The Escape From LA: Stage 2

Los Angeles and cycling. Two potentially conflicting ideas, a concept we’re unfamiliar with. On our second installment of the Escape From LA, our riders exit the Southland, but not before taking in the majesty and prominence of the enormous San Gabriel range along the Angeles Crest, followed by a day tackling Santa Barbara’s two monster climbs in scorching heat. #LAsucksforcycling? Hardly.

The Escape From LA: Stage 1

As humans, we’re obsessed with journeys from point to point, from beginning to end. In local lore, the Coast Ride, a cycling journey from San Francisco to the northern reaches of the Los Angeles megalopolis is one such ride, and by all accounts, a fairly tame one. Unfortunately, we like doing things the hard way, just because. Presenting the Escape From LA, Above Category’s take on connecting the two mighty coastal icons in the most difficult way possible: 523 miles and 50,000 vertical feet in five days on coastal California’s most breathtaking roads.

Reviewed: Trek Madone RSL

There’s little bigger test of a bicycle’s capabilities than a multi-day stage race. We didn’t have a week-long one at hand, so we made our own five-day affair – and abused the Madone through it all.

Introducing Trek

Above Category is built on scouring the Earth for what we believe is the best in our tiny realm of road cycling, that which carries the most endearing form with the finest function with a story that echoes deep in the chambers of our hearts. What if we find something that’s been staring us squarely in the face without realizing it? Something that’s quietly been developing the most technologically advanced production carbon bicycles in the world – and making them in the United States? Introducing a most uncommon partnership: Trek Bicycles and Above Category.

Learning to Hate Yourself and Love the Machine: Surviving Riding Indoors

The depths of winter is here, which, for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, means days shrouded in a cocoon of unending darkness coupled with cold temperatures and poor conditions. A mainstay for staying fit in the winter? Training indoors. Which, if we’re honest, sucks. Once that basic truth is accepted, we’ll happily light the way to going about making it suck less with our guide to riding indoors. The right equipment. The right mentality. Even the right music.

The Twelve Days of Breathtaking Builds: Day Twelve

The final day of the Twelve is upon us. Our last Breathtaking Build is worthy of the finish, because it isn’t just one bike – it’s three. To close out the year, we present Baum’s intricate, extraordinary, and widely-envied Martini paint scheme with the heralded original white and two new stunning numbers on the venerable, timeless Corretto titanium frame.

The Twelve Days of Breathtaking Builds: Day Eleven

The Twelve Days of Breathtaking Builds is very nearly finished, but before it’s over, the second Pegoretti of the dozen builds sanctifies the series. Inspired by the famous modern artist Mark Rothko, it’s classic Peg in a classic livery homage to one of the great painters of the 20th century. Behold, the Rothko Marcelo, a pure steel race bike finished in the color fields of a master.

The Twelve Days of Breathtaking Builds: Day Ten

The Twelve Days of Breathtaking Builds approaches its conclusion with Mosaic’s flagship road bike – the titanium RT-1 – dressed in Canadian crimson splendor, courtesy of Toronto’s VeloColour paint studio. North American talent coming together under one concrete roof never looked so stunning.

The Twelve Days of Breathtaking Builds: Day Nine

Do you miss the days of mountain bikes with 500mm handlebars, terrifying descending geometry, tiny tires, and mismatched fading anodization? We don’t either, which is why this lustrous Open ONE+ made its way onto our Twelve Days of Breathtaking Builds.

The Twelve Days of Breathtaking Builds: Day Eight

A bike can be a tool. A bike can be a plaything. It can be a vehicle for adventure, for discovery. It can also be a memento to a time in life when things were distinctly different. This Breathtaking Build, a Baum Corretto fit only for a maritime wanderer, fits all of those definitions, while still blowing our sense of aesthetics and function away.