Category Archives: Los Angeles
Los Angeles’ Golden Saddle Cyclery always kills it in the product department. They’ve just re-stocked some classics and brought in some new products. The Sean Talkington-designed DeFeet socks and Geoff McFetridge-designed shirt are my favorite and if you’re lacking on stem caps, they’ve got the full color spectrum to match your Paul or Chris King products.
Head over to Golden Saddle Cyclery to see what’s currently available.
Sunset Chasing Southern California’s Best
Photos by Ryan Wilson and Sean Talkington. Words by Sean Talkington.
Ryan and I recently planned a ride up Highway 39 to get some “work” done. We needed to shoot some of the Team Dream products in their natural habitat (shameless self promotion #1). We asked our friend Jackie to come along as a lady model. Jackie originally wanted 10K in cash (up front!) to model but settled for a turkey sandwich (also up front!) instead.
This ride is (in our opinion) the absolute hands down best climb in all of Southern California. The road used to be closed to cars a few years back and in those days you could do the bulk of the twisty climb without ever seeing another human. It was really post apocalyptic feeling back then. Now the 39 is open to motor vehicles until just after Crystal Lake, but even with the occasional “Fast And The Furious” car ripping by you every so often, this climb is still easily #1.
I’m literally leaving town as this shin dig is starting, so I won’t be there, but the guys at GSC will be holding it down. Nice flier, Sean!
Personally, romanticism of intense physical exertion hasn’t been my thing. Probably because as fitness found me like a dog finds the wheel of a moving car, the ability to document rides took precedent over turning myself inside out climbing.
In short, the main motivation for getting fit was being able to ride, shoot photos and not be dying the whole time.
Presenting cycling as something that is excruciating alienates a large potential of thrill seekers, at least according to my opinion – ATMO. Instead, going up that tough climb and stopping along the way to capture a switchback, or redirecting the group back to a technical section for a photo, always lends itself to a more engaging riding experience.
People often ask if it’s possible to get a real ride in while documenting the whole time. The answer is yes, your definition of ride just needs to change.
Introduction aside, there are a lot of people I know who, at least at some capacity, live by this loose mantra of riding. Most of them are really, really, really fucking good at bikes, but even better at fucking around. These dudes live, breathe and eat cycling. Cycling, and tacos.
Yesterday, Sean from Team Dream, Ty from Golden Saddle and myself headed up Brown to El Prieto for a quick and easy MTB ride. We’re all strong in our own ways. Sean can sprint up a fire road and look scared on descents like none other. Ty is a gravity bully on descents, but will always stop to hit a line that no one else sees.
Myself, I’m an ok climber, equally as ok descending and decent at shooting photos. My crowning achievement yesterday, however, was my #RubberSideUp. Party on dudes.
This always comes across as cheesy, but I really do want to thank the readers of this site. We work hard over here to keep things positive and we really try to do our best at representing what the Radavist means to us and most of all, the importance of having fun on your bike.
It’s easy to be negative in the comments and thankfully, most of you keep it civil with appropriate discourse. While it’s not always easy running things over here, it’s worth while and we’re all very grateful for the community that exists on the site.
So yeah, it’s cheesy but thank you!
If you’re going to the races tomorrow in LA, do a few things for me: say hi to Tenspeed Hero, High Five any and all Mudfoot racers, check out Cadence’s pop-up at the Greek theater and swing by Golden Saddle afterwards!
If you’re in LA, head through for coffee and vegan tacos. Check out more information at the Bicycle Coffee LA Instagram. Thanks for the heads up Tracko!
This image is rad on so many levels. I’m thankful for two things: shops like GSC and my parents for giving me all their Dead albums to listen to when I was a kid. Unfortunately, these top caps aren’t available online, you’ll have to head to Golden Saddle Cyclery to score one.
The 2014 Langtown “Cross Race”
Photos by Matt Irwin, words by Sean Talkington
What is Langtown? This is Langtown! This backyard venue was made famous when it used to facilitate motocross races in the late 90’s. If you like to party, then Langtown is easily Southern California’s best race.
I knew I wouldn’t be able to take part this year because of a stupid wedding (just kidding Jesse/Ariel and congratulations!) so I asked Matt Irwin to shoot “a few” images for the Team Dream Tumblr page. The gallery he created looked so fun and was larger then a Tumblr can facilatate so we thought it would be better suited here on The Radavist. Primarily because Matt’s images are awesome and realistically only my mother views the Team Dream site (I know this because I now have Google analytics).
Anyway, it’s a party. Or it’s a race. Actually, it’s both. It’s Langtown….
Follow Sean on Instagram and Matt on Instagram.
Golden Saddle Rides: Yeti Pro F.R.O (For Rockin’ Only!)
Photos and words by Kyle Kelley
This bike is pretty damn old and you’d think that the stem and fork were too, but they’re not. Anybody wanna try and guess who built them?
Everything else on the bike is very period correct, my favorite part is the NOS Onza Racing Porcs though. Those guys are probably the best looking tires ever made!
The owner of this bike is probably one of the funnest customers to work with here at Golden Saddle Cyclery, because all the bikes we build for him are BANGERS!
Follow Kyle on Instagram and visit Golden Saddle Cyclery in Silverlake, Los Angeles.