Thursday, July 29, 2010

Struttin

thanks Benjo, i think. The rest of us will be struttin our asses around on our bikes tonight for the Thursday Night Ride. Meet up at 7'ish behind the shop. As promised, since last week was so hilly, tonight will be longer and flat

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

wtf

Favor Bikes x Mike Giant



FAVORBIKES from SPUN on Vimeo.

MKE Summer

Summer in Milwaukee from Sam Erickson on Vimeo.

road trip?

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A couple of us are talking about making the drive to Minneapolis in a few weeks for the All City Alleycat and Bike Party. It's a quick little 15 hour trip, should fly right by. The dates are August 19th-22nd and more info is available over at Bike Jerks

Monday, July 26, 2010

Loose Morals























I'm looking to get a crew together to make the trip this fall; Loose Morals alleycat over in Columbus Ohio. You may remember Brian from the Lucky Cat, well him and some folks are throwing together a race this fall. More details to follow.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

today

"ATL Get Pitted" Preview from Wish Atlanta on Vimeo.

European Vacation

European Vacation Teaser part.1 Monaco Monte Carlo from FeeLoO on Vimeo.

text ban

for those who didn't hear, the city passed the bill to ban texting or checking email while driving. im pleasantly suprised. now lets see it's enforced. just last night we had some asshole texting as he passed by our ride and last week i had a teenage girl "drive" by holding the wheel with her knees while using both hands to text. if i could have caught up with that bitch... anyhow, so yeh, some good news for the valley. still, dont ever move here if youre not already trapped.

Revoked

REVOKED NEW YORK MOVIE from Chris Fonseca on Vimeo.

sick


D.J. Tanner

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Polo In The News

Seen over at ESPN.

MADISON, Wis. -- Imagine beer, bikes and polo meeting on asphalt and you'll start to get an idea of what hard-court bike polo is all about.

This little-known sport is an incredibly distant relative of horse polo -- but without any of the gentility. Cut-offs and T-shirts replace the more formal riding pants and tails; merciless hecklers serve as fans; worn asphalt tennis courts replace finely manicured polo pitches; and oozing scabs are a sign of a game well-contested. Oh, and tattoos, while not required, are certainly encouraged.

Welcome to the North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships, in which 66 three-man teams competed over the weekend for a chance to play at the World Championships in Berlin, Germany, in August.

"To be good at this you have to be both good on your bike, and also have an understanding of athletics in general," said Jonny Hunter, the NAHBPC organizer. "You see a lot of hockey players, lacrosse and soccer players. It's a mix of what we jokingly call 'bike jocks.' "

"The Odds" won the tournament, putting the final game out of reach on a last-minute breakaway goal by Philadelphia's Mark Capriotti. He and his teammates, Chris Roberts and Nick Vaughn, survived three grueling, humid July days of competition (and booze-soaked nights) to win $3,600, which is intended for use on plane fare to the World Championships.

The championship was contested at something less than a pristine athletic venue. Ragged tennis courts on the outskirts of Madison were ringed by small plywood walls, while fans, high on Gatorade and Miller High Life, were enthusiastic.

Teams with names like "Stickmata" and "Bourbonic Plague" represented 44 cities. And the sport has clubs throughout Europe, East Asia, Australia and South America, as well as the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

(photos by Bruce Carver)

Hundreds of people cheered on the competitors who were playing on a tennis court.
The bikes, mostly single-speed models from a wide range of makers, are battle scarred. Homemade mallets are a shortened ski pole with a six-inch chunk of HDPE pipe on one end. Endorsement dollars haven't found the sport yet. Clearly, hard-court bike polo is about the love of the game.

"It's a good community of good people," said Kevin Walsh, a Toronto resident who oversees leagueofbikepolo.com. "Hardcourt's been around about 10 years. But there's been people playing bike polo on asphalt as long as there has been asphalt and bikes."

Matt "Messmann" Messenger is the godfather of the sport (or "grandfather," as one fan sarcastically yelled during one of Messenger's games). The 39-year-old elder statesman started playing the game with bike courier friends in Seattle in the late 1990s.

"We started inviting people out on Friday night with beer and polo," Messenger said. "Then we started throwing tournaments. In 2005, you started hearing more about bike polo. And it was 'Wow, people are really starting to play this game and taking it legit.'"

