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I remember saw these guys passed by in Golden Gate Park the other day. Work day fun day.

Here’s their story in our city.. Morning Ride to the Beach

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With the Bike to the Beach bag launching online this month, Kirby Stenger, one of our wonderful Alite photographers, decided that we needed to shoot the actual “bike to the beach” morning ride that inspired the creation of the bag.  So we got together in the Panhandle one morning and set our sights onTrouble Coffee, a fantastic coffee shop in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset neighborhood.  Offering some of the absolute best coffee and toast in SF, as well as a unique, comfortable parklet in which to sit and enjoy your morning caffeine fix, Trouble Coffee was the first business to bring fame to this now heavily visited block on Judah Street.  If you pedal there through Golden Gate Park, you will have the opportunity to pass such amazing SF landmarks as the Conservatory of Flowers, the De Young Museum, Bison Paddock, Stow Lake Boathouse, the Dutch Windmill, and finally, Ocean Beach!  Check out our photos from our ride below… We hope it inspires you to set the ol’ alarm clock an hour early and squeeze in a morning ride yourself!

And if you live in SF, Trouble Coffee is located at 4033 Judah Street.  We recommend pedaling to the Panhandle, taking John F. Kennedy Drive all the way to The Great Highway, riding down the coastline, then turning on Judah.  Trouble Coffee is a few blocks up.  And please remember to try the toast.  You’ll thank us.

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…through the Panhandle…

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…past the De Young…

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…pitstop at Stow Lake…

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…and this is pre-coffee…

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…down the coastline…

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…morning reflection…

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…follow the Great Highway south…

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…Trouble Coffee…

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…and now, on to the office…

You can still pick up one of the Bike to the Beach bags here.

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I jokingly said the other day to a friend that the hardest thing about my trip to China withMission Workshop wasn’t actually being in China, it was sorting through all my photos. Over 20 rolls of 220 film, 10 rolls of 35mm were accumulated in the three weeks I found myself in Asia. Imagine having to sort through all that and pull together a concept.


a short preview of the book

This is “The Ends”, a book of photographs that is being released at my photography show at Mission Workshop this Saturday, June 15th. You can Pre-Order the book now and it’ll ship Monday, June 17th. We’ve already got the copies and they look amazing. Each copy was printed in Oakland.

“75 page soft-cover book showcasing John’s photographs from the 1,000km bike tour.

Setting out from Shanghai, John Watson and Mission Workshop began their cycling tour of China’s Yangtze River Delta. Using both film and digital formats, Watson photographed the surroundings and encounters with the local community. Led by their friends from Factory Five, they headed into a frenetic network of massive residential complexes, large industrial parks, and super highways. At first glance, the route seemed straightforward, however, the reality of the 1,000km trip was far more intense than anyone expected.

The following photographs from their trip were taken by John Watson, depicting his impression of what is meant by “the ends justify the means.”

This is The Ends.

Available for sale online and at Mission Workshop San Francisco. Ships Monday 6/17.”

Please spread the word, buy a copy of the book for $35 and roll through the show this Saturday!

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Ran into Tori last week and so hype to see our friend take another step to initiate a business. It’s pedalcap ice cream joint. here’s web site and go check her out ok.

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I probably posted this pic before, but what da.. someone just liked it on my decade old Flickr.

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This is a re-post from Brooks England’s blog..


Rivendell Bike Works will be popping up this weekend. (Photo Manny Acosta)

Aficionados of the lugged steel frame game know that it’s not just among serious Lord Of The Rings fans that the name Rivendell can conjure an eye-twinkle, followed by the immediate desire on the part of those within earshot to start feverishly exchanging trivia on the subject.

 

Since establishing his company twenty years ago, Rivendell‘s commander-in-chief Grant Petersen has continually produced bicycles with which their eventual owners tend to develop a rare type of bond, one that goes far beyond the conventional attachment most other riders have towards their machines.

So naturally, when a pair of Rivendell owners get together, there’s going to be some Bike Talk.

There may also be Book Talk. Grant released his first bicycle book, “Just Ride”, last year to enthusiastic reviews. He kindly gave us a piece for this year’s Brooks Bugle with the background story of its publication.

And let’s not forget that the still-available back issues of his Rivendell Reader can, as ever, be mined both for good advice and sheer pleasure by anyone with even a remote interest in bikes, honesty or fine sentences.


Brooks saddles and Rivendell frames have plenty of shared history on the road.

Of course, none of this is breaking news by any means, but we do have some information this morning that in a couple of years’ time could figure in a Rivendell Trivia Quiz.

When and where did the first ever Rivendell Pop-Up store take place?

From June 1st to June 9th, Grant and his team are temporarily setting up shop at a location in the Mission District of San Francisco. Depending on how things work out, they might even stay a bit longer.

Apart from being able to see first hand some of the most thoughtfully designed lugged steel frames available anywhere, visitors to the Rivendell Pop-Up will also be able to get their hands on special coupons, limited run Rivendell posters, and maybe even a cup of coffee.

Plans for a couple of giveaways and some secret (oops) super-deals are also in the pipeline. But don’t tell anyone you heard it from us…

And if you’re lucky, one of Rivendell’s premiere wheel builders Rick Lesnik might be on hand when you drop in, to show you how it’s really done.


The superb Hunqapillar poster, left, and right, 2012′s Rivendell-Goines “collabo”.

These won’t be the only Wheels of Steel instore, though. We’ve been given to understand that a soothing soundtrack of the finest lugged Swedish jazz will serve as musical accompaniment to guests for at least a portion of the shop’s opening hours.

You have been warned.

Rivendell Bicycle Works SF
June 1st through 9th
12pm – 7pm
3156 24th Street San Francisco, CA 94110 ‎

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Well then, No post for half a year. I have been spend a lot of time dialing in my bikes. Here is one of them, the 1980 Alps 650A touring bike that I acquired from an old friend Lek couple years ago. Recently outfitted with Nitto Campee low rider rack for 700c, along with pannier bags, saddle bag and front bag by Ostrich. When loaded, I can feel the bike hugging on the asphalt on the cushy 38mm Panaracer tires. I am really happy with the current build. We will see how it go when I take it out.

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