Waking up with the sun to get in a quick ride before the work day is the best. Finding trail friends along the way is just the beauty of riding in nature. Even if it’s in a city of 10 million people. More to come on this tomorrow!
There doesn’t have to be a fire to have our mountains scorched all summer here in Los Angeles. “June Gloom” didn’t come this year, not in June, nor in July and come August, the overbearing warmth cast from afar by our sun has certainly required our vegetation to abstain from hydrating.
It is however the desert. We’re just lucky enough to have the ocean to cool everything down each night. Yet, the lush green mountain tops we had all winter have certainly changed their hue. Yellow flowers made way to yellow plants and those intense purples and greens we had shifted to red, leaving our tracks and trails lined with red, yellow and green. Now if you look out across the landscape, it looks like everything has been anodized Rasta like some MTB skewers from the 90’s. (more…)
Yesterday afternoon, I rode my road bike up to the mountains above LA to camp with Cari. Since she had to work, she met me up at the campground with my truck, loaded with camping supplies and Max, her dog. We stayed up late and watched the sky explode with the Perseid Meteor Shower. Did anyone else manage to escape the city lights and soak that spectacle?
Can either be a drag, or RAD. You decide.
Man, what a weekend in Los Angeles. Our friends at Sim Works drove down from Portland to open a pop-up shop at Golden Saddle Cyclery, which became the catalyst for group rides, hangouts and a Sunday brunch, provided by Mick of 100 Tacos. I hung around, camera in tow to document it all, from sun up to sun down, all along Sunset Avenue…
Many thanks to everyone who came out!
It’s gonna be a hot one, so shred early!
This Friday (that’s TOMORROW!) we’re hosting a happy hour ride with our friends from Sim Works who are visiting Los Angeles from Nagoya, Japan. The ride will be a group-friendly, any bike welcomed, pedal up to a downtown overlook where we’ll watch the sun set over Los Angeles.
We’ll meet for drinks at 5pm and the ride will leave Golden Saddle Cyclery at 6pm, so be on time and be ready to have fun!
See y’all there!
Looking for something to do in Los Angeles this weekend before the Sim Works Pop Up Shop at Golden Saddle Cyclery? Swing through the Cub House in South Pasadena for a group ride with the Endo Cncpt Team at 8:30 and then stay for the Cub House Swap Meet!
This weekend at Golden Saddle Cyclery in Los Angeles, our friends from Sim Works will be hosting a pop-up shop. There will be full stock of all Sim Works items, including but not limited to: high fives, smiles, stems, bars, tires and accessories. Swing through this weekend to check it out and make sure you leave a few hours for a happy hour ride on Friday.
More details on the Friday ride to come, so stay tuned!
Editor’s intro: I met these two randomly a few weeks ago. They stopped into Golden Saddle while they were in Los Angeles and I took them up into the Verdugo Mountains at sunset one evening. They had been on the road for a week or so, soaking in California’s mountains and bikepacking around various trail networks. For me, seeing photos and reading, albeit brief, words from visitors to this great state is always entertaining. So, without further adieu…
Up, up and up. The gravel road leading us from South Lake Tahoe towards Star Lake is ridiculously steep. And straight. Defeat is inevitable. With loaded bikes we have to resort to pushing. We’ve flown into Oakland from Oslo, thrown the bikes in a rental and headed for the mountains. We’re not on a bikepacking mission from A to B, but instead using bikepacking as a trick to get the most out of our 14 days in California. (more…)