Sunday, March 25, 2012

Rally for Justice for Trayvon Martin Tmrw

Not directly bike related, but most certainly justice related. Some things are more important if our society allows someone to hunt you down, kill you, and get away with it because you wear a hoodie and have dark skin.

Frightening, real, and disturbingly unjust:

Friday, March 16, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Barrio Bike Cruise! This Saturday!

daamn, it's been a long time since the last post. SD is making so much progress right now, one can't even update ancient blogs in time. at some point you put your energy more into advancing that process than in documenting it to suit the blog medium.

but the work at is blowing my mind. this fantastic site has changed SD in a way that i never imagined a bike website could.

in a way i do miss the feeling of the 'publish post' button... i'm honored to hit that button at this exact moment because i couldn't be more stoked to show support for Save Our Barrios. SOB has made critical progress in defending the historic barrio. ways of life that are intrinsic to the lifeblood and historical identity of SD must be protected. for a tour of the historic barrio and a discussion on that topic, join SOB and friends in the Barrio Bike Cruise this saturday at 1pm at Chicano Park!

si se puede!

Friday, December 9, 2011

TACOCAT Alley Cat Race & Benefit Tonite!

TacoCat Alley Cat Race Tonite! This is a benefit for Bikes Del Pueblo. Come support this great collective who for years have given up their Saturdays to repair peoples' bikes in City Heights for free.

Plus prizes donated by Mission Hills and Thomas Bike Shop.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Direct Action

Black Friday style:

Anonymous source.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

This Thursday @ MOPA: Bicycle Film Fest is Back!

Sounds like good times. More info. See you there.

Monday, October 17, 2011

RIP Eric LaRose, Electric Warriors

One of SD's key bike boosters and one of my friends, Eric LaRose, tragically passed away last month after having a seizure. Eric started a bike crew called Electric Warriors in late 2006 which, with the help of the Cretins, Kutters, and kids from the early years of Critical Mass, put on some of the most killer rides in SD.

I remember the first time I ever heard of the Electric Warriors was from reading about their first planned ride which was advertised via a poster at Kung Food (also RIP'd). The name and logo was a reference to the great T.Rex album.

But what I dug the most was someone taking the initiative to start something new in SD involving mobilizing people for fun on bikes.

The mission statement for EW was perfect:

The Electric Warriors is a night to escape the confines of cars, it is a night to behold our city, to savor the air in our face, to feel the ground beneath our wheels, to know that there is something more to San Diego than tourist attractions and over priced condos. The Electric Warriors is a group for friends, to make friends, to be with friends. The Electric Warriors is for everyone who knows San Diego is much more beautiful on a bike, it is for everyone who wants to unite and spend one night laughing, being boisterous and jovial, connecting, and most importantly feeling something other than the daily dredge of life. The Electric Warriors is a movement to take back the streets, if not just for one night, at least forever in our memories.

The Electric warriors is a group designed to bring together all of San Diego bike people under the common goal of fun. Many of you have ridden with other groups, many of you have not. This group is for the sole purpose of friendship, to motivate others to bike more often, and of course to have fun. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend the monthly bike rides.

EW's broad appeal, combined with underground appeal of Cretins and Kutters, made the collabo rides super fun and increasingly popular.

In January of '07, the Cops & Robbers ride was the first known "unpermitted" ride in the mid city area to break over 200 people. Back then that was huge.

Eric was always down to get into some fun adventures and was a great person to have as a friend and as a community member. He will be missed.

(Eric (far right) with Ken and Jodi, circa 2006. Damn, that was a whole other era).

(Hung on Eric's bike at his tribute memorial).

RIP buddy.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Rollin Deep: Kendrick Lamar

Damn, this track is fire. Roll deep. Quit fuckin around.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Cretins' LORD OF THE FLIES Ride, Sunday, Sept. 4!

The Cretins' LORD OF THE FLIES Ride is back!

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Street Justice & Grrrl Power: Sisters Take Down Hit-And-Run-Driver

If you've ever been the victim of a hit-and-run, then I'm sure you'll agree that we need more badass, altruistic people like this in society. Damn, wish I could have been there to witness this!:

Wrestling Sisters Take Down Hit-And-Run Suspect In Oklahoma

An alleged hit-and-run driver proved to be no match for a pair of wrestling sisters who used their grappling skills to score a roadside takedown.

Brittany and Brienna Delgado, members of the Oklahoma City University wrestling team, then held the suspect with wrestling techniques until police arrived.

"My sister and I are very proficient wrestlers and also played football in high school, so we know about tackling," Brittany Delgado (right) told The Oklahoman.

