Saturday, March 29, 2008

Home Made Bash Guard

Just finished making this thing. Used an old thick plastic cutting board, and traced my chainring on it and cut it out. Drilled a couple holes and it was finished. I had to use double space chainring bolts since its sitting on the front ring of the spider. I haven't got a chance to test it out yet, but we'll see how long it takes till it cracks in half.

Its not the most round or true bash guard ever, but hopefully it will get the job done.

Super Ted

I stumbled upon this photo of Super Ted from Charge Bikes catching some air in Paris. Pretty sick. Keep it up!

Photo : Fixed Gear London

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

In case you haven't seen this yet...

No one can say it better than John Cardiel says it at about 25 seconds in.

Sunday, March 23, 2008


Got my bike back from BMW this weekend. Check out the updates to my frame and the new paint job.

  • Boxed in, reinforced fork

  • Gusseted down tube

  • Grind guard on bb and chainstay

Heres the complete build up, should have my front wheel laced back up soon.

Thanks Joe and Luke!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Apparently I am still 12 years old

As I was cruising through an unfamiliar part of town today, I happened upon this sign...

It's sort of depressing to think that there is still a part of me that would snicker at this sign, stop, take a photo, and then blog about it. Maturity is a constant struggle for some of us I guess...

Friday, March 14, 2008


I left my bike up at Brooklyn Machine Works last weekend so it could have some work done on it and get an actual paint job. Check out the gusset taped onto my frame to get a general idea of what is to come.

More photos once i get it all built up.

Thursday, March 13, 2008


Heres a video from a road trip my buddies took to Centralia, P.A. Centralia is an almost abandoned mining town that has had an under ground fire burning for 46 years. I think the current population is about 9 people living in the town. Anyways, the best clip in the video is Joe snapping a 93' S&M dirt bike with a 1" threaded headset. More info on the town here. Video by Steve Hartley.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Frank the Rabbit bike

For those who have seen Bootleg Sessions, you have no doubt marveled at the crazy setup on Shigeo's bike. I personally loved the way it looked... or maybe not so much the way it looked as the way it looked like it felt, if that makes any sense.

So, just for the hell of it, I recently decided to emulate this setup to a certain degree on my commuter so that I could experience the super-high riser effect for myself. Here is the final result...

Obviously my rig is not sporting a pursuit frame like Shigeo's does, and to add to that I'm huge and ride an enormous bike, so the end result is that it pretty much turned out looking like Frank the Rabbit from the movie "Donnie Darko."

Yes, the bike looks completely ridiculous. However, it is absurdly comfortable... the position on the grips is easy on the back during my 10 mile each way commute, and I can snug my hands down into the section by the stem to get a lower profile if necessary. And, since I'm not really concerned with fashion to begin with, I'm probably going to keep it this way. Just call me Frank.

Friday, March 7, 2008


During the winter when it's too cold to let my 3-year-old kid go outside and ride his bike, I will sometimes take him to a nearby department store, pull a bike off the shelf, and let him tear through the aisles for awhile. We were at Wal-Mart last night, and while he was MASHing around (yes, he does skid and leave marks all over the floor), I happened to spot something in the bike parts section that, for some completely inexplicable reason, caught my eye. It was this seat... ESPN X-games seat, on clearance for $7. I have no idea why I picked it up, no one over the age of 10 would EVER touch one of these things, but I did. Probably because I was born with a gene that makes me attracted to clearance items, no matter how stupid they may be. When I turned it over, I was met with an interesting surprise...

The seat had hand grips on both the nose and the tail! And pretty good ones, too!

Now, when I'm doing trackstand crapola, I spend much more time holding my seat than actually sitting on it. So, I always get some sort of flatland specific saddle, like my beloved (and discontinued) Odyssey 99er. Seats with good, comfortable grips make certain things much easier and/or less painful, but unfortunately they can be very difficult to find. As I stood there holding this thing, something came over me and I knew that I just had to get it.

The first thing I did when I got home, of course, was to scratch off the idiotic "X-Games" decal as best I could...

After I was done, I stuck it on one of my spare bikes and went to work. It didn't feel as good or as solid (or as light) as my 99er of course, and it looks pretty damn clunky, but functionally speaking it felt very good and is definitely worth the $$$ I paid for it.

I realize that I very well may be the only person on the planet who is concerned with having a seat with grips on his fg, so I doubt any of you are going to run out to Wal-Mart to look for one of these things. However, the moral of this story is that probably 95% of all bike parts, regardless of the brand, are made in the same factories in China and Taiwan, so keep your eyes open because you never know where you may be able to find serviceable equipment on the cheap!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

London Fixed Gear - Super Ted

The London fixed dudes put out some tight videos of Super Ted recently.

Check em out!

I knew this kid when...

My wife's cousin, Danny, just sent me a link to a video of him doing a little skating. When I first met this kid, he was eleven and could barely push around on a board. Now he's doing some pretty killer stuff. I love watching people that I know progress at doing something they love over the course of several years. Ahh... good times.

Monday, March 3, 2008


I got a letter in the mail on Saturday from Ben @ Freeman Transport. Stickers! Thanks, Ben!

I think it's high time we made some stickers ourselves...

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Corporate Defacement

I saw this yesterday when I was out on a ride. Kinda weird how something that can get you arrested, like tagging a public building, is perfectly acceptable when some giant conglomerate is selling something.

Along similar lines, apparently the new owners of the Chicago Cubs are going to sell the naming rights to Wrigley Field. Ugh.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Sam Miller?

Most often fixed gear videos that surface these days are a dime a dozen. This video fucking kills it!

Sam Miller from University of New Mexico

Get stoked to see more!


I just put this thing together...

For those who might not know, it's an "unbike." All of the fun of flatland BMX (the rolling) without bashing your shins on the frame or bailing and having a rear peg slam into your sternum (ouch). It's a great way to learn balance, but tooling around on this thing is definitely not going to score you any chicks!