If you follow @KyleBKelley and myself on Instagram, these photos should come as no surprise. Tuesday was my last full day in LA and I wanted to do a ride I’ve never done before. But we wanted to take one of the shop helpers, Christian with us, so where would we go?
We began doing Mt. Wilson: 18 miles of climbing and 4,500′ of elevation, which is a piece of cake. Then, we left Christian to nap for an hour at Redbox and headed up Mt. Disappointment, with its rumored top pitches of over 20%. A would be easy feat for my Bishop road with its Austin-hill gearing (34×28) but I was on Ty’s Hufnagel with a granny gear of 38×25. I.e. it hurt like hell.
Even Kyle, who’s a mountain goat of sorts admitted to almost getting off his bike. 3 miles, 1,200′ later and we were at the top and on this one, the views were breathtaking.
Our day totalled around 65 miles and over 7,200′ of climbing. While Kyle doesn’t like to get hung up on distance and elevation, I like to throw it in there not to brag but to show that riding is about having fun with your friends, even while you’re all in pain!
See more Instagram pics from our ride here and 35mm are on the way.
Look, believe it or not, I actually really love putting up posts to get you through the work day. That said, it’s hard for me to “play hooky” and go ride. While the site was silent for 24 hours, it was worth it… Yesterday, 5 of us headed out of Portland towards Mt. Hood. We took river paths, country roads, and fire roads, which eventually opened up to vistas like this. It was breathtaking. We totalled 111 miles and 7,700′. All this to visit a facility in Hood River where material for bikes are made.
More on this later. It’s gonna be good!
Since arriving in Los Angeles, Kyle from Tracko / GSC has been going on and on about how he was going to take me on the “Cloud Bonk” ride. As the name implies, it’a a gnarly loop, that’s literally up in the clouds. Well, 7,000′ up. We left this morning at 6:30am and rode to the ride (rather than drive). After a 30 mile trek to the base of the mountains, we climbed for 30 miles. Then 30 more miles and then, 30 miles home. Totaling 10,200′ and 120 miles. As you can imagine, I’m beat. So after a few bourbons, I’m calling it a night.
Read: I’m too tired to post anything!
A few notes:
-YES, I received your emails today.
-NO, the Ride Hills T’s have not shipped from Kyle’s warehouse. He was busy riding mountains today. Expect those to ship ASAP! Or as soon as his interns get them out.
-Gah, I love riding in LA County.
-Check out more Instagram photos in the blog footer, or click here and here.
In a rush to get out the door to meet up for a ride this morning, I left my T4. So in lieue of 35mm, I took a lot more Instagram photos than I normally would. When I showed up at the coffee shop, I thought we’d maybe be doing like 20 miles. Shortly after, I realized we’d be in it for a haul today and with 50% of the course being dirt and gravel, it was gonna be fun.
We took off, climbed some, descended some, got a few flats and managed to avoid any wrecks. After a stop at the Reel Inn in Topanga, we headed home. Nothing like riding 20 miles through shit LA traffic and roads after hitting the dirt all morning. We totalled 60 miles and around 4,000′ and everyone had a blast, er, fun.
Check out more below.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen that I’m back in LA. I’ll be here for two weeks, kicking around, going on rides and shooting photos. If you’ve got something you think would be a good fit for the site, hit me up! Email, comment, etc. You know me, I love meeting readers and seeing their rides…
Today Ross, Jon, Josh and I went on a nice century. This past weekend, the lady and I went out on a drive to Pedernales Falls. After seeing the countryside, I knew I had to ride it, so today we took off under the cloudy skies to do just that.
It came out to be 100 miles and 5,500′ with a 18.1 mph average, which was pretty good considering how hot it ended up being towards the end of the ride. I shot a bunch of black and white film of the Texas Hill Country, so I’ll be following this post up with a Recent Roll shortly.
Hey guys, I’ve been kicking around with the usual suspects. Sorry for the lack of updates today. Expect some more posts soon! In the meantime, follow me on Instagram – JohnProlly – (or just go to the bottom of the site and check out the feed).
I’ve been meaning to do a bit of exploring off the beaten paths of my typical hill loops. A few wrong turns and sneaking into gated communities proved to be a great way to spin off the day. I found a nice, 1-mile long path along mesquite trees and a few streams. What I intended to only be a 10 mile jaunt became a 38 mile, 3,200′ afternoon. What can I say? The weather is amazing in Austin right now…
Check the route on my Strava and share your Sunday rides in the comments!
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Loose Legs ride today. It was great meeting Brian from Denton and being able to hang with Dan from Austin and Erik from Sweden. It was a lot of climbing but everyone did great. After Jon, Dan and Erik split off, Ross, Brian and I went on to Lost Creek. At the end of the day, my Garmin pulled in 48 miles and 4,400′ of climbing. More to come once I get some film developed and I have the time to pull a Shots from the Road post together.
It’s beautiful here in Austin today, I hope everyone’s out riding!
Today Ross and I went on a great ride. It wasn’t crazy mileage or gnarly climbing, just a lot of fun. It’s been raining here nonstop for the past week, so we were getting a little stir crazy. We finished up at the bar, where I took this shot of a bourbon and a GSC bidon: the only way to end a ride in the endless summer that is Austin.
Also, as a reminder, you can follow my activity on Instagram, even if you don’t have an iPhone, by checking out the API at the bottom of the blog.