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16th Annual LA River Ride this weekend!

Everybody have everything they

need for the 16th annual LA River Ride? We’re going to donate some tubes to

Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, but we’d recommend everyone

have their own flat kit! We’ll see everyone Sunday!

More info on the LA River Ride…HERE!

A little recap of the last Sunday Social…

at Komorebi’s website!

Late last month, I took the Komorebi show on the road down to Los Angeles, CA! The invite had been extended by Jen Abercrombie, who manages the Sunday Social series held at Golden Saddle Cyclery. The Sunday Social is a great monthly event that invites ladies to take over the shop and hang out, share snacks and stories, and encourage each other to ride bikes!

But, before the event, there was time to ride! Although I’ve often traveled through L.A. on my way to visit family who live north out of town, I’d never had the chance to spend any leisure time or ride bikes in the city. We’ve all heard #lasucksforcycling – I would judge the hashtag’s merits for myself!

I flew into LA on Saturday morning, settled into Jen’s delightful AirBnB space and rebuilt my bike (which I had shipped) in her lush courtyard. That afternoon, I road over to Golden Saddle Cyclery to meet the crew. It had been a long while since I’ve just hung out at a shop for hours, drinking beer and talking bikes, bikes, bikes. It turned into a bit of a party (blame it on The Club) that kept right on going past closing time. A night ride was suggested – a pedal up to Griffith Park to enjoy the full moon – so our group of seven got ourselves and our bikes ready to ride in the dark. A quick but punchy climb up to the blacktop provided a great spot to hang out and enjoy

the view of the city’s billions of twinkling lights spread out around us. There was great conversation, photos were snapped, another beer drank, then a rowdy decesent to the local burrito spot. A pretty perfect night spent with friends on bikes – they don’t get much better!

Continue reading…HERE!

Bye bye Cori!

Brace

for Impact:

A

girl, a van and a whole lot

of Salsa. from cori

pep on Vimeo.

Santa Monica’s Savvy…

Multimodalism Shows Moxie!

Santa Monica's Savvy Multimodalism Shows Moxie from STREETFILMS on Vimeo.

Just in the last six months they have launched both Breeze bike share and opened the Expo rail line to

downtown Los Angeles which cuts travel times from an hour and a half by bus to 50 minutes. (Personal note: after spending the day shooting this story I endured a 2 hour and 15 minute bus ride back to L.A.’s Union Station. So at rush hour it can be even more tortuous than

that!) The Breeze bike share was my first experience with the smart bike program and it was easy to use and comfortable.

Continue reading…HERE!

Encino Omnium!

EncinoOmnium

More

info…HERE!

GSC Sunday Social! This Sunday!

Join us for Bikepacking: Camp with your Bicycle. It’s our third installment of Sunday Social, a series of women’s events at Golden Saddle Cyclery. Come hang out, have a drink, and meet some other ladies who ride. This

time around, Jocelyn Gaudi of Komorebi Cycling Team from Portland, Oregon will walk us through bikepacking basics and share her experiences as a mountain bike skills teacher and bikepacking ride leader. There will be a short talk and plenty of time to socialize with friends, check out some gear, and ask questions. You’ll learn about bag and rack options for carrying stuff on your bike, what to bring, plus tips and tricks for packing light and staying safe. Beginners welcome! Women only please. Bring your own cup for beverages. See you at the shop!

Closing early tomorrow…

for

shop camp out!

See everyone up

in the mountains!

Colin Bogart on the Climate Ride!

When Kyle at Golden Saddle Cyclery agreed to sponsor me for Climate Ride 2015, he handed me a cheap, disposable camera, asked me to take pictures, and then bring the camera back. “Sure,” I agreed, as I tossed it into my bag. Soon after that, I was off to northern California to ride from Fortuna to San Francisco, 300 miles in 5 days, to raise money for Climate Ride and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. Climate Ride organizes rides to help raise money for various environmental and advocacy organizations and LACBC is a non-profit working to make Los Angeles County a safe, healthy, and fun place to ride a bike. Full disclosure, LACBC is also my employer, but I still had to raise at least $2,800 to do the ride.

I’ve only done a few multi-day rides in my life; one along the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon with Adventure Cycling Association and one with Aids Life Cycle in 2003, riding from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Climate

Ride was right up there on the scale of rides through beautiful, jaw-dropping landscapes with amazing people. There really is nothing like experiencing the beauty of

this planet than from the saddle of a bicycle. It’s not just what you see, but what you hear, smell and feel. Prior to Climate Ride, I’d never ridden the California coast north of San Francisco, so I was super excited to do this ride AND raise money by doing it. What a win win!!

Now it’s almost a year later and Team LACBC is once again heading to NorCal for Climate Ride 2016. This time I’m staying in LA so a few of my co-workers can do the ride. Not surprisingly, ALL of us at LACBC want to do Climate Ride, but we can’t all go at once. Someone’s got to answer the phones in LA. This time we have a team that is more representative of LA’s population, an intentional result of LACBC’s Diversity Initiative. Our team members are training and fundraising right now. All of them are excited about the ride and I’m excited for them. I know it will be fantastic and I think for many of them, it will be a life-changing event.

It took a while, but I finally got to see those plastic camera photos recently. We’ve grown accustomed to taking digital photos and looking at them

right away, then fixing them if we don’t like what we see. Taking pictures with Kyle’s camera reminded me of my childhood when I took pictures with film using a boxy camera I’d found in the trash behind our apartment building. I thought more about the photos I was taking and felt a sense of anticipation when taking each shot – hoping they’d look okay. Looking at them now, I’m amused by how I staged a lot of them, often at times when I was riding alone (for some reason) or I’d tell my ride mates to ride on ahead, I’ll catch up. The photos seem more intentional and planned vs the more spontaneous candid shots and selfies we often see today. I don’t

know if I damaged the camera, but the streak of light in the photos adds a quality to the images I don’t think I could have planned. I like it and I’m glad that Kyle likes it too.

I’m grateful to all my sponsors including Golden Saddle and I’m pleased that the photos came out pretty well. I hope these photos might inspire you to sponsor one of my co-workers this year or any one of the members of Team LACBC. In particular, please consider sponsoring Lac Vuong. He’s the youngest member of our staff, a good friend, and manager of our bike valet program. Lac has a heart of gold, he lives, eats, and breathes bicycling,

and I think this is the first time he’s had a chance to do a ride like this. Lac needs to raise another $1,500 by the end of this week to do the ride. His fundraising page is…HERE!

See more of Colin’s images…HERE!

This weekend!!!