The Most Important Gear a Bike Rider Should Have

There are many items that people say you should have on a bike. But, the most important one is the gloves. The helmet is equally important but not the most important one. Your fingers hit the ground hard and try to cover your face out of reflex. You need some slide resistant gloves to help with that. Next, we buy the helmet that is strong enough to protect you against any impact collision. Buy the best helmet for motorcycle you can find. Being cheap is not an option here considering your head is what keeps you alive. Once that snaps in spine you become paralyzed or dead. Last, You need a good long leather jacket. One that comes with padding and can protect you from falling. Purchase these 3 bike gear types and you should be ready to ride on the road. Want to know a little more? Read what is below.

Buy a Helmet


A helmet is something you need every 5 years. Don’t depend on that helmet to last you forever. Helmets are glued together and that glue loses its grip over the years. A lot faster than you would think. Have your helmet replaced as soon as you can afford it. Next, buy the best helmet for motorcycle period. Don’t worry about the price. Worry about the accidents your going to get into. I know you think your never going to fall off your bike. But, that is not really the case. I fell off my bike from a small puddle in the road. It is going to happen man. Might not be a big scale ever year but expect little incidents where you fall off bike and bike is still ok.

 Boots Would be Good Idea

Having a nice pair of boots go along way. Boots are your best protection in getting your legs in one piece. Boots are one of the first thing to hit the ground. Having nice steal toe boots would be even better. Your legs could twist in that road if you are going too fast. If you are going to get into a accident, drive into the grass and slow down. It doesn’t matter if you fall off but if you go fast, cause you will mess your bike up and possible twist your legs and cause you to go to hospital. Above all, wear some boots and slow down. You think your fast but you are nothing when the bike loses control and you end up swinging in the sky. You really need to slow down when you see a car in front and drive the speed limit when cars are on the road. All this will make sense once you get into your first accident. No matter what, always wear boots on a bike and slow down before accidents.

 Jacket With Padding for Motorcycle Safety

Motorcycle padded jackets are now assailable with the best helmet for motorcycle. This type of jacket is not like a typical 1980 black jacket. It is a very padded motorcycle jacket that is designed to keep you safe when you fall. Padding is added to the sleeves, back, chest, fore arms, and shoulder. You will look like your wearing a jacket on the outside. But, on the inside you will feel a protected vest that will keep you safe on the road. Now, it won’t protect you if you go too fast. But, you can depend on it if you remember to slow down and get into small accidents. The cuts and bruises you normally get will go away. Also, when you fall off your bike you will feel good and safe.

What Road Bike Helmet to Pick?

Finding a road bike helmet can be a little confusing these days. They got the old bike helmet you use to wear growing up with the white foam underneath. Then, you got the aerodynamic and semi aero design bike helmet. It looks little like the skateboard helmets and lance armstrong helmets you see on TV in case you don’t know. Each helmet adds a high demand of protection and can protect you from impacts on bike. Remember, your riding in a bicycle so you shouldn’t need too much protection. If you plan to go down a hill or in woods, your going to need some elbow pads and knee pads too. Back to the main point, you need a best road bike helmet and I will be happy to assist. Read more on this below.


Helmets With Full Ventilation

Helmets with full ventilation are the bike helmets you had when you was a kid. Made of foam and other very light weight material. Protects your head from a fall for a limited amount of times. This is not a problem if you don’t plan on falling off your bike more than once. I always fall off once. Never seem to fall off twice. If I was going on a friendly bike splurging path in woods, I would definitely sport this helmet. It brings in so much wind to your head. You hair will not overheat and you will feel like there is a air condition machine going on up there. Great helmet for women too. Women don’t like dealing with sweat in their hair. Get this helmet if you think you won’t fall many times off bike and happen to be a woman.

 Aero Road Bike Helmets

Aero road bike helmets for people who are serious bike racers or racing on bicycles for cash. You should go with these helmets to increase your speed. Now, you need a proper road bike to accommodate and pretty good brakes. Otherwise, your not going to catch as much speed as you should. Additionally, consider getting yourself tires made of pure rubber. No air tires on bike. You got to be serious going down that road and riding the road is going come with hitting small glass cuts and nails. As far as the helmet goes, it is very hard too. Can protect your head really well. But, your face might not get the protection it wants. Now, your nose might not be safe. Helmet not designed to protect nose. The sides of face will not be protected either. You ideally don’t need face protection but you7 should be aware that your face will not be protected with a aero helmet. You might need to wear something else if you want full face protection like a motorcycle helmet or dirt bike helmet which you only need when racing. When your racing on bikes, you get careless and bad things happen really fast.