The sisters were driving with their grandmother Saturday night when there was a collision with another car. The other driver got out of his car and started running away. Both Delgados pursued him with Brienna in the lead.

"When I was chasing him I was still yelling, 'You need to come back,'" Brienna told The Oklahoman. “I wasn't wearing the proper footwear. I got a little road rash when I tackled him."

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Brienna said the man had his hands beneath him when she tackled him. Then, in case he had a weapon, she concentrated on securing his hands and brought them behind his back with a wrestling move (hammerlock or chicken wing, depending on your terminology or interpretation).

"If Brienna wouldn't have tackled him, I'm pretty sure he would have gotten away," Brittany told The Oklahoman.

The sisters are originally from South Carolina. Brittany, a senior, began wrestling when she was 3 and is a two-time national champion in the Women's College Wrestling Association. Brienna will be a freshman this year.

"They're typical young women wrestlers," Oklahoma City coach Archie Randall told The Oklahoman.

"They're very aggressive and determined with what they're going to do."

He also said the Delgados are shooting for the Olympics, which introduced women's wrestling as an official sport in 2004.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Comic Con Hangover Mountain Bike Ride

If you wake up from your Comic Con hangover in time, join us tomorrow on the Punk Rock MTB Ride field trip to Sweetwater Reservoir!

We'll be visiting one of the oldest train bridges in the region and will be joined by a special guest who is bike touring across the world.

See you tomorrow at Rebecca's (30th & Juniper) at 1pm for the carpool there.

In the meantime, I'm about to head to San Diego Comic Con which is going down this weekend. See you all at the Storm Trooper dance party tonite.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

RIP ATIP: Three Year Anniversary of Our Friend's Death

It's been three years since our friend Atip Ouypron was struck and killed by a motorist in the middle of the deadly University Avenue and Park Blvd intersection between the Hillcrest and North Park neighborhood. We still miss you. RIP.

More info for those who weren't fortunate enough to know Atip.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Matt Spencer, Congo, Matt Lingo Get Down at Home Ave

I was thinking the same thing as Prolly--It's been awhile since I've seen work by SD's Matt Lingo. He most certainly hasn't stopped. Quite the opposite. He's one of the busiest dudes I know. But when I run into him around town he's always in the same good mood, regardless. Him , Congo, and Matt Spencer got busy at one of SD's sickest underworld spots--Home Ave:

The hill is alive. Spencer in control.

Just picked up that same Kenda tire for my mtb whip.

New Leaders are lookin' fresh.

Stay punk.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Wolfpack Hustle to Race a Jet from Burbank to Long Beach

This is amazing. Big ups to Wolfpack. Great idea. P.S. Every day in Southern California is Carmageddon...:

Carmageddon: Bicyclists challenge JetBlue to crosstown race [Updated]

Can bicyclists beat JetBlue from Burbank to Long Beach on "Carmageddon" weekend?

A couple of bloggers have laid down that challenge to a bicycle group after learning JetBlue was offering $4 one-way plane tickets Saturday for the crosstown trip.

The cycle group known as Wolfpack Hustle will do the honors for the wheels against a JetBlue passenger plane. The cyclists are slated to take off at 10:50 a.m. Saturday from a home in Burbank.

Bicycle blogger Joe Anthony will take the 12:20 p.m. JetBlue flight from Burbank to Long Beach. The flight is scheduled to arrive in Long Beach at 1:05 pm.

Anthony is expected to make the finish line about 15 to 20 minutes later at the Long Beach Aquarium.

[Updated at 11 a.m.: “You have to remember, the passenger has to come from his house to the airport and then get from the plane to the Long Beach Aquarium," said a rider known as Roadblock from the Wolfpack Hustle. “Right now on Twitter, people think we can win. We beat a car down there a couple of weeks ago. That was from Silver Lake to Long Beach.”]

What began as a bunch of jokes on Twitter about bikers being able to beat JetBlue between bloggers Tom Vanderbilt @tomvanderbilt and Gary Kavanagh @GaryRidesBikes has evolved into a real-world race.

Roadblock says five riders will take up the Bike vs. Flight challenge.

Organizers say all participants must obey traffic laws, including the person driving Anthony to the airport.

The start of the race is timed so Anthony can arrive at the airport about one hour before takeoff.

That may be just enough time to give Wolfpack Hustle a sporting chance.


Full Carmageddon coverage

LAPD says no to parties, bike rides on 405

Carmageddon: Taiwanese animators poke fun at L.A.

-- Richard Winton

LA Times, July 15: