Mudfoot’s “The Dirty Hundo” Video

On March 29th, Mudfoot and Golden Saddle Cyclery hosted The Dirty Hundo – a 90 mile, 9k elevation (35 miles of it dirt) cyclocross bike ride in the Los Angeles mountains for the stout of heart and the thick of tire. I wussed out, largely because I didn’t think I had the right bike for it. That is, until I found out that GSC’s Kyle Kelley did it on his All-City Space Horse AND with flat pedals, making me feel like even more of a pansy.

I’ve since remedied my bike “issue” and am definitely going next year.

Check out Kyle’s photo essay on The Radavist

#BikeLA Events This Weekend 3/14

#BikeLA Events This Weekend 3/14

Some good rides coming up this weekend, and it’s going to be stupid beautiful out. Go ride your bike!

The Pie Ride, Volume 1

Now THIS is a ride we can get behind – a tour of pie places starting in Echo Park and going who knows where. I hear a stop in historic Philippineotown is on the agenda. Passage Ride regular John Kerr is leading, and this looks to be a fun one. Meetup: 10:30am Vista Hermosa Park.

The Soto Ride

A ride to Santa Ana to visit #BikeLA figure Albert Soto, to support him in his battle against cancer. Meetup: 11:00am, La Placita Olvera – La Golondrinas – across from Union Station.

Treats N’ Beats

Looks like super fun party ride TNB is gonna do their 3rd weekend of the month ride this Sunday afternoon. The plan is to make the most of the 85 degree weather and head west. Meetup: 1pm at Mornings Nights coffee in the Sunset Triangle.

Cronuts in LA

Celebrity chef Dominique Ansel brought his hit pastry the “Cronut” to LA for one day only. April and I braved the line to see what the all the hype was about. This involved rain, a three hour wait and the seedy underbelly of the Cronut black market.

Check out Sweet Ride USA in Bicycling Magazine!

Check out Sweet Ride USA in Bicycling Magazine!

Holy moly, this is amazing. Right now on newsstands all across the country, you can pick up the current issue of Bicycling Magazine and read about Sweet Ride USA in a whopping 8-page spread.

Editor-at-large Bill Strickland hit us up last year about being featured in the magazine, and it’s finally an actual real-life thing. The piece documents the filming of our just-released Episode 3, as we pedaled through Los Angeles on the search for bicycle-churned ice cream at Peddler’s Creamery and Double Decker O-Nuts at DK’s Donuts.

The text was written by yours truly, and Mathew Scott did a great job photographing us in all our sweaty dessert-hunting glory – man, it was HOT that day.

The only thing missing from the article is all the hard work that goes into shooting our web series, especially the tireless efforts of my Sweet Ride USA partner in-crime Debra Matlock. Shout out!

We’re honored to be in the pages of not only an amazing magazine, but one I actually have a subscription to. When this showed up in my mailbox, I almost soiled myself – true story.

We are so thankful to Bill and the great staff at Bicycling and can’t thank them enough.

Pick up a copy while you can, check out the online version on Bicycling.com or download a pdf of the article here.

Watch Sweet Ride USA Episode 3

In Episode 3, Andrea “MamaB” Denike Martinez, Nat Gale, York Tan, Bruce Chan, Nona Varnado and I braved the mid-90 degree heat in Los Angeles on a bike ride to try out two delicious desserts. First, the bicycle-churned ice cream at Peddler’s Creamery downtown, then DK Donuts‘ take on the cronut, the “Double Decker O-Nut” in Santa Monica. As always, we rode a route through the city designed to burn off every calorie we’d consume.

Bruce and Nona are the founders of LA Bike Trains, an organization created as a way for cyclists to commute in a fun and safe way to work in the morning. It’s a pretty rad setup, and if you are in LA and wanna try out bike commuting, this is a great way to start.

Along the way we checked out the mysterious “Witch’s House” in Beverly Hills and stopped at Orange 20 Bikes for some gear.

This episode’s On-Bike Interview features Sean Bonner, dedicated LA cyclist and one of the founders of Safecast, a groundbreaking volunteer group that sprang into action after the Fukushima disaster in Japan, creating a crowdsourced radioactivity monitoring solution. It shows you the power of what people can do when they put their heads together for a greater purpose.

After Sean rhapsodized about the excitement of night rides in the early days of Midnight Ridazz, we geeked out over his sweet black Golden Saddle Cyclery-built Freeman single speed bike that’s easily collapsable so he can pack that bad boy onto a plane.

Wanna ride the this route yourself and have your own Sweet Ride? Here ya go.

In EP3, we were shadowed by Bicycling Magazine for a spread in their March issue. Go buy it on newsstands now!

More Links!

Andrea’s bike crew, the Bodacious Bike Babes
Nona Varnado
Bruce Chan’s Tumblr

Thanks to Mathew Scott for the images in the thumbnail.

Be sure to change the video settings to HD, YouTube won’t let me embed it that way!

Sweet Ride USA EP3 Coming on Monday!

Sweet Ride USA EP3 Coming on Monday!

Get ready folks – here comes Sweet Ride Episode 3, where we try some bicycle-churned ice cream, gorge on cronuts, check out a witch’s house, and talk to Sean Bonner from Safecast.  The filming of EP3 was photographed for a featured spread in the new issue of Bicycling Magazine which JUST hit stands. We’re super stoked. more