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Stop the presses: a 26″ custom Trail Boss

29 07 2014

Hot damn…this is one awesome looking bike.

Standard Bykes built up this custom 26″ Trail Boss for artist Chris Piascik and featured it a short while ago on their Facebook feed.

I’m actually kinda speechless about this bike, I’m digging on it so hard.

Chris Piascik's custom 26in Trail Boss(pic from Standard Bykes Facebook feed)

I don’t have all the particulars on it, geo-wise, but Standard has said in the comments regarding this bike that:

If we get a few guys into ordering these we’ll do a “stock” run of them…which means regular stock pricing!

Stock pricing? This bike is getting more tempting by the minute.

I have to stop looking at the picture.

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Back when I was a zine fiend

24 07 2014

It all started innocently enough.

Back in the late 80s/early 90s, Freestylin’ magazine would run articles on zines (small, indy-style, xeroxed publications) that riders were producing for their local scenes.

I was intrigued by them and managed to get a few through the mail. It was cool seeing the different scenes out there and the unique ways that people would put stuff together.

Time passed and one summer, while catching a freestyle team doing a bike shop tour (was it Haro, GT? I can’t remember…) someone handed my a copy of the iconic AGGRO RAG zine.

Wow.

I was blown away.

It was so good.

I had to get in on this action.

I quickly started amassing pictures, images and anything else I could think of.

I threw it together old-school style with scissors and glue-stick and took it off to a local printer to do a print run.

zines

I handed them out whereever I could, mailed them off to people and even sent a few off to the big mags at the time, GO and BMX Plus.

Then…nothing

I’m not sure what I expected at that point but I was hoping for some kind of response. I heard back from a few people that they liked it but that was it.

A few months passed.

Then…out of the blue…I started getting multiple letters a day for people asking about the zine (remember this was before email took off). I couldn’t figure out why.

Then finally, someone gave me a clue…”I read your letter in BMX Plus!

BMX Plus! had printed my letter, address and all, and people were into checking out my little old zine.

I was stoked.

And then I realized I had to make issue #2.

That started off a 6-year journey of sporadic publishing, writing about contests and crazy road trips and all the associated shenanigans that come with it.

It was  a good time.

I miss it sometimes.





Sneak Peek: 2015 Ssquared CEO 24

23 07 2014

Ssquared has built up quite a following in the race community over the past few years.  They have a reputation for solid bikes that have a geometry that people really seem to dig.

2024 BMX mag snagged a sneak peek of the 2015 Ssquared CEO 24 and featured it on their Twitter feed a few days back.

Looks pretty nice.

Check it out.

2015 Ssquared CEO 24

 





Sneak Peek: 2015 Fairdale Taj Cruiser

17 07 2014

Fairdale Bikes recently put out a preview of their 2015 lineup and part of that preview included the 2015 Taj Cruiser.

The Taj is now in an eye-catching red and features Odyssey grips, seat, pedals, brakes and levers. It will be available as a complete and as a frame and fork kit.

2015 Fairdale Taj spec shotsAnd while complete specs and geometry will be released later (probably around Interbike in September, I’m guessing) the preview does promise that the Taj Cruiser features:

“Wheelie Poppin’, Curb Hoppin’ Track Certified Geometry.”

That’s good enough for me.

2015 Fairdale Taj complete

Check it out.

 





Big Ripper getting a big-time launch party

10 07 2014

A bike launch party hosted by a rock star?

This might be a first.

The SE Big Ripper is getting the rock star treatment.

But when you’re the biggest cruiser in the SE fleet, maybe a big-time event is what you need.

As you might recall, we first talked about SE’s collaboration with Travis Barker back in January. It was a special project called the TB x Famous Stars and Straps Big Ripper bike.

Barker’s no stranger to BMX, or to riding SE Bikes, as he was known to roll on an SE Big Ripper prior to this project.

Now Travis is ready to give it a proper launch at Brooklyn Projects (on Melrose Avenue) in Los Angeles on July 12th.

Big Ripper release party

The event promises a meet and greet with Travis Barker himself, limited edition tees (only available at the event) and a bike giveaway. I’m sure The Wildman, Todd Lyons, will also be in the house which should also liven up things.

Sounds like a good time to me. Check it out if you’re in the area.





First look: 2015 SE Floval Flyer

3 07 2014

Hot damn!

Just spotted this sneak peek photo of the 2015 Floval Flyer from SE Bikes.

I’m not sure how much it has changed spec and geometry-wise from the 2014 model but I’m sure digging on the look.

The new-for-2015 high polished frame makes this bike look dialed.

Can’t wait to see one of these completes up close!

2015 SE Floval Flyer