Thursday, February 25, 2010

Hi Def

Here's the best MBW video I've seen all year!

Mini Bike Winter | 2010 from Richie Thomassen on Vimeo.

Gabe sez "This video of Mini Bike Winter is way better than my memories or reality!"
Richie Thomassen did a really spectacular job on this one. The Chariot war scene is incredible!

Oh..and here's a rad rollerglamour vid by Sara Kinney and Chombo:

Ignition from Sara Kinney on Vimeo.

I really like the shot of the back wheel where we see the spokes stop and the DA logos keep spinning. I cannot think of what that effect is called, though I know its based on Nyquist theorem, the framerate, and wheel speed.

I guess more and more bike vids are going to start looking like this. Soon they'll be so real I won't even need to go outside.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Revenge of the slider!

PaulGT over on fixedvan just put up a link to Eastern Bike's Slider contest promo vid. My freakin brain exploded!

Eastern Bikes Slider Contest from Eastern Bikes on Vimeo.


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Proj-Beer Sprint

Down at the monthly Gastown Sprints roller races people show who's got the most leg speed with zero resistance. As I work better with resistance, I wanted a grudge match with my buds and here it is. Finish your beer before you can finish the race. This was way more fun than getting beat by chicken-legged hipsters, and good for the crowd as well.

I'd like to put out a public word of appreciation for Moses, the man behind the action. He worked his ass off starting this thing up last year and only recently got hooked up with the good people at Cycles Lambert, who are now throwing down prizes every month and making our roller races as lucrative as alleycat racing. It's a format that anyone can participate in, it's indoors, and even if you don't stand a chance to win, you can still race your friends and risk throwing up.

Thanks Nate for the photo. Remember that time I beat you in a race with resistance? Oh yeah. Moses bet on me!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Minibike Winter 2010 Chariot Wars

J Maus of has a great set of photos as well too:

Who won this year's epic battle? Zoobomb did of course!

Coolin' down, dressing up, going out.

Andy over at the Fyx has posted the second round of his shoot with Sabrina. You owe it to yourself to check out the whole set. She swaps the bars and rides away in heels...

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Feel Free to Pass...

Another rad day at the mountain. Opting out of both the tweed ride, St. Valentines race, AND Riot2010.. we headed out to get muddy at out local East side spot. Conditions were sloppy, wet, and sloppy. I got to watch Weeks flick his rear K-Rad around roots and berms like it was on ice. Theres a science behind that. I believe the technical term is 'Poo Notches'.

Poohaps that should go in the B-tionary. Oh.. speaking of which:

attention [əˈtɛnʃən]
1. concentrated direction of the mind, esp to a problem or task
2. consideration, notice, or observation a new matter has come to our attention
3. The act of truing and tensioning ones wheels after their break in period My rear wheel could use a tension

Its definitely getting faster out there. I found the best flow would happen when Morgan would lead and eat up the bumps. Weeks would follow and translate Morgan's line to rigid. Then I would follow and try to match Weeks' line. Bigger bars mute your input. Smaller tires wash out easier. The Extreme is getting dialed, and so is the Brotalyst. I feel like I'm 15 again. Lets end this with a straight downhill blast losing 100m elevation for every 600m of trail shall we? Feel free to pass!

Monday, February 08, 2010

John Housser - VR on the North Shore

I've come across some amazing VR photo stitches of mountain biking trails on the North Shore and in other places in BC. Below you will find a link to a John Housser's page with the 360º image, and a thumbnail to give you an idea of what you're in for. These are some of my favourites, but there are hundreds (including tons from other amazing locations), so go have a look for yourself!

Ditch Pig Drop - Dan

Old School Oilcan

Tom Rolling on Pink Starfish

Werner Lake Landing

Lakeside in the South Chilcotins

Joffrey Lakes Camping Trip 01

The following seven are BONUS MATERIAL that I can't find on his site... enjoy!

