All posts tagged Vermont

  • 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

  • Hemetic Trading Co. – Kickstarter | Made in USA Backpacks & More


    Some of my friends from back in Burlington have a great thing going on. As you probably know, I’m a big proponent for American-made goods; even more so when my friends are involved. Hemetic Trading Company is doing it right.

    It’s well known that there are tons of brands out there pushing out products taking classic design cues from popular American brands, that catch is that they’re often adorned with a “made in China” tag. Hell, I’m more aware of it now more than ever after moving to China 3 months ago. You can literally buy a knockoff of anything you want here, and the quality is terrible. Even worse, many of these imitations are stitch-by-stich ripping off products that took blood, sweat, tears and countless passionate hours to create.

    So if you’re like me and want to support quality, honest and original products, do me a favor and help my buddies at Hemetic out over at their Kickstarter. They’re putting up some pretty amazing gifts for your support.

    To show them love, head over to the Hemetic Trading Co. Kickstarter and give what you can! Keep up the amazing work guys!

    -Brian

  • The Worble “From The Borders” on Thrasher Magazine


    Like nature? Want to see one of the most refreshing skateboarding videos out there? Then my buddies at The Worble have you covered. I bought a copy of “From The Borders” back in Vermont and took it along with me on my move to Shanghai and have shown it so countless people since being here; everyone was completely blown away.

    Gems like this don’t go unnoticed for long. Check out the Thrasher Magazine for the full feature of The Worble’s “From The Borders”. Enjoy.

    -Brian

  • Beast Coasters: Bicycle Nightcycle at Talent Skatepark & Shop


    It’s nice to see some BMX footage coming from Talent Skatepark. I probably spend at least 3 nights a week at this place during the winter months, but never Mondays; that’s bike night. The Beast Coasters grabbed a couple clips a few weeks back on a Monday night, so don’t miss this quickie! Nice alley-oop in the second clip by my buddy JP Agorrea.

    -B

  • Global Fat Bike Day: December 7th Ride at Old Spokes Home

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    Yep, you read that correctly. This Saturday December 7th has been declared “Global Fat Bike Day” and since my friends at Old Spokes love fat bikes so much, they’ve decided to hold a little ride this Saturday at 8:00 am leaving from the shop located at 322 N. Winooski Ave here in Burlington, VT. Head over to the Facebook event for more info!

    Oh yes, isn’t this artwork from Michael Tonn amazing?

    -B

  • The Great Turkey Chase Part 6 Recap

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    Pardon me for the lack of updates this past week. As I write this, I’m sitting in the Cleveland Airport awaiting my flight back to Burlington and figured I should let you know what’s been going on.

    Last Sunday was the 6th installment of The Great Turkey Chase, an alley-cat style food drive similar to Cranksgiving, put on by Liam Griffin each year. This was my 4th year riding and probably my favorite yet!

    We had 26 riders come out this year; despite the 20-degree weather with a 7-degree windchill, 30 MPH winds and a couple inches of snow, everyone finished the race and we ended up collecting about 600 pounds of food and 18 turkeys for the Vermont Food Shelf. Not bad!

    I woke up Sunday morning in a bit of a confused state, and after seeing some new snow on the ground I decided that it’d be a great idea to ride my mountain bike for the race that’s 95% on sealed roads. My ‘cross bike would have been perfect, but as I said, my ability to make logical decisions that morning was laughable…

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  • The Great Turkey Chase, Part 6

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    It’s that time of year again! Get ready for The Great Turkey Chase, Part 6 coming up a week from today here in Burlington, VT on Sunday, November 24. While many choose to race the route, as always, it’s open to all bikes and levels of fitness. The goal here is to collect food for the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf.

    Important Details:

    • Meet at Maglianero on 11/24 at 11:00 am.
    • Bring $15, a lock, helmet and bag. All money will be used for food donation purchases.
    • Bring any bike, your wife/husband/significant other/kids/friends/anyone and have a great time!
    • RSVP on Facebook

    HUGE thanks to Liam for putting this event on every year! It’s been such a fun race. I haven’t been riding much lately since I’ve been injured and just took a vacation, but I’ll be out cruising either way and you should be too!

    -B

  • The Worble: From The Borders – Vermont Skateboarding


    A couple of my friends and skate buddies put together this amazing video titled From The BordersI got my copy last night and was absolutely blown away. The cinematography, the environments, the wildlife and the skateboarding were all incredible. If you’re at all interested in Vermont skateboarding, you gotta check out the latest video from The Worble.

