May 31, 2011


Not to be missed -


Load up on your serious and thoughtful look.

Dirtburger - Decorah June 10-12


Sov invites you down for a weekend of mtbing on some of the Midwest's finest trails. If you haven't been, you really should.

New Entertainment Center

So pumped.

mwmday23 008
mwmday23 007
mwmday23 006
mwmday23 005

Memorial Day In Milwaukee

mwmday23 010
mwmday23 012
mwmday23 025
mwmday23 028
mwmday23 033
mwmday23 029

Couple a 5,6 MWM2 Photos

mwmday23 014
mwmday23 004
mwmday23 016
mwmday23 018
mwmday23 037
mwmday23 036

May 29, 2011

May 28, 2011

Friday Night In Milwaukee

Burd, Tony, and Jeff at The Polish Falcon

mwmnight1 003

After bar disintegration. Tony got knee dropped in the balls hard by our buddy Naomi. He had it comin'.

mwmnight1 006

May 27, 2011

Crucial Jams

"Hang Out With Your Friends In Milwaukee" jams. So stoked to see everybody.


sorry for the no posting yesterday, AC Team rider Chris Clappe is in from Seattle so we've been busy out and about and are now headed to Milwaukee for the weekend to attend Midwest Mayhem. I'll be back to regular posts on Tuesday.

Chris hitting a wall in MPLS

May 25, 2011

Twin City Fantasy Factory


some local BMX rippers built themselves an indoor playground and are inviting folks to pony up and join the club. Their setup is called the TC Fantasy Factory

Here are their rates:

Open 24/7 to all ages, beginners to pros. Members only.

Membership Length Cost
1 Day* $50+tax
1 Week* $100+tax
1 Month* $200+tax
3 Months* $400+tax
*Must coordinate sessions with a Keyholder
6 Months/Keyholder** $600+tax
**Additional $200 if purchased in Sept-Dec

And here's some video of the park

If you're one of those people out there who always wanted to do something like this or wish this existed in Minneapolis, it's time to step up and support to make sure it succeeds.


I was really taken by this photo from Le Container so I figured I'd share it with you


stone cold classic

Peacock Groove Wampa Fork

Erik's got a new production fork called the Wampa for those of you who run or want to run fat tires such as the Surly Endomorph or Larry on your mtb or to juice up your current fatbike with a custom piece.

check that beefcake crown


It's available in 26 or 29'er configurations and because it's a Peacock Groove fork there's really no such thing as "production." It's available in any configuration you wish with whatever braze-ons you desire.

no indication of price, but I'm sure Erik will tell you if you ask him.

Babes in Bikeland

some video from the 2010 Babes race in Minneapolis. For those of you who aren't familiar Babes in Bikeland takes place every September and is most likely the largest all female alleycat in the world.

If you're a lady and you haven't been, it's a great reason to come up to Minneapolis to visit.

Babes In Bikeland from Vadim Gershman on Vimeo.

May 24, 2011

Jeweled White Big Block Framesets

At All-City we just received our first batch of Jeweled White Big Blocks.

this is the color that my second gen prototype came in, and after being asked about it enough times we decided to make it available as another color option (you can still get the classic black w/ white tips).


go get em!

Classic American




Cypress Hill, Temples of Boom
Iron Maiden, Live After Death
Herbie Hancock and Foday Musa Suso, Village Life

I've been looking for a copy of Village Life for years now, ever since Burma turned me onto it in college. It's really pleasant (I know "pleasant" isn't a great word for good music, but it's fitting in this case) music for a hot summer day. Foday Musa Suso plays the 21 string Kora and handles singing duties. World music without all that Putomayo pussy shit.

Top Ten Cyclists of All Time

I was browsing the internets last night looking for a way to keep y'all entertained for one more day and stumbled upon this video of "the top ten cyclists of all time."

some killer vintage footage, and ooh that soundtrack.

pull up a chair and catch some corn

May 23, 2011


Baroo spent the weekend being a little shithead and testing boundaries, we've got to nip his bullshit in the bud

bought this 1920's print at an antique store in Wisconsin. It came from some guy's office in the middle of nowhere.


met up with the boys down at Grumpy's DT

Craiggles McShithead = comedy gold

and some good product testing for you Dan and Murph.

BMX Video Monday

terry adams flatland goodness.

