As you might imagine, my life can sometimes reach a tipping point when it comes to cycling. When I’m not on the road for events, I’m at my home, which happens to be above a bike shop. This means most of my spare time, when it exists, is spent fully immersed in bicycles. Come the end of the year, I’m usually ready for a break. Unfortunately, the last bit of wick has yet to burn. September brings about Interbike and suddenly, the cycling industry awakens. Suddenly my days are filled with phone calls, planning advertising and talking about press launches. While the rest of the world slows down towards the holiday season, my life intensifies. This year, I had plans to attend Eurobike, but then my girlfriend mentioned that her friends had won the lottery to hike the Subway in Zion National Park, Utah. For many outdoorsy people, the Subway is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Sure, you can always enter the lottery over and over again, but very few actually get to embark on this memorable hike. For instance, Cari’s friend had entered the lottery for four years before getting a permit. (more…)
After a week of being on the road, off the bike and in various trail networks in Utah, I’m glad to be back in Los Angeles. While I was on “vacation,” Found in the Mountains did a killer job curating the content. It’d been over 5 years since I have taken a week off from work, yet I still couldn’t leave my camera at home. The photographer’s curse, right? Next week I’ll be sharing some non-bike related content that will hopefully inspire you to explore Utah in the coming months. Thanks for riding (or hiking) along, y’all!
Photo and words by Morgan Taylor
Yesterday Nils took us out on a meandering loop of hidden dirt within the city of Los Angeles. It was one of the funnest rides we’ve done in our time here in LA so far. John’s up in Zion National Park (having a blast, as you can tell if you’re following along on Instagram), and tomorrow I’ll have a big gallery from Montana that I’ve been looking forward to sharing. Hope you’re out riding this holiday weekend!
Thanks to Errin and the LA River Camp Coffee crew for the great hangs this morning! If you’re in Los Angeles, make sure you swing by the Sunnynook River Park on Wednesday mornings from 7am – 9am and bring your own coffee setup!
Morgan and Stephanie from Found in the Mountains are here in Los Angeles and over the next few weeks, we’ll be showing them around to the local rides and maybe we’ll even do another group ride or two. While our touring couple has seen much of the West Coast so far, I don’t think they were prepared for the coastal desert that is Los Angeles, in the middle of the summer.
We’ll be riding early in the mountains to keep cool and laying low during the heat of the day. Expect lots of coverage from their trip to hit the site next week!
This is a seemingly impossible problem to solve, or even address without sparking controversy, yet this article has done a great job at looking at all the angles and asking one important question:
“Ask yourself; where did my bicycle frame come from?” reads a prominent passage on the home page of Tommasini’s website. “Did it come from a huge factory in a polluted Chinese city and by workers toiling for long hours at minimal pay? Or did your frame come from a small artisan shop where highly skilled craftsmen built your bicycle frame with care?”
Continue reading at Cycling Tips.
News like this is never good. Let’s do what we can to keep small manufacturing alive. Read about Middleburn closing at Cycling Industry News. I’ve always wanted a set of those cranks!
… and leave the work week in the dust. Share some photos from your rides in the comments and if you’re in LA, don’t miss our group ride with @FoundinTheMountains tomorrow!
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!
… you’re over the Wednesday hump! Today was a hot, but fun one.