31 March, 2011
Pretty cool, kind of want to go check it out. Any takers?
WE’RE LOOKING FOR THE ULTIMATE UTILITY BIKE FOR MODERN LIVING!
The Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Design Challenge is a one-of-a-kind design/build competition, in which some of the country’s best custom bike craftsman and select student teams vie to create the ultimate modern utility bike.
OUR MISSION IS THREEFOLD
FIRST, to inspire and foster real design innovation around a bike that recognizes the needs of modern living. SECOND, to celebrate and champion the resurgence of American craft—bicycle craft in particular. THIRD, to show riders and enthusiasts that a well-crafted bicycle isn’t just for sport and recreation, but can also be a tool integrating seamlessly into everyday life.
WHY A UTILITY BIKE?
The two-wheeled revolution won’t come on the saddle of a race bike or a specialty bike. The utility bike is the transportation mode of the future for millions of Americans who want to live healthier, more sustainable lives, but don’t think of themselves as “cyclists.” The key to realizing this future is thoughtful, innovative bike design that fills multiple needs and fits into their lives.
It's our homegirl, Jen at MonsterTrack! What up, girl?
Photo by Tak, go check out his blog here.
The Homeboy Tak has been capturing NY's messenger/ bike scene for many years,
and has been laying it down in a limited edition Zeroxed Zine. Now you can get one of those.
Deets from the Affinity Blog.
Tak will be donating his zine to anyone who donates $10.00 to the American Red Cross. Just simply go to redcross.org and click on dontate funds. Once you donate, forward the confirmation email to Tak at email@example.com and Tak will send you a copy of his zine (US only!!).
This year I'm really trying to push the "Lady of Griffith' side of the race. I just got the Sheila Moon Prize package.
They really broke bread for you ladies. Almost $600 dollars worth of cycling gear is up for grabs for the females that race!
You got over two months to train and get ready for the epicness that is "The Lord of Griffith lll"...
Big thanks to Sheila Moon.
30 March, 2011
Fixation is hitting the Film Festival Circuit. I can't wait to see it on the big screen. It was a blast filming for it,
and I'm continuing to help spread the word. There are five main riders profiled in the Film, so
leading up to it's screening, I'll be interviewing each rider on their experience while filming the movie.
Along with the Director and drivers who filmed us. Keep your eyes here for that. We also be working out a big race
to celebrate the Los Angeles Screening... Stoked!
Go like the FB page!!!
LDG dropped another photo essay and in depth article on their new trick frame.
Check out more photos here, and read up for yourself!
Deets from LDG:
• Negative BB Drop
• Investment Casted Dropouts with CNC Ball Adjusters
• Gusseted Chainstay
• Top Tube & Down Tube Gusseted
• Mid BB
• Integrated Head Tube
• Full CNC Head Tube & Bottom Bracket
• Rolled tubing on seat tube
• 14mm Front & Rear Dropouts
• 60c + Tire Clearance
• Price: $399
• Estimated Release Date: 04.20.2011
• Sizes: Small, Medium, Large (Geometry to come in our next blog post)
• Colors: Raw, Matte Black, Drab Green
29 March, 2011
Saw this over at Zlog. I have been to a couple of the Westside invites and it's a good time. Who wants to go up,
to Canada in May?
Deets from WCU Blog
The first annual West Coast Unvitational; a west coast bike messenger event in Vancouver, BC. This event is to commemorate the 10 year running of the Westside Invite held in Portland, OR from 2000-2010. We started the event in hopes that it can travel to a different West Coast city every year. Let’s get this rolling.
Here's a great photo re-cap by the Boogie Monster. I got say, if you ain't making out to Sound.Wavs, you are a sad,
sad, sad person. It's a game changer, and it's only gonna get bigger. We feel blessed by the response we are getting, and
want to say thank you everyone who has supported us from the beginning, and to the all the new faces
coming through each week. It's getting crazy large. See you on the 9th of April for the next one.
*Photo by Ace, go check out the rest!
Got those Pant Guards from Japan in the mail yesterday. Quaility craftsmanship. Pretty comfy, when worn. Keeps the chain
off your pants, no need to roll one leg up. One lucky reader, will get one. Gotta come up with a contest...
I think I'll be hiding it somewhere in the city...
