I have found there is a special kind of silence that can only be heard during the first real snow of the year.
There are few things I cherish more than cruising Upper Bucks County in late October and it was great to share it with my good buddy Dan. I've slowly started bringing a little Olympus Stylus with me and was experimenting with shooting position and proximity. This ride also included incredible baked oatmeal and coffee from one of my all time favorite spots.
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'!
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!
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.
I am working on being more vigilant about pushing creative thoughts out of my brain and onto paper. Showin' some #bikelove
This narrated account of film photographer, Hoshi Yoshida shooting black and white film behind the scenes of BUILDER, a documentary about some of best freeriders in the world building their own trails, does an incredible job showcasing the most beautiful mountain bike photos I have seen to date.
For more stills and words head over to Pinkbike