Monday, 10 June 2013
And its my birthday the same day, 21 again eh. I hope the swelling in my knee goes down by the weekend. Paddock Woods is a dope park with a rad bowl and an even radder scene. There's tons of stuff to win from various sponsors including the Cycle Centre so you best go there and try and backflip something, its the only sure fire way of winning a comp. After last years success story I even heard that the mighty HMAN was picking up the mic again and MCing the event, gnarkill!
Friday, 7 June 2013
I found this mix CD that Rupert made for me back in the day, it must be from early 2000s, I think there's some Def Jux on it, I haven't played it in years, it probably doesn't even play. CDs are so breakable, My Dad was fooled by the mid eighties advertising campaign claiming that CDs were indestructible, how come all my records still play fine (some of which date back to the 1930's) and 50 percent of my CDs have completely given up the ghost. CDs are one of the reasons I never believe the claims of any advertising anywhere.
I think I eat pretty healthy, today I had basil infused tofu, hummus, tomato and artisanal baked bread for my dinner. I only really drink water, tea, coffee, fruit juice and ale, I try to avoid cheese, I don't eat meat or fish, I have a balanced diet, I get lots of fresh fruit and veg, lots of roughage, I generally feel pretty good about what I put in my body. But sometimes, very rarely really, I feel kinda down and without energy and I have a monster blow out and eat a (Gr)egg mayo pre-made sandwich and layer that shit up high with a whole packet of pickled onion space raiders, washing it all down with a can of IRN BRU. Fuck it.
Home wheel building kit from left to right.
My BMX upturned with the front wheel removed for final front wheel truing.
A year 2000 chromoly Standard STA for tear wheel final truing
Cookie's new animal wheels
A cat for company
A coat hanger for use as a dishing device
A red spoke key
a 15mm socket for wheel removal
a flat blade screw driver
Rob Cairns is riding again now he's in London, I built him a new bike, cult frame, KHE geisha free coaster, big bars, no pegs, metallic bits, this thing rides like Batman's Neon talking super street Bat Luge. It's so rad that rob is riding a 20 again, soooooo rad.
Prison Pinne with salad to go.
The Lance Armstrong comments wall was interesting reading at the bike hub. The concept was that you took a piece of Lance's book and wrote about the publicly disgraced cyclist, I found it interesting that it was a close 50 50 split of those who condemned his actions and those who tended towards feeling sorry for him while condemning his actions.
Possible winter garment coming up, knit yourself a balaclava helmet!
Wasteland BBQ, sausages, burgers, pops, it was all present and correct like.
Cookie always goes the extra mile a BBQs full on skewering it up with a choice selection of great veg and discount Haloumi.
OLSEN OLSEN is a candy bar from Reykjavik brought back from a wrestling championship for me by the Sandman, cheers dude, although it does contain gelatine so I won't be eating it, I like the packaging though.
The guys at Sweetfire.
Sandman was pretty fucked up after wrestling with those Scandinavians, they basically ripped off his face and full nelsoned him so hard that his skull swelled and blackened. I'm sure he heel up quick on his diet of eating full chickens and two cucumbers for every meal.
I know ratty bikes are cool, all my bikes are ratty, but Jordan from the NSFYC is pushing things a bit too far, this is a the BMX equivalent of a student hauling his granddad's old and rusting ten speed road bike out of the shed and riding it slowly about campus for 3 years in a state of total disrepair with an air of superiority and shrug-offedness that makes any true bike rider simultaneously want to vomit and strangle that fuck wit for his own stupidity.
Friday, 31 May 2013
Saturday, 18 May 2013
These are the only two photos I got from Hman's Subrosa G.U.T.I. video showing at the Tyne Bar. We were supposed to jib around and have a bit of a street ride before hand but the weather had other ideas so we ended up drinking cans and floating around instead. A few cans led to a few ales and before I knew it I was incoherently talking peoples ears off and forgot about taking any photos.
The turn out was pretty strong for a bad weather day and an american video.
I was feeling the night, It all came together, good times.
The youth crew look like they're having some mini-gangster clubhouse meeting in this shot.
Dchum's arse with mid school NSF patch, I believe this was cut from a hoodie and uses one of the crazy coffin style designs that Chris Souter came up with.
So there you have it, completely inconclusive and bewildering coverage of yet another north east bike event. Showing videos at the tyne is always a good laugh and a good excuse to get shit faced with other bike riders, something that needs to happen to keep the scene strong, I think Hman might have plans for a few more vid showings this year so look at Streetphire daily for updates. You could also check Bicycleandroid but chances are that the posts are so infrequent and sporadic and the information so badly researched that you'd be better off sniffing at dog sick in a back lane while on hands and knees in a puddle trying to fruitlessly rubbing your temples trying to invoke telepathic abilities in the brain which could eventually connect you with future events.
Saturday, 11 May 2013
Monday, 6 May 2013
The 'guys at streetphire' are putting on the new Subrosa video at the Tyne Bar this week. Get pissed, swear, smoke tabs, stare at girls menacingly and best of all watch the Subrosa video for free. BMX madness guaranteed. If you're under 18 a 70s porno moustache and a dodgy photocopied ID off of your big brother is recommended.
Hman spent a few days last month filming for this Smoove, Jehst, Micall Parknsun and DJ Jazz T video. The weather was mostly windy and wet and generally pretty grim so inevitably there's a bunch of stuff from 5bridges of various people in various states of urban-ness getting their freestyle freak on. I know this video was in conjunction with Soleheaven, the sneaker place at the Hoults Yard, but I'm not really sure what its all about other than that. I do know Harry Dyson does about a million smith grinds while a free runner leaps about on fire around him at 5Bridges.
The street BMX stuff was all filmed in one afternoon session and features Big Chaffy, Da Roops, The Count and myself.
As its a music video its crazy cut to the tune editing wise but it still seams ok.
I was a fan of Jehst years ago when he had the High Plains drifter album out, but I haven't heard a lot of stuff from him since. Thats probably due to me not putting work in listening to UK Hip Hop.
I used to listen to this Jehst and Task Force and Braintax track on my walkman with a real audio tape while on metros and buses. I was was still hopelessly out of date with the tape walkman, but the track still must be way old. Strange that I never ever get the metro or bus now, I just ride everywhere. The eradication of public transport from my life is a welcome one, but I'm missing out on that walkman or its modern equivalent musical experience.