18 Miles Per Hour

18 MilesPerHour is about riding through the world instead of just passing it by.
I’M A DESK JOCKEY FOR A COUPLE WEEKS.
On a big project. Chained to the desk. Not a ton of time to ride therefore less chance of cycling-inspired insights.
I could be wrong. I hope I am.
- Brian

I’M A DESK JOCKEY FOR A COUPLE WEEKS.

On a big project. Chained to the desk. Not a ton of time to ride therefore less chance of cycling-inspired insights.

I could be wrong. I hope I am.

- Brian

HAPPY FRIDAY. RIDE YOUR BIKE THIS WEEKEND.
Like Clark Gable and Joan Crawford here. Actually Joan’s the only one pedaling, Clark’s just getting his pistol diddled.
Mommie Dearest.
Run Silent, Run Deep.
While not bicycle-related, I feel I must include this Crawford vehicle. Although it’s the worst movie ever made, it’s got the best phrase in the trailer (“…with the strength of twenty demons…”) that I plan on using to describe my cycling exploits from now on. 
And last but certainly not least…Tara.
(photo courtesy of Rides A Bike)

HAPPY FRIDAY. RIDE YOUR BIKE THIS WEEKEND.

Like Clark Gable and Joan Crawford here. Actually Joan’s the only one pedaling, Clark’s just getting his pistol diddled.

Mommie Dearest.

Run Silent, Run Deep.

While not bicycle-related, I feel I must include this Crawford vehicle. Although it’s the worst movie ever made, it’s got the best phrase in the trailer (“…with the strength of twenty demons…”) that I plan on using to describe my cycling exploits from now on. 

And last but certainly not least…Tara.

(photo courtesy of Rides A Bike)


FOOD CHAIN REALITY CHECK FROM THE TRAIL, COURTESY OF NICK.
Friend of 18milesperhour, Nick Capuano, sent us this photo and some Santa Monica Mountains trailside wisdom that we thought we’d share.
“I thought I would share a pretty extraordinary sight from our trails that I encountered this morning. I was out on a solo ride at about 8am - a roundtrip up Sullivan Canyon to the Nike Missile Tower and back. On the descent I was enjoying some of the side singletracks when, to my surprise, after exiting a wooded area, I came upon the scene in the above picture. Right in the middle of the trail was the carcass of a deer - it was big young buck probably about two years old and about 200 pounds. Needless to say, it was a fairly shocking sight. I stopped for a closer look - there was hardly anything left of it, and it looked like a fresh kill that was the work of a sizable mountain lion … the flies had not even found it. When I got over the initial shock and started taking a few pictures, it occurred to me that I may have interrupted the feeding as I’m sure the cat would have heard my less than delicate approach through the trees, and the cat could well have been observing me. It was an eerie reminder that we are guests in the canyon, especially when juxtaposed with the news of a mountain lion that was killed when it wandered into Santa Monica last week. I just wanted to share. Take care, Nick.”
Thanks Nick. And be careful.

FOOD CHAIN REALITY CHECK FROM THE TRAIL, COURTESY OF NICK.

Friend of 18milesperhour, Nick Capuano, sent us this photo and some Santa Monica Mountains trailside wisdom that we thought we’d share.

“I thought I would share a pretty extraordinary sight from our trails that I encountered this morning. I was out on a solo ride at about 8am - a roundtrip up Sullivan Canyon to the Nike Missile Tower and back. On the descent I was enjoying some of the side singletracks when, to my surprise, after exiting a wooded area, I came upon the scene in the above picture. Right in the middle of the trail was the carcass of a deer - it was big young buck probably about two years old and about 200 pounds. Needless to say, it was a fairly shocking sight. I stopped for a closer look - there was hardly anything left of it, and it looked like a fresh kill that was the work of a sizable mountain lion … the flies had not even found it. When I got over the initial shock and started taking a few pictures, it occurred to me that I may have interrupted the feeding as I’m sure the cat would have heard my less than delicate approach through the trees, and the cat could well have been observing me. It was an eerie reminder that we are guests in the canyon, especially when juxtaposed with the news of a mountain lion that was killed when it wandered into Santa Monica last week. I just wanted to share. Take care, Nick.”

Thanks Nick. And be careful.

