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BIKE CHECK – GAVIN REAR’S MUIRANDESSI BUILD

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 πŸ‘»
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

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BIKE CHECK – JIMMY WATCHA’S MASTER BIKE CO BUILD

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

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SLAM DUNK ERNIE – MASHSF X ILE FRONT RACK BAG

I haven’t been able to carry @SLAMDUNKERNIE around with me in the bag like usual due to this broken shoulder. The solution, the new MASHSF X ILE Front Rack + Front Rack Bag setup. Last Sunday, Jaoa Danaikrit and I rode to the edge of Oregon and stared at Washington across the Colombian River. Ernie is stoked on his new bag, he tells me all the time. He’ll do just about anything to come along and starts jumping up at the front rack every time I walk up to my bike now. More to come later, until then enjoy these shots of Jaoa & Ern-dawg.

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THRONE CYCLES & BLOCBOI FAME: THE GOON

Last week I got a phone call from BlocBoi Fame saying that he’s got a bike coming out from Throne Cycles called “The Goon”. It’s been amazing to see the fixed gear wheelie boy scene take off in Southern California. BlocBoi has played a huge part in organizing the community down there and hosting rides for all the Fixie Goons down there. Can’t wait to see what those dudes do next. Scroll down to read what Throne Cycles had to say about the collaboration and check out more photos below.

“We joined BlocBoi, Wooda, and Deezy and took out all 3 builds to our favorite local spots around LA to put these bike up to the test and they did not disappoint. From local trails in Elysian Park and busting wheelies at the black top we definitely took in the views. We headed to Downtown LA afterwards to cruised some of the busiest intersections while shredding the new Goon bike. Don’t miss out on this exclusive release and Pre-Order your bike today here and check out the full video of our takeover! #TheGoonTakeover”

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MASHSF – STEEL FRAMESET “FRESH OUT THE BOX”

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.

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MASHSF – RV-70 WATER BOTTLES

H2O is better. These new MASH SF water bottles are super fun. I’m glad Mike laced me up with the loud color combos, I’ve been in serious need of some vibrancy in my life. Everything I own is black… or gray. I’m sure you can relate. Check them out HERE and don’t worry, they still made them in both black and olive green which is basically camo in my book.

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MASHSF – STEEL FRAMESET “KEEP MOVING FORWARD”

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.
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MASHSF – STEEL SS FRAMESET “SILVER SMOKE”

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.

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SLAM DUNK ERNIE & THE CHROME INDUSTRIES WARSAW II

First things first, everyone follow @SLAMDUNKERNIE. Glad we got that outta the way. There’s a couple things that I never leave the house without, and this bag is one of them. Not only does it fit my entire life, it holds one of the most important pieces of it. Ernie. The Warsaw 2.0 from Chrome Industries has more pockets than you’d ever know what to do with, as well as a couple hidden stash pockets. Very important. It’s my go to travel bag, and fits overhead as a carry on. Even more important. Whether it’s 3 months, or 3 hours this bag is there through it all.

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