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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
If you came here because of the article, hello there! Sweet Ride USA is a web series for bike people and we hope you dig it. It’s a home made operation, and we thank you for stopping by. We’re located in Los Angeles, but we have our sights set on the world – anywhere we can check out a city’s bike culture, meet some cool people and go on an adventure – all while pigging out on the best desserts we can find. Guilt-free decadence via bicycle.
Have a gander at our first two episodes, whydontcha?
Episode 1 - Bread Pudding at Golden Road Brewery, Bacon Donuts at Nickel Diner, Blade Runner Locations and Nat Gale.
Episode 2 - Vegan Brownies at Doomie’s, Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies at Proof Bakery, the Marathon Crash Race and Don “Roadblock” Ward from Wolfpack Hustle.
We’ll see you for EP3 on Monday!
Oh man, this is golden. “Step #22 – Remember that spandex is revealing, get used to avoiding looking at every person’s junk.”
The holidays are in full schwing and this weekend there are a TON of rides and events to choose from to get your holly on, including the 8th Annual Midnight Ridazz All-City Toy Drive, the Chrome20 Wrenched_LA ride, an LACBC caroling ride and a Mission Workshop pop-up shop at Golden Saddle.
The allure of the Chrome_20 holiday pop-up hub proved too strong for me, and I grabbed some stuff including the Barrage Cargo backpack. Been using it everyday, and so far have been really happy with it. Planning on doing a full video review, but now here’s a little video of me unpacking all kinds of holiday mess before last week’s Echo Park Bike Posse annual caroling ride. This thing is really sturdy, comfortable, and it holds a ton. Barrage Cargo Packpack at Chrome Industries