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Sunday, April 23, 2017

#FIXIEREUNION2017: prickly syringe jam 2017


Prickly Syringe Jam AKA #fixiereunion2017 from BHSK_cogblog on Vimeo.
i had the weekend off and i had every intention to go down to monterey for the sea otter classic at laguna seca. but this came up and i made the executive decision (pretty much the night before) to ditch burning up and being caked in dirt in monterey, in order to head to 3rd and army in san francisco where it was overcast and ocean salty. i made the right decision. there were so meany heads out there that i havent seen in years and there was so much shit going on. now this is basically only the tip of the iceberg- i have a shit ton of photos i have to sift through tonight. anyway, shout out to mike and matt for making this happen and dudes like ramon and jball for putting up some prizes.

i'm fucking stoked how this came out by the way. holy hell....

jmik

Saturday, April 8, 2017

the underground: GNARPARK


i dont have any backstory on this, so hopefully someone can bring to light what this is. in the UK theres this dude named harvey who is setting up races in a car parking lot. this is rad because it really reminds me of how i got started with my competitions and races up north. this is only a little excerpt though- to get the full experience, head over to redbull.

jmik

this is: fyxation sparta all road carbon fork



(via fyxation)
we're at the point where carbon fiber can handle a lot of abuse and fork market has been slowly creeping into other markets. take this fyxation sparta for example; it's basically the swiss army knife of forks. it's got a 12mm thru axle, clearance for a 700x42 OR a 27.5x2, and for the adventure and bikepacking crowd, there's bottle/bag mounts. you can check it out here!

jmik

Thursday, April 6, 2017

what the fuck happened to FGFS part II: the shift and split


when i last left you on this series of essays,  i dove into the origins of FGFS. it was quick, and basically spanned from the days of breaking carbon forks doing keo spins, into breaking everything doing 360 flyouts. now here comes the stuff that will make you either love what i'm saying or hate what i'm saying. get it after the jump.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

FUK JPN: taishi okuma by DEVOUR FILMS


DEVOURFILMS "Taishi Okuma" from DEVOURFILMS on Vimeo.
behind the lens of this one is the homie seitaro iki. in front of the lens is taishi okuma. around the lens is fukuoka japan. okuma-san's riding is part of that japanese style which is moderately fast and well executed. you can see that no rotation is wasted and momentum is carried on throughout each line. look out for ALL THE LINES after 3:40, those ones had my eyes WIDE. good stuff!

jmik

ded: we're just a dead boy with IZ9IBIKE team


i know i just posted the start of a series of essays that basically blatantly calls for the death of FGFS, but in china it's alive and well. it also has a dude on pretty much a mid-school FGFS whip throwing down some wheelie and keo lines. really clean stuff.

jmik

strange patterns: radavist spring sage preorder


(via the radavist)
ah, john is doing john things. this is one of the coolest looking piece of kit i've seen in a while. they're made by endo customs from LA and feature a pattern by kyler martz. it's got a camo vibe to it and if you know me, you know how much i loves that camo. see more and keep posted at the radavist for more updates on the release.

jmik

well, shit: Prickly Syringe Jam in SF April 22


(via SMC)
too much good shit is happening in the my neck of the woods on this weekend. monster jam is going to be going on at levis, i'll be down at laguna seca for sea otter (likely hurting myself on a mountain bike i don't own), and the guys who put on the prickly jam in arizona (at least i think it was arizona) a while back are putting on an FGFS event at 3rd and army in SF.

fuck i wish i could be there.

jmik

HOT DAMN: Chas Christansen for MASH


holy shit. i'm at a loss for words here. this fool came straight out the airport, rides in the rain, rides in the dirt, rides in the mud and gives zero fucks throughout. chas is a train. scratch that, chas knows how to bob and weave through traffic like a boxer dodging the blows of an opponent. just watch the fucking video and learn a thing or two.

jmik

what the fuck happened to FGFS part I: the rise and shift

get your popcorn, get warm blanket, sit on a log, and gather around the campfire folks- it's story time with jmikBHSK! i've been thinking about this for years, and it's been gnawing at my brain like a rabid zombie squirrel so i think it's about time that i do some self regulation and let this one out.

let's preface with this: i am by no means any crazy authority over FGFS. i'd like to think of myself as a curator and maybe historian of such things, but alas, i'm just a dude who like certain things and puts it out onto a silly website which no one really reads anymore (part of that is my fault, i went off to do grown up stuff for a bit). whatever- i've been around FGFS for a long ass time, and i've seen it go through it's inception to evolution to de-evolution in a matter of a few years. i've had people ask me what happened to FGFS, and to answer that we have to tell the whole narrative. by the way, i did do a bit of this a few years back, so if you'd like to revisit it.... here it is. now for me to babble on after the jump!


