Messenger.

Written by Ryan on . Posted in Film/video No Comments

I saw this movie a couple years after it came out. I hadn’t heard anything more of it, till I saw this clip. It’s based on the movie “Bicycle Thief”, with poorer acting and swear words. If you can find it, check it out. This one’s sad too.

Continue Reading ...

Bicycle Film Festival this Friday and Saturday!

Written by Ryan on . Posted in Events, GO MEANS GO events 1 Comment

As you well know, the Bicycle Film Festival will be making it’s first visit to Seattle in the festival’s 9 years of good times.

There are some fantastic films, from 11 countries around the world. Focusing on a range of topics, the common theme, of course, is the bicycle. There is something for everyone’s tastes at this festival, whether it be bmx, road, track, or well done independent film.  Come support the Seattle cycling community, and enjoy some of the best cycling movies worldwide!

A few of the features include
Where are you go:

I love my bicycle- The story of FBM Bicycle Company:

I Love My Bicycle: The Story of FBM Bikes Trailer from BAD BREAKS on Vimeo.

The Six Day Bicycle Races:

Road to Roubaix:

There are also going to be lots of short films as well. Check it out, here is the program layout:

Friday September 11

Program 1 7pm: WHERE ARE YOU GO PREMIERE

  • MADE IN QUEENS
  • WHERE ARE YOU GO

Program 2 9pm: FUN BIKE SHORTS

  • KIEST PARK
  • BIKE RIDE
  • PARASOL
  • CURIOSITY
  • THE BICYCLE:  BERYL THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD
  • THERE’S A FLOWER IN MY PEDAL
  • A BICYCLE TRIP
  • BAREND JAM
  • 28.6
  • KEIRIN
  • WHAT’S A GIRL TO DO?
  • SOME THINGS RIDE A BICYCLE
  • SKI BOYS
  • LUCAS BRUNELLE’S GREATEST HITS
  • LE DERNIER VOYAGE OF MARYSE DE LUCAS

After the films on Friday, come over to Flowers Bar for Roller Racing, drink specials, and good times.  Flowers Bar: 4247 University Way NE

Saturday September 12

Program 3 1pm: WHERE ARE YOU GO (rescreening of programs #1)

  • MADE IN QUEENS
  • WHERE ARE YOU GO

Program 4 3pm:  THE SIX DAY BICYCLE RACES

  • STANDING START
  • PARIS VISION
  • THE SIX-DAY BICYCLE RACES

Program 5 5pm:  ROAD TO ROUBAIX

  • RED HOOK CRITERIUM
  • MILLAR’S TALE
  • ROAD TO ROUBAIX

Program 6 7pm:  I LOVE MY BICYCLE: THE STORY OF FBM BIKES

  • I’M GOOD ON THAT ONE
  • TRAIN TRIP
  • I LOVE MY BICYCLE:  THE STORY OF FBM BIKES

Program 6 9pm: URBAN BIKE SHORTS

  • EMPIRE
  • ONE LESS HORSE
  • BIKE THIEF
  • ON TIME
  • SAFARI LONDON
  • MADE IN QUEENS
  • AN APOLOGY
  • PIXEL GEAR BIKES!!  RIDE SAFE, RIDE FAST, RIDE FREE
  • WAFFLE BIKE
  • KANT
  • BELLE EPOCH
  • THE SCRAPER BIKE KING
  • BROADWAY BOMBER/ BRIDGE BATTLE
  • ANIMA D’ACCIAIO

To wrap up the festival, come back to Flowers for an after party and to get down with all your new found friends!  21+.  Free entry.  42BELOW Drink Specials.  Awesomeness will ensue.

Continue Reading ...

Bike thief beware.

Written by Ryan on . Posted in Film/video No Comments

I ran into a guy trying to jack a shitty Mt. Bike the other day. I didn’t swing, because I honestly thought that it could have been his bike. He was drunk, looked like he might be homeless, or at least down on his luck, but was trying to cut a cable lock with some wire cutters. I confronted him, and he told me it was his. Well after we talked a bit, he walked off cursing me. If it was my bike, or a friends bike, I think it may have gone more like this:

Bike thieves beware. We are everywhere.

