Monday, January 31, 2011

Not so fancy

Being a bike mechanic is glamorous stuff. Why do you think I turn wrenches in high heels all day? Glamor, that's why. Well, this little number was something I haven't seen before and took the glamor level down a notch. Sean took out a bottom bracket to find these guys hanging out. Yup, those are roaches.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Mad Air

You've heard about our new punch cards... I mean, who hasn't? Well, here's Papa Tong doing his physical feat.

Jam city

Holy shit... I love this song! I also love his white silk pants.

I posted Tina Turner performing this song, which ruled, but the original version is pretty rad too.

Elliott in town

Juliet Elliott came into town for a day and boy did we party. First the day was started off with tattoos at Virtue Tattoo. Her and her posse all got bro tattoos. After that we had a short break and then met up again at a strip club... and then another strip club.... and then karaoke. I tried to get up and do a song, but I guess I was a little faded and couldn't follow the words. Funny, I thought I knew them by heart. Anyway, it was a blast.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Bike stuff vol.2

Other Kyle

Here's a blast from the past...while I was hanging out in Denver I met up with Other Kyle, aka LDR Kyle, aka Kyle Lofstedt. We partied. He told me to tell you hello. Hello.

Best Possible

My new article on Embro dropped. Read it... or else.

Best Possible

By: Amanda Sundvor

There is nothing original or unique of my love for bikes, I just love them.

I feel a special bond with this tool. It is kind of like I am in a relationship with it, it can make me the happiest I’ve ever been or it can utterly wreck me. In bicycle repair when everything is going smoothly, I feel content and a respect for the bike. When a repair is a complete hell ride, I get more frustrated then I ever get with anything or anyone else. I am deeply, emotionally invested. I am in it to win it. For the good and the bad. Until death do us part. Its because of this that when I see what used to be a quality older bicycle, until someone hammered the crap out of it, it kind of pisses me off and I want to punch a hole in the wall because I am metal and that’s the only way I know how to express my feelings.. with brute force.
In a just world there would be a bicycle equivalent of the Child Protective Services. Someone from the BPS (Bicycle Protective Services, that’s what we’re calling it) would investigate an anonymous report of bicycle abuse and neglect. They take one look at this poor bike with it’s corroded cables and housing, it’s worn drive train, it’s concave breaking surfaces, it’s loose bottom bracket and declare the owner an unfit rider. From there they would take the bike to a foster home where the bicycle would be safe until its adopted by someone proper. Have you ever read that book “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstien? Its a story of a relationship between a boy and a tree. The boy takes and takes and the tree gives and gives until it has nothing left to offer except a place to sit. The tree is your bike. Don’t be that jerk face little boy. Give a little back to your bicycle for all that it does for you and you two will live a long and happy life together. Really, that could be said for most relationships. Kind of like, “Hey Buddy, don’t beat up your wife, instead buy her flowers. I know, I know… it’s a crude analogy, but you get the point. What’s that? You don’t?

Read the rest HERE

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Last night in Boulder

Dinner and bowling.


Man stance all night long

Saturday, January 22, 2011

On vacation

Let's get in to this... I am feeling pretty good. The sun is shining here in Colorado and the jams seem to sound just a little sweeter. Don't get me wrong, I love Portland and that is where my heart is, but a little sunshine is nice. Very nice.

Out of the Office

Right now, I am in Colorado having a break from the Portland winter clouds.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Punch Drunk

by: Kyle Von Hoetzendorff

Do you really need another reason to come into the shop? You don't, I can answer that for you, so consider this a little bonus.

Punch Cards.

Take note you don't have to buy anything, just come in and get your stars punched. Sweet Prize? I am sure you are wondering, more on that to come, promise.

One more thing, only one punch per visit. This is more for us then for you as we have a tendency to get down right carried away with the high fives. Amanda is currently being treated for R.H.F.S. or repetitive high five syndrome, and it is so contagious.

The excitement is making me weak in the knees.

Bike Stuff


The video doesn't match up with the song, but it's still better than staring at one picture...unless it was of me. Then that would be ok.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Kevin Cooley

This is Kevin. This poor little guy was found wandering the streets emaciated and covered with thousands of fleas. He's almost blind, deaf, and only has one tooth in his head, yet he is a happy little guy. Someone found him and brought him in to Dove Lewis, where Lindo works and she took him in. Now he's wearing sweaters and getting all kinds of loving. Hi five, Kev. We love you.

February Jeans

I am eagerly awaiting these Rapha jeans to hit the market. I saw Jeremy Dunn sporting a pair and had instant jean envy.

My only question is: Will they be as awesome as the Chuck Norris Action Jeans? Only time will tell.

The Hardest of Core

I have to admit, I love shooting guns. I also love bicycles so when you put those two together, HOT DAMN! Not all of these bikes have guns mounted on them, but they have riders mounted on them with guns so I think that counts.

Monday, January 17, 2011

How could I ever forget you?

I didn't post anything on purpose so our shop video wouldn't get lost in the shuffle, but you saw it now and we are all up to speed. Hello, what did I miss? How have you been? You know.... I really missed you. It was hard not to post anything. I am glad we are talking again. I have a stack of songs I want you to hear and a bunch of pictures I want to show you. Listen to this sweet jam. If you have someone special with you put this track on, pull them close, and hump. Hump like you've never humped before. Do it for me.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

animal machine



KV's new article went up on Embrocation Cycling Journal. Check it out.

By: Kyle Von Hoetzendorff

2011 Best of List.
• Being able to say “This year, it goes to 11
• See #1. What more do you need?

I missed my chance to put together my own 2010 year-in-review. I had opportunity to throw my hat in the ring with some of the best bloggers and cultural critics that world has ever known. There are a few Lo-Fi IT band singles I wanted to pass on, and of course I was planning on putting together an exhaustive list of the best 2010 Celebrity Tweets, but that bird has flown. That white dove, the once promising hope of 2010 — now sullied and dirtied by time — takes its leave, struggling against the prevailing winds of time on plumage once pure, now the wet and ashy white of a roadside snow. In its place a new hope takes flight, spreading its powerful yet na├»ve wings a chance for all of us to be born again. Let us attach our aspirations to this green infantile year, this is the year that everything changes, this is the year that EVERYTHING changes.
Read the rest HERE

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Right Now Jam

Top shelf Contact

I am the luckiest girl on the planet. Today Matt Slaven came into the shop and gave me a new set of Top Contacts for my Surly. Holy crap, my shredability just went up a couple of points.

Here he is trying to look like the German Conti ladies.

The Hover Board Exists!

I got an email from Tony B saying the he and Seth B found plans that you can buy to build your own Hover Board. Looks like we need a new resolution.