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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.

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Sneak Peek: Another Tribute Bikes teaser

11 02 2016

We got the first photo tease of the new Tribute Bikes Prototype cruiser back in April.

They’ve been busy working on and testing the Prototype since then.

Today, Tribute released photos of the latest iteration of their new prototype frame.

Tribute prototype frame fork stemFor now, colors choices are going to be raw or black.

Tribute protype bottom bracketI’m digging this bottom bracket and chain stay junction.

Tribute prototype headtubeHead tube drilled for a Gyro.

Tribute prototype brake staysRemovable brake mounts.

Tribute prototype seat tubeClean welds.

Tribute prototype frames stemsLooks pretty dialed.

Did I mention that the front triangle is entirely Reynolds tubing?

No?

It is.

Nice.

The specs:

  • 74 degree head tube
  • 71 seat tube angle
  • 21.98″ top tube
  • 13″ bottom bracket
  • 14 mm dropouts
  • Removable brake mounts

The back end is designed to fit 2.25-2.30 tire.

And depending on the gearing you choose, you’re looking at a chain stay length of 14 to 14.125″. ( She’s got a tight rear end.)

I’m pretty stoked on this.

Can’t wait to see the final version.





Sneak peek: Tribute prototype tease

24 04 2015

Tribute Bikes put the word out yesterday that they have a new prototype 24″ frame, ready for testing.

While specs have yet to be finalized, it looks like some details have been more or less confirmed (at least if the specs in the teaser image are correct…).

Here’s what we know so far (spec-wise):

  • Top tube: 21.98″
  • Chain stay: 14.25″
  • Stand-over: 9.5″
  • Bottom bracket: 13″ (TBD)

Other notables?

Well, how about Reynolds 853 tubing, removable brake mounts, and a “top-secret chain stay yoke”?

Hmm…I wonder what the scoop is on that last part.

Tribute 24inch prototypeLooks pretty interesting, in any event.

Hopefully we’ll see Tribute rider, Mike Leonard on one of these soon for some street-level torture testing.

 





A nice backdrop makes all the difference

17 07 2013

Most dirt jumping pictures have similar backdrops…trees, mounds of dirt…in Henderson, Nevada the backdrop is a little different.

This local spot, the Monkey Face jump, kinda has an ugly name, but it sure makes up for it with its beautiful scenery.

Mike Leonard Monkey Face JumpTribute Bikes rider, Mike Leonard blasts one out at the Monkey Face for your viewing pleasure. Sal Alvarado, behind the lens, captures the moment for posterity.





Mike Leonard airing out

10 04 2013

Mike Leonard has been stepping up his game lately and it’s starting to show with some cool riding pictures popping up from his homebase in the Las Vegas area.

Here’s a cool shot taken by his good friend and riding buddy, Sal Alvarado.

Airing out of the world famous Dick n Balls bowl at Pro Park, this pic has style all over it.

Mike Leonard airing out

And now receiving support from Tribute Bikes, Mike makes sure to tilt his wheel just so to highlight the Tribute STP Forks he’s running. A true professional.





4130 Subway Series hits the 3-year mark

12 01 2013

Three years already…Wow.

The world famous 4130 Subway Series ride celebrates its 3-year anniversary tonight.

4130 3-year anniversary patch

The 4130 Subway Series is pure BMX and that’s been the secret of its success.  Looking back at a CR post talking about it in 2010, nothing’s changed:

….cruising the neighborhood with friends.

Nothing quite replaces the joy of roaming the streets, hitting spots and feeling free as you roll along on your bike.

The 4130 Club has captured all those things in their monthly rides.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a street rider, a racer, old school or new school…all are welcome and the positive vibe is contagious.

4130 sin city ride with Randy Franklin

(Randy Franklin and me (Ed) all smiles at the 4130 Sin City Ride).

That being said, I’m kicking myself for not being down there with the 4130 Chromies for what I’m sure will be an epic ride.

I’m sure even while I’m typing this, people are already doing the final checks on their bikes and making their way down to the meet-up spot in Hollywood.

4130 3-year anniv. plate & Mayor's ride

The main man behind the 4130 ride,The Mayor of Hollywood will be rolling on his sweet twin top tube Tribute 24, complete with a custom 3-year anniversary plate from Crit. (As you can see, Morty the guard dog will ensure no one messes with it before the ride begins.)

So if you’re riding tonight, be safe and have fun.

If you’re not riding, start thinking about when you can attend a 4130 ride in the future. This a must-do for any BMXer!

For more on the 4130 Subway Series, check out 4130 Subway Series is pure BMX and 4130subwayseries.com.





Wayne Keller killing it

9 07 2012

Straight out of Florida and the creative mind of Wayne Keller, we’ve got a brand new edit that Wayne describes as “random footage of same old stuff in a new year.”

I think you’ll agree that description doesn’t quite do it justice.  In fact, I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll have a smile on your face and ready to go ride after watching this.

For more on Wayne, check out his blog, carrot-bag.blogspot.com

And for more on the bike he’s riding, check out Tribute Bikes.