All posts by Brian

  • Salsa Mukluk Ti Fat Bike

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    If there’s one thing that makes me homesick, it’s seeing a happy bike like this Salsa Mukluk Ti out in its natural habitat. I may have sold my fat bike a while back, but that doesn’t mean I’m already scheming to build another in the future. It probably won’t be as blingin’ as this one, but seeing this Mukluk sure is inspiring.

    XTR bits, brakes and rotors, MRP carbon fork and a set of Hope Fatsno hubs help to step-up an already outstanding rig. Big ups to Cycles In Life on the upgrades!

    -Brian

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  • best ever commercial


    Kyle Burroughs, another good homie from Vermont, has been working on a new project showcasing the skate scene back home titled Best Ever. I truly believe that it’ll be the best ever too…because what’s better than watching a video of all your best friends skating? Here’s Kyle’s second commercial for the video, hopefully dropping soon.

    -Brian

  • Monster Mash IV – Burlington, Vermont

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    A couple of my best buds and co-conspirators back in Vermont are putting on the 4th (nearly) annual Monster Mash race. Being semi-homesick and nostalgic towards Burlington, my home of seven years, seeing the invite to the race this morning has already made my day. Even though I won’t be able to make it as I’m still in Shanghai, I’ll definitely be there in spirit and hope to follow along via Snapchat/Instagram. Anyway, enough about how I miss these guys and good ‘ole VT…here are the vitals:

    All hallows gather on the eve of the eve. After a year on the lam MONSTER MASH is back! And back with a VENGEANCE. 

    Meet: 30 Bright St. in the shadows of the loading docks
    Registration: 6pm – 7pm
    Race: 7:15pm
    Finish and after party @ Artsriot
    $5 or $20
    (Wear a costume)

    RSVP on Facebook

    If you’ve ridden this race in the past you may be familiar with the AlleyCat format we have adhered to. This year we promise you some of the same with a few twists lurking in the shadows. Monster Mash IV will be more about the trick and the treat. Don’t make any assumptions; you won’t know what’s coming around the corner.

    Registration will begin at 6pm with a mass start just after 7pm. Bring $5 to race or $13 if you want a t-shirt and poster. We’re not gonna turn anyone away, but the entry fee will help cover costs of the race, treats and prizes for all. Oh, and there will be an after party at Artsriot with prizes awarded for all your favorite categories. 

    Lets be real, wear an awesome costume. It’s going to be dark and scary, so bring a light, front and rear if you got ’em. A lock is not necessary during the race unless you’re worried about leaving your bike un attended for a short period of time, however you may want to have one at the end of the race. We will have a car at the start, and can shuttle your lock and other nicknacks to the end for you. 

    MARK THE DATE IN YOUR LITTLE BLACK BOOK, INVITE YOUR FRIENDS, AND GET READY TO RIDE N RACE.

    If you’ve come out in the past, you know you’re in for a good time. Check out some photos and whatnot from past years here: Monster Mash Archives

    -Brian

  • MAGENTA Skateboards: Crossing the Perth Dimension


    Magenta Skateboards never disappoints. Just like the TCB and MASH guys get my hyped to ride, the Magenta videos always make me want to skate. Luckily, that’s exactly what I’m about to go do.

  • TCB Courier Celebrates 5 Years by MASH SF


    The guys at TCB Courier just celebrated 5 years of business in San Francisco and MASH SF made this rippin’ video to celebrate. Watching this made me that much more excited to rip my track bike around today. Congrats on the 5 years guys!

    -Brian

  • Chrome WARM – Fall

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    The homies at Chrome are always pushing the envelope with their bags and technical apparel. Their latest line, Chrome WARM, combines insulated and weather proof performance with classic workwear styling. These pieces will keep you warm (even when wet) thanks to the poly-fill insulation and ripstop nylon shell. Hyped to give these pieces a shot after how much luck I’ve had with my Storm Field rain jacket and De Haro windbreaker.

    Make sure to check out the whole Chrome WARM line, including the VEST and WORKSHIRT.

    -Brian

  • Shanghai Files 4


    Here’s the fourth installment of Shanghai Files. It was filmed by our good friend, Michael Lao and features skating from Jonathan Iskasen, Kevin Nevado, Brian Dolle, Agent Chang, Edward Cui, Ray Kanemoto, Brian Kleiber and Jack Moore.

    This is one of the best places to skate on earth…these spots are just the tip of the iceberg! If you ever plan on visiting Shanghai and want to skate or ride bikes, please do hit me up!

    -Brian

  • #Out_Riding_Around – Shanghai

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    Even though skating is one of the main reasons I’m in Shanghai, I’m still finding time to get on the bike everyday. Whether it’s simply commuting and running errands or a 50-mile weekend exploration mission, I’m really getting to know this city thanks to my bike. While the riding here isn’t ideal, there are still parts of the city where I can get into a rhythm and mash away for a bit. I cherish these zones. You’ll also find many side streets and alleyways, prime for wandering at a slightly-faster-than-walking pace and taking in the city’s rich culture. This past Sunday was the perfect day to wander. John and I cruised around Old Town and hunted spots all afternoon yesterday.

    -Brian

  • Hong Kong Holiday

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    I’m definitely a little late on posting these photos, but a few weeks ago I took a little last-minute solo journey to check out Hong Kong. Being so busy all summer long, I managed to take a week off before the fall (our super busy season) starts up and get out of Shanghai for a bit.

    After securing a fairly cheap round-trip flight and booking a room in Causeway Bay, I was only 48 hours away from one of my best 72-hour vacations to date. Most people who visit Hong Kong for such a short period do so for visa renewals; I was just late on figuring out what to do with my week off. Oops, silly me. My trip was purely for pleasure.

    I wanted to do so much during my visit, but didn’t want to bite off more than I could chew. I had plans of checking out bike shops too but just ran out of time. Next visit, I’m definitely going to go see Brian at RDFX and hopefully find someone/somewhere to lend me a bike for a few days and get a real feel for the city. Though even just being in HK for 3 days, I managed to squeeze quite a bit in and even made a few new friends.

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  • Fat Chance Is Back!

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    I got so hyped when I first saw this…

    Looks like Fat Chance Bicycles is coming out of hibernation and ready to make you your new favorite mountain bike.  If I was back in the states, I’d be showin’ my Fat (my old, crusty Monster Fat) over on Instagram at #FatChanceBicycles & @FatChanceBicycles.

    Can’t wait to start seeing the new batches of frames!

    -Brian

  • New Affinity Kits

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    Affinity just released their pro track team kit, produced by none other than Endo Customs – 100% made in Downtown LA from the best materials available. You can get a kit as both a long or short sleeve jersey along with the team bibs.

    More info at Affinity Cycles.

    -Brian

  • I’ve been on vacation!

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    I just got back to Shanghai late last night after a quick 72-hour jaunt to Hong Kong. Seventy two hours isn’t even close to enough time for such a city, but then again, the trip was a last minute decision.

    I spent a lot of time wandering around, eating seafood, shooting photos and even got to skate for a couple hours. Here’s a photo of the city and bay from Victoria Peak. I plan on sorting through the mass of photos from my short trip this evening, so stay tuned for those in the coming days! Who else has been to Hong Kong? Any tips or ‘must-sees’ for my next visit?

    -Brian