Thursday, December 17, 2009

"Vintage" Bike Shot Found



Mike Schmitt on "Goldberg"

Mike lived at Carlton and could be frequently seen either wheeling up and down the road, figuring out how to unicycle (often over logs and crates), or actually inventing fixed tricks. He moved to RVA after we got evicted and since then has been blowing up. Check him out on Pedal Consumption and Prolly (both from the same day, too) - congrats, Mike!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

時間は上がる



TIME'S UP!


Tonight, I had the pleasure of spending time with some friendly and wonderful folks at TIME'S UP bike coop (at their Brooklyn location). I always enjoy seeing how different people in different areas react to the needs of their community, and the constant flow of people in there definitely made it seem that it has long been an integral part of the community here.

Overall, the space had every tool my friend and I needed, but it did seem this location didn't have many used parts, and didn't have storage for works in project. I assume that their Manhattan location did. I commend them for their awesome efforts in participating in direct action against car culture, and aiming on bringing together everyone through cycling.

If you're in NYC, traveling through for any amount of time, I would highly suggest checking them out, and I'm sure you'll be greeted by their friendly demeanor and knowledgeable mechanics. It was most definitely a nice change in pace from the not so friendly attitudes of some of the more well known bike shops up here.

See ya'll soon!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thursday, November 19, 2009

NEW STUFF
//

New cuts in the works, event in may, 2 new prospects, and lots of fun planned. Get ready.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

ここで、今日のイベントは

alright! went on a short freaky friday ride with brad last night. stopped at davids global bicycle emporium and got one tire! dumpster was pretty empty. i guess friday is definitely the ay to go, at least there.

today is the first build day in a while and im super excited. going to nicoles's father's house to use his gear. so far its me and grapevan and brad. anyone else wanna go? hope we get a complete build out of today. not sure what time we are getting this started, im waiting to hear from grape.

Friday, November 13, 2009

状況

freaky friday ride tonight yall when i get out of work (around 1130ish) come on out yall! go to hoops later!

also i am prospecting brad. hope thats not a problem for anyone. dont see why it would be though he is the shit

me and grapevan are having a build day on sunday at nicole's dads house on sunday. it should be the shit. he has a bunch of nice shit including a press!

me and mike were also talking about making the new cuts with a welding mask and crossing mig torches. what do yall think?

love yall and hope i see you tonight

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

皆が一緒に取得し、互いを愛するしようとする

talkin to fromdeland i think the plan is to have our mutual friend from heart of gold make a screen(of our design) for us and send it to us. i think this is sweet on several levels 1. it will increase co-op between like minded bike punx and 2. he will do a badass job.

so im wondering how much dux we need to get together to get that done asap. also to get the paint. maybe we can multi-digit disc. the paint?

also do we want to stick with the original design? or change it up a bit?

it would be sweet if we could maybe all hangout for a lil on sunday (my next day off) or any other day this week after like 11pm. of course this is only my personal schedule and everyone else has theirs too.

havent really been able to talk to anyone about the welder situation and im not sure what the plan is. pretty integral tool for what we do! i might just buy one in jan. if we havent gotten access to one on the reg yet. that is a while from now though and im sure we would all love to start rebuilding our "stable"

oh and this friday me and sarah are going to go to some of the local trash boxes and czech em out. who else want to go? itll be after 11. found some sweet stuff from davids global cyclery last time.

love and miss yall
jonbeard

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

New cuts/member status?

We should figure out if this is going to happen or not. What are everyone's thoughts on opening up to new members? trial period? getting freaky friday back in action? Yabai Port St. Lucie chapter? :)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

バラスト

Ace Metric is holding a fundraiser set for November 8th - come out and support blackshaw and Orlando's only fixed/ss shop, rider/friend owned and operated. I'm told there will be a trick comp and mini-alleycat, amonf other fun things.

from the Ace Metric blog:

"Planning is lining up nicely for the 8th. The official flier will be ready in a day or two but here's a sneak peek at confirmed sponsors in no particular order.

Leader, All City, Fyxation, Supra, Mishka, Meta Bags, Aerospoke, Volume, Cog Mag, Subrosa, The Shadow Conspiracy, Oury, Octopus Caps, Death Pedal, Laek House, Southampton Ales & Lagers, and Shipyard Brewery."

ALSO

Tonight is Japanther/Slaves/1991/Dj Furoche at Stardust around 9 - Heres the flier - I assume Magic and the Johnsons won't be playing on account of Tim's absence.



click for larger version

Tribute to one-footed tricks


Go to BNQT.com for more videos.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

新しい溶接機

we need a new welder
http://cgi.ebay.com/90-AMP-FLUX-CORE-WIRE-MIG-WELDER-FREE-WELDING-CART_W0QQitemZ230393290652QQcmdZViewItemQQptZBI_Welders?hash=item35a4829f9c

Monday, October 26, 2009

重大

Running up that Hill



Thursday Morning!

