We’re always looking for a new roof to ride on and lucky for us Portland’s downtown is packed full of empty parking garages. All of which have an elevator that takes you straight to the top. Ideal for most hang out situations, we highly recommend you check your local listings and find a parking structure near you. Just because it’s built for cars doesn’t mean we can’t have our fun.
If you’re not having fun, you’re not doing it right. Filmed on 05.20.2017 this is a video that almost slipped through the cracks. We just never got around to chopping it together. Until last night that is. There will be an even longer SF track bike video with more riders coming out in the next month. So keep your eyes peeled for that and until then enjoy this. Shout out to MASHSF for always giving us a place to hang and for constantly throwing gas on the fire.
There aren’t a lot of riders out there running brakes on their FGFS build, but Gus Molina is one of them. It’s the addition of this variable that gives his style and trick selection such a unique flavor. He’s always stretching the imagination and perception of what’s possible on these bikes. Gus is one of those riders that you have to keep your eye on and start filming before he says anything. He’s always pulling the most ridiculous combos the moment we roll up to a new spot. Anyways, scroll down and check out a handful of photos of his MASTER BIKE CO Hightek frameset as well as a complete parts breakdown.
FRAME: Master Hightek
HANDLEBAR: Rare pair of altar burial bars
FORK: Master Chopstick
STEM: Fit High Top stem
GRIPS: Merritt Cross check grips
BRAKE STUFF: Odyssey lever and cable Fly Bikes brakes
SADDLE: Tree Bike Co. Fat ergo seat
CRANKS: Eclat Maverick cranks 170mm
BB: Cult mid
PEDALS: Elcat Seeker
STRAPS: Burro Mudflaps
SPROCKET: Madera Bash sprocket
GEAR RATIO: 25/9
CHAIN: Shadow Supreme chain
FRONT TIRE: Cult vans tire 2.3
REAR TIRE: Bombtrack 2.3
FRONT WHEEL / HUB: G-Sport hub laced to mtx33 36hh
REAR WHEEL / HUB: Rinng hub laced to Ruff Beer Can rims 36h
PEGS: Eclat Venom 4.8
420 is a special time of year in San Francisco. It’s celebrated as a national Holiday in The City. We celebrated in our own way by meeting up at the Island (as usual) and riding around until the 420 Alley Cat that they held the day before Mission Crit. Check out that video HERE. Chris “Thrasher” is outta control with those triangle stands downhill. Enough to make your palms sweat just watching the man. Andy sparks stays in the mix and Keo Kid is way too good with those back pedals. It was great having a bunch of people from outta town here for the big crit in The City. Mission Crit is going to be on 420 this year (2019) so mark your calendar and we’ll see you there.
Slam Dunk Ernie has a bike of his own, and this is it. Shortly after breaking my collar bone, MASHSF came out with their front rack / bag combo. Immediately knew I’d have to scoop one up for Big Ern. He loves it btw. Anyways here’s what my Affinity LoPro setup currently looks like. It’s really starting to feel dialed in. Everything from the gray Musguards to the gray/white water bottle setup. I really enjoy riding this bike and even more so when Ernie is on it. Check out a full parts breakdown below.
FRAME: Affinity Cycles LoPro
Front Rack: MASHSF
Front Rack Bag: MASHSF X Inside Line Equipment
HANDLEBAR: Chromag Bikes OSX FUBAR (One Off Colorway)
FORK: All City
GRIPS: ODI Longnecks
CRANKS: Sram Omniums 165mm
BB: Sram GXP
PEDALS: Shadow Conspiracy
CHAINRING: 48T Stock Sram
GEAR RATIO: 48/16
FRONT TIRE: 32c Continental Gator Skin
REAR TIRE: 32c Continental Gator Skin
FRONT WHEEL: Found road bike wheel
REAR WHEEL: The first fixed gear wheel I ever bought
We had a lot of fun shooting “Complete the Circle” when Tadashi Nakamura was in Portland. He’s become a really close friend over the years and this is now the second time he’s traveled from Japan to ride bikes with us in the States. Those of you who have ridden FGFS already know how difficult it can be and Tadashi has clearly been doing this for a while. He had an easy time hopping on every handrail we came across. Portland has some great alleyways and often times we’ll take the road less traveled just to mix things up a bit. Check out more photos below and watch the “Tadashi VIDEO” if you haven’t already. Until next time.
Take it or leaf it. Last winter we made a video of everybody’s favorite Maltipoo in the snow and this year we decided to shoot another little jammer as the seasons were changing. You can’t play in yellow snow, but you sure can play in yellow leaves. Fall is a special time in Portland and we really wanted to film something of Ernie playing in a sea of leaves while we could. The trees are bare now, but this video will help us remember what things looked like on a windy day at “The Rose Gardens” in Peninsula Park.
“Uhhm, okay.” – Tadashi Nakamura said those words a lot during his time with us. Mostly after we just finished coaxing him into going for a clip, but sometimes after we asked a complicated question. We have a lotta love for Tadashi. He stayed with us back when we used to live in the Tenderloin in SF. Check out that video HERE. That was a crazy house.
Anyways… Let’s get back to our time in Portland. After Jaoa left, Tadashi took over his room and rotated in giving us a chance to shoot this quick video before he flew back to Japan. Which I’m really glad we did and don’t know why we didn’t think to film more sooner. It’s amazing what we can do with only a handful of film days. Until next time my dude. ✌
The homie Gavin Rear recently came by CHROME HQ to use the studio for a school project and while he was there I took a couple photos of his Muirandessi Track Build. The sparkle paint on this bike is definitely one of the best parts about it. We had to pull the lighting forward and shoot it pretty square to get the sparkle effect to pop. Everytime I see Gavin he’s on a different bike, each one as rad as the last. Shortly after we shot these photos he disassembled this bike and built up something different. We’ll have to wheel his new whip into the studio sometime and get his most current setup.
FRAME: Muirandessi Track
HANDLEBAR: FSA V-Drive
FORK: Muirandessi Columbus Max
STEM: Thomson X2 (120mm,-10)
GRIPS: Glow in the dark 👻
HEADSET: Chris King
SADDLE: Selle Italia SLR
CRANKS: Sugino 75
BB: Sugino 75
PEDALS: MKS Urban Platform
CAGES: All-City Nylon
SPROCKET: 48t Omnium
GEAR RATIO: 48×17
FRONT TIRE: Continental 4-Season
REAR TIRE: Continental Gator hardshell
WHEELSET: Velocity A23, Phil Wood Low-flange Track Hub
The photos to accompany the video. Here are a handful of shots Sam Allgood and I caught while filming our latest video “Seasons Change”. If you haven’t seen it already, just go ahead and click the link, or scroll down to the post. It’s been really great having Sam in town. He made the move out here from SLC a while back, and this felt like the first time we’ve really hung out since he’s been out here. I can already tell that we’ll be kicking it and trying to make a lot more videos together. Check out some of the videos Sam makes and hit that subscribe button fam. You know what’s good. Okay, that’s enough for now, scroll around and we’ll talk at you later.