31 October, 2011

6th Annual Supermarket Street Sweep: Save the date

While I figure out why I can't connect my camera to my laptop to get this weekends Race/ event photos up, I thought I would remind you of another race coming up in SF. 6th Annual Supermarket Street Sweep!!! Always a good time and for a good cause. There will be a few of us coming up to SF from LA on the weekend of Dec. 3rd. It's become an annual tradition for us, and is really fun filled weekend.

Archive: Messenger bags

Proud sponsors of a couple of our races, Archive Bags, are getting ready to drop a new line of Messenger Bags. If they're anything like the other fine products Archive makes, you know they're gonna be great. Well design and very good-looking. Form and function, my two favorites.

Acrchive already dropped this rolltop backpack that I have had my eye own. Always Great stuff from the homies up north.

27 October, 2011

SF Bike Expo 2011: Uproar Fixed Gear Comp

I am so excited for the SF Bike Expo, it's only two weeks away! Our friends at the Volcano Club got us involved as Media for the Expo and as sponsors for the Uproar FG Comp, thats going down that weekend. Think of this as a heads up post, go checkout all the links included here, watch the teaser edit of the Expo and we'll see you in SF!!! TOLA!

SF Bike Expo 2011 Teaser from SF Bike Expo on Vimeo.

Fast Company SF: Cecilia

Our buddy Six got some shots of Fast Co's Cecilia riding around San Fran. I'm really diggin the Fast Co. vibe and can't wait to see what else they got planned for the future. You ladies should come race/ ride in LA!

Orange 20: Halloween Trick Or Treat Race and Halloween Block Party

Los Angeles Halloween Alleycat! Hooray!!! Hosted by our boy Robert. It's his first time throwing a race and he has been working hard on this one. Going around asking all of us with event throwing experience for advice, soaking in what we had to say and I think it's gonna be a good one. Super fun and maybe a little hard, just something to get everyone back in the mode of fun street races. Don't always have to be so serious. Plus, it ends at the O20 Halloween Block party! Vendors, games, candy, beer and good old halloween fun. Sunday is gonna be the jam, so come out and race or support! See you there!

Details on the race:
Where: Orange 20
4351 Melrose ave, LA 90029
When: October 30, 2011
Meet: 5:00pm
Race: 6:00pm-7:00pm?

Halloween Trick or Treat Race
Prepare for one of the funniest, silliest and craziest checkpoint races we have seen in a few years!
6 Checkpoint race throughout DTLA, Echo Park and Silverlake.
Checkpoints will be announced the day of the race.
$5 entry fee. The race will also be a costume contest, if you come dressed up you will not have to pay an entry fee. Best costume has its own category!
Many Prizes and $$$ for the winners.

5 Categories
Road- Gears, Fixed w/ Brake
18 and under
1st Lady
BEST COSTUME (don't have to race to win)

Forazter: Rawdents 2011

Our friends at Forazter laced a few of us from Chubby Boob with their new fall line of T-shirts. Forazter is out of Riverside, CA (Chubby Boob Homeland), so anytime there is an event involving either one of the companies, both squads show up to show support. Safety in Numbers. Ha! Really though, it's nice to have support from fellow companies, both trying to make it the best way we can. Thanks to Forazter for the shirts, I'll rock them with pride.

Check out their whole line here and go like their FB Page.

26 October, 2011

Lady AlleyGato

Our Homegirl, Christy O. from the Bay sent this over. An all Lady/ Trans Alleycat, tomorrow! There hasn't been one of these in LA for a minute (needs to happen). If you're in SF tomorrow, go race or show up and support!

Details from the ladies:
Here's another AlleyCat for the ladies/trans of the Bay Area!

Meet at Cupids Arrow on the Embarcadero, and race amongst your fellow lady/trans riders!! The entry is $5, and winner takes all! Tell your homegirls, and those not on FB!!!!

Plus awesome prizes for 2nd, 3rd, and DFL from Mission Bicycle and Alite. Race will end at PUSHBIKE (22nd/Shotwell) with cervesa!!

