I'll start my trip coverage with a play by play of Saturday's So Cal downtown Los Angeles race.
On Saturday, Amy and I headed out to the Velocross race up at the National Sports Center in Blaine for the Midwest Single Speed Championships. We brought our tent, super-pro btw, some dontus, demo bikes and three cases of beer and got after it.
This weekend at Homey Fall Fest (a drunk mtb drinking thing here in MPLS) I came across this sweet Nature Boy that the owner had customized with some World Champ stripes. Few things get me stoked as when someone has taken one of our bikes and made it truly unique and theirs.
If you want to lay hands on a Thunderdome when they hit this December (and believe me, you do), the prebook just went live and we'd like to encourage you to get in touch with your local bike shop and have them reserve one for you. Thunderdome MSRP $650 Competition Velodrome Frameset
This past Friday I organized my annual Halloween alleycat, Track or Treat, here in Minneapolis. It was a 13.5 mile sprint course with time penalties for non-fix and non-costume. 50 racers showed up to race the streets, raise money for Chuey, and party their faces off. Daniel Murphy was there to shoot images and he captured a bunch of All-City's, and some fine party portraits. Have a peek.
Yesterday evening was a cold rainy fall day here in Minneapolis. On the ride home I was wearing what I rode to work in: a long sleeve wool jersey, cut off Dickies knickers, a wind jacket, and medium wool socks. Only a half mile in, the exposed skin on my legs started stinging and bumming me out something fierce.
This past Saturday, the Mnneapolis Bicycle Messenger Association held their annual Homecoming part at One on One. It was fancy clothes, four kegs, and yours trully pumping out the mega jams. Here is the photographic evidence of a very boozy evening. In case you were wondering why I didn't make the 9:30am start to my cross race on Sunday, now you know.
One thing we love over at ol' All-City way are photos of our customer's builds. We're always stoked to see how someone has customized their All-City for their daily life and needs. In this edition, we have two Mr. Pinks, some Space pony's, two Nature Boy's, and a Big Block.
Another Interbike is in the books, and this year was a weird one as we elected not to have a booth which meant I accidentally drank my face off and am still in a bad way.
This past Saturday I had the pleasure of attending the 6th Annual Babes in Bikeland here in Minneapolis. For those of you living under rocks, Babes is the largest all female alleycat in the world with 370 some women participating this year. We here at AC have been long time supporters, and were once again stoked to be a part of it.
The other day I was messing around with my winter bike / fixed gear commuter, the first ever All-City frame Big Block prototype number 1. This thing has seen 4 winters now and keeps going strong. I figured I'd take the opportunity to shoot some photos and show how the bike has evolved over the years.
Just like the title says. We be doing Bandit Cross this Thursday down at ye' ol Hobo Camp in Bryn Mawr Meadows, and afterwards are heading to Fulton Brewery for the MPLS premier of the movie. This past Saturday we finished prepping the course, and it's definitely going to be the best race yet on the Hobo Camp course.
Just wanted to say big ups to our man Craig Etheridge who took his second World Cycle Messenger Championship this past weekend in Chicago. Craig's our team rider out of Seattle, a cyclocross honch, and one of the nicest dude's you'll ever meet. We couldn't be happier for him!
I'm back in action, after surviving the 2012 Cycle Messenger World Championships in Chicago this past weekend. While I firmly plan on doing a day by day breakdown of my trip in the coming posts, I figured I'd first get all up at you with ten of my absolute favorite shots from the weekend
The race page and info is up for this year's All City Championship bike party weekend. We're down to the final two weeks to go, and this year's event is shaping up to be bigger and better. We've got more sponsors, more community support and there shall be more radness than ever before.
Hello folks, I'm pleased to announce that on August 16th we'll be running Bandit Cross down at our old stomping grounds of Hobo Camp in the Bryn Mawr Meadows.
So I just got back from Saddle Drive, a dealer event in Utah. I was out there for eight days, because prior to doing the dealer portion of the event, we had sales camp where we teach the sales reps about our line and dealer programs and such. Brother let me tell you, while the mountains are purty, the alltitude, heat, and 3.2 beer begin to wear on you after a while. It was a marathon of good friends, climbs, descents, and binge drinking.
