FGFS PORTLAND – RAMON ANTONIO NEW BIKE, NEW YEAR

Ramon Antonio recently built up this pretty pink Master Bike Co frameset and I must say it sure does photograph beautifully. Not only is it photogenic, but it rides like a dream. The rear end is so short it makes pulling up to hop snappy and effortless. Don’t just take my word for it, take a look at some of these shots of Ramon taking it out for a spin.

The sun doesn’t come out much here in Portland, but when it does we try to make the most of it. Except for today. Today it was amazing outside and I hardly left the house. But that’s neither here nor there. Fingers crossed for more sunny days to come. I’ll have to do a bike check of his new build real soon, until then check out more photos from our day out below.
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FGFS PORTLAND – DAY 3

Can it be Summer again already. We’re barely even into winter and I’m already missing the warm weather in Portland. It was so nice while it lasted. Ramon Antonio invited a bunch of the homies from California to come ride with us up here. This is day 3 of their trip. By this point I had shifted my focus from photo to shooting video and capturing long lens second angles. That being said, I did shoot a bunch of stills of everyone jumping this parking lot bank.

I’m not sure what Miguel Zendejas is eating for breakfast, but it’s working. He has tailwhips unlike anybody else in fixed gear right now. Must have signed his name in blood on some ancient scroll to achieve such talent and skill on two wheels. Johnathan Ball is another one of those dudes who always surprises you with how deep is bag of tricks can be. He’s like felix the cat the way he pulls things out of thin air. I’ll shut up now, photos > words.

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BIKE CHECK – TEO MAZARS’ LOW PURSUIT

Teo Mazars came from France to hang out and ride bikes with us in San Francisco. It’s become such a destination for fixed gear over the years that it’s always been rad to meet people from all over the world without ever having to go anywhere. Teo came by the Chrome Hub one day with Georges so I brought their bikes into the studio and caught some quick pictures. Full parts breakdown below.

FRAME: Low pursuit 2013
HANDLEBAR: Wide riser without brand
FORK: Alpina carbon
STEM: Deda zero 100
HEADSET: Chris King
SADDLE: Old Italia Flite
CRANKS: Sram Omnium with
BB: Sram
PEDALS: MKS
STRAPS: BLB Straps
CAGES: BLB
CHAINRING: Custom Factory Five Latice
COG: 18T Miche
GEAR RATIO: 49/18
CHAIN: Izumi Black Jet
FRONT TIRE: Zaffiro
REAR TIRE: Gatorskin
FRONT WHEEL: Don’t remember maybe velocity or b43
REAR WHEEL: Phil Wood laced to mavic open pro

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CRANKSGIVING 2017

I’m thankful for these two dudes. Every year, Toby, Bryan & I take the train back home for the holidays, and every year we do a little turkey trot around the outskirts of town. It’s never too long. Something quick, under 30, but there’s usually a fence to be hopped or cow paddy to dodge along the way. Midway through the ride we’ll pull off and take a moment to soak in the scenery. Usually that means pulling off at the nearest drainage ditch to catch some quick airs before we continue on our journey. There are a ton of spots like this peppered around town, some of which have transitions that are smoother than most skateparks I’ve been to.

At one point I saw a hawk chowing down on a rattlesnake so I hopped off my bike, dropped down to its level and started shooting photos. I army crawled closer and got within an arm’s length before the hawk started to flex and didn’t want anything to do with me any longer. I always forget how sick Toby’s Wheel Talk kit looks. We’re going to have to make a new one soon. Well, that’s it for this year. Check out more photos below, otherwise look forward to more next year.

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FIXED GEAR PORTLAND – RAMON ANTONIO’S LEADER 721

It’s the final countdown. With only hours left until we rang in the new year, Ramon Antonio III and I grabbed our track bikes and went for a cold jaunt around the neighborhood. After a while of roaming around, we stumbled across this open junk yard stacked full of pallets. We hung out and spent probably 20 minutes there shooting Ramon’s bike. There’s nothing better than exploring new places and riding without a destination.

It’s been awhile since Ramon had a fully functioning track build. We’ve been riding FGFS for so long we almost forgot how easy it is to pedal something with 28c tires and full leg extension. His Leader 721-TR looks hard with the flat black everything. Ninja mode at night. Check out more photos below. (more…)

SLAM DUNK ERNIE & THE CHROME INDUSTRIES WARSAW II

First things first, everyone follow @SLAMDUNKERNIE. Glad we got that outta the way. There’s a couple things that I never leave the house without, and this bag is one of them. Not only does it fit my entire life, it holds one of the most important pieces of it. Ernie. The Warsaw 2.0 from Chrome Industries has more pockets than you’d ever know what to do with, as well as a couple hidden stash pockets. Very important. It’s my go to travel bag, and fits overhead as a carry on. Even more important. Whether it’s 3 months, or 3 hours this bag is there through it all.

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FIXED GEAR PORTLAND – THE 11th HOUR OF 2017

See ya never 2017. Yesterday the sun came out, the ice melted and the roads dried off. So Devin Tolman, Ramon Antonio & I grabbed our wheels and hit the streets hard. Apparently seeing the sun this time of year is a real rarity. I still don’t believe it yet. In my mind the sun is shining everyday. It’s just hidden beneath a thick layer of clouds is all.

I’ve harshed Portland for not being a real city since we got here. But everyday, little by little, I’m starting to see it. Especially in these photos of us riding around it’s downtown. I’m so used to shooting in direct sunlight, that it’s nice to be somewhere where it both looks and feels brick out.

Check out 20-something more photos below, and keep your eyes peeled for more fixie content coming straight outta Portland. 2018 is less than a day away and it can’t be here soon enough.

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WHEEL TALK MOVES TO PORTLAND

Welcome to Portland. Earlier this Summer we packed our bags and moved outta San Francisco, setting our sights north to the PNW. Ramon Antonio showed me around the first couple days and played tour guide showing me some of what Portland has to offer. It’s always refreshing visiting, let alone moving to a different city. Here is some shaky handheld clips from the pocket cam we used to make all of our first videos. Buckle your seatbelt, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

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THIS IS WHAT HALLOWEEN LOOKS LIKE IN PORTLAND

Halloween at Burnside pops off. I heard it was going to be a riot, but I wasn’t sure what to expect. Then I went, and now I know. People were punching each other in the face, losing teeth, shredding the park, getting trashed, having laughs and having a good old fashioned rager beneath the bridge. I’m pretty sure everybody went home with a scab that night. It was heaven. Looks like I have a new holiday ritual.

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