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Ain’t No Misty Mountain Hop with the Cub House and OrNot

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Ain’t No Misty Mountain Hop with the Cub House and OrNot

There doesn’t have to be a fire to have our mountains scorched all summer here in Los Angeles. “June Gloom” didn’t come this year, not in June, nor in July and come August, the overbearing warmth cast from afar by our sun has certainly required our vegetation to abstain from hydrating.

It is however the desert. We’re just lucky enough to have the ocean to cool everything down each night. Yet, the lush green mountain tops we had all winter have certainly changed their hue. Yellow flowers made way to yellow plants and those intense purples and greens we had shifted to red, leaving our tracks and trails lined with red, yellow and green. Now if you look out across the landscape, it looks like everything has been anodized Rasta like some MTB skewers from the 90’s.

We Welcomed the Tour of California to Town with a Mountaintop Party

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We Welcomed the Tour of California to Town with a Mountaintop Party

When Sean from Team Dream found out what the route was for this year’s Tour of California stop in LA, he began scheming about how we could welcome the race with a KOM party… The thing about partying on top of a mountain is it takes a bit of planning. Sure, you could pull a grill, a cooler and food up a 5,500′ climb in a Bob Trailer but you’d end up being too pooped to party at the end of it. This left Sean with a decent plan: he’d shuttle his VW van, dubbed “the Brick” up to the top of Upper Big T at HWY 2, filled with all the necessary goods to throw down one hell of a hangout on the course. We’d wait for the peloton, grill hot dogs, drink beer and when the race came through, erupt with unrivaled support for the racers. Sounds like a good time, right?

As I was herding people from Golden Saddle, Sean was shuttling his van up to the KOM, barely arriving back to South Pasadena in time to begin the group ride. We went up Highway 2, one of the most scenic road rides in California. All 40 of us. With bikepacking bags loaded with food, water and camera equipment, I took off with the group on my rigid 29’r and sneakers. Believe me, doing a “road ride” on a loaded down MTB isn’t all that fun, but I was stoked to see Adam doing the same… and yeah, it made for some playful jibs along the way.

Check out the story in the Gallery!

Tie Dyed Ramblin Rolls

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Tie Dyed Ramblin Rolls

This might be the funkiest Ramblin Roll design to date! Pre-order a Ramblin Roll for road tubes or a Rumblin Roll for MTB tubes and if you don’t need either, there are also pouches for pre-order. All at TDT!

As the Clouds Moved In

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As the Clouds Moved In

Being nestled in between the Pacific Ocean and giant mountains is the only reason why Los Angeles isn’t a complete desert. The moisture that rolls in off the water gets trapped by the San Gabriel mountains and that’s where the predictability ends. Those mountains, in their old age, have developed a bit of a temperament when it comes to weather. It’ll be warm and sunny at sea level, only to be completely socked in at elevation. As we’ve seen numerous times in the past, this makes for really interesting photographs as those of us who inhabit Southern California rarely get to witness weather patterns, usually native to North California.

A few weeks back, just about everyday the ANF was encased in a foreboding sky, with big, thick, black clouds looking like they were going to descend upon us all, delivering much-needed water. But they didn’t. They just sat there, keeping us from riding our bikes up to them for fear of being literally washed down the mountain, alongside chunks of decomposed granite. Been there, done that, it’s not fun. Just ask Sean and Hans!

However, Sean asked me to shoot Team Dream’s new kit which as we’ve seen is high vis yellow. I put logic aside, grabbed my camera and a model willing to brave the weather (hey, Californians don’t bide well in cold.)

On days like this, you end up with a lot of shots, but these 12 were my favorite, omitting the obvious product detail shots. Enjoy!

Team Dream Wants You to Be Seen in Style

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Team Dream Wants You to Be Seen in Style

Team Dream just launched their newest collection, featuring some classic designs with a twist. A bright twist! Visibility is important in spring weather, where a fog can roll in, enveloping the road and making it hard to be seen by drivers. This new TDT jersey, socks and cap combination ensures that you’ll be seen, in style. Head over to Team Dream for ordering. This is not a pre-order, these pieces are all in stock now!

Is there any interest in seeing the rest of these photos? They’re pretty freaking beautiful!

Team Dream’s Spring Collection is Early This Year

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Team Dream’s Spring Collection is Early This Year

Spring always comes early in Los Angeles.

Ombré and fades are big this year and Team Dream continues to mix it up with their signature stripes and bright colors. This season, their faded jerseys return with new colors, as well as a new Rizzle vest and long sleeve ensemble. Don’t worry, if you’re all “maxed out” on kits, there are other shirts and accessories as well. All of which are in stock and ready to ship now at Team Dream!

All of Team Dream’s kits are made in Los Angeles, by ENDO Customs and are built to last.

Team Dream and the Radavist Fade to Black Pack in Stock Now

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Team Dream and the Radavist Fade to Black Pack in Stock Now

What do you do once the sunset chasing is done? You let it all Fade to Black

Team Dream and the Radavist bring you yet another jersey collab, this time utilizing their striped fade design in a grey to black gradient. The jersey has Team Dream and the Radavist insignia on the sleeves, a minimal ENDO logo on the front and fits like all other ENDO jerseys.

All with matching socks by DeFeet!

