Category Archives: cyclocross
Once upon a time there was a very wise Ent living in the Angeles Forest that stumbled upon a gentle being who looked to be riding a road bike up to Josephine saddle and around the back side of Strawberry Peak, a route only walked or traversed via Boneshaker. This man was warned of the hazards that lie ahead and the inherent danger he was putting himself in by riding tires so skinny into these parts of the forest, but yet he pushed ahead. The Ent sent word via crow to the small village living at what we call Red Box today, these people were asked to send a smoke signal when the man arrived in the village, but the man never did.
This old folklore was the inspiration behind the first half of the Mudfoot Fundo One Hundo, a 100-mile route through the Angeles forest showcasing the drastic changes of climate and terrain of Southern California. The elevation gained is the equivalent of riding from sea level to the top of Mt. Whitey. Many started the ride, and some finished, but everyone had fun.
Tune in next week for the second installment of the Mudfoot Fundo One Hundo!
Thanks to Mudfoot, Ace from the Sleepers, Kyle from GSC and everyone that came out to boogie!
Singlespeeds and Sunburn in the Lost and Found Race
Words and photos by Kyle Kelley
It’s not too often you get asked to hop in a car and drive 8 hours north, race (I didn’t do much racing though) a 100 mile “Gravel” Race with 7,000 feet of elevation on a Single Speed, then hop back in the car and drive another 8 hours home. So of course I said “Yes!”
While I said yes, I must admit I was kind of worried. I’d agreed to do something I really knew nothing about. I’m not in the best shape at the moment, definitely not in 100 mile Single Speed shape. This is kinda like hiking 16 miles round trip to Half Dome in brand new boots, which I’ve also done. I never said I made the best decisions, but luckily I’m still having fun and the 2015 Lost and Found Gravel Grinder was no exception!
Here’s a nice one from Movelo as a part of their Doorstep Epic program:
“Three times Oli tried to enter the legendary Three Peaks cyclocross race. After being denied the final time he decided to replicate the challenge in his home town. More than that though, if he was to forgo the drive north he was to forgo the drive full stop. It was to start and finish from his front door. The first part of the Doorstep Epic trilogy sees Oli attempt to cram 5000ft of climbing and 38 miles in a landscape that never rises above 830ft.
Doorstep Epic is a reaction to pre-determined challenges and pre-made far flung rides. With some imagination, creativity and a map, a challenging adventure can be found right outside your front door.”
We reviewed the Thunderbird last ‘cross season and found it to be great “entry level fun” for people wanting to get into cyclocross riding or racing. These new models now have bigger clearances in the rear and will easily fit a 40mm tire. If the hot pink and black wasn’t your style, check out the newest Thunderbird design, clad in OD and burnt orange paint.
One of my favorite trails in Los Angeles recently became the backdrop to a photoshoot for a brand that I’m very excited about. Ringtail is a new company, started by Sean Talkington from Team Dream and Kyle Kelley from Golden Saddle Cyclery. Their intent is to make great fitting, practical cycling apparel and accessories in the USA. As of now, everything is made in the Los Angeles area, which is an added plus for the dudes, seeing as though they like being a part in the production process.
The do-it-all cross or all road bike has taken hold of the industry. Everyone wants a rig that is capable of racing ‘cross and maybe hitting a bit of 1-track or take a few bags for a sub 24 hour camping trip.
Open Cycle addresses a lot of those demands with their U.P. (unbeaten path) frameset. A ‘cross bike that can fit 700 x 42mm or 27.5 x 2.1″ wheel. If you play your cards right and select the appropriate tire sizes, you’ll experience the same geometry on the same frame, but the opportunities will widen along with your tires.
The U.P. features a top-tube bottle cage mount for a small bag, thru-axles, internal routing, road or mountain crank compatibility and some very elegant lines. You can see the geometry and read some FAQ’s at Open Cycle’s site. See some more photos, shot by Open Cycle’s photographer Marc Gasch below.
It’s not everyday that you see a cyclocross bike with Campagnolo Chorus 11 speed. I suppose it’s not too common to see a Geoff McFetridge-designed bike either, unless you’re in Los Angeles, which is Mudfoot territory.
Jason, like a lot of us, likes to use his cyclocross bike for road rides, dirt rides, trail rides and even a bit of ‘cross racing. These days, he’s got road wheels on his bike for heading into the hills and mountains surrounding LA. Yesterday, he took a leisurely spin up Griffith Park en route to getting a bite to eat.
I’ve seen countless Stinner Frameworks x Mudfoot bikes, but his was set up differently than others. Things I like about this bike: the white housing, GSC Steal Your Shop stem cap, the Prologo saddle, juxtaposed by the white bar tape. Things I don’t like about this bike: that it’s not dirty enough! Get out and ride that damn thing more Jason…
You can never have too many tools for the same job. In Paul Price’s case, a cyclocross bike. Over the years he’s collected quite the stable, from various frame builders throughout California. We already looked at his Black Cat monster cross and now we get to check out some details of his Rock Lobster SSCX. As with the Black Cat, you can see just how sated this steed is based on the component and frame wear alone.
With technology changing, PAUL making disc brakes and everything going oversized or tapered, there’s something elegant about a rim brake ‘cross bike with a steel fork. Especially from a man like Paul Sadoff.
Shred on man, shred on…
For over 25 years Chico, California has been the home base for Paul Component Engineering. During the Speedvagen Fit Tour we swung by to check in on their operations and to get a sense of what the team, the city of Chico and Paul Price himself are all about…
When Paul Component owner Paul Price started to “make it big” he told himself that he wanted to order a bike each year from a NorCal frame builder. Retrotec, Rock Lobster, Sycip, etc, etc. At the time there were a handful of builders and for a few years he kept to his yearly deposit.
Then he got busy, the framebuilding industry grew and technology changed. For a few years he focused on the company and put his frame builder promise on hold. He then came back around to his promise and at the Sacramento NAHBS, picked up this Black Cat monster cross from Todd. Soon it became his staple bike. Like many custom frames, Paul had an idea for this bike that surrounded a specific component or part.
Those Panaracer Fire Cross tires are awesome, but they won’t fit on most production bikes, or even most custom bikes. 45mm is a lot of rubber for a cyclocross bike, and Paul knew that so he asked Todd to build him a bike around those tires. The end result is really incredible.
The beausage on the cranks alone are worth a photo. Luckily, I shot the whole bike too…