Category Archives: Los Angeles
The Radavist 2016 Calendar: November

This is the eleventh layout of the Radavist 2016 Calendar, entitled “Tunnel Vision” Shot with a Leica M-P typ 240 and a Leica Macro-Elmar 90mm in the Angeles National Forest, California.

Escape from LA, via highway 2 and you’ll find yourself in another world. Just past Cloud Burst Summit, awaits one of the best sections of paved road in LA county. On our recent trip from Clouds to Cacti, there were many incredible photo spots, yet this one in particular really stuck with me over the days.

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NEW: There’s also a mobile image uploaded for anyone wanting a mobile phone background each month. November’s image is also from our recent ride, featuring a slice of road amidst the Mojave Desert. Click here to download November’s Mobile Wallpaper.

Nov 1, 2016 1 comment
From Clouds to Cacti: Three Southern California Ranges in Three Days

From Clouds to Cacti: Three Southern California Ranges in Three Days
Photos by John Watson, words by David Bangor with notes by John Watson

Intro: I’ll just jump into this before I let David do his thing. The idea of a multi-day road tour hasn’t popped into my head in years. These days, I want to be away from cars and people, on dirt roads, hauling my own shit. What was proposed to us with this ride was very different. We’d be taking on a lot of climbing and distance each day on road bikes but because we’d be in the mountains, we’d have to carry our food, clothing in case of inclement weather, and all necessities like tools or spare tubes. Our duffel bags, containing clothes, laptops and other on-the-road necessities would be shuttled from day’s end to day’s end. We’d stay at a hotel, a friend’s mountain top cabin, and ultimately in Palm Springs at our friend’s Air B&B listing for a few days of post-ride R and R. I have been riding road a lot lately, mostly because it’s easy to get out and get back in a few hours, but was I ready for this kind of ride? Much less, was I fit enough to document the whole damn thing with a camera and a few lenses? Check back in after David’s words and read on in the captions…

Ever since I moved back to Southern California, I have been scheming to take on a mini mountainous ride across all the Transverse Ranges of the glorious classical terrain encompassing the Los Angeles and Inland Empire basins. With all my maps and possible routes planned out, it was just a matter time until I found some like-minded people to take on such a journey. Finally, at the end of September I got a call from Sean Talkington from Team Dream, expressing a need for the exact route I had been planning out in my head for months. He put out the word and we soon had rough plan of three days in the saddle and a solid group of eight cyclists, all willing to take on a solid amount of elevation and miles. (more…)

Nov 1, 2016 46 comments
Party Time on Mount Pinos in the Los Padres National Forest

I reiterate this a lot, so apologies if I’m sounding like a broken record here but we’re lucky here in LA. There are a lot of mountains within a quick drive. To put it in perspective, most of the out-of-town riding is in the opposite direction of traffic. So, if you leave in the morning, you’re on a freeway, in a carpool lane, with no traffic. Then, upon returning home in the afternoon, it’s the same. This leaves a lot of options for riding mountain bikes in the National Forests surrounding our very own Angeles National Forest.

The most diverse, ATMO, being Los Padres and one area in particular that has quickly become one of my favorites is Mt. Piños. Named after, you guessed it, the many pine trees that cover its faces, this day-trip jaunt from LA delivers riding that is uncharacteristic of our local trails. Namely shade, and ground substrate. When you’re used to riding on sand, covering decomposed granite, the idea of riding on actual ground covering, even if it’s just pine needles, gets a lot of us stoked.

Sean from Team Dream has spoken highly of this trail over the years and to be honest, I don’t know what took me so long to follow his advice to come ride it. At any rate, I rallied some troops and we planned on visiting Mt. Piños on a Tuesday morning. (more…)

Oct 27, 2016 12 comments
When Weather Hits Los Angeles

… and your friends hit the gas! We got rain in LA for the first time in weeks? months? Who knows how long. That meant the temperature dropped and it was finally bearable to ride in the middle of the day. We’ve had quite the spring, summer and fall, with temperatures hovering around 90º and very little opportunity for shaded rides. In our mountains, water spigots have run dry and fires have ravaged the forests. It’s been a rough year for our National Forest, so a little bit of precipitation made the vegetation sing.

Sing… just like my legs as I had to chase down this spry group of riders. While there isn’t really a story here per-se, I really love shooting when weather hits Los Angeles. See a few more below and if you’re interested in the route, here ya go! (more…)

Oct 17, 2016 7 comments
SWRVE LA Warehose Sale

Tomorrow SWRVE is throwing a warehoue sale at 3421 Verdugo Rd in Los Angeles. 100 Tacos will be there serving up food and Bicycle Coffee LA will be providing caffeine. Expect to walk away with great deals, a full stomach and a good coffee buzz…

Oct 14, 2016 Comments are OFF
Ray is RAD


“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!

Sep 30, 2016 8 comments
Jump Around with Kyle and His Niner RIP 9 RDO

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…)

Sep 27, 2016 23 comments
Barry’s Ride the Griffith Observatory Maps

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.

Sep 26, 2016 1 comment
Jimmy and His Bridgestone XO-3

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!

Sep 25, 2016 49 comments