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anonymous asked:

Hey Vernon! What kind of bike do you ride? What are some good trails in the Burbank/Glendale area? I love bike riding and want to get more into biking in the East Valley; most of my trails are on the West side of the San Fernando. Griffith Park as a fuckton of great trails, I'm sure.

I’ve been waiting a long time for someone to ask this question! I have three bikes! They all have their own little job in my life, so let’s get into them:

2014 Motobecane Super Strada. This is my workout/hill climb/get hella mileage bike. Shimano Ultegra 6800 rear derailleur and STI shifters for those smooth-ass gear transitions on a budget. I probably rack up the most saddle time on this bike. It’s been feeling a little sluggish lately, so I might have to bring it in for an overhaul.

State Bicycles Black Label. My newest bike and my first foray into fixed gear bicycling. I mostly use it for commuting/cruising/whip skidding to impress the fixie girls and tend to get really nice compliments whenever I ride it (look at that cool-ass butter knife-looking carbon fork). I switched out the pista drop handlebars for pursuit bars (pictured) because AESTHETIC, but might switch those out for compact drop bars sometime down the road. Since I took this picture I added SPD pedals because I despise toe cages and also I like being a little clipped-in bike punk.

1987 Cannondale. This was the first serious road bike that I bought for $250 from a guy in Pasadena. I initially used it as a commuter from my old place in Hollywood to my job in West Hollywood. It had good components for the time it was built (Shimano 600 downtube shifters with touring rings in the front) and whoever owned it before me took really good care of it. I started riding it on hill climbs for workouts and eventually decided that I needed to get something newer/faster - which was when I bought the Super Strada. I’ve since converted it into a touring bike for camping/carrying heavy things and am hoping to take it out this Summer for a multi-day bike camping trip.

To answer your other question, my favorite paths out in LA are:

-Griffith Park Observatory/Blacktop
-Nichols Canyon
-Elysian Park
-LA River Bike Path

Sorry for such a long post! Here’s a bonus hardstyle picture: