Really happy with how this shoot for Zen Fabrication came out. Get the story at dirtragmag.com.
I was one of the first U.S. journalists to get my hands on the Super 2R at the Bell product launch at the Mt. Hood Enduro in Oregon. Wrote the product review for Dirt Rag #182 and shot some selfies. Thanks tripod!
On the central Oregon coast, about three hours south of Portland, you’ll find more than 30,000 acres of windswept sand towering in some spots to more than 500 feet above sea level. Author Frank Herbert found it in the 1950s and the experience inspired his seminal work of science fiction, Dune.
Long the bastion of high-octane motorsports, the areas off-limits to vehicles are largely untraveled, as most hikers through the area tend to stick to the marked course from the entrance to the beach. A fat bike is the perfect vehicle to explore the unending ebb and flow of the dunes’ natural evolution.
I recently joined a group from Portland for a weekend of exploring. Arriving late on Friday we first ventured out well after dark, and seeing the looming shapes and valleys lit only by natural light was intimidating. Like Herbert’s fictional planet of Arrakis, the experience was otherworldly.
As Saturday arrived and we got to see the expanse for the first time, the feeling was replaced with childlike glee as we sped down the valleys and carved sweeping turns into the hillsides. The hard rain the day before left the sand in optimal condition as the ultra-low air pressure in our tires barely left a track. We quickly learned the lighter shades of khaki were firmer, and better suited to climbing, while the areas surrounding vegetation were softer with less wind exposure to shape them.
As we made our way to the ocean we greeted by a double rainbow (what does it mean?!) and some debris washed up from the 2011 tsunami in Japan. While we sessioned the natural jump lines from the dunes down to the beach, a rogue wave led to a mishap that reminded us that nature was still in charge here, and not even huge tires can conquer all.
We also made some friends in nearby Lakeside, where the patrons of the Up the Creek Tavern are starting to get used to those funny looking bikes piled up out front. But please, no arm wresting.
Watch for more as we’re already planning another trip in search of melange—or at least a chance to dune it again.
Words and photos for a factory tour of Lysnkey titanium bicycles.
One of the best things about opening the new home office as the Portland Bureau of Bicycle Times is that I’ve landed right in the middle of Pedalpalooza, Portland’s month-long celebration of bicycles, eccentricity and the joyful intersection of the two. Among the dozens of events schedule are a Prince vs. Bowie dance party ride, a Doctor Who ride, a Traffic Signals Wonkery Ride and of course, the World Naked Bike Ride. Last night I joined the Grill By Bike Ride, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Grillin’ out and drinking beer while riding bikes?
Sign me up.
We started in Ladd’s Circle where I’d estimate roughly 200 people showed up. After an hour or so it was on to Laurelhurst Park (after a beer stop, of course) then finished up along the Springwater Corridor for a dance party meet-up with the Silent Disco Ride.
While everything went fairly smoothly, it should be noted that only trained professional would ride a bike with burning charcoal shooting flames and sparks all over the place.
Anyway, on to the photo gallery!
This is it. The main event. After Friday’s party, Saturday’s qualifying rides and Junkyard ‘Cross, then Saturday’s party, it was time get some racing on for the Golden Speedo and tattoos. The first SSCXWC to be held on the East Coast, Philly was an amazing host for the weekend. Despite some horrible weather for driving to and from along the Pennsylvania Turnpike, it was 48 hours I will never forget.
Another photo of mine used as a spread for the table of contents.
Also a spread of my photos from Interbike:
Tossed out some snarky ideas for what was to be a T-shirt, but ultimately became a sticker we gave out at Interbike 2013.