All posts by Brian

  • Meet The 2014 Blackburn Rangers

    Man, this video from Blackburn has me thinking about moving back to the states and riding the Pacific Coast Highway or the Great Divide. Don’t get me wrong, Shanghai is awesome, but as I type this I’m experiencing a lingering cough that has been bothering me all morning and all of last night. The cough isn’t because I’m sick, it’s because I’m inhaling too much pollution. My coworkers in the office tell me not to worry and that it’s normal, but to me there’s nothing “normal” about it; especially moving to Shanghai from Vermont.

    Anyway, this post is about the latest Blackburn Ranger lineup for their “Out There” program which embodies the culture of adventure and give cyclists an opportunity to embark on crazy journeys along the Pacific Coast and the Great Divide. Check out the lineup of this year’s Rangers below and be sure to give this video a watch!


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  • 2014 Wolfpack Hustle Civic Center Crit Photos by Prolly


    John captured some amazing moments at this year’s 2014 Wolfpack Hustle Crit at the Civic Center in Los Angeles. This set is killer. I’m loving this shot of Marc Marino ripping a corner.

    Make sure to check out the full set over on The Radavist.


  • Static IV Now Available at Theories of Atlantis


    Holy crap. I can’t believe I’m actually writing this: Josh Stewart’s Static IV is finally available for purchase on Theories of Atlantis and man oh man, do I want a copy. I’d already have one in the mail if I still lived in the states, but being out here in China I know it’ll cost at least $40 to get this to me…bummer. Maybe I’ll just have it shipped to my folk’s place and get it around Christmas time? Either way, if you’re a skateboarder you know the kind of anticipation behind this video.

    Featuring some of my favorites like Quim Cardona, Jake Johnson, Jahmal Williams, Vivien Feil, Jimmy Lannon and Ben Gore, it’s safe to say this video will be an instant classic. If you’re interested in getting a copy, head on over to Theories of Atlantis and grab one. If you’re in Shanghai and want to split shipping on anything from TOA, hit me up:! And if you’re in Burlington and want to buy this for me as a coming home present, I’ll gladly give you $30 upon my return.


  • Folly x Bryant FaTRoB


    Man oh man, this is good. The homies over at Folly teamed up with Joshua Bryant (aka Cycles J Bryant) to create a small line of bicycles designed for whatever you can dish out. These are definitely the definition of a #getradmachine. The FaTRoB lineup includes three frames with three wheel sizes: 700c, 650b and 26″ and have clearances for tires up to 45c (or 1.9″). Huge congrats to you guys – these are some incredible made in the USA machines. Head on over to the Folly Bigcartel for more info!


  • Boreas & MASH

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    If you’ve known me for a while, you’ll know I’m a big supporter of Boreas Gear. I’ve been using a few of their bags for years back in Burlington, including the Bootlegger and the Lagunitas. I also love the dudes out at MASH. When I was out in SF last June, Mike and I were talking about how awesome the Boreas stuff is, so seeing this collaboration couldn’t have me any more hyped. Up top, you’ve got the Boreas MASH Race Day back pack which accommodates a cool 50 liters followed by the Larkin Day backpack, the perfect piece to carry your daily sundries and more.

    Head on over to MASH for all the details and to scoop one of these up. I wish I was back in the states so I could snag one! Also, stay tuned for a video review of the Bootlegger (of which I meant to post ages ago).


  • Cannondale & Death Spray Custom 2014 TDF Bicycles

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    Death Spray Custom teamed up with Cannondale this season to create their lineup of 2014 Tour De France bicycles and man, do they look good. Each bicycle is even personalized with their rider’s spirit animal! See more over at DSC.


  • Faraday Porteur Bike

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    The new porteur bike from Faraday looks great! Designed by Adam Vollmer, it’s got everything you need in a city bike and nothing you don’t. Okay, well maybe you don’t need disc brakes or an electric bike in general…but if it gets more people to ditch their cars then I’m all for it. This is the best looking electric bicycle that I’ve seen. It comes standard with a porteur rack, sleek wooden fenders and a Gates carbon belt drive. Head on over to Faraday Bikes for more info on their electric porteur bike!


  • 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.


  • Chrome Mobile Factory Tour – Forged Rubber Sneakers


    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.


  • Jake Ricker: Mexico City Cycle Messenger World Championships


    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.


  • Sizemore Phin City Bicycle


    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.


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  • Chrome Forged Rubber Sneakers Launch


    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