Last weekend we hosted a ride / video premiere for everyone up here in Portland. We wanted to give the community a chance to see the Super Bowl Sunday video they’re in before we released it online. It seemed like a good excuse to get the crew together, and with weather in the 70’s it worked out beautifully.
We kicked things off where we usually do. Underneath the westside of the Burnside bridge, and after a couple quick brews we hit the streets in force. We made our way south along the hillside and headed to Sellwood Park so that Ernie could hop outta the my bag and rip around with some of his dog homies. He’s glad we made the pitstop. After that we cruised to Chrome PDX for drinks & the premiere of 2 new Track bike videos. The “Super Bowl Sunday” feature and an unreleased fixie video filmed in San Francisco. I’ll be getting that one online in the next coming weeks so keep your eyes peeled and as always, check out a bunch more photos below. Cheers. We’ll see you at the next one.
It’s Super Bowl Sunday here in Portland and this is the 4th year in a row that we’ve assembled the community to ride bikes and cause a ruckus instead of watching the big game. Bikes > Football. It’s a special time of year and we always use it as a good excuse to get out and film a day video. I always bring a football (which we lost in the river), some jerseys and whatever other sports props I can find. It’s never much, but it’s always enough to make things a little more interesting.
With more than 20 of Portland’s finest + Jacob Ruff who came down from Seattle to ride, we kicked things off right and kept the good times going. There’s a strong contingency of riders lurking around PDX. More and more keep coming out of the woodwork and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Keep your eyes peeled for more coming out of the Pacific Northwest, and if you live in Portland lets ride sometime. Press play, check out a bunch of screenshots below.
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.
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.
Roll Up & Roll Out Number 2 was a huge success. When Ernie & I got to the meetup spot I couldn’t believe that there were already a dozen people hanging out waiting for others to arrive. I thought there might be one or two more people since the last ride, but I was honestly wasn’t expecting 10 more people and 20 more wheels.
It’s really great to see that Portland has such a rad community of people on track bikes. We’ll have to keep the ball rolling on this and set up another ride this weekend. Just checked the weather. Looks like it’s a go. What do you think? Same time, same place, new destination? We’ll be there on Sunday at noon underneath the westside of the Burnside Bridge. Be there or be square.
Check out a bunch more photos of Slam Dunk Ernie & the gang below. See y’all this weekend. (more…)
What started out as me linking up to ride with Christian Shultz turned into me trying to get a group ride going at the last minute. I didn’t expect much of a turn out. In fact I didn’t expect a turnout at all, but I figured this was as good a chance as any to at least get the ball rolling on the whole idea. I want to get a more regular fixie meetup going here in Portland. Especially as the days get longer the countdown to summer begins.
We met up under the Burnside bridge, I let Ernie outta the bag to take a quick poo. After which he felt lighter in my backpack. We cruised around downtown for a hot minute make more stops than miles ridden. I caught a bunch of great photos of both Christian & Ryan Jennings’ track builds. I’ll have a bunch of photos of Ryan’s bike coming real soon, so keep your eyes peeled. Somehow we managed to stumbled across the Women’s March right as it was beginning it’s walk through town. I jumped into the mix and caught a couple quick snapshots of some of people in the crowd. The Trump & Putin sign was definitely a fan favorite. Portland loves to protest. We’ll have to get another one of these rides happening real real soon. Aiming for the next week or two I’ll keep y’all posted.
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.
Jean Padilla is the dude. I only had a handful of hours left before I had to hop on a flight home, so I called Jean. We met up downtown in the financial district and made our way into Chinatown. There’s always something happening in Chinatown. A few alleys later and we were back on the street riding through the Broadway tunnel. I’ve never ridden up it that direction, but Jean has a strict “no face, no case” policy, so we just pedaled harder. Once we popped out the other end we headed up and over the hill bombing down Hyde st. Flying down a hill and timing out the lights is the best part about riding fixed gear in San Francisco. Until next time Jean.
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
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.