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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.

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

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