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…)
Yesterday cities and communities nationwide banned together in search for a solution to the growing gun problem. On our way downtown to meet up with the boys, @slamdunkernie and I stopped by the “March For Life” rally to see what was going on and support the cause. I usually carry cardboard in my bag, so Ernie decided to make a sign real quick. It’s deep. After that we met up with Christian, Ryan, Gavin & Erik at Chrome PDX and went for a little jaunt up the west hills dodging raindrops every step of the way. We circled up for lunch then found ourselves at my house watching old FGFS video. Everything from “The Revival” to “Revoked” to the full length Wheel Talk film that we never release. I know, it’s been a long time coming and is far overdue at this point. You know what they say, better late than never. We’ll set a deadline and release it later this spring. As always, keep your eyes peeled.
Quick little jammer from my second day on the new MASHSF Steel Frame. I’ve been riding the frame for about a week now and I can already feel this new found sense of confidence being back on a steel build. The homies Ramon & Devin shot these clips of me breaking in the new bike on our way back to the office after a long and exciting day of work. I shot two other videos for Chrome Industries that day and am super excited to see them come out later next month. Keep your eyes peeled, check out some screenshots below and enjoy this video. MASHSF Steel Frame (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.
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.
Fixed Gear Freestyle has done a lot for me over the years and it still continues to give. Good times, chill vibes and an endless reason to explore new places. This video was filmed in the first few months of 2017 back when I still lived in San Francisco. Shout out to the homies Mike, Jaoa & Ramon for going out and filming. Shooting these things is always a team sport.
We shot this video back in 2011 when Ed “Wonka” LaForte first moved to the West Coast. San Jose was the Meca for FGFS for a hot minute and had a gravitational pull that brought in riders from all over the country. Ed Wonka was one of those riders. Not only did he crush it on two wheels, but he played a big role in bringing the FGFS community together in the Bay Area.
Flashback to Jaoa Danaikrit’s welcome to Wheel Talk video. Filmed in the Bay Area during his first stay with us back in 2013. Jaoa is like a brother to me and I’m glad we’ve had the chance to travel and spend as much time together as we have. Truly thankful to have friends like this.
Vimeo deleted this video a while back because of copyright issues regarding our righteous song selection. Well I say fuck Vimeo. Today I re-uploaded this video to youtube, which only seems to growing as the video platform of choice. I’ll be going through a lot of our older videos and getting them hosted on youtube over the next few months so keep your eyes peeled for some more Wheel Talk classics.
A glimpse of what’s to come. Here’s a little sneak peek of Devin Tolman wiping the slate clean during the filming of our latest Super Bowl Sunday video here in Portland. There’s so much moss growing all over the place, that I’m glad we were able to put a patch of it to good use. Keep your eyes peeled for the full video dropping later next week.