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!
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
For my wallet. I’ve had my eye on one of their solid bike messenger-quality backpacks for a while now. Better go check my balance. Opening party this Friday night, located right next door to Orange20 on Melrose. There’s also a mess of races and bike events to go with the shop, check ’em out here.
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.