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WTP’s beach cruiser-inspired Avenger

21 09 2015

One of the first booth’s I made a beeline to at Interbike this year was We The People. I had heard rumors that We The People were going to have two (TWO!) cruisers in their lineup this year.

Avenger sideWhen I got to the booth those rumors were confirmed…not only was the 24″ Atlas returning to the lineup (more on that in a bit) but We The People (WTP) had put together a real…dare I say it?…show-stopping 26″ cruiser. Employing the Avenger name used on cruisers in previous model years, this particular iteration is like no previous version of the Avenger.

2016 WTP Avenger frontTaking style cues and inspiration from classic Laguna beach cruisers, WTP combined old school elements with modern-day tech to make a fun bike perfect for chill riding sessions and cruising the neighborhood.

To make the ride more responsive than the typical beach cruiser, WTP raised the bottom bracket a bit and tightened the rear end a bit.

Avenger drivetrainTo keep the looks classic, a quill stem, American bottom bracket, and bear-trap pedals were used.

Avenger headtubeAnd could you put a pivotal seat on a bike like this?

No way.

WTP got it right by going with a standard seat/seat post combo.

Avenger seatAdding sealed bearings throughout keeps things trouble-free.

Avenger hub

It just makes you wanna get behind the bars and cruise, don’t it?

Avenger handlebarsWTP has made some great cruisers throughout the years but I have to say this one has really got me stoked.

I’m a sucker for shiny blue frames and tanwall tires too…so I can’t help being smitten by this bike.

The specs/particulars:

The frame on the Avenger is a full Hi-ten frame with a Cr-Mo downtube, the fork and bar are both 100% Cr-Mo.

  • Head tube: 72 degrees
  • Seat tube: 73 degrees
  • Top tube: 23.15″
  • Chain Stay: 17.15″
  • BB Height: 20mm
  • Stand Over Height: 14.75″
  • Weight: 29.9 lbs
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Interbike bound

16 09 2015

I’ll be in Las Vegas by the time you read this, cruising the aisles of Interbike.

Expect a full recap next week.

Until then, keep your eyes on the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for highlights, teasers and other randomness.

Interbike Press sign





Brooklyn Machine Works brings back a 24

14 09 2015

It’s been a minute since Brooklyn Machine Works has had a 24″ cruiser in its lineup (they offered a cruiser in 1997 and later, their Pooky cruiser in 2004) but it looks like the wait has been worth it!

The company, backed by Pharrell Williams and Nigel Sylvester, has a history of interesting bikes and projects.

This cruiser, built in the USA, is no different. Constructed out of 4130 Cro-Mo, it features all the modern touches, such as an integrated headset, 14MM dropouts and a mid bottom bracket.

BMW CRUISER MattRaw buildIt has a nice, versatile geometry which means that you can probably ride this bike just about anywhere — street, trails, even the track.

Here’s a breakdown of the specs:

  • Top Tube: 21.8″
  • Head Angle: 73° (Integrated)
  • Seat Angle: 73°
  • Chain Stay: 14.75″-15.25″
  • BB: 12.2″ (Mid)
  • Dropouts: 14mm
  • Brake Mounts: V-Brake

You can score one of these bad boys in Matte Raw, Yellow, Green and Night Sky Blue.

BMW CRUISER YellowBMW CRUISER greenBMW CRUISER NightSky

(I’m digging that Night Sky Blue!)





Scoping out the GT Speed Series Pro 24

9 09 2015

GT  really stepped up the looks of their high-end race cruiser, the Speed Series Pro 24, for 2016.

Starting out with a classic white frame, it’s set off by a nice mix of copper ano components…a nice modern touch we’ve seen more recently on the Redline Asset 24.

That being said, the frame is classic in color only. There’s a lot going on beneath that white colorway.

2016 GT Speed Series

We’re talking alloy hydro-formed and butted tubes, internal quick release seat clamp wedge, a CNC/forged quick change dropout system, BB30, and a tapered 1-1/8″-1-1/2″ integrated head tube. Paired with a set of tapered GT Pro Race Forks, this is a nice starting point for a tricked out speed machine.

Geometry-wise, the Speed Series Pro 24 lines up as follows:

  • Top Tube: 21.8″
  • Head Angle: 73 degrees
  • Seat Angle: 70 degrees
  • Bottom Bracket: 11.7″

Kitted out with a mix of GT, ProMax and Alienation components this bike is ready for battle.

The cool colorway, white & copper, initially caught my eye but this bike has a lot more going for it than its good looks…GT has really put some innovative thinking into this bike (especially the frame) and it’s definitely worth a second look.





Turbo Kid takes you back to the future

3 09 2015

Imagine thumbing through the shelves of dusty old VHS tapes at a video store back in the 80s, stopping at one with a super hero and a  BMX bike on the cover. You smile, grab it, and stroll off knowing you’re in for some cheesy…but oh so fun…entertainment.

If you can go back and put yourself back in that headspace, well then my friend, you’re probably going to love Turbo Kid.

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Billed as a  post-apocalyptic love story set in an alternate version of 1997, it has one retro nod after another.

(Let’s just say hearing “Thunder in your heart” within the first few minutes made me extremely giddy.)

The movie follows the tale of an orphaned teenage forager who, along with his female-robot companion, must fight an evil warlord who controls the only water supply. The evil warlord is played perfectly — which in this case, is completely over the top — by Michael Ironside (who I remember fondly from movies in the 80s and 90s as a biker gang member or some other villian).

Turbo kid couple

Of course there’s plenty of riding throughout the movie as it seems bikes are the only form of transportation in this world. I found myself squinting to make out all the details of the bikes…someone paid a lot of attention to make sure they looked sufficiently retro. (I got a kick out of seeing “Special thanks to Skyway Wheels” in the credits.)

Another nod to the past is the location itself. The movie is a Canada-New Zealand co-production shot in rural Quebec.

Yes, just like the most famous BMX movie to precede it, Turbo Kid was shot in Canada.  It’s enough to make a Canuck BMXer a little teary-eyed.

Program notes:

  • There’s quite a bit of Kill Bill-style bloody gore in this movie so it might not be suitable for younger kids.
  • This movie is on a limited run in most places. Catch it if you can! (Otherwise you can get it on Vimeo)