Category Archives: Los Angeles
“TBT: Once I made a bike for Kermit”
Ray is a local legend here in LA. Well, at least in a few circles. Namely the design / manufacturing and mountain bike scene. He’s been machining and fabricating for Hollywood pictures all throughout his adult life, yet this one tidbit he shared today really resonated with me, as I’m sure it will with you. Ray, you’re rad! Now let me get into your shop and take some photos!
Photos by Jake Stangel
… and they did it really well! See the two articles at Air Canada. Biking in LA and Bike Map LA.
Bounce, bounce, bounce. Every time I’ve ridden mountain bikes with Kyle over the past year, he’s barely had both wheels on the ground. He’s been riding a carbon Niner RIP 9 RDO, with Shimano XT and all the dressings of one of Niner’s three-star build. It’s still an expensive bike, when compared to something like a hard tail, yet the $5,700 pricetag doesn’t pinch as much as some other full suspension bikes featured here on the site in years past. (more…)
Our friend Barry just made prints of this awesome map, detailing the rides you can do in Griffith Park, namely the Observatory:
“As I said about the first run: Everyone knows that #LASucksForCyling. Really, it’s terrible. Don’t move here to ride bikes. But if you do, you’ll find out that it’s actually pretty great. I live on the east side, which means that Griffith Park is one of my regular stomping grounds. There are dozens of loops to ride through the park, not too much car traffic and lots of weird LA history (Table 29?).
Looming large over the park is the Observatory. It’s a perfect little after work climb, mid-commute high-point or sightseeing stop. So how do you get there? Wonder no more. ”
18×24, one-color screen print on some nice, heavyweight French Co. paper. Each one signed & numbered. $35, shipping included. Scoop one up at BarryMCW.
Jimmy, like many readers of this blog, have an appreciation for the work of Grant Petersen. Whether it’s his current work at Rivendell, or his work for Bridgestone in the late 1980s and ’90s. An XO series had been on Jimmy’s list for some time and when an XO-3 popped up in his size on eBay, he bought it without hesitation.
With a frame like this, there are so many possibilities in terms of overall build and parts selection, yet I feel like many people approach their bikes from a similar angle. Jimmy chose some Velo Orange Left Bank bars, along with the VO Grand Cru Drillium cranks to give the bike a vintage tourer feel and chose White Industries hubs, laced to Pacenti PL 23 650b rims for their resilience and ease of maintenance. My favorite detail is the Yanco Ramblin roll and Banjo Brothers bag, supported by a rear rack.
The rest of the kit just falls together and this bike is Jimmy’s round town machine. Thanks for swinging by Golden Saddle yesterday dude!
Summer is relentless here in Southern California. With temperatures spiking into 100º in LA today, Ty from Golden Saddle, Tom from Stinner Frameworks and I decided to ride in the mountains in hopes of there at least being a breeze. Needless to say, the only things blowing in the wind were those two. Check out a few more photos below!
There’s a bigger story to be told here, mostly surrounding Black Mountain Cycles’ owner Mike Varley and his history not only regarding bicycle design, but also his impact on the Point Reyes community as a whole. I figured this Beautiful Bicycle gallery would serve as a segue to that in the future. For now, let’s chat about this bike…
Point Reyes is a beautiful coastal town in Northern California on the Adventure Cycling Association’s Pacific Coast route and is a bastion of bicycle-friendly roads, trails and tracks. Because of its plentiful offerings in terms of riding routes, Black Mountain Cycles emerged, catering to not only the wayward bicycle tourist, but also locals and SF weekend warriors looking to get their feet dusty.
Black Mountain caters to all forms of roads, but enjoys riding dirt the most, which is why their in-house frame company will always fit a bit bigger of a tire, even when it comes to their “road” frameset. Their Road V3 frame fits a 33mm tire with ease, while offering up the option for either downtube mounted barrel adjusters with road shifters or retro downtube shifters. These frames are made overseas but are affordable, meant for everything from dirt road rides to centuries and even, as evident by Bob’s build here, commuter setups.
Bob’s Black Mountain tackles all the necessities: a SON generator hub, a Wald basket for transporting work clothes, a nice, supple tire and a comfortable riding position. While the frame itself might be production, Bob’s custom build shows character and utilitarianism we all can identify with. For those wanting a little more cushion for their rides, Black Mountain also offers a Cross V5 frameset, as well as the Cameron Falconer-made MUSA frames!
As I said before, hopefully this isn’t the last you hear of Black Mountain on the site, because this story needs to be told!
Last week, the Los Angeles cycling community lost one of its best. While I barely knew Richy, his impact on his loved ones was profound. The Sleepers put together an edit from a recent group ride to celebrate Richy’s life. See more at the #Richyeel hashtag. Ride in peace, brother.
Photo and words by Morgan Taylor
Yesterday Nils took us out on a meandering loop of hidden dirt within the city of Los Angeles. It was one of the funnest rides we’ve done in our time here in LA so far. John’s up in Zion National Park (having a blast, as you can tell if you’re following along on Instagram), and tomorrow I’ll have a big gallery from Montana that I’ve been looking forward to sharing. Hope you’re out riding this holiday weekend!
Thanks to Errin and the LA River Camp Coffee crew for the great hangs this morning! If you’re in Los Angeles, make sure you swing by the Sunnynook River Park on Wednesday mornings from 7am – 9am and bring your own coffee setup!