Category Archives: cross bike
A Father and Son’s Sunset Speedvagen Shred Sled
A Father and Son's Sunset Speedvagen Shred Sled

Yesterday, Jonathan and I rode up to the blacktop in Griffith Park to catch the sunset. As we’re sitting there, talking about life and this transition I’m going through, up rolls Bryan and his son Alden in a Burley trailer, being drug up the crazy steep hill by an older Speedvagen team ‘cross bike. It literally happened in slow motion for me. Maybe it was the light, or the fact that a young human being is having the best introduction to cycling. Whatever it was, I was engaged.

Luckily, I had my camera on me from shooting a few photos of Jonathan for the #HotBoyzofCycling calendar, so I was able to capture this moment in the last seconds of sunlight. I love the logos, especially the EDGE logo which really dates this frame. The asymmetric Paul touring canti is a nice touch as well, but like with all Speedvagens, the paint was so good!

I’ve seen a lot of amazing stuff in Los Angeles, but this just made my day…

Oct 2, 2015 17 comments
Lights Out
Still going up!

If you can’t tell, life has been complicated over here. All last week, I was packing up my belongings, selling or giving away the excess and planning for the final move from Austin to Los Angeles. Both the emotional and physical baggage I left Austin with is now in LA, still boxed up awaiting to be opened and placed in their home.

It’s been a busy, stressful, overwhelming few days and as a cyclist, that means I can only relax by pedaling my bike, preferably with friends and on some dirt. Luckily, there’s a lot of both in my new city.

We’ve seen photos from these trails before. Cherry Canyon is like a mini-Verdugos. It’s what can be best described as a cross-country park with fireroads going up the hills and singletrack offshoots bombing down. You pedal up for about 10 minutes and rip down for 5. When you realize that a trail system is a little boring on a mountain bike, you take out your cyclocross bike and try to go as fast as possible down… If you’re still losing interest, do so at night.

Night riding is part of life as a cyclist. Especially in Fall. My buddy Jack drove over with me in the moving truck to hang in LA, so we hit up Sean from Team Dream Team to take us on a spin.

I’ve been using the Bontrager Ion700t lights for trail riding, paired with the Bluetooth switch. One on the bars and one on the helmet. 700 lumens has proven to be more than enough to illuminate the trails in a city like LA, with its excessive light pollution. Expect a more thorough review soon.

Last night, Cherry Canyon provided a great sunset and a perfect way to reduce the overpowering and crippling stress of a move. Things will pick up full speed next week… thanks for your patience.

Sep 30, 2015 19 comments
Urbocross III
UrboCrossIII

Cycleast, PHENOM Cycle Club and All-City are running Urbocross in Austin this year, with one race and one race only this coming Wednesday, September 30th at 5:30pm. Meet up at Cycleast to roll at 6:00pm to an undisclosed location.

The race is free, with equal prizes for men and women’s podium, plus a raffle for all participants so you don’t have to win to win.

Sep 26, 2015 2 comments
Follow Brian Vernor at Three Peaks
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There’s a bigger story to be told here, about one cyclist’s journey into photography and chasing life-long dreams. For now, here’s all I can share…

Our buddy Brian Vernor is taking his first stab at the legendary Three Peaks Cyclocross race over in the UK this Sunday. For more follow @vernor and stay close for something bigger from Brian about his connection to this event.

Sep 25, 2015 2 comments
What ‘Cross is All About
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Photo by Jeff Frane

… well some of it anyway.

I’m back in Austin for a few days, tying up loose ends before hauling everything to Los Angeles. So bear with me if it seems quiet over here.

Sep 24, 2015 6 comments
Barry and His Stinner Disc All-Road with Ultegra Di2
Barry's Stinner Disc All-Road with Ultegra Di2

“Il Faut Toujours Souffrir.”

That’s what’s painted on the top tube of Barry’s Stinner disc all-road frame. Roughly translating to “we must always suffer,” this saying acts as not only a motivation for Barry on rides, but as a reminder as to what cycling means to him in relation to life. Nothing good comes easy.

Barry‘s an illustrator, a typographer, a graphic designer and in Los Angeles, that means freelance. It takes a certain soul to be a freelancer in LA. You’ve got to hustle, be on your game at all times and yes, sometimes suffer the ups and downs of the creative economy. That means some weeks, months, years, you’re on your game and others you’re not. It all takes sacrifice. (more…)

Sep 16, 2015 43 comments
Rubber Side Up 15
Barry and His Stinner Disc All-Road with Ultegra Di2

Today Barry and I went on a “ride.” We definitely pedaled our bikes, but then we portaged them up and down a few canyons. Once we got to the trail, Barry had a few rough moments. Overcooked corners, slick and sandy descents have claimed us all from time to time. This photo in particular captures that moment of stoke when you realize all is well, save for a little dirt (and a broken iPhone.)

Sep 14, 2015 4 comments