This was very, very painful, but incredible. I am by no means in proper shape at the moment, nor do I think it’s time to start training, or spending time looking at numbers, but I will say, riding a lot and then racing from time to time has been fun!
Now if I was only in town enough to race more.
Talk to anyone familiar with the trails in this area and they’ll tell you that we went up to Inspiration Point the wrong way. Truth is, however, we’ve been going up the right way too often (on cross bikes) and wanted to try something new. Riding, or in this case, hiking up a downhill line ain’t fun. Especially on a long travel bike.
Kyle from GSC, Sean from Team Dream and myself had a lotta fun on the mountain that day. I was riding the Foes F275, we did a quick review, stopped a lot for photos and blasted down one of my new favorite trails.
Our route for the day: lower Merrill to upper Merrill, to Inspiration Point, back down upper Merrill, down a trail called Monkey Face, to Sunset, Brown and El Prieto. It was a short day on paper, but a big ride on the legs. Any MTB riding in Los Angeles is tough on the legs…
If you’re from the area, you know how fun that is. If you’re not, well… check at the photos in the Gallery!
Photos by Nick Kova
Last weekend, Kelli from Ritte put on a ride in Calabasas, California with the help of Pedalers Fork. The ride took a group of ladies (and a few men) through the surrounding sweeping hills and mountains before returning to Pedalers Fork for food and drinks. Photographer Nick Kova was in attendance, shooting photos from the back of a moto, driven by Moi Medena. See more photos here!
I love seeing people organizing rides in their local scenes! Kudos Kelli!
Warning: this post contains the bane of everyone’s existence this winter – snow. I apologize and promise to bring warm vibes from here on out. Seriously.
I absolutely love riding my Pugsley around Austin. Both on and off-road, it’s been a blast and the number one question I get is: “what’s that bike for?”. My answer “snow”… This causes a look of puzzlement on their faces. There’s no snow in Texas! Naturally, but it’s still fun to motor around town and hit some trails.
Riding a fatbike in the snow is something I’ve yet to do, so when Jeff told me to stay a few days longer after Frostbike, I brought my Pugs and threw on some platform pedals. Our first stop (and as it turns out, only stop) was the River Bottoms. Kyle and I had been there before with Jeff, in the summer months and I was eager to see how much it had changed after the all snow and freezing temps.
We kitted up in waterproof fabrics and wool, set our PSI to around 8 and 10, brought some snacks and of course, Baroo, Jeff’s Basenji / Red Heeler mix trail dog… What happened next was a mix of riding and an “Adventure by Hike”.
When it comes to the UCI Track Cycling World Championships, I know where to go for photos: British Cycling. Each year they offer up a selection of moments from the weekend’s event that are too good to pass up. See more at the British Cycling Flickr.
One day I’d love to shoot photos at this event.
This is the third layout of the 2014 PiNP Calendar, entitled “Golden Hour Cyclery”. The camera and location are noted on the bottom left of the document.
Over the years, content on this site has changed considerably, but one thing I’ll always support is getting rad on bikes for the fun of it. Christian from Golden Saddle Cyclery is one of the most enthusiastic people I know when it comes to riding. The dude just goes hard.
On my last night in LA two weeks ago, we shot this photo and it came out so dialed that I thought it’d be perfect for the PiNP Calendar! I know this is a day early, but there’s a good chance I won’t touch a computer tomorrow.
For a high-res JPG, suitable for print and desktop wallpaper*, right click and save link as – 2014 PiNP Calendar: March
Please, this photo is for personal use only!
(*set background to white and center for optimal coverage)
Some of the best experiences I’ve had on “bike trips” haven’t been related to cycling at all. Case in point: in the early talks of the Frostbike agenda, Jeff from All-City recommended that we drive 4 hours north of Minneapolis to the southern shore of Lake Superior.
In this frozen land, there were caves, which during the summer months, held many great alcoves and vistas out over the lake, but in the winter, when it’s cold enough, they became in chrysalis. This isn’t an annual occurrence either. This year was the first year in a decade that the water has been cold enough to freeze.
Everything is frozen, even the water that typically seeps through the sandstone cliffs, causing cascades of icicles, many of which are big enough to deliver a fatal blow if they were to fall. Behind these curtains, lie numerous caves, most of which are covered in a solid 3″ of ice on all surfaces. It’s really something else.
Tuesday morning, Jeff, Kyle and I ventured out into the madness and at some point I expected to see 7′ tall albino penguins or at least a shoggoth. But alas, the Old Ones are long gone.
See more in the Gallery!
This is a great photo and there are many more at Ichicoblog’s Flickr. Also, much love for the White Industries VBC cranks. Those are the best!
Photo by Daniel Wakefield Pasley
Sometimes, rides go south and I’m not talking about Georgia. Yonder Journal has been to the Mythical State of Jefferson twice now. The second time, didn’t go so well… Check out a few words by Kyle von Hoetzendorff:
“WE ARE TIRED, HUNGRY, AND BEATEN. Around us mountains rise like picket signs to mock our day’s progress. This trip, which trip specifically doesn’t matter, is familiar; you, me, we have all been here before, a day full of motivational derision packed with mind-chiding expletives like “just around the corner”, “this is the last hill,” and “I am sure it’s just right up ahead.” The road we’re on, our road, has petered out, it’s a dead end stub built by the type of people who knew exactly where they came from and who had no choice but to return there. We on the other hand need to carry on, turning back is an admission of failure, an admission that all those involved had seriously considered and yet none of us were smart enough to act upon…”
Continue reading at Yonder Journal! I really enjoyed this piece Kyle.
I had a blast at Frostbike, riding fatbikes, drinking, eating and hanging out with my dudes Jeff and Kyle! There’s much more on the way…