Shreddin’ Venice on the Stolen Saint

27 04 2012

As I’ve mentioned before, the Stolen Saint 24 is one of favorite bikes right now, as far as completes go.

Good geometry, components and price make for one attractive package and the Saint is starting to get some buzz going because of it.

To build on that buzz and to highlight  how well it rides, Stolen got  their team riders, Sean Morr and JJ Anderwald to cruise around Venice Beach and throw down a few tricks.

Looks like the Saint is ready to go whether you’re riding street or skatepark.

Check it.

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BMX: it’s all just a big fashion show

26 04 2012

I don’t know if it’s a coincidence but in the last couple of weeks a number of fashion/glamour pictures of riders have surfaced.

Sure, BMX has always been a bit trend-driven. From Swatch watches and neon colors in the 80s to the flannel shirt and beanies of street riders today…BMXers have always had a look.

That being said, I never thought I would see the day that a freestyler, like Matthias Dandois ,would have a full-blown fashion spread in GQ magazine rocking, amongst other things, $2500 suits!

Well that day has come, as you can see by this picture.

And racers aren’t being shy about jumping on the fashion bandwagon either.

Check out this picture of Elite Women’s racer, Miki Iibata posing in decidedly non race apparel (I’m pretty sure those heels aren’t compatible with her clipless pedals!)

Miki Ibata

I’m wondering, is this part of a broader trend?

Are BMXers now considered..<cough, cough>…fashionable?

Adjustable race frame: the next big thing?

18 04 2012

Gunslinger Bicycles doesn’t get the same level of hype as some of the other big race frame companies but what they lack in hype is certainly made up for in some innovative ideas in frame design.

For instance, their 3-position adjustable rear dropouts.

A quick adjustment on the dropouts and you can make a significant change to how your bike handles.

According to the Gunslinger website, each frame

feature[s] 3 position adjustable rear dropouts, that allow you to tune the frame head angle and bottom bracket height to match your riding style.

Making a change to how your bike handles takes essentially no time at all. This simple adjustment in the dropout alters both the bottom bracket height and head angle.

Want a slower head angle for more stability in the turns? No problem. Want a more responsive ride? Just raise the bottom bracket slightly.

Definitely some innovative thinking on Gunslinger’s part and something well worth checking out if you take racing seriously.

You can find out more by checking out the Gunslinger Bicycles site or (the latter has a great review on their site…and it’s where I borrowed this picture from).

Praise the Lord

14 04 2012

Looking at this picture, I can’t help but wonder if some intern at the local architectural firm mixed up the blueprints for the new church with the ones for the town’s new skatepark.

(from BMX Museum)

Spot the Cruiser Revolution sticker

11 04 2012

I always find it interesting to see where Cruiser Revolution stickers will turn up.

I was especially amused to see one show up in this picture (found the other day on BMX Museum).

Turns out Rockabilly Jay from S&M put up his beloved custom 22″ TT 38 Special for sale on eBay and he used this promo picture to advertise it.

(Eagle-eyed readers will notice that this is the same bike we featured way back in 2010 on Cruiser Revolution.)

Before you ask, I’m not sure who the model/rider is…but I will say she has excellent taste in knee/shin protection.

Seat posts: where do you stand?

4 04 2012

Seat posts have been getting the shaft in the modern BMX era.  In recent years, seat posts have disappeared nearly as fast as brakes on a new school street bike.

But is the tide starting to turn?

Here and there you will see someone rocking their seat posts proudly…still low by old school standards but higher than what’s been the norm (which for a long time has meant slammed).

Perhaps it’s time to take a poll and find out where you (and your seat post) stand on this issue.

Which racer is using cloak of invisibility?

1 04 2012

In the lead up to the 2012 Olympics, racers, along with the companies and countries they represent, are pulling out all the stops to give themselves the edge going into the big event.

Whether that’s a carbon fiber frame, a 20mm axle set up or top-secret training technique, no stone is going unturned.

To what length are racers going to give themselves an advantage?

Would you believe cloak of invisibility technology?

Cruiser Revolution has uncovered some top-secret spy photos of a racer (nationality unknown) using the cloak of invisibility.

Check out this photo taken at a top-secret training facility in remote area somewhere in Nevada. The red bike is clearly being piloted by an invisible man!

Rumors have been circulating in the smoke-filled backrooms of the BMX industry about how long this technology has been in the works.

No one knows for sure.

But this undated photo clearly shows the unnamed rider piloting an early-90s model Haro.  It also highlights how far the technology has come–in the present day — as the cloak of invisibility, in this iteration, clearly can’t quite cover the rider’s 100% cotton riding attire.

Where will we “see” the invisible rider next?

Again, no one knows for sure.

But it may be sooner than we think.

Check out this photo that ABC News confirms was taken from their special doppler radar satellite orbiting Chula Vista, California this weekend. Satellite coordinates indicate it was taken just outside the Olympic Training Center.

The plot thickens.