“Uhhm, okay.” – Tadashi Nakamura said those words a lot during his time with us. Mostly after we just finished coaxing him into going for a clip, but sometimes after we asked a complicated question. We have a lotta love for Tadashi. He stayed with us back when we used to live in the Tenderloin in SF. Check out that video HERE. That was a crazy house.
Anyways… Let’s get back to our time in Portland. After Jaoa left, Tadashi took over his room and rotated in giving us a chance to shoot this quick video before he flew back to Japan. Which I’m really glad we did and don’t know why we didn’t think to film more sooner. It’s amazing what we can do with only a handful of film days. Until next time my dude. ✌
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.
Name 3 things you’re thankful for. Us; Fixies, Friends, Good times. Last Saturday, Sam Allgood and I met up to ride around downtown Portland. We stumbled across a protest in the middle of our ride and rode alongside some one wheel, street bike ninja who demonstrated his karate skills (see video for details). Shout out the homie @DRGNKIDD (Jeff Osborn) for the soundtrack and Sam for tag teaming the filming of this video. Keep your eyes peeled for more videos coming from Sam and I.
The day after 420 I hopped on my bike and headed downtown to meet up with the gang who were all in town for Mission Crit 5. I took the usual route, but right before I dropped down the hill I strapped on the chest cam and hit record. That 13 minute clip turned into this 4:20 edit you see before you. This was perhaps the my first attempt at filming with this GoPro I picked up. Definitely learned a lot since and even more after chopping this together. Either way, press play and enjoy.
Today is Tobi Whaley’s (@wheeltalkroad) birthday, so we pulled up some photos from when he came and visited us here in Portland last March. We road around downtown then made our way through Forest Park along the Leif Erickson Trail, and across the St. Johns Bridge. Tobi and I have had a lot of good times over the years, and both got into riding bikes at the same time. A decision that changed both of our lives and became a part of our lifestyle really quickly after. We have some big things planned and are excited to share them with everyone when the time comes. Until then enjoy these photos and “Happy Birthday Tobi”.
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)