There are Black Compression Bibs in stock to compliment the look, and if you’re not into this colorway, Team Dream has stocked new designs as well. Head over to Team Dream Bicycling Team to see the full launch and check out more photos below…

The Cub House Opening Day and Party

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The Cub House Opening Day and Party

A few months back, Sean from Team Dream Team and Ringtail quickly realized he’d outgrown his home office in South Pasadena, prompting him to look for rental space in the neighborhood. Now, rent isn’t exactly cheap in South Pas. It’s a nice neighborhood with a lot of pedestrian traffic and that usually means high pricing. Well, that didn’t stop Sean. He already had a good idea of where to go…

The Cub House Opening Party in Los Angeles Tomorrow!

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The Cub House Opening Party in Los Angeles Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, at 5pm is the grand opening of the Cub House, Team Dream and Ringtail‘s flagship store in South Pasadena. To kick the celebration off early, we’re doing a group ride up to Mt. Disappointment that leaves the shop at 12 noon and makes it back in time for the festivities.

On site, 100 Tacos will be there, serving tacos and Bicycle Coffee LA will be supplying coffee. Roll through to check out the shop and stay for the good times.

Currently the Cub House stocks products from:
@teamdreamteam @ridewithringtail @7meshinc @swrve_la @jonesville @goldensaddlecyclery @theathletic @machinesforfreedom @fyxo @mudfootismurder

The Cub House Grand Opening Party
Saturday, December 5th
5pm – ?
12pm noon group ride up to Mt Disappointment
1412 El Centro St
South Pasadena 91030

Come to Team Dream and Ringtail’s New Shop the Cub House this Saturday

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Come to Team Dream and Ringtail’s New Shop the Cub House this Saturday

Team Dream and Ringtail have been working something special:

“Team Dream & Ringtail have been handing out cyber high fives for some time now, but we now “officially” have a home base! There will be lots of new/limited releases along with some great stuff from our favorite brands. It all begins this Saturday at 11AM… smile emoticon”

The Cub House
1412 El Centro St
South Pasadena CA
91030

THERE WILL ALSO BE AN OFFICIAL OPENING PARTY ON DECEMBER 5th!

Team Dream Team’s Fall Launch Looks Amazing!

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Team Dream Team’s Fall Launch Looks Amazing!

The guys at Team Dream Team have been working hard on this fall launch, with tons of new products and unique designs. From jerseys to riding wallets and decals, there’s something for anyone’s budget, all in glowing hues and tones. One of my favorite pieces are the fade jerseys and the new Rumblin’ Rolls. All made in the USA!

All I gotta say is, good thing it’s payday! Swoop up at Team Dream Team.

Lights Out

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Lights Out

If you can’t tell, life has been complicated over here. All last week, I was packing up my belongings, selling or giving away the excess and planning for the final move from Austin to Los Angeles. Both the emotional and physical baggage I left Austin with is now in LA, still boxed up awaiting to be opened and placed in their home.

It’s been a busy, stressful, overwhelming few days and as a cyclist, that means I can only relax by pedaling my bike, preferably with friends and on some dirt. Luckily, there’s a lot of both in my new city.

We’ve seen photos from these trails before. Cherry Canyon is like a mini-Verdugos. It’s what can be best described as a cross-country park with fireroads going up the hills and singletrack offshoots bombing down. You pedal up for about 10 minutes and rip down for 5. When you realize that a trail system is a little boring on a mountain bike, you take out your cyclocross bike and try to go as fast as possible down… If you’re still losing interest, do so at night.

Night riding is part of life as a cyclist. Especially in Fall. My buddy Jack drove over with me in the moving truck to hang in LA, so we hit up Sean from Team Dream Team to take us on a spin.

I’ve been using the Bontrager Ion700t lights for trail riding, paired with the Bluetooth switch. One on the bars and one on the helmet. 700 lumens has proven to be more than enough to illuminate the trails in a city like LA, with its excessive light pollution. Expect a more thorough review soon.

Last night, Cherry Canyon provided a great sunset and a perfect way to reduce the overpowering and crippling stress of a move. Things will pick up full speed next week… thanks for your patience.

#TeamDreamSunsetChasingTeam Contest is On!

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#TeamDreamSunsetChasingTeam Contest is On!


Photo by Jesse Carmody

It’s that time of year again. Sean from Team Dream is throwing his annual #TeamDreamSunsetChasingTeam contest on Instagram. The concept is simple: chase a sunset, shoot a photo and tag it #TeamDreamSunsetChasingTeam. Here’s the rundown:

“Here…We…Go! This rounds Sunset Chasing Photo Contest prizes are SOOO insane (like so insane that these aren’t even all of them because we couldn’t fit anything else in the photo). We have loads great stuff ready for you to win! Some of the grand prizes include bags from @missionworkshop / @acresupply, glasses from @oakleybike, kits from us here @teamdreamteam / @endocustoms & the “ultra grand prize” is a set of Ksyrium SLR wheels (plus shoes) from @maviccycling.

We will be picking a total of 15 winners and 1 Grand Prize winner. You now have 5 days to get out and post your best #TeamDreamSunsetChasingTeam images! Just use the hashtag on your photos to participate. The only rule is that the photo must be new/original and be yours. Winners will be chosen by instagram celebrity guest judges (to be announced on a later date in order to protect their own safety) and will be announced once the contest ends. Images will be judged on concept, composition & overall level of fun (photoshopping in a Bobcat wouldn’t hurt either.

Good Luck everyone. The deadline is this Tuesday at midnight PST..Now go out there and get em’!”