Wednesday, November 25, 2015

migration: slumworm captures mike schmitt's last days in the bay

(via wheeltalk)
so i'm pretty far out of the loop with FGFS nowadays, but something tells me i'll be pulled back into it sooner than later. mike schmitt of turf bikes is making a pretty big move from the bay area in california to arizona. before he high tailed it out of the golden state, slumworm got this dialed snap of mike. he may be bustin' out of here but i'm sure we'll see some good shit from him soon.


a t-shirt for winter: bike jerks "kings of winter" tee

(via bike jerks)
one can never have too many black t-shirts. but this black t-shirt is rad as fuck. bike related: check. black shirt: check. antlers and skulls and shit: check. a print that looks like it should have been a handbill for a crusty hardcore show held in a roller skating rink: fuck yes, check. give these guys your money.


sucker for the good stuff: chari & co park slope shell jacket

(via c&c)
i'm a sucker for technical jackets and it's finally getting a little chilly here in california (who the fuck am i kidding, it's 65 degrees fahrenheit on a "cold" day). our favorite little track bike boutique chari & co put out their new park slope jacket. it's water resistant and has that reflective stuff that you see everywhere nowadays. at $295, it's not cheap but chari's always put out quality shit. you could check out more about it here.


let it commence: european bike stealing championships

i dont know where the hell i found this shit but i found it pretty hilarious. with improper locking technique rampant around the world, these dudes decided to make a fun little video of people stealing bikes. it's a bit over the top but then again stealing bikes isn't cool, and life is to short to leave your bike out or run a shitty lock.


Monday, November 23, 2015

the revival, fam: empire 2 teaser

Empire 2 teaser from crihs on Vimeo.
i'm going to be honest here, this blog has been in the back of my mind ever since work started consuming me whole. i thought that building up a track bike would spark something in me to start it up, but that was a couple months ago.

i've never really been compelled to return and pick up the pieces until november 23, 2015 at precisely noon; because for some reason some planets aligned and my computer autoplayed a video on alex gonzalez' facebook as i was leaving to the gym. what stopped me was at :24..... "IS THAT FUCKING TOM LA MARCHE?" (this was probably the most fanboy fixie thing to scream out)

that is what grabbed my attention, but what kept my attention was seeing alex, wonka and slum owning the city. mind you, i haven't set eyes on anything FGFS or track bike related in several months so my mind was blown into chunks to see how much these guys have progressed. well fuck, if that's not inspirational, i dont know what is. i might be late to the game on the second coming of the empire movie, but hey- i was never good at keeping up with this shit anyway. if you havent watched it, i highly suggest you do. now excuse me, i'm going to tell the gym to fuck off and find the nearest steep hill to huck myself off of.


Saturday, February 21, 2015

keeping it in the bay: dominic colombini 2014

Dominic Colombini 2014 from Dominic on Vimeo.
any friend of destroy is a friend of mine. dominic is a ripper from the pininsula of the bay area and a good homie of the destroy fam. and he rides like a fucking maniac. yeah, i know this isnt FGFS, but i can appreciate me some big drops and floaty airs. sit back and have your mind blown.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

the east side: ed wonka on capone bikes

capone bikes has been making some headlines lately with riders like dew and ed hitting the streets on their machines. this one just popped up with ed debuting their new fgfs frame. i dont know much about it, but you and i know a ton about sir wonka. the guy is bonkers and if you don't know that, then you'll know by the end of this quick edit.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

the end of an era: iminusd is closing it's retail store

the other day i heard some somber news that cut me pretty hard. our familia at iminusd will be closing down their retail location by the end of the month. these guys have been supporting me since the beginning and have contributed to the fixed gear community around the world since it's founding in 2009. they put me on wheels, put some shirts on my back, let me judge contests, gave me beer and food, allowed me to blog on their website, and have allowed me to make connections with bike people near and far. i would like to take a minute to thank jeffy d, trang, jp, and all the other folks that let me loiter around the shop in my off days when i was in town. most off all i would like to thank mr. mark cosio for bringing the epicenter of fixed gear and fgfs to san jose. if it weren't for his efforts, i dont think fixed gear would be get this far.

if i didn't have their support, BHSK would have ceased to exist. that's how much this shop means to me. i was a punk ass kid trolling san jose fixed's forums with a cruddy website and a shitty bike. they were the first company to respond to my emails when i needed some stuff for my contests i threw up north. since then i was the basically the first to show up to their events and first to celebrate their achievements. it kind of sucks seeing such a big part of my own life shut it's doors. BHSK is definitely indebted to iminusd.