I'm riding to Gainesville again for THE FEST. It'll be about 112 miles (a great way to "break myself" after being off my bike for a torturous 2 months). I can usually count on 15/20 mph average for rides that are flat, relatively wind-free and less than 50 miles, but this ride is really hilly, and in my experience, was also windy. I'd count on 10-15 mph for this (6 to 10 hours of riding time, plus breaks). It'll probably be pretty horrible after awhile and I might bring camping supplies to break up the ride for a two-day'er

Bike set up (i wish I had a touring bike, god damnit - maybe i'll fix up circle pat's gitane): Pista Concept with 650c front - 46x17 - not well suited in the slightest.

Gear (in burro backpack // packing light):
-Tarp
-Sleeping bag
-Gloves
-Tuneage (ipod)
-Reading material
-Phone charger
-Map?
-Hobo Stove
-Viddles
-Water

I think that oughtta be light enough.

All that said, would anyone like to come along and make the trip more awesome? FYI I want to leave before the sun comes up.

Get to tha CHOPPA! // Siqq Brag


Get to tha CHOPPA!
Originally uploaded by John Prolly
I met John Prolly in Brooklyn, randomly enough! I remember when I ran into Tom Lamarche in Philly after the Amebix Show back in January, Steve mentioned that he'd only be impressed when I ran into Prolly himself. Hahaha. There you go, steve.

For the record, he's a really nice guy it seems. He seemed surprised that I recognized him, much moreso that people read his blog ("prolly" one of, if the THE most read FG Blogs out there).

Still no luck, however, in meeting BSNYC. I'll just have to settle for NSYNC member Joey Fatone (or Fat One) who I met while pedicabbing in Orlando ca. 2005. Maybe I'll hang out at NYSC (New York Sports Club, a popular gym).



Check out Prolly isn't Probably if you haven't


重要

ORLANDO TOMORROW

I'll be back in the peninsular paradise of Orlando tomorrow night! Anyone want to hang out? I've seen some cool stuff and met some cool people for sure, and if there's any way I could sum up my feelings on being back, it'd be "Fucking Awesome."

Travel and get out of town a lot: the grass does look greener everywhere, but I'd say as a whole, Orlando takes itself for granted a lot. To paraphrase (or misquote) two cool people (xbillyx from daytona, and elise):

"If you hate your city, you hate yourself..."

and

"If you're bored, you're boring..."

I think the punx need to be upped more. I think people need to quit saying "f****t" and calling everything they don't like "gay." I think it's about time people hung out everyday again (and excuse me sincerely if all these things have happened while i've been gone), let's actualize the potential of RCBC, Food not Bombs, Black Manatee Collective, Orange Juice, YABAI, PLB, Z/2BBC, Black Cats, CM, etc.

Orlando is full of some of the most dedicated, non-jaded, friendly, fun kids i've ever met. What's standing in our way from having a first-rate bike collective? Awesome bike events? A supportive culture and community that encompasses all of our little clubs and "cliques?" Our own inertia, that's what. And objects at rest; cultures at rest, tend to stay at rest.

p.s. derek and I were talking about a "lord of the rings" -themed alleycat - ybc meeting to work out details?

ryan!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Jonbeard: the font is called "bionique" - i have the transparencies still somewhere...

Freakbikes spotted in Brooklyn (that we had a camera for)
photos from dereks fb













I spotted a really cool mono-tube chopper on meserole on a walk one morning, as well as a bedazzled (by a disco ball?) tall-chopper in greenpoint.

If you have anymore information on who built these / who they belong to, comment back!

Others seen in RVA, DC, Philly Etc...

In other news i'll be back in Orlando on tuesday - riding out to the fest on thursday - anyone else want to ride bikes?


missing the sunshine,
ryan fromdeland...

kanji

so we should get together soon to get those new cuts printed, and settle on an upcoming build day. we got frames and parts. just all need to get together with a welder and party.
ryan what was the name of the font you used for the patches?


also are we switching to black and olive green? or staying black and white?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

BLOWING爆発しなさいUP!!!!!

Congrats to the folks at BOLD HYPE for their coverage in the latest Juxtapoz Issue!



read

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Pittsburg

any chance of Ryan and Derek heading that way?

Sunday, September 6, 2009

YABAI Nowhere/vacation chapter

I talked to mike about this - the sort of "on the road" chapter - what does everyone think? It'd really be just me and derek (unless any of y'all are trying to 'get up and go.') If this is okay, maybe it'd be just another set o' cuts, for travelling, like being dual-enrolled.

ryan!

