We had a good time the other day in Aptos, fixing up and riding a couple spots and eating some banger sandwiches. Justin Brantley was there and put this edit together, check it out!
VOD on Pinkbike today is of Justin on his blackmarket killswitch filming out in Kamloops and Kelowna BC. If anyone reading this is ever coming to BC look at your airport on the map, most likely Vancouver international, and plan a road trip to the Okanogan. It’s not all about Whistler, the valley has 2 lift access hills Silverstar/Vernon and SunPeaks/Kamloops. This video shows only the Kamloops bike park on Rose hill but the terrain is diverse and fast, you’ll be in awe if you go and you can still squeeze in Whistler if you backtrack through Pemberton to Whistler on the back roads.
Casey Groves has discovered Pilsner in this video, by next year he will be either killing it on the bike or that guy hanging in the park with his shades on. Nah he’ll be killing it as usual.
Casey sent us his bike check, it’s pretty super!
Wish I had a RV in black.
Mike road his Banshee AMP and our Pedals to a second place win at Krankworks along with Casey Groves taking a epic 3rd on his Transition, look below to see how dumb he is.
So to see him with his Banshee MK11 rig seems a bit out of place, almost over kill but this is the steed he built up for The RedBull Rampage last month.
I set him up with 2010 JlO pedals but was out of the signature 24 karat gold pins, more like I was in a rush. Mike was up at Camp of Champions compound in Whistler along with 4 other Straitline riders Jack Fogel, Ryan Berrecloth, Alan Hepburn and Casey Groves. As usual I was late for the ferry off the island and in a rush grabbed a handfull of parts to build the pedals and made Mike and Fogel realize how simple they are to build up. They got a classy grocery store bag full of parts and a chain guide in pieces to build up, I used my leg injury as an excuse, it still works, and avoided all the work.
Then Mike called up just as I was heading to Europe for a show and asked for a 50 mm boxxer for the Rampage, so we hooked him up and check this footage out of him flat spinning his dh bike.
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=158320037520094 it’s on facebook only, sorry peeps.
Pretty sick color scheme, wish I had a Legend in black.
Mikes build goes as follows:
Medium Black Anodized Banshee Legend, Manitou Dorado with Custom Green decals, Cane Creek XXc II headset, Straitline Stem, ODI Handle Bars and Grips, Formula Brakes, XO Rear Shifter, Manitou Rear Shock, Race Face Atlas FR Cranks, Straitline Silent Guide ,Straitline Pedals, XO Rear Derailleur, Atom Lab rims on Industry Nine spokes and hubs with Geax Neuron Tires.
“Jeremy Lemay of North Shore Bike Shop shreds some loam on his Banshee Spitfire . Filmed and Edited By: Adam Yunker (Spoked Media) -- For HD version go to: http://vimeo.com/16104545”
Here are some photos from a demo I did at Sun Life Stadium in Miami
this past weekend pre game before the Dolphins vs. Steelers. The
shows were to help promote the first annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge which is a cancer awareness fundraiser and is supported by Giant Bicycles. I had an awesome time and was able to watch a great game from the club level seats courtesy of the Dolphins. Next week I'll be doing demos with Aaron Chase in New Jersey at the New Meadowlands Stadium for the Jets vs. Packers game. I'll be sending pics of that event soon.
Jeff’s Custom pedal for 2010 with 24 karat gold plated pins for the inner Pimp in all of us.
I got the chance to go on a local zip line track through the redwoods a few weeks ago, and it ended up being crazy! It was a really neat experience traveling through the forest with an entirely different aspect. Iggy, Clay, Bryce, and I rode the local trails quite a bit that week, enjoying the dry conditions. It’s been dry for so long that there’s a nice thin layer of silt over the hard-pack so you can get nasty with the drifts. It can definitely get squirrely though, as we all had our close-calls. We got to bust out the hardtails later for a fun little evening sesh at Mike’s house, which was a good time mixing it up. Overall it was just another good week riding bikes with the crew!
Josh from QBP sent me his freeride update from Minnesota USA. I flew to Bloomington MN for QBP’s show and assumed that the city would be ugly and industrialized, however when you get there it is beautiful and I arrived in February! The buildings were all nice modern red brick style and everyone was oddly super friendly. Not so much mountainous but tons of hills to explore and that's what Josh has been doing.
QBP’s freeride blog:
Oh, and I do have a photo of Josh that is quite interesting from when we met up in Whistler. Not going to show it here and loose my leverage over the relationship but it can be boughten if anyone out there needs to blackmail Josh.