Registration 6pm
Race begins at 6:30pm

FB Event page

PRFixed x Cinelli x RVCA Frame Exhibition 2011

Cinelli has a great photo exhbit over at their FB page. Ten "One Off" Vigorellis custom design by 10 Puerto Rican artists selected by RVCA and hosted by PRFixed. Some pretty good stuff in thier, check it out here and "like" your most favorite. These are a few of my Favorites. Header Artist: Sofia Maldonado

Artist: Celso Gonzàlez.

Artist: Gerardo Cloquell (Esco)

Artist: Nepo

Artist: The Stencil Network
Juan Ramòn Gutierrez

TCB Courier: Bernal

Check out this new edit from Steve. Looks like a slow day for the boys. I guess when we come up for the SF Bike Expo next month, we're gonna have to put them to work.

TCB COURIER- BERNAL from Storts on Vimeo.

Race time

Outlier: Soft Core Wool Vest

Vests, I love a good vest. Looks our friends at Outlier have the perfect vest for fall. The Soft Core Wool Vest, makes me want to be in the woods in the Northwest... Soon.

Wide range warmth without overheating. The Outlier Soft Core Wool Vest. Traditional winter insulation is often too hot for switching between indoor and outdoor activity. With this vest we pair three well considered layers of highly breathable insulation with a trim cut to create a drier, more comfortable way to stay warm.

A soft core of knit superfine New Zealand merino for an always comfortable body climate. An outer face of wool flannel for outdoor performance and sharp looks. Sandwiched in between is a 120 gram Primaloft Infinity continuous filament insulation. Unlike most insulations Infinity does not clump and it does not migrate, allowing us to use dramatically more breathable fabrics and create a more comfortable form of warmth. A standout piece from our Fall ’11 collection, the Soft Core Wool Vest. Made in the SF Bay


Mission Workshop: The Fitzroy Rucksack

Our friends at MW just dropped a larger version of their Sanction Rucksack, The Fitzroy. A larger bag for those days, when you need a little more space in your bag. These are really good looking bags in person and I'm always impressed by the quaility of MW. My Vandal and my shed are my go to bags, and still look good. Love them. Here's a an edit of the Fitzroy in action.

Fitzroy Rucksack as used by Bicycle Coffee Co. from Mission Workshop on Vimeo.

Details from MW:
The Fitzroy is an impenetrable fortress of a pack that holds and protects all of your gear, cargo, and valuables from morning's start to the day's end. Built to last a lifetime with waterproof fabrics and military spec. construction.

The Fitzroy also features multiple weatherproof compartments, urethane coated zippers, waterproof materials, and an internal frame sheet. Large zippered pocket fits most 17'' laptops, with smaller zippered pockets for your gear.

Made in the USA with a lifetime warranty.

Nice modeling Rai!

Rider Profile: Robert Pacheco

The Lil' homie. The dude that kicks my ass on our track bike ride every Saturday morning. I watched this young man grow into a cyclist over the last two years and he has impressed the shit out of me. He's getting ready to throw his first race next Sunday, (1st LA halloween alleycat in quite some time), and he hosts his own ride - Tuesday night hustle ride. Robert is holding it down on the LA streets and you all should keep an eye on him. This kid is a pleasure to ride with and it's going to be real exciting to see over the next few years what this young man has hidden up his sleeve.

Robert Pacheco

What do you ride?
48cm Continuum/ Chris King Headset/ Wound Up Fork
Thomson stem/ Nitto b125 Drop Bar
Thomson seatpost/ Specialized Toupe Expert
Mavic Open Pro laced to Low Flange Phil Wood hubs. 17t EAI Goldmedal Cog
Campagnolo Record Cranks/ 47t Sugino Zen Chainring/ Campagnolo Veloce Btm Brckt

How long have you been riding/ what started you?
Started February 2009, my car was stolen right after I bought my first conversion. The car was later found stripped and burned. My conversion became my everyday ride. Havent looked back since.

Do you wear a helmet y or y not?
HELL YEAH. Was hit by a car in September NOT wearing one, all bad. Our drivers are too stupid for cyclists not to wear one.

