Monday, December 29, 2008
A new and brighter color of the ELVS rim ought to be available soon. Its a very light silvery color in daylight and when reflecting, it is over 300% brighter(!!!!!!!) then the current black rims. Photos on friday!
Powdercoat? Maybe. Wait and see.
Friday, December 19, 2008
If you're in NYC and still need to grab some Laek House gear, be sure to support the following shops:
In the E.Village and 'Alphabet' City
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
- Limited run of less then four dozen total
- All black, no art at all.
- Front panel is imported Calamai soft-shell with fleece backing. Optimal insulation and breathability with minimal thickness to insure under helmet fit
- The other three panels of the hat are wool
- Based on a standard four panel cycling cap and a traditional Euro winter hat
- Full brim
- $42.00 + Shipping or directly available at NYC Velo.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
More stuff in the community:
- Brad from Trackstar has opened a restaurant in Greenpoint! Its called Boneshakers (or Snackstar if you're prone to that sort of thing.) What can you expect? No meat! BYOB! Bike lovers! Tattoos! Dope sandwiches! Haven't been yet, but I'm sure he'll have a sweethart or two working there. http://www.brooklynboneshakers.com/
- Abe at Outlier is putting out some fantastic technical yet tastefull pants. Stay tuned to their blog for product updates and check here for a secret pre-order. Well worth it.
- This weekend sees a 5 Boro Generals race, the Graffiti Rider. Have fun, be safe and stay off of my lawn.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
- We have moved the studio out of a shared 'collective' in Long Island City. The situation became regretfully untenable and we had to move.
- Studio is now set up and radder then ever!
- Winter hats by this weekend. Different then other winter hats, our as-of-now-unnamed hats are our standard four-panel hat but with ear flaps, wool and a fleecy soft shell front panel from Calamai. Good stuff and it promises to be the warmest cycling hat ever (seriously, I haven't been this excited since Obama won, oh wait...)
- Obama won!
- The ELVS rim program continues with Velocity. I'm working my hardest to develop a machined side-wall version for use with rim brakes. I actually run a disc brake on my bike but thats a post for another day...
- Empire is the new movie from New York (aka the Empire State).
- Prolly moved his blog (I'll update the side links in a bit)
- Macaframa premiered in NYC. Good shit! The footage was epic and highly memorable (especially Nate's crash.)
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Got an email from Marty Walsh @ GeekHouse earlier today about his collaborative project with Animal NY and Dan Funderburgh to raise monies for the Obama campaign. Marty et al, have built a bike themed around the Obama color scheme (say colorways and I'll get slappy with you) using the new sublimated powder coat thechnique that Marty showcased on the Bandana bike earlier in the year. Its pretty cool and I'm wondering all over the place if there is a way that I can use this new technology in conjunction with ELVS. The bike is on eBay now.
The exclusive, fixed gear masterpiece was hand-built and features original sublimated graphics on the frame and Velocity Deep V wheelset, including a remixed Obama chainring logo on the front. The velodrome-ready bike sports a 55cm Geekhouse Custom 'Rockcity' Frame track frame with 'Yo Marty' fork, a curved seat tube, and comes fully loaded with the following parts:
- Thomson Stem and Post
- SDG Saddle
- Tioga Headset
- Sugino Messenger Cranks/Ring
- MKS Sylvan Track Pedals/Clips
- Continental Tires
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
pulled directly from Hipster Nascar
Saturday Corey. This outfit topped off by oil (I'm told Alexis from Chicago was responsible for that one)
More Saturday Corey. There was a Breast Cancer event sometime on Saturday and the women (in pink) were walking by the pit all morning and early afternoon. Corey is posing with them here.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Dead bird. Inspect it with mallets.
Corey. He was blowing my mind all weekend.
Los Marcos in the full flesh
Malo. Up close.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
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Wednesday, October 1, 2008
- Winter hats: This is being worked out right now. I've sourced some neat wool/softshell materials for the front pieces of the hats. Its a breathable, warm and windproof while not being to thick.
There will be two versions, one with ear-flaps and one without. Both will have the softshell front.
- Hip Pouches: I've been working on one for a little while now and am on the second iteration. What I can tell you now, the bags will have an integrated U-lock holster (built around a Krpto Mini) a reflective element, a tab for a blinkie and a way to carry a pump externally. It will probably have two pockets as well but I'm working this out as I go.
For now, it will built out of vinyl coated truck tarp. Ideally, I'd like to dump all PVC products though and am open to suggestions.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Los Marcos is almost upon us like an errant Nor'Easter!
