Sunday, February 21, 2010

Enjoy The Trick

I don't know much about Flatland these days. It has progressed so far that it is barely recognisable compared to what it once was. I remember when the change occured, when it went from balance tricks to rolling tricks. Now it's all about trick linkage, and it is mind-boggling to watch a rider go seamlessly from one trick to another, especially for me not knowing WTF they are doing in the first place. It doesn't translate that well to pictures, video is a much better format for it. I apologise for the quality of the pictures, I really need to learn how to use my camera.

The bikes of course are made specifically for flatland. The low gearing, short wheelbase and ultra-low profile frame make them almost useless for getting from point a to point b. Good thing all you need to do flatland, is flat land.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Some bikes @ Backyard Blam!

The pump track was too soggy, but the street jumping contest kicked ass. So did the trick comp (subdivided into fixed gear and freewheel). In the evening there was an offroad slalom race in a local park. It was great to have people on track bikes, people on BMX, and people on DJ bikes all hanging out and getting along. Sometimes the different factions turn their noses up at each other, and it gets tiresome. We all like bikes, right?

Special shout-out to this guy, he fucking SHREDS!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Tweed Ride

This was two weeks ago, but I thought I'd put up some pix from the ride. A lot more people showed up then I ever thought would, and everyone was really friendly and polite. Next time I want to see the girls in hoop skirts and wearing corsets, instead of dressed like the men did BITD.

A Dirty Buzzard from Seattle

Oldest bike

Swiss Army Bike

Me on my tallbike AKA Reverse Cowgirl. That Pennyfarthing had a freewheel.

Gabriel Amadeus' Retro-Direct


Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Rare to see something like this in Portland, it's all Subaru Outbacks and Toyota Prius'.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Hagakure: the book of the samurai

Among the maxims on Lord Naoshige's wall, there was this one: "Matters of great concern should be treated lightly." Master Ittei commented, "Matters of small concern should be treated seriously."

Yamamoto Tsunetomo