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.
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.
Nothing quite beats the look of an LoPro frameset. The homie Ryan Jennings recently picked up an Affinity Cycles 10th Anniversary LoPro and it looks siiiick. I caught these photos of it during the first Roll Up & Roll Out rides we hosted. We were doing the old “stand to the side and take your hand outta frame” trick, but ended up going with these instead. For whatever reason they just felt better. I’m sure I’ll have more photos of this build to share in the future, but for now, just remember that “good days start with great jeans”. Check out more photos below to see what I mean.
Roll Up & Roll Out Number 2 was a huge success. When Ernie & I got to the meetup spot I couldn’t believe that there were already a dozen people hanging out waiting for others to arrive. I thought there might be one or two more people since the last ride, but I was honestly wasn’t expecting 10 more people and 20 more wheels.
It’s really great to see that Portland has such a rad community of people on track bikes. We’ll have to keep the ball rolling on this and set up another ride this weekend. Just checked the weather. Looks like it’s a go. What do you think? Same time, same place, new destination? We’ll be there on Sunday at noon underneath the westside of the Burnside Bridge. Be there or be square.
Check out a bunch more photos of Slam Dunk Ernie & the gang below. See y’all this weekend. (more…)
Houston we have liftoff. Christian Schultz was one of the first fixie cats that I met out here in Portland. I saw him ripping through downtown with a couple other dudes on my first week in town. I knew right then and there that we’d be best friends. haha. Fast forward to yesterday where we finally linked up to hang out and do some riding. We didn’t go very far, but we sure did explore and capture a lot of photos along the way.
Check out these shots shots of Christian catching air and hanging out on this helipad we stopped at mid-way through the day. We’ve filmed there before, but it’s a backdrop that never gets old. I’m sure we’ll be back there again sometime soon. Until then check out Christian’s custom painted Cinelli Build. Some of my favorite stickers include “it takes 2 to 69”, Space Cowboy, the Canon decal, and last but not least, that hi-vis yellow Wheel Talk decal he slapped on a couple days ago. Keep your eyes peeled for more as we continue to meet new people here in Portland.
Ramon Antonio recently built up this pretty pink Master Bike Co frameset and I must say it sure does photograph beautifully. Not only is it photogenic, but it rides like a dream. The rear end is so short it makes pulling up to hop snappy and effortless. Don’t just take my word for it, take a look at some of these shots of Ramon taking it out for a spin.
The sun doesn’t come out much here in Portland, but when it does we try to make the most of it. Except for today. Today it was amazing outside and I hardly left the house. But that’s neither here nor there. Fingers crossed for more sunny days to come. I’ll have to do a bike check of his new build real soon, until then check out more photos from our day out below. (more…)
Can it be Summer again already. We’re barely even into winter and I’m already missing the warm weather in Portland. It was so nice while it lasted. Ramon Antonio invited a bunch of the homies from California to come ride with us up here. This is day 3 of their trip. By this point I had shifted my focus from photo to shooting video and capturing long lens second angles. That being said, I did shoot a bunch of stills of everyone jumping this parking lot bank.
I’m not sure what Miguel Zendejas is eating for breakfast, but it’s working. He has tailwhips unlike anybody else in fixed gear right now. Must have signed his name in blood on some ancient scroll to achieve such talent and skill on two wheels. Johnathan Ball is another one of those dudes who always surprises you with how deep is bag of tricks can be. He’s like felix the cat the way he pulls things out of thin air. I’ll shut up now, photos > words.
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It’s the final countdown. With only hours left until we rang in the new year, Ramon Antonio III and I grabbed our track bikes and went for a cold jaunt around the neighborhood. After a while of roaming around, we stumbled across this open junk yard stacked full of pallets. We hung out and spent probably 20 minutes there shooting Ramon’s bike. There’s nothing better than exploring new places and riding without a destination.
It’s been awhile since Ramon had a fully functioning track build. We’ve been riding FGFS for so long we almost forgot how easy it is to pedal something with 28c tires and full leg extension. His Leader 721-TR looks hard with the flat black everything. Ninja mode at night. Check out more photos below. (more…)
See ya never 2017. Yesterday the sun came out, the ice melted and the roads dried off. So Devin Tolman, Ramon Antonio & I grabbed our wheels and hit the streets hard. Apparently seeing the sun this time of year is a real rarity. I still don’t believe it yet. In my mind the sun is shining everyday. It’s just hidden beneath a thick layer of clouds is all.
I’ve harshed Portland for not being a real city since we got here. But everyday, little by little, I’m starting to see it. Especially in these photos of us riding around it’s downtown. I’m so used to shooting in direct sunlight, that it’s nice to be somewhere where it both looks and feels brick out.
Check out 20-something more photos below, and keep your eyes peeled for more fixie content coming straight outta Portland. 2018 is less than a day away and it can’t be here soon enough.