… I’m off to the desert to chase Team Dream around on a photoshoot.
… not enough for a gallery, but they’ve gotta see the light of the display! Enjoy more below. (more…)
Each year after NAHBS, I like to take some time off the bike and explore the desert. This year, Cari and I packed up the truck and took Max out to the Mojave Preserve for an extended weekend of exploration and observation. With all the rain we’ve had, it was a veritable vegetation overload. The flora and fauna were out in full force and consequently, both of our trigger fingers were happy. A high point for both of us were seeing three adult desert tortoises and reporting them to the local rangers who are tracking this endangered species’ recovery.
Here’s a few photos from this morning’s TGIFGSC Free Coffee Friday ride. Remember, if you’re in Los Angeles, these rides leave every Friday morning from Intelligentsia coffee on Sunset avenue at 7:30am sharp. Follow Golden Saddle on Instagram for which bike to bring, as they announce each Thursday.
It’s time to pack up, clean up and drive up to Salt Lake City for NAHBS. Thanks for sharing your ripping trails with us, Moab.
… we’re staying shreddy! Follow along on Instagram.
… for a pre-NAHBS shred in Moab with some framebuilder friends. Expect a few pre-NAHBS teasers to pop up before the coverage engulfs the site again this year, as well as plenty of riding photos. If you’re in Moab, drop a line!
I recently got Cari an All-City Mr. Pink. She really loves her Elephant Bikes NFE but wanted something zippier to ride around town and go on longer rides with not only me but her girlfriends who often organize ladies-only road rides. I knew if I left it to her to buy a new bike, she’d never do it, as someone who prefers to be frugal and spend her money on experiences, rather than possessions. Even though I see bicycles as vessels for said experiences.
Anyway, her Mr. Pink showed up to Golden Saddle, it got built up, I swapped out her saddle and gave her some special edition Yanco bags I had made from the California Sage pattern. We spun around town a few times before ramping up to a big, tough ride.
Yesterday we rode through the Hollywood Hills, up to Mulholland Drive and across the Santa Monica Mountains to Topanga, before dropping down to the coast for some food. After meeting a friend for lunch, we pedaled down to Santa Monica and took the Expo subway line back to Silver Lake. Our ride came in at 40 miles and 4,000′. It was the longest ride Cari’s ever been on, and surely offered some challenges for someone who’s used to riding a 27.5″ x 2.0″ tire on rocky dirt roads.
Now her biggest challenge is finding clothing that isn’t “overtly bike geeky.” One step at a time…
At a certain point, even I become inundated with so many balleur rides rolling around, but sometimes a project pops up that catches my eye. Max’s new Rock Lobster S&S road bike is one of those moments. I can’t wait to see this one built up. It definitely needs some rasta components!
We haven’t seen Smokey Bear this stoked in a while! When the fire danger is low, it’s a good thing, especially for the dirt. This morning I showed Connor around our local hobo trails on a quick jaunt. I’m always excited to show out of towners our local rides.