The girlfriends of the Minneapolis Bike Messenger Association (MBMA), in collaboration with One on One Bike Studio, are proud to offer up their men and announce the debut of a project so delightfully erotic, you may be enticed to hop in the saddle for a nice, long ride with the next strappin’ young cyclist that bikes by. ‘The Full Package: Men of the MBMA Revealed’ is the grittiest 2013 calendar of tactful erotica showcasing Minneapolis’ finest and fastest cycle couriers
The second annual Powderhorn 24, a 24 hour alleycat (well it's a fixed course so it's not really an alleycat) was held this past weekend in my neighborhood in South Minnie. The idea carried over from the Riverwest 24 in Milwaukee which I've been lucky enough to participate in for the last three years. The event is not only intended to be a celebration of the cycling culture, but to be a neighborhood building event as well.
One of my favorite things about June is the now annual trip to Vilas County Wisconsin with the crew from Minneapolis. The agenda is simple: ride and drink our faces off. While I'm sitting on a ton of photos from the weekend, and of my longest loaded (the bike not me) excursion on the Space Horse to date, I figured I'd hit you up first with a few of my favorites from the weekend, which I posted last night to my personal blog.
On Saturday, the qualifiers, open (non messenger) Championships, an amazing dinner, and afterparty all took place. Like the rest of the days in Richmond this one was just freaking packed with activity. Let's get into it.
The first day ended up with my drunk ass sleeping on a terrible little mini couch with a slant, colloquially (sp?) known as the "dog couch." The second day found me waking up gasping for water to soothe my carpet mouth after a knock at the door. Who was it?
This past weekend, I left Minneapolis on Thursday to attend the North American Cycle Courier Championships in Richmond, VA. For All-City this was a special NACCC's as family member Stu Louder was one of the principle organizers of the event. As with all good travels this trip saw me home sunburned, dehydrated, exhausted, content, and wanting to be a better community member and person. The sunburned/exhausted part needs no explanation, so let me now expound upon the latter mentioned.
I will be out of the office until next week as I'm heading to Richmond for the annual North American Cycle Courier Championships taking place this year in Richmond, VA. This year our man Stu Louder has a big hand in the organizing and we'll be there to support him and run a checkpoint during the race. If you're going and you see me around, please say hello.
While we over at All-City don't have the best looking models, we do happen to have the best looking kits in the game. If you want to look good this year and for year's to come, get to your shop and ask them to order up some. Our jerseys and bibs are made in the U.S.A. in partnership with local homies Twin Six.
Though, as I have mentioned before, much of the inspiration for our product comes from cycling history (in 130 years or so of the safety bicycle, technology has evolved and changed in fabulous ways), a lot of inspiration for our product comes from our personal fleets of and experience with bicycles. With that said: Meet Doctor Rockso
On Monday our Japanese distributor Motocross Intl, got a hold of us to ask us to create an ad for the Space Horse for the upcoming issue of Pedal Speed, a super rad Japanese publication. Not being happy with our current Space Horse photo assets, I took advantage of a lovely Minnesota overcast morning yesterday to go out and nab some Space Horse glamour shots.
Check out this video from our friends at GSC. Make sure to note Ty getting after it on a NB Zona.
Here are a few selected images from this past weekend's Bandit Cross race down by Fort Snelling State Park. About 20 people showed, 9 raced, and except for one pissy pants bystander who was kicking all of the cones into the woods, the whole thing went off quite well with minimal notice from the patrons of the dog park.
The last day of my LA Trip was race day for the LA marathon Crash Race. For those of you not familiar, the Crash race follows the course of the LA Marathon. The night/morning of the race at 3am, hundreds (they're claiming 1800 this year) of cyclists converge at Tangs donuts to race the blocked off marathon course.
On Thursday night of my LA trip All-City helped put on a little grill out at Golden Saddle Cyclery. Kyle's a bro, and I have been wanting to check out his new store since all of the photos that I've seen of it have been so spectacular. The real thing didnt dissappoint as they have tons of rad shit for bike geeks to eyeball. Check out some photos from the event and the shop.