 Skate Board Bike Helmets

Last, we have the skate board bike helmets. They look like skatebaord helmets and look cool. Don’t let the looks fool you. These helmets can take extreme punishment and good for people who plan to fall off a lot. Designed for skateboarding initially, but can also be used for biking and sky diving. Your helmet will last at least one year with any basic skate board helmet. Impact from the side of face, back, top, and front will be protected. Eyes might need some goggles to get full protection. But, you will get a descent amount of protection for going down any hill in forest area. The draw back, you have to deal with a little helmet weight. The helmets vary in weight size. But, the heavy ones tend to protect your head the best. Skateboard helmets come in many colors, so you won’t have a problem finding a color you like. I also said they look cool earlier. Yes, they look really cool and will not make people think you’re a freak when they see you in person. People will give you a nod and keep walking. All in one, this the best road bike helmet for riding a bike in forest and looking cool. In terms of speed racing, you should go with a aero bike helmet.


Keeping the Fundo Fun. Important Stuff.

Fundo Riders. We want you all to come back safely to Golden Saddle Cyclery at the end of the day so we can eat some Pure Luck food and drink some beers with you. Below are some tips to ensure this happens.


It looks like the high will be around 55 in the mountains this Saturday with a 20% Chance of precipitation. That means it will be cold. And possibly wet. We highly recommend bringing a jacket and anything else you think you will need to stay warm.


As mentioned previously this ride does have some exposed single track. It could be dangerous. We recommend that if you are not comfortable riding exposed single track or are just not feeling good about it then you should take the alternate route. What is the alternate route you ask? The alternate abridged route is when you reach mile 20.72 instead of getting onto the Strawberry Peak trail you will continue on Hwy 2 Angeles Forest Hwy to mile 30.91 on the Route Slip below. This is Redbox where you will join the rest of the ride and continue on. You will still be catching the 10 miles of dirt starting at mile 50.25.

Ride Time and Lights.

This is a big ride. It is a lot of climbing. Which for most of us will be slow going. We are going to be trying our best to leave Golden Saddle at 7am. Please be on time. Depending on your pace and whether or not you have to deal with mechanicals you could end up coming back through the city in the dark. So bring a front and back blinky light.

Buddy Reminder

Please don’t forget. Buddy up with somebody. Make sure that you are accounted for. We will have a sign in sheet at the start, we hope that everyone who signs in either signs out when they return or calls Golden Saddle Cyclery to let us know you are safe.

And most importantly

This is just a ride a bunch of people are doing and you are joining in at your own risk. Nobody is putting this on. Nobody is responsible for you but you. We are just here to stoke the fire you all have for riding bicycles in our beloved Angeles Forest.


Mudfoot Fundo Ride

What’s in a name? That which we call bike riding by any other name would be as rad! We ride bikes with skinny tires; we ride bikes with fat tires. Call it what you will, do it for reasons that you must, but grab a bike and ride.

Road ride, exposed single track, hike-a-bike, ‘alpine’ climbing, fire roads, canyon carving. Bike choice is key. We recommend, large tires with knobbies a good attitude, and some dirt skills (no, really)


Saturday May 23rd 7:00 AM Golden Saddle Cyclery

Approx. 100 miles 13k elevation gain. 7 miles of single track, 10 miles of dirt.

Bring food, tubes, tools, and at least 2 water bottles. Long day. Minimal support.


Minimal support?

-You are responsible for yourself, and trail courtesy dictates others as well. Bring at least 2 tubes, food (lots of it), and 2 bottles of water. There are several sections with no water, most the elevation gain will happen there. Some trail magic might come your way but don’t count on it. Bailout points are non-existent on the dirt sections.


Large tires, knobbies?

-Yes, don’t be ‘that guy’. This ride has been done on a road bike with 700×28 slicks. Was it fun?…of course. Was it as much fun as a bike not spinning out and ripping on the downhill sections? …probably not. But honestly ask yourself do you have the skills and the tubes to do it?


No but really, single track, exposure, food/water, knobbies bikes?


We’re not looking to raise any bars or alienate anyone, just sharing ‘the stoke’. Back in 2007 (or was it 2008), a young Cole Maness and Chet Bearclaw (back before his untimely disappearance while hand-gliding into a volcano) lead whiskey filled ride through some of these trails. This ride is in the spirit of those salad days and making rad decisions.

