Browse Month by October 2009
Alley Cat Racing

Messquerade is coming.

“This year Halloween fell on a weekend, me and Geto Boys went Trick-or-Treat’n”

Halloween is likely one of the most common dates to have an alleycat race, scavenger hunt, or  bike event, as evidenced by the super posts that Prolly put up HERE and HERE.

It seems as though people that ride bikes have a penchant for wearing costumes while riding.  Unless you live in Portland, then you take your clothes off.

Here in Seattle, we have the Messquerade.  Messman’s first Messquerade took place in 1999.  That’s 10 years ago.  It hasn’t happened every year, but it has grown, and is now one of Seattle’s biggest, and drunkenest bike events of the year.

A rain or shine event, so be prepared.   If you are in town, you should really get a team together, and come out.  Registration and adult beverages (bring a water bottle) at 20/20 Cycles in the Central District from 6-8pm.

It costs $20 to race per person, or $30 if you want one of the coveted “Messquerade hoodies”  Your entrance fee gets you beverages all night, as well as entrance into the afterparty.  Don’t be an asshat.  Wear a costume.  And if you come as A) an asshat, or B) Bushwick Bill- I will give you one of the also coveted GOMEANSGO “High Performance” 16oz coozies.


Gear, Track

Thanks 728 Fixed Gear!


I got some of these in the mail while I was down in the Bay- hit me up if you want one.  They are 1.5×3.25″ perfect for your frame.  I love the “DO THE RIDE THING” Thanks guys!

Check them out HERE


Vandedrome needs a new home!

I saw this over on Hipster Nascar– I think it would fit very nicely inside key arena…. it’s being offered only for the cost of moving it to another site. It sounds like they really just want a home for it. The steel has just been powder coated, and it just needs a new deck. Maybe we can do a bake sale to save some cash for a new velodrome?


Taken from an old post at Fixed Gear Fever:

The wood and steel track is 154-167 meters long with 54 degree banked turns and was created in 1994 by John Vande Velde, a 1968 and 1972 U. S. Olympic cycling team member and former world-class cyclist. It s home base was originally in Joliet, Illinois and it was first used for racing in Del Mar, California in February 1995. In June 1996 the Vandedrome was put up in Chicago and used for the “Taste of Chicago” track races. And in 1997 it was moved to the east coast and assembled in Glen Spey, NY at the Mike Fraysse Sports Resort and Training Center for introductory leagues and junior racing. In the s pring of 1998 the track was used for six weeks of training and racing at Clark’s Woods in Somerville, NJ prior to moving across the river to Staten Island, NY for the 1998 Goodwill Games at Wagner College.

The Vandedrome is adjustable in length, but will typically be constructed at 167 meters long with broader turns and slightly shorter straights than its original design. The track can be assembled and disassembled within 24-48 hours and requires 6 tractor trailers to move it. During the winter months the Vandedrome will be available for lease to indoor facilities and hopefully can be used for collegiate and professional racing.

Gear, History

Board games for bored cyclists

I have a very bizarre collection of things that are bicycle related.  Toys, clothing, books, zines, movies, magazines, stamps, art, the list goes on.  I don’t however own any bicycle board games.  Growing up, we had the Cabbage Patch Kids Bicycle Race Game I haven’t come across any in the United States in the past 15+ years that the bike has been my hobby/passion/obsession.

I came across a while back, and downloaded a couple of the available boards and rules, but have yet to play them.  I was winding my way through the internet forest, and found it again on Spinwell. Pretty awesome.

Alley Cat Racing, art, Events, Travel

San Francisco this weekend.

So hey. If you live in the SF Bay- you should make an effort to be here. It looks like it’s going to be a great time.

Saturday 10/24/09

East Bay BART Scramble Register at 12, race at 1pm

East Bay BART Alleycat Trailer from JB Davis on Vimeo.

Make Rent Alley Cat Race




Sunday 10/25/09



Artcycle is an alleycat going down this Sunday in SF. It’s an event being thrown in effort to raise money for Gallery Heist, a new gallery in the Tenderloin due to open November 14th.

Here’s the rundown for the race this sunday:

* Meet at the Embarcadero/Ferry Building at 11am on Sunday. The race will begin at noon.

* After registration, all racers will receive a cool spoke card with their race number along with a manifest. Cyclists must get each check point signed off in order to complete the race.

* At each checkpoint cyclists will be provided with art supplies and will need to sketch something from vantage point & write their racing number on the back of the artwork. They will then need to get their manifest signed and then continue to the next checkpoint.

* At the end of the race, all artwork will be brought to 111 Minna and put on display on the Sketch Tuesday wall. A book will be made with all the artwork and sold at the gallery.

* After party is at 111 Minna, prizes will be given out, the Translators will be performing!

Events, Film/video

Cyclebound. Bike Porn 3

This trailer is not safe for work. There was a longer trailer earlier, this one is shorter. But it’s not the size of the trailer, its how you work it, or so I’ve heard. So here you go:

Cycle Bound Trailer -tight from rev phil on Vimeo.

The Bike Smut crazy train has been through Seattle once this year, but they will likely make another trip through early next year.  Prepare for the “Backlash” in Feb/Mar of 2010.


More info can be found HERE


206 Polo, the Great Pumpkin Edition

As you probably know, Seattle likes it’s polo.  We are home to the World Champions, as well as many other skilled players.  Thursday nights you can play polo under I-5 at 65th and Ravenna.  Last week I attended, and Andre brought together quite the event.  There was pumpkin carving, pumpkin pie eating, a keg, and eventually, the destruction of the pumpkins carved earlier.  Good fun all around, and we even got to see Freiburger play a couple games with a pumpkin on his head.  Who needs a helmet?