28 March, 2011
My good friends have put their full length Album up for Download.
I am really sad I missed them on their tour, and hope to catch them playing, next time I go to Seattle.
Until then, I will be doomed to ride earth, listening to Brutality that is the Throne, alone.
I guess this how they lock up in SF... It was great having my other half of TOLA! in town.
We need to see more of each other. Joe is one of the best. He ate three emcees for dinner at
Sound.Wavs on Saturday. Just killed it on the mic. If you weren't there, you missed out.
Pretty cool idea. Gonna steal that.
Juan is throwing the Takeover ll, a race I won last year and is kind of a favorite of mine.
We have vistors from Germany coming, so we wanted to throw them a checkpoint race.
Roll the Dice, see where it leads you.
What an amazing day. We all thought it was gonna pour on us, and then sun shined down on us.
65 racers came out, to race to two checkpoints. One at Angel's Point at the top of Elysain park,
then over the Griffith Park Observatory. The race was two big climbs then to the end at Fresh Pressed,
for awards and the bake sale/ screen printing event for the Red Cross. The Race end of the benefit,
raised $510 dollars, with a $100 check, and we auctioned off the overall Winners bag (thanks Hern)
for $110 bucks. Hern won overall (track bike), with neck to neck sprint against Jon B.
Just pulling it out ahead of Jon B., a very exciting end to the race. Tony Z got 3rd (1st road), and Mei
got 1st Girl! I think that was her third race! Good Job guys!
Goddamn, that is sexy. My Maiden Voyage on the Reynolds. These will not be my every day wheels,
they are for the Track, but with all the rain we have been having, I haven't been able to take these for a spin.
So I rode them to work. I'm in love. So smooth, spin so fast, and look so, so sexy.
The Man, The Myth, The Legend. Some might say he is the underground king of Los Angeles Cycling, and Master of his world of Sanctioned Races. I say he is my friend, and a pretty rad dude, who can handle a bicycle a whole lot better then most. I have the utmost respect for JTR, and he deserves it. I could to go in to many reasons why, but I think this small interview will provide a glimpse into that. He seems to set the bar everywhere he goes, and he just set the bar with these answers. Enjoy!
26 March, 2011
Just picked up the prize package from Orange20. Some pretty good swag in there. Come out and win stuff!
I hope to see everyone tomorrow and you guys race safe and hard! Remember it's for good cause, and every
little bit helps.
Here the deets on the race
If you can't make the race, come to the benefit after!
25 March, 2011
Saturday night is Sound.wavs, click flyer for details, hope to see ya'll there.
Then on Sunday, Stryker LA and TOLA! are throwing a benefit race for Japan.
$5 bucks to race, all money going to the Red Cross, no excuses, be there.
RAIN OR SHINE.
The finish line for the race is at another benefit that we joined forces with.
No excuses, be there. There is bake sale, so feel free to bake away for it, or bring cash
to pick one of the many live printed on scene t-shirts, that with be up for sale.
You can also bring anything you think is needed over in Japan for donation here.
Everything helps. I better see you there.
This package pickup has quite a story behind it. It starts over three weeks ago with me winning a bid on ebay
for a set of Reynolds Recons. It ends with me riding from Fedex in K-town, to my house, with a Reynolds
Wheelset box strapped to my back (I love my Mission Workshop Vandal). It was a perfect ending to this story that seemed like it was gonna go horribly for me.
24 March, 2011
What are the details on this? Can't locate links, I heard there's a list of racers?
I found this, but want to know more.
The event will be held on April 30th, 2011 in San Francisco, California in the iconic Justin Herman Plaza from 11am-4pm. We are inviting top riders from around the world to compete. The winner in each of the 2 categories will be awarded $1,000.
The two competition disciplines that make up Red Bull Ride + Style are:
1) TRACK RACE:
For the fastest fixed gear racers, a course will pit two racers at a time against each other, with an elimination-style race to determine the fastest fixed gear racer.
For the freestyle riders, we will have a course of five unique obstacle features, and riders will be judged for their tricks and style by members of the fixed gear industry.
In addition to the fixed gear element of the event, we will be working with San Francisco's top street artists to add elements and imagery to the course."
Support your supporters! Please help our friends win this contest, we have links set up for
you, to make life easy! Thanks. Two Rabbits are big cycling supporters and riders themselves,
who sponsor our races and throw events also. They deserve your support!
