Category Archives: Los Angeles
Win a USA-Made MMFG Carbon Fiber Frame for $5
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Photo by Kyle Kelley

“This is your chance to enter to win this handmade MMFG carbon fiber frame. Made in Los Angeles, CA. Designed and painted by the super talented crew at Poseur Sport Studios. The winner will be announced on February 19th at the MMFG fundraising party at MMFG HQ. The winning number will be posted at @Montenegro_Mfg on instagram. There’s no limit on how many tickets you can buy. The raffle tickets will be mailed to you as well as getting a copy via e-mail.”

Pick up a raffle ticket at MMFG!

Feb 11, 2016 3 comments
Golden Saddle Rides: One Minty Fresh Icarus ‘Cross Bike
Minty Fresh Icarus 'Cross Bike

It’s not every day that you see an Icarus in Los Angeles. Much less one that’s so minty fresh. As the sun poured into Golden Saddle Cyclery the other day, this beaut rolled through the doors, owner en tow, Chris King freehub buzzing along. Victor had contacted Ian at Icarus over two years ago to build him a ‘cross bike with cantis, a 1 1/8″ steerer and classic lines. Still, in a world of 44mm head tubes and disc brakes, this bike looks modern, yet still timeless.

The mint paint is offset by the bright red color hits provided by paint and Chris King. I’ll always feel a special connection to Icarus’ work and this bike makes it easy to see why…

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Visit Golden Saddle Cyclery in Silverlake, Los Angeles and follow them on Instagram.

Feb 10, 2016 9 comments
Tuesday Trail Treat
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It’s been a while since Kyle, Sean and I have ridden from the early morning til sundown. Particularly because of the shorter winter days. When we saw the temperature was going to break 90º today, we planned a ride out to Dirt Mulholland with our friend Josh who was visiting from Austin.

Unfortunately for photos, the bright and hot mid-day sun results in less-than-ideal lighting but fortunately for photos, that just means you gotta relish the radness. Nothing crazy happened in terms of the riding, but we had fun cashing in our daylight chips on endless dirt…

Check out a few more photos below.
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Feb 9, 2016 11 comments
Hugh’s Rivendell Atlantis Touring Bike
Hugh's Rivendell Atlantis Touring Bike

Like the lost city of Atlantis, Rivendell’s arguably most famous model carries a bit of mystique. They’re beautiful to look at but a dream to ride. So dreamy that it’s hard to figure out what makes the Atlantis so special.

Is it the wheel or tire size? Wheelbase? The tubing? What about the 1″ steerer? With the word “trail” being thrown around a lot in frame design, I’m going to default on it being the magical component in this equation. Even in the five minutes it took me to pedal this bike around the corner to photograph it, all I could think about was how wonderful it’d be to ride one in my size.

Hugh’s got a really special bike here, with a lot of really wonderful details, mostly stemming from the stem. Shellac’d bars and grips, a super upright riding position, one worn in Brooks and even a few love marks in the beautiful olive paint all show use and age. Something Grant Petersen came to call beausage

Feb 9, 2016 83 comments
Spencer and His Motobecane Fatbike on Strawberry Peak
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Spencer Harding is true rad atavist. He’s always touring on his tallbike, or packrafting the LA river, and finding unique or interesting people to photograph. For the past few weeks, he’s been in Los Angeles, working on photo projects and riding extensively. For whatever reason, he and I yet to connect. It seems that while our paths were concurrent, they weren’t yet converging. Until last week when a text message ended with finite plans to ride.

Initially, we were going to ride Sunset Ridge, a ripping descent but I wanted to ride something a bit harder and more cross-country. Ty had already annihilated Chilao the day before, so we chose Strawberry Peak and its exposed singletrack.

For whatever reason, I thought Spencer always had a Surly ICT. I’d seen his tires before with their plump 4″ width, but never actually realized it was a Motobecane. You know, the BikesDirect.com in house model that seems awfully similar to Surly, down to the dropouts. We were joking as I was shooting photos: “that’s the most stock, cheap bike to ever be featured on the Radavist!” My mind raced to think of another example, yet came back empty after running through the database. Yes, this is a damn stock bike, save for the bell and Brooks saddle, but as Spencer has proven time and time again, it’s not the bike that makes the ride. This one’s all about the abeausage…

Enjoy these photos of some of Los Angeles’ most beautiful trails and give Spencer a follow on Instagram!

Feb 8, 2016 27 comments
Hope Your Weekend Was This Warm
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Man, 85º in February ain’t bad, until it’s 105º in March!

I hope everyone spent time out on their bikes today and not on a couch eating snacks watching football.

xo

Feb 7, 2016 3 comments
Golden Saddle Cyclery Sunday Social
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This weekend brings about the second Golden Saddle Cyclery Sunday Social, featuring head to toe fit, a discussion on everything from bibs to shoes. This is a ladies-only event, so no men will be allowed in the shop at 6pm. There’s no need to sign up, just show up.

Feb 2, 2016 Comments are OFF
Friday’s Office Meeting
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There’s something about winter for me. I’m not sure if my body intentionally wants to take it easy before the hustle and bustle of spring hits, or if it’s just nice to sometimes dial back riding in the interest of not getting burnt out. Whatever the reason, each winter I find myself riding less and resting more. At least compared to normal frequencies. (more…)

Feb 1, 2016 14 comments