Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Biker Owned

You think when this starts, damn this looks like a bad start. Then there's the pull back with the camera and you watch to see the grassy knoll that he's going to transition on.

Thanks to the 2six for the link.

Also if you haven't been reading the NYC Snob blog than you need to get over there and read some damn funny ranting, and along the ranting line you should also check out how-to-avoid-the-bummerlife That's my buddy Steve Smith, who's an artist. Turns out he's a writer too. He's also one of the hairiest person I know, still some neochromatic in his blood. You can find him with a PBR and one of those Orange jumpsuits at the side of the cross races. Or he may be racing in one.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

WS Kit

Oh my, I can't believe it. Garrett finished the Wrench Science designs for our new kit. We are very, very long overdue, but the time has come. Jersey, Bibs, Socks, Arm and leg warmers. All made by Capoforma. We are stoked and you should be too as you will no be able to buy a kit and sport Wrench Science too. Here is the template for the jersey, you can try to decipher where the parts go. The bibs are equally as cool. If your interested in getting your name on a kit before they sell out, give us a call and we'll get you sorted.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Bike Skills in Berkeley!

There are a few plots of land in South Berkeley that were used as light railroad use and have been decommissioned. I've been hearing word that the city was going to build a bike path on the property to join to existing paths. This is right next to the shop, so I started searching around and finally found a the right person to talk with about the possibility of building a skills area on the property. Kara, who is the associate planner of transportation in Berkeley has been extremely helpful and seems willing to try to help me. This would be so sweet. So I'm going to use this as the updater to progress the report. I've also contacted our councilman for our area, Darrly Moore in district 2 The first news I've got on the properties is that they are currently budgeting for the construction and that there will be a Firestation built on the property between Murray and Folger. So I'm angling for the property that is between Ashby and Heinz. They have already ok'd the bike blvd, so we are just asking for either the ability to build a skills area or have the city put one in. We may need to get a petition going here shortly so if anyone knows how to do an digital version of a petition I would love to hear about it.

UPDATE 12/10 :: I have an appointment with councilman Darryl Moore on the 9th of January to discuss the skills area. A definite positive move forward.

UPDATE 1/10 :: The meeting with Councilman Darryl Moore went great. He was just excited about the idea as I was. We talked about all the concerns and issues and it seems that there aren't nearly as many as I thought there would be. The biggest news, is that he suggested instead of the 9th st BLVD, to move to an actual park. He suggested building at Aquatic Park. There are numerous benefits to this. Expansion of the park if needed. Potential Federal Aid and the seclusion of the spot. Basically away from residential or idiotic people. Last he was so interested in the project, that he said he would help in contacting the right people in the city to help it move along faster. I'm very pleased with this first step as I'm much more confident that we can pull this off. Darryl is setting up an appointment with the William Rogers who is the Director of Parks and Recreation in Berkeley. Darryl is going to accompany me to the meeting. If William gets on board, we will then make the proposal to 4 other councilman, we need 5 votes to make it happen. This is a great first step and I truly believe we can have the first legal bike skills jump park right here in Berkeley.

Here are some links to some pump tracks and skills areas, check it out.

BMX Jump Park in Pleasanton.

A good showing of landscape and pump track

Another version

A very large pump track in Denver

Wood bridges low to the ground

Article on a town in Oregon trying to build a skills park.

Boise Parks and Recreation constructing a dirt jump park.

Urban skills park under freeway.

specifically about the above trail

Mountainview is trying to build a skills park as well.

more landscape pump track

IMBA developing bike skills

Not bike skills, but legal freeriding trails.

and a video of Mark Weir's pump track in his back yard that I wish I had in my backyard.

and a video of a big pump track that I wish I had in my backyard as well.

and last a video of an indoor pump track at Rays indoor Mtn bike park with Brian Lopes getting smoked by 17yr old JD Swangun.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Tonight Only!

The Pornography of the Bicycle

Thursday, Jan 3, 2008
3117 16th st (at Valencia)
San Francisco, California
7:00 and 9:30 PM
$10 or $7 for if you bike

Thursday, Jan 3, 2008 The Pornography of the Bicycle will be playing for one night only at the Roxie in San Francisco. The 90-minute showing will consist of 28 short films on the theme of Bike Porn. They range from the contemplative, to the inventive, to the downright illustrative. Included with the movies will be a live dramatic recreation of the World Naked Bike Ride where bike porn curator Rev. Phil Sano was hit by a drunk driver and then arrested. Please be advised of adult content.

1. the depiction of erotic behavior (as in pictures or writing) intended to cause sexual excitement 2. material (as books or a photograph) that depicts erotic behavior and is intended to cause sexual excitement 3. the depiction of acts in a sensational manner so as to arouse a quick intense emotional reaction

pornography of the bicycle:
1. the depiction of things both erotic and ridiculous (as in short
films) intended to make you laugh uncomfortably, squirm in your seat, and maybe even adjust your pants.
2. material (as in even shorter films) that depicts eroticism with, on, and about bicycles so that if we cross our fingers really hard, could possibly, maybe, if you have had a really good day…, cause sexual excitement.
3. the depiction of acts with bicycles in a sensational manner so as to cause you to either get up in a huff and demand your money back or cause you to shake you head disapprovingly before jumping up to give a standing ovation.

The Pornography of the Bicycle has received rave reviews selling out shows in Portland, Seattle, Bellingham and Vancouver BC

Don't miss your opportunity to see what the buzz is about; one night only, this is the 2nd of 3 stops on the Bike Calipornification Tour.

Admission is $10 or $7 if you ride your bike

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Fox warning

Fox Racing Shox Warning to Customers

WATSONVILLE, CA (BRAIN)—This is a warning against unapproved use of Fox Forks from Fox Racing Shox.

FOX 32, 36, and 40 suspension forks (with the exception of model F29) are engineered and tested for use with 26-inch mountain bike tires. These models meet CEN and AST M testing standards based on use with 26-inch tires.

Use of Fox forks with any tire larger than 26 inches, such as a 650b tire, will subject the Fox fork to loads and forces it has not been designed or certified to meet.

Fox 32, 36, and 40 suspension forks are not recommended or approved by Fox Factory, Inc. for use with tires larger than 26 inches, either as original equipment or aftermarket, according to Fox's Elayna Caldwell.

Unauthorized and unapproved use of these forks with tires larger than 26 inches may result accidents, causing serious bodily injury or death.