This shot needed it’s very own post. Mike on Saturday was trying a few new things. Including putting several of these to bed:
Archive for June, 2008
Not alot of riding happened on the weekend thanks to the storms that have been tearing through Auckland for a week. We did manage a few little sessions under cover at the T.F. which mainly rotated around drinking beer and talking shit. Saturday ended up with a dinner at Daikoku Isakaya which ended up in a sake swilling impromptu party complete with lots of singing with the staff and chefs. Needless to say we were a tad dusty on Sunday.
It’s blue skies and a perfect day out there Jeff is calling (hollering actually) for a post work ride Mike and Alex are in and I’m keen. I think at 6pm Vodafone as meeting spot.
Justin bought some phantom Austrian Beer which describled itself as HATER BEER:
A soundtrack is always appreciated, Justin rocking eponymously SR titled Steady Rolling track. The song that started it all:
Justin was rocking the 650c HED wheel and barspinning the hell out of everything:
Looks like BAD weather for the weekend. Maybe it’s hobbitting out in carparks for us. Justin is officially barspin wizard- might be a trick weekend. Hopefully we get a window to bomb some hills on Sunday. Frank is back safe and sound and getting some rest. I spent last night cutting out a stack of new die cut stickers I just got made for the crew. Holler at me if you want one and I’ll mail it out to you if I don’t see you first firstname.lastname@example.org (PS_ my email addy was all wrong so I just fixed the typo- the link should work now- thanks Jono!) I’m getting some clear vinyl ones made for mass consumption soon so if you miss out I’ll put you on the list for one soon. Also – I’m building up the blog site a little over the next few weeks so it will have a little more to it. It’ll have a profile section for the team and a section to order tees and hoodies and merch if the mood takes you. Maybe even offer the odd full bike build from the Steady Rollin Mancave.
Have a great weekend and I hope to get a ride in and see you out there!
Frank is still bearing the sweltering heat and riding in Hong Kong. He’ll be back this weekend so we should all definitely have a ride and a catch up. Believe me Frank; you won’t be moaning about sweat in your eyes when you get back to AK for a pedal, there have been hailstorms here that have made the roads look like they have been snowed on. It’s been pretty bleak!
Here are some nice black and white shots he just sent through.
Hey also the Thursday Night Hustle is on tonight. Sounds like Alex and Jeff have cooked up a doozy 35km route tonight. Check out the AK Fixed site for the route if you are keen:
I’m the first to admit I can’t keep up with that Olympian pack over a 35km ride running the average speeds they do. Need to get my K’s up. I’ve got some work on tonight for a while then I’ll be kicking around in a carpark hiding from the weather skidding around with Justin and Mike most likely.
Frank Liew the MD and general mastermind behind Qubic Store and Republic Apparel is touring around Hong Kong and Tokyo. He sent us in a really cool update I want to post with some shots. Here is the first segment:
I’m looking at gale force winds outside my apartment here in Kowloon
with a category 8 typhoon blowing through the harbour. Tried going out
tonight on the bike for a quick spin but after nearly being blown off my
side I thought it might not have been the best idea.
TOKYO JAPAN – Shibuya, Jingumae, Shinjuku, Aoyama area.
Tokyo was great, went for a couple of spins with friends there from
Fragment, Medicom/OriginalFake and Supreme. Tokyo is fast to ride, tarmac is smooth, hills are gradual at
best so the terrain is great for getting your speed up. We were checking
ourselves alongside cars so I’m guessing ti’s pretty easy getting up to
40km/h-ish on the roads since the tarmac is so smooth. I didn’t get many
photos of me actually riding as it was a bit too hot to lug my SLR
around…. so I bought a handheld Ricoh R8 that *just* fit into my
saddle bag just so I could snap a few pics off on my last ride with Take
from Supreme – my mate that was supposed to come and ride with us who
had only been in New Zealand a week prior to me seeing him again in
Good thing about riding in Tokyo is beacuse you can get up your speed
and that the buildings aren’t so crammed together it’s not that hot to
ride even in the summer nights… well, compared to Hong Kong. Another
great thing about riding in Tokyo is the respect local drivers give to
bikers on the road – after all, given the number of normal commuter
bikes on the road the drivers are more used to sharing the roads with
people on bicycles. That said, the taxis aren’t so polite. I almost got
hit a few times by random taxi drivers who stop in the middle of the
left lane randomly to pick up/drop off a fare. Gave ’em the ol kiwi boot
to the fender to say ‘kia ora’ to their splendid driving ability.
Contrary to popular belief people don’t ride in ‘packs’ in Japan. Most
riders are lone rangers on the street and the only time you see a bunch
of people riding it’s normally a really tight trick-rider crew or
something like that. I think with the huge popularity of the sport in
Japan there’s a lot of bike-snobbery out there, and people generally
aren’t accustomed to riding with strangers or offering to unless they
know you or know of you. Apparently on Saturday mornings you’ll see big
bunches of kids out on bikes but I didn’t stay long enough to find out.