I won't be playing but I will be courtside with a 'concessions' stand selling innertubes (new in box) and old tires (sold as-is) for $5 a piece. If you're nice, I'll let you use my floor pump and tire levers.
Ken's preliminary schedule for the weekend of Los Marcos. EVERYTHING is subject to change.
Thursday, October 2:
6:00 - 9:00: Pickup games at the Pit.
9:00 - ??? : Karaoke at Hope & Anchor -
Friday, October 3:
10:00am - 6:00pm: Ken is taking the day off from work. Um, good to know? I just hope he showers and maybe washes his pants.
8:00 - ...: Preparty/Registration - Boneshakers: 134 Kingsland ave @ Beadle st - Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This is Bradstar's new Cafe.
Saturday, October 4:
10:00am - registration & pickup & tournament play. No one knows what's going to happen!!!!!!
8:00pm - Polocat. Many points for giving at polocat. It'll be short, sweet, and scenic
10:00pm - Party at East River Bar
Sunday, October 5:
10:00am - tournament continues
3:00-4:00pm - epic East Coast vs. West Coast polo battle
6:00 - tournament ends
6:01 - we start adding up points. Cash bribes still accepted
6:03 - PRIZES
8:00 - Bike Shorts at Monkeytown
Friday, September 26, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
For a while, (at least a year plus) there had been a damaged Ridley Damocles in the bin just getting knocked around. There was noticeable damage on the seat-tube at the clamp and someone had over-torqued the front derailleur clamp and crushed the tube. The Damocles is a $2200 carbon frame and frankly, I've never owned anything that nice in my life. Snaked it (with permission) and brought it home.
So, I had a sweet dust magnet and it sat on my wall for a year. I had heard that carbon fiber (CF) bikes were repairable but there were very few people in this market. After a little research, I contacted Calfee out in CA and had the boys at Affinity box it up and I sent it out.
Just got the quote yesterday. I'm going to fix it. Doooopeness shall abound.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Look for coverage on the following sites:
If you're not familiar, Interbike is the bike industries annual convention. Takes place in Las Vegas. Unlike Eurobike, Interbike is 'private' and open only to industry particpants. What does that mean? Not a whole lot really. If you want to go, talk to the people at your favorite bike shop and ask them if they're attending. Chances are that won't mind putting you on their attendee list. Barring that, you could just tell the organizers that you're a media person and pay your way in. No worries and lots of swag.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
The time has come. The world’s most dangerous polo team is about to return to New York City to eat you alive again. It’s time to start preparing your feeble attempts to dominate them. Bribery helps. Costumes help. Rampant chicanery and outrageous shenanigans will help. If you think you can beat LOS MARCOS POLOS at their own game, then you need to prove it. October 4-5. The Pit. See losmarcospolos.com for more details.
this post was straight up stolen from www.nycbikepolo.com. No shame!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Worked a checkpoint for the METAL race on Saturday night. Brody and I took charge of the cutting checkpoint, located in front of a cemetery in Ridgewood Queens for about 3+ hours. Good times were had and blood flowed in a most metal manner. By the time we left there was blood, beer and sparks on the ground.
Linked on HighSnobriety! Thanks Nick!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Perhaps I'll hit up the Metal Race II on Saturday night? Last year was supposed to have been rad as hell and this should be no exception. I hate metal and I'm considering racing/attending...
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I was in the city and at work (up in the 50s on 7th Ave, real far away from the WTC) that day. We watched the second plane crash on TV. Internet and phones went down for the day and we were let out early. On my walk to Grand Central Terminal (I was living in Connecticut at the time) you could look down Fifth Avenue and see the plumes of smoke. It was a beautiful, dry day too. Eerie. At the station, some people were covered in dirt and dust. They jumped on the commutter rail to leave the city and go home to their families. No one I knew died. One co-worker lost his father (I couldn't imagine that) but that was it.
The next day my father woke me up at 6am. "I'm not letting those bastards change my life" and drove off to New Jersey to go to work. I was just happy to have a day off and went mountain biking instead (plus I hated my job and wasn't exactly chomping at the bit to go back). It still hadn't really settled in. Sometimes it still hasn't. Its a downer day.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Slapdick is hosting a fall tournament this year.
Registration Friday Night at Asylum in Adams Morgan (same place as for ESPI. Downstairs at the big table)
ALL TEAMS must register by Friday at 11pm. If you won't make it to Asylum, CALL ME. 2zero2 55seven 6fore54.
Round robin format across two days of playing.
Saturday: Pick up games from 11am-noon. Bracket play begins at noon.
