Don’t forget! Tomorrow the Speedvagen Fit Tour lands in Los Angeles, beginning with a group ride at 9am from Golden Saddle Cyclery. We’ll ride for a few hours before the party starts at 7:30pm… See ya there!
Photos by Sean Talkington
The last time I was in Los Angeles, Sean had his Yashica on a ride we did up the 2 one morning. It was the most epic I’ve ever seen that lonely highway and his photos really captured the mood. I love the shot of Kyle and the crow.
Wolfpack Hustle has been a longstanding event in the Los Angeles cycling scene. Here’s a video recap from their most recent event, the Marathon Crash Race:
“On March 15th, 2015 over three thousand cyclists took to the closed off streets of the LA Marathon. Organized by Don “Roadblock” Ward of Wolfpack Hustle, this event has become a staple in the LA urban cycling scene and a time honored tradition. Check out the ride and follow Aventon Factory Team Rider Kym Nonstop as she discusses her past and present goals in cycling.”
Let’s play a quick word association game. Think about Los Angeles for a second. What comes to mind? Chances are if you haven’t spent much time there, or even if you have, you’ll quickly rattle off something along the lines of: traffic, congestion, Hollywood, smog, sprawl and road rage.
As the roughly 3.8 million residents move about the city’s crowded freeways in their cars, the ever-expanding population of cyclists take to both the urban streets as well as the surrounding hills and mountains. While LA is flat in some areas, it packs in its share of elevation. With Mount Lukens being the highest point within the City of Los Angeles at 5,074′, Mt Baldy breaks 10,000′ in LA County. Everything from sea level to around 9,000′ is accessible by bicycle. If you know where to look.
Southern California is a second home to me, for many reasons, the obvious of which being the excellent cycling and the people that live here. Life’s a bit easier when it’s always sunny and excellent riding is at your finger tips. Perhaps that’s why Ben from Argonaut has always liked the crew at Pedalers Fork in Calabasas. They’ve got world class roads and trails literally surrounding their unique restaurant, coffee and bike shop.
I can’t tell you how many times people attempt this business model, yet Pedalers Fork didn’t just attempt it, they nailed it. Excellent food, great coffee and high end bicycles. Pedalers Fork has created an environment that caters to the local cycling scene with group rides, fund raisers and parties. While their bike is small, they turn out many precision high end builds. Up until this point, they’ve sold only Moots. Not because of any exclusivity deal, but because they were looking for a carbon fiber match to the brand. That’s where Argonaut comes in.
A few weeks ago, Ben from Argonaut asked if I wanted to come out to Calabasas, ride bikes, eat great food and hang out with friends. All to celebrate this new union. Well, that and Ben would be giving a presentation of sorts about the brand to a few select people… and I’d shoot some photos.
We spent the morning riding bikes over the Santa Monica Mountains, with lunch at Pedalers Fork, an afternoon Putt n Pump track action at a secret location before attending a dinner, curated by Chris DiMinno of the Chris King Gourmet Century.
Rough day, huh?
Photo by Kyle Kelley
Tracko gave three of my favorite Instagram accounts some love with this photo. Spencer J Harding, Brian Vernor, and Tytanium are all worth the follow if you aren’t already. I need to get back to LA, asap!
Wet and Wild On Mt Lowe
Photos and words by Sean Talkington
There is indeed a stigma attached to Southern California’s weather. Outsiders envision year round palm trees, 80’s style picturesque sunsets, flip-flop sandles, tank tops and oceans of suntan oil being slathered on daily. For the most part that assumption is absolutely true. We have it pretty good! So good in fact that this place will make you soft. Send me your toughest east coast transplant wearing his/her shorts in negative degree weather and put them in a LA’s treacherous “low 50’s” for a few years and I’ll send that person back to you in some Ugg Boots, “Juicy” sweatpants, Dior sunglasses, a fashionable parka and a tiny chihuahua that fits in a purse…because that’s how we do in this city!
Endo Customs makes performance cycling wear in downtown Los Angeles. For the past few years, amidst all the custom orders they’ve filled, Endo has been working on their own, unique Brand lineup. Now, for the first time, Endo’s in-house brand is available for purchase. Including base layers, jerseys, bibs, t-shirts and water bottles. I gotta say, I’m stoked to see this patten finally on some apparel. It’s been hanging in the Endo shop for over two years!
Head over to Endo Customs now to check out their full brand lineup.
If you’re in Los Angeles, swing by Mission Workshop’s new space in Los Angeles. Bicycle Coffee will be hosting #FreeCoffeeFriday along with 100 Tacos to help celebrate their opening day from 11-4pm today!
Mission Workshop Los Angeles
3118 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
This is the first layout of the Radavist 2015 Calendar, entitled “Roost it Out”. The camera and location are noted on the bottom left of the document.
Just because cross season is almost over, doesn’t mean you have to hang it up on the wall, or put road tires on it. Take that thing out on 1-track or 2-track and remember, #RubberSideUp
For a high-res JPG, suitable for print and desktop wallpaper*, right click and save link as – The Radavist 2015 Calendar – January. Please, this photo is for personal use only!
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