April 30, 2012

BMX Video Monday



People who think riding their bicycle is saving the world and vocalists dressed in vintage-store garbage need to all move to an island somewhere where they can worship each other as much as they want. Oh wait, they did, it’s called Williamsburg. 

via Vice

April 29, 2012

Night Ride this Tuesday


I know it's late notice, but that's how I roll.

The agenda:
Meet under the Hennepin Bridge at 8pm
We will cruise around DT to South to Witches, to North East or so.

Expect a decent pace.  I will be riding a track bike.  You, you can ride whatever you want.

Some beers, will be drank, but the point is to hustle.

Hope to see you.

April 28, 2012

Greg Bemis

The creative force behind the Lazer Hands and Partywolf shirts, just clued me into this video of him painting a mural in his shared workshop in Portland.

Check it out:

see more of Greg and his cohort's work at the Experiment With Nature blog

April 27, 2012



aka: Busk, Buskino, Shithead, Dr. Keith Wiggles DDS (Doctor of Dog Stuff), Brown Dog, Mr. Brown, Puppy Pants, Dingleberry Crunch

Stu Louder by Kevin Sparrow

Kevin shot these lovelies of our homie Stu Louder at last year's NACCC's

via AC Blog

Friday Funday with B.Ridget

Classic Style


Valley Cat 6

Once more Bike Jerks is proud to sponsor this now long running alleycat in our old stomping grounds


April 26, 2012

Midwest Mayhem 3


can't wait to go back to MKE

Sibely Low Road Night Ride Photos


Getting out on a second ride after coming home from work (my commute is about an hour each way) is a huge pain in the ass.  The whole reason I setup yesterday's night ride was to force myself to do it.

Rolling up on the spot at 7:30 I was secretly hoping that no one else would show so that I could go home and chill out.

About 9 people came out, a couple of whom I had never had the pleasure of riding with before and some of whom who had never been on the route before.

After making it down to the drop in, we stopped on the cattle guard bridge where we noticed that the carp were swimming up the stream.  As you can see from the photos the light was gorgeous and seeing these big fish flop and jump up the rapids was a great start to the night.


The ride itself was awesome. The sun was fading, the forest metal was going, the youngsters were keeping a quick pace and the ride got a bit sporty.  Chasing dudes down the Sibley side Jedi style (no lights) with a light sprinkle.

The point I'm getting at is that it's amazing how good life can be when you put in a little extra effort.




Little Matt getting after it during the Powderhorn 24 this past August.

One of my all-time favorites.

April 25, 2012

Favorite Things

I like cycling kit.

It makes me feel fast, it makes me feel pro.  I fancy myself a somewhat pragmatic person and there is simply no other getup better for riding a bicycle.  (cold weather and such not permitting)  

this is the part where you say thank you to my sound judgement

Many of my friends are of the kits are for roadies/poseurs/etc school of opinion.  They wouldn't be caught dead in a "tutu and tap shoes," unless of course it's a very long ride in which case sometimes they'll bend to the occasion.  They know the right way  to go, but their sense of fashion impedes their sense of practicality.

Fuck feeling bad about it, these are the tools of the cycling trade.  I like the ridiculousness of it, the tan lines, the flattering of the leg, the fact that they make guys in pickup trucks yell "fag" out the window.

I like feeling like a streamlined son of a bitch, I like the fact that it's as close to naked as you can get and ride a bike (I'll tell you the naked mountain bike story sometime, but let's just keep it short and say that the idea is better than the reality),  and I ain't afraid to say so.

Bump that shit, homie. Loud and proud.

WTB: Bontrager Saddles


In the mid 00's, Bontrager saddles such as the above littered Trek retailers take off bins.  They had names like Race, Race Lite, Race Lux, Race Lite Lux, etc.   While most didn't think much of them, they happen to fit my ass like a glove.

If you happen to have any of these things laying around, holla at me.  I'm in the market.