Deets from the Rabbits
Mike’s long board design has made it into the finals for Globe’s “Cruiser Contest”!!
But wait! We need your help! In order for us to win, we need YOU to go and like it on FaceBook. Whomever has the most likes by March 24th wins. Please help us win and we promise to love you forever. Don’t worry It’s really simple…
Step 1: LIKE GLOBE SHOES
Step 2: LIKE OUR PIC.
23 March, 2011
22 March, 2011
We are throwing a race this Sunday and teaming up with a Community Fundraiser at the finish line!
It's $5 bucks to race, all proceeds going to the Red Cross! If you don't want to race, we will be hosting
a group ride to the finish. There will be live Screen printing, Music, raffles, a bake sale (feel free to bake away
and bring to the event) with all proceeds benefiting the Red Cross! Come out and support. If you have larger items to
donate, I would suggest you bring them to the Fundraiser at the end.
FB event page for the Race
FB event page for the Fundraiser
Mikey has some great photos up from the race. The B&W is sick. Thanks for the heads up!
Here's a link to Mikey's Blog post about the race.
21 March, 2011
JTR won overall and 1st road. That's alot of Street Cred right there.
Fabian got 2nd road.
Some trio of dudes from AZ won Fixed category, placing 1-3 in that category. Check out State Bike co for a great recap of the race.
Lynn got 1st fixed girl.
Krista? got 1st road.
Congrats to all that finished the race, that was so much fun. The ride back was enjoyable as well.
There's not too many times you do 50+miles before 7am. Felt great!
Thanks to the sponsors and of course, to Wolfpack Hustle.
*photo by JTR
**I'll update with edits and photos.
Fabian Vazquez, another one of those young beasts that LA is producing right now. I have watched this young man in the last year go from geeky on the bike to getting 2nd Road, 4th overall in the Wolfpack Crash race this past weekend. Then he went home napped, got up and raced in Sanctioned race. What did I do? Rode home and slept all day. Ya'll need to really watch out for all of these young guys, I'm talking about, they will be LA's cycling future. I expect big things from Fabian and his stable of bikes.
19 March, 2011
Chubby Boob will donate 30% of all sales until the end of March to support the Red Cross disaster relief efforts in Japan.
You can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 toward the
Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief.
We here at TOLA! are hosting a Benefit Checkpoint Race and a Group ride from the race start,
to another relief benefit next Sunday. It is really short notice but we want as many people to come as possible and give.
I will be updating here and the FB event page, AS SOON AS I GET ALL OF THE DETAILS.
Bare with, answers will be forth coming. Please help spread the word!
18 March, 2011
I just got the raddest email from my friend Hiroyuki in Japan. He had started to write me back in January
when I dropped the TOLA pins. We wrote back and forth for a bit. He told he works under his master at First Impressions,
and was learning to make soft goods for cycling. He told he was gonna make us something, out of respect for TOLA!
and this is what he did. TOLA pant guards, for Cycling. Pretty fucking cool. I can't wait till these arrive, and Joe and I will
rock these with respect, and give the other one out to some lucky reader. Thanks Hiro, much respect.
This arrived in the mail for me yesterday! My Dad's Bridgestone XO-2! He has blessed me with his old touring bike.
This bike has been ridden overseas twice on tours and in Alaska. I had fun setting it up last night,
and seeing what can be updated or what isn't of use to me. So I will be updating as the re-build progresses.
Thanks to pops I'm sitting on 26's!
One of the biggest, if not the largest street race on the West Coast maybe both Coasts, is this weekend.
We got a total of 5 film crews, I know of at least three motorcycles/ scooters, and there will be a helicopter filming
as well. The studio where I work is coming out to shoot the race, and they are really bring an A game plan to capture the race,
so look your best!
FB event page
Registration is at 3am (meet then)
Rolling Start to the course at 4am
17 March, 2011
Crihs alerted us to this yesterday, and I have been waiting for a photo of the bag. Crihs won Monster Track XII,
this past weekend, (congrats again!) and some fucker stole the 1st place bag. Bullshit, really big balls to do this.
So, if you got connections in NY, please help spread the word. Crihs is a homie and fucking awesome rider,
he really deserves to get this bag back.