Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Cal Poly Cycling - Dirt Club Classic, Dual Slalom

This year, Cal Poly Cycling is placing a major focus on modernization, through media, to visually convey exciting messages.

Most recently, I gathered footage at Cal Poly Cycling's Dirt Club Classic mountain-bike race. During the dual-slalom event, rider footage was captured, before being paired with Black Sabbath's War Pigs.

Yew!


Saturday, November 5, 2016

Art's Cyclery Video Content

In conjunction with Art's Cyclery, as a brand ambassador, May's content shoot has continued to produce a plethora of video footage.

Recently, through the Art's Cyclery "Ask a Mechanic" YouTube series, "Best Carbon Upgrades for Road Bikes" and "How Stem Length Affects Your Ride" displayed updated video.

Art's Cyclery: "Best Carbon Upgrades for Road Bikes"
Art's Cyclery: "How Stem Length Affects Your Ride"

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Cal Poly Cycling - Chronicling the Past, Shaping the Future

San Luis Obispo, California, provides plenty of opportunities for play. Recently, while combining a passion for cycling with a need to complete assignments, I filmed Cal Poly Cycling in Los Olivos, California.


After giving it a watch, let me know your thoughts!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Art's Cyclery Photo Content

Paired with Art's Cyclery, a content shoot in May has continued producing a plethora of opportunities for advertising, promotions, and fillers.

ArtsCyclery.com content feature.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Interbike Outdoor Demo: GU Energy Labs, Flashing Back and Peeking Forward

Oh, it has only been one year but plenty of good and grand innovations have occurred at the GU Energy Labs stomping grounds in Berkeley, California.

With Interbike Outdoor Demo just around the corner, from September 19-20, a fitting flashback to 2015, while paired with a sneak preview for 2016, should leave you eager to find the GU Energy Labs booth in Bootleg Canyon, Boulder City, Nevada.

The calm before the storm. Bootleg Canyon, Boulder City, Nevada for Interbike Outdoor Demo.
In 2015, Outdoor Demo revolved around convenience and remaining eco-friendly, as seen here in press from Bikerumor. GU rolled out a 15-serving bulk packaging for its Energy Gel and Roctane Energy Gel. Additionally, fresh flavors of Salted Caramel Apple, for Chews, and Big Apple, Maple Bacon, and Vanilla Spice, for gels, had just started to appease flavor freaks.

In 2016, as with 2015, GU Energy Labs samples will be on display.
Overall, GU's rebrand saw them partner with TerraCycle, aiming to reduce waste and create reusable goods, all with former packaging.

Now, looking forward, what is ahead for GU at the 2016 Outdoor Demo? New flavors, new product, and plenty of nutritional tips and tricks remain the plan.

For Roctane Energy Drink Mix, the newest flavor of Summit Tea will be sampled. Additionally, the latest product release of Energy Stroopwafels, in Caramel Coffee, Salty's Caramel, Wild Berries, and Salted Chocolate, will be sampled. For plenty of phenomenal Energy Stroopwafel ideas, check out the Instagram feed of GU's R&D lead, Magda Boulet. Gels, hydration tabs, and electrolyte capsules round out the Outdoor Demo fleet.

Also, on Tuesday, September 20, at 10 a.m., GU will be providing coffee and Energy Stroopwafels at the Cannondale tent, before a ride with the Stans NoTubes - Cannondale team. Stop by for your chance to claim a bag of GU goods. 

The GU Energy Labs Stroopwafel range. Photo credit: Magda Boulet.
GU Energy Labs Stroopwafel flair. Photo credit: Magda Boulet.
So, with less than one week to the start of Interbike Outdoor Demo, be sure to give a glance towards GU Energy Labs. We'll see you there.  

Feedspot Poll: "Top 100 Cycling Blogs Every Bike Fan Must Read"

Lately, my personal blog posts have become more infrequent, while resorting to outside reviews, as well as gaining traction with various publications. However, recent praise for "Sean Bird's Cycling Blog," which desperately needs a title overhaul, landed me in the "Top 100 Cycling Blogs Every Bike Fan Must Read" Feedspot poll. At number 100, I must have been a bubble pick!