Friday, September 4, 2009

気紛れな金曜日



While this hasn't happened in a while it's surely not dead! That's right Freaky Friday! Plan on meeting up behind Colonial Photo at 10PM. Roll call.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

kore ha yabai



just found this on youtube

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Friday, August 7, 2009

Support Stevie Lowe!

from panagioti

An Appeal for Barley Barber and an Appellate Bond for Stevie Lynn Lowe:

On July 23, 2009, Stevie Lynn Lowe went to trial for her actions to
defend and save Barley Barber Swamp. Stevie faced the charges of
trespassing into Barley Barber and for resisting arrest when she swam
through the swamp, climbed a tall Swamp Maple and locked herself to
the tree. At 3705 Megawatts, FPL’s Martin County Power Plant, which
sits adjacent to Barley Barber is killing the wetlands through
hydrologic disruption and pollution.

The Jury found Stevie no guilty of trespassing. Neither the State nor
FPL could prove that the energy giant owns Barley Barber. This was a
major victory. However, the charge of resisting arrest without
violence, a misdemeanor, stuck. The Judge presiding over the case
sentenced Stevie, who has no prior record, to 90 days in jail and a
year probation for that single charge which rarely stands on its own.
This excessive sentencing is an obvious attempt to stifle dissent.
We still need to raise approximately $5000 more to get Stevie out on a
$10,000 appellate bond while we proceed to appeal several aspects of
the case. The money raised for bond will eventually come back to us
after the appeal process and will we used for future organizing and
legal support for direct action in the swamps.

We are still working to raise the $10,000 for her appellate bond. We
just spoke to her this morning, today is her 14th day inside Martin
County Jail. She is in an over-crowded unit, forced to sleep in the
common area. She has still not received a room and is experiencing
sleep deprivation. She says there are 18 women in a unit designed to
hold only 10 and the showers have been going out of order. She also
says she has submitted a request for vegetarian food which is not
being processed, and has not been able to get healthy meals, according
to her spiritual beliefs.. Please give the jail a call and let them
know she has support on the outside. PLEASE STAY POLITE and FOCUSED.
Our suggested message to the jail administration is this:

"I have been informed that an inmate named Stevie Lowe is in an
over-crowed housing unit and is being denied food consistent with her
spiritual beliefs."

Call the Martin County Jail at (772) 220-7200.. They may ask you for
your name and phone number and if you would like to have a call back
regarding this matter. If you are not willing to do that, we suggest
you

-----------------------------------------
Write Stevie letters at:

Stevie Lowe
Martin County Jail
800 SE Monterey Road Stuart, Florida 34994

-----------------------------------------


Please donate money:
-via PayPal at www.EvergladesEarthFirst.org

-For more details and media links on Stevie's case:
http://pbcec.blogspot.com/2009/07/appellate-bond-set-at-10000-for-fpl.html

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

THIS WEEKEND!

Thursday:


Asymmetric Warfare (from Seattle - crust/grindcore/whatever)
No Qualms (Orlando crasherviolence/hc)
Fecal Assfixiation (Orlando grindcore turds - fex now on vocals!)
Dissident Aggressor (Orlando thrash/crust/thrust - for fans of Kreator/etc.)
The Panix (Miami Thrash)
Magic and the Johnsons (Orlando ??? - You might like them a lot - 2 piece with echoey vocals)

Friday:

Risk and Reward kids seem like upstanding folks, we'll be here appreciating them by jousting them.

Bands include: Asymmetric Warfare, No Qualms, Fecal Ass and more!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

al pönx



not punk



Soooooo.....
Beer:

Miller Brewing Co. has been owned by Altria Group (Philip Morris) since June 12th, 1969. They were bought in 2002 by SAB (South African Breweries // post-purchase known as SABMiller), but Altria group still "Retains a 28.7% ownership interest" in Miller Brewing Co. SABMiller also owns 58% of MolsonCoors Brewing. On top of their beer record, they're also one of the world's largest coca-cola bottlers.

Avoid These:
Miller:
Miller Genuine Draft
Miller Genuine Draft Light
Miller High Life
Miller High Life Light
Miller Light, Milwaukee's Best
Milwaukee's Best Light
Milwaukee's Best Ice
Miller Chill
Icehouse
Sparks
Sparks Light
Steel Reserve.
Hamm's Beer
Hamm's Golden Draft
Hamm's Special Light
Red Dog
Southpaw Light


MolsonCoors Breweries:
Coors, "The Banquet Beer"
Coors Light
Blue Moon
Killian's Irish Red
Keystone (limited markets)
Keystone Premium (limited markets)
Keystone Light
Keystone Ice
Carling
Carling C2
Carling Premier
Caffreys
Worthington's
Sol (UK)
Grolsch (UK)
Grolsch Weizen (UK)
Grolsch Blond (UK)
Magners Draught
Stones
Zatec
Kasteel Cru
Worthington's White Shield
Dos Equis (UK)
Molson Canadian
Molson Export
Molson Golden
Molson Ice
Molson Dry
Rickard's
Creemore Springs


----------
What does this really mean? I know most of us already won't buy coca-cola for human-rights violations (including, of course, the hired murder of labor leaders in Colombia). I know a lot of my friends are vegan too. We "vote with our dollar," even if our dollar isn't that much. It seems like a lot of us are slowing down and buying in lately. I've heard the word faggot used casually as much as I did in high school. About a year and a half ago almost all of my friends started smoking. At first it was American Spirits and rolleys - purportedly the "conscious" choice. - and now it's camels, etc. This whole trend is a slippery slope - I've seen many quit being vegan too.

