Words by Tayler Rae Dubé, Photography by Tayler Rae Dubé and Jacob Winfield
I had been thinking about moving for awhile. The winters in New York were getting harsher and harsher every year, and I could only spend so many hours on the trainer before it seemed like a chore. I thought about Austin, but job prospects were low. Or San Francisco, but the idea of spending even more on rent than I already did in Brooklyn sounded...well...impossible.
In February I visited my (now boy) friend Jacob in Los Angeles. As soon as I stepped out of the airport I felt my spirits lift. 75 degrees? In February? I like that. The mountains were everywhere. I knew there were mountains near LA, but I didn’t realize how close they were!
The next day we drove up into the Los Angeles National Forest. As we climbed to 4,000 feet...5,000 ft....6,000 the mountains only seemed to get bigger and more vast. I wanted to be close to them, to see them everyday. I envisioned myself riding up into them, going on adventures. That moment, combined with the best bowl of vegetarian Pho I ever had, pretty much sold me on the place.
Fast forward four months, and I was packing for the move. Jacob had already moved into our new adorable apartment in Highland Park, and I was staying at my parents for the week for some quality family time and to box up my bikes before shipping off west.
I decided to bring two bikes (to start). My Specialized Diverge: a bike that can handle everything. Cross tires for dirt and trails, road tires for less adventurous rides. And my Rivendell Atlantis: a bike that my Dad had bought from Richard Sachs and that I had coveted from the minute I saw it. Its beautiful frame, doughy 26x1.85 city tires, riser bars, and front rack made it my perfect new “around town” bike. My Merckx road bike left waiting at my parents house until August.
Now I’m in LA. My bikes have finally arrived and I feel as excited as ever. Excited to go ride those mountains, excited to explore a new city, but also excited for the new possibilities and opportunities that come with Pretty Damned Fast being bi-coastal. We already know so many amazing female cyclists out here that I can now ride with and hangout with in person, and learn about all of you west coast ladies that we don’t know yet!
Here is to new adventures, to new friends, and new homes. I already miss my friends out east and the Indian food restaurant on my old block, but change is good and I'm lucky to have the opportunity for it.