“IT’S REGULAR”. Just another day in the neighborhood. Slam Dunk Ernie & I met up with Jake Lanich & Andy Sparks in Downtown San Francisco to ride bikes and do what we always do. We hope that everyone can get back to doing what they love with the ones they love doing it with again in the near future. But until then, here’s a day video of some of the good times we share together on a regular basis. Check out the songs I made for the video below as well as 40 different screen shots. What do you think? Same time next week?
This sewer vent is always going off and recently I was lucky enough to catch it at just the right time of day that it was the only thing illuminated on that side of the block. I immediately pulled over, put my bike in it (regrettably) and caught these photos. It oxidized my wheels in this weird way and now they’re only kinda black, mostly gray and super water spotty. It’s kinda rad, I’ve had these wheels for forever.
Concrete looks its best in black & white. I’ve been dreaming of this shot of Gus (above on the right) for a while now and I’m glad we were finally able to get it. There’s a similar shot of Kameren Boun soaring over San Francisco in the latest issue of LOOP Magazine. Pick one up if you have a chance, I always find one at the book store in Japan town. Also another important note, no birds were harmed in the shooting of these photos. I repeat Jack did not harm any birds in the process of these skids. Alright, that’s enough for now, more photos below. We’ll catch you next time.
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With a short break in the rain, Slam Dunk Ernie and I met up with the boys (Andy Sparks & David Todd) in downtown San Francisco to ride, explore, and shoot this day video. The city always looks its best on a gloomy day and we decided to take full advantage of that. These sessions are always better when Ernie tags along. He’s the real MVP.
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I don’t usually make these types of videos, but with my recent injury / move from Portland, I finally had enough of a reason to shoot something like this. It feels like I’m watching home movies. Perhaps I’ll make more of these for personal / historical reasons. I’m still healing from more than just a broken shoulder but wanted to take a second to give a major shout out to Jaynie, Ernie & Jeff for always helping me keep things positive. You’re the best.
First off I’ll start by saying how good it feels being back in California. A place where the sun and weather are on your side. The Mexican food tastes fucking awesome and you can step outside in a t-shirt. All things I took for granted. Until now that is. I’ve been loading up on burritos and soaking up the sunshine now that both those things are readily available.
Last weekend I drove down to Norwalk to meet up w/ the boys. JBALL and Deacon Wong managed to get me in a car to actually drive to a spot. 9 Freeways later and there I was. Standing in a parking lot with Deacon waiting 2 hour for JBALL to arrive. Haha. Somebody get this mans a watch. It’s a good thing Deacon brought with him every toy imaginable: scooter, mini fixie, skateboard, etc. Actually that’s not that much, but in my mind he might as well have brought a pogo stick. All that being said, I’m glad he did because it really helped pass the time.
After sessioning some school for what felt like forever, we rode out in search of spots in neighborhood. First up was this rail that JBALL hopped with ease. (see photo for details) Then we went to this out ledge that was pretty rounded and made it difficult to grind. Stay on your grind. A young @CHASEFGFS came out and showed us what he’s made of. I snapped this sequence of him and wish I shot more because the kid is amazing. Once everyone had their fill, we made our way to the top of this parking garage where we ended the day. (Or at least I did, I think they went and rode a skatepark afterwards) On the drive home Slam Dunk Ernie talked about how much fun we had and some of the aireal clips we shot of Marco Marquez. We’ll have to do it again soon. Until next time fam.
Slam Dunk Ernie has a bike of his own, and this is it. Shortly after breaking my collar bone, MASHSF came out with their front rack / bag combo. Immediately knew I’d have to scoop one up for Big Ern. He loves it btw. Anyways here’s what my Affinity LoPro setup currently looks like. It’s really starting to feel dialed in. Everything from the gray Musguards to the gray/white water bottle setup. I really enjoy riding this bike and even more so when Ernie is on it. Check out a full parts breakdown below.
FRAME: Affinity Cycles LoPro
Front Rack: MASHSF
Front Rack Bag: MASHSF X Inside Line Equipment
HANDLEBAR: Chromag Bikes OSX FUBAR (One Off Colorway)
FORK: All City
GRIPS: ODI Longnecks
CRANKS: Sram Omniums 165mm
BB: Sram GXP
PEDALS: Shadow Conspiracy
CHAINRING: 48T Stock Sram
GEAR RATIO: 48/16
FRONT TIRE: 32c Continental Gator Skin
REAR TIRE: 32c Continental Gator Skin
FRONT WHEEL: Found road bike wheel
REAR WHEEL: The first fixed gear wheel I ever bought
Take it or leaf it. Last winter we made a video of everybody’s favorite Maltipoo in the snow and this year we decided to shoot another little jammer as the seasons were changing. You can’t play in yellow snow, but you sure can play in yellow leaves. Fall is a special time in Portland and we really wanted to film something of Ernie playing in a sea of leaves while we could. The trees are bare now, but this video will help us remember what things looked like on a windy day at “The Rose Gardens” in Peninsula Park. SONG: JEF – why god?
“Want to go on a long bike ride in Industrial North West with me?” This was the message I got from Devin Tolman right when I got back into town from Vacation with the Fam. After a week of relaxing and not having a bike around it felt good to get back on the saddle. Ernie came with us… Naturally.
I can’t believe that Summer is rounding out to a close and that it’s already starting to look like fall here in Portland. The leaves are beginning to change, it’s rained the last couple days, and we’re already back to the constant layer of clouds blocking out the sun. But you know what? I couldn’t be happier about it. Portland looks the best under these conditions and I’m really glad Devin Tolman got met out there to enjoy it. He’s one of the few friends I have who has an equal passion for photography and exploring places that say “No Trespassing”. Like that ever stopped anyone. lulz.