Seen on Prolly’s blog

Continue Reading ...

Future Tense 9/11

Written by Ryan on . Posted in Events 1 Comment

Another full weekend- Future Tense takes place this Friday, overlapping the Bicycle Film Festival a little bit.  Don’t fret, you can still catch WHERE ARE YOU GO on Saturday.

There will also be a raffle at Future Tense to benefit the filmakers of Revival.

091109_ft

picture-23

Continue Reading ...

BFF Race (9/12/09)

Written by Ryan on . Posted in Alley Cat Racing, GO MEANS GO events 1 Comment

Next weekend brings the Bicycle Film Festival to Seattle.  It’s going to be a great weekend, full of awesome movies, afterparties, and racing: indoors and out.

Get ready for the BFF Race.

The scoop:

  • Two person teams, $10 entry for the team
  • Register at 2:30, race at 3pm SHARP
    • The race will be done by 5pm, and prizes will be awarded before program #5
  • Prizes for winning teams, including CASH PRIZE!

bffrace

Continue Reading ...

Just a bit of a break from the norm.

Written by Ryan on . Posted in News 1 Comment

Tarck bike, Trick/Track, 700cmx, fixed freestyle, so many names. The research and development that has gone into fixed gear bikes over the past few years is building solid bikes that can be ridden hard and put away wet. More and more, these urban (and dare I say, dirt worthy) fixed gear bikes are getting a bit heavier, but more solid with every generation off the line. Volume offers a “Lifetime Warranty” on their Cutter frames, as well as their Fu Manchu forks. They’ve become so popular that unless you pre-ordered, you probably don’t have one.

One thing you won’t have a snowball’s chance in hell in finding is a lifetime warranty on wheels.

So what can you do about that? Traitor Bicycles is changing it up a bit as an answer to that question. Coming up soon is their 650b-MX bike.

This could change everything.

Taken from the Traitor site:

“Designed around a 650b fixed wheel, yes you read that correctly, this is the bike you can hammer around town on, jump over stuff, at stuff and do just about anything else on. We chose the 650b wheel because of the added strength offered by using a smaller diameter wheel which also has less toe overlap during barspins without the crazy long top tube. The frame also features oversized tubing, an integrated headset and a disc brake tab on the front fork, for those who want to run a front brake and still throw their bars. More pics and info to come on the one for sure.”

This is intriguing. When I’d heard that Traitor was working on a bike like this, I wasn’t sure what to think. My first reaction was something that was less than stellar. My pre-established opinion on 650 front wheels carried on to this bike, which sight unseen, I assumed would be something that would miss the point.

My main bike is anything but a track bike. It’s a street machine. Not a street machine like this:

But a Street Machine nonetheless.

My daily rider is coming up on 6 years old, an NYCBikes aluminum frame and carbon fork. I got it complete for $450, delivered to Alaska. It’s been ridden hard by my 210 pound body. I’ve gone through wheels, cranks, pedals, everything but the frame and fork. I like it, and it’s been beat to hell. I’m way more gentle on it now than when I got it. I don’t have a bunch of dough to drop on a new bike, and more importantly I am well aware that Aluminum and Carbon are not known for failing lightly. When they fail, they fail catastrophically.  But this isn’t about my bike.

I’m really curious about Traitor’s addition to the field.  I’d like to see one that fit me.  It seems that the 650b wheels might look a little small on a bigger bike?  Touring cyclists haven’t agreed what is better for their uses- 700c, 26″, or 650b, and now maybe the fixed gear community will have one more thing to figure out.  I’d be stoked to check this out- see how it rides, throw myself off some shit, and see if I make the switch.  The theory of the 650bmx is one I can get behind.  The feel is something that will have to be decided.

This looks to be a bike built for the streets.  The fork set up for disc brake routing seems solid, if you are into that kind of thing.  Bar spin the hell out of it, and still stop on a dime.

Some pics can be found below.  And go check out what Traitor is now offering, including a Single Speed Cyclocross bike that looks really good, as well as some antique brown anodizing, and a new drop bar.

Go to Traitor’s site HERE

Continue Reading ...