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….
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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.
Noon time ride before work today. One of the great Pasadena beauty rides.
CLICK HERE FOR THE GARMIN STATS.
Hello every one, I’d like to introduce you to Jolene and Ivan.
Jolene say hi,
Jolene is a the kind of woman that likes options. With her 17 tooth cog and the 48 tooth chainring she’ll handle most hills I can find with grace and dignity and with a mere flip of her wheel she have her 15 and will handle distances and speeds with power and precision. Light, stiff, and fast makes traffic a joke and distances are a breeze.
Ivan, say hi.
Ivan is Jolene’s big brother. He’s the kind of man who is hard to keep a hold of. He is fast, crazy fast super light and insanely agile. All he wants to do is dominate cars and other bicycled as he blasts through traffic. His 16 on the back and his 48 on the front make it so he can go just as fast as the cars around him and the thick slick wheels make him super quick and stopping, skidding super easy. Even at the fast speeds his stopping power is manageable and safe. He’s a mean agressive big brother that wants nothing more than to protect his baby sis.