The sport isn't for the timid. With one hand on a brake and one hand on a mallet, players chase a small plastic ball. There's no touching the ground with your feet -- and if you do, you get a "tap-in" at a designated spot to be able to return to the action.

Riders weave through opponents with amazing agility, but graceful biking can, and often does, quickly turn into a painful pileup.

The tight-knit community plays hard on and off the court. Beer and bloodshot eyes were abundant at the NAHBPC.

"We have these friends that we see maybe 10 times per year," Capriotti said. "Trust me, I wonder about the philosophy of our friendships. You come here and you know everybody. It's very strange, but it's cool."

Dan Murphy is a freelance writer for Sports Media Exchange, a national freelance writing network.

Get Dirty

Yes we are riding tomorrow! Meet up at 7pm behind Bicycles Etc. In the mean time, get dirty:

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Seen Over At Bello

I was actually looking over at Bello to see if they had the article I saw in the Times about texting while driving. Then i saw the following post which i missed:

From the HSV Times Letters to the Editor , I would much rather see a bicycle mafia than the current good ole boys network which is currently in place. The race to the bottom has been won by this 3rd world state and douche bags like this are why. South Hatesville zip code as well. I do not agree with the parking ordinance, I think tax dollars from the city should be used for bike parking. Might be time for this welfare state to start paying it's own way and get off the federal tit.
Bicycle Mafia

Is Bicycle Mafia taking over Huntsville? We already have 158 miles of bike routes. How many do we need? How many bicycle, as opposed to auto, licenses have been issued?
Don't get me wrong, I like bikes. I've lived in Holland where bicycles and autos share the road equally.
But Holland has more bikes than cars to begin with. The whole country has the same rules and they've been in place for a long time. Also the Dutch climate is somewhat different from here.
Bikers should be able to pedal through parks and greenways. Likewise a route or a few intersecting routes to get around town. We don't need every street or very many of them where bikes share lanes originally designed for cars, with cars.
Good for Tommy Battle to push bikes and ride around City Hall once a year on a weekend. But, I don't need to see his backside creeping along a major thoroughfare at rush hour when I'm in a hurry and all lanes are full of cars. Share the road, but sensibly?
Making new businesses or apartments reserve so many places for bike racks smacks of Big Brother.
If they're needed or are asked for I'm sure they'll be there. City Council should not pass such an ordinance. In fact they shouldn't even vote on it until all of them ride to the meeting from their homes on a bike (no fair jumping on one just for the final photo op).
Bill Barry
Huntsville, 35803

Thursday Night Ride

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Blick Bags

Looking for a new bag? Want something a little different? Give Blick Bags a look.



word.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Portland Trip

It's been a while since i've posted. As most of you know I have been out of town for a while. Well, we just got back from a fun trip to Portland. I thought I would share some pics since everyone likes to look at pictures right?

While there, we were stupid-fortunate to meet up with sooooooo many incredible people including some very talented CMX guys (what up Clay!), Patrick from Pedal Consumption, some great guys at Burnside, and had more fun than i've had in a good while, not that life isnt good at home, ha. It just happened that the wintery-spring weather broke the day we arrived and the entire town was in the best mood, finally free to go barefoot in the sun. Not to harp on the weather but it was almost eery how perfect it was; no humidity of course and warm with a slight breeze plus nothing but sunshine and fluffy clouds.

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Lunch at the A-Crop

Where else can you get a 2-pound burger for $5 while drinking a locally brewed IPA and have a naked chick make her ass clap to Chromeo on your table at 11am?

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hanging out at Colonel Summers Park



Isaac from SD



This dude was 40-something years old, from NY, and just happened to be walking by...



part of the Last Thursday art festival in N.PDX where you tend to see a little bit of everything. Ate some of the best Thai food in my life out of a school bus here.

PDX

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Bike camper!

City Bikes

I <3 ASS

Burnside Park 005

Riverside Park

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custom FBM FGFS frameset!

Clay 001

Clay 003

Four Loko and I'm loco

24 ounces of 13% alcohol mixed with "caffeine, taurine, guarana, and wormwood, an active ingredient in absinthe."

Lazy Day At Park

Lazy Day At Park

this is how you shotgun a beer

Lazy Day At Park

Lazy Day At Park

Columbia River Gorge

Columbia River Gorge

Lee giving Brandon a prostate exam in the Columbia River Gorge

Columbia River Gorge

Columbia River Gorge

Backyard Fun

Backyard Fun

Haystack Rock

Babyruth anyone?