And check this out… Josh’s first time in Vegas, repping QBPwell in his gangster threads
My buddies and I have been toying with the idea of making a website for a while now, and finally made it happen. It’s pretty simple, just a blog where our crew can post the latest happenings, pictures, and videos to get anyone who’s interested stoked. The plan is to make a series of web videos to go with the site, of which we finished the first last week. I’m really stoked how it turned out, especially the downhill shots as we got to capture the first rain of the season!
This photo was sent to me by a fellow A&W lover Baxter Redfern who saw my clever marketing scheme.
Sadly when I snapped my tendon last February I had to convert to fast food sometimes in order to avoid a painful walk into a store. Being Straitlines Marketing guy I am always on the job and it has been my mission to brand every fast food drive through with our presence.
I have tried for months to score the coveted take out window but they watch me like a hawk and I’m sure I’d have a easier time spray painting our name onto a cop car.
These are the little things in life that keep you sane when you are down and out, one must set goals and achieve them
This is just a great video compilation wit ha bit of Vegas/boulder thrown in with the Rampage!
But even better…
Yes that’s me. Yes those are scared sheep. Yes my cane is demanding respect. Yes I am in Scotland touring shops and distributors. I got some funny stuff to share from Eurobike, Promise it is coming.
Straitlines Canadian distributor and DH team Lama Cycles visited Camp this year to put on a skills clinic. Cool thing about Camp is that when the Lama Race team showed up on their Morewood Makulu’s the campers had the exact bike to choose from because this years camp had nothing but the best dh rigs decked in Straitline components with Race Face bars and cranks.
Check out the video.
We were quite proud to see 2 of our 3 riders podium at this years event. Jack Fogelquist had a run of bad luck leaving the doors open for Casey Groves to take second and Mike Montogmery 2nd with Mr Zink making his comeback!
I love this video!
Straitline Factory rider Ryan Berrecloth in a test clip with Baxter Redfern and you got to love the “RAD” throwback music.
As the title says, it’s a quickie!
Flashback clip for anyone not getting the RAD reference.
Alan is Straitline Components Australian Factory rider and to me Steve Erwin has stained the nations image so much that I picture all Aussies as furry critters.
And our little Koala has been digging again… let’s watch as the male presents…!
“I've Spent the last week building and carving in a little pumptrack close to my house. It's running better then i could have hoped with lots of line choices going both ways. Mostly stoked on how fast it can run for how tight some of the rollers are. I suggest to everyone to build a pumptrack if they don't have one, there good fun and can get you somewhat fit. Great for learning bike control and cornering.”
And just because I am addicted to this opening clip with Alan and Jarrett plus it was filmed in our backyard in Victoria, lets watch it again!
Because this is so poetically written I simply stole it instead of trying to compete!
Excerpts from the Banshee blog
“Jacob Gibbins has been the man behind the camera for most of our world cup team videos this year, as well as all track walk vids... check out this show real he put together, which features a lot of Adam Brayton, I might have to tell him to slow down so that he is in shot for longer....
Jacob made Adam sit down in a interview and be serious for once in his life. Adam talks out of his ass so this video is tame and we thank him for watching his P’s & Q’s!
This video was on Banshees blog and I just liked it, nothing to do with us but enjoy!
That was sick! Unfortunately Ryan Berrecloth, Mike Montgomery and Mr Groves were squeezed out during qualifications but as much as I selfishly wanted to see them get into the top ten, the show was amazing. This is old news and I hear RedBull is deleting all content after 2 weeks so enjoy this while you can.
Congrats to Zink the guy has been smacked down more than most but has reclaimed his name by slaying Krankworks and now the Rampage!
And I also found this beauty of a clip titled, Hillclimb Havoc and it is the Rampages uphill cousin!
The Sicklines crew posted a refreshing video that shows us at home what Interbike is truly like minus the smell of urine in the streets.
We never went this year opting for a extended Eurobike trip. Take a look at their site, it’s worth a peek.
I like the part with Jay from Banshee bikes dragging his stuff, I so do not miss the angry Union guys!
If there’s one thing that never fails to make me want to ride, it’s school. Nothing like going through a day of classes, notes, tests, and homework with the urge to ride building as you watch each second tick by on the clock. Fortunately I’m blessed to have Post Office down the street from my school. With the crazy hot days we’ve been having this week, everyone’s been waiting until the sun begins to set before heading out to the jumps. It’s been a good routine: roll up in the late afternoon, give the jumps a nice watering, sip some iced tea, and start riding as the light turns golden and as it starts to cool down. The shadows of lips and landings grow longer and longer until the sun has fully made its way past the horizon. This is the best time to ride as it’s the coolest out and there’s a nice even lighting for a short while before it gets too dark to see. It’s been good times getting seshes like these in here and there, keeping us all sane after school.