Terry Adams Cruising PDX from #something on Vimeo.

May 22, 2011

Tornado Hits North Minneapolis

Today a tornado tore through parts of North Minneapolis.

To all of our friends and those affected by the storm, I hope you are safe and sound. My heart goes out to you.

Spring Essentials

May 21, 2011

Still Crank Toppin

and this is why AJ is my favorite

MWMII Next Weekend


It is very good.

May 20, 2011

Whilst Here In Milwaukee

AJ Austin Bruiser Check from Sam Erickson on Vimeo.

RIP Macho Man

You will be missed.



Crucial Jams

I can see Jeff really digging the shit out of this song. He seems to like songs about ordinary kids from the city streets. Maybe a showdown gets in the mix too. Never know with that guy.

This video is phenomenal. Except that the chick stole my new look I was going to unveil at MWM2.

And who isn't always looking for a new way to ask to be rocked. Really.

Spring Essentials: Rain

War Wolf Teaser

burned a new screen tonight, but I had a bunch of sand in the sink from Almanzo that made it's way onto the screen so we'll have to wait till tomorrow to see if it's viable.

The War Wolf was drawn (woodcut?) by Mark$ter and the design was finished off by our homie J-Man.


drink it in.

In Battle There Is No Law

He Who Cannot Be Named


Is now officially "Baroo."

Sure it's a bit cutesy, but then again he's a cute dog so fuck it. It's better than Wiggles.

We may amend it to a full title such as Major General Baroo Foxypajamas or some shit.
I'll let you know.

In the meantime here's some pictures of our new dog. I'll try to keep the gratuitous puppy photos to a minimum but some promises you just can't keep. Dogs are the new ice beards.


Favorite Things: Pelican Case

If you're a reader of this blog you probably realize that at times I'm about as graceful as a hippo. I drink often, crash regularly, and am constantly doing dumb shit. Those things often happen outside the home, which means I'm on my bike, which means I have my backpack, which means I have my camera with me. I pretty much don't go anywhere without it, and so a few years back when I got my G11, I needed to find a case to protect it from my life. I seached and searched for a case that could do the job, but the soft cases that I found at camera shops and Best Buy were expensive and didn't look like they would survive daily life in a bag filled with tools and beer cans.

Then in a eureka moment I wandered into a shop that had a full stock of Pelican hard cases.

It was cheap ($22), water, and crash proof. With this I can throw it in my bag and never ever worry about my camera getting blown to bits.

I do have to shim it a bit as it's not a perfect fit, but I've never had any issues and highly recommend them. They come in a variety of sizes to fit just about any camera or anything else you don't want to bust.

May 19, 2011

Thank You

Today I received this 45 in the mail today at the All-City address, completely out of the blue.


It was accompanied by a nice note

and I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank Wes a whole bunch. It made my day and I really appreciate your kindness. I will indeed listen to it while drinking beer before a ride this Spring.

His band is Los Buddies

and he also sent over a pin, which I don't have a photograph of because I pinned it to my office wall and I'm not at the office.

Also since we're talking about 45's, I've always wondered why 45 spacers exist. Why don't they just have a regular hole like every other speed of record. Is it just to make you remember to change the speed of the player?
So I googled it and this is what I found:

"The 45 RPM record was developed by RCA Victor company in 1948 - immediately following the invention of "vinyl" plastic and the development of the 12" LP record by CBS engineers (also in 1948). The 45 RPM speed was the only one to be decided by a precise optimization procedure. The optimum use of a disc record of constant rotational speed occurs when the innermost recorded diameter is half of the outermost recorded diameter. "
RCA marketed the new 45 format by producing and selling hundreds of thousands of 45-ONLY turntables at near cost. Of course, these new turntables with the big center spindle could not play other records with the small holes, so owners were locked into buying only the new style records. By the mid 1950's, the 45 format had become the accepted standard for selling singles, serving RCA through licensing fees (as the patent holders) for both record production and record player production by other companies.
The 45 held sway until the CD revolutionized music distribution with digital sound. This was a full thirty years, from 1955 through 1985. Not even the offshoot formats of reel-to-reel tapes, 4-track tapes, 8-track tapes, and cassette tapes had any significant impact on 45 sales during this period.

So why the fuck do 45's still use a different size hole?
It's so dumb.