Nothing beats riding bikes in San Francisco with a handful of your closest friends. If you ever come and visit The City, I highly suggest you pick up a bike while you’re here. It’s by far the best way to see everything that SF has to offer. If you don’t know your way around, reach out to one of us and we’d be glad to show you around. Filmed on January 14th 2024.
With the recent jump start of the channel, I’ve been capturing a bunch of photos alongside our film days. This collection of images is from our latest video in downtown San Francisco. It has been incredibly refreshing to reconnect with the crew and pick up where we left off. I’ve now posted a video a week for the last month and am already reminded of how difficult it is to keep up with the 24-hour content cycle. Social media is a beast, but we’ll be looking for new ways to streamline our approach and make it sustainable. All that being said, enjoy the photo collection and keep your eyes peeled for the new video dropping tomorrow morning.
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Wheel Talk’s very own Jake Lanich gives us an update on his MASH AC-3 Frameset (Black Scopes) fixed gear build. It had been 4 years since I last filmed a bike check with Jake and surprisingly enough, he’s still riding a lot of the same parts. There are interview moments peppered throughout this video which are my personal favorite parts of the edit. I added a full parts rundown as well as the gear I used to film this video below.
“We out here”. If you’ve ever been to San Francisco or joined us on a ride, then you’ve probably heard the term yelled by locals at the top of their lungs. It is the equivalent of a Bay Area bird call and is often said at the beginning of most conversations assuming both parties are outside. To quote The Mighty Ducks, and in the name of Coach Bombay, “Ducks fly together”. With daylight savings right around the corner, I’m looking forward to the Thursday Night group rides being back in effect in San Francisco. But until then, enjoy this new video featuring old footage from 2021.
With MAXFXD in town from Australia, we decided to take the Bart over to Oakland to ride bikes with our friends in the East Bay. It had basically been years since I last rode with everyone in Oakland, so it ended up feeling like a family reunion. At least that’s how it felt on my end.
The last video I posted on my YouTube channel was on Jan 26, 2022, so we’re just shy of two full years since I last uploaded anything. All that is about to change. I have a few videos already lined up and I’m going to start uploading more to this channel, so turn on notifications, like, subscribe, do whatever feels right and I’ll see you out there. ✌️
Wow, here we are, blog post number 954. We’ve come a long way and it feels good to be back in here sharing photos for all of you. I’m not even entirely sure if people still read and follow blogs, but I’ve always found the Wheel Talk website as a useful resource when it comes to pulling up images at a moment’s notice. All that being said, let’s get to the reason why we’re here. MAXFXD came to the Bay Area, so we made sure his trip was complete with a trip over to Oakland so that he could see more than just San Francisco. SF is great, don’t get me wrong, but it doesn’t have the same textural quality that Oakland carries. I’ll be sharing a video edit from this day tomorrow, so stay tuned, and keep your eyes peeled for that coming out on my YouTube channel.
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San Francisco’s legendary Mission Crit popped off over the weekend with 6 days packed full of track bike racing & mayhem. The event tee’d off on Wednesday at Hellyer Velodrome, then moved back up to The City on Thursday with an alleycat + registration. Things then heated up on Friday night with a short circuit race held at an indoor go-kart track. This event brought to life the term “rubbing is racing” as riders were sent over the knee high barricades more than a handful of times (Video evidence HERE).
All of which brought us to Saturday’s main event, the Mission Criterium. Riders from around the globe came to partake in what has become the largest fixed gear race on the planet. With that being said, I’d like to take a moment and give huge shoutout to James Grady, the countless volunteers and everyone who helped to bring the fixed gear community together for this incredibly memorable moment. Things wouldn’t be the same without all of your continuous efforts. (More info on Mission Crit + the Fixed Gear Triple Crown can be found HERE)
After all was said and done there wasn’t a single person without a smile on their face. The course was cleared and the streets that were shutdown for the race were graciously given back to the city until we could do it all over again next year. If racers weren’t tired yet they could look forward to the Tracklocross race on Sunday followed by the “Giro di San Francisco” on Monday. If you raced all 6 days or even showed up to all 6 events, then go ahead and give yourself a massive pat on the back. It’s probably a good time to take it easy as we hopefully exit out of this mind numbing heat wave here in California. 🥵 🏁
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15 Shots. Recently Mike T Schmitt made me aware of a thing called “sprocket photography”. Basically shooting full bleed on rolls of 35mm. I already had a medium format camera, my Hasselblad 503CX, but had to order a 35mm adapter to shoot on that 120mm camera. The results were what you see in this video and the links within this post. This made me remember why I love shooting film in the first place. Thanks for being here and we’ll see you soon. 🙂
Riders: Johnathan Ball, Marco Marquez, Deacon Wong, & Oscar Lopez