Saturday Night: Pasta Dinner/BBQ at 425 Q St NW. Please bring a lock and your own drinks. (free for players, minimal fee for spectators)
Sunday: Pick up from 9am-11am. Bracket play from 11am - finished, hopefully done around 3pm so you can all get home.
Prizes given out at the rink Sunday night.
T-shirts: $15 for registered players, $20 for non-players.
All proceeds go to Ezra at Fast-Boy Cycles to aide in his fight against colon cancer - http://www.fastboycycles.com/teachingcancertocry/
Earth Wind & Rider
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
In polo news, New York didn't win for a change but Ottawa evidently placed two teams in the top three. Congrats to Brian, Robbie and Alexis!
Follow Bike Polo developments and discussions on Bikepolo.ca.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Didn't stop me from riding out and visiting my friend Dylan in Elmhurst, QNS yesterday (5+ miles, not really super far). I might have popped a shoulder, homegirl got both legs run over by a truck a week before. Perspective!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
It was, to say the least, inspired by a recent rash of bike thefts. Its small enough to not do more then half-wrap a top-tube or seat-tube and is sitting on top of business card in the pic.
Also, if you were in riding DH mountain bikes about five years ago, this sticker might make you think of a certain item from Brooklyn Machine Works.
SASE's will get you a few.
Monday, June 30, 2008
Run by Jason and John* this full service shop is the gem of Williamsburg. The can get you whatever you need! From a high quality Affinity branded frame to whatever you need to fix up that old RaleighSchwinnRoss 10-speed you snaked from your parents garage in Pennsylvania and get you rolling with the quickness.
A major strength of this shop is their attention to the customer. Seriously, I've never seen a bike stand set up solely for the use of the customer. Awesome. I used it to change out the fork on my Polo bike last week.
616 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
* Some people call John by the name JohnJohn. I never have. He usually responds by the first 'John'.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Also, CMWC is this weekend in Toronto and lots of NYC peeps are caravaning up to represent the Big Apple and party. For those that stay local (like me) there is a team race up in Harlem this Sunday with a 'Messenger' section that includes a $1000 cash prize. Damn!
This CMWC is also going to have a Bike Polo competition organized by Brian from Ottawa. We already know that the Doug/Zack/Paul team are the current undisputed North-East champs, but are they world level? I think so and wouldn't bet on anyone else! Is the UCI sanctioning this?
I really hope to see a ton of photos come out of this.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Continuum is Jeff's shop in Alphabet City (remember Rent? same place but with less junkies and more parks).
Possibly one of the most welcoming shops I've ever been in. These guys sell new, used and exotic parts like whoa. Looking for an old school Corima TT frame? An aerospoke? Laek House shirts and hats? Crazy ano'd parts? Chris King headsets? NJS? Italian and rare-ass frames? Back-rubs? They've got a grip on it. Continuum is also second to none in its love for the local scene and you'll know this before you even get in the front door.
199 Avenue B, Between 12th and 13th streets.
A few side notes though on the ELVS rims:
1. No rim brakes with these rims, EVER. The film will be irreparable damaged.
2. The coating/film is soft so bear that in mind. This means be careful locking up! Also don't hang the bike by an ELVS rim because some deformation can result.
3. Keep it clean for maximum visibility. Use a clean rag (like an old tee shirt) to wipe them down.
Email us directly with an questions!
Intersection Magazine, a UK publication that focuses on vehicular transportation, but not to the exclusion of alternative forms. Published with fantastic art direction for around a year? Good stuff and the Publisher/Art Director is fixture on the UK bike polo scene too.
Bicycling: Look to the calender early on. 5/30/08 is the anniversary of one of Pantani's many road victories.
Dirt Rag: One of my hats is on some guy's head. He has both a beard and glasses. Very woodsy PA?
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
This is my polo bike. So far the only bike I’ve ever bothered to name and it is the craziest and most fun bike I’ve ever owned. A total roach of a bike, both the fork and r.triangle are out of alignment and it’s a tiny 50cm x 50cm frame (I ride a 54cm). To top it off, I found it on the street after passing by it day after day. Pictures by Sasha Eysymontt.
- Trek 1200 50cm aluminum frame/fork from god knows when.
- Headset: loose and pitted
- Wheels: Velocity cardboard (The best name to ride with don’t ya know!) 7spd
- Cranks: 165mm. Still have overlap with the front wheel though.
- Shifter: Downtube shifter. The shifter boss has come slightly unbonded from the downtube. Meh
- R.Der: Long cage shimano LX from the parts box
- Brakes: Janky calipers that I traded for.
- Brake Lever: A 2 into 1 special lever. It pulls both brakes at once and is set to pull more rear brake then front.
