We’ve had cool mornings here in Austin and the low-lying fog has been an eerie companion on rides. It totally changes the arid landscape. I hope everyone is finding the time to get in base miles.
A few months back, some friends decided to start up a cycling club called Beat the Clock Cycling. It was started by Jon, the owner of Beat the Clock Messengers. The idea was to create a club that would throw local events, with one thing in mind: fun. Group rides, parties, goof-off races and everything in between.
So far, it’s pretty low-key but on New Years Day, a couple dozen people got together for a little impromptu Alley Cross race on the East Side of Austin. I slept in and missed the actual race, but took my Hasselblad out for a quick roll of film at the finish. Check it out in the Gallery!
I wanted to do something special this year for the holiday blog post, like some kick-ass graphic or a goofy photo but I kept coming back to this photo I shot while on a ride with Josh back in Austin. Mostly because I can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing right now than riding my bike with my friends.
Hopefully everyone gets in friend, family and saddle time.
Caleb and Chris are active cyclists, runners and climbers who a few years back, began to focus on their diet. Fueling an active lifestyle isn’t easy. When they started looking for healthy energy bars, they quickly realized that very few are organic, gluten free and vegan, while still tasting great. Within months, they decided to start Bearded Brothers, an organic snackfood company, here in Austin. Most of their handmade energy bars are 100% organic, mostly raw, gluten free, vegan friendly and yes, they taste great.
I stopped by their work space on the east side of Austin last week to check out their operation and of course, to taste their offerings. Check out more below, including a PiNP discount code for your online purchases.
November and December have been a lot busier than I anticipated. Usually, it’s my time to get back into a daily routine of riding, riding, riding but I found myself traveling more and more these past few weeks. This Recent Roll is a series of snapshots taken in Portland, Austin and Los Angeles during that time. Shot with my Contax G2 and Kodak E100VS. Enjoy.
One day, Lauren said to me “I wish my commuter had gears”. For someone who loves supporting his frame building buddies, it was like music to my ears, so I contacted Ian at Icarus Frames right away. After some measurements and a lot of back and forth, we had an idea what to build Lauren. The end product was a low-trail touring bike that could be set up like a porteur for now and easily converted into a road-drop touring bike. As always, Ian provided some of the cleanest fillets in the business and now we just have to decide on a paint job.
I shot some photos with my Contax G2 and Kodak E100VS before sending it off to Bryan at Fresh Frame. Check out more below!
I returned to Austin after a week-long trip in Los Angeles to find two back-to-back days of cross racing on the local schedule. Having just raced my first sanction cross event in LA, I was eager to give the local circuit a try, so Saturday I headed out for some fast, dusty and humid fun. Since I didn’t have any season points, I started in the back of the 4′s, in a field of about 40 racers. Over 3, ten minute laps, I held onto my position, coming in 4th, which was good enough for me. I learned a lot (watch out for sandbaggers on MTBs) and had a blast (most importantly). I even managed to get a bit of air on a nice bump on the course.
Sunday, I decided to rest up and take photos. It was Chris‘ birthday, so I wanted to get some good shots of him racing and of course, we had to douse him with beer… Thanks to Andrew Franciosa for shooting photos on Saturday. It’s not every day I have photos of myself up on the blog, so be kind!