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 STRAPS: Exustar CAGES: All-City Nylon SPROCKET: 48t Omnium GEAR RATIO: 48×17 CHAIN: KMC 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.
The yearly Turkey Trot. Every year Bryan Dempler, Tobi Whaley and I go on our Thanksgiving day ride before we sit down and feast for the evening. We’ve hit the same route for the last 3 years running, and I don’t think we should ever change it. It’s starting to feel like a tradition at this point. There’s strength in repetition, and it’s a fun challenge to try and shoot it differently every time.
With rains the days before and morning leading up to our launch, things were still pretty wet. Especially once we hit the not so dusty trail on our decent back into town. Every couple of feet we had to push out tacky clay that had begun to accumulate in our wheels and tight clearance points. We were all getting tired of having to find a new stick strong enough for the job, but after hopping a couple fences, dodging a few cows and b-lining across some fields, we finally made it back to the main road. Check out photos from other years HERE and we’ll see you next time.
Watcha Flaka Flame. Jimmy Watcha is one of those dudes that is years beyond everybody in his ability to ride FGFS. If this was a game of chess, he’d be 9 steps ahead. Which is probably why MASTER BIKE CO decided to give him a signature colorway of their Hightek frame with graphics designed by FGFS’ very own Gus Molina. Check out more photos below as well as a complete parts breakdown.
FRAME:Master Hightek. Trans Black HANDLEBAR:Ruff 6.5” FORK:Master Chopstick STEM: Cult Salvation GRIPS: S&M hoder HEADSET: Merritt SADDLE: Spike CRANKS: Demolition Rig 24mm BB: Demolition PEDALS: BSD STRAPS: Royal HC SPROCKET: Fit Keyguard 25t GEAR RATIO: 25×9 CHAIN: Shadow Supreme FRONT TIRE: S&M Speedball 2.4 REAR TIRE: Stolen Joint 2.2 FRONT WHEEL / HUB: Mtx33/Rinng REAR WHEEL / HUB: Mtx33/Rinng PEGS: Turf/Rinng
In light of the recent release “Bring Something Back”, we figured we’d make a post of some of the photos from that day. It’s not often that Devon, Jaoa and I are all together these days, so we thought we’d make the most of it while the planets were aligned. We met up in the Pan Handle and made our way through downtown and into Hunter’s Point. It’s always fun seeing what areas you can get into without causing anybody any grief. The City is growing pretty rapidly and a lot of those places are disappearing, but luckily for us there’s still plenty of places left to explore.
The last time Andy Sparks was in town we shot some photos of his bike in the Chrome Industries Studio here in Portland. Andy’s bike is rad because not only did he play a part in designing it, but it’s a cross breed between a track bike and a FGFS build. He’s running 45c tires, a slammed saddle and a bb high enough to keep his pedals from ever scraping in a turn. Check out a complete parts rundown as well as a couple other photos below.
FRAME: Nemesis Project Cycles “Galaxy Fighter” designed by Andy Sparks HANDLEBAR: YoWelli V2 with chrome coating FORK: Leader Reaper V2 STEM: Vintage Sputnik HEADSET: Animal 45×45 SADDLE: Torn up Resist Saddle CRANKS: Profiles 165mm BB: Primo PEDALS: Odyssey Twisted STRAPS: YNOT CHAINRING: Treelite 39t COG: Dura-Ace 17t GEAR RATIO: 39×17 CHAIN: Cheap KMC going 7 years strong FRONT TIRE: Resist Nomad 45c REAR TIRE: Resist Nomad 45c FRONT WHEEL: MTX33 laced to Rinng Hub REAR WHEEL: MTX33 laced to Reaper Hub (RIP lol)
Jake (Brotha) Lanich at “The Island” in San Francisco. On Sunday (09.02.2018) we’re bringing it back and hosting a Fixie Trick Competition at The Clocktower. Meet up at 12, starts around 1pm. Tons of prizes and giveaways, longest skid, all sorts of dumb stuff. Be there!
“Want to go on a long bike ride in Industrial North West with me?” This was the message I got from Devin Tolman right when I got back into town from Vacation with the Fam. After a week of relaxing and not having a bike around it felt good to get back on the saddle. Ernie came with us… Naturally.
I can’t believe that Summer is rounding out to a close and that it’s already starting to look like fall here in Portland. The leaves are beginning to change, it’s rained the last couple days, and we’re already back to the constant layer of clouds blocking out the sun. But you know what? I couldn’t be happier about it. Portland looks the best under these conditions and I’m really glad Devin Tolman got met out there to enjoy it. He’s one of the few friends I have who has an equal passion for photography and exploring places that say “No Trespassing”. Like that ever stopped anyone. lulz.
Things were heating up at this year’s Bone Machine Crit in Portland. With temperatures in the 90s and riders from all over the country things were bound to pop off. We had New York in the house, fixies from San Francisco, homies from LA, and even some of our neighbors in Seattle came out to represent for the PNW. Chrome Industries rolled up in the Van, setup shop, and sold shoes for $1 a shoe. It was pretty funny to see peoples reactions to such a ridiculous opportunity to cop some new kicks. The bike polo matches raged on throughout the day despite the heat and direct sunlight. They probably had it harder than anyone. I hope they all wore sunblock and didn’t get too roasted.
This event meant a lot to the bike community out here. It’s not everyday that we have our friends from outta town pay us a visit. And with the fixed gear scene back on the rise I think it’s safe to say that Bone Machine Crit will be back again next year. Until then enjoy some of the photos I caught in between shooting video. More below.
On the second day of Bone Machine Crit too bad it’s not 12 days long, that way we could make our own rendition of that one Christmas song. All that aside, Saturday was a day packed full of bike polo matches, gold sprints, an alley cat and to tie it all together, a bike show put on by Amy Danger. Shout out to Bone Machine for hosting these events. Western Bike Works for letting me spill a beer during gold sprints and being cool about it. And of course anybody else who helped coordinate or make this shit happen. Check out more photos below and keep your eyes peeled for more shots from “Race Day”.