EPISODES

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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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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.

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Watch Sweet Ride USA Episode 2

Episode 2 of our web series about riding bikes and eating desserts takes place in Los Angeles, the day before the Wolfpack Hustle‘s Marathon Crash Race – where thousands of cyclists crash the LA Marathon course in the twilight hours, before the runners take over the route. True, it’s not the best idea loading up on sweets on the day before a race, but Andrea “Mama B” Denike Martinez, Nat Gale, York Tan, Lawrence Sanchez and Katie Brooks Bennett said screw it and came on the Sweet Ride anyway.
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Watch Sweet Ride USA Episode 1

In our first episode, shot in Los Angeles, Andrea “Mama B” Denike Martinez, Steven Lau, Nat Gale, York Tan and Kate Fields joined me in the quest to seek out two great desserts, explore the city, and burn off all the calories by the end of the ride.

After checking in with our resident dessert expert, Erika, for an idea of what we’d have to burn on the ride, we rode from Silverlake to The Pub at Golden Road Brewing to check out their croissant bread pudding. After Nat’s psychedelic wardrobe change, we headed down along the LA river path to the Nickel Diner in Downtown LA to sample their famous bacon donut. Along the way we did a mini-tour of locations from the sci-fi classic Blade Runner, and did an on-bike interview with Nat who works in the LA Mayor’s Office of Transportation to get the inside scoop about the battle to transform LA into a bike-friendly city. Not an easy task, but it’s one worth fighting for.

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