THE BIRTHDAY RIDE
You ask a couple friends to pony up and go out on a sunset ride on Sunday evening and you’re gonna get groans or excuses.
When it’s a Birthday ride (or Birthday eve, in my case), they’re on it.
I’ve got good friends.
And I made sure they knew that when we got to the ride’s turnaround, rest stop at “the fire lookout.” Out came the trusty Surly flask full of Bushmills and we all got really present and I thanked them for being there for me. In a fairly un-grounded, unpredictable year, they were always dependable. That matters.
Whether it’s spoken or not, whether it’s toasted with whisky or not, that’s what the birthday ride means.
The Birthday ride always ends up being more than just a ride, because my riding buddies are more than just buddies.
- Brian

THE BIRTHDAY RIDE

You ask a couple friends to pony up and go out on a sunset ride on Sunday evening and you’re gonna get groans or excuses.

When it’s a Birthday ride (or Birthday eve, in my case), they’re on it.

I’ve got good friends.

And I made sure they knew that when we got to the ride’s turnaround, rest stop at “the fire lookout.” Out came the trusty Surly flask full of Bushmills and we all got really present and I thanked them for being there for me. In a fairly un-grounded, unpredictable year, they were always dependable. That matters.

Whether it’s spoken or not, whether it’s toasted with whisky or not, that’s what the birthday ride means.

The Birthday ride always ends up being more than just a ride, because my riding buddies are more than just buddies.

- Brian

HAPPY FRIDAY. RIDE YOUR BIKE THIS WEEKEND.
Can’t wait to see who the Doogie Howser of Le Tour will be.
Don’t think this will be winning any Tony awards.
That’s it for now. Ride safely.
(photo courtesy of Rides A Bike)

HAPPY FRIDAY. RIDE YOUR BIKE THIS WEEKEND.

Can’t wait to see who the Doogie Howser of Le Tour will be.

Don’t think this will be winning any Tony awards.

That’s it for now. Ride safely.

(photo courtesy of Rides A Bike)

THE BEST, BRIGHTEST, SMARTEST ANNIVERSARY GIFT EVER.

16 years together and we’re just getting started.

You know why?

One of the thousands of reasons is right there in that gift box.

She not only embraces what I love to do, she fosters it.

When I go out and absorb the profound wonderfulness of a night ride, she reaps the benefits in the form of a contented and glowing husband.

Everyone wins.

Thank you, Jenny. I love you.

- Brian

MAD DOGS & ENGLISHMEN & ME. 
This is one of the reasons I prefer not to ride in the midday sun.
The two miles of fire road that leads to all the closest trails gets so washed out that you don’t see the ruts and bumps and hidden rocks until you run into them.
And friends, they are plentiful.
Sure there’s the heat and overwhelming brightness and increased risk of overexposure but the inconvenience of being vaulted over the bars is the more immediate issue.
Maybe I should take a different route?
Perhaps I should put on suspension and decrease my risk?
Nope. I’ll just stick to chilly, early morning rides, thank you.
Then after I’m done, mad dogs, Englishmen, the trail is all yours.
- Brian

MAD DOGS & ENGLISHMEN & ME. 

This is one of the reasons I prefer not to ride in the midday sun.

The two miles of fire road that leads to all the closest trails gets so washed out that you don’t see the ruts and bumps and hidden rocks until you run into them.

And friends, they are plentiful.

Sure there’s the heat and overwhelming brightness and increased risk of overexposure but the inconvenience of being vaulted over the bars is the more immediate issue.

Maybe I should take a different route?

Perhaps I should put on suspension and decrease my risk?

Nope. I’ll just stick to chilly, early morning rides, thank you.

Then after I’m done, mad dogs, Englishmen, the trail is all yours.

- Brian

SO THIS IS WHAT CYCLING HAS BECOME
Thanks to hipsterism, the bicycle is culturally welded to the ironic moustache.
At least in the eyes of The Container Store and whatever company manufactures these novelty paper clips.
I’m not sure how I feel about this.
I know the moustaches are a fad and I don’t want riding a bicycle to dissipate with it.
Overthinking it a bit? Perhaps. But that’s how much I care about cycling.
- Brian

SO THIS IS WHAT CYCLING HAS BECOME

Thanks to hipsterism, the bicycle is culturally welded to the ironic moustache.

At least in the eyes of The Container Store and whatever company manufactures these novelty paper clips.

I’m not sure how I feel about this.

I know the moustaches are a fad and I don’t want riding a bicycle to dissipate with it.

Overthinking it a bit? Perhaps. But that’s how much I care about cycling.

- Brian

TRAFFIC
Just a little backup on my commute today.
I’ll take this over the 405.
- Brian

TRAFFIC

Just a little backup on my commute today.

I’ll take this over the 405.

- Brian