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The LA Tourist Race Was a Blast!

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The LA Tourist Race Was a Blast!

A large group of cyclists partook in the first race of the LA Tourist Race series. This 70 mile self-guided race took participants up Mount Lowe into the snow, down the Gabrielino Trail in the rain, across to the Verdugo Mountains before ending in Griffith Park. Totaling over 9,000′ in elevation, it was a long day for many. You can follow along at @LA_Tourist_Race, and follow the #TouristRace for rider’s perspectives. Stay tuned, as two more races follow!

The LA Tourist Race Begins This Saturday!

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The LA Tourist Race Begins This Saturday!

The first race is this Saturday! Don’t miss out, it’ll be a good one!

Los Angeles has some iconic dirt climbs and this January, Golden Saddle Cyclery is hosting a race series dubbed the LA Tourist Race. There will be three events, with the first beginning January 12th. Bring your all-road, chubby road, ‘cross, gravel, hybrid, or XC race bike out and have fun. This is a self-supported and self-guided event from the city to the mountains and back. So come prepared!

Follow LA Tourist Race on Instagram for updates. Thanks for the flier, Barry MCW!

Small Package but Big Fun with the Santa Cruz 5010

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Small Package but Big Fun with the Santa Cruz 5010

In a world dominated by big hitters and in a lineup celebrated by names like the Bronson and Nomad, the 5010 is often overlooked as being a capable all-mountain trail bike. When it was first released, five years ago, the SOLO, as it was called, was marketed as the little-wheeled brother of the Tallboy, which many people regarded as an XC bike. There’s no denying the allure of the almighty enduro bike, which has largely dominated the mountain bike industry over the past many years.

There was always something about the 5010 that has been attractive to me but for whatever reason, I never got to throw my leg around one until we rode them here in the mountains of Los Angeles with a few of Santa Cruz’s employees. People have said the current 5010 is the best yet and since I have no benchmark for comparison, I’m going to have to agree.

So what changed? Other than the standard approach of lengthening, lowering, and slackening? Seriously, how many years can the “industry” state those three geometry adjustments as a reason for the upgrade and most importantly, your money?

The Cub House’s Third Annual Bike Show and Swap… and Auto Show!

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The Cub House’s Third Annual Bike Show and Swap… and Auto Show!

When Sean from the Cub House told me his dream of putting on a bike and auto show, I wasn’t exactly sure how it’d pan out. Now, don’t get me wrong, Southern Californians love their cars and in this social circle, people love their bicycles just as much, if not more. I was worried that the cars would take center stage over the bikes, or it would get overrun with the auto show crowd. Boy, was I wrong!

Leave it on the Road’s Desert Bear: a Ride from Joshua Tree to LA

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Leave it on the Road’s Desert Bear: a Ride from Joshua Tree to LA

Leave it on the Road’s Desert Bear: a Ride from Joshua Tree to LA

Words by Crystal Haggard and Bianca Pettinicchi, photos by Jordan Clark Haggard

On Saturday, November 10th, seven women embarked on an epic desert journey to help fund cutting edge cancer cell and gene therapy research. They navigated the arid landscape from Joshua Tree to Los Angeles, following a route, and more importantly, their hearts. A ride to remember, with a noble goal – help raise $100,000 to fund cancer cell gene therapy.

We Spent Black Friday in the Mountains of Los Angeles!

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We Spent Black Friday in the Mountains of Los Angeles!

While Black Friday follows a holiday meant to celebrate the togetherness of friends and family, we oftentimes get swept up in consumerism. Hey, it happens. Deals here, deals there. Lines, lines, lines! The whole ordeal can really taint an otherwise pleasant weekend. Don’t even get me started on Thanksgiving in itself. (You should read the history behind what this holiday was founded on, written by the Manataka American Indian Council.) Now, I’m not writing this piece to get into the complicated history of Indigenous Lands and religious zealots’ squandering of natural resources. I actually like what this time of year embodies but I approach the subject with great care. No matter how you look at it, we are all on Native Lands.

Enjoy Your Turkeyday and then Come Ride with Us on Friday!

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Enjoy Your Turkeyday and then Come Ride with Us on Friday!