Of course this choice rests on everyone. I'm just bummed that my friends are "norming out" - some of which inspired me to become vegan, or told me about how fucked up coke or mcdonalds or ________ was. If any of these things ever really meant anything to you - please think about who you are giving your money to - and for what.

For those of us who drink alcohol (myself included) there are things to be considered.

Anheuser-Busch InBev Corporation has a shorter list of problems. On the surface, they do own and operate the Busch Gardens and Discovery Cove parks, that make money with their "entertainment zoos," exploiting captive animals. I'm not able to find too much else aside from the usual big corporation stuff - as a sidenote, all AB Beers are vegan. So if this is acceptable to you, A/B beers may be for you when you're getting some beers at the bodega. PBR may also be acceptable, as their own brand, but they are partially outsource-brewed by SABMiller.

Microbreweries are also a good choice, but make sure to check which are vegan - barnivore.com is a good way to look them up. As is googling "(beer name) vegan". As a quick reference - all german beers are vegan by default following the German Purity Law of 1516 that essentially limited what a German-Produced beer could be made from (water, barley, hops, yeast). Also, strangely enough, Guiness Extra-Stout is vegan. Other vegan beers I like:

Weyerbacher Brewing Company: Merry Monks (9.3% abv , Trippel), Blithering Idiot (11.1% abv, English Barleywine)
North Coast Brewing Company: Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout (9% abv - Russian Imperial Stout and my favorite beer), Scrimshaw Pilsener (4.4% abv, German-style Pilsener)
Dogfish Head Brewery: 90-Minute IPA (9% abv, Imperial IPA), Chicory Stout (5.2% abv, American Stout)
Rogue Ales: Mocha Porter (5.2% abv, American Porter), Dead Guy Ale (6.5% abv, Helles Bock)
Orlando Brewing: Blackwater Dry Porter (?% abv, American Porter), Eagle Stout (5.8% abv, American Stout), Miami Weiss (?% abv, Hefeweizen), Pale Ale (?% abv, American Pale Ale)

Obviously there are a ton more out there, and obviously these are more expensive than your usual 18-rack of High Life, but you've got to consider what that cost means. It's more expensive to eat at Ethos than it is to eat at McDonald's, and maybe you'll eat out less or drink less as a result, but there's a reason behind it.
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(incomplete list of brands, there are hundreds) Coca-Cola:
Coca-Cola
Fanta
Dasani
Minute Maid
Nestle (subsidiary - Zephyr Hills water)
Sprite
Seagrams
Barq's Root Beer
Odwalla
Glaceau (Vitamin Water, Smart Water)


Here are the Philip Morris Brands, in case we've forgotten:
Cigarettes:
Alpine
Basic
Best
Bristol
Bucks
Cambridge
Chesterfield (Yes, they've got you by the balls, Jawbreaker fans)
Classic
Collector's Choice
Commander
Drina
Elita
English Ovals
F6
Lark
Long Beach
L&M
Marlboro
Merit
Morava
Next
Parliament
Philip Morris
Players
Saratoga
Sparta
Start
Sampoerna (a brand of Indonesian kreteks)
Virginia Slims


Wine:
Chateau Ste Michelle
Columbia Crest
Stags Leap Wine Cellars
Conn Creek
Red Diamond
Snoqualmie
Spring Valley
Villa Mt Eden
Erath
Col Solare
Northstar
Villa Antinori
Tormaresca
Tiganello
Antica Napa Valley
Solaia
Santa Cristina
Haras di Pirque
Hawk Crest
Fourteen Hands
Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte
Palmes d'Or
Domaine Ste Michelle

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco (the other industry giant) doesn't have much better of a track record. From the National Farm Worker Ministry - "R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company is the second-largest tobacco company in the United States, manufacturing about one of every three cigarettes sold in the country. In 2006 Reynolds American Inc. had sales in excess of $8.5 billion worldwide. While big tobacco makes billions, tobacco farmworkers live in poverty, face racism and harassment, nicotine poisoning, lethal pesticides, staggering deft, and have hardly any labor and human rights protections." - They've come into the attention of several human rights and labor organizations for slave-like conditions in the fields, among the usual laundry list of questionable-at-best lobbying practices and "combative attitudes" (according to internal memos) to the spread of the knowledge of the adverse health effects of second-hand-smoke.

