Yeah yeah yeah, blah blah blah, caps. Pick one up at Golden Saddle Cyclery!
When it comes to Los Angeles mountain biking, Brown is one of the most common trails. On the weekend, it’ll be packed with people climbing up the fire road and then bombing down El Prieto, a technical trail, best described as having lots of consequences.
Drop-offs down ravines, sharp turns, protruding rocks, slippery descents. It’s a blast. One morning Moi, Sean, Kyle, Ty and I headed to do a quick 14 miles and 2,000′ before Golden Saddle Cyclery opened for the day.
Tools of the trade:
Yashica T4 / Fuji Neopan 400
One person that’s constantly inspiring me in life is Ty from Golden Saddle Cyclery. From crushing the Tour Divide, to riding his fatbike to the top of Baldy (10,000′) in the middle of winter and just general radness. Ty’s always got a camera on him when he seeks out one of his epic rides and I’ve rarely seen any of the photos.
Now he’s got a Tumblr called Tytanium Life. Head over, follow him and stay tuned. I’m sure you’ll see some familiar faces in the mix.
Shops like Golden Saddle Cyclery do a fair amount of balleur customer builds. Just look back at my Top 10 Beautiful Bicycles of 2013. Most of them were custom machines, built at GSC. Now, the team at Golden Saddle have started ordering Cielo bikes, made by hand in Portland at the Chris King facilities. Starting with Sean’s Cielo Cross Racer!
If you live in Los Angeles and would like to get on a new Cielo, swing through the shop and have a chat (or a beer) with the guys!
What is it about these caps that keep people coming back for more? The design is amazing and they’re made in the USA. That’s good enough for me. Swoop up one of the first designs of the GSC for Intelli cap here!
Two of my favorite Golden Saddle Cyclery tees are available online. One of which, for the first time. I love a good Sabbath flip!
Is the riding in LA the best in the country, or did a group of my close friends make it that way and present me with a great time, every time I’m in town? Who knows. I enjoy riding in LA, be it MTB, road or cross and while I love to ride road here, I’ve only begun to scratch the surface of the real dirty Los Angeles.
Oh and Ty can really boost his Surly Pugsley!
When I found out that London’s Tokyo Fixed Gear reached out to Death Spray Custom to design the paint job on one of their new track frames, dubbed the Ono, I couldn’t wait to see what the outcome would be. It wasn’t until seeing Kyle’s built up in person earlier this year that I could finally geek out on all the little details.
This bike slays and not just in the ride, but the overall presentation. The paint just pops! Kyle’s build ain’t too shabby either. The purple Chris King headset and that AARN track ring really set it off for me. Mixed in with the vintage Shimano post and Cinelli Unicanitor…
Kyle says this is his favorite track bike to date and I can see why! See more photos in the Gallery…
Photos by Kyle Kelley
Yesterday morning, Ty, Kyle, Sean, Moi and myself went out on a MTB ride. On the agenda: up to the top of Brown and down El Preito. I’d never done the full Brown climb before, the last time my rental bike broke down half way up the climb, so I was ready to see what all the fuss was.
We climbed up around 2,000′ from the trail head, soaked in the views of the Angeles Forest and bombed back down the double track to the El Preito entrance. On the way down, Ty found the elusive fatbike air!
El Preito was a lot of fun, especially on the Tallboy LTC. Tight switchbacks, rocky, technical descents down to stream crossings and lots of areas with “consequence” if you’re not paying attention. Basically, yes, it is an exceptional ride and worth doing if you haven’t!
Even though I’ve barely scratched the surface of all that Los Angeles has to offer on a MTB, I can say that what I’ve seen so far has me wanting more!
Check out a few more of Kyle’s photos below!
Photo by Sean Talkington
To party tomorrow night, then to ride some mountain bikes with the dudes from Golden Saddle, Mission Workshop and Team Dream Team. Hopefully, I’ll get to see something like this in person.
Great photo Sean! See the rest of the Full 36 here!