Jaoa Danaikrit is like a brother of mine and for the past few months he’s been staying at our pad in Portland. I’ve completely lost track of the number of times he’s come to live with us over the years. It’s always for like 3 months at a time. Anyways. The first we did when he got here was built up this bike from spare parts I had lying around the garage. He took to it immediately, and last month we shot this little weekend jammer over the course of well… 2 days. It’s been great having him here to film and search for spots with. I feel like I’m living vicariously watching him ride as I heal up. Hoping to be back up to speed soon so I can check a few things off my list before the Summer is up. Until then I’ll just make Jaoa hit things for the both of us.
The saddest fixie in all of. Well, not emotionally speaking, or any real reason at all aside from the fact that there’s a “SAD” sticker on the seat tube. All that aside, Ryan Jennings did an amazing job piecing this build together. The electric yellow fade and saddle tie the bike together nicely giving it a ton of pop off the page. I especially like the tonal “Wheel Talk” decal hiding out near the head tube.
The Renovatio is one of two collaboration frames that Pedal Consumption did with Leader Bikes back in the day. With Leader closing it’s doors a year or two ago, Patrick from PC linked up with Tyrant Bikes to redesign & bring the “Kagero Frameset” back to life. They made a few modifications along the way, but kept the original 2011 gunmetal grey color and lopro geometry.
Check out more photos of Ryan’s Renovatio build below.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.