6/21 - 10:00 pm
Riders: Me & Curtis
Ride down Huntington up Del Mar through some Mansions flying down Oak Knoll, ending up in Garfield Park with a couple Pabst.
Thursday night ride action. We started out pretty mellow rolling down Huntington. We passed San Gabriel and decided to check out our old crib down on MaysDale. The place looked nice! Way better than when we live there. I took a bad picture and we moved on.
We rode up Rosemead and bustead a left on Del Mar. In the process we were passed by about 20 scooters. Not mopeds. Straight up 96 Honda Elites. I don’t know who these people are, but they have a scooter club.
We rode down Del Mar. Pretty easy pace. We decided to cut down a residential street, which started the mansion ride. Pasadena is so crazy bougie rich. We pulled on to California and i had the great idea to run down Oak Knoll and find Huntington Gardens. We didn’t find the gardens but blasting down Oak Knoll was good enough.
After a familair stroll down Monterey, we decided to hit up Garfield park and knock back a couple Pabst burning a hole in the old backpack. Took some pictures and blazed down Fair Oaks.
13.7766 Mi - 1700 Walking Calories!!! Woo! That’s like 2 million bike calories!
My house through S. Pas. back to my house.
Tried to go down to the Rose Bowl after work to ride with Curtis, but I found my front tire to be flat. After trying to put one of Curtis’ tubes in my rim and pinching it in two places, I decided to go home and patch the original tube which was also the wrong size. At least it held up through two rides already! I did my first patch kit experiment and it came out all good. I got more experience taking the tire off the rim and not pinching the tube with the tools and all that. I got on my bike and rode around S. Pas. I was really flying. This was the fastest I’ve pushed my bike yet. I’ve gained more confidence through the last couple rides and feel much more comfortable standing up and pumping it. Some Asian dudes with their spandex came up behind me and were all like, “hey.” I said “hi,” thankfully I was doing the cool no hands stretch your back out ride..oh yeah!!
My house to Curtis’ house, through Alhambra to San Manrino to Videoteque back to my house.
This was a nice ride from my house to Curtis’ through San Marino. Riding into San Marino from Alhambra was the difference btw straight up LA high population density chinatown and what looked to be some suburban road in South Carolina. I felt like I passed into another dimension. I didn’t even notice the SUVs pulling up on me, because they were hybrid Lexus’. We rode into a Cemetery off Roses, but the actual grounds were locked up. It was eerily quiet; not because it was a cemetery, but more that it was just extremely quiet for LA. You couldn’t hear any cars as well as the fact there were no freeways around. Pretty cool. We rode past Huntington and took Monterey into S. Pas. Monterey going west is pretty nice. We stopped by Buster’s and I rented Entourage from Videotheque. Overall the ride was a lot of suburban goodness. Always relaxing.
Started at my house, rode through Eagle Rock, stopped at Johnny’s for a drink and then back to my house.
I got off of work and went to Pasadena Cyclery to by some goods. I bought my bike about 6 months ago and haven’t bought shit for it yet.
I figured now I am committed and I need some stuff. I bought front and rear tail-light, a real pump to get my tires up to pressure, a u-lock and a lock for my seat, a water bottle holder, patch kit, and tire tools. Just over a hundred bucks and alot of shit. The guys there were pretty nice. It’s either hit or miss with bike shops and this one so far is fine with me.
Curtis came over after it got dark and we decided to do a little Eagle Rock action down to York. We rode up Fig from my house, which wasn’t bad at all. We got onto Colorado and rode that down to Eagle rock blvd. I like riding at night. You have more confidence with the lights and a buddy and it’s a lot of fun to ride with the traffic and make left turns at the stop lights. We drove down York and stopped a the new bar Johnny’s. They have a pool table and were playing Easy Rider on a projector which was displayed on the wall. I played pool against some 50 something dad, who was very energetic towards all the people he met. They had just got back from a dodger game and were, needless to say, pretty hammered. The bar itself is too new to pass judgement. It’s not a hipster bar like footsies or cha cha or anything, but has potential to be cool. Lots of local Hispanic not poor, not rich just that I’m some sort of Mexican and were almost like 30 and well we live in LA types. Nice and all just not my flavor. I guess the best way to put it is that the bars I like draw in the creative types. Whether it be music, or art. These people seemed more like the office job types.