There are few things we love more than a good climb on a bike that leads to a beautiful vista. The only thing that would make it better is if it were car free! Amazingly, Southern California has some awesome gravel climbs that are completely car free, allowing you to enjoy the vista at your own pace without constantly having to look behind your shoulder. These three are our favorites!
1. Verdugo Mountains – Tree of Life
The Verdugo Mountains are a small transverse mountain range just north of Burbank, CA. As a kid, they were literally in our backyard and I never bothered exploring them. Now, whenever I visit the parents we make sure to take bikes and ride up to the iconic Tree of Life.
2. Sulpher Mountain Road
Ask any local cyclist in Ojai what ride to do and invariably Sulpher Mountain Road will be mentioned. It is a long gradual ascent that can be easily accessed from the Ojai-Ventura bike path (a gem in of itself). Closed off to traffic and generally hard pack dirt, it will have you climbing for hours and reward you with an awesome view of the Pacific Ocean at the top.
3. Mt. Lowe Road
This is probably one of the most epic gravel climbs in Southern California! The first three miles are an absolute gut buster with the grades rarely dipping below 13%. If you can tough out those first few miles, you will be rewarded with an absolutely mind blowing ascent up to an old abandoned railroad tunnel. Be sure to stop and read the interpretive signs to learn about the rail service that use to climb up to the mountains.
In these two videos, I do a conversion project I’ve been wanting to do for a while – turning my 700c Vaya into 650b. Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of doing this conversion as well as going with me on the first ride with the converted bike.
In this video, we do a shop visit at Gladys Bikes, one of the best women focused bike shops in the country.
We’ve just returned from a week of pedaling in Mississippi looking for interesting bike destinations. We managed to create some ride videos while we were on the road, but have a few more to edit. For now, check out these vids on unlikely but awesome biking destinations in Mississippi.
We are headed to Tucson for a week and a half of biking, running, fishing and glorious warm sun! We are shipping our bikes in advance and decided to try out AirCaddy Bike Boxes and ship them with ShipBikes.com. We’ve shipped bikes before with smaller bike boxes, but wanted to try something that didn’t require as much disassembly and the AirCaddy bike boxes seemed to fit the bill. Hopefully the bikes will arrive safely. Subscribe to our Youtube channel to find out!
To be honest, I was planning to do a quick and dirty review of the Gino Mount, but I thought it would make a more interesting video if I interviewed Gino himself since he now lives in Portland. So in this vid, we get the back story of how Gino’s idea came into production with Paul Components.
In this vid, we nerd out on randonneuring bikes and low trail forks with Starmichael from Norther Cycles! Definitely a destination bike shop if you’re visiting Portland. Subscribe to our Youtube Channel to get notifications of our next shop visit!
Portland is said to have 80 bike shops! We are kicking off a series trying to find the most unique ones and do a little profile on them. Rivelo is one of our favorites because they sell so much more than just bikes! In this video we talk with John about the shop and some of the history and philosophy of Rivendell bikes. If you want to see more videos like this, don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube Channel!
In this video we hop on one of the most hotly anticipated bikes of 2017 – the Rawland Ulv. The Ulv is a genre busting bike that combines randonneuring, light touring and bikepacking all in one bike! We went to the announcement party of the Ulv almost a year ago and they have literally just landed at Velocult in Portland. They are a small production run, but we were lucky enough to throw a leg over one for a few hours to give you guys our ride impressions. Check out the video or if you’d rather read, here’s our executive summary.
-Surprisingly lively ride for a bike that looks like a tank
-Low trail geometry makes riding with a front load stable even on rough terrain
-Dual wheel size, allows you to tailor your tires and wheel size for the terrain
-Eyelets for a rear rack, Anything Cage, traditional low rider and rando/porteur racks
-No toe overlap even in smallest frame size (54)
-650+ tires can be a slog on extended pavement riding
-No front derailleur mount
-Very limited supply of frames
BONUS VIDEO – A LOOK AT THE RAWLAND DEMIPORTEUR
We love that people are rediscovering the humble, US-made and utilitarian Wald basket again! In this vid, we show you a simple hack to turn it into a quick release basket, making it easier to box your bike and fit on bus/car racks easier.