I keep a camera on me just about everywhere I go, and ever since I got my hands on a Hasselblad it’s quickly become my everyday carry. So when it came time to fly to Arizona for the Prickly Pear Jam I knew I’d be bringing two things. My FGFS bike and this camera. I’ve traveled to a lot of places and for the most part when it’s hot, it’s humid. But AZ was a dry heat that I don’t think any of us were prepared for. It was by and far one of the most blisteringly hot places I’ve ever been and sent everybody home with either a tan or a sunburn by the end of the jam. 9 hours of riding beneath the desert sun will do that to you. Shout out to Mike T. Schmitt for hosting the event and getting the band back together again.
Evan Service is one rad dude. If you’ve ever met him you probably already know that, but it’s a statement worth repeating. I’m glad we had the chance to link up and film while he was in town last month on a romantic retreat. It wasn’t on the usual FGFS bike we all know and love, but I think you’ll enjoy what we have baking in the oven. Fixed gear is fixed gear and if you can throw tricks on your freestyle bike you can most certainly do the same on a track build. Sink your teeth into some of these shots and keep your eyes peeled for clips of Evan rolling out in the near future. Cheers.
I’m not sure how it happens, but everything that’s shot on the Hasselblad 503cx comes out looking like pure gold. Even with film that expired more than 15 years ago. Big thanks to everyone who came out for the event and put up with me constantly herding everyone together for family photos. I know I ask a lot, but having photos to remember these times are worth it in the end. Until next time my dudes.
Here are a handful of 35mm shots I took during the two days we were in Arizona before the Prickly Pear Jam. All the footage we caught during that time made it’s way into the “Chain Gang” video which you can see by either clicking the link or scrolling down to the bottom of this post. It was great to ride with some familiar faces in some unfamiliar territory.
The Prickly Pear Jam is one FGFS event that won’t soon be forgotten. Both by those who attended and those who kept up with it around the globe. It threw a can of gasoline on the fire and stoked out the entire community. Equivalent to what Mid West Mayhem did for the scene more than 6 years ago. If you missed any of the event coverage than here’s a little bit more for you to marinate on. Stay broke, shoot film. Olympus OM-1 (35mm)
After two days of filming with Jiwoo Kim we were able to produce this quick edit from his far too short stay with us in San Francisco. I don’t usually film in slow mo but figured we’d take a stab at it for this piece and see where it took us. As the newest member of the ENDFGFS team in Korea he’s one dude you’ll want to keep an eye on. Press play and enjoy.
Stills to match the motion. I’m about to add a few finishing touches to the video I shot with Jiwoo Kim while he was in San Francisco a week ago and figured I’d post some of the photos we caught while filming. It was great having Jiwoo in town to break up the day and give me the motivation I needed to get out and film something. Here are a handful of images for you to sink your teeth into before the video drops later tonight.
Jiwoo Kim came to San Francisco last week and spent some time riding, filming, and shooting photos with us while he was here. He spent nearly a week with us before hopping on a bus and heading to Southern California to ride with some of the other FGFS dudes in California. I just finished cutting together the footage we shot and am gearing up to release it later tonight. Until then scroll through and check out some of the photos that Jongwon Lee (LJ) captured in-between clips.
Beers don’t normally grow on trees, but they might as well have during yesterday’s TCB cross race. The flyer said something about bringing a backpack and a handful of sanitizer, which left us with more than a handful of questions. It was a race around a track that was littered with bicycle debris, trash, feathers and warm beers that were hidden throughout the course. Each lap counted as a point as well as each piece of trash collected along the way. At the end of the 30 minute race the points were tallied and the park looked cleaner than ever. Shout out to RJ Rabe & Ramon for hosting this one and keep an ear to the ground for next month’s.
Alright everyone, this is the moment you’ve all been waiting for. This morning Mike Schmitt released this 14 minute video from our recent trip to Arizona for the Prickly Pear Jam. Here’s what he had to say. “Chain Gang was filmed the week of The Prickly Pear Jam event in May 2016 in Arizona. Having so many riders from all over in one location gave us the opportunity to really stack footage. Shout out to all the riders who came out to Arizona and rode with us. We dedicate this video to everyone still riding a FGFS bike.” Press play, check out some screen shots below and enjoy 14 minutes of some of the best fixie footwork in the game.