From Where I Ride Part 2: T-Rexstasy

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'!

Things Fall Apart

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.

PHL -> NYC Shop Visit Extravaganza!

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.

Deluxe Cycles

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!

Details: ESPO's Art World

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.