Today, Kyle and I are packing up the ‘Cruiser with mountain bikes and camping gear to spend a week in Utah riding the trails of St. George, Hurricane and Gooseberry with the boys from Angry Catfish in Minneapolis. We’ve got content coming in through the Radar and Reportage, so stay tuned!
No matter where you are in Los Angeles, the snow-capped, towering mountain loom overhead. It’s rare that we get this much rain in such a short amount of time here in Southern California and at the higher elevations, that translates to snow. Over the past few days, there’s been snow and ice as low as 1,800′ in the Angeles National Forest, yet with the warmer weekend temperatures arriving, we weren’t sure just how much we’d encounter once we reached the 5,000′ mark.
On Saturday, Cari and I drove up Highway 2 into the Angeles National Forest, parked the car and began riding a loop I’ve wanted to take her on for a while now: we’d climb Mt. Disappointment and cut through to Mt. Lowe via an unmarked trail, resulting in a short, but scenic ride. As we pedaled up the mountain, on the icy road and through all the people building snowmen and taking selfies, it was apparent even with the warm temperatures, the north-facing sections of road would be entirely frozen. The theme for the day was “go slow, and avoid sliding out” on the black ice and slick roadside.
The views did not disappoint, nor did the riding conditions. That’s the beauty about the wilderness here, you’re only a short jaunt back to civilization…
Professional cycling’s alleged use of motorized race bikes gets an in-depth look in the latest 60 Minutes. Apparently, the video embed isn’t compatible with this site, so you’ve gotta go to CBS News to watch it.
Photo by Donalrey on Instagram
Our friends in NYC are in drastic need of infrastructural improvement on their lifeline out of the city and into the woods. Help make the George Washington Bridge safer for cyclists and pedestrians by signing this petition.
“Between 2017 and 2024, the Port Authority will rip out and restore the 1931-era paths on the George Washington Bridge as part of a $1.9 billion recabling and restoration project. The GWB is the sole bike-able connector between North Jersey and New York City. Its 7’ paths are dangerously overcrowded at 3700 cyclists per day and that use is growing 10% per year. If that sustains, we’ll see 9,000 cyclists per day by the time the paths re-open in 2024.
The PA should seize this once-in-a-lifespan opportunity to widen the paths to comply with national standards for a high use bicycle-pedestrian facility, but their plan is to restore them as sidewalks. Which means sooner rather than later, cyclists will have to walk.”
Our buddy Gabe from Limberlost was in town after the Baja Divide, completing his strictly-taco and mezcal diet before heading back up to Oregon. While a month of riding in the Baja Penninsula is a great way to disconnect from it all, Gabe’s back to work on planning the Oregon Timber Trail. Over the next few months, he’ll be working with a team on cutting more trail and working to gain access to areas in the backcountry of Oregon. There’s a bigger story to be told with all of that, but for now, I just wanted to bid him adieu and safe travels back up North. Oh and sweet Chinook!
I’ve been trying to figure out a way to word this post, without being overtly political and without alienating anyone based on their beliefs, but it’s kind of impossible so I’ll jump right in. Right now, our National Parks and public lands are in a delicate position. The GOP passed a bill that “establish(es) a spending-neutral reserve fund relating to the disposal of certain Federal land.” and another that plans “To direct the Secretary of the Interior to sell certain Federal lands in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming, previously identified as suitable for disposal, and for other purposes.” What this could mean is our National Parks, or other federal lands, could be sold off to corporations who would be able to do as they please. This leaves possibilities open to, yet not limited to: strip mining, fracking, drilling for oil or pipeline access. Unfortunately, no one knows what this bill could or would allow, but it’s terrifying to imagine the potential ramifications.
Now, some might call this an overreaction, or what have you, yet we’re already seeing an effort to sensor various National Park’s Twitter accounts by the current administration. You can do some simple Google searches to form your own opinion on the matter.
While no one can look into the future, it is important for people who enjoy spending time in these lands to pay close attention to the current events and most importantly, support our National Parks. One of the ways I like to do so is each year, buy a National Parks Pass. It’s $80 and it pays for itself after a few visits.
Apologies for inserting politics into a website that has, for the most part, stayed politically-neutral.
All the rain and weather that moved through California recently has brought along with it lush, green vegetation and full nüke sunsets. Tonight in an attempt to shake the last leg of this winter cold I’ve succumbed to, Cari and I pedaled through Griffith Park to catch the last bit of daylight.
This goes without saying, but this website is as much about cycling as it is photography. There are countless times during every workday where I just want to go on a bike ride, but feel obligated to bring a camera along to document any kind of radness that might happen along the way. Thus, my biggest challenge I deal with day to day is problem-solving the balance between cycling and photography. For me, there are two modus operandi present: large and small-scale production. Whereas the large combines the use of a large DSLR and telephoto lenses or off-camera flashes and small relies on my rangefinder with primes, utilizing natural light. What I’ve found is the only deciding factor between the two is whether or not I feel like wearing a photo bag while I pedal around the city of Los Angeles and what kind of shooting I’ll be doing. (more…)
… to go play in the desert with Jeff from All-City while he’s in town! Hope you’re enjoying this long weekend and we’ll be back on Tuesday.
Coffee, friends and stoked faces. Thanks for the morning ride, guys! If you live in LA, and can make it out on a 2-4 hour ride each Friday morning, follow @GoldenSaddleCyclery for the meetup time and location each Thursday. The ride begins at Intelligentsia Coffee in Silver Lake and ends at Free Coffee Friday at Mission Workshop, to ensure you’re good and caffeinated all day.
We’ll see you at the All-City GSC Happy Hour Ride this afternoon. Enjoy the weekend!