornings usually start out with a nap in the morning sun, followed by the inevitable first run to the corner store snack begging session, a quick piss in the alley, then more begging before greeting the afternoon clientele’s ascension to the back alley bench.

From there, it’s beg relentlessly for food to no avail, back to napping (this time in the middle of the doorway), maybe a sniff or a scoff here or there when you try to pet her, before finally scoring an avocado chip or a loose pepperoni. Yeah, for Stella, it’s all about sniffing messenger bags, licking sweaty legs and cold lamping on a chilly Los Angeles springtime afternoon… Until the next pair of unsuspecting legs waltz through the door of the shop.

Here’s to the cold lampin’ shop dogs.

May 8, 2015 3 comments
Oakley’s Greg Lemond Ride in SF!
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Last week in San Francisco, Oakley, Mash and Greg Lemond organized a group ride strictly via social media. We all posted about it, encouraging people from all cycling backgrounds to come along for a chill, no drop ride and crossed our fingers. Would 15 people show up? 20? No one was certain and all we knew was that we’d begin our little jaunt on Market Street at the Oakley store… (more…)

May 4, 2015 10 comments
R&R Today
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You’ll have to bear with me today, as I try to rest up a bit before heading into the week. It’s been a long haul, but we made it to Los Angeles and I am fried!

Expect regularly-scheduled posts to commence later this evening. I need some R&R this morning.

Happy Monday!

May 4, 2015 5 comments
Rubber Side Up 11
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Dylan Buffington from Mash took a bit of a spill during this year’s Red Hook Crit Brooklyn after a racer went down in front of him. Luckily for Dylan, the metal barricades cushioned the blow and his hand took a majority of the damage. He was rushed to the ER and stitched up before being sent home.

This was Dylan’s first ever Red Hook Crit and it left him eager to get back out there again. Racing brakeless track bikes in a criterium-format race is a true testament to bike control, race tactics and straight up luck. Sometimes you have the latter on your side, sometimes you don’t.

Glad you’re back on the bike and already ripping brother. See ya soon!

May 3, 2015 Comments are OFF
Thank You, Paul Component!
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When you’re on the road, you get brief vignettes into people’s or company’s day to day routine, without fully immersing yourself in their operations. Or at least that’s usually the case. Yesterday, however, my preconceptions were shifted and I came to the realization that you can indeed, peer into a company’s soul in the right environment.

What Paul Component is doing in Chico, California is rad. Hands down. We all knew that but yesterday, I got to hang around their shop for an afternoon, not minutes and then, here’s the best part: I got to ride bikes with a few of their teammates, including Paul Price, the owner.

There’s a story to come, but I just wanted to thank the team at Paul Comp for opening their shop doors to us.

Apr 30, 2015 3 comments