Saturday, July 31, 2010

Sweatin' Up Water Street!

The Sweathogs still at it all summer long! The makeshift ramp down at Water St. getting a real workout this week.
Tony Fast getting some BOOST and making his mark on the wall.

And Jesse just always has the most interesting faces.

Photos By Gary Wilpizeski, more on his FLICKR.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Sweathog Mash Up on the Philly Mix Tape 5!

Philly Mix Tape 5 from Drew Leshko on Vimeo.

It has been hot in the city, and the Sweathogs have been tearing it up all over town! Everybody getting sleazy. Great job on the edit Drew, thanks for the spot @ 2:21.

Monday, July 26, 2010

We're Gonna Be on TV!

Remember the cake from the shop birthday party? Well it was for a show on TLC called Fabulous Cakes (give the ace copywriter who came up with that name a prize). It is finally going to be on tv, TONIGHT!

watch it, on TLC (in the philly area that is channel 31) tonight, 7/26 at 10:00 pm. You can make fun of us tomorrow cause I am sure it will be extra special.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

New Video From The Sweathogs Texas Chapter

SweatHogs G.C. from AJ Austin on Vimeo.

Sweathogs Texas Chapter throwin' down for AJ's Birthday weekend. Happy Birthday AJ!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Marco! Fast Forward Winner, nice job bro.

Way to show them how it is done, on a fixed gear. Have fun in SF!

OMG! What have I done?

Apparently I put the wrong wheels on the Thrasher, 26" Sun MTX 33 rims with Panaracer RIBMO 26x2 tires. And it actually rides pretty nice! The bottom bracket is so high on the Thrasher with the Fu Manchu that it is still a decent 11.5" sitting on 26's. The chain was able to shorten up a whole link making the rear wheelbase even tighter. I'm going to have to give a full report after I ride a bit, and interesting experiment for me...

"Two-Six Fix"- Jesse Jambox

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Hey Minneapolis, The 5th All-City Championship!

Thinking about heading out to the twin cities for this one. I have been a half a dozen times, mostly in February, the weather promises to be amazing in August.
Check out the details HERE

Fast Forward: Saturday July 17th

RE Load is hosting the Fast Forward event for Cadence and DVS this Saturday. If you are feeling FAST then try your luck for the big cash prize and qualify for the series final in San Francisco. Side events after the main race at "Water ST" and after party shennanigans at T-Moms.
More info HERE

Monday, July 12, 2010

Rocky VIII, A Personal Victory.

So its been about ten years since I quit the road, and about that long since I have competed in an alleycat race. I did go up to ride Monster Track as some of you may recall, but I definitely did not "race". I decided to challenge myself, see if the ol' man can still do it. Rocky is a relay race so I could not do it alone, I needed a partner. After being shot down by a "Fast" competitor, I found a partner in Adam Nordmeyer. He ALWAYS comes through for me when I need help.

I woke up the morning of July 10th, a little nervous and a lot excited. It was pouring rain, fortunately I still have most of my gear from the messenger days and then some.

I was ready, just as if I was headed out for a days work nearly a decade ago. Kissed my wife and out the door I went to get soggy, real soggy.

Fortunately it dried out in time for the race to start, so it would be a little safer, but the damage was already done. Everybody was soaked and turning into prunes while waiting to register and start.

After the first couple of relays I was definitely cooked, but there was no quitting for me today. My partner Adam was probably the fastest sprinter up and back on the parkway, so I had to keep it going no matter what. It was getting hot and steamy at his point, this picture is me trying to keep my head from exploding.

I believe this was me waiting for my last relay to go to Washington Square Park, just trying to air out my head. I was soaked and hot and tired, 8th and Locust was never so far away as it was on Saturday. But I did it, We did it! We finished the race, not first and not last.

Congrats to Justin and TJ who actualy won the race!

Thanks to Jorge and everybody who helped make Rocky 8 happen, keeping the torch alive!

Thanks to Matt Lyngard, fellow "Old Head", for grabbing some great pics.

I am excited to be helping "organize" Senior Weekend, aka the old head race. We have decided to postpone it due to busy schedules etc. but we will be announcing a new date shortly.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Now available with a threaded steerer tube!

After a little creative steerer tube threading, it is as it should be. Many thanks to Hozan for making a lovely cutting tool. Will do some more finished pics of it soon, but this was too exciting to wait.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

More about my Metropolitan build

Just posted a bunch more pictures and stories about my Metropolitan build over on the AFFINITY CYCLES blog, go check it out. And more pics added to the FLICKR SET.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

I Love It When A Plan Comes Together!

This project began with an introduction and a handshake in Vegas last September. Seems so long ago, but here it is in living steel!
Jason from Affinity Cycles told me about this very special collaboration project and I was sold.

The Metropolitan was a new model for Affinity, inspired by the traditional keirin geometry with original Affinity frame designs, and proven on the streets.

We have been given the opportunity to add our personality and flavor to this modern classic and are very proud to introduce it to you.

This unique collaboration between two kindred spirits is now available only at your favorite bicycle shop on 4th street in philadelphia. I invite you to come visit the shop and check out my build and talk about making one uniquely yours.

I am absolutely loving this bike and was able to get it out for a nice 40 mile ramble this weekend, taking full advantage of the holiday and the 90+ degree weather.

Each frame includes a custom badge in either silver or bronze, lovingly crafted by Jennifer Green at Revolution Cycle Jewelry.

There are four sizes 47, 52, 55 and 57 available in the BRevs green on green colorway for $500.

I will be building more of these as the days go by and you should check them out HERE!

Very Special Thanks To Adam Nordmeyer For His Photography Services!!!