Throughout the years, more than three at this point, thank you for the clicks, likes, and shares. In the future, I'll plan to keep rolling out my frequently infrequently tales on product, competition, and backcountry adventure. Together, we'll keep the pedals pushing.

Cheers.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Art's Cyclery Photo/Video Content

Paired with Art's Cyclery, after completing a content shoot in May, it has been outstanding to be featured in Art's Cyclery content.

Through both photography and video, Art's Cyclery is conveying a message, which relates to adventure, cycling, and social prowess.

Art's Cyclery website cover photo.
Art's Cyclery "Ask a Mechanic" YouTube series.
Here, I have included the link to "How To Pack for Long Rides," which was featured in the Art's Cyclery YouTube series. 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Product Review: Capo and Castelli Posted on Road Bike Review

Recently, after completing four cycling apparel reviews for Art's Cyclery in San Luis Obispo, California, Road Bike Review graciously shared my product reviews.

Paired as Capo and Castelli cycling kits, be sure to give my latest writing a glance!

Wait, they will come...
This accurately describes my current emotions. Thank you for the share, Road Bike Review!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Cub House

At the end of the day, do you ever think about how two wheels became so powerful? What about four wheels? Bicycles and automobiles pair well with transportation. However, adventure, exploration, family, friends, fun, danger, pain, role models, and fashionistas also come to mind.

With cycling, some rides are slow, while others are fast. Some easy, others excruciatingly painful. Some boring, others radical. Some dull, others fresh. Some bland, others pop.

However, do you ever think about why we accept boring, dull, and bland, in our daily lives? Why not attempt to make every experience meaningful, memorable, and sacred?

Well, The Cub House, a miniature pop-up shop, which is "not a bike shop," is changing the way cyclists and people approach life. Located in South Pasadena, stop by for "free life advice."

Now, while affiliations can be confusing, The Cub House was started by Sean, from Team Dream Team and Ringtail.  All part of a trendy collective based in Los Angeles, which is frequently mentioning #LASucksForCycling, The Cub House is home base for stoke, smiles, and plenty of high fives.

For me, the lifestyle cycling movement was inspired by Thereabouts #1 with Angus and Lachlan Morton. It exploded this past Saturday, August 6, when a buddy and I rolled with some of the most unique, excited, and genuine Los Angeles cyclists. Quite simply, these people love riding bicycles. Now, I'll let the pictures do plenty of talking.

Location: The Cub House.
#UrbanJungle
Griffith Park, the pad.
Views of DTLA. #GUforit
Location: Golden Saddle Cyclery.
Yeeewww!
I approve. The Cub House swap meet.
If you can finish a ride with a burrito, you finish a ride with a burrito. Credit: Adam Evard.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Product Review: Castelli Men's Perfetto Light Short-Sleeve Jersey

My second Castelli review, through Art's Cyclery, features Castelli's Perfetto Light Short-Sleeve Jersey.

Once summer begins cooling off, as we move into fall, this will be the garment of choice.

Photo credit: Art's Cyclery

Product Review: Castelli Men's Mondiale Bib Shorts

Hot off the press are a pair of my most recent product reviews, through Art's Cyclery.

First, I was fortunate enough to review the Castelli Men's Mondiale Bib Shorts. Give it a glance, give it a read, and let me know your thoughts.

Photo credit: Art's Cyclery

Monday, July 11, 2016

Product Review: Capo Corsa SL Bib Short

For the Art's Cyclery blog, the second piece in a paired review is Capo's Corsa SL bib short. Paired with Capo's Corsa SL jersey, these garments make for a legitimate combination.

Take a minute and give my latest Art's Cycling review a read.

Photo credit: Art's Cyclery



Product Review: Capo Corsa SL Jersey

For the Art's Cyclery blog, one of my latest product reviews revolves around Capo's Corsa SL jersey.

Give it a read. Give it a glance. Let me know your thoughts.

Photo credit: Art's Cyclery

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Cali's Coast: Four days, 387 miles, 28,000 vertical feet...

"You're doing that on bicycles?" was quickly followed by "Why?" when my father and I would speak with interested locals. Honestly, we never possessed a sane or consistent response, even after discussing our reasoning on multiple occasions.

