Finally! The second installment of From Where I Ride is here. This time I lugged my trusty K1000 around good ole Bucks County! Many of these roads are amongst my favorites and although I ride them with some frequency, there is always something new to see. From a hungry Tyrannosaurus rex to a flock of butterflies, you never quite know what you're going to run into. With a few steeper climbs than my average ride, this one really got that blood pumpin'!
The first Ford Mustang was introduced in 1964 and changed the face of American sports cars forever.
This tower is one of maybe a handful of concrete towers that dot the Delaware shoreline. They were built during World War II with the purpose of defending US shores from German submarines. Most of the towers lay abandoned and are permanently inaccessible.
Below is a small collection of photos shot on Lomochrome Purple of the elevated section of the abandoned Reading Viaduct. I have been lucky enough to spend a great deal of time exploring both the elevated and subterranean sections of the viaduct and it is truly a special place. A small portion of the elevated section is currently under construction and slowly being turned into a beautiful park for everyone to enjoy! I'm excited to see what the future holds for this place.
If you are interested in reading more about The Rail Park or taking a tour, check out the Friends of the Rail Park website.
"Chasing Visions of Our Futures" Daughter supported by Wilsen March 3, 2016 at Union Transfer
Some shots from my first roll through a little Olympus Stylus I snagged on eBay. There's nothing like a sunny afternoon spent with good buds!
Some snaps of the sky from my first visit to Coney Island, what a strangely photogenic place.
Julie Byrne opening for Vagabon February 25, 2017 at PhilaMOCA
For some time now I have been itching to undertake a more significant destination ride. A few weeks ago I took some time off to ride from base camp in Doylestown, PA to Brooklyn for a few days of friends, food, music and most importantly, BIKE SHOPS. Cities I have not yet been to excluded, NYC, Brooklyn specifically, is the mecca of bike shops. While I was in town I made sure to stop by the three at the top of my list and happened to have my trusty K1000 on hand.
The first stop and quite possibly my favorite shop, Deluxe! This is the first time I've been to their new location, a larger room in the same building. Deluxe always has an incredible collection of old steel and I think it's so rad that a majority of the new bikes they carry are from companies building bikes right here in 'merica (Wraith, ///LOW, No. 22, Affinity, etc.). I love that there is always someone hanging around the shop excited to take time and chat.
Maglia Rosa NYC
Next stop Maglia Rosa! I first found out about this shop at the Philadelphia Bike Expo. The owner had Chris Bishop build a bike for him which was then painted by VeloColour. The bike was in the Bishop booth and absolutely stunning; I knew I had to check out the shop. Maglia Rosa is a really cool coffee shop (Nutella waffle highly recommended) with a few unique old builds hanging on the walls, the tiniest Bianchi I have ever seen and a very special collection of custom bikes from upper echelon builders like Seven and Festka. THERE'S A COLNAGO IN THE BATHROOM.
King Kog NYC
The final stop on my Brooklyn bike shop extravaganza was King Kog. Originally from Oakland, CA, King Kog had some of the wildest track frames and complete builds I have laid eyes on; Zipp trispokes, HED discs, Super Record, Phil Wood, AARN, bling from wall to wall. They also helped me out with a loose spoke that seemed to develop over the course of my journey and had the most pleasant Chihuahua watching the door.
Until Next Time NYC!
Tycho May 4, 2017 at Brooklyn Steel
Steve Powers is someone I've been following since I first learned of his work in the documentary Beautiful Losers. I was immediately drawn to his ubiquitous lettering style. It's so simple, fitting seamlessly into any place and any time yet is somehow immediately recognizable as ESPO. A few weeks ago while exploring Brooklyn on my bike I stopped at ESPO's Art World to check out what he had going on. It's absolutely a dream to have a space of my own to fill with art and bikes and old film cameras and it was incredibly inspiring to poke around someone else's dream space.
A magical afternoon spent in the Brookyln Botanic Gardens during peak Cherry Blossom!
I have recently become fascinated with the concept of hedonism. Hedonism, according to Google, is the pursuit of pleasure; sensual self indulgence. Sensual self indulgence, let that one stew.
In an act of extreme hedonism, when the mood strikes, I have decided to strap on my K1000 and bring it along on longer rides. You may be thinking, "That doesn't sound like sensual self indulgence." but I can assure you, it is the pinnacle. The rhythm of the pedals, the snap of the shutter, I could die brimming with endorphins and adrenaline.
This brings us to From Where I Ride. A segment that I hope to maintain, From Where I Ride will include a series of photos taken over the course of a single ride and a Strava map showing the route that I took with basic ride stats. So without further ado, From Where I Ride Part 1: When Death Dies.
Mary Lattimore opening for Waxahatchee (Solo) March 15, 2017 at Johnny Brenda's
I happened upon this old truck waiting for some love while looking for the perfect Christmas tree with my family this past December.
I am working on being more vigilant about pushing creative thoughts out of my brain and onto paper. Showin' some #bikelove