Friday, November 20, 2015

Cranksgiving #15 Sponsor Highlight - ABUS Locks

Introducing ABUS as Sponsor for this year's CRANKSGIVING 15 Los Angeles.  ABUS has been a supporter of Messenger Style races since day one.  Their products are high-end and affordable with style.   ABUS or August Bremicker Sohne KG, based in Wetter-Volmarstein, is a German manufacturer of preventative security technology.  The company was founded in 1924.  Initially, it was limited to padlocks.  The company is still family-owned.  Over the years, the range of products has increased considerably.  Today, alongside locks, ABUS produces a variety of products including smoke alarms, video surveillance systems, bike and boat security products, alarm systems and locking systems.

We want to Thank ABUS for the continues support and sponsorship through these many years!
Below are Cranksgiving 15 prizes courtesy of ABUS.

Make sure to Shop ABUS at: 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

CRANKSGIVING #15 Sponsor Highlight - El Maestro's Bicycle Shop

Introducing EL MAESTROS Bicycle Shop as sponsor for this year's 15th Annual CRANKSGIVING Los Angeles.  El Maestros has been a long time supporter of the DTLA Messengers.  Maestros has been "fixin" downtown for over 10 years, I had to pleasure to meet the Maestro family back in 2000.

El Maestros is located in the heart of DTLA on Main Street between 8th and 9th Street.  They carry a variety of bikes, bike parts, fixed gear, art and clothing.  It's a family owned business which gives it that feel of being right at home. They carry a wide range of any and all bikes.  

Ifif you're in DTLA, make sure to check out their store:

806 S Main St
Los AngelesCA 90014
Neighborhood: Downtown
(213) 627-0580 
Hours:  Mon-Fri 10:00am

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

CRANKSGIVING #15 Sponsor Highlight - Mike's Bike Shop

Introducing MIKE'S BIKE SHOP, as sponsor for this years Cranksgiving Los Angeles 15.
MBS is one of Los Angeles 's favorite Local Skate Shops located in the mid Wilshire area.
Their address is 5507 W Pico Blvd Los Angeles 90019, between La Brea and La Cienega.
For more information, call them at (323) 935-4338.  Please support your LBS (Local Bike Shop)!!

MBS Facebook:  

Thanks Mike for supporting your local Los Angeles Bike Messengers.

Monday, November 16, 2015

CRANKSGIVING #15 Sponsor Highlight - RRB

Introducing Road Runner as a sponsor for the upcoming 15th Annual Cranksgiving Los Angeles.  I had the pleasure of meeting Brad, Owner of Road Runner Bags, back in 2011.  His products have flourished since then.    His bags are designed, sewn and hand made in Los Angeles, CA.  He also makes custom bags upon request.  I really likes the style and simplicity of his products.  Brad is overall a solid dood.  Check out RRB links below for more detailed info about all his bags and products.

Brad, Owner of Road Runner Bags
Made in LA! 

Road Runner Bags is located at:
303 East 4th Street
Los Angeles, CA

Below are Prizes from RRB for Cranksgiving LA 2015

Shop RRB:



CRANKSGIVING #15 Sponsor Highlight - SWRVE

Introducing SWRVE as sponsor for this year's Cranksgiving #15 Los Angeles.  SWRVE has the best material for urban cycling, with style.   The focus on durable apparel that is perfect from the office, to the bar, to the great outdoors and beyond.  We thank SWRVE for being a supporter of Cranksgiving Los Angeles for many years.   Check out SWRVE links below for more info.

SWRVE was founded by Matt and Ariel in 2005.

SWRVE is located in Los Angeles, CA
3421 Verdugo Road, Los Angeles, CA 90065
(323) 257-1096

Below are prizes from SWRVE for Cranksgiving LA 2015


15th Annual CRANKSGIVING - Los Angeles

Everyone get ready for the biggest Alley Cat of the Year.....Messenger Style!  
U-lock Mob, EPC & LABMA Los Angeles Messengers invite everyone to our 15th Annual Cranksgiving Scavenger/Benefit Race for "PARA LOS NINOS".   We've been doing this Messenger Style Alleycat race for over ten years and every year it just keeps getting bigger and better. The format will basically be the same with... slight changes. 

Cranksgiving is a food drive on two wheels. Part bike race, part food drive, part scavenger hunt, it has been held annually in Los Angeles since 2001. Los Angeles is the second city hosting the longest running Cranksgiving. New York City has been hosting Cranksgiving since 1999. 

There is no entry fee. The groceries that you purchase cover your entry fee, which includes a spoke card and a Cranksgiving T-Shirt. $10-$15 should suffice to race.

Racers Meet at Echo Park Lake
Registration will start at 12:00 pm
Race is scheduled to start at 1:00 pm

Manifests will be handed out day of event.

Splitting Manifests
Loss of any Receipts
Loss of any Receipts

Racers will be required to bring a bag and u-lock and $ for purchasing items at given grocery stores. To be accounted for, racers MUST check in at the finish line with all items on manifests and a receipt for each.    All food is donated to Para Los NiƱos, and then distributed to local families in need. Come support an awesome race for an awesome cause!


