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Rollin’ with the 4130 Sin Series crew

25 09 2015

Beyond walking the aisles of Interbike, checking out the new bikes, parts and trends of the show…one of the high points of the week is meeting up with the crew behind the 4130 Sin City Series ride for night of fun, rolling through the streets of Vegas.

I had to miss it last year (because I had to fly back early for a wedding) but I had my fingers crossed that the stars would align and I would be able to ride this year.

4130 Sin Series ride 2015 shrt

Well, the stars did align.

And, like he has in the past, Mike Leonard came through for me with a bike I could borrow for the night, along with a lift to the meetup spot.

(That’s Mike on the right…not sure why our skin looks like we’re under heat lamps..must be the Vegas lights.)

4130 Sin Series ride 2015 wv

The group was smaller this year (I heard there was  a race nearby that drew away a lot of people that would’ve participated) but it didn’t diminish the fun in the slightest.

4130 Sin Series ride 2015 pit

It was good to catch up with Sal and Cactus, who I had rode with on previous rides.

4130 Sin Series ride 2015 ft

The night was a blast…out in the elements, experiencing the crazy lights of the strip, the high fives of passersby and a good laugh with the other people on the ride.

Definitely a good time.

Let’s do it all again next year!

(All pics by Mike Leonard)

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BMX Race cruisers at Interbike

24 09 2015

While not as big a showing as previous years, Interbike did have its share of BMX race cruisers on display this year.

Probably the most eye-catching was the Free Agent Limo. Featuring a bright colorway (compared to more recent years) and a new fork (I think) this is FA’s flagship race cruiser and it looks every bit the part.

Free Agent Limo 24 Interbike

Over at Redline, the workhouse of the race lineup, the Redline Proline 24 was on display. Solid, bang-for-your-buck race machinery right there.

Redline Proline 24 Interbike

At Hyper, it looks like the oil-slick colorway lives on (I kinda think it might be past its due date tho) with a 24″ kitted out with Snafu components.

Hyper 24 Interbike

At GT, the entry-level 24″ Mach One was on display. I was kinda hoping to see the Speed Series Pro 24 in the booth…but alas, they only had the 20″ version. I do dig that copper on white colorway on the Speed Series Pro 24.

GT Mach One 24 Interbike





The not so usual suspects

23 09 2015

There were a couple of noteworthy things I spotted on the periphery of my “cruiser-oriented lens” at Interbike this year.

One was The Dash from Bombtrack Bicycle Company (an outfit connected with We The People).

It’s billed as a “fixed freestyle street weapon” but can be converted into an “urban 26″ single-speed machine”.

In other words, a cruiser then?

This is a real nice-looking machine.

Bombtrack Dash Interbike

Full cro-mo frame, fork and bars with a liberal sprinkling of Salt components. The tan tires, remininscent of the new, limited edition tan Stolen Joint tires are the icing on the cake.

You can definitely see the BMX influence on this bike and it might be an option to consider if you swap out the fixed driver with a cassette (I think it comes with a removable brakes, even though they’re not on the display).

On the smaller end of things, GT had a race bike built up with then new OS20 wheels they’ve been experimenting with for some time (see this previous Mike Day post for more details).

GT OS20 Interbike

While it seems a bit odd that the racing side of things can’t fully embrace the current wave of enthusiasm for 22″ bikes (in the freestyle/trails side of BMX) due to an arbritary…and dare I say it…archaic mandatory wheel size standard. It was definitely cool to see this bike built up with the new wheel size just skirting 22″.

On a side note, I have heard that you might be able to get the OS20 wheels to work on some of the mid school-era trails frames — with the longer dropouts —  so I’m curious to see if people might start experimenting with these new wheels on old frames sitting around. It would be a neat thing to try out.

So, a couple things outside of the “cruiser mileu”…but two things that definitely have some cross-over elements into this part of riding.





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