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I love gold…

5 03 2009

Gold anodized parts that is.

Maybe  it’s because gold seems to be the only thing not tanking in today’s economy or maybe it’s because what’s old is new again…I dunno…but I’m really feeling gold components again. And I’m not the only one. Freestyle legend Taj Mihelich seems to have been feeling the gold vibe for some time now…he’s been rocking gold rims on a number of his past bikes….his current Giant setup being no exception.

I think what got me thinking about/missing gold components is the  ’08 We The People Unified 24″.

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The mix of old and new school on this bike really work for me. Unfortunately, WTP has decided to go with a blue and white combo for ’09.

Perhaps, gold components represent something deeper.  They do if we can trust a BMX academic like Wade Nelson.  When asked by Momentum magazine, “What are the virtues of golden spoke nipples?”  Wade simply responded, “Gold anodized spoke nipples are truth.”

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Truer words were never spoken. Now where can I get a pair of those sweet vintage gold anodized valve caps he’s got on his bike?

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Easy like sunday morning

6 01 2009

Sunday bikes just posted a pic the other day of some samples of the much anticipated Model-C frame.

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Production colors are olive green and silver. Specs are as follows:

  • top tube length: 21.25″ and 21.75″
  • chain stay length 15″
  • head tube angle 75 degrees
  • seat tube angle 71 degreesi
  • bottom bracket height 13.75″

Special 24umph cruiser bars and Morning 24.1 forks will also be available to complement the frame. Release is scheduled for sometime in the spring.

I’m really looking forward to giving one of these frames a spin. According to Jim C. at Sunday these bikes are supposed to ride more like a 20″ and will be a lot more nimble/versatile than a traditional race cruiser.

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I don’t know what it is about this picture that stokes me out so much…is it the cool found terrain? the jaunty toque? Or memories of past mid-winter rides?

Who’s to say? Certainly seems more fun than just riding in a parking garage though.





sunday bloody sunday

19 11 2008

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The interweb has been ablaze lately with the  unveiling of the Sunday Model-C prototype.   Jim Cielincki seems to want to pull the BMX cruiser into the modern age…and it looks like he is on the way to doing it…with better frame geometry and the cool colorways Sunday is famous for. If the pictures he’s been posting lately are any indication I think we are in for a treat when these go in to production….I mean just check out the toothhanger above…this isn’t just a converted race cruiser…this thing is ready for some serious street riding.

Jim is solicting feedback on the design of the bike…and judging from the flurry of comments on the Sunday blog — people are not shy about voicing their opinions. Thankfully the tall folks (which full-disclosure — I’m over 6 foot) are weighing in and voting for longish TT lengths…I think people are pretty stoked to finally have the chance to get a cruiser that fits them properly….without having to go the custom built route …and have it stand up to modern riding. Check out the Sunday blog and see what all the fuss is about.





Picture this…

12 11 2008

…sessioning the T-1 ramp on a cruiser. Joe Rich is badass.

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