The climbing is sustained and very loose and rocky in some sections, sandy in others. Compact gearing will come in handy as will the traction that knobby tires provide. Climbing will be less painful, descending will be more fun, and the likelihood of getting a flat will be significantly less. This is not an easy ride. You will negotiate rock gardens and sections that will have you puckering. Ride within your limits.


MF Fundo cue sheet & GPX file (coming soon)


Come on out and enjoy the beautiful Angeles Forest on your bicycle May 23, 2015. The ride starts at Golden Saddle Cyclery in Los Angeles at 7am. It will be about 100 miles and around 12,000 feet of climbing. It will be hard but will be very rewarding.

Some vague details for now. More accurate details coming soon.

Donuts and coffee will be served at Golden Saddle Cyclery prior to the start but this ride is completely unsupported. There will be enough places to get water along way so long as you are carrying TWO bottles. Bring lots of snacks and whatever else your body needs. The ride will be going right by Newcombs Ranch Bar and Restaurant around Mile 65 so you can plan around that. Also. Be smart and either ride with a buddy or find somebody at the start to be a buddy with so if you go missing somebody will know you have gone missing.

We look forward to riding with you all in our beloved Angeles Forest.



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Traveling a familiar route up Hwy 39 a left a turn finds a closed trail scarred by the 2009 Station Fire. 25 miles of dirt to Red Box, a climb up towards Mt. Wilson, and rocky descent down Mt. Lowe finds you dirty, tired, and stoked.

Three-person team format. Email name of riders, team name, and city to:

[email protected]


Bring food, tubes, tools, and at least 2 water bottles. Minimal support.


Three person team?

-Yes, cause riding with friends is fun, and safe.

Minimal support?

-You are responsible for yourself and your teammates. Bring at least 2 tubes, food (lots of it), and 2 bottles of water. There is a 35-mile stretch with no water, most the elevation gain will happen there. Some trail magic might come your way but don’t count on it. Bailout points are non-existent for most of the ride.

Cyclocross bike?

-Yes, don’t be ‘that guy’. This ride has been done on a road bike with 700×23 tires. Was it fun? Of course. Was it as much fun as a CX bike not spinning out and ripping on the downhill sections? Probably not.

No but really teams, food/water, CX bikes?

-Yes, the route is closed to vehicular traffic and gets confusing, the buddy system is important. The route is exposed to sunlight at all times, water and food is important and there are no places to refuel. The climbing is sustained and very loose and rocky in some sections. CX gearing will come in handy as will the traction that the tires provide. Climbing will be less painful, descending will be more fun, and the likelihood of getting a flat will be significantly less. This is not an easy ride. The dirt will beat down your body in ways that a road century doesn’t.

See you out there.


On the day of Solstice in December, several Footers embarked on a recon/scout/unofficial group ride for what potentially could be the next Mudfoot Ride. The route, created by Moi aka @Mudfootismurder (you following us on Instagram?) proved to be challenging, spirit breaking, euphoric, and cold. Snow and ice sort of cold.

At the end of the day we would clock in almost a century with over 8k of climbing on various dirt roads, some covered in snow and ice. HC category type terrain full of climbing, steep steep climbing. No mechanicals, no flats, all good.

The seven of us straddled our cyclocross bikes and left Intelli Coffee and headed East.


Temps were still in low 50′s and we hadn’t reached the Mountains. Clouds hovered over the San Gabriel mountain range, as sort of an omen for the day.


We finally hit dirt and it was up for pretty much the rest of the day. All smiles as we took in the various terrain changes you uncover as you head farther and father into desolation.



You can see the earth change on itself switchback after switchback.



Things started to get hard. We hit a section of the climb that felt like a wall (you experience a ‘WTF!’ moment when you see it). Some were forced to dismount (which we avoid at all physical costs), while others barely kept enough rear tyre traction to make it to the top. The 360° views provided just enough distraction from the difficulty of the ride. And we were only half way into the 30 mile dirt climb.

Lunch/mental break.


Bike break.



As we pushed on, bear tracks were aplenty as we headed deeper into the mountains.


Hitting some snow and ice at this point, and making sure to have fun.


The day was getting shorter very quickly, as we work our way out back to familiar roads.



There is a light, that never goes out.


We just made the Red Box Ranger Station to get some Cokes, candy and other junk food to fuel our final stretch home. The descent was fast … the CHP thought so.


And we closed the chapter on one of the best group rides some of us have experienced.