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.
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.
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!
We’ve got a trip planned to Tucson in February and we need your help! Our goal is to escape a little more winter weather and film some classic road/gravel rides in Tucson as well as capture some of the bike culture there. If you have any tips on great routes, interesting bikey people, places or things, let us know! Send us an email or use our contact page, and we’ll add it to the list and it may end up on our Youtube Channel!
Yay! The latest Oregon Scenic Bikeway we filmed is out. This one is one of our favorite parts of Eastern Oregon – the Painted Hills.
We’re currently on a rambling tour in California using bikes and trains to get around. While we were on the train, we thought it would be the perfect chance to make some videos around why we love train travel as well as provide some helpful tips. Here are some recent vids!
In this video, we give you an exclusive look at the new Swift Industries Sugarloaf Basket Bag! We are huge fans of bike touring with a basket and this bag makes it so much easier. Watch the video and check it out!
A couple of months ago we did some filming for MeetMeInKlamath to promote bicycling in the area. The video is finally live! The shoot was ambitious and hectic since the area has so many bicycling assets. There is everything from mellow road rides at the Running Y Resort, mountain biking through a lunar landscape on the High Lakes Trail, epic gravel rides around Hagelstein County Park and newly built singletrack trails on Spence Mountain (you can find out specific route details at RideKlamathRide.com. For the shoot we worked with dedicated locals to scout locations as well as be talent for the video. It was an immense group effort where we got up at chilly predawn hours to get the best morning light and shot late to capture the sunset. All the while we were constantly adjusting our schedule to avoid wildfire smoke that was creeping into the area.
Looking back, it was a crazy week of long hours but we are really proud of the end result. Our clients were so pleased with the video that it’s going to run as a TV spot! Check out the video and let us know what you think. If you do take a bike vacation in Klamath County, be sure to bring all your bikes.
Yay! We shot this video in early summer and it is finally being released. Having ridden, driven and filmed many of the Oregon Scenic Bikeways this one is one of our favorites especially if you like climbing on a road bike! It makes a great day trip, but it can also be broken up as a two day biketouring trip by camping one of two lakes that you pass. If you are in Southern Oregon, check it out!
In this video, we stumble upon something really special. Part of the Bitterroot 300k route, we ride some car free doubletrack that connected our campsite to the small town of Avery, Idaho. The scenery is spectacular, the riding is scenic and the fishing was amazing! If you’re digging these mini vids, don’t forget to subscribe to our Bicycle Travel Channel.