Mike's Bike Shop
Echo Park Cycles

Monday, October 12, 2015

RE:Ciclos Project

This is a benefit for Re:Ciclos, a youth-powered cargo bike building project incubated by the Bicycle Kitchen. 
Come thru to party and support! 
$13 suggested donation. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

LABMA: 2nd Annual Dia de los Muertos AlleyCat

U-Lock-Mob x L.A.B.M.A presents this Messenger Style Alley Cat Race in Memory of our Dead. Everyone is invited regardless of what bike you ride. 

Sunday, November 1, 2015
$5.00 Entry to race

Face Painting by BLOSOM from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
First Come, First Served! 

Manifest will be handed out right before the race starts.

Prizes for:
1st, 2nd & 3rd Male
1st, 2nd & 3rd Female
Best Costume

Meet: 11:00 am Echo Park Lake 
(Lady of Echo Park Statue)

Registration: 11:00am

Race: 12:00pm

Facebook Event HERE

Monday, July 27, 2015

DTLA GPX Summer Series - Crit #5 (Tunnel Vision)

TUNNEL VISION will be the last race for this year's Summer Series.  Hope everyone has been enjoying racing and/or spectating.  We try our best to keep this series safe and fun for everyone.  If ya'll remember the first time we ran Tunnel Vision back in 2011, it was in a "heat" format.  
Riccardo is the only person in the history of our summer series that has won both Track and Road on this course.  Maybe it will be done once again this year.

Tunnel Vision has a total ascent of 0.3 frt and has a maximum elevation of 418.86 feet.  
1.29 mile course.  

Registration will begin @ 6:30 pm at the WALL
Registration Map:

 Race will begin on or about 8:00 pm

Helmets are mandatory.
Lycra is optional but not mandated.
2 Categories - Road or Track (your choice).
As always, Roadies will go first. # of laps will be announce before each race.
"Fixie" riders will race with Roadies. 


Click HERE for an edit by The Bicinity from a previous Tunnel Vision we did in 2011.

Click HERE for TUNNEL VISION on MapMyRide


 Keep in mind, this year we have 5 Fridays. There will be new courses and a couple of oldies.

1 Crit Every Friday in July, starting Friday, July 3, ...2015!


 July 3rd - "Ellusyan Loop"

Jon B.east (TRACK) - Team AVENTON

Seth (ROAD) - Team ??


July 10th - "Diamond in the Ruff"

Cesar (ROAD) - Team ZeroMiedo

Jerry Rios (ROAD) - Team GLK


July 17th - "the OG 6th St. Bridge"

Barra (TRACK) Team GLK


 July 24th- "el GIGANTE"

NeuYork - (TRACK) Team GSS
July 24th- "Tunnel Vision"


 DTLA Messengers, the Originators of the famous Downtown Los Angeles Criteriums, bring it back once again for the 9th year in a row. Here is the chance for racers to put their $ where their mouth is. Strictly bragging rights! Come out geared, fixed or bring both! Everyone is invited to come support, race or spectate...don't miss out!

As many of you know, the DTLA GPX is a chance for street urban races to come out and showcase their racing abilities. Many local/urban cyclist have used this series to test and strengthen their ability to move forward to CAT racing. If you want to make a name for yourselves in underground racing, this is the month to do it.

***NOTE** This is an unsanctioned event. Everyone races at their own risk. LAPD or City of Los Angeles will not be present to escort or support. It is strictly underground (as it should be) and it is 100% Messenger approved! Please stay tuned and keep checking back for updates throughout the month of July.

See ya'll at the races!

DTLAGPX Race #3 Results - "the OG 6th St. Bridge"

Thank you everyone who came out to "the OG 6th St. Bridge".  The turnout was not that bad.  A total of 17 registered racers came out strong, including KYM NONSTOP (fixed) and only one brave Roadie.  Not sure if everyone knows, but this will probably be the last race on the 6th St. Bridge, since it will be demolished the near future.  Mad good times on this bridge, it will be missed.

the OG 6th St. Bridge has been a super klassik course and one of our favorites.  Thankfully no one went down or suffered any injuries during racing.  As always, Thank You all Spectators & Volunteers for holding down the intersections.  We can't do this without your love and support as always.


As always, we try to make sure everyone is aware and familiar with the course before they race.  Pace Laps weed out non-registrants and keeps everyone familiar with the course.  Always a tradition and are always fun to ride, even if you're not racing.

This week there was only 1 category...the WINNING category.  Only 1 roadie and 1 female registered apart from the 15 track bikes.   Everyone completed 13 miles :o


GLK sweeps up the competition taking 1, 2 and 3!

1st Place - TRACK
Barra - Team GLK


2nd Place - Team GLK
3rd Place - Jerry Rios GLK


4th Place - NeuYork GSS
5th Place - Willow LBC #ZeroMiedo

Thank you everyone for coming out to race and/or spectate.
Be safe...U-Lock-Mob!