Monday, April 3, 2017

the headlands: MASHSF's rainer_SS


rainier_SS from MASH TRANSIT PRODUCTIONS on Vimeo.
rainier is one of my favorite riders ever. he's fast. very fucking fast. i stumbled upon this looking for new stuff to throw out there and although it's not a track bike, it's still fucking insane. first of all, if you thought san francisco had hills, you should venture off into the marin headlands. SF has short but very steep hills, marin has long and windy hills. again, it's on a bike that can coast, but if you add in the fact that the pathway he's on is BARELY made for pedestrians AND the fact that he's pacing the camera vehicle, it's all very impressive and butthole clench inducing. as always MASH over everything, y'all.

jmik

Friday, March 31, 2017

fat bottomed: CX magazine reviews the bombtrack hook


(via CX)
i have a confession. i want a cyclocross bike, and i want one very badly. more specifically, i've been looking into the idea of a monstercross setup- a cross bike with tires that are almost ridiculously wide for a bike with drops. since the advent of the 650b/27.5er tire, it's become easier and easier to turn ordinary cyclocross rigs into fat footprint bearing singletrack thugs. our friends over at bombtrack realize this, so they set off to make (at least for me) one of the coolest and cleanest cross setups of the bunch. we know that bombtrack makes some rad stuff, and the Hook EXT is no exception. the shit just looks proportionally correct to me, which is really hard to do with the fatty rubber to the ground.

anyway, cyclocross mag got their hands on one, and you can check out their rundown here!

jmik

Sunday, March 26, 2017

because the internet made me search: Supernova bikes



(via supernova)
so i was looking over the results of berlin's rad race on the interwebs (because the event really looked interesting) when a particular bike caught my eye. it was almost a gulf livery orange and blue, and had logos i had never seen before; i'm a curious fellow, and i know that there's not much in the track bike world that i haven't seen so naturally i had to look them up. these guys are supernova, they make frames out in italy. the two machines they have are the atom (up on top) and the pro 2.0 (bottom) which the latter seemed like the weapon of choice. first of all, GAT DAMN THESE THINGS ARE PRETTY. the atom would be their carbon setup and the supernova pro 2.0 is made of columbus tubing (because italian, duh) and both seem like wonderfully streetable frames. i really hope to see more from these folks, because these frames look fantastic. check them out.

jmik

collaboration kings: State bicycle x The Simpsons





(via State)
here's a confession: when state bikes started, i didn't like them. this was the time where a million different "fixie" companies jumped into the ring trying to ride the wave, so me being the idiot i am, generalized a distaste towards all of them. state won me over, however. why? they started making cool shit like mountain bikes and cyclocross machines- they didn't limit themselves to a small corner of cycling and for that, i send serious props. part of the cool shit they do is collab with unlikely partners- this time it's The Simpsons. this collection is MASSIVE. we're talking about jerseys, shirts, bar tape, bottles, bikes, framesets, foot retention- you name it, they probably made it for this collection. seriously, check it out for yourself.

jmik

playing the catch up game: the video dump

hey y'all. i've been busy. but i'm here now and that's all that matters. i have a bunch of things in the works, one of which involves hitting up sea otter later next month! i'm hyped to put the most ridiculous knobbies i can find on the 29er, and bring some new stuff to BHSK. there's also the opening of a new bike park in my town next month, so once i pin down the day, you'll definitely get something on that. do i have an excuse for being absent? yeah it's been fucking raining and i cant ride my fantastically new road bike (and you'll hear about this road bike one day). in the mean time i'm here playing catch up.


FWDSET: Movement from FWDSET on Vimeo.

kirk's stuff pops up on my facebook all the time and this video basically kicked my ass into logging in to post stuff to BHSK. if you dont know kirk, he's the brain behind FWDSET. the guy has been mobbing the streets of los angeles for a while now, and he fucking knows his way around a bicycle. you can get the inspiration notes over here at FWDSET.



MASH X SCVDO from MASH TRANSIT PRODUCTIONS on Vimeo.

i have been to or through san francisco probably 5 or 6 times this month. every time i roll through the city i see these iconic streets what pretty much got me into wanting to hit up hills on bikes that aren't made for hills. so when i see these fixie kids roll through my shop thinking they're bad with their purefixes and aventons, i get kind of preachy and start talking about MASH (because apparently be becoming an old man that drones off with the "back in my day..." spiel). then they proceed to be puzzled at my references, ask to use the pump and roll away. some of them come back, however raving and ranting about MASH,  and immediately agree with me saying their bikes are shit. but i'm digressing- chas got together with vito and stephano of SCVDO and gave the guys a tour of the city. if you're getting a tour from chas, you better have some fucking legs. or esspresso.


BOMBTRACK AT RAD RACE'S "LAST MAN STANDING 2017", BERLIN from Bombtrack Bicycle Co. on Vimeo.

OKAY, WHOEVER CAME UP WITH THE IDEA TO TRACK BIKES ON A GO KART TRACK AS A BOOTLEG MINI CRITERIUM IS A FUCKING GENIUS AND DESERVES AN AWARD. this looks fun as hell and madly dangerous. this reminds me, i should email bombtrack and see how they're doing. if theyre making events like this happen, id assume theyre doing pretty well.

jmik