Products:
Camel
Kool
Winston
Salem
Doral
Eclipse
Export A
Pall Mall
Barclay
Belair
Capri
Carlton
GPC
Kamel
Lucky Strike
Misty
Monarch
More
Now
Tareyton
Vantage
Viceroy
American Spirits




Out there still are Skydancers I guess (*until they're bought by someone) - American Spirits are owned by Santa Fe Tobacco, which is owned by Reynolds American - the parent company of R.J. Reynolds.


Sunday, July 26, 2009




also on a bike note my cog is slipping. its a bummer. i need to pick up the chopper and my coaster wheel.
p.s. the pic above is from


Wednesday, July 22, 2009

from student farmworker alliance

"Food, Inc.?" - Great movie. Chipotle? - Don't believe the hype.



That was the message brought by Fair Food activists to moviegoers across the country at recent screenings of the documentary "Food, Inc." sponsored by Chipotle -- which still refuses to work in partnership with the CIW to improve conditions in its tomato supply chain.

Check out the CIW site today for an exclusive report and pictures from our response to this (brazen and hypocritical?) move on the part of Chipotle, and click here to see the open letter from sustainable food leaders -- including the director and producer of "Food, Inc." -- calling on Chipotle to work with the CIW. (You can still add your name to the letter - and email Chipotle's CEO in the process - by clicking here: http://action.americanrightsatwork.org/campaign/chipotle )

Check out some great grassroots reporting from a couple of the Chipotle-sponsored screenings:

"Why were fair food activists kicked out of Food, Inc.?" (Denver Fair Food)
"Philly residents demand that Chipotle respect farmworkers" (Labor Justice Blog)
Meanwhile, preparations for the 2009 Encuentro continue as the August 1 application deadline quickly aproaches.

Start getting ready for what promises to be a season of intense action in the Dine with Dignity campaign and the Campaign for Fair Food as we call on Aramark, Sodexo, leading supermarket chains and Chipotle to do their part to finally end the human rights crisis in Florida's fields.

--
Student/Farmworker Alliance
P.O. Box 603
Immokalee, FL 34143

web | www.sfalliance.org
phone | 239.657.8311
fax | 239.657.5055

Friday, July 17, 2009

stolen from bikepirates

apparently homeboys' kickstand broke, but was still useful...




link

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Thursday, July 2, 2009

FREE PRODUCE @ HELL(A) HAPHY

Free Produce today (and every thursday) at Hell@ Haphy Haus (1201 N. Bumby).
All Day(ish) // in tha CARPORCH

What's in today:
Onions, Cukes, Lettuce, Spring Mix, Bok Choi, Carrots, Portobellos, Button Mushrooms, Cilantro, Basil, Plantains, Bananas, Mangos - BYOB (bring yr own bag)

Why?
Mutual Aid:, food waste in this country, the amount of hunger in this country, the rising costs of food, the rising cost of living, shrinking jobs, economy and nutrition. All of this food was donated because it couldn't move from the distributor in time and would've just been wasted.

GET THERE
that bikes got some memories.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

浜はない何でもよい人々でありではない。

42BELOW VODKA / BICYCLE FILM FESTIVAL = 42RIDE





So as you may well know, our good friend and bicycle mechanic extraordinaire, Jonathan Scarboro (sorry if I misspelled that) was chosen as one of 42 riders to participate in the "42RIDE" - a tour across north america - from NY to LA. This ride benefits the Alliance for Biking and Walking (appropriately, a contribution of $'¥?'42,000). On top of this the riders are compensated (very well, might I add).

Strangely enough, a guy I met when I was up in Greensboro, NC (chris) was also chosen, and will be on the Northern Route with Jonathan. They both are keeping blogs of the journey (see below) - ought to make for a good read.

Jonathan's Blog
Chris' Blog

Wish them luck!
-fromdeland

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Off the Horn

Friday, June 12, 2009

really?

http://orlando.craigslist.org/bik/1216612411.html

Tuesday, June 9, 2009



YEN SYMBOL

¥B© // Ø®LÅNDÖ

Saturday, June 6, 2009

長い無し

運転は選択ではない



So I Elise and I went to St. Pete yesterday to ride bikes/hang out/aquarium it a little and I ran into some RRBC kids there who were really nice - I randomly thought that It'd be cool if we went to one of their critical masses, they're also on the last friday ov the month (like most cm rides), and according to google maps - the non-highway (bicycle route) is about 125 miles. So why not ride it? We could possibly have someone drive some tallbikes and such out too if they weren't up for the ride, too. I'd like to hereby propose that yabai bc make a "pilgrimage" to st pete to hang out and ride cm with risk and reward bc - and I propose July 31st to do it - maybe leave the 28th or something and try to knock out the ride in two days and chill one more before the ride. Then we'd be riding back - if everyone's in lets mark the calendars and get off work...
ryan!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Indigenous Anti-Infastructure Protesters Murdered

URGENT CALL TO ACTION:



THE BACKGROUND

Early this morning (June 5th), Peruvian police launched a violent attack on
a nonviolent road blockade held by Amazonian indigenous protesters opposing
10 laws that would open up their territory to increased mineral, oil, gas
and timber exploitation. Police opened fire with live ammunition, killing
at least 28 people.

