One of my favorite trails in Los Angeles recently became the backdrop to a photoshoot for a brand that I’m very excited about. Ringtail is a new company, started by Sean Talkington from Team Dream and Kyle Kelley from Golden Saddle Cyclery. Their intent is to make great fitting, practical cycling apparel and accessories in the USA. As of now, everything is made in the Los Angeles area, which is an added plus for the dudes, seeing as though they like being a part in the production process.
Anyway, the three of us wanted to catch the right light at Betty B, a trail nestled off Mulholland Drive. We also didn’t have much time, so we drove Sean’s VW van to eat off the normal hour pedal time out there and back.
This was the first time any of us had driven to ride these trails, so it was a little weird, but it did make for some great photo opportunities.
The trail, regardless to how much rain LA got the day before was super dusty and dry. Even with the dryness, the temperature fluctuations in this system make for a perfect backdrop to shoot Ringtail’s jacket or their ventilated vest.
Both the jacket and the vest are made from an imported Italian fabric that packs down in its own pocket and can be stashed anywhere using the elastic pull chord. These garments come with a lot of clever detailing, which you can see in some of these photos, yet they’re best appreciated in person.
We did an out and back, clocking in a little over two hours. Just long enough to get the blood pumping, but not so long that we were all shelled. As we loaded the bikes up and headed home, we took the long way back and soaked up the fleeting sun. Or as Sean would say #TeamDreamSunsetChasingTeam….