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MASH PARALLAX – TURNING OF THE TIDE

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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BIKE CHECK – GEORGES MAHAPROM’S MASH PARALLAX

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
FORK: Columbus
STEM: Easton EA90 130mm
SADDLE: Fizik Antares
CRANKS: Sram Omnium
BB: Stock GXP
PEDALS: MKS
STRAPS: Toshi NJS Double Straps
CAGES: All City
CHAINRING: 49T aarn
COG: 17T All city
GEAR RATIO: 49/17
CHAIN: iZumi
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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MASH SF – 10 YEAR PARALLAX IN SAN FRANCISCO

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.

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BIKE CHECK – GARY ZHEN

Gary Zhen’s 93′ Cannondale Track. Anytime somebody wheeled a rad track bike into Chrome HQ I’d pull it into our makeshift studio and get some quick stills of it. I’m starting to acquire quite a few playing cards at this point. It feels like I’m back to playing Pokemon. Gotta catch em all. I’ll be getting the studio put back together this week and will be making a call to arms for anybody in Portland who wants their bike photographed. I’ll keep you posted. Until then check out this polished gem.

FRAME: 93′ Cannondale Track 52cm
FORK: Stock – Tange Japan
HANDLEBAR: Nitto B259
GRIPS: Yoshida Champ
STEM: Nitto Jaguar – 110mm
HEADSET: Dura Ace 7600
SADDLE: San Marco Concor Supercorsa
SEAT POST: Campagnolo C-Record
CRANKS: Campagnolo Record Pista
CHAINRING: Campagnolo Record Pista
BB: Campagnolo Record Pista
PEDALS: Issi II Triple
GEAR RATIO: 49×17
CHAIN: KMC 710sl Ti-n
FRONT TIRE: Continental Gatorskin
REAR TIRE: Continental Gatorskin
FRONT WHEEL & HUB: H+Son Formation Face & Dura Ace 7600
REAR WHEEL & HUB: H+Son Formation Face & Chub Hive

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SAM ALLGOOD – COASTAL TOUR

Sam Allgood is one inspiring human being. He rode from Astoria Oregon to San Francisco California in 16 days with no real schedule, no jacket and only one pair of socks. I set him up with a sweater when he got to fog covered SF and let him crash at my house the first few nights. He shared stories from his journey, showed us some kendama tricks, and made me want to drop everything to join him on the rest of his quest. Safe travels my friend.

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BIKE CHECK EDWARD ORELLANA

I’ve become real good friends with Edward Orellana over the last year and a half and always look forward to seeing him in the morning. He works at the Chrome Coffee shop in the SOMA and is easily the nicest dude in the neighborhood. He’s always cracking jokes, laughing, and I’m pretty certain he knows everybody who comes in on a first name basis. Recently I had a chance to wheel his Reminton track build into the studio and shoot some photos of it. There’s nothing quite like a NJS Track frame. Scroll through to check out more photos as well as a complete parts run down.

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PRICKLY PEAR JAM – PORTRAITS

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“Turn your bike sideways and do whatever the hell you want”
were the only words I said when shooting these photos. I wish I could have captured a profile photo of everyone who came out the the Prickly Pear Jam in Arizona, but I only walked away with portraits of these 8 during the 3 days we were there. Scroll through and take a look at some all too familiar faces. After that, this concludes my photo coverage of both the jam and my brief stay to the land of the sun, or better put “A sunny place for shady people”. Who knows where the next jam will lead us.

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CHRISTIAN USTARROZ – ANTHEM

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I met up with Christian Ustarroz on Valentines Day and was surprised to learn that he plays a huge part in Anthem Bike Co. It’s rad to see riders taking action and starting companies of their own, especially considering FGFS is almost entirely rider owned & operated at this point. It sounds like Anthem has a lot in the making right now and I’m excited to see what they roll out with this year. Keep your fingers to the pulse and keep your eyes peeled for clips of Christian peppered into the upcoming Wheel Talk video.
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MATT REYES – AFFINITY LO PRO

In August of 2010 I came up on this Affinity Lo Pro during a trick comp at the Hellyer Velodrome in San Jose. It’s been nearly 6 years since then and this bike has quickly become one of the most trusted builds I’ve ever owned. A couple weeks ago, I wheeled it into the studio and snapped off a couple quick stills of it for legacy purposes. People always ask what kind of bars I run, but I honestly couldn’t say because I’ve found them all sitting on the street somewhere along the 8 years I’ve lived in San Francisco. It would be rad to turn this into a series of different builds from the people I ride with on a regular basis. Keep your eyes peeled for that, until then check out more below.

FRAME: Affinity Lo Pro
FORK: All City
STEM: Easton
HANDLEBAR TAPE: Cinelli MASH Histogram Volee Bar Tape Black
CRANKS: iMiNUSD
CHAINRING: 44RN
RATIO: 47×16
WHEELS: Leader
HUBS: Leader
TIRES: Continental Sport Contact (Front) Ribmo (Rear)
PEDALS: Shadow Conspiracy Metal Pedals
STRAPS: YNOT
BARS: The streets will provide
SADDLE: Wren

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