Adventure. Challenge. Scenery. Thereabouts. 


Those four words manage to closely describe our reasoning. However, especially in remote locations of Northern California that approach the Oregon border, people did not understand.

Coast squad.
Beginning in Eureka, California, which is about 100 miles south of the Oregon border, my father, mother, and I set out on a journey for Morro Bay, which is located along the Central Coast. Pops and I would pedal, while my mother took advantage of California's breathtaking scenery and endless exploration possibilities.

Eureka, California.
Eureka, California.
Up north, life is different... way different. After being born and raised in Southern California, just 15 miles from Los Angeles, an international hub that possesses a bustling population of nearly four million souls, briefly cruising through 250-person settlements was eye opening.

Day one rolled through Humboldt County and the Redwood National Park, after beginning along the Lost Coast of California, which was depopulated in the 1930s. If nature and scenery float your boat, this 102 mile route is pure gold. In this case, I'll let a few pictures do the talking.

Heaps of roads like these.
Our first view of the Lost Coast.
California's Lost Coast.
Honeydew Country Store stop.
Honeydew, California.
A whole lot of this...

Day two was our "shortest" hop from Benbow to Mendocino. More rugged coastline and rigid Redwoods provided plenty of amusement. However, the true story of the day was killer climbing and even better descending. Yes, the roads were becoming busier as we approached San Francisco, but an inland portion of Highway 1 made my day.

Where there's a wheel, there's a way. Twinning.
Eventually, it was back to the coast.
Rest stop entertainment.
Mendocino's GoodLife Cafe and Bakery is next level.
Day after day, this was a common sight. Support from GU Energy Labs was insane!
Proudly, I rocked my GU Energy Labs kit on day two of our saunter down the coast. During the past few years, GU is a brand that I have been fortunate to work closely with. Their capsules, mix, tabs, gels, and recovery were a significant portion of this endurance test. With anything, reducing variables is comforting. Knowing that GU product was going to be stashed in my jersey pockets for five-seven hours daily was fantastic.

On the third day, conditions were eerie. Moving from Mendocino to Bodega Bay took place in an omnipresent fog layer that hindered visibility and any hope for summertime heat. Maybe it was due to the lack of views, but day three was all business. In 5:30 hours, 98 miles and 7,300 vertical feet were covered, while averaging 18 miles per hour. At the end of our day, it was back to reality, living a life on the road and changing in liquor store parking lots.

For me, day four capped off a brilliant cycling trip down the coast of California. Nagging Achilles tendon pain caused me to pull the plug, while pops forged ahead for a fifth and final day. However, during day four, a rough start caused worry.

Climbing out of Foster City, we had 112 miles to reach Monterey. The initial 10-15 miles occurred on punchy climbs with misty conditions. After reaching our high point, we descended down to Highway 1, before being buzzed by vehicles for the next 40 miles. Eventually, we reached Santa Cruz, a city filled with color and zest. A stop at The Buttery allowed for a refueling period, before inserting headphones and buckling down for a few hours of farm roads that landed us in Monterey.

Those Salt and Vinegar chips got me to Santa Cruz!
Mandatory sock game and tired legs.
Now, the deed is done. As I sit at a desk and examine the bright, plain, calm Southern California sky, I oddly miss the rugged coastline, passing automobiles, and poor weather conditions.

Final destination: Ragged Point, California.
Last week, I embarked on the trip of a lifetime. Why? Well, the adventure seemed exciting, as opposed to remaining inside for extended periods of time. The challenge was awesome, which provides perspective for additional difficulties. The scenery was breathtaking yet unexplored by billions of people. Finally, the journey allowed for new roads, new people, and plenty of summer bonding with the parents, which can't be taken for granted.

So, after learning to ride bicycles at 3 years of age and beginning to race at 13, I am now a 20 year old trying to find my place. Through using the bicycle as a tool, I have journeyed to distant locations that I otherwise would have never visited, while meeting individuals that have a story to share and wisdom to impart.

