Wednesday, November 30, 2011

KV's Lumberyard photos

Me and my right hand man, Sean.

Cross Up at the Lumberyard: the beginning

I am really excited..... this morning the boys and I went to go tour The Lumberyard's, Portland's first indoor MTB park, new space. I got together with them a few months ago to plan an indoor supercross event that we would throw there before they opened the doors to the public. There was lull for a few months because they were still deciding on a space. It's official, they have a space and today we got to check it out. 50,000sq ft of awesome.

The future.

The present.

When we get in there The Lumberyard will be partially built out so we will be using some of the features for the event and some features will be built specifically for Cross Up.

I am not really an early bird, but I think I kind of pulled it together besides the bed head.


KV on his way to win his beard bet with Verg.

This is the basement. It will be a big empty space and we are going to try to get a sweet band for the after party. People are going to be fired up after the event and you know they are going to want to let loose with some jams.

Idea stuff.

We then met up outside to hash out the details.

This is Joe Prisel. He is on of the designers of Ray's MTB Park and is now on board with The Lumberyard as their park designer. Being as rad as he is, he is going to help us design our track for the event. With him on our side, we can't lose.

He shreds.....

We are shooting for late January to throw this face melting event. It's going to be the biggest, baddest BLAM yet. Get ready, we have begun.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The next big BLAM

Do I have your attention? Good. Here at the BLAM I have been up to some event planning and this one is going to be our best yet.... can you say Indoor Super Cross? I bet you can because we all speak English. Over the next couple of months you are going to see a lot of pictures of what I have been up to starting tomorrow. Get ready because this is going to be the biggest and baddest yet.
Get ready for "Cross Up at the Lumberyard".

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

My Old Ladies

This weekend I missed out on a lot of sweet bike stuff because my dogs and I laid around doing nothing..... and I mean nothing.

Palmer is in the back and Nylund is the one up front. It looks like she's sleeping, but she doesn't have eyes. People always look at her and say "oh, poor lady", but she gets around with no problems. When we went to the Tillamook forest to go Chantrelle mushroom hunting, we were off trail she was off leash and got around much better than Palmer. She is way cooler and more bad ass than I could ever hope to be.

History of the Hi Five

This is great... listen to it.

After listening to this I did some further investigation I found this.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

More Manifest

Our pal, Tony, takes the win

Oregon Manifest 2011 Constructors' Show from oregon manifest on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sean's Big Sexy Day

You may know Sean from the shop. You may know him from your dreams. Either way, you know him.... biblically. Personally, I wish he would cuddle more, but that's neither here nor there. This is a video from the Oregon Manifest featuring the bike that he and his team made for it. Hella.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Portland Nights

This is a pretty sweet time lapse video of Portland at night. I love this beautiful city and it's great to be able to see it like this.

Murph as Ira

Monday, November 14, 2011

I want to clean my clothes with that...

Pub Eddy MERCKX by art-worlddiffusion

Remember Other Kyle?

I do.

Jimmy's misADVENTURE

Our partner shop (I like saying it that way because we sound like a gay couple...or a law firm)is Fat Tire Farm and I am the only girl between both of the shops. All the boys over there are like my brothers. I LOVE them. Like, I want to make fun of them and beat them up, but if anyone else does I will kick their ass. With that said, I was especially bummed to hear about our boy, Jimmy, getting t-boned by a state worker on his vacation with his lady. The truck "didn't see him".... although he was in plain sight being the only thing on the road, and turned into him. Snapped his leg and his bike.

He got a rod through his Tib and Fib.

That shit is no joke.... Jimmy, speedy recovery. Hang in there.

I feel Jimmy's pain because after a few months of moving to Portland, I did this climbing. I landed wrong after a problem.

All the boys here at the shop were super good to me while I was healing and I want do be able to do that for my pal, Jimmy. It gets better, bro.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

TS Boner

Got a sweet boner for Trusty Switchblade and want to show your support? Well, we are the only shop in town who carry their goods. Get some.


Rapha Continental Vancouver British Columbia from RAPHA on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Save some money.

Kyle posted this on our shop blog and I am reposting it.

The cold winds are blowing.

This time of year we see a drop off in people out riding your bike. Our repair work starts to slow down here at the shop, we end up doing a lot more organizing, counting and cleaning. That these things are important is with out a doubt, that they are something we would rather not be doing cannot be denied. As a bike mechanic a day that requires a brisk finger nail brushing at closing time is a good day. Do I disagree with the popular swing towards curtailing fall/winter/spring riding? Of course not, I am not immune to the dark disheartening nature of the fall, as such I have created a simple equation that works well in describing the majority of non-summer Portland riding.

+ Cold

In this regard the idiom, misery loves company, appears to fail in its generalization, although it can be said that when a frequent rider hangs up his/her helmet for the winter the joy derived from riding is replaced with a miserable flood and then we all have to deal with each other in buses, in the produce aisle, at the coat check. In which case it seems that the idiom does hold up, we have all become miserable and cloistered, unable to be out on our bikes.

Had enough of this pessimism?

Me too, so to help keep you on your bike and thereby keep you happy 21st Avenue Bicycles is offering amazing deals on winter bicycle service. Check out these deals.

