Category Archives: Los Angeles
Brooke’s Mosaic XT1 Disc ‘Cross
Brooke's Mosaic Disc 'Cross

Brooke is an experienced cyclist and when the time came to order a custom ‘cross bike for not only racing but everyday dirt riding in San Francisco, she contacted Aaron and his team at Mosaic Cycles to get her fit on a custom XT1 disc ‘cross.

You see, for someone with Brooke’s proportions, it’s hard to fit on a stock bike from many of the big-named companies, so a custom bike which would be tailored to her body seemed like an obvious choice. She didn’t just want to fit on a bike, she wanted the bike to fit her. The end result was a confidence inspiring feel without toe overlap and enough standover to make unexpected dismounts easy. Key build details are the SRAM Red 165mm cranks (since Force CX1 doesn’t come in that length, that new and fancy TRP thru-axle ‘cross fork and some great I9 to Pacenti wheels.

When Brooke and her friend Tessa were in Los Angeles for a wedding, I met up with them to go on a quick ride and couldn’t resist documenting this bike, but bringing my camera along for a little sunset ride…

Nov 10, 2015 23 comments
The 10th Annual ‘Feel My Legs I’m a Racer’ Hill Race in Los Angeles
Racers!

Ten years, ten hills, ten attempts at proving yourself to your peers that you’re a fast mofo. Or just an excuse to wake up at 6:30am on a Sunday to ride bikes up the steepest hills in Los Angeles with a bunch of like-minded individuals. I’ve heard of this event before. Year after year, it’s organized by Matt Ruscigno, an ex-BMXr from the NorthEast, which is where the S&M bikes reference comes from: “Feel My Legs I’m a Racer…”

The human condition of putting oneself through excruciating pain for personal betterment is something that Matt taps into with Feel My Legs. You don’t have to win the day’s ten climbs to feel a sense of accomplishment. In fact, for many of the racers, just making it up Fargo Street (the steepest residential street in California) was enough.

My morning began with coffee and a scone. Ok, two scones. Then I hopped on my touring bike, loaded up my camera equipment and went to the start of the event. I could only tag along for the first five climbs but I pretty good grasp on the event…

Nov 9, 2015 35 comments
My New LA Backyard
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The title of this post comes from an email someone just sent over that ended with “Have a great weekend in your new LA backyard!” I felt it was a good segue into some photos I shot today with my buddy Hans up in the Verdugo mountains, just a 20 minute pedal from my front door.

Weekends are great like that. Hope you’re taking advantage of the short days.

Nov 7, 2015 8 comments
Women’s Saddle Tryout Workshop at Golden Saddle Cyclery
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Los Angeles ladies, listen up. A few women organized a killer event at Golden Saddle Cyclery centered around trying out saddles:

“It’s our first Sunday Social, a series of Women’s events at GSC. For our first event we want to address something that is near and dear to a female cyclist’s heart…or slightly south of there: The Saddle. Too hard, too soft, too wide, too narrow, or just plain wrong, it’s tough to find your perfect match. Come to the shop and check out popular saddles for women and find your perfect perch. We’ll have a variety of saddles to sit on and try out on trainers. We’ll also show you how to measure your sitbones so you know where to start. Bring your bike if you want, but it’s not required. Rosemary Sindt from from Highway 2, distributor of Brooks and Fizik saddles, will be sharing her expertise. This all-women event will be hosted by Jen Abercrombie. No dudes allowed. Refreshments will be served. PLEASE RSVP so we can get a head count. See you there!”

RSVP and see more information at the event’s Facebook.

Nov 2, 2015 Comments are OFF
Do You Like My Halloween Costume?
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Black and orange. Candy. Costumes. Excessive partying. Pick two. We opted for the first and the last in the list as a hasty jaunt into the Angeles National Forest became our most enticing opportunity on Halloween. Ty and myself would ride mountain bikes the following morning (today), Liz and Kyle were going trail running since Kyle’s hand is still messed up from the tandemonium crash on Lukens. Others were planning on joining, but succumbed to the body numb of alcohol and parties. (more…)

Nov 1, 2015 7 comments
Tandemonium on Lukens
SEND IT!

Being able to get in a good ride before the work day begins is one of the many perks of living in a city that’s embraced by mountains. Simply look at a map and seek out squiggly lines. Pack up your bike, add snacks, water, a jacket and head out just before sunrise. These days, the day’s light is fleeting, so the earlier the better.

Last Friday a few of us wanted to ride Mt. Lukens, a 5,000ish foot tall dirt road climb. While it’s not as big as Disappointment or Wilson, its adjacency to the beginning of the Angeles National Forest along the 2 makes it for a perfect out and back ride. (more…)

Oct 26, 2015 10 comments
Things Got a Little Rowdy Today
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Newton’s law of universal gravitation states that any two bodies on a tandem must be extra careful while embracing Rubber Side Up! Kyle and Robert sent the Salsa Powderkeg off a rock lip during a Ringtail photoshoot this morning and things didn’t go so well. Ok, the air photo is rad but they landed a bit off-axis and took a mean spill.

Robert suffered minor dirt rash but Kyle’s pretty banged up. Needless to say it was a long pedal back down the trail…

Oct 23, 2015 18 comments
Mother Nature Did That Thing Again
The plants are so metal in the mountains.

NOAA predicts this year’s El Niño will be one for the record books. While Los Angeles is in dire need of rain, it doesn’t mean our trails are happy when the sky does open its glands and weeps onto our mountains. Last week, the 5 got hit with mudslides, cars were washed away, property damaged, etc. If this is a vignette into the future, we’re in for a bloody muddy winter. (more…)

Oct 22, 2015 15 comments
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