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Sweet Ride USA & Levi’s PublicRide August 23rd

Sweet Ride USA & Levi’s PublicRide August 23rd

We’re partnering with the Levi’s Commuter Workspace pop-up shop in downtown LA for a special Sweet Ride in Little Tokyo and you’re invited!

Saturday, August 23rd

Meet up: 11am
Levi’s Commuter Workspace
157 W 5th St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Roll out: 12 noon

We’ll be checking out two sweet stops and grabbing footage for a future episode of Sweet Ride USA. Our guest ride leader is Andrea Martinez, “MamaB” from LA bike crew the Bodacious Bike Babes, and a Sweet Ride USA favorite. There will be a stop to grab some lunch, and giveaways from Outdoor Tech Speakers, Bicycle Coffee and Levi’s Commuter line! We want to burn off all the sweet calories we take in, so be prepared for a 20+ mile ride. Bring helmets and a spare tube – be safe!

RSVP for the ride at TicketLeap

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Check out all the great events at the Levi’s Commuter Workspace

Watch Sweet Ride USA Episode 4

In Episode 4, we hosted our first PublicRide – anyone was welcome to join Sweet Ride USA as we trekked from Silverlake, Los Angeles to a customize-your-own donut shop in Highland Park called Donut Friend. This place is amazing – you can choose the type of donut cake you want, then go crazy with fillings and toppings, including cheese, coconut bacon, lime zest and Sriraccha sauce.

Our guest leader for the ride was Rick Johnson from LA bike crew Treats N’ Beats who filled us in on his least favorite part of biking in LA – Prius drivers.

After we stuffed our faces, the group split off to check out the SoCalCross Turkey Trot Cyclocross races in lovely Verdugo Park. Don “Roadblock” Ward from Wolfpack Hustle and his girlfriend Kathryn led us back to Hollywood on their giant tandem bike.

Everyone on the ride was welcome to take pics and videos, post online with #srusapublicride, and we added the best stuff to this episode. Thanks everybody for the contributions!

It was a fantastic day, and only the first of our PublicRides. If you’d like to come ride with us, join our mailing list or follow us on the socials.

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

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!

My New Chrome Barrage Cargo Filled with Holiday Stuff

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Bicycle Heaven on Earth

Bicycle Heaven on Earth

In Groningen, the Netherlands, you see people on bikes everywhere. Half of all trips are via bicycle, thanks to a unique city layout that relegates cars to the outer perimeter, and cycles to the city’s center, making bikes the easiest and fastest way to travel. I watch this video and my heart goes all pitter patter. Check out this video from Streetfilms, Groningen: “The World’s Cycling City.”

iPhones Need a Car Mode – Like NOW.

iPhones Need a Car Mode – Like NOW.

Considering that every day, riding your bike in traffic is a crapshoot of personal safety being risked by the average driver desperately needing to respond “LOL” to a text and almost killing you, smartphone software having a dedicated “Car Mode” is an idea that needs to happen – yesterday.
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Generally, I don’t advocate wearing earbuds. It’s way too important being able to hear what’s happening around you. That said, when I do wear earbuds, I do the one ear thing, and keep the music pretty low, that way I can still hear it, but I can also hear traffic. Plus it’s nice hearing Google Maps lady’s reassuring voice give me turn-by-turn directions when I’m in an unfamiliar area. I like to think she’s flirting with me.

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