Favorite shop?
Echo Park Cycles. even though its not around anymore when it was here it was the shit. First bike shop I ever went to, Ozzie, Doug, Melissa (Rest in Paradise Mouse), the first DTLA messengers who taught me how to ride these streets.

clips or clipless?
Both, but since I've discovered clipless, I prefer it. Time Atac pedals, inverse cleats (no float). Specialized Mtn Sport Shoes

Ride with headphones/ music?
Only 1, the right/ outside one. I like my tunes, but love to hear the traffic and insanity around me as I ride.

Sponsors or teams or clubs you are a part of?
The Juice. Nothing official yet, but im trying to get the Juice on its feet again.
Chicken Hawk Racing. My club. Still unofficial but you'll begin to see it more and more.

Favorite race/s?
Lord of Griffith 3. Griffith park, greatest place for a race. 15th out of about 70?
The Takeover 2. Part 1. 5th.
What can I say I like climbing, descending and sprinting.

Favorite place to ride or route in la?
Sunset blvd. at 6pm. Griffith at any time. The rest of the city and everywhere in between. Theres nothing better than just riding the city streets, explore and you will find anything you can ask for.

Fav. person(s) to ride with?
Jose “HuevsMartin” Henriquez, my lil nephew thats more like my lil bro. i bring out the best in him and he does the same for me.
Ace “Boogie” Carretero
Sean “TOLA” Martin
Sean and Ace, both have taught me so fucken much, street knowledge, race knowledge, everything you would need to know to survive on a brakeless track bike in LA. Ace taught me the streets after graduating from the University of Tracko, and Sean taught me a lot about rides, and races.

Dope chill spot?
Don’t really chill to often. As long as im with friends doesnt really matter really.

Why la?
Cuz I was born here! Ha! No better place to be, its big, but compact. You can go a mile in any direction you want and you will run into something completely different. There are no limits to this city.

What do you do for work?
Orange 20 Bikes. Cyclist at a bike shop, cant complain, love the look of new faces on new bikes.

What other hobbies/ projects do you do?
Just got into Mountain Biking.
Trying to do more but don't know where to start, any suggestion?

Dream bike?
Not too sure actually. Dont really have a “Dream” bike, like too many to just pick one. BUT the road bike I want and will be saving up to buy within the next few months is, Jamis Xenith Pro w/ Ultegra Di2

Best/worst thing about riding in LA
Best thing. Traffic, hills, and the fact that you can ride in any direction and run into crazy shit.
Worst. LA Drivers. Drivers dont care about the cyclist here, they dont know how to drive with cyclists near.

Any secret tips/ secrets you wanna give?
Be Aggressive, there's no other way to ride in LA. You must be aggressive or you will not survive. People wont give you the lane, you must take it. DO NOT HESITATE!

Shout out?
Mom and pops! wouldnt be here or anywhere near this athletic if it wasnt for you 2.
Nena! Sister that doubles as a 2nd mom
Ace Boogie
Sean Martin
Orange20 Bikes!
Ozzie- Echo Park Cycles. Taught me the right way!
Melissa! Mouse! Rest in Paradise! one of the greatest people I ever had a chance to meet. First female messenger I met.

Last word?
A fixed gear is a bicycle at its purest form. no gears and no brakes. Considered the ultimate marriage between man and machine, a sub 20 pound piece of machinery is the only thing separating your body from the hard concrete.
Be aggressive, dont hesitate, dont be scared.
Search for the hills and you will find you dont need to go to San Francisco to bomb some hills!

25 October, 2011

The Bicinity: Ghost of Greg

Great shot of Ghostly Greg from the DTLA Summer series by the Bicinity. I caught this one while looking for their photos from the NJS ride. Get those ones up!

Cadence: CX team kits

Damnnnnnn. Want. These kits look great, must aquire one. I really like the full sleeve version, perfect for the weather we got going on in LA right now. I love fall!!!


24 October, 2011

Cycle EXIF Bicycle Calendar 2012

Saw this over at Prolly's Jam and wanted to give our friends props and get you guys to buy a calendar! The Cycle EXIF Bicycle Calendar 2012 is now live and available for purchase. It features 13 of the most beautiful and popular bikes from 2011. Prolly and Tracko had photos chosen for this calendar and it stokes me out to have the homies work featured in it. Good work fellas!

Check the Calendar out here and swoop one while you're there!

