Ride a bike, share your experience and love. When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day's sensations: bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay's call, ice melting and so on. This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead. I still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity. But I am mentally far away from civilization. The world is breaking someone else's heart. ~Diane Ackerman

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Family Life - Adam Starts Soccer

Adam's been asking and begging to play soccer.  While I'd rather he start racing BMX, he insisted on playing soccer.  So we signed him up for the Spring season and today was his first game.  Adam was so excited to play and, the day before, all he could talk about was soccer this and soccer that. 

Today, his first game finally arrived, and the whole family was out to cheer him on.  Grandmas and Grandpas, cousins, aunts, sisters and of course Jamie and I lined the field, shouting words of encouragement and sideline coaching whenever Adam got the ball. 

Adam did great and his excitement was visible in his clenched up fists, straighten back, outstretched neck and gigantic smile.  Just watching Adam play you could almost feel his pure excitement. 

And so starts another chapter in the Castillo's lives.  Soccer Mom/Dad and loading up the kids for ballet, piano and now soccer games.  Funny how time flies by us, it seems like just yesterday Adam came into this world.  Now he's running up and down the soccer field while mom, dad and sisters cheer him on!

Illegal Bike Race Turned Legit - Red Hook Crit

Spring Classic Heroes

Friday, March 29, 2013

Ritte's Guide to Personal Grooming. How to Shave

Ritte's Guide to Personal Grooming. How to Shave. from Ritte Racing on Vimeo.
Looking good is easy. Just follow these steps.

Animation: Garrett Quon of http://gqmotion.com
Illustration: Ritte
Music: John Swihart

A http://www.rittecycles.com Production

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Ghost Bike Documentary Trailer

Ghost Bike Documentary Trailer from Danny and Kat ZKO on Vimeo.
Ghost Bike is a 60-minute documentary motion picture about the creation of ‘Ghost Bikes’ as roadside memorials for cyclists killed by motor vehicles. The film also serves as a testimony to the lives that are affected by the conflict between motorist and cyclists to safely share the road. We are documenting members of the cycling community who volunteer to install ghost bikes anonymously at sites where cyclists were killed.

The Bike Spike

The BikeSpike from Bike Spike on Vimeo.
The BikeSpike is a tracking solution that protects your bike and broadcasts your ride! Pledge a dollar for a holler or be one of the very first on Earth to Spike Your Bike. Support our Kickstarter now. http://kck.st/ZQsqgd

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Fargo Street Annual Hill Climb Challenge

This was my third year doing the Fargo Street Hill Climb Challenge and I managed to get up the hill 37 times. 37 times was difficult but I think I had enough in me to do at least 40.

The official start time is 9 am and it goes to noon.  If racers, hit 50 by noon, then the promoters will stick around and stay as long as the leader keeps going.  The all time record is 101 times up Fargo Street in nine hours.

Kevin and I have a tradition of eating at Nick's Place in LA.  Nick's Place is a little diner across from LA's Historical Park in DT.

Kevin wasn't able to make it up the street this time.  It's one steep hill and pictures don't do it any justice.

Unigeezer was out today.  This time he made it up three times.  Not to shabby.

Elliptigo guy was there too.  While most zig zag up Fargo Street, Ellipigo guy goes straight up. 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Updated: Bissel's Gaimon airlifted following San Dimas Crash

Updated: Bissel's Gaimon airlifted following San Dimas Crash
Dan Wuori
Link: http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/03/news/bissells-gaimon-airlifted-to-hospital-following-san-dimas-crash_278896

"Bissell Pro Cycling’s Phil Gaimon was airlifted to a Los Angeles hospital Saturday following a dramatic crash during the second stage of the San Dimas Stage Race."

Friday, March 22, 2013

The BMX Twins (English subs)

The BMX Twins (English subs) from black train films on Vimeo.
This is the amazing story of twin brothers Jubal and Guillem. Jubal had his leg amputated shortly after birth. Their mother met Juanjo Mendez who Invited them to the Velodrome.
Just a few years later, they are both on their way to becoming BMX champions. This is a moving story about overcoming obstacles and family love.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Winter is nearly over. Get back out on your bike and ride!

March from Velocity USA on Vimeo.
Winter is nearly over. Get back out on your bike and ride! Here's to spring!

Alex Angus
Josh Hogeterp
Jeff Jacobi

Austin Russell

"WestDownRightUpLeftEast" by The Soil & The Sun

Barry Roubaix course, Barry County, Michigan


LA Marathon Crash Race

LA Marathon Crash Race from Ryan Quan on Vimeo.

Nintendo Donkey Kong Hockey Mirco VS System

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Success via Survival: 2013 Milan - San Remo

Adam in the Air

Adam is going to need a bigger ramp soon.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

McSlappy - IORMB (I'm in Oakland and I'm Riding My Bike)

Marathon Crash Race 2013

I've been waiting for this ride since last year's Marathon Crash Race. The early hours before the start of the LA Marathon, thousands of riders gathered at Tangs Donuts and at about 4:30 am the Crash Race begun.

The day before, racers lined up in downtown LA to pick up bib numbers.  I was one of them.  The line was epic.  I stood in this line for three hours.  Next year, I think I will just "Crash" the Marathon Crash Race.

At the registration there were 100s or 1000s of people.  The line moved at a snails pace. 

My first spoke card?  The promoters were handing these spoke cards out with information on what to do if you crash or are injured during the race. At the race, I saw a lot of people go down.  Hauling ass fixie style, large crowds, dark streets and sharp turns don't mix well.

