Archive for June, 2014

  • Skating The 78 Ditch – 1988


    Can’t believe I came up on this. This ditch was a 5 minute walk from the house I grew up in back in Jersey. I used to skate it all the time after somehow stumbling across it in the woods. Did some research and it appears that this ditch, along with many others along routes 78 & 22, had been skated since the 70s! For more New Jersey skateboarding history, be sure to visit The House of Steam.

    Man, I’m still so jazzed on coming across this.

    -Brian

  • Chrome Mobile Factory Tour – Forged Rubber Sneakers

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    Chrome is holding a mobile factory tour, giving you the chance to watch them make the Forged Rubber Sneakers first hand. If you’re in New York City, Chicago, Seattle or Portland, be sure to check out this event.

    -Brian

  • Jake Ricker: Mexico City Cycle Messenger World Championships

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    Jake Ricker caught some killer captures at the Agustín Melgar Olympic Velodrome for the Mexico City Cycle Messenger World Championships. Originally built for the 1968 Mexico City Summer Olympics, this velodrome has some real character and history. Check out the full story as well as some more photos over at Mash SF.

    -Brian

  • Sizemore Phin City Bicycle

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    Damn, this is one killer city bike. Sizemore created this incredibly practical 26″ city cruiser for a client named Helen. Not only is it the perfect marriage of minimal yet functional, it’s also got a ton of character. Details like the tri-tube custom stem and theft resistant seat mast are some of those understated details that really set this bike apart. Be sure to check out some more shots below!

    Also, I’ve been slacking on the beautiful bicycles as of late and I’m sorry for that! I’ll be sure to get back to the regularly schedule flow of blingage you’ve come to expect over the years.

    -Brian

    Related: Sizemore Off Piste

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  • Chrome Forged Rubber Sneakers Launch

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    So hyped to finally see a city sneaker that looks like it can hold up to my abuse. I’ve gone through a couple pairs of chucks since being here in Shanghai and can’t help but wonder how these would compare. Anyway, the good folks at Chrome just launched their city sneaker, known as the Chrome Forged Rubber. Be sure to check out the press release below. Also, make sure to have a look through the Forged Rubber Field Guide.

    “San Francisco, CA — Chrome Industries, the San Francisco-based company originally known for its messenger bag with its iconic seatbelt buckle and renowned for crafting “bombproof gear for living and riding the city,” today unveils ‘The Best City Sneaker In The World’ with its Forged Rubber line of footwear.
     
    Chrome turns modern manufacturing upside down by resurrecting 70-year-old Forged Rubber machines originally used to make army boots in Europe.  Discovered in eastern Slovakia, an area of the world known for its demanding city landscapes, these Forged Rubber machines were refurbished and adapted to make Chrome shoes that embody the brand’s spirit of making thoughtful, highly durable products.  Each Forged Rubber sneaker is individually made by hand using heated pressure and the outsole is fused directly onto the upper to ensure no separation. The result is that no undesirable cement is used and Chrome shoe lasts under the most demanding conditions.  A reflective heel and an odor resistant technology are also integrated for daily city survival.
     
    “Chrome isn’t re-inventing the wheel with our new Forged Rubber process,” states Ben McCosh, Chrome’s Product Director.. “We are challenging the industry by using the best processes available to make durable city sneakers that last beyond one season. It’s a back-to-basics concept that most manufacturers simply overlook today due to the time, effort, and resources required to make durable sneakers.  This is the Chrome way.”
     
    Chrome’s Forged Rubber shoes are crafted from the bottom up.   Its foundation – the rubber sole – is harvested from local rubber tree farms in Thailand and molded just 3-5 days after leaving the tree.  From there, the materials are quickly assembled, and the canvas upper is pressure fused with the rubber at 300 degrees Fahrenheit to create shoes that look like sneakers, but are constructed with the durability of army boots.
     
    With this introduction, Chrome continues to demonstrate its leadership in the rapidly growing urban mobility category that caters to city commuters and urban adventurers.
     
    Chrome’s Forged Rubber Mobile Factory Tour brings making back to the people.
    Chrome celebrates the craftsmanship behind their urban sneaker debut with its Forged Rubber Mobile Factory Tour, where one of the refurbished 70-year-old Slovakian Forged Rubber machines will travel to Chrome’s HUB stores in five cities, allowing more people to experience the hand-made manufacturing process in-person. ”
     
    Where to see the Forged Rubber Mobile Factory Tour
    Chrome HUB’s
    • San Francisco – 6/20 – 6/21- 962 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
    • New York City – 7/1 – 7/2 – 238 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012
    • Chicago – 7/11 – 7/12 – 1529 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
    • Seattle – 7/18 – 7/19 – 1117 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
    • Portland – 7/25 – 7/26 – 425 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
  • Blotto: Skateboarding on Stowe Mountain With Kyle Burroughs

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    My good friend Kyle Burroughs has been busy filming for a new skate video coming out of Vermont, titled: “Bestevermont”. He, Stephen and our buddy / world-renowned photographer, Blotto, recently took a little hike up Stowe and captured these amazing photos. Kyle’s got some of the best style and pop in the game…I can’t wait to see how his video turns out this Fall. Hopefully I’ll have a clip or two in it also!

    Kyle is also a certified raw nutritionist and has an amazing chocolate company based out of Burlington, VT called Wholey Cacao. I couldn’t give a stronger recommendation to give his products a try.

    Thanks to The Good Life for the photos. Be sure to check out the rest of the set too!

    -Brian

  • Paul Powerglide Rear Derailluer Sells For Over $1,000

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    Holy crap! I’ve spent many a days drooling over the Paul Powerglide only to realize I’d never have the cash to splurge on such a component. Well, this derailleur recently sold for over $1,000 on eBay and the folks over at Bike Mag did a great job of explaining why.

    Make sure to check out the article on Bike Mag.

    -Brian

  • Chrome Artists Series: NOA


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    Really feelin’ the Artist Series by Chrome.

    The newest edition to our Chrome Artist Series features the original artwork of Japanese artist NOA-. NOA- is as humble as he is talented. Typically using oil and acrylic paint on canvas or wood, he’s known for painting live with a style that emulates Japanese line-making. Each piece of art is influenced by the music he chooses to play as he paints, with most of his inspiration is deeply rooted in hip-hop and graffiti. NOA- created this artwork based on the Japanese phrase, “黒霧” that translates phonetically to Kuromu (sounds like Chrome!) and means Black Fog. These one-of-a-kind Yalta bags come from a 4′ x 12′ canvas and acrylic painting NOA- made. Each of the 8 bags represents a specific segment of the painting where the Black Fog takes on a unique energy of its own. Our Artist Series is produced as a limited run. Once they are gone, they’re gone.

    Check out the video above as well as some images from the Chrome Launch in Japan.

    -Brian