Fromme - Boundary Lower 1

Fromme - Boundary Lower 4

Fromme - Boundary Creek Approach

Fromme - Boundary Tall Bridge

Fromme - Digger Skinnies 1

Fromme - Digger Skinnies 2

Fromme - Digger End Roll

Scraper bike Remix

Kike yañez"Scrayper Bike Remix" Ft Turf Talk,Dem Hoodstarz,LiL Coner from kike yanez on Vimeo.


Friday, February 05, 2010

Bike Porn Tonight

Just a quick reminder, Reverend Phil Sano's Bicycle Porn tour is making a stop here in Vancouver tonight. He'll be hosting at a space in Strathcona. Come on out and bring your sexy bikes!

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Ultimate Wheel

Thanks Alan.

Not only can I not ride a unicycle, I cannot ride a unicycle off road. ...and not only can I not ride a unicycle off road, I cannot ride a unicycle with no seat off road. dick. Thanks for putting things in perspective once again.

I once saw a vid about a crew of off road unicyclists, being interviewed about never getting chicks and doing their thing. I'm gonna try and find that now.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Empire - wrapping up

Here's the 'final teaser' of Empire, a film by Luke and Chris. They started this project when I was in NYC, and I've got to see the progression of it and it's riders through the NY boards. It makes me miss the sounds and smells of hooning through NYC traffic.

Of course, its got all the Gothamist readers panties up in a twist again. Check out the comments.

Monday, February 01, 2010

I'm so glad New Bike Day truly exists here, in the real world.

This is just crazy. A bike I've lusted after for some time. I don't know why, I just love the downward sloping TT combined with an elevated chain stay design. Today was an incredible case of the right place at the right time. Here's how things went down.

A couple days back, Jesse commented on one of my flickr photos.

Today out on a business errand I decided to stop into OCB, to check out this Full LX Sexdream.. err Extreme. I go in there and Jesse is not around. Johan and Gen are wrenching on some Italian Job.. Avanti I think. They said that it was actually Avan-Ti. Anyways, they don't know where this Extreme is. Gen thinks she saw it.. "Its got that floating bottom bracket, thingy. It may have gone to the Pedal Depot."

So I'm just about to head out, and out of the blue this girl who was in the shop wrenching on a single speed townie comes up and says, "Did you say you liked Haro Extreme bicycles?" in a strangely sincere voice. Amazingly my crippled sense of facial recognition kicks in and I recall meeting her as our paths converged on a Saturday ride.

"I have one in my car parked a block away."



After chatting a bit while she installed new cones in her hub, she handed me her keys and said to go check it out. I take a tape measure from the shop. I find the Seafoam Honda Civic and pop the hatch. Its there. Metallic blue, on the folded down rear seat. Near mint paint. I measure the seat tube. 20" to the binder. I remember to breathe.

With the bike inside OCB, we discuss it some more. She won't let me give her anything for it. Not even lunch. Thank you SO MUCH Naomi!

I just cannot believe it.

Later in the day (with the bike still on my tarckfiets' rack) I head to the Pedal Depot to see Jesse. He's got things super tidy down there. Very organized shop at 1830 Ontario Street. (They're open 3pm to 6pm Monday through Friday to sell some new parts/accessories and help people to fix their bikes. It is set up similarly to Our Community Bikes just on a smaller scale and with slightly limited capacity.)

He does indeed have a Haro Extreme, and he pulls it out of the rack so we can take a look. Its a smaller one, measuring 18.5" to the binder. As well, the paint is a chocolate and eggplant splatter... not as stunning as what I stumbled upon, but still a decent ride. Its in beautiful condition too, all original Shimano LX components.

Anyways, I'm absolutely elevated with my new bike. There are more detail shots on Flickr. I don't think I'm going to go too crazy with the build on this one. I'll use parts I've got around here, probably retiring the Shasta WMDTB. That bike treated me well, but it was never a Sexdream.

Record Breakers!

Its interesting that he's got a holder, and some kind of BB anchor holding the bike down.