18 October, 2010

Rider Profile: Colt Van Sky

This is the first of the Monday profiles. I wanted to Showcase the best of LA riders. Those unsung heroes of bike who I admire, and deserve a more then just a few moments in the sun. Some will be friends, some will be enemies, and some will be folks I see everyday riding, and I just want to know their story. First up, Colt! He is a really good friend of mine, and one the best dudes I know. Always down to ride, and has a huge smile on his face. It always makes me happy, to see him. I met Colt on Mellow Mondays, and grew to love the dude pretty fast. Solid rider, super fun to ride with, great skills. If you have never seen Colt bomb down a hill before, you are truly missing out, he kills hills, like no other. One of the best. Read on after the jump.

Colt Van Sky

What do you ride?
2007 Bianchi Pista. Brakeless. Risers. Upgraded.

What's your gear ratio?
46/17. <3

How long have you been riding?
Everyday for 3 years or so.

Do you wear a helmet and why or why not?
Always. Catlike Kompact Pro. I've got a Film degree, I'm still paying for, and a million memories stored in there.

Favorite Shop? Why?
Orange 20 Bikes. They've got everything, including my favorite people. Not corporate.

Clip or clipless?
Plastic clips with SAG double straps hooked to GR-9s. Clipless is for the racers. Fresh Nikes are crucial. Grab some Janoskis!

Favorite rear tire?
Panaracer Ribmo. Made in Japan.

Ride with headphones/music?
Music from backpack mounted Chill Pill, for the commute. The sounds of the city, everywhere else.

Sponsors or teams/ gangs/ clubs you are a part of?
I'm a proud member of the Chubby Boob Nerd Crew. Best dudes! Much love Joemm and Ace. Orange 20 is very supportive. Nike hooks up the discount.

Favorite Race?
Lord of Griffith. It's brutal.

Favorite place to ride or route(s) in LA?
I'm learning to love my 30 mile commute to Santa Monica and back. It's a tour of LA, 5 days a week. Every part of LA has it's perks.

Favorite person(s) to ride with?
The Nerd Crew!

Dope Chill spot?
My place.

Why LA?
Perfect weather, great friends, the right amount of hills, medical herbs, and shady ladies.

What do you do for work?
Hustle shoes at Nike Santa Monica.

What else do you do/ projects/ hobbies?
Eat, sleep, Learn, collect Nikes, snowboard and chill.

Dream Bike?
I love my bike!

Best/ worst about riding in LA?
The best thing is the traffic. The worst thing is the traffic.

Any LA secrets/ tips you want to give out?
1. Always bring a lock. 2. Always lock your bike. At least a cable through the front wheel and a u-lock through the back. Sheldon Brown Method. 3. Stay out of the right lane when traffic is slower than you. Nobody expects you there. Get a bell. 4. Never trust a hoe. 5. Curb your Ego.

Shout outs?
I'd like to thank Sean, Anthony, Dark Boy, Ace, Juan, Omar, Mick, Kyle, Sam, my Mom and Dad, Barnaby, Orange 20 Bikes, Chubby Boob, Nike (Dri-Fit, Zoom Air, job and discount.), Ronin Gallery, Hidden Friends and all of my other family and friends. You guys are the best!

Last word?

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  1. And you spelled enemies wrong, SM.

  2. So funny, I rode past you in Silverlake yesterday.

  3. Fuck james he is still a faggot douche

  4. Colt is an awesome dude. Great write up/interview!!!! TOLA-BEWM-BOMB.

  5. AWESOME! Read the TOLA blog, where people call you a faggot in the comments!

  6. TOLA just hates you, James. You brought that on yourself. Sorry brah.