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Jim C hits send during pumptrack session

17 05 2019

A new pumptrack went up in the outer harbor of Buffalo, NY and by the looks of things it seems to have Jim Cielencki’s seal of approval.

Peep Jim’s smile as he carves through the berm/bowl portion.

And how about this pic?

Jim is just sending it.

Looks like a road trip to Buffalo might be in order.

 

All pics by Nate Peracciny via Jim’s Insta

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Monday minutes

29 02 2016

A few notables popped up over the weekend…things not big enough for a full-blown post but items definitely worth taking note of…

First off…Tribute Bikes released a picture of their new prototype cruiser all built up.

Tribute prototype v2 built upLooks pretty sweet!

I’m so looking forward to seeing the final version of this bad boy.

The next item…not exactly new (it’s from January originally) but new to me at least…is an article on RedBull.com.

It popped up in my Facebook feed over the weekend and it seems like the perfect thing to peruse in advance of the spring digging season: How to build your own backyard pumptrack.

With some deece pics from legendary BMX phototog, Jared Souney, it’s well worth your attention.

Have a gander at that article, re-read the CR post, A primer on how to build a pumptrack and you’ll be tearing up the backyard garden and installing berms and rollers in no time.

Closer to Cruiser Revolution HQ…an announcement came out over the weekend that a warehouse in west Toronto is going to be converted into a “House of Vans” from March 16 to April 2.

houseofvans

The space will feature a skatepark, art gallery and musical performances (Dinosaur Jr. is said to be one). No word on whether or not bikes are allowed but pretty cool news in any event. I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to score some cool kicks there too.

Finally, we’re less than a week out from the Toronto Bicycle Show.

Which means the best part of the annual bike show¬† is also happening…the X-Jam.

It’s always a raucous affair. A crowd full of crazy Canadians with cabin fever and an international cast of riders going off.

I’m looking forward to catching up with old friends and checking out some awesome riding.

I’m also looking forward to seeing Drew B. dropping in from the ceiling again.





A primer on how to build a pumptrack

8 01 2016

We’ve had a soft spot for pumptracks for some time now.

And we’ve checked out some nice ones over the years.

Whether pumptracks can save your marriage…or provide therapy when its on the rocks…I’ll let you decide.

But it’s hard to deny their appeal.

Providing a fun session, regardless of your skill level, is what keeps riders coming back again and again.

Not to mention, their versatility…from city-council supported facilities to rider-built pump tracks in the woods, all the way to tight setups in the backyard…you can pretty much get a pump track going anywhere.

What we haven’t talked about is how to build one…

While there are pumptrack tips scattered throughout the web, this video by Phil Kmetz does a great job explaining the thinking behind it and some good guidelines to follow when building your own pumptrack.

Granted, you may not have access to some of the tools that Phil uses but you can still get a lot out of it.

Heck, he even explains how to make “wife-friendly”…so maybe it can save your marriage after all!





The UK has the right idea

4 10 2011

Spotted this sweet pumptrack vid on a VintageBMX thread today.

Talk about an awesome setup!

Word has it that these tracks are popping up all over the UK….and they’re paid for by the local city councils!

Not only that, you can get a decent cup of tea there too…maybe it’s time for a visit.





Forget Dr. Phil, build a pumptrack!

6 09 2011

Back in February, we discussed Can a pumptrack save your marriage?

But what happens when your marriage is…how do I put this delicately?…on the rocks?

Well, if you’re like Jon Maglio and already have a simple pumptrack in your backyard, you get digging! Breaking out the shovel and getting his pumptrack super dialed with more flow and obstacles was Jon’s preferred form of therapy.

Just check out this video. Judging by the smile on his face at the end, this form of therapy was more effective than anything Dr. Phil could’ve recommended.





Holiday happenings

29 12 2010

Hope everyone had a good holiday with friends and family.

I must still be in holiday mode because, after poking around the internet, I realized there was a bunch of stuff going on in the 24″ world.

I thought things would be a bit quieter.

I guess BMX rests for no man.

So without further ado, let’s check out what’s going on.

First up, Plussizebmx.com has posted the first installment of Project Model-C.¬† They’re traveling around letting people test drive the Sunday Model-C to give them a taste of how much fun riding can be on on 24″ BMX bike.

Looks like a lot of people are getting converted!

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Second, Robert sent me a note a few days back about his new blog featuring two of my favorite things: pump tracks and gold anodized components!

Check out pumptrackfreedom to read about the trials, tribulations and triumphs of building (and running) a pumptrack.

Robert’s tricked out Model-C with gold Hazard Lites is a real beauty.

Third, with a huge chunk of the U.S. blanketed in the white stuff over Christmas, it only seemed appropriate that Tribute Bikes would post a picture of their retro-style/modern geometry frame in white on Christmas day.

Such a cool-looking frame.

Finally, no Christmas would be complete here at Cruiser Revolution HQ without receiving a bike-related gift. My girl came through in the clutch with this cool bike lane-inspired t-shirt.

Perhaps to commemorate the Cruiser Revolution article in the most recent edition of Fastlane magazine?

Maybe.

Thanks, doll.





Yard work just got more interesting

15 02 2010

Found this vid recently while poking around on vimeo.

It looks like Jason G has got the right idea when it comes to doing yard work.

Check out his sweet backyard pumptrack.