Affinity Cycles: Rider Build Contest

Our good friends over at Affinity are throwing a rider build contest. Post your build of a Affinity frame on their FB page and get your friends to like it, then win stuff. I love my Lo-pro, really looking forward to racing on it this coming weekend. I'll update with some of the sicker builds posted on their page as the contest progresses. Enjoy these photos of Jason Yims build from a few months ago or longer.

Details from Affinity:
Over the last week folks have been posting up pictures of their built up Affinity frames. I have to say I have been enjoying it quite a bit. Nothing quite like seeing your bikes decked out looking good. It got me motivated to throw a little contest, it has been a bit since we gave away some shwag.

Here are the rules:

1. Post a picture of your built up Affinity frame on our Facebook wall.

2. Get your friends to “like” or comment on the photo.

3. The picture with the most likes and comments brings home the bacon.

Contest ends Thursday at Noon.

First Place will get an Affinity Jer
sey and a 75 dollar Affinity gift certificate.

Second place gets a set of Custom Affinity/Hold Fast straps and a 25 dollar gift certificate.

3rd place gets nothing.

Looking forward to seeing a lot of tricked out frames all cleaned up and shinny. Show us what you got, and we will hook it up. Happy hunting.

Tarcking under the bridge.

This past Saturday, I got an invitation to come check out a BBQ/ trickcomp/ race under the Seventh St. bridge. Three deep, we rolled to the spot, not really knowing what we were getting onto. Came upon a full film crew and a lot our friends from various walks of urban cycling. From State champs to Professional FGFS to local bike media was there. The setting was awesome, industrial and under the Bridge. Great location. After meeting with the organizers, we came to find out that it was the start of a documentary on under ground cultures and sub-cultures in America (more on that in a upcoming post). Since the filmmakers were LA cyclists, they decided to start with LA bike culture (the best and biggest out there). Trackstand comp and games of footdown started the afternoon off, then Ace, Micheal Chacon and I were asked to judge the FGFS comp, and we got to see the next generation of Trick kids throwing down for us. About 10 entered and we eventually came to the conclusion that Jamil Grey was the overall winner. All though Rory's Fakie wheeelie stole the show for me. I couldn't stay for the whole time (had to rush off to go to roller derby), but it was a fun afternoon in the sun, and it felt like a classic fun day on bikes.

Ace Tarckstanding.


Youth of today.

21 October, 2011

3rd Annual NJS Show and Ride: This Sunday

This Sunday is gonna be epic. Simon and Company, have really gone all out for this one. A great route planned to Encino, where we will be greeted by a Taco Truck, The Cadence Truck, Games, Photo booth, NJS bike show, a raffle, custom t-shirts, races and some of the most beautiful NJS bikes you have ever seen. Proceeds will be benefitting the Velodrome, so bring cash and cards and lets Save the Track bike!!!

Details on the ride:
Meet: North Hollywood Redline Station at 12:30
Ride: To Encino Velodrome at 1:30
Start: Festivities at Encino Velodrome at 3pm

I wanna say thanks to Simon for spearheading this event the last few years and to all the folks who have worked on it this year. You all deserve a huge round of applause on Sunday. You rock.

Big thanks to all of the sponsors, without you would we just have Tacos.

These are the t-shirts that will be for sale. Get them while they are hot! These will not last.

Here's the Link to the event page on our site.

FB Event page.

Here's the tumblr with pretty photos and more info.

20 October, 2011

Yeong-Deok Seo: Tightly Welded Chains

Yeong-Deok Seo has created some amazing pieces out of tightly welded chains. Bicycle chains made into mind-blowing sculptures. You can really see the anguish in the pieces, pain and despair shine through. Really creative and very introspective of us as humans. With names like Infection – Anguish, Infection – Ego, and Addict, as the artwork’s titles, it's no wonder our good friend Avo loves these. Thanks to Avo for the heads up. Nice find.

Check more out at Thisiscoloassal.com

19 October, 2011

3rd Annual NJS Show and Ride: October 23rd 2011

Hooray! It's back again. A few of our friends are really putting work and have a ton of people helping out this year. We are a proud sponsor for the 2nd year in a row and lending some help for this ride. Year after year it gets better and better. You get to see the some the most beautiful NJS track bikes in SoCal. People go all out for this one. Think of it as a car show for Track bikes. New this this year it benefits the Encino Velodrome, where the ride ends. So, come out and ride, race or buy stuff to help out the Velodrome. Save the Track bike! Big ups to Simon for spearheading this event.

