This is where things go off the chain

31 05 2013

Peter Ulbrich spent some time out at the BMX track…but he wasn’t practicing gate starts and doing sprints.

He had a different type of riding in mind.

Then to keep things interesting, he goes for it without a chain.

The “Send me an Angel” soundtrack is a nice touch too. (Thanks to Cale Avery Schindler for the heads up on these.)

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Volume Hessian 26: coming this summer

29 05 2013

Ever since my Walnut Creek session aboard Buddy Sardenga’s old Volume Sledgehammer, I’ve been thinking about 26″ cruisers.

Following that session, I noticed Stephen Browning mentioned something about the new Volume Hessian 26 on the CR Facebook page, and my interest was piqued.

What does Volume have planned?

Word on the street is that Volume is retiring the much beloved Sledgehammer from its lineup and replacing it with the Hessian 26 (some time this summer).

Volume Hessian 26

No details yet on specs but it’s said to be similar in handling to the Sledgehammer but at a lower price point.  The Volume site does say that it has “a shorter and wider rear end, allowing room for the fat 2.3” street tires”, so that’s a good sign.

In terms of parts, Volume has indicated that aftermarket parts, such as the Volume Staple top load stem, Demolition Trooper Nylon pedals, and the Odyssey Springfield brake system are all standard but has been tight-lipped about the rest of the parts assortment.

With big-wheel aficionados, like Trent Brocker, Buddy Sardenga and the TwoFourFlat crew of Joe Cicman and Danny Sirkin, all riding a 26″ Volume  recently (and tearing things up in their own unique way on it) you know that this Volume will probably be a bike worth checking out.

I, for one, will be keeping my eyes peeled for its release.





Check out the tight rear end on this one

22 05 2013

By Ed Vandermolen

The Emer Swift is a bit of a departure from typical cruisers in that it has one of the shortest chain stay lengths available in a 24″.

Clocking in at tight 13.75″, I don’t think I have seen chain stays this short since the photos of the Greg Melms-designed  frame that were floating around the internet in 2009.

Emer swift Emer Swift Brixton Billys

The rest of the specs are:

  • 21.25″ top tube
  • 74.5 degree head tube angle
  • 73 degree seat tube angle
  • 11.5″ bottom bracket height.

If you’re into manuals this may be just the ticket.

To see it in action, check out this video of the Emer Swift cruiser getting a workout by Brixton Billy, Chico Hooke and Will Herman.

For more details on London-based Emer BMX company, visit their website, www.emerbmx.com





From this angle it’s even radder

17 05 2013

A while back we featured a picture of Jim Cielencki riding this tricky feature in House Park (in Austin).  It was a pic that was originally posted on the Sunday Bikes site.  In that post, we said that:

you have to take off early and pull out far enough to clear the bars. And just to keep things interesting, it narrows at the top and goes over-vert!

It all the makings of a rad shot and for that it certainly delivered.

House Park Jim C

To give you a better understanding of how truly rad this shot is, I took a pic of this feature from an another angle during my trip to Austin last week.

House Park pizza slice featureLooking at it from this angle, just makes it seem even sicker!  Talk about a tight setup.





Austin Texas picture show

16 05 2013

After hearing so many good things about Austin, Texas I finally made a trip out there to check it out for myself.

I was a little worried that my expectations were too high but it turns out that Austin really is a great place if you’re into BMX…and cruisers in particular.

Austin teeActually, Austin is a great place if you’re into bikes of any kind.

Unlike a lot of cities, Austin seems to go out of its way to promote bicycling. People bike everywhere and bike racks are plentiful….I don’t think I have ever seen bike racks set up in front of a bar before but in Austin that’s commonplace.

Bicycle friendlyBut as a BMXer, I was kinda blown away by how much BMX is part of the everyday fabric there.

Walking by a women’s clothing store downtown there was an immaculate old school Skyway T/A just sitting in the window as part of the display.

Skyway in windowGo down to the 6th st., a bar and restaurant area,  and you’ll see tricked-out 24s, like this Liquid, just locked up outside the restaurants.

Liquid on 6th street

Heck, you’ll even see cruisers hanging from the ceiling in some bars. Check this out:

Cruisers in the barHop on one of the city buses and you’re likely to see a cruiser sitting on the bike rack.

SE on busAnd you would you believe that a local brewer has come out with a cruiser-themed beer? Yes, it’s true. In Austin you can  pick up a Firemans 4.

Firemans 4 can

A beer that was made to honor Austin’s own, Firemans Texas Cruiser bikes.

Firemans Texas CruzerAdd in great places to ride, like the 9th street trails

9th street…and Walnut Creek

Buddy Walnut Creekand pair that with friendly, laid-back locals, it’s hard to go wrong.

Buddy (pictured above), not only shredded everything in sight at Walnut Creek but was also kind enough to let me borrow a bike and drive me out to the trails. Thanks man!

(I wish I could’ve captured a better shot of his riding but rest assured Buddy was taking care of business at Walnut Creek.)

If that weren’t enough, Austin’s live music scene is off the charts, not only is Austin home to multiple music festivals, but it’s also home to a record number of live music venues. Just walking around town you’re bound to find a musician or band that blows you away….it happened to me more than once on this trip.

FairdaleAnd the food!

Austin is well-known for its food trucks, BBQ, tacos (which you can eat for every meal of the day)…you name it…you will find something that strikes your fancy here.

Salt Lick and Firemans 4

Do I need to say more?

Frankly, I’m just trying to figure out when I can go back.





Rasta 24 revisited

10 05 2013

Last year, Chris Ehlbeck sent in a photo of his Rasta Model-C.

It was a pretty rad bike back then, but Chris has made some updates to make his Rasta-inspired Sunday Model-C even cooler!

Check it out.

Rasta Model C Cruiser Revolution

Here’s the parts breakdown:

  • Frame: 2012 Sunday Model C
  • Forks: S&M Pitchfork
  • Bars: Banned Colt 45
  • Stem: Cult Salvation
  • Grips: Cult Dehart
  • Brakes: Odyssey Evo 2, Mono lever & Slic cable
  • Rims: Odyssey Quadrant
  • Tires: Odyssey Aitken and P-Lyte
  • Cranks: Odyssey Twombolt
  • Pedals: Mission
  • Sprocket: Cult
  • Chain: Cult half link
  • Seat: Cult Dehart
  • Seat Post: Animal wedge pivotal

Special mods: Chris designed the Rasta C decals and had them made by a local business.





Messing around in Texas

6 05 2013

By the time you read this, I’ll probably be somewhere between San Antonio and Austin, Texas (Have to see the Alamo after all).

I’m spending a week in Austin for a little R&R and to see the sights.

texas_don't mess wih TX

So if you happen across a guy (that resembles the dude in the photo below) asking for directions to 9th street, House Park or Empire BMX…that’s probably me.

Fast Eddie

If you have the inside line on some good BBQ, a good band playing or whatever…help a brother out and let me know in the comments below.

Any Austin recommendations are welcome.