The registration lines were epic.  I only registered because racers would start ahead of the general public.  Well that was all thrown out the door on race day.  There was so many cyclists and we all lined up with no separation between racers and enthusiast.

Pic Above - People in front of me.
Pic Below - People behind me. 
Yeah, that's a lot of people. 

Well, I managed to make it to Santa Monica and then back to Tangs safely.  It was a great ride/race. I can't wait for next year's race!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Lance Armstrong - Deep Thoughts

Sent in from Richard M (Although it has been popping up on all the social media sites).

Baby Bike Stroller

Saturday, March 16, 2013

San Dimas Stage Race, 2013

March 22 thru 24, 2013

Friday, March 15, 2013

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

GMR to the Maintenance Shed - FIXED and Mid-week

After work I road up GMR to the shed.  It was a good ride.  It hurt riding fixed, but it was a good ride.  I saw Matt and another guy.  Good company, always.


(PS, Matt, please email me your contact information)

State Bicycle Co. - Cya @ The Finish Line- Wolfpack Hustle Marathon Crash Race

Its coming!

State Bicycle Co. - Cya @ The Finish Line- Wolfpack Hustle Marathon Crash Race from State Bicycle Co. on Vimeo.

You Spin Me Round

You Spin Me Round from The Department of Style on Vimeo.
Find us at www.thedepartmentofstyle.com

There is an incredible purity to track cycling. It's not unlike great design. When you pare everything down, forget the bells, whistles, frills and anything that isn't absolutely necessary, you are left with a track bike and a perfectly smooth, unobstructed course on which to ride it.

This is what a velodrome represents. Cycing, stripped down to the bare essentials. And it is beautiful. The bikes are works of art, fit to be stared at for lengthy periods, even while at rest.

The Forest City Velodrome (www.forestcityvelodrome.ca) in London, Canada, is a rare beast. There aren't many indoor velodromes in the world, and this is one of the more unusual of them all. In 2005, a few track cycling enthusiasts found an old unused hockey arena that had been set for demolition, and figured it was just barely big enough to cram a velodrome into.


The Department of Style is a field guide to the timeless, the adventurous, and the enthusiastic. We celebrate craft. We explore tradition. We find the creative imaginations that take classic forms and make them their own.

It is about understanding that in life, doing something right takes time, and skill, and effort. But therein lies the joy. Finding people who still do those things that way and telling their stories is the original Departmental mandate.

Semper Intrepidus

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Friday, March 8, 2013

Burrito and Beer

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Freaky Frankenbike Patrol

Freaky Frankenbike Patrol from Dave Skwarczek on Vimeo.
An animation test for my Freaky Frankenbike Patrol series. Animation by Cartoon Saloon and Ka-Ching! Cartoons. Character design by Michael Fleming. The song is "Bicycle, Bicycle" by Be Your Own Pet.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

From Glendoramtnroad.com, The Center Line Rule Applies

Check out this post from glendoramtnroad.com.  It could have ended badly.

Road Reckless Driving

Spinning Southward Profiles - El Salvador de los Perros

Spinning Southward Profiles - El Salvador de los Perros from melloajello on Vimeo.
This is a short video about Mike Logsdon, the younger of the two brothers who founded Spinning Southward.

He cared a great deal about the downtrodden street dogs of Mexico, so much so that he was willing to go against his better judgement, pick up an abandoned puppy on the side of the road, put it in his backpack, and take it with us for who knows how long...

This compassion is one of the traits that made Mike an inspiring guy to share the 16,000 mile journey with.

For more info about the project, go to http://spinningsouthward.com

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Paris Nice 2013 Stage 1

Portland Presents

Portland Presents from Chelsea on Vimeo.
Need gift ideas? Here are a few funky items that are unique to Portland.
Made in Portland. Sold in Portland. But you can also find them online:

Monday, March 4, 2013

Team Engine11

I am sure we will see some Engine 11 top 10 finished at this years Marathon Crash Race.

Team Engine11 from Engine11 on Vimeo.

Stinner Frameworks - How our bikes are made

I will have to visit Stinner the next time I am in Santa Barbara.

Stinner Frameworks - How our bikes are made from Hazardous Taste on Vimeo.
Aaron building a show bike for NAHBS 2013.

Aaron Stinner www.stinnerframeworks.com

Shot and Edited by Matthew C. Miller - www.Hazardoustaste.com

Song - RL Burnside - "Someday Baby"

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Family Ride to Church

What a great treat today.  The weather wasn't too hot or cold, it was just perfect for a family ride to our Church. 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

GMR to Mt Baldy - FIXED

Second fixed gear Baldy ride of the year.  It hurt and I wanted to coast.  I met up with John from Glendora and we rode together until about Fork plus 7 miles before I dropped off the pace.  That last section hurt.

John, send me your email. I might be interested in your ACH ride (Not in the fixed gear though).

San Dimas Stage Races 2013

March 22 thru 24, 2013

Friday, March 1, 2013


Introducing: Wolfpack Hustle. The Unified Title Series. from Midnight Ridazz on Vimeo.
REGISTER NOW(FREE): www.ctygrounds.com/wolfpackhustle

A special THANK YOU goes out to Warren Kommers Lee Diskin and Rick Kleinsmith for all the film work over the years. Without great film makers like these, Wolfpack Hustle would be nothing.

Edited and shot by Ace Carretero

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