Also, Here's the Link to the event page on our site

Here's the FB Event page.

Here's the tumblr with pretty photos and more info.

This is shirt for the event. Bring cash!!!

Chrome x FTC: FTC25 Limited Yalta Rolltop pack.

Twenty five years of FTC. Amazing. I remember visiting my sister in SF from Alaska and always making FTC one of my shopping stops in the city. Now Chrome has teamed up with FTC, to celebrate their 25th anniversary with a a very limited Yalta Rolltop. I might have to cop... Bringing back memories.

This year, seminal skateboard retailer FTC celebrates its 25th anniversary. For 25 years FTC has helped to shape and define the city experience. In recognition of this major milestone, FTC and Chrome collaborated on a limited edition rolltop backpack...The FTC25 Yalta.

The FTC25 Yalta is based on our iconic rolltop backpack and features a signature debossed 3M reflective FTC wordmark on the lower right panel. The FTC25 logo is engraved into the sharktooth closure that keeps the rolltop secure. Limited to 600 pieces worldwide and available exclusively through FTC, Chrome and select retailers...These bags will be gone quick. Get yours!

Good looking bag. Swoop bag here Peep this yung edit on FTC and get familiar.

Chrome FTC 25 Yalta from Chrome Bags on Vimeo.

RHC Milano 2011: Chas and Crihs

Nike Stadium Milano has some great photos up on their Fb page of the RHC Milano 2011. Some great shots of our homies Crihs and Chas really stand out. I'm always down to show our friends some love, and since these two have traveling the states by bike and the world by plane the last few months, they really deserve it. I can't even begin to think about how much these two have raced and rode in the last month alone. These are beasts amongst men. Keep shredding boys.

Professional Alleycat Racers.
Check more out here.

ArcLight Film Festival: Fixation

FIXATION has been entered in the ArcLight Film Festival. Alex needs your help. It has a cash grand price that he could really use to get the music rights so that the film can be sold on DVD (the last hurdle for this film). Only the top 10 trailers with the most "likes" will be accepted into this festival.

Please help us spread the word and this link on youtube.

Please like it ("Thumbs up") on this link on the Arclight Youtube channel.

Voting is from Monday, Oct 17. - Sun Oct. 23, then when Fixation makes into the film festival, we'll all be able to see this again on the big screen, Nov. 7-11 at the ArcLight Hollywood!

I really stand by this film and can't for this drop on DVD and have the chance to see it on the big screen again.

Go like the Fixation FB page and please share this !

Outlier: Fall 2011: In a Technical Nature

Fall is upon us. Shorter days, long nights, awesome fall/ winter riding while wrapped cozy gear. I love this time of year, even in LA, where the changes are sutble. Ain't nothing like riding all bundled up and ready for action. Haha! Outlier is dropping their Fall line. Check it out here.

There is a place where nature and technology intertwine like lovers to create something new. Cottons twist around nylons, wools bond to fleeces, artificial down is layered between wool knits and wovens, nanotech dosed nylons are modeled after lotus leaves, cottons are engineered so tightly they become water barriers.

At Outlier we want to create the future of clothing; to get there nature and technology must overcome their age old conflicts and weave into one. Outlier Fall 2011: In A Technical Nature.

17 October, 2011

Recap: SFGREENSERIES presents Krit Kat

19 riders. 3.5 laps.

SF Green Series hosted the city's second criterium-format race this past Sunday. Racers took to the streets, covering over 10 miles, threading traffic and mashing hills. Sunny skies, a lack of injuries and some intimidatingly strong riding dominated the race. Oakland and WOB once again showed their speed & cunning as Jeremiah Davis took 1st. Some miscounting & miscommunication led to two DQs, but there was no doubt in the racers conviction as they fought for the cash pot. Second & third went to Marc Marino & Kyle Ng respectively, with TCB/Mash's Steve Tortorelli racing while on the job, putting down two laps before he had a tag.

Thanks to all riders that came out!

Check out more photos HERE