Winter TUNE-Up Special.
Complete Overhaul, $100.

Tune Up, $45.

Single Speed Tune Up, $35.

Drive Train Clean, $20.

Winter Wheel Build Special, $25 labor per wheel.

We are here to support your winter ridding habit, in fact we aim to turn that habit into an addiction.

Looking forward to seeing you soon

We are tough enough.... let us fix your shit.

Like what you see?

Why wouldn't you? Check out my can.... I mean, really..

Slate came into the shop and dropped off some Rapha gear for a show we were doing some work for and with said gear was a pair of Rapha jeans. I have been wanting some of these jeans since I saw Jeremy Dunn sporting them before they were available to me, the public and I told Slate that. He promptly asked my pant size and told me he had a pair with my name on it at the office. The next day he rolled into the shop in his kit looking like he was faking being pregnant, but it was really my jeans. I thought it was a weird Arnold Schwarzenegger "Nine Months" senario, but it wasn't, it was my jeans. Not only was I so stoked then... the level have not dropped at all since I have worn them and I have worn them a lot. Every time I wear them at least a couple people comment on how good they look where as in any other of my jeans no one has said a word.

Of course they look good. Rapha is sporting Sundvor. You're welcome.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Wall Fort Jam

That bass line?!?! Are you kidding me? This song came on and I was humping my laundry pile before I knew what the hell was going on..... oh.... I'm doing laundry.

Papa Tong's Trusty Switchblade video

Barton 11 from Justin Bailey on Vimeo.

Monday, November 7, 2011

CD's Cielo Fender job

The other day Chris DiStefano brought in his Cielo asking for me personally to put fenders on it. Seeing as how we live in Portland it is kind of essential. If he didn't this bike would sit in a garage while it rained for the next 7 months. The only problem is there were no eyelets to mount the fenders to and CD said it was to look clean. No zipties.

Ok, so there are these.... which are great and the name of them are very suggestive so you know I love to use them. My favorite part is telling a customer that I had to charge them for a reacharound.

This is what they look like in action. Since the clearance it tight, I had to chop the fender and install Reacharounds.

No eyelets to attach the struts to? No problem.

Again, I had to chop the front fender and I used a Problem Solver that attaches to the brake caliper and you can thread a 6mm bolt into the back. Super clean.

Here was the tricky part. How was I going to attach the part of the fender to the seat tube or the chain stays without using zipties or bulky clamp? I replaced the pinch bolt on the front derailleur with a longer one, drilled a hole in the fender, and attached the fender to the pinch bolt.

Ready to shred, rain or shine.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

My old roommate, Landon,...

....can crash like this and still crush it. He is stronger than most of us can hope to be. I know, I've seen him in his underwear.

Friday, November 4, 2011


James Wilson is so rad. He gave me tickets to see David Sadaris tonight. Thanks Jimmy Jam. He was so funny.

Hey Robber, I want to punch you in the ear

Yesterday I was determined to make the day awesome. I got up early and made tofu scrambles with collard greens, the night before I picked up Voodoo Doughnuts to bring into work, I wore my sweet new Rapha jeans, and listened to that Skatt Bros song I have been jammin on all week. Yup, it was going to be great. As I slowly pulled up to the shop I noticed cop cars out front and saw out window from our door sitting against the building next to us. I could see inside that the shop looked is disarray and then it hit me.... we were robbed. It wasn't only us, there were 4 others robbed the same way. The glass from our door was removed without breaking it and they hung out in our shop for quite sometime. That's the part that bothers me the most besides being robbed in the first place. 21st Ave Bicycles is my home away from home, in fact I am probably there more. To think that not only someone broke in, but hung out in there makes my skin crawl.

I hope you get caught, asshole. You suck.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Lookin good Feelin good

Jose Sandoval took this picture of me the weekend I got back from Denmark out at Alpenrose for the Cross Crusade race. Rubi asked me to hold his Embrocation jersey and hold it I did.... all the way to the bank! WOOOO!!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

After Hours Work Jam

You might want to turn this up.

Way up.


I know you are asking yourself, "self, where the hell has Sundvor been?!". Well, I bought a boat and sailed around the world. If you believe that come stop by the shop so I can slap you. Don't be an idiot. I kid... honestly, I gave away my camera when I got my iphone 4 because I didn't use it and when my phone was stolen I was left with nothing. A big part of this blog is me showing you bike stuff and without it, it would just be me describing things to you. Now, I am pretty good with my words, but I think I would loose something in the description of this:

Sam Patterson
, Co-Founder of SRAM and inventor of the Grip Shift, came into the shop today to show us the Patterson Metropolis Transmission. It's like the HammerSchmidt for the commuter. I got to ride it and it was pretty sweet.

Here we are kickin it like old chums.

Right after they left Slate, Jeremy, and the Rapha crew came in after their ride to show us how Rapha hi fives. They also brought this guy:

Try not to get distracted by my big muscles like Garrett Chow, of the MASH fame, did. They're huge. I know.
Listen, I just took a little me time, but that doesn't mean that I don't love you. We've got some really sweet stuff happening here at the shop for the off season. That's when we get time to be creative. I will be a more active participant in our relationship. I missed you. I love you.
What? How did that get in there?