I’ve also attached a series of photos hanging out with the boys at
w-base. Drinking beer and attempting to nut out 180 bunny hops to 180
out. Sounds almost like a day out with steadyrollin’… haha. Most of
them are bmx riders so it was tricks galore, they taught me fast
no-handed backwards circles and no-handed to wheel stalls… which I’m
still not nailing consistently. haha. Anyways, one of them is heading to
NZ soon so we’ll be seeing him out on rides soon enough. Tommy, one of
the Carnival guys from upstairs can do 100m wheelies which is definately
the trick of choice for Japanese riders. Geesus christo.
and met up with the lads from his crew. After smuggling our bikes onto
the train we headed out to an area up in the New Territories (North of
Kowloon) called Sha Tin where we tried to break into the local velodrome
(without much success, as there was a team practising there I think) so
we buggered off around the corner to find a few bike paths and a
rollerskating rink to mess around with tricks on. The scene in Hong Kong
is much in its infancy with only 10 or so core riders so far, so all the
guys htere were pretty tame with only youtube and vimeo videos to teach
them tricks and how to ride … we on the other hand have Mike Lawrence.
Some of the HKFixed guys had some crazzzy setups. One kid, Brian , has 6-7 track bikes. I say 6-7 because the 7th one
isn’t complete – a Colnago C50. On the ride he brought this vintage
Italian pursuit frame thing – the photo is attached. Otherwise the
Durcus Master-One setup from w-base is a popular setup here, along with
the Obey Fuji bike, both sold by a store here called RodaFixa, which is
owned by the guy who founded the hkfixed club. I took his Italina
pursuit frame for a spin, it was rigid as hell but I thought I’d better
return it after doing all these rear wheel stalls before I dented his
Colnago forks. Riding in Hong Kong however was pretty intense – after 10 minutes of pedalling you are literally dripping wet, and not from the rain. It was
like rolling through water, there were plenty of times where sweat
blinded me. Funny story though, a random guy from the hkfixed club asked
if I knew “the guy with the green Bianchi concept bike and the black IRO
bike” from New Zealand. You guys are so famous.
Thing is, bikes are not a common sight at all, full stop, in Hong Kong.
Most people think bicycles are a useless form of transport given the
widely used MTR train lines and the ‘prestige’ of owning a car in HK so
the only people you even see on bikes are labourers or guys delivering
big propane tanks to the restaurants in the main city area. Therefore
the drivers in HK aren’t so courteous to bikes on the road, probably
beacuse they aren’t accustomed to it. I got honked at, almost
sideswiped, stared at as if I were one of the horsemen of the fuggin’
apocalypse when I was rolling through the city areas on the way back to
So I hope you enjoyed my little diary. Since I started writing this
there’s a full scale tropical level 8 typhoon going on outside so I best
call it a night.
Tim White and Mike Davies are RE-starting up the great institution that is the Wednesday night Booze Cruise. Starting at the Corner of Symonds St and K Rd at 7pm. Anyone welcome any bike welcome. It’s mainly a BMX and cruiser affait but the Steady Rolin crew tended in the past to rock along on fixies and more people started turning up on their fixie builds. It’s a great night- obviously not too strenuous! Come for a ride and a hang out or come for a beer (s). Whatever; it’s fun.
The Criterium went ahead even though it rained during the first lap.
The roads were slick as. Alex took out the first place again retaining the Asylum title. A great turnout considering the crap weather – thanks to everyone who came and to Teva and his crew for being safety on all the intersections. I took a butt load of photos on the SLR but have been so busy I haven’t crunched them into low res yet. We rode the first lap as a pack lap to get everyojne in on the new reverse course then through the finish line the last 2 laps were at some serious pace. The results:
Alex de Freitas -beating his last time at 19:47
Tim White (killed it on a cruiser!)
Simon Courtney – Christchurch Town represent!
Brendan Vandenbosch- Dunno what route you took Brendon but you got in without passing the people behind you!
Justin “Special Ops” Sweeney
Allister (puked over the finish line) Payne
Adam chilled and pulled in after lap 2 leaving me to come in dead last on my own.
Justin (pointy guy below) has some nice shots of the day on his blog www.redbullspecialops.co.nz
Ok the reverse criterium is on for Saturday (tomorrow) at 12pm midday people!
The idea is that we will run the reverse of the last circuit so the last stretch gets sped up and isn’t a long climb. Anyway spread the word and come on down. If it’s raining we are just going to hang out and mess around riding in the training facility. I’ll see what’s left of the Steady Rollin merch to make up the prize and also the winner gets a case of Red Bull. Alex the reigning champ is already owed a case. Remmember – it’s all for fun.
If you enetered last time keep your spoke card and you keep your favourite number.
Best way to get there is entrance 4 into Unitec off Carrington road. Head in a few hundred metres on the road and take a left up to the TF:
Si is up from Christchurch to ride. He brought up his Van Dessel build. It’s a “Drag Strip Courage” track frame, check it out:
I’m down in Queenstown for a few days for some meetings. I spent 2 days in Christchurch and hung out with Si from Deflux www.deflux.co.nz and stayed at his place and enjoyed the fantastic hospitality.
I’ve not been riding down here, the reason for this post is that this weekend I want to hold the second Asylum Criterium at Unitec.
Now the issue is the weather. The forecast is shitty for Sunday but it’s starting to look bad for Saturday too.
The pensive time is Sunday at 1pm.
BUT……. if the weather looks trash when I check the charts on Friday I’ll post a change to Saturday if the weather is going to be better.
So stay tuned. The course is like last time but in reverse so some faster sections and shorter climbs.