Category Archives: Los Angeles
Nick’s Team Dos Llantas Hub and Spoke Cycleworks Track – Kyle Kelley
Nick's Team Dos Llantas Hub and Spoke Cycleworks Track

Nick’s Hub and Spoke Cycleworks Track
Photos by Kyle Kelley, words by John Watson

Just as news of the Southern California framebuilder and painter Brian Baylis’ passing made its way to Los Angeles, this bike rolled in through the doors of Golden Saddle Cyclery, immediately grabbing Kyle’s attention. Its owner, Nick Brock races for team Dos Llantas in the San Diego-area. When he wanted a custom frame to fit his obviously very tall stance, he contacted Hub and Spoke Cycleworks in National City who took the important measurements and got to work.

Once the frame was complete, it was painted by Brian Powell, an owner of Hub and Spoke who also paints at Joe Bell’s paint shop. From there, Nick built it up with a Chub hubset on H+Son rims, with a Sugino crankset, FSA cockpit, seatpost and a Fizik Antares saddle.

With NAHBS coming up this week, a bike like this truly embodies what small-time frame and paint shops embody: creativity and customization. You can have all the flash without burning all your cash. Even though we lost Brian Baylis, his legacy lives on with every new builder or painter that pops up in Southern California. If you ever get the chance to see a Baylis in person, take some extra time examining it and you’ll see what I mean.

If you live in the National City area, make sure you swing through Hub and Spoke Cycleworks to check out their shop!

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Feb 22, 2016 8 comments
Jaybe’s Speedvagen Surprise Me Road with Campagnolo Record 11
Jaybe's Speedvagen Surprise Me Road with Campagnolo Record 11

When it comes to custom steel road bikes, It’s safe to say that Speedvagen produces some exceptional machines. Many of these bikes are “Holy Grails” for their owners, who treat these bikes with the utmost care, while riding them every chance they get. In Los Angeles, those rides can take you from Sea Level to 7,903′ at Dawson Saddle and back in one day. There are few places in the USA where you can do that… And you can finish the evening at a museum or sipping on a cocktail.

Jaybe‘s Speedvagen would inspire anyone to get out on the road and push it as hard and as far as they could. With Campagnolo Record 11-speed, Chris King and ENVE wheels, this machine has more than enough performance to take on any ride in LA…

This particular paint scheme was one of my favorites to come from the Vanilla Workshop last year. There’s just something about the Masashi Ichifuru, or “Ichigo”-designed typography, especially with that color palette.

Feb 18, 2016 32 comments
When the Lights Go Out in the City
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Over the past few weeks, I’ve been playing tour guide here in Los Angeles, taking out-of-towners on various rides, mostly revolving around the Blacktop in Griffith Park at sunset. Why? Because people, the colors of Los Angeles get even better when the lights go out.

Feb 16, 2016 6 comments
This Wednesday: Golden Saddle and MWBA Trail Work on Strawberry Peak
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If you live in LA, have the day off on Wednesday and ride Strawberry Peak a lot, here’s your chance to improve our trails!

“MWBA & Golden Saddle Cyclery are teaming up for a WEDNESDAY Trail Work Day on STRAWBERRY PEAK!
Come on out and join us for a day of trail maintenance on a favorite local trail in the Angeles National Forest. We are planning a joint social ride in March and this is the best opportiunity to get the trail ready!

Strawberry has held up very well in the recent rains due to all the hard work MWBA and CORBA did in the past years. The trail needs heavy brushing on the back side and a few slides could be cleared and the trail reinforced.

Bring your bike because were riding to trail work!
Meet at RED BOX Picnic Area up Hwy 2

Please bring long pants, long-sleeved shirt and hiking boots to wear. You can change at the worksite if you wish. These are required attire by the Forest Service. Other recommended items include sunblock, plenty of water, snacks, sunglasses/eye protection, baby wipes (poison oak is not fun) and a healthy work ethic!
More info…HERE!”

We’re meeting at 8am, so don’t be late!

Feb 15, 2016 1 comment
We’re Sending Some Sun Your Way
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Please, don’t take this as gloating. Believe it or not, we don’t like 90º weather in February, but at least we figured we could share some of this warmth as we go into the long weekend. This past week has been electrifyingly hot, with almost debilitating temperatures spiking way above normal.

One of the ways we cope with it is by bringing the party up to the Blacktop (aka the Helipad) in Griffith Park at sunset as the cool ocean breeze ripples across the valleys and hills of Los Angeles. This becomes the perfect backdrop for a Golden Saddle Cyclery tradition of taking out-of-towners to “the Club.”

For some more warm vibes, check out a few more photos below.

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Feb 12, 2016 8 comments
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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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