Category Archives: travel
A Turkey Day Escape at the Oak Flat Fire Lookout in the Sequoias

In Los Angeles, millions of people vacate the city in a yearly migration, creating compelling imagery, representing the trouble with car culture. While we prefer to move about the city by bicycle, we too can’t help but flee its confines by automobile. Yet, in doing so, our attempts are always to get as far away from modern civilization as possible, or at least that’s what I tell myself everytime we load the Land Cruiser up and head out of town.

Sure, I’d rather embark on a bicycle tour during a holiday but when our friend Aimee invited us to the Oak Flat Fire Lookout in the Sequoia National Forest for a Turkey Day celebratory dinner, we couldn’t resist. So, there we were the day before Thanksgiving, escaping LA for the solitude found in its neighboring National Parks and National Forests. Luckily, we were long gone by the time the freeways turned into light shows… (more…)

Nov 29, 2017 13 comments
Being Kankōkyaku 観光客 in Japan

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…)

Jun 16, 2017 25 comments
Thank You, London

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?

Dec 14, 2016 32 comments
Arigatou Gozaimasu, Japan!

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… ;-)

Jun 20, 2016 2 comments
When in Kyoto!

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!

Jun 14, 2016 5 comments
Jet Lagged in Barcelona with ENVE

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!

Mar 11, 2016 13 comments
On the Road to NAHBS

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…

Feb 25, 2016 19 comments
Heading West

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!


Sep 28, 2015 7 comments
On the Road to Interbike

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!

Sep 16, 2015 21 comments