“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”.
Yesterday we met up at Alpenrose Velodrome and tee’d off what’s about to be an amazing weekend for fixies of all shapes and sizes. Shout out to BONE MACHINE CRIT for orchestrating the good times and giving us a reason to get the band together here in Portland. It’s been 2 years since the last crit that they hosted here in town and we’re glad they decided to bring it back this year.
Here are a bunch of images from the couple hours we spent hanging out and spinning out on one of the steepest Velodromes on the West Coast. The corners are said to be roughly 42-44 degrees making it nearly impossible to stand on and even more fun to ride. Check out 32 more photos below and come kick it with us this weekend if you’re anywhere near the Portland area. It’s gunna be a blast.
Starting things off with a bang. It’s finally feeling like Summer here in the Pacific North West and people in Portland are beginning to come out of hibernation. I met up with a bunch of the dudes at the Chrome Industries PDX HUB and went for a chill ride on the East side of town. After riding to Sellwood and back we came across and spent some time riding this fun little kicker. Dig through the post and check out photos of everyone catching some righteous hangtime.
Fast Forward to later that night. I’m riding home, throw a skid, and tabletop it straight to my left side. I bounced back up, hopped on my bike and immediately knew something was wrong. I made it the rest of the way home, went to the doctor the next day and discovered I broke my clavicle. After a week and a half of doing nothing I made my way to the operating table where they set me up with a sweet new metal plate with a few screws (see photo at the bottom of this post). It’s been almost two weeks since surgery and nearly a month since the initial accident, but things are finally starting to look up. I hope to be back on my bike in the next couple weeks and look forward to rolling with the pack again. Until then enjoy these and many posts to come while I get back up to speed.
It’s four-twenty in San Francisco, and you know what that means. Bikes & buds. We got the gang together and rode around earlier in the day before heading to Union Square for the start of the 3rd Annual 420 Alley Cat. With Mission Crit right around the corner, the turn out for unsanctioned good time was insane. I only rode to half the race before throwing in the towel and taking a load off at the final checkpoint. Joints were being thrown, beers were being slammed and friendly rivalries met their match as people began to trickle into the after party. Shout out to everyone who helped throw this eventful weekend, and to Crihs Thormann for making it even more memorable.
I had a ton of fun piecing this one together, and am stoked to spend more time shooting with this GoPro we just added to our camera arsenal. Keep your eyes peeled for more fun follow footage in the near future.
Yesterday, SLAM DUNK ERNIE & I linked up with some of the boys (Christian, Gavin, Avery & Hayato) in downtown Portland and rode to the Eastside in search of stoke and a place to park it. We ended up riding through the industrial area and underneath the bridge before making our way to Laurelhurst Park to ride the dirt step up. These are some of the first few images I’ve shot and edited from the Sony A7III I just picked up. I’m really hyped to have a new digital camera to play with after shooting on the same setup for the last 8 years. Scroll down and check out more photos below.
Things have been heating up here in Portland, and it seems like the entire city is waking up from hibernation. Ramon Antonio, SLAM DUNK ERNIE & I hit the town and shot some clips on this GoPro I just picked up. This is the first cut I’ve made with it and am looking forward to having a new camera to play with. This is the first time I’ve ever done a foot jam tailwhip on a fixed gear. Not to say that I had this trick down on other bikes, I just remember trying this trick as a kid and never being able to stick it.
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. (more…)