FMI:
http://www.rootforce.org/2009/06/05/peruvian-police-murder-indigenous-prote
sters-take-action/

WHY TAKE ACTION

The first reason to take action, of course, is simply out of solidarity
with our fellow warriors in the struggle for a just and sustainable world.
But why are we sending out this action alert as Root Force?

For nearly two months, thousands indigenous protesters have nearly
paralyzed Peru's Amazon region with blockades of critical transportation
and mining infrastructure. They have sparked a national discourse over the
limits to development and who owns nature, and have made it clear that they
will not surrender any of their ancestral homelands.

At the heart of the issue are 10 laws passed by presidential decree that
would greatly facilitate industrial exploitation of the Amazon. THIS IS
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE, intended to supply new raw materials for the
global market. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE WEAK POINTS OF THE SYSTEM that we are
always talking about.

The indigenous warriors fighting for their lives have pushed this issue
into the global eye, and the Peruvian government has placed itself in a
position of weakness by murdering unarmed protesters. Even before the
recent killings, a congressional panel had already declared 2 of the laws
unconstitutional, and only through procedural tricks has the president's
party been able to stall debate on repealing one of those laws.

This is one of those rare cases where SUSTAINED INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE
COULD TIP THE SCALES. If these laws are repealed, it will be a major
setback for infrastructure expansion plans in a truly critical region of
the hemisphere.

HOW TO TAKE ACTION

You can email critical people in the Peruvian government through this link,
provided by Amazon Watch:

http://amazonwatch.org/peru-action-alert.php

You can also organize protests at Peruvian embassies or consulates, or take
other actions that you think stand a good chance of making it back to the
decision makers in Lima.

Make sure to express your outrage at the government's strong arm tactics --
even before the murders, the government had suspended civil liberties in 5
provinces and was calling indigenous people "terrorists" -- and demand the
repeal of the Free Trade laws and any law further opening the Amazon to
mineral, oil, gas, timber, hydroelectric or agricultural exploitation.

In Solidarity,
Root Force

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

ABTAB!!

from IBOT":

"hi im jonathan and i ride a large black peageot conversion. it has weinmann dp 18s with blue tire in the front and a pink and black halo on the back. brown leather origin 8 seat, and reall tall bmx risers painted dark blue, clear oury grips, and a mongoose bmx stem. the bike was stolen from a party on weber st monday june 1st. the bike was built up for me being a tall dude and is hard for other people to ride.

please help.

jonathan 407 782 3470"

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Monday, June 1, 2009

よだれ

Build Day

TODAY

Can't wait to see the new shite coming out of the Hella Haphy Garage

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Thursday, May 28, 2009

たわごとを得なさい

From the Black Box (revised / rv-ised) policies:

"WE WANT TO CREATE A SAFE PLACE FOR ALL PEOPLES TO BE FREE FROM ALL PREJUDICES"

"NO VAGRANTS ALLOWED ON THE PROPERTY OR IN THE SPACE"

prove it

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

緩く割り当てなさい

THE BEEF IS ON THE INTERNET (and the internet isn't vegan)


Not Beef

From the OW comments section:

"The biggest misconception about this article is that this group is trying to do some good. For those of us that know these individuals we can easily say that this simply is not true and they are just misguided youth that is more interested in popularity. So you can spin the criticism just like our shabby government does or you can take the comments as their community trying to set the record straight. That is the beauty of a free democratic society right? We can all have an opinion? wink, wink..... - J.P."

Dear J.P.

It looks like we may have upset you somewhere in the course of our interactions (presumably, if you do know us). So much so, in fact, that you call talking shit on the internet the "'community' trying to set the record straight." And to make matters worse you've evidently forgotten what it means to "do good," (as your biggest example provided is to mock our beliefs, belittle our efforts at building community, and provide an unabashedly ageist analysis of our quixotic worldview [and yes, I used quixotic in a positive way]). It is with this accusation of your character, that I reverse this criticism to you.

Firstly, I don't know who you are, J.P., so if you really do know me, why don't you identify yourself? Apparently we are the type of really good friends who know eachothers' "real" intentions to get popular. This is my best shot at a composite sketch:

You disagree with our beliefs. On top of this, you assert that we are "misguided" and therefore our opinions are wrong - or in a less specific sense, that opinions are, by nature, apt to be classified based upon factuality or that a factual analysis of a political opinion can be logically made upon a basis other than real facts. (Facts: cars pollute, american society is wasteful, most first world societies are wasteful, bikes are thrown out, underused and wasted amidst an oil crisis and increasingly chokeholded capital-political relationships, bikes are a more economical transportation option than cars, etc.) J.P. I invite you: prove any one of these wrong and I'll eat my hat.

