Category Archives: touring bike
The UCLA Fowler Museum: Round Trip Bicycling Asia Minor 1891
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This is really, really last minute, but I missed out on posting this on Friday, so read up!

“In the summer of 1890, two young Americans William Sachtleben and Thomas Allen Jr. set off to circle the globe on new-fangled “safety” bicycles, prototypes of the modern bike. Over the next three years, they pedaled 18,000 miles across three continents and helped spark the great bicycle boom that transformed cycling into the wildly popular form of recreation and means of transportation we know today.

Using a new, compact Kodak camera, the young men captured 1,200 spontaneous snapshots on cellulose nitrate-based film negatives while crossing Europe and Asia. A third of these images survived and are held by UCLA Library Special Collections.

OUR VISION:
To celebrate the exhibition and the last century of cycling, the Fowler Museum at UCLA is collaborating with the Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition, Golden Saddle Cyclery, and on-campus partners UCLA Bike Shop, Bike UCLA, Bicycle Coalition at UCLA, and UCLA Transportation and Recreation to organize a fun-filled day of activities centered around the bicycle in March 2015. We hope to offer campus rides, bike repair tutorials, bike rodeos for tykes, bike decorating projects and lots more.

On January 11, 2015, the exhibition curator, author, and historian David V. Herlihy will be in Los Angeles for a lecture and reception to celebrate Round Trip.

To make this vision a reality, we are partnering with UCLA Spark to raise $7,500 by December 2!”

Help support this at UCLA!

Nov 30, 2014 1 comment
Jordan’s Sizemore Cross Tourer
Jordan's Sizemore Cross

Buying your first custom frame can be a daunting process, especially if you’re not 100% committed to a specific kind of bike, or intended function. I feel like this particular frame design, what I’m calling the cross tourer is a fairly common request for builders. It’s a cross bike with front rack braze-ons. While the front end’s trail isn’t ideal for a heavy load, the owner can put a light bag on the front and transform it to a S24 rig, or take the rack off and race cross on it just fine.

Jordan’s been drawn to the work of Taylor Sizemore for some time now, so when the time came to put a deposit down, he contacted Sizemore and put down a deposit. The end result is truly custom. Taylor takes the time to hand-paint various logos on each of his bikes, including his signature arrows on the head tube. As far as the geometry is concerned, the top tube is a bit longer than normal to eliminate toe overlap, resulting in a shorter stem, but same reach.

Fitted with Paul MiniMotos, White Industries cranks and hubs, this bike is as American as Smokey Bear… See more in the Gallery!

Nov 24, 2014 22 comments
Jonathan’s Surly Disc Trucker Light Tourer
Jonathan's Surly Disc Trucker Light Tourer

This past weekend, some buddies and I went on a little camping trip. Some of us had to be back in town the following day, while others went on through Monday. The lucky bastards… One of the early returnees, along with me, was Jonathan. It was his first camping trip here in Austin, since recently relocating from Omaha, so we wanted it to be a good one.

There’s more to come on the ride itself (oh and it was a good one), but I thought I’d take a minute to feature his rather unique Surly Disc Trucker

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Nov 4, 2014 61 comments
The New Topo Designs Apparel is Bike Friendly!
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Photo by Gideon Tsang

Sure, it’s not technically “bike wear” but I’ve still enjoyed wearing, riding in and camping in the new Topo Designs apparel. With a newly improved fit, the shorts feel better and the flannels are an amazing companion during fall camping trips.

This is all I wore for two days and couldn’t be happier. See more at Topo!

Nov 4, 2014 10 comments
Rivendell People

This is an old video by internet standards, but it’s a great look into what makes Rivendell tick: the people behind it. Check out out for some great video sections of what it’s like to tour in the hills outside of Walnut Creek, California.

Oct 30, 2014 6 comments
Santa Cruz to Big Basin Overnighter – Brian Barnhart
Santa Cruz to Big Basin Overnighter

Santa Cruz to Big Basin Overnighter
Words and photos by Brian Barnhart

I agreed to this trip before I knew where we were going or what we were doing. I recently moved to Santa Cruz from the east coast and take any chance I get to explore the area with friends. I’m primarily a BMX rider / commuter who does the occasional tour, as is my friend Mike who invited me on the trip. Our friend Chris, on the other hand, rides trails every morning and gets a kick out climbing a long steep hill. Finding out on Friday night that we were about to climb 6000 plus feet was a bit painful sounding, but we were up for the adventure.

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Oct 29, 2014 7 comments
Rubber Side Up 08
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This Rubber Side Up is brought to you by Dylan and my friends at the Great Escape. I miss Diablo, camping and Erik aka Hellhommus. I can’t wait to get back on the road with that dude.

Oct 23, 2014 1 comment