Video Watch: DEATHGRIP Teaser

DEATHGRIP First Glimpse TEASER from Metis Creative on Vimeo.

This is going to be amazing. Featuring some of the most awesome riders and amazing film making, DEATHGRIP looks like it’s going to be one of the best mountain biking films in recent years. Backed by more sponsors than gears, filmmaker Clay Porter will take us to the most exciting rides around the world. Watch the trailer above and get excited!

A global tour, including a North American premiere at Sea Otter will commence before its global digital release on April 25, 2017.

Cyclocross Films: For the Love of Mud

I am going to try something new here. Usually I don’t feature work that is not my own, but I just saw the teaser for a new cyclocross video and I am so excited about it. It is called For the Love of Mud by Benedict Campbell.

I am excited about it for two reasons: First, because it is about cyclocross, a sport that I have been following for a while now. But because there are so few ways to explain it to people. I think this film, will do that. Second, the videography is amazing. The feel of the visuals and the music mixed in with the pain of the riders just gives me goosebumps.

When the full film drops, I will get back to you all here for a review.

I’m famous…

So I have been dabbling in video lately. The bank that I work for wanted to put together a series of social media videos about their new mobile app. There was no budget so I just raised my hand and did it. The only catch was, it would have to star yours truly. So check it out. It has very little to do with bicycles, but they’re in there somewhere.

Death of Tallboy

Whenever you have to saw in half the frame of a $3000 bike, you die a little. Indeed, I never thought I would see the day when anyone would commit such a crime. However, in light of the situation at hand, it was a necessary evil.

Whenever a carbon frame develops any sort of defect or crack, it must be destroyed if being sent in for warranty replacement. Often, the bike company, in this case Santa Cruz, will request that the bottom bracket shell be sawn out of the frame for return. This is to ensure that the manufacturer gets proof of the serial number being exchanged for warranty. It is also to ensure that the damaged or defective frame doesn’t get rebuilt into another bicycle. If that were the case, a catastrophic failure can occur, injuring or even killing the rider. So we had to sacrifice the carbon for the greater good of the mountain biking community.

What is done with the rest? Do you have any suggestions? Let us know!

 

 

May the (SRAM) Force Be with You

It’s the simple things in life that keep us happy. For me, it was when my good friend Tyler was adjusting the shifting on the SRAM Force rear derailleur after that long San Diego ride. Like I said. It’s the simple things.

Max

Max and his 80s Parkpre Hammer Mountain Bike

Rides an 80s Parkpre Hammer Mountain Bike.
Shot in a back alley off Ortega Street in Santa Barbara, CA.
Riding to work at Velo Pro Cyclery.

Riding a bicycle can be a hobby. It can be a passion or a lifestyle. It can also be the impetus for a promising career. Max is a fellow employee, nay, comrade at Velo Pro. He and I don’t often work together but we have quite a lot in common. Max is a student at Brooks Institute here in Santa Barbara. So he loves photography way more than I do. And by that, I mean where I just own a camera and make it up as I go along, he is willing to pay five figures a year to learn as much as he can about photography. Not only has he built up an impressive portfolio, he has been getting into video and making awesome strides. One of his videos, Van Life 2 starring Ryan Gardner, was featured on Pinkbike and Bike Magazine’s website.

Max and his 80s Parkpre Hammer Mountain Bike - poppin' a wheelie!

Rides an 80s Parkpre Hammer Mountain Bike.
Shot in a back alley off Ortega Street in Santa Barbara, CA.
Riding to work at Velo Pro Cyclery.

Above I mentioned the impetus for a career. Max has an impressive portfolio to be sure. His photography includes portrait and architecture as well. But it’s the combination of the outdoors and mountain biking where his photography is really impactful. These shots are his best work. Well, the mountain bikes and the climbing photos. Seriously, you can’t keep this guy indoors for very long. There is quite a bit to Max that I will never fully understand. I mean, if you follow his Spotify playlists, you’ll see what I mean. But the fact that he will lug his camera equipment and lighting equipment up into the mountain to capture someone shredding a tranny is pretty rad.

Max and his 80s Parkpre Hammer Mountain Bike

Rides an 80s Parkpre Hammer Mountain Bike.
Shot in a back alley off Ortega Street in Santa Barbara, CA.
Riding to work at Velo Pro Cyclery.

At the risk of sounding like I have some sort of creepy man-crush on the guy, I will stop here. I guess the message Max and others of our kind are trying to convey is this: do what you love. If you don’t love it, don’t complain. Find something that works for you. And above all else: bring a camera and ride your fucking bike.

 

Dylan

Being a bicycle mechanic can be a very stressful job. There’s always someone coming in to interrupt the project you are working on. If you’re trying to build a bicycle for a customer, you have to drop what your’e doing for walk-ins. Flat fixes, brake adjustments, loose derailleur cables. Whatever the case may be, you are still running around while the work order pile builds up.

However, every now and then, it can be weirdly peaceful. You can relax, complete your project with care and maybe even hear the music that is playing. This is cycling’s other half. For the majority of riders out there, it’s days like this and the opposite that keep your bikes on the road. Remember, we enjoy cycling just as much as you do. Please bring your bike to a qualified mechanic to keep your steed healthy. Tip your local bike mechanic, too.