Japan is one of my favorite places to travel in the world but it took a few trips there for me to have that realization. Partially because on previous trips, most of my time was spent in Tokyo, leaving much to be desired in terms of riding experience. The main reason was, however, is how embedded the Japanese culture is in their respect for nature. For a country that believes Mt. Fuji is a god, or at least god-like in the modern ethos, I hadn’t seen any of that first hand. Last year’s trip to Nagoya to see our friends at Circles really solidified my love for Japan, but it wasn’t until Cari came out to Japan for a week-long city tour that I saw the true nature of this amazing, yet small and intimate country. (more…)
Thank you, London for giving me much needed perspective, some time off from cycling and an opportunity to express my love for dense, urban fabric through photography. While I didn’t get to do anything cycling-related, it did make me want to get back to document many of the shops, makers and builders in the UK.
Now, a serious question: any interest in seeing a gallery from my travels?
After three weeks on the road in Japan, I’m finally heading back to Los Angeles and just in time for summer. I wanted to thank everyone that made this trip so memorable and to the Circles family for making it possible. I’ll miss this place and its people, but will be back for sure!
Expect regularly-scheduled posts to commence this week, thanks for your patience… ;-)
I’m still exploring Japan and re-visiting some favorite places, including Kyoto. We’ve been having a blast riding rental bikes around, visiting temples and places of note, including the Bamboo forest. I’ve been photographing a lot of touristy spots over at my personal Instagram @JohnProlly if you’d like to come along for the ride… Otherwise maybe all these photos will make it into a gallery once I’m back Stateside. Japan, you continue to blow my mind!
Yes! Europe and not just Europe, Barcelona, an incredibly photogenic backdrop to explore by bike. This week I’m visiting the shop of Legor Cicli with ENVE and Crema Cycles. We’ll be doing local rides on dirt and sealed roads, testing out the new Crema Cycles Duo all-road bike. The overlying theme of this trip is framebuilders, bikes and dirt. Lots of dirt!
Yesterday began at the airport, first thing in the morning and ended on the bike. Not a bad way to intro a trip like this and attempt to rid myself of hellish jetlag. Stay tuned for more, but for now check out the Gallery!
Today’s drive up to Sacramento from LA took made for some great off-roading.
It’s that time of year again. Over the next few days I’ll be attending the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Sacramento. That means a lot of custom bikes will be gracing the pages of the site, beginning tonight, so stay tuned…
It’s that time of year again. Time for press-launches, travel and expeditions. This go-round I’ll be in Chile with Santa Cruz Bicycles, so expect lots of incredible landscapes and hopefully some steady shredding. Also, content will continue to trickle in, so don’t worry!
Today I’m driving a moving truck to Los Angeles. I was going to have a bunch of content ready for you guys while I drive out west, but I ran out of time. See ya Tuesday and I hope everyone had a rad weekend!
Today we’re heading out to that no-man’s land called Las Vegas for Interbike. As with each year, there will be galleries showcasing products that we feel are pertinent to the site’s modus operandi. If you have anything specific you want to see photos of, drop a line in the comments and if you’re heading out, be sure to say hi!
A reset, not a reprogram, was needed. A friend reached out and offered a weekend of desert exploration and chakra realignment. Joshua Tree. A park named after the plant yucca brevifolia which received its common name by Mormon settlers who traversed the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th century. These tall, twisted giants were reminiscent of the Biblical character Joshua as he reached to heaven in prayer.