Therefore, throughout this past week, I have been grateful to be a member of the cycling community. From adventure to racing, bicycles are a powerful tool with extended possibilities.

Regardless of your interests, passions, and ultimate vision, keep breaking down barriers and exploring the unknowns.

Thank you very much for reading, while following along with an extensive journey down Cali's coast. Until next time, get outside. 

Monday, June 20, 2016

My Interpretation of Thereabouts: Part Two

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Location: San Luis Obispo, California
Ride Details: 103 miles on Highway 1, Highway 41, Kiler Canyon, and Highway 46, with glorious stops in Paso Robles and Cayucos. Strava file.

"Uh, Liam, should we stop and get water there?" I stammered.

On Saturday, June 4, towards the end of my second year at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, 103 glorious road and dirt miles occurred north of San Luis Obispo. The instigator... Liam Dunn, a first-year student at Cal Poly, who reigns from ColoRADo (I couldn't help myself).

According to Liam, "bucket list rides before heading home for summer" is how he explained our adventure, which began with an additional four friends.
Ladies and gentlemen, Liam Dunn.
We rolled early, at 8 a.m., which isn't bad for a group of collegiate cyclists, especially with finals looming. North, its where we headed.

Highway 1 struck early, before heading east on Highway 41 to reach Atascadero. During the Highway 41 climb, local legend Blake Anton rode the front at 300 watts... to prevent attacks. Well, it worked. Our group of six rolled into Atascadero, where we eventually split.

Liam and I proceeded north, towards Paso Robles, while the others headed home to San Luis Obispo. Originally, the plan was for us to tag Peachy Canyon, a steady climb out of Paso Robles. Instead, we rolled up Kiler Canyon, which flows before turning to a substantial dirt climb that intersects Peachy Canyon.
Kiler Canyon dirt. Credit: Liam Dunn.
Dirt... it's good for the soul. #RoadBikesOnDirt

After fulfilling our daily dirt climb, Highway 46 allowed us to head east. Highway 46 is where our day became truly memorable.

It was dry and hot, especially for early June, as the temperature soared into the 90s. I, being a camel, was guzzling water and continuously facing the threat of dry bottles.

Moving along Highway 46, our next planned stop was in Cayucos, until we noticed a dirt driveway, which we proudly rolled past. It was then that I stammered, "Uh, Liam, should we stop and get water there?" We decided it would be wise to fill bottles and regroup at Jack Creek Farms, a sweet store just west of Paso Robles.

Three waters, one Coca-Cola, and an $0.82 peach, which we only had $0.81 for. Praise penny dishes. That sounds like a pretty typical cycling rest stop.
Saddle up. Credit: Liam Dunn.
After mounting our steeds, we rolled towards Highway 1, which took us to Cayucos. Along Highway 1, which was engulfed in a complete fog bank, the temperature lowered to 60ish degrees. However, Liam and I trudged forward with jerseys unzipped and grins on our faces. Naturally, we began giving each other slight pushes to increase the pace.

In Cayucos, multiple waters, Coca-Cola, salt and vinegar chips, and a Snickers bar left us satisfied. Another typical cycling rest stop.

Then, we rolled home to San Luis Obispo, while continuing with light conversation and plenty of memories. Another day, another adventure, except this one won't be fleeting my memory banks any time soon. 

Until next time, thank you for contemplating my interpretation of Thereabouts, which includes adventure, rest stop characters, and plenty of memories.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Art's Cyclery Road Photoshoot

On Friday, May 27, 2016, I was fortunate enough to partake in an Art's Cyclery photoshoot. As an ambassador for Art's Cyclery, which is located in San Luis Obispo, California, we focused on updating both photo and video content for the Art's Cyclery road catalog.

Below, I have include a few of my favorites from a spectacular afternoon and evening of shooting.
Product reviews and specialty shots.
Eric, Zoe, yours truly (left to right). Credit: Scotty Ender
Credit: Scotty Ender
Eric, yours truly (left to right). Credit: Scotty Ender
A fitting end to an incredible afternoon.
Credit: Scotty Ender
All I had to do was ride my bike. Mike, Kasey, and Scotty (not pictured) are magicians behind the lens. Credit: Scotty Ender