though i dont know what the future holds for imd just yet, it's really sad to see your hometown shop lock it's doors for the last time (hopefully indefinitely), especially when it's had such a big impact on your life and others worldwide. there will never be another shop like imd, and never will.

ride forever fam.


chun li: ritte 8055 track

(via sandertshop)
there used to be a time where you would have to buy a track monster for fixed gear street races, but they were mad aggressive since they were only designed to go straight and turn on banked curves. now some bike manufacturers are developing bikes specifically for events like the red hook fixed gear crit. take the ritte 8055 for example. if you dont know about ritte cycles, they're wild folks. this setup was designed with events like red hook in mind- ample pedal clearance, a more road-like geo, and 7005 butted alluminum with hand sanded tig welds. the result is a sexy ass street fighter that can take on any thing you give it. get the full spec here.


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

mosdest mouse trap lord: the good times are killing me

The Good Times Are Killing Me from 3b's Krew on Vimeo.
i'm on the late bus right about now on this one. jake is BHSK fam, a FOAD collaborator, and a fucking mad man. this dude is fast, and he's got steez for days. it doesnt matter if it's raining, snowing, there's ice on the road- he's out there ripping and tearing that cinelli vigorelli to bits. considering the absolute speed he carries and shitty weather he rides in, i have no clue how the kid is in one piece. keep them coming bro!


meanwhile, in the past: FOAD 2011 lost edit

2011 Lost Edit from FOAD on Vimeo.
there was a time where the FOAD fam had not existed. yes folks, it may be hard to swallow but it's true. this one was unearthed a couple of days ago and it may not seem like much as compared to today's standards, but damn.... the "not giving a fuckery" FOAD is known for is still transparent. i havent seen one of those original grime joints in a minute and sam's fucking bars are so fucking tall. back then i would've said shit but today with the standard being around 5 inches.... dude was ahead of his fucking time. good shit my dudes.


sitting on swag: levis x brooks cambium c17

the 17 year old in me would be all over these. a while ago, brooks created the cambium c17- a seat that defied all the leathery traditions we've come to know from brooks. by using vulcanized rubber with a canvas top, this one also came out vegan (which is pretty fuckin' hipster-y). now to add to that hipsterness, we're presented with the collabo with levis and it's commuter division. i'm a huge fan of the commuter series as i have 6 or so pants form it. here's the problem though... i kinda want one. but there's a fat chance of me getting one since the production numbers only go up to 1000. well, fuck....


cryptic code: anthem bikes' website is live

(via anthem)
one of the newer additions to fixed freestyle is anthem, which produces fgfs hardgoods (frames and bars) in the good ol' u.s. of a. mainly focused on the 26" platform, these dudes have produced a really tight frame (the comply) with rider miguel zendejas putting it through the paces. one unique thing that i've found is their ritual frame- a setup aimed for the taller dudes who may look a little silly on these new small triangled FGFS whips. anyway, go check them out over here.


the grand entrance: colossi US distribution & low pro encore 2015

you may have seen photos of colossi floating around the interwebs before and you used to have to jump though hoops to get one. if you're not so familiar, colossi is a company that specializes in small batch and fully custom framesets based in shenzen, china with builder jan kole at the helm. recently, they acquired distribution in the US a la brooklyn, new york. that being said, a slew of new stuff has popped up including the low pro encore which looks like a hoot to ride. you can check them out on facebook and their website here!


Friday, January 30, 2015

40 ounces of smooth: arizona iced out trip 2015

ARIZONA ICED OUT TRIP 2015 from JBall on Vimeo.
this one popped up as soon as i was leaving the HQ so i didn't have any time to really look at it until now. it's got a ton of folks on it: congo, mike penrose, corey, matt spencer, steven jensen and jball. it's quite long, but it's got some slick bangers. everyone's got their own style, it's easy to pick out who is who- jensen is super tech, congo's got that heavy throwdown, matt spencer never bars is super flowy, michael penrose threads shit so nicely and jball is fucking jball. not only that, we have some 29er action going on with jball and corey.... and you know how much i love the wrong sized wheel. yes, it's 15 minutes long, but it's packed full of good shit.

shouts to SMC and WOLFDRAWN for making a killer joint.