Category Archives: Randomness
Very Stoked on These

Ever since first seeing the new White Industries 30mm spindle road cranks two years ago, I wanted to try a pair out. I love the VBC cranks, but don’t love square taper bottom brackets, so the idea of having a 30mm spindle crank was very appealing to me.

At Interbike this year I spoke with White and was able to finagle a pair in time to build up my OD green Speedvagen OG-1. They were the last piece of the puzzle so to speak. Thanks to the boys at GSC, the build is finally complete and today was the first ride. All this happeend just in time for a big, dumb ride we’re taking off on Wednesday through Friday.

A handful of us are embarking on a 3-day road ride in the Angeles National Forest, ending in Palm Springs. The ride’s total elevation gain will most likely topple 30,000′, so needless to say, I’m stoked to be able to do such an undertaking on a bike with a monster rear cassette and these new cranks…

If you’re interested in checking out the White Industries R30 road cranks, roll on over to your local dealer and order up a pair.

Oct 24, 2016 28 comments
Santa Cruz Views

Northern California has some gems for sure, but without a doubt, Santa Cruz is my favorite place. With dirt for days and ocean views like this to end a ride, who can complain. It’s been a blast once again. We’ll see ya again soon. Thanks to everyone that made this weekend so memorable.

Oct 23, 2016 No comments yet
Heading to Santa Cruz for the Rock Lobster Cup!

When I was in Santa Cruz after Grinduro, I swung by to see Paul Sadoff, the man behind Rock Lobster Cycles. Paul’s always pretty busy and this trip was no exception. He was in the throes of planning the Rock Lobster Cup Two, which is being held at the lighthouse park in Santa Cruz. After talking about the course, why it was moved from Bonny Doon and how he’s planning on making a relatively flat course exciting, I decided I’d skip town yet again and come up to photograph the race. Hell, I might even jump in it.

Because you can’t swing by Rock Lobster and not take a few photos, I documented the shop’s current condition, which I might add, is the best I’ve seen it so far. Check out a few more photos below. (more…)

Oct 20, 2016 4 comments
When Weather Hits Los Angeles

… and your friends hit the gas! We got rain in LA for the first time in weeks? months? Who knows how long. That meant the temperature dropped and it was finally bearable to ride in the middle of the day. We’ve had quite the spring, summer and fall, with temperatures hovering around 90º and very little opportunity for shaded rides. In our mountains, water spigots have run dry and fires have ravaged the forests. It’s been a rough year for our National Forest, so a little bit of precipitation made the vegetation sing.

Sing… just like my legs as I had to chase down this spry group of riders. While there isn’t really a story here per-se, I really love shooting when weather hits Los Angeles. See a few more below and if you’re interested in the route, here ya go! (more…)

Oct 17, 2016 5 comments
When a Black Cat Crosses Your Path

… you better chase it down! After years of knowing Todd from Black Cat Bicycles, I finally got to ride mountain bikes with him and check out his shop. Next week we’ll take an in-depth look at Black Cat Bicycles and how much of a shredder Todd is!

Oct 12, 2016 1 comment

As mountain bikers, we often find ourselves in mixed-use forest. It’s our responsibility to be good representatives of our sport by being polite, courteous and by observing the rules of the trail. Sometimes however, things aren’t reciprocated by other users, as shown in this video. A couple of guys encounter a reckless shooter on a ride in Washington state. I’m not sure how I’d react, but I will commend them on keeping it together. Read the full description below. (more…)

Oct 11, 2016 8 comments