From all of us at the Radavist, we wish you a happy Turkeyday. May you spend the day with your friends and family, both on and off the bike. We’re all grateful for each and every one of you for visiting the site and being a part of this community. That said, if you’re in the Los Angeles area, come ride with us on Black Friday. Skip the lines, the hassle, and the shopping! Enjoy a full day on the bike in the San Gabriel mountains…

Details about the ride from @GoldenSaddleCyclery

“We’ll be meeting @intelligentsiacoffee Silver Lake at 7:30AM and rolling at 8AM. We’ll be riding towards the mountains to meet everyone @itsnotabikeshop and then we’ll start making our way up Mt Lowe! We’ll be taking a break at Mt Lowe Campground to snack, then we’ll keep climbing to the Mt Wilson Toll Road. The ride will be around 50 miles with about 6,000 feet of climbing. Bring water and snacks, there may or not be a surprise at the campground. 😜 A cyclocross or gravel bike is your best bet, but you could also do this ride on a hardtail mountain bike. Tell your friends and we’ll see you all Friday! If you have any questions please ask here. We’ll make sure and announce the Cub House meet up as soon as we know it. Trust us, we wouldn’t be doing it if it wasn’t going to be fun!!!”

Also, keep your eyes on our Webshop next week for a few treats going up!

The Ultimate Tourist Bike Ride in Los Angeles: Up to the Hollywood Sign

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The Ultimate Tourist Bike Ride in Los Angeles: Up to the Hollywood Sign

If there’s one route people ask me to show them when they’re visiting Los Angeles with a road bike, it’s how to get to the Hollywood Sign. It turns out, cyclists can fall victim to iconic destinations just as commonly as non-cyclists. That’s what you do when you come to LA right? The one thing that separates this spot from other tourist destinations like the Chinese Theater or the Walk of Stars is you’ve really got to work to get up close and personal to the Hollywood Sign.

There’s an old joke in Hollywood, stemming from a conversation between Johnny Carson and Bette Davis. Carson asked Davis for advice on “the best way an aspiring starlet could get into Hollywood,” Ms. Davis replied without hesitation, “Take Fountain!”

Fountain Ave is a bicycle-friendly connector between Silver Lake and West Hollywood. It runs east to west and is parallel to Sunset Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard, two very congested arteries and very dangerous to ride bicycles on, especially during rush hour. By contrast, Fountain takes you past cafes, farmer’s markets and while the beginning is a two-lane road, it widens up once you reach Hollywood. There are “sharrows” the whole way, reminding motorists to share the road with cyclists but don’t be surprised when a Maserati goes 80mph past you, tailpipes brapping.

Jimmy and His Made in LA Dark Moon Fabrication 27.5+ Hardtail

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Jimmy and His Made in LA Dark Moon Fabrication 27.5+ Hardtail

Jimmy. Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy. How do you have such sick bikes?!

Since he began working at Golden Saddle Cyclery, Jimmy has come up on some pretty sweet bikes, in a kinda serendipitous manner. Take his latest bike for example. Our buddy Carlos has been spending the past few months setting up his shop, since leaving the head fabrication position at Stinner Frameworks. Carlos wanted to make frames for his own brand and after some time, he was ready to get some out and under his friends. Jimmy smelled the opportunity and jumped on it, selling his hardtail to fund a deposit to Carlos.

The result is the first complete Dark Moon Fabrication 27.5+ hardtail. Carlos has made a few mountain bike frames, but mostly to test out details, not to ride. After working out the geometry with Jimmy, he got to work on a bike with a 65º head angle, 150mm fork, and a 75º seat tube angle. After I saw the geo and signed off on it, Carlos got to work. The frame utilizes a symmetrical yoke plate at the bottom bracket cluster, a wishbone seat stay, and clearance for a 3″ tire with a 34t ring. Jimmy’s bike is official and boy did he go with all the right components on this bike, all chosen to accentuate the sparkle paint job on the bike.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen Jimmy more stoked to ride a bike. In fact, he rode things he had previously deemed off-limits with such fervent energy and it shows in the riding photos. New bike day stoke is real!

If you’d like a Dark Moon Fab frameset, holler at Carlos on his Instagram. He builds road, track, all-road, touring, and mountain bike frames right here in Los Angeles. A bike like Jimmy’s sells for $1,650 for the frame and paint.

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If you want a custom build like this and live in Los Angeles, hit up Golden Saddle Cyclery.