Also if you know what non Bontrager saddle they were based on, I'd love to have that info.

April 24, 2012

Night Ride Tonight

Don't forget we're making a run tonight.

night ride

Classic Style


April 23, 2012

Bandit Cross Race 9 3/22

The dog park was once more raced, about 20 people showed, 9 raced, Pierre won, and I think after this photoset you can pretty much refer to me as the Hub team photographer because I fucking nailed those dudes.









See the rest of the photos here.  Big thank you to everyone who showed up.


Friday Campout

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BMX Video Monday

this video will get you punching Monday in the balls.

April 22, 2012

New Shirts: Prolly is not Sheldon Brown and Lazer Hands

Finally ready to hit you with two new designs, one that pokes a bit of fun at our brother in arms John Prolly, and yet another sick design from our homie Greg Bemis up in Portland.

First let's start with the soon to be infamous Prolly shirt.
IMG_3181 this is the concerned look I get when John hasn't updated his blog for 36 minutes, I hope he's okay

These shirts are soon to be Flag Hatchet approved, as they are hand made in my workshop in MPLS on American Apparel t-shirt stock. These will be limited to a small run of 40, so please act fast if you want one.

 $19 takes it.

As another blogger might say, Swoop Here

And this jobber is the latest from Greg Bemis. IMG_3204


 I'm calling it, Lazer Hands, get one from the Bike Jerks shop

Wednesday: Tarck Life

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April 19, 2012

Favorite Things: American Apparel Hoodie

little Matt wearing his third Bike Jerks Gang Hoodie

This is an easy one, as pretty much every day since January 2008 I have worn my Bike Jerks gang hoodie which is printed on an American Apparel Flex Fleece Sweatshirt stock.
These are my colors, if I'm out of the house and it's not shorts weather, chances are I have this on my back. You know I roll hard for the set.

Over four years now and this baby has held up like a champ. I've had to sew the pockets a few times but I can't fault the hoodie for my being a drunk clutzy asshole.

These things are made in the USA (I know a lot of people don't like American Apparel, but I love the cuts and the quality), are ludicrously soft when first worn, and few things in the world stay in style like a black hoodie. Right up there with Wayfarers, Chucks, and Levi's.

If you tuck into one of these little numbers though, make sure you make knots in the hood draws before you wash it, or you're gonna lose those things in the wash.

I highly recommend them.

G & S Mark Heintzman 1991

While in California last month I got stoked on all of the folks I saw using their skateboards as transportation. Especially the ones riding regular size skateboards with big wheels.

I don't want to bag on long boards, but the simple fact is that much like the music of Bob Marley, college kids have ruined them for everyone.

Well recently, a friend of mine bought a house in the neighborhood and I've been using my old skateboard to get between our houses and through that action have discovered the joys of having Baroo pull me around as well.

Here is my old setup:

1991 Mark Heintzman Gordon & Smith
I got this in fourth grade for Christmas, though I had the wheels on my old Santa Cruz, the deck, Bridgebolts, rails, risers, and trucks were new

Sidebar: these are unmarked trucks with a dagger on one (in the metal) and a snake on the other, anybody know what the heck these might be?

The board is big with a lot of concave and a big nose and tail, however my neighborhood cruising has been sucky since the wheels on it are Powell T-Bones ramp wheels which are hard as shit.

Enter some new parts into the mix to make this old schooler a neighborhood ruler
Lucky ABEC 7 Bearings and Gravity Burner wheels 66mm and a super soft 74a


This parts swapping also gave me the opportunity to bust out one of my all time favorite tools
An old school Fix Stix. It's got a bearing press, and sockets for the truck mounting hardware, kingpin, and wheel bolts.

Just busting this out reminded me of how the night of a sleepover we'd all take our boards apart and clean and lube the bearings in preparation for the next days epic sesh.

And this is the finished product.

I'm now officially monster trucking and the soft wheels ride like a freaking dream.