Monday, July 30, 2012

ACSlayer Electro Scootin'

Some nights Aidan's hardest ride is his ride home. Last night he took a spill pedaling home from the Vomit Squad compound and scored himself a busted ankle. Luckily it's just a sprain and he'll be back on his bike in no time. RATPACK 

Sunday, July 29, 2012

San Francisco / San Jose Final Photo Dump

There's a bunch of pictures so I'll keep this short and sweet, here's the rest of the cell phone/instagram shots I snagged from my time in SF and San Jose. Big thanks to everyone who helped make my time out there so much fun!

MoN in Boothby's Oakley x SE shadeless shades

Chuck's Pfix lookin' good with a red RATPACK underbelly

Layin' Dead in the Streets

Pork Buns at the spot

Milk Tea at the spot

Coconut Water at the spot

Mooninites inside Noisebridge

Hamrick's whip sportin' a RATPACK stickie

Skunk Butter

B in SF

Kezar rail was poppin' 

China Banks, these were crazy to see in person

Another view of the China banks

Crushed some insane tacos

the mini track at Mash SF

Wheeltalk by the stage

Golden Gate bridge / Fog Country

Huge thanks to my brother Jake for giving me a comfortable place to crash for so long in SF. Can't wait to visit again. RATPACK

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Christian Hamrick for Machete

Christian Hamrick has recently linked up with Machete Bikes on some components and just released this edit to make it official. Christian rides with a style all his own; smooth lines and huge tech skills that not many people can come close to touching. Earlier this week Machete released their Slayer bars and will be dropping 9t and 10t micro drive hubs this August that are looking soild. I'm really diggin' Christian's bloody maroon G.O.A.T. especially now that it's been more abused, exposing the the sulfur yellow undercoat. I'm also hyped Christian has been cruisin' with a RATPACK stickie as of lately! Look out for a lot more coming soon from both Christian and Machete. RATPACK  

Friday, July 27, 2012

Carter Howard Fs Feeble

Nick Hanna aka @sketchynik shot this photo of Carter Howard with a steezed out frontside feeble. Carter is a Palace 5ive employee as well as team rider so you know his style is on point, I'm feelin' the camp hat paired with that RATPACK sticker placement! I met Carter and Nick a few years ago when I worked at Palace5ive and it's so sick to see them steadily coming up. Check out Carter's Palace 5ive welcome edit and photos from Nick's most recent #tenstatetour with Justin Damer. RATPACK

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Home Sweet Home

Last night I caught a flight from SF to LA then took a redeye back to VA. Currently I am back home in Richmond, VA. Can't say I'm thrilled to be back to these 100 degree temperatures but the time had come to return. I want to thank everyone who helped make my trip to the Bay Area so great, huge thanks to all the SF homies Daniel, Jeff, Ramon, Susie, Julio, Mike, Adam, Chuck, Julian, Forest Parker, Matt Reyes, Pete Brandt, Larry "WeOutHere", and Crazy Dave. I also want to give another huge thanks to everyone in San Jose especially Christian, Mike Schmitt, Devon Lawson, Ben Schmitt, BBG Joseph, NYC Grandma, Alex Blanco, Jeff Dempler, Ed "Wonka", Matt Montoya, Anthony Combs, Nhan, Spencer, and Zackula. Thanks guys, I couldn't have asked for a better time!

A view of Virginia suburbia 

A cool 70 back to a blazin' 103.

Keep an eye out for a ton of footage covering the trip as well as Christian Hamrick's Holdfast edit dropping soon. RATPACK

Monday, July 23, 2012

Montoya Still Droppin' Fire

   Mattew Montoya has a stock pile of clips he's been sitting on for a minute now, it's so sick to see him still dropping edits while he recovers from his injury. He gave me a sneak peek of this edit while I was in San Jose last week and I'm real hyped on this final version he posted earlier today. Check out Montoya's smooth as silk hang5 and nose manny lines (plus that big ass double peg!) paired with JeffyD's solid camera work. Great job guys!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Thanks Destroy Bikes

Yesterday at the Destory 3rd and Army Jam / Fuck Fest Sean from Destroy Bikes hooked me up with one of their shirts. Sean is a cool dude and makes some seriously killer frames. Support a real made in America company and pick up some Destroy gear here. Fuck Fest was weird, but I was kinda into it. Look out for some footage covering the event dropping soon. RATPACK

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Forest Parker Showed Up

Today after the Destroy jam I met Forest Parker by the island. He recently switched over to 26inch and is looking right at home already. It's crazy how many people roll by the island on any given day, it is definitely one of the best hangout spots in SF. Hopefully we will get a few clips together before I head back to Richmond, VA. Check out his newest edit for Chrome hereRATPACK

SF Island Life

Here's a quick look into life at the island in SF on any given day. When Pete Brandt isn't touring the world putting on flatland demos he's OUT HERE and going non stop, check out his blog here. RATPACK

Friday, July 20, 2012

Destroy Bikes BBQ

Tomorrow Destroy Bikes will be holding a BBQ/Jam at 3rd and Army. As the flier says they will also have a merch tent set up with special deals on the Masochist frame and 666 bars as well as some live music. Should be sick, if you're in the area come out, I know I'll be there. RATPACK

Ed Wonka Does Big Brown

Mike Schmitt shot this ad for Grime bikes of Ed "Wonka" LaForte double peggin' to skid on big brown with Matt "Slumworm" Reyes and myself filming for Shredwell2. This 19 stair handrail is the biggest thing I've ever seen someone do on a fixed in person, Ed is a BEAST. Check out his newest video for Chrome with Anthony Combs making a guest appearance here.

iMiNUSD San Jose

iMiNUSD was one of the first shops dedicated to solely track and fixed gear riding. As one of fgfs leading retailers the shop has helped push the industry to where it is today, and will continue to be a leader within the community for years to come. I was psyched to see the store as well as the impact it has had on the surrounding San Jose area. RATPACK

Big thanks to my man Nhan for hooking me up with a grip of stickers

Thursday, July 19, 2012

San Jose Chillin'

I ended up staying in San Jose a bit longer than I had planned and didn't bring a computer charger with me so the majority of my San Jose trip will be shown through instagram pictures I snagged during my time there. #regram? RATPACK

Anthony Combs' Woodgrain G.O.A.T 

Chef Combs mixin' up mac n' cheese curtsey of Big Hirsch

Montoya came by to drop some knowledge

Mike Schmitt shooting Devon Lawson outside the traphouse

They mad cus we mobbin'

All-Star bike pile; Alex Blanco, Ed Wonka, Mike Schmitt, Jeff Dempler, Matt "Slumworm" Reyes, and myself

Ed and Slum fuelin' up at the spot

I literally lived off these $2.50 bahn mai sandwiches from Dakao, along with ramen noodles and otterpops all week

Backyard chillin' with JeffyD, Ed, and Slum

RATPACK in San Jose

Last thursday after 3rd and Army I took the last CalTrain out to San Jose to meet up with Hambone and continue filming as well as kick it with the rest of the Grime boys at the G.O.A.T traphouse. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

3rd and Army

Last week Daniel McD, Jeff of BayAreaFixed, and Susie took me to one of SF's most legendary spots, 3rd and Army. I'm really fortunate to have local riders showing me around to so many spots I may not come across otherwise. RATPACK