It’s all about the details and MASH fully delivered on that front. Their new Steel SS Framesets are custom crafted from head to toe and are intricate works of art in their own right. I really appreciate that both colorways they offer are grayscale and subtly branded. They’re both amazing and have so much attention to detail. All the finishes on this bike are really on point, and made it really easy to put together. Head over to their webstore and check out more.
Forever Forward. One of the first things I noticed when the box from MASHSF showed up on my doorstep was that it had the words “Keep moving forward” written across the top and side. When I popped open the box I saw that same slogan slapped on the underbelly of the bottom bracket. The more I admired it the more I began to dig into its underlying meaning. I’m a big fan of discoverable easter eggs like this, anything that makes you think. It’s a really nice touch.
I always love hanging my bike up on a street sign and shooting it from below. It removes all the unwanted signage at ground level and provides a view of the city most never look up to see. It’s something I do quite a bit and am constantly looking for the perfect corner or set of buildings as a backdrop. Every city has different street lights/signs and I could barely reach the ones we have here in Portland. I had to climb on an electrical box or shimmy up a pole for a couple of these shots. Check out more photos below, or head to MASHSF to see more of their new Steel Framesets.
If you build it they will come. MASHSF has been cooking up fresh new frames of their own for quite some time now and the day has finally come for our first look at what they’ve been building. I hadn’t seen too much leading up to the release and was as stoked as anyone else to see what they whipped up. Here are some of the first photos I took of my new MASH Steel SS Frameset. I’m really feeling the Silver Smoke colorway Mike kicked over. It has this really rustic and worn look while still holding onto this brilliant shine. It’s truly a work of art and looks even better in person. If you’re in San Francisco anytime soon I suggest you swing by the shop and check it out. More photos to come, until then check out more on MASH.
Leon Li is one of those cats that I’d always see on my ride home. If I saw Leon, then it was pretty safe to say that Georges (Milk Tea Rider) was somewhere close by. Leon has a handful of different track builds, but this red Bridgestone frame is flossin. Steel frames and quill stems are always a winning combo It’s timeless look.
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Nothing quite beats the look of an LoPro frameset. The homie Ryan Jennings recently picked up an Affinity Cycles 10th Anniversary LoPro and it looks siiiick. I caught these photos of it during the first Roll Up & Roll Out rides we hosted. We were doing the old “stand to the side and take your hand outta frame” trick, but ended up going with these instead. For whatever reason they just felt better. I’m sure I’ll have more photos of this build to share in the future, but for now, just remember that “good days start with great jeans”. Check out more photos below to see what I mean.
Houston we have liftoff. Christian Schultz was one of the first fixie cats that I met out here in Portland. I saw him ripping through downtown with a couple other dudes on my first week in town. I knew right then and there that we’d be best friends. haha. Fast forward to yesterday where we finally linked up to hang out and do some riding. We didn’t go very far, but we sure did explore and capture a lot of photos along the way.
Check out these shots shots of Christian catching air and hanging out on this helipad we stopped at mid-way through the day. We’ve filmed there before, but it’s a backdrop that never gets old. I’m sure we’ll be back there again sometime soon. Until then check out Christian’s custom painted Cinelli Build. Some of my favorite stickers include “it takes 2 to 69”, Space Cowboy, the Canon decal, and last but not least, that hi-vis yellow Wheel Talk decal he slapped on a couple days ago. Keep your eyes peeled for more as we continue to meet new people here in Portland.
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
STRAPS: BLB Straps
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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This doesn’t happen where I’m from. For starters the trees in San Francisco never change colors. They’re green year round. But here in Portland not only do the trees change, but so do the seasons. I’m still scared to see what winter brings, but we’re hopeful and optimistic. Yesterday the combination of light and trees looked so good that I dropped everything, grabbed my camera and shot these quick photos of my track build. It’s a MASH SF Parallax frame, for those who are wondering, but you probably already knew that. I’ll stop talking now, check out more below.
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Georges Mahaprom, better known as “Milk Tea Rider” is one of the many young cats coming up through San Francisco’s fixed gear scene. I’d always run into him in the sunset, at the MASH shop, or somewhere along Market Street. He’s always on this bike. His endless enthusiasm makes him a true pleasure to know and is always somebody I’m excited to see. Keep ripping Georges.
FRAME: MASH Cinelli Parallax Cyanotype
HANDLEBAR: Race Face Riser 750mm
STEM: Easton EA90 130mm
SADDLE: Fizik Antares
CRANKS: Sram Omnium
BB: Stock GXP
STRAPS: Toshi NJS Double Straps
CAGES: All City
CHAINRING: 49T aarn
COG: 17T All city
GEAR RATIO: 49/17
FRONT TIRE: Zaffiro
REAR TIRE: Rando
FRONT WHEEL: Low flange Paul hub laced to mavic open pro
REAR WHEEL: High flange Paul hub laced to mavic open pro
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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If steel is real, then I don’t know what to call this. The fact that this frame is still standing surprises me. I’ve been riding this MASH Parallax frame for more than 2 years now and it has taken every bit of abuse I’ve thrown at it. The photo above is a shot that I’ve been wanting to get for a while. I’d be willing to go as far as to say I’ve had daydreams about it. I spent probably 20 minutes laying on the street shooting up before James Grady & Jake Ricker rolled up. Plenty of people walked passed looking down wondering why in the hell I was laying in the gutter. Completely worth it.
One final thought. People always ask me what’s up with the tennis ball. To be honest, I just found one on the street one day. The Chrome Industries HQ used to be around the corner from the Bay Tennis Club. Leaving the gutters lined with neon green gems all the time. But for the most part I just tell them it’s my spedometer.