Photos by Ryan Wilson
Stripes. Team Dream loves stripes. Thin or thick, that’s what they do. It’s always been their thing and with the new Team Jersey and Compression Short V3, green and black look better than ever. Although the new Thin Stripe Fade jersey has my mind currently blown… Check out new stock NOW at Team Dream!
Quick question… Who deserves a day off work (for riding bikes)?
Answer- We All Do!
Thursday June 25th will be the first ever #GETSICKDAY where we are inviting everyone to call off work, shut down your computers and head out to ride bikes. If you don’t think your Boss is going to understand the need to dip out of the real world and into GNARnia for a little riding, well, we are taking a page out of Ferris Beuller Day Off with this one. Just call it in, because, we’re going to be out “getting sick” after all. He doesn’t have to know that it’s sick skids or sick trails or even a sick road ride. Just call in sick. You know you want to. Once you’ve got that pesky little bit out of the way, then scan the flyer for your local ride.
The first ride on a custom bike is one of the best feelings in the world. At least to cyclists. Every pedal stroke, every turn, you form the beginnings of a new relationship with a machine that will hopefully one day take you to your dream landscape or roadscape.
For Sean from Team Dream Team, his Stinner hardtail has been in a shop since Sea Otter, getting everything dialed in for riding. When your dream bike is the poster child for a company like Mavic, sometimes it comes down to the wire and “the functioning build” is actually more of a “photoshoot-ready build.”
Anyway I’m in LA, stressed from being on the road, shooting photos and trying to maintain sanity but on Monday, I cracked. I needed to ride. I too have a new MTB and I wanted to shake it down some mountains and splash some sand across its powdercoat. Sean and I dipped out on responsibility, in a fuck-work kind of way and pedaled our way up to Brown, to hit one of my favorite descents in the area, El Prieto.
It happened to be at sunset and guess what? It’s LA, the weather was perfect. The dirt was dry, the poison oak was parched but on-trail adjustments were made resulting in a perfect shred sled sess…
For the 2015 Sea Otter Classic this year, Mavic wanted to showcase a few influential designers as a platform to display their newly-branded and redesigned Crossmax SL Pro wheels. They contacted Sean Talkington of Team Dream Team who led them to Aaron Stinner of Stinner Frameworks and Jordan Low Custom Paint.
For Sean, he wanted a do-it-all 29’r hardtail, setup for minimal bike packing and everyday trail riding. For Chad, his 27.5″ hardtail is a straight-forward XC race machine. Once Aaron Stinner knew the silhouette, Sean began designing the frames. The resulting designs were inspired by 90’s era fluoro paint jobs, using Mavic’s signature yellow color as a starting point.
These two bikes were unveiled tonight at a Mavic event in Monterey, California on the first day of Sea Otter. Swing by their booth at #559 to see these beauts in person.
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.
We all know Team Dream makes some great gear but this season’s drop has really raised the bar for the brand. With new jerseys, bibs, shirts, socks and accessories, there’s something for everyone, at any pricepoint. My personal favorites are the Thin Stripe and Dots Jerseys as well as the Thin Stripe Socks and the Chubby Bobcat Pocket T.
Who would have guessed that Team Dream‘s HQ would be filled with cats and stripes?
I’m in Los Angeles this week and the House of Cats and Stripes will be my home base. The usual suspects and myself will be doing rides and hopefully, coming up with some great stories along the way. For now, I leave you with this photo of Blueberry Pancake, one of Sean’s cats. That’s PK for short…
Sean from Team Dream is throwing a contest:
“Sunset Photo Contest Starting…NOW!
Post your best sunset shots on instagram by 1/1/15 at midnight and tag #teamdreamsunsetchasingteam. If you have a photo friend in mind feel free to tag them here & give him/her a heads up. Prizes from @teamdreamteam, @goldensaddlecyclery, #theradavist, @jonesville, @endocustoms, @mudfootismurder, @theathletic #nogarminnorules and more. Grand prize is your choice of any @maviccycling footwear!!!
The winners will be decided by Instagram nerds…I mean legends @johnprolly & @rmdub Here are the rules-
-Photos must be newly posted to Instagram. Preferably taken within a day of the post (that means no old stuff).
-Use the tag #teamdreamsunsetchasingteam
Winners will be announced on 1/2/15″