You call us "youth," so you are evidently older than us, by an unknown amount. [sarcasm] This amount aside, the mere fact that your age may be older (and that you may be more set in your lazy ways or unwilling to accept a new flavor of community activism or the lifestyle of someone else) means that your opinions are, in fact, more true. You win. [/sarcasm]

You contest the claim that we do good things. You must thing The Svcavenger Rat Weekend, which raised over $200 for a new community center/showspace never happened. Neither did Das Yuppie Scum Shopping Spree, a race that raised about $80 for Orlando Food not Bombs, as well as served as a mass statement about mass consumerism. Apparently we all don't ride bikes instead of drive or advocate through our actions and noodley appendage to the public - jitenshawayabaidesu.blogspot.com - nor through our monthly participation in Critical Mass.

Maybe you are just trying to get a "rise" out of us, or maybe just some attention. I think you just sound like a car-apologist of a residual generation of shit-talking jaded assholes. Keep yr stupid bike lane.

Monday, May 25, 2009

øQ

THIS WEDNESDAY (the 27th)

Jon Khan and Wolfbody's Bday Show!

REPUBLICORPSE (Orlando Yeti-Grind featuring members of Blac Bloc)
NO QUALMS (Fast HC-beat that will harsh your mellow also from orlando)
FECAL ASSFIXIATION (Grindcore turds who like Carcass - from Sanford - um, i mean Orlando)
TBA (not actually a band - well not yet anyways...)

@HOOPS (47 w. Amelia St. Orlando) 7:30 PMish

Saturday, May 23, 2009

地平線の大きい事

We got this in the mail today:




"Great article in the Orlando Weekly! You guys are amazing...and may be just who I've been looking for.

I need help from Mike or Ryan or one of your bike builders, or maybe just advice. I'm just back from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where I bought and shipped home a used cyclo, photos attached. It won't climb any incline at all, may need a new pedal assembly (not standard parts in USA, I'm sure). I can't figure it out the problem, and when I do, I can't weld. Bicycle shops are useless for non-standard things, in my experience. They're clueless on third world stuff, it's just not their line of work.

I'm guessing that your downtown neighborhood might be Thornton park. I live real close by. If anybody could give me at least a consultation, I'd sure appreciate it. I could make a donation.

Please give me a call or email. Being old, I couldn't figure out how to work the blog.


Jim Manuel

[contact info removed]"

Thursday, May 21, 2009

性の誘惑

Amusing article:


Sex Advice from Bike Jousters

愚か

More from the weekly article:


story

hahaha take a look at the comments section! haters will hate and for the record we rode to the location - although some bikes were already there from the eviction.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Thursday, April 30, 2009

My Bike

right before i jousted with it - it was loaned for this epic battle

uhhhhhh

Monday, April 27, 2009

i feel dead

thats is all,
102 temp again, ice bath, and court in the morning.

some one kill me please

thanks JJ

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Being Weekly

So as a couple of you know we prelim talked to a lady from the weekly (that mikevan governater knows) and she is doing a piece on the bike culture in Orlando (and is also a regular reader of this blog, hello if you read this!) - she wanted to interview us about what we do and we mentioned tentatively (and somewhat officially) a build day at the new spot (1201 n. bumby) at 2pm - who's in? I'd like to make a better swing bike or a new chopper.
ryan!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

甘い

what a cool idea!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

This is a video of what I was talking about when people chanted "holy shit"

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

BYB2人があることを得ること

Who's driving? Anyone? I can throw in some duckets for gasoline. Also, who's going? Roll-CALL

Monday, April 13, 2009

dead



Tuesday, April 7, 2009

ello'

Meetin time????
i would like to propose that we should have a yabai meetin soon as we all can...

JJ

Monday, April 6, 2009


Shea's BIG Bike Session from Haro Bikes on Vimeo.

愚かになりなさい

Yabai Cuts Ideas

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So seeing as a lot of us have been cut-less (cutlas supreme?) for some time due to logistical nightmares with my screening shit - i had an idea (borrowed from the crucifixed kids) who had made theirs with a stencil - i figure this way we can crank (get it?) out shit way easier and not leave anyone out (or worse yet "unlucky them" (its a joke for mike)). The crucifixed kids had a prospect there whose initiation was to sit in a wheelchair for 24 hours during slaughterama - the wheelchair had the crucifixed colors stencilled on the back and said "cripplefixed". It was pretty funny. The guy totally did it too.

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I'll make the stencil if everyone's okay with the idea - it'll be just like the screened ones with a couple "bridges" to make it a continuous stencil.

ryan!