One of the shops I was really excited about finally getting to see in person was Orange 20 in L.A.. Orange 20 has been a huge player in the development of the cycling scene in Los Angeles, we've been dealing with them for years, and recenlty they started carrying more of our complete bikes in the shop.
One of the concepts that I've been super into the past few years is the idea of "Classic Style." Things that look great and will always look great, garments that never go out of style. Black jeans, flannels, Chuck Taylor's, Ray Ban Wayfarers, etc. These are just classic looks.
One of the things I was really excited about on this trip was finally getting to see the Citygrounds stores. Citygrounds sells a ton of our stuff and have been huge supporters since day one of All-City's existence, not to mention that Paul and Jack are great dudes and some of my favorite peeps in the bike industry.
Sorry I've been dragging on getting photos up from my LA trip, it's been a crazy week as my house got robbed (we're all fine) and our Hedgehog passed away. I'll make sure to hit it hard next week. In the meantime check out this montage that Kyle of Golden Saddle Cyclery put together of images from the GSC X All-City barbeque last Thursday.
I know it's been a while, but I'm back with another Music Appreciation post. Today's subject is Dead Moon, the legendary Seattle DIY punk band from Portland Oregon. I was only recently introduced to Dead Moon as several of my buddies have been procuring lp's from their recently reissued back catalog.
Since it's Monday, let's play another exciting round of Customer's Builds. These are photos sent in by All-City riders and we would love to now share some of them with you. On the docket (sp?) today are two Big Block's, one Nature Boy, and one of the first Mr. Pink's to be submitted. Let's Go!
The "Buff" exists in every city, it is the eradication of Graffiti from our environment. The "Buff" is the brown roller paint that mutes murals, it is the process of taking a dull color and censoring expression. Eavesdrop on the visual dialogue between the artist and his enviornment in this tumultuous and storied relationship.
There is something that I have been dying to tell you, however there's no point in even telling you anymore since I'm sure you can see the title of this post. Holy shit, am I excited that this monstrous shit kicker of a road race bike is finally available in complete bike trim.
This is the third and final installment of the series on the All-City Space Horse dropout. We have so far covered initial concept exploration and design development both in the sketchbook as well as in virtual mediums.
The other day I spotted this sick Gator pro model sitting at the Fulcrum sales dude's (Mike) desk. At first I was stoked simply because it's the model that everyone who skated during that time wanted, but then he put me beyond stoked when he told me that this was in fact owned and ridden by Gator himself. Not only that but it makes an appearance (being ridden by someone else) in the famous Suicidal Tendencies video Institutionalized.
This is the second installment of a three-part series on the development of the All-City Space Horse dropout. Today, we go from the physical sketchbook to the virtual 3D modeling program.
All-City Product Development works tirelessly to bring to you, the people, the raddest product possible. We thought it would be cool to give some insight into our design process through the blog. We obsess over details- sometimes to the point where they become projects of their own. So begins the story of the Space Horse dropout...
As we move into geared bikes it only made sense to continue with our tradition of creating our own signature dropouts. For most companies these are unnecessary and silly expenses but we feel that it's these frame details that make an All-City standout from the crowd and give our bikes their character and archival quality. When you're looking at a vintage frameset and see that Campagnolo dropout you know you're looking at a quality piece. It's our love for these sorts of bike geek moments that leads us to making the investment in our own stainless steel forgings.
If you've been following along, you know that our man Corey is down in Texas with Prolly and the crew from Long Beach. He's been absolutely killing it down there as these photos that have popped up on Prolly is Not Probably over the last week have shown. Well yesterday he was doing an over rail to fire cracker and got hung up on his second attempt (after making the first)
Our buddy Prolly recently did a nice post on Ty from Golden Saddle Cyclery's Nature Boy Zona for his blog Prolly is not Probably. The photo above was from a separate post and was shot by Brian Vernor. It's of Ty in action on this lovely machine. Here are the photos from Prolly
So as you may know, I organize a bunch of grassroots illegal cyclocross races throughout the year in Minneapolis. Recently the video crew from the QBP mothership asked if I'd be interested in making a video about the series. As this is something that I deeply love and wish to spread the idea that any a-hole can throw a race and do something positive for their cycling community, I of course said "Yes." The full length (for a short) isn't done yet, but they just released this little trailer.