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[11 Aug 2014 | No Comment | ]
Sandy Carson’s New Backpack

Our cycling friend, beer enthusiast, and photographer Sandy Carson has designed a new, durable DSLR Camera Photo Backpack. The Storrist Pack is a bag to replace all other bags.

Sandy explains his bag’s concept:
I consider this the ultimate bag for a cycling photographer, city commuter, or all-terrain weekend warrior. It serves the photographer, the commuter and those who want to be adventurous and get lost or party in the woods far away from the civilized world. Most professional photographers own two or three camera bags, but most of us want a …

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[27 Nov 2013 | No Comment | ]
Headtubes! For Your Head!

As my face freezes off from the Chicago cold, I’m trying to figure out what to wear to be comfortable commuting on my bike. Last winter I just parked it until the warmth returned, but that’s about an eight-month period of downtime. I missed a good chunk of the good weather here after breaking my kneecap on the very bike I wish to ride now.
While looking for proper winter bicycle gear, I came across these headtubes by my friend Patrick Barber.

Read the full write-up over on Velocouture.
Stay warm.

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[3 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]
Let’s Roast Cycles BMX Shop Opening Soon in Chicago

The Noble Square neighborhood will soon host a new BMX-dedicated bike shop. Let’s Roast Cycles will cater mostly to Chicago’s burgeoning BMX community, but will also carry bike from our friends at Fairdale.

Bob Delaat and Logan Beyhl, both down with our friends at Sunday, are the proprietors of  the place, which is set to open mid-month. “We will be BMX focused,” Behyl told Alisa Hauser at DNAinfo Chicago,”but we are also able to repair all types of bikes.”
We’re looking forward to it.

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[1 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]
Under Pressure: Leif Valin on Keeping Your Tires Full

An oft-overlooked and essential maintenance task is keeping your tire pressure up. Our friend and Fairdale rider Leif Valin breaks it down.

Here’s an excerpt:
I  air my tires up every couple days or before a long ride. Rubber is porous so over a span of time even if there is no puncture in the tire or tube they will lose air and eventually go flat. If you haven’t rode your bike in months and your tires were fine on your last ride but flat when you go to the shed they probably …

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[8 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]
In Search of <em>FREESTYLIN’</em> by Brian Tunney

Like many of us, Brian Tunney’s life-long obsession with BMX started with FREESTYLIN’ Magazine. In this recent post to his website, he tells the story of seeking out the building at 3162 Kashiwa Street in Torrance, California where it all happened.

Here’s an excerpt:
Fast forward twenty years.
I’ve been visiting Southern California for years, still pursuing the BMX thing in one form or another, and often thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be cool to go visit the Freestylin’ building, just to say I’ve been to the place that started me on this ridiculous …

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[14 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]
Of Bicycles and Bipeds: Farming Flying Forms on RoyChristopher.com

A wing is a bridge. Flight is a ride on that bridge from take-off to landing. Dinosaurs became bipedal, balancing their large bodies on two legs via counterbalancing tails. Eventually the same biological process—or set of processes between biology and environment—morphed wings, and thereby, flight. Using this transition as a metaphor is an trip we might do well to take.

Read the full post on roychristopher.com.

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[5 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]
Wheels of Change: Bikes and Feminism

In “Wheels of Change: How the Bicycle Empowered Women,” Brain Pickings‘ editor Maria Popova reviews National Geographic‘s Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way). Both the book and the article tell the story of the bicycle’s role in equal rights for women.

And if you’re more interested in the evolution of bicycle technology and what it meant for women, The Social Construction of Technological Systems: New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology (MIT Press, 1989) edited by Wiebe Bijker, …

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[1 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]
Generation BMX: New ESPN Piece by me

I finally have a new piece up on the ESPN BMX site. This one is about the generational differences between first and second generations of riders. Heraclitus once wrote that generations turn over every thirty years. Well, it’s about that time.

You’re right, Roy, you’re hopeless. Hopelessly obsessed with a time in your sport that died a long time ago… — McGoo

Here’s an excerpt:

The experience of a BMXer today is much more likely to be mediated by technology than it was in the ’80s. Given the proliferation of technology into every aspect …

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[16 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]
Ronnie Bonner Circa 1991

Ronnie Bonner just sent me a phone picture of a letter I wrote him from Seattle sometime in the 90s. The letter was written on a photocopy of a photo of Ronnie at the Ocala Skatepark in 1991. It originally ran in issue #43 (no joke) of my zine “Front Wheel Drive.”

Me, Ronnie, BMX: We go back like carseats.

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[13 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]
Most Anticipated Relocation Ever

Empire BMX is moving mad closer to the HEADUBE Headquarters, and we are stoked.

Just sayin’.