Category Archives: photography
It’s that time of month again. I’ve got all kinds of Randomness left over from a Recent Roll. Actually, a few Recent Rolls. There’s some LA, Pasadena, Austin, Moab and Fruita photos in here, all noted in the photo’s captions. Got a favorite? Point it out. Open up some commentary…
Tools of the trade:
Mamiya 7ii / 80mm
Portra 400 / Ilford HP5
They always come at inopportune times. Say you’re putting your phone back in your pocket, or eating a snack, not paying attention. Maybe they’re waiting for you at the top of a climb, or, even worse, at the bottom of a descent. Roadside dogs aren’t exactly what I like to have accompanying me on rides. Especially big ones.
We’ve all got our tricks. A water bottle squirt, or yelling “GO HOME!” – this one works quite well – unless you’re in a foreign country.
This guy however had one thing on his mind: wheels. He didn’t let up until he was good and tired…
If you love something, thrash it. That’s exactly what Kenny has done with this bike. When he picked up this frame off local Craigslist, he was looking for a classic steel workhorse. It just so happened that he snagged a De Rosa… for a song. If you’re going to spend all day on a bike, it might as well be a great ride, right?
Using mostly spare parts and some swap-found components, he built it up with SRAM force, Profile hubs to H+Son Archetypes, trigger shifters on riser bars and kept the vintage 3T stem. A Wald Basket helps out in light and easy carries while Kenny still wears a backpack throughout the day for the bigger hauls.
This bike has character. The chain lock and u-lock bite marks on the Columbus decal alone do it for me!
Road Cycling in the Valley of Death
Words and photos by Ryan Wilson
Death Valley National Park is one of those places that frequently gets overlooked as a destination for cyclists. Probably because it’s too miserably hot to do just about anything there for a good portion of the year. There’s also no cell service at times for 40 miles in any direction, and some of the best roads in the area are some of the most isolated in the country. That sounded right up my alley, so I planned my first visit in November 2012, when I was looking for some new mountains to ride while the Sierras were snowed in.
Compared to many of the other big road climbs in California, the first thing you notice in Death Valley is how impossibly straight so many of the roads are. You might not know you’re climbing if the pedals weren’t pushing back as hard as they are, and the dotted yellow lines weren’t crawling by. You realize pretty quickly that the end of that straight line that eventually climbs 5,000ft just isn’t getting a whole lot closer.
The first ride I ever did in the area was climbing over Townes Pass from Panamint Valley, just outside the park, into Death Valley itself. It wasn’t until I peaked out of the canyon walls at the top of Townes Pass that I fully realized the scale of this place. A vast sloped valley surrounded by mountains that seem to go on endlessly. The road descends about 5,000ft into this massive open space, and while ripping down a long, smooth descent on a road bike is a blast, I know that every foot of descent has to be made up on the return trip, so most of the time is spent trying to block that thought out of my head. The descent ends at a tiny “town” called Stovepipe Wells. It’s basically one store, one hotel, and that’s it, but it makes a good re-fuel stop. Then it was time for the long slog back over the east side of Townes Pass.
Townes Pass route
If I had to recommend one road ride in Death Valley though, I would go with Dante’s View. This ride starts near Furnace Creek (the other Death Valley town), and climbs from the lowest point in North America (-282 feet), to over 5,600ft overlooking the valley. The first half of the 26 mile climb is gentle, along a smooth road that passes by a classic spot at Zabriskie Point. The road gets a bit more angry when the grade cranks up after turning onto Dante’s View road, and the last half mile is extra fun (if you’re into Masochism).
One detour worth taking is a trip over to the Mars-like, single lane, Artist Drive, which winds about 9 miles through some trippy multi-colored canyon walls before ending near Badwater Basin.
Dante’s View & Artist Drive route
A couple other Death Valley routes worth checking out:
Wildrose / Emigrant Pass
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I know what I’m spending $10 on this morning! JDR documented the Dirty Hundo for Cadence and put together a zine. Races / rides like this are giving cycling the much-needed sense of fun in communities all over. Makes me wanna do something like this in Austin!
Scoop up a Dirty Hundo Zine at Cadence or get one free with $100 purchase.
The Rouge Roubaix exceeded mine and Ben from Argonaut‘s expectations. I don’t think anyone involved with that trip knew how that race would unfold. Backtrack to a few months prior, team Argonaut had the idea to pull Brian Vernor in to do a video and bring me down to shoot the race and document the new Disc Racers.
We spent the two days prior to the race testing out the bikes and looking for key vantage points to photograph the event. While Vernor got his video footage, I took some photos of the bikes and (part of the) team River City / Rapha. These photos are to be used on the Argonaut website…
Check them out in the Gallery and see the bike in person at the Aether NYC event this Friday!
Photo by Kyle Kelley
This frame’s paint job alone beckons for it to be shot at sundown and Kyle did a great job doing so. See more of this LOW at Kyle’s Flickr!
The homies at Full Frame Collective visited SF’s Falconer Cycles, a ‘locals secret’… Check out more at FFC!
No matter what MTB I’m currently reviewing, I love getting out on my IF. Sure, I’ve gotta be mindful with my lines, but it’s a no-nonsense shred sled!
I’ve been shooting a lot with the Fuji X-T1 these days, so there will be a lot of little posts like this.
So… Manual for Speed realized one thing covering the Vuelta al Pais Vasco: photoz r overz. People just don’t have the patience these days, or the attention span to sit through a gallery anymore. They want motion. They want action but they don’t want videos. Because, videos are boring too.
What did MFS do? They made a GIF documentary and my favorite is the helicopter.
It’s wild, head over to MFS to check it out!