    The video features parts from Steve Mull, Nate Benner, Charley Mull, Alex Farrara and Dave Mull. Give the trailer a watch and if you like what you see, grab yourself a video at Talent Skatepark and Shop. All proceeds from the video benefit their cross country journey as they send-off Dave Mull to Los Angeles.

    -B

  • The Third-Annual Herringbone Tweed Ride

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    Hey Burlington: this upcoming Sunday the 2oth is the Third Annual Herringbone Tweed Ride taking place right here in Burlington, Vermont. We’ll meet at Maglianero around 12:30 for some coffee, tea and biscuits and depart on our sashay around 1 pm. If you’ were around for the 2012 Herringbone Tweed Ride, you know you’re in for a great time! Check out the Facebook event page for more info and if you have any questions at all, feel free to email me!

    Hope to see you all there!

    -B

  • Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes

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    I meant to include this photo along with the Otis Mountain camping writeup, but figured it warranted it’s own post since I’ve been enjoying these face wipes so much lately. A couple weeks ago I got to meet Oliver and the gang from Ursa Major, a skin care company for men based here in Burlington, VT and I got a few of their Essential Face Wipes. Not only do these leave your face refreshed, they also help improve your skin’s overall health; important qualities when you lead an active life or are just on the road a bunch. I first tried one after riding from Burlington to Elizabethtown, NY to camp last weekend and my face was stoked. The next test? A quick freshening up before a night out with a lady friend. The verdict? Success.

    I’ve also been using the Fantastic Face Wash for the past couple weeks and am just as elated with it! Seriously, it’s worth it just to smell so good afterwards. But just like the face wipes, the face wash is designed to thoroughly clean without leaving your skin dry or irritated. It’s composed of essential oils including cedar, lime, lemon, spearmint, spruce, owyhee, vetiver and lavender in a concentrated formula, so the 8 oz bottle should easily last a couple months.

    Make sure to have a look at the rest of the men’s skin care products by Ursa Major, and if you’re in Vermont you can get Ursa Major products locally at Healthy Living, City Market, Stowe Kitchen Bath and Linens, Orvis in Manchester and Clementine in Middlebury.

    -B

     

  • Weekend at Otis Mountain Get Down

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    All through August I’d been getting the itch to do some bike camping but was booked solid every weekend. Like many of you I’m sure, I had ambitious plans for the Saga and camping this summer but only got out for a handful of trips. With the camp-able weather in Vermont dwindling faster than Garfield can find pizza, I knew I had to get out there soon. Luckily, a few crazy friends of mine decided halfway through the summer that they wanted to throw a music festival in the Adirondacks: The Otis Mountain Get Down.

    The Get Down took place this past weekend, September 13-15 in Elizabethtown, NY – about 40 miles from Burlington. Now I’m not much of a festival type, in fact, I’ve never been to a music festival before. I had never heard of any of the bands on the bill either, except a couple friends who were DJing. But how can you turn down a weekend long camp out, especially when all your best friends are going?  I wasn’t about to miss this.

    I took Friday off in anticipation of  some absolute last minute packing (which actually wasn’t the case, this time) and to give myself ample time to get across the lake before sundown. While I did indeed pack the night before, I still had a number of errands to run that morning, so I didn’t leave Burlington ’til around 2 PM.

    Getting to the Essex-Charlotte ferry was cake. Once I hit New York though, sheesh, the hills started to take their toll on me. I still made it to Otis mountain by 5:30 or so, and that’s with a few stops along the way. I even rode the last few miles with a bunch of beer and 2 gallons of water that I somehow managed to strap to my overloaded bike.

    The festival itself was great! I enjoyed the majority of the music and I got to hang with so many friends I seldom get to see. Plus, I was outdoors for a whole 48 hours which doesn’t happen enough these days. I also got to ride back with my good buddy Matt, another friend I hadn’t seen in ages.

    Make sure to check out the narrated photos from the trip below!

    -B

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  • Harris’s Cycles d’Autremont Scorcher

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    Harris from the Old Spokes Home snapped a few photos of his Cycles d’Autremont scorcher. Check out the rest of this bike, as well as a few shots of Alex’s ‘cross bike over on the Old Spokes Flickr.

    -B