LA Culture Collide

26

Mar

2014

The Bicycle District presents: LA CULTURE COLLIDE in conjunction with The Helio Cafe. The Event will be held on April 19th, 2014 from 6pm-10pm.
LA CULTURE COLLIDE is a celebration of all the cultures that make LA what it is today. Urban Art, Photography, La born Fashion, Specialty Coffee, and the Bicycle Culture.This event is set to re-introduce this amazing district back to the Angelenos and to the Cycling community.

The event will consist of:
ART:
A photo and art gallery inside cafe helio. The photography will be a display of the beautiful culture of the city of Los Angeles, and the art will showcase the love of LA through artist’s antigirl & Hans EL.
FASHION:
Above the gallery there will be a small concept shop to promote the fashion being created in LA with brands Malo and Runnin Wild.
COFFEE:
For one hour of the event (7pm-8pm) Four Barrel Coffee is sponsoring ” Pour your Heart out with Ebbie” which will showcase amazing Latte Art. There will also be complimentary latte’s and machiatto’s during that hour.
CYCLING:
For the Bicycle Community, Orange 20 Bikes will open its doors to the community and booths will be set up by Bicycle Kitchen/La Bicicocina,TRAFIK, and elohssa cycling will be providing Bike Racks to ensure a stress free event for anyone who wants to ride to the event, and/or for those who join the ride that will lead through LA and end at the event ( check midnightridazz.com). There will be gold sprints provided by City Grounds and other comps for the cyclists who want to have some fun competing.

This is a community event, we will be closing off part of the street to ensure a family friendly and bike friendly night.

*Admission is Free and for ALL ages!

p.s. For those who would like to enjoy the night with great food and craft brews look no further than The Faculty who will be open to celebrate their district!

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This past weekend was the start of the track season at the Encino Velodrome and what better way to start the morning than with a bike swap meet and the first event “Swap your legs race”. With the Best deals on components, No food truck, a great crowd to cheer everyone on, and the sun beating down on the track that only meant one thing for the racers in the San Fernando Valley, it was going to be hot ass F*ck!

It jumped off with Flying 200’s with Noah from @bicycle.net and Unknown Bikes having the fastest time at just 12.44 seconds!! It then went from match races, to sprint races, to scratch races… you could tell everyone was gearing up to leave it all in the track. Team .elohssa made a heavy appearance at the track rolling deep with their crew dressed in matching race kits. Be on the lookout for these guys during the upcoming season.

The strong winds and the hot valley sun made this race more difficult for the riders, but that didn’t stop Gorilla Smash Squad from sweeping the podium for the Mens Cat A finals. Edgar Willo Juarez sure put on a show for the Cat B finals as he sprinted out on the 2nd lap to grab that dollar prime, little did he know he was about to lap the whole pack and with that he made a very strong finish, winning 1st place for his new team Wolfpackhustle and Aventon Bikes.

It sure was great and fun day of racing, with all the riders out there representing and keeping this race safe. If you’re ever in Southern California make sure to stop by Encino Velodrome and go for a quick spin. Click on Continue Reading to see the full results/stats sheet…
And see all the Pics over on our FLICKR PAGE – TRAFIKPIX
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Despite the annual Wolfpack Hustle Marathon Crash Race being canceled days before the event, the Wolfpack crew managed to pull off a last minute permit for a mass ride. Led by Damian Kevitt in support of his organization Finish the Ride, over 1000 cyclists gathered at Tang’s Donuts (RIP) to pay their respects to the recently closed LA eatery, oh and to ride all night long.

What started out as slow group ride quickly accelerated. Although it technically wasn’t a race, no one was trying to finish last. The final stretch down San Vincente was, again, a race highlight with top speeds being reached and Strava segments on watch. The finish was in the usual spot on Ocean Blvd with hundreds of cyclists milling around in the closed intersection. About 5 different people claimed they “won”. Since there was to be no dogtags awarded this year, groups of riders slowly rolled away to watch an amazing sunset then sleep for the next 12 hours. LIKE if your sleep schedule is still fucked.

Let’s all hope that WPH can negotiate a killer Race for next years marathon. Meanwhile, the remaining races in the Wolfpack Unified Series are still on, with a Crit to be held in Long Beach and the return of the Drag Race. Stay tuned to TRAFIK for all that FG life info.

Check out FINISH THE RIDE on Facebook

And visit our FLICKR @TRAFIKPIX to see all the pics

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TRAFIK is looking for talented photographers, writers and filmmakers to bring urban cycling culture to a mass audience. Do you like riding bikes? Do you like photographing people riding bikes? Do you like to write about people riding bikes, bike culture, races, etc? Come join the TRAFIK Team and do what you love. Get your work seen by Lots (with a capital L) of people from around the world.

If you have an interest in Global Fixed Gear Culture, hit us up with a quick email telling us about yourself and your experience. You can link to some of your work, attach a resume, or maybe even draw a picture to tell your story. You need to be creative and you need to love that “Bike Lyfe”.

    Send all responses to jobs@TRAFIKLA.com

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Remember that time we thought we lost those photos of the K-town Scratch Race but they were actually stuck on a memory stick in between a bunch of family holiday pics? Yeah, that time…

Kushtown Society threw a scratch race right before the holidays. It was a good chance to win some extra Christmas presents and LA came out. The course was a short circuit in the middle of K-town, the last rider to cross the finish line each lap was “scratched”. Over 50 riders came out, so they were set to do 50, 1-mile laps. More than an hour in the police pulled up and started hassling us and ended up blocking the road and cutting the race short. Fuck. But by that time there was a clear leader, Felipe Castillo from Gorilla Smash Squad and Leader took it.

See all the pics over on our FLICKR page TRAFIKPIX

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TRAFIK represents fixed gear everywhere, so when Florida’s FYXD305 hit us up to sponsor their alleycat it was a no-brainer!

Over 50 competitors came out to race in downtown Miami, Florida and unlike most of the world right now the weather was perfect! Racers rode anywhere from 12 to 25 miles tallying up checkpoints, depending on the route they took.

In the end there was only enough room for 3 on the podium. Congrats to the winners, enjoy that TRAFIK swag!
1. Fabian Garcia
2. Andrew G
3. Marcelo Araica

Everyone knows there is only one thing to do after a race and that is to party! With DJs, drinks, beer, food, bbq and icecream, what else could you want? Great turn out and thanks to all involved! Check back soon for a video!
Thanks for the “Like” and “Share” and your continued support of fixed gear culture!

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