- Polo Ratio: 32-? Its been getting higher lately so I’m not sure. Probably around 2:1.
Monday, March 3, 2008
Check it out:
(model not included, but his pants and keys are)
Also, be sure to check out Brad Q's shots from NAHBS, I can't believe how nice and comprehensive they are! Next year when everyone else sets up lights, remember that Urban Velo did it first!
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
They're pretty rad and certainly have the right idea about what they stock and sell. Brands include: Bagaboo, Banjo Bros, Swrve, Laek House (we love Laek House!), and Exelite.
They've got the UK exclusive on Laek House and Bagaboo.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Been super busy trying to get more produced. In the meantime though, you can pre-order them from us or if you're in NYC you can stop by NYC Velo, Continuum or TrackStar to grab one.
Stay warm and ride safe!
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
His amazingly comprehensive website/gift to us all: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/index.html
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Check out his work at http://www.ridecvln.com/home.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
This year's annual memorial ride has three starting locations in the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn. If you can't make it to a starting location, please feel free to join us at any stop along the route posted below. All rides will converge in Williamsburg and then meet with the Walk to Remember Pedestrians Killed in 2007 and we will all enter City Hall to participate in a rally and press conference. See www.ghostbikes.org for more details.
3rd ANNUAL MEMORIAL RIDE & WALK FOR CYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS KILLED IN 2007
SUNDAY JANUARY 6, 2008
930-950:Gather @ E. Gun Hill Rd & Seymour Ave, North Bronx
(Subway: E. Gun Hill Road Station of Dyre Ave bound 5 train)
09:50 – Juan Solis Memorial @ East Gun Hill Road & Bouck Ave
10:55 – Unnamed Cyclist Memorial @ Melrose Ave & 153rd St.
11:45 – Bathroom break (ca. 5-10 mins) at Haarlem Meer restrooms
(110th & Lenox Ave entrance to Central Park )
12:10 – Manhattan pick-up @ Central Park South & 7th Ave.
(No waiting unless there ride is ahead of schedule.)
12:25 – Franco Scorcia Memorial @ Broadway & W.40th St.
12:55 – David Smith Memorial @ 6th Ave. & W.36th St.
01:30 – Manhattan pick-up @ bike path entrance to Queensborough Bridge.
@ 60th St, between Second & First Avenues
02:30 – Convergence w/ Queens & Brooklyn Rides. See Brooklyn Ride for more info
9-9:15 –Gather Jamaica Center @ Parsons Blvd. & Archer Ave, East Queens
(Outside the Jamaica MTA &1/2 mile east of LIRR station. J, E, or LIRR train service)
10:00 – Elijah Wrancher Memorial @ Springfield Blvd. & 130th Ave.
11:45 – Habian Rodriquez Memorial @ Main St. & Horace Harding Blvd.
01:00 – Carolina Hernandez Memorial @ 57th Ave. & Junction Blvd.
02:30 – Convergence w/ Bronx & Brooklyn Rides. See Brooklyn Ride for more info
930-950:Gather @ Seth Low Playground, South Brooklyn
(SE corner of playground , Ave P & W12 St. Near F, N & D trains.)
10:00 – Mark Grichevsky Memorial @ Bay Pkwy & W10th St.
11:30 – Unnamed Cyclist Memorial @ Fulton St. & Utica Ave.
12:15 – Jeffrey Moore Memorial @ Chauncey St. & Rockaway Ave.
01:00 – Anthony Delgado Memorial @ Palmetto Ave & Central Ave.
01:45 – Luis Ramos Memorial @ Flushing Ave & Beaver St.
02:30 – Craig Murphey Memorial @ Union Ave & Ten Eyck St.
03:45 – Sam Hindy Memorial @ Manhattan entry to the Manhattan Bridge
(Near intersection of Canal St. & Bowery.)
04:30 – Convergence of Pedestrian Memorial Walk & Cyclist Memorial Ride
04:45 – Memorial for Unknown Cyclists @ City Hall
05:00 – Street Memorials Rally @ steps of City Hall
Pedestrian Memorial Walk
03:30 – Gather @ Cadman Plaza on North side of Tillary St.
(Cadman Plaza E & Tillary St.)
03:45 – Memorial @ Tillary St. & Adams St.
(BK side of the Brooklyn Bridge)
04:30 – Memorial Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge in honor of all 2007 NYC Pedestrian Deaths
04:30 – Convergence of Pedestrian Memorial Walk & Cyclist Memorial Ride.
04:45 – Memorial for Unknown Cyclists @ City Hall
05:00 – Street Memorials Rally @ steps of City Hall