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Yesterday was a big one. I rode all over LA. From Pasadena to La Brea and Beverly for the trunk show of my sister’s sustainable jewelry company Kora Designs. The trunk show was at Croft House, if you are not familiar with that spot you need need need to go. It’s so amazing. It’s not even my kind of stuff and I was totally blown away by what I saw. There are pics below of chandeliers build from bike wheels, cogs, and chains. Genius. I unfortunately forgot to ask who made those so I could link it here but you can call Croft House or check the site, it’s probably there.
After the show I rode to meet Alex at BNIB, totally mislead my google maps…again. I made it to him eventually then we got ready and rode out to the Santa Monica Pier do muck around, eat some crepes, shoot some pics, and ride home. Super great night as I prepare for some real big distances I’m planning in the near future.
Enjoy the photos!
VFTS 5/23/12 + KORA, a set on Flickr.
Super fun time, super good people. This is why I go to Golden Saddle.
That’s me at :49.
Sunday was HUGE. Step 1 – wake up at 5:30am. Step 2 – Ride to Golden Saddle Cyclery to help set up for the champagne breakfast party to meet some of my cycling heroes and watch the Tour Of California ride by. Step 3 – Ride to Down Town to see the end of the Tour Of California. Step 3 – Ride back to the shop. Step 4 – Ride west to the Sunset Strip tight near Book Soup to meet Alex and Jamie at the BNIB LA Shoe Truck. Step 5 – Get a killer sunburn riding home.
It was a super long but super fun day. I made some new bike friends, which is always great, and I got to meet one of my all time cycling heroes, Garrett form MASH and Rapha. Not only that, I got the opportunity to make his day by telling him how much he and his friends influenced me and my friends. Were it not for those MASH dudes I might not be on my bike at all. It’s like that.
It was great to see Kyle and befriend more of the crew down at Golden Saddle. It was also great to be able to help set up. I drank way too much coffee and unsuccessfully tried to ride off the caffeine jitters.
As I got to my parents house to pick up my car I bumped into their neighbor who had what is going to turn out to be one of the all time great track bikes. I’m not going to tell you anything about it as I plan on doing a photo shoot with him and the bike so keep your eyes here in the next few weeks for that. What I will hint at is that the photo of the wood rim belongs to him and his bike. I’m telling you. It’s incredible. Enjoy the photos.
Big thanks to Golden Saddle for a kick ass Sunday morning
The run was rough. It’s been about a month since I have done any serious trail runs to my head was acting up today. I have been preaching for years how 75% of all runs and rides are mental barriers that one needs to get through to find their way into distances and today proves that it’s the case for me at least. All the barriers I had worked through prior to this run had rebuilt themselves. I was running up and up in the heat and and my head told me I needed to rest. In a moment of panic I did and….I WASN’T EVEN PANTING OR SORE!!! It was all in my head. HA!
I am having fun tracking my distanced though. That’s super fun and challenging me to go farther.
MASH. I don’t really know what to say about that crew. I call them a crew because that’s what they are. Yes they are a team but more than that they are a bunch of friends hanging out and having fun. That to me is far more crew-ish than team-ish.
Whatever you want to call them, they are literally the reason I ride by bicycle. I remember first watching the MASH video years ago with my friends and my reality of what can happen on a bike instantly changing. It reminded me of the early 90′s skate videos, just raw and passionate.
In Feb 2009 the dudes at MASH decided to get on their fixed gear bikes and go ride the Tour De California which is completely insane. They then had a presentation of it at an art gallery in LA which I went to 4 or 5 times. They were showing what they took with them, the jerseys, the bikes, really nothing that was too far beyond what I ride today but for some reason I felt like I was looking at some sort of sacred artifacts. For me, that’s what they were. When people like the dudes involved in that ride push the boundaries of what can be done far past what should be done into the world of “can it be done?” there is something super-inspirational and sacred to that. That’s why I wear their jerseys.
Im getting all sentimental and I need to go ride my bike now so please enjoy….
The video is old, or as the hipsters say “vintage” but it’s still really cool.
I’ve been amping up my cycling these past few days. Yesterday was the ride to the west side then this morning after getting dropped off in DTLA I met Alex at Urth Cafe and rode to BNIB then back home. After a hearty day of procrastination I got back on the bike and ride back to BNIB for Alex and my weekly Wednesday night Muck Riders ride. Thanks to Munito for the tunes, I would have had a miserable past few days were it not for the comfort and quality of those headphones.
Here are the Garmin stats, the both days are here, just click on the date.
Also, if you want to see pics from this morning and yesterday go to the earlier “Views From The Saddle” post I put up today. These below are from this evening’s ride.