This issue, we partnered with our friends at the Cervélo Belgian Waffle Ride for a magazine takeover. The ‘magazine within a magazine’ commemorates all the guts and glory of this brutal California race that became the unofficial 8th stage of the Tour of California, with local pros racing the Sunday event after the Tour finished on Saturday. This competitive energy was on display and with some of the best and grittiest racers this side of the Rockies coming together for the 147 mile event. For the majority of this issue, we cleared the pages for Michael Marckx and the BWR team to share the experience of the 2017 Cervélo Belgian Waffle Ride. The epic story begins on page 17.

Circling back to our ‘regularly scheduled programming’, we hear from Richard L. Duquette discussing the considerations and consequences of brain injuries as a result of a cycling accident. On a lighter note, Richard also profiles a unique mountain bike event in Prescott, Arizona called The Whiskey Off-Road, named for the start and finish location on famed “Whiskey Row”. This destination ride is not so far out of reach from California and may be something to add for your 2018 calendar. Read more on page 12.

Summer is heating up California, pushing us closer to the cooling ocean air of our coast. For this reason we took our only FIRSTLOOK this issue, the Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Franklin 7, to the Pacfic City development in Huntington Beach, the latest of a series of revitalizations and updates to the iconic beach community. Siobhan O’Toole had a comfortable ride experience on the Franklin, and it continues to be a head turner with the comforts and style of a beach cruiser, but the agility and range of a geared city bike.

If you like an island vibe for your route, some of the best views to see in California are on Catalina Island, and reachable by bike. Kelley reports on the Catalina route that can be ridden on any knobby tired bike (electric included). She also provides various tips and suggestions for making the journey to the island as smooth as possible. This trip is one to add to your list, for California natives or for next time you visit the Golden State.

For the Electric Age, Bob reports on a fleet of trail blazing Pedego bikes that the team got to test ride courtesy of Pedego Irvine. The latest incarnation of bicycle from the Orange County based company is a very compelling mountain bike at a price that sets it apart from other offerings. Learn more about the ride on page 9.

Lastly, our section of this issue finishes with our profile of the Bike Bug Bumble Bee Sidecar, an apocalypse ready sidecar that looks straight out of the Little Rascal’s, built in Texas by Mike Schneider. The proud owners of this sidecar are kids at The Victory Ranch Summer Camp in Tennesse; certainly this is a fun toy for kids and adults alike. And even if you don’t see yourself in a sidecar anytime soon, you’ll appreciate the craftsmanship and execution of his vision, see it on page 15.

Stay safe out there and keep in touch!

Chris Reynolds | Editorial Director & Publisher