Category Archives: Los Angeles
Sim Works Happy Hour Ride this Friday at Golden Saddle Cyclery
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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!

Aug 4, 2016 1 comment
Los Angeles: Sim Works Pop-Up at Golden Saddle Cyclery This Weekend!
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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!

Aug 1, 2016 Comments are OFF
Karerfornia – Thomas Larsen Røed and Hans Petter Hval
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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…

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Words by Thomas Larsen Røed, photos by Hans Petter Hval and Thomas Larsen Røed

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…)

Jul 28, 2016 10 comments
The Highway that Inspired Me
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… to move to Los Angeles. KCET looks highway 2 in historical detail, including many great photos documenting the construction of this magical place. Head on over and check it out.

Jul 19, 2016 6 comments
Summer Sunsets are the Best
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When work is busy, the late afternoon is the only time I can ride and even then, I usually have to stay local. My go-to sunset loop is a mixed terrain ride, that takes me from one park to another, offering various vistas to the neighboring mountains. Sometimes I bring a camera, more than often I do not, but when I do, I’m always glad I did.

Catching the summer sunset and the rapid change in light, is always worth the extra wait and yes, weight…

Jul 11, 2016 Comments are OFF
Tough as Nails
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Yesterday while on a ride, Erik hit a trash dumpster with his face in a freak accident. One minute we were all riding to explore the mountains and the next, a cacophony erupted and Erik was flying through the air before landing on his face. By the time Dylan and I made it to him, he was bleeding from his head and having seizures. I immediately called 911 and made sure he was breathing. After a few minutes, the ambulance and fire truck showed up, rushing Erik to the ER for scans.

A few hours later and he was good to go with a few stitches, a mild concussion and a sore back. All this happened just a few days before he and I are leaving for the Length of Sweden brevet, the Sverigetempot, a 1400 mile brevet from Northern to Southern Sweden. It made for an interesting start to the weekend and served as a sobering reminder that we’re all pretty fragile while on our bikes. Many thanks to the local South Pasadena emergency response teams for being so rad and be safe out there!

Jul 9, 2016 20 comments
Drinkin’ the Kalimotxo Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson CC
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Try it and you’ll be addicted. Kalimotxo, the Spanish drink made from equal parts red wine and cola. It’s unexpectedly refreshing. For 2016, the latest rendition of Santa Cruz’s fabled Bronson came dressed in a bright fuschia color and named after this tasty beverage. Now, normally bright pink isn’t my color of choice, yet there was something so appealing about this particular paint scheme that actually made me want to demo the Bronson more than ever before.

Since its inception in 2013, the Bronson has been one of Santa Cruz Bicycle’s most successful bikes. Last year, it got a face-lift, which drastically altered its stance and updated the Bronson’s geometry to fit in with where the industry seems to be heading with its all-mountain bikes. In short: It’s the reigning champion of trail or all-mountain riding and in a world of slacker, lower and longer, actually defends its title quite well. (more…)

Jul 6, 2016 17 comments