… you’re over the Wednesday hump! Today was a hot, but fun one.
The summer’s getting shorter, so take advantage of these long days. We’ve got all kinds of radness coming next week but in the meantime, share some ride photos from your weekend in the comments!
It should come as no surprise that this is the third SOMA Wolverine to roll out of Golden Saddle Cyclery and onto this website. These bikes are a great value, extremely versatile and they look damn good, especially in the murdered-out matte black option.
Matt has wanted to build a 27.5″ dirt tourer for exploring the fire and frontage roads in the Angeles National Forest for some time now. The Wolverine fit the bill, with massive clearances, rack mounts and an affordable pricepoint. He pulled the trigger and began ordering components through GSC, including a SON hub, Velocity Blunt SS wheels, Maxxis Crossmark tires, E3 lamp, a JANDD bar bag, Haulin Colin rack, PAUL Klampers, Thomson bits, Cowchipper bars and a Sram 1x drivetrain.
This beast is more than capable to climb the steep and loose roads in the local mountains and rip like a rocket back down. Earlier this week, I took Matt up on my favorite morning ride to shoot this bike in action. Enjoy!
Waking up with the sun to get in a quick ride before the work day is the best. Finding trail friends along the way is just the beauty of riding in nature. Even if it’s in a city of 10 million people. More to come on this tomorrow!
There doesn’t have to be a fire to have our mountains scorched all summer here in Los Angeles. “June Gloom” didn’t come this year, not in June, nor in July and come August, the overbearing warmth cast from afar by our sun has certainly required our vegetation to abstain from hydrating.
It is however the desert. We’re just lucky enough to have the ocean to cool everything down each night. Yet, the lush green mountain tops we had all winter have certainly changed their hue. Yellow flowers made way to yellow plants and those intense purples and greens we had shifted to red, leaving our tracks and trails lined with red, yellow and green. Now if you look out across the landscape, it looks like everything has been anodized Rasta like some MTB skewers from the 90’s. (more…)
Yesterday afternoon, I rode my road bike up to the mountains above LA to camp with Cari. Since she had to work, she met me up at the campground with my truck, loaded with camping supplies and Max, her dog. We stayed up late and watched the sky explode with the Perseid Meteor Shower. Did anyone else manage to escape the city lights and soak that spectacle?
Can either be a drag, or RAD. You decide.
Man, what a weekend in Los Angeles. Our friends at Sim Works drove down from Portland to open a pop-up shop at Golden Saddle Cyclery, which became the catalyst for group rides, hangouts and a Sunday brunch, provided by Mick of 100 Tacos. I hung around, camera in tow to document it all, from sun up to sun down, all along Sunset Avenue…
Many thanks to everyone who came out!
It’s gonna be a hot one, so shred early!
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!