愚かになりなさい

Slaughterama Recap (part duh)



6 People, 2 Tallbikes, 3 Fixies, 1 Mitsubishi Mirage, Nearly $0




Recipes for fun

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search flickr for "slaughterama" then filter for "most recent" to get some sweet pics of the weekend

So the backstory (for those who didn't already know) - we'd saved up a little to get up to slaughterama, but wound up shelling that out to get a new place once we were evicted from the house. The story on that is also long, but the house went into foreclosure in october and we've been squatting it ever since.

Anyways, the sheriff's came 'a knocking and we were all kicked to the curb.

After giving up on getting to RVA, randon from St. Pete asked if we still wanted to go on thursday, on friday we were in RVA. That character....

We wound up staying in Church Hill (punx rule!) for my first time ever being there, at Julie and Julie, and Miranda and about 6 dogs house. First morning there (saturday) I rode it up to harrison st. before everyone got up and hung out with the lil florida kids at, um, lil florida. By the time the rest of our fl team arrived there it was time to get down to belle isle for the events.

If you've never been to RVA or specifically, the little island on the james river right next to downtown, you need to do it. Theres this windy ass bridge that hangs below a super-tall overpass, the pedestrian bridge, itself about 50 ft above the water. There's an old iron factory or something that's just a roof now and that's where slaughterama was held. Immediately, we saw shittons of bikes, kids, vests, stuff, etc. The clubs represented this year were really diverse, from face-tattooed black label kids all the way to some tall-tee wearing kids from "Get Loose Crew," and all kinds of punx and college kids in between. I saw a particularly cool looking tallbike belonging to a guy from Klunker League Now that would've been my pick for best in show (no pics about it yet, i spose).

Events

The festivities started out drunk and only got drunker. The first event was called "six-pack attack" which was a relay involving a "custom" six pack (mismatched canned drinks, beer, v8, etc) that each team member must chug one of while navigating the course, dodging others riding and trash and stuff thrown by the spectators. We couldn't get 6 together in time, but it sure was fun to watch.

Next up was a "chicken fight" race (see last post for a photo-explanation) anthony and I were on a team, as were randon and derek. The course was the whole pavilion and as usual, trash and distractions and people dodging was abundant. Anthony and I got 2nd before wrecking into the first-placers whose wheel completely taco'ed in front of us.

After this was an egg-race where you had to protect an egg (i know, not vegan) for the course of the race, and whoever had theirs last won. I ran into cody for the first time during this and he almost bumped my egg (dot com?). I got out pretty quick.

Next up was wall-of-death-style foot down, intense, we need to do this here.

After that was chariot jousting, really silly for sure.

Then was tallbike whiplash (which if you know what whiplash is, you can imagine what kind of a bad idea it was, awesome) - basically two riders face eachother while tethered around the chest to eachother by a ~40ft rope. On the start they ride past eachother until one gets yanked off their bike. The first matchup I saw, one guy hit the ground so hard, I felt it in the floor.

The final event was the tallbike joust, which was way better done than when I saw it at the bcbc event in '07 (i guess everyone was just good at it, instead of just 2 people who were good and a bunch of others willing to hit the beach hard - including meself). It took about 20 minutes to get through the line to do it, but I wound up winning my only joust of the day! It was sweet, but now I have a brutal bruise on my stomach/hip from the lance that hit me. The guy I beat immediately high-fived me and shit and was super nice.

After this I tried a bunch of bikes and we chilled hard with the zombie bikes, bad cactus and rota kids, and consumed mad charity beers.

Charity Beers

I was broke as a joke in Richmond, but somehow got a bunch of charity beers. It was totally cool. Saturday morning on harrison I saw a kid riding a black conversion and said hi casually, and he introduced himself as "pasqual from charlotte" and then gave me a beer and said "welcome to richmond."

Later on at slaughterama I was watching some bmx kids go off on a double and some guy (ian - from rva) thanked me for watching his case and gave derek and I two more beers. Anthony and Andrea both had me covered, as did Fran (miami/ny now i guess, some of you prolly know her) and some close talker at a dance party later named "danielle with a 'd'" (the first letter of her name, not a weiner or a derek). Andrea also spotted me some viddles so shoutout to ye there.

Post-Slaughterama Dance Party

Weird ass loft at 3rd and broad, tons of smelly kids shaking asses to rap, more fun that I expected. Anthony prolly got mad URL's. There was also one of those things where the floor parts and people do little solo things, and we were all fucking around pretending to break dance and shit, then anthony busts out some legit-ass capoeira moves and everyone went apeshit.

We Missed

Day One - scavenger hunt/palletdrome
(found some pics on flickr, though)

Photos by: Dusty_Pen (click that shit to see them all)





Day Three - Polo (no pics found yet)

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More pics soon as our friends upload them...