If you missed out on the qualifying that went down today for the ASK Houghton AM Jam then don’t trip. You can catch all of the Skateboard and BMX action today from 11-5 pm at Houghton Skate Park. Spread the word because it is about to go down today ! Check out the ASK FACEBOOK PAGE for more information.
Tomorrow is gearing up to be quite an event after watching this video from Kenny Arimoto showing off some of the epic street spots they are going to hit up in tomorrows competition. I really can not wait to see the footage from this event. I was planning on going but because of other reasons I am not going to be able to make it out to the event. So if you are in the Palo Alto, Ca. area be sure to get out and show some support if not compete yourself.
Addison Zawada quickly became one of my favorite riders after meeting him at this year 2012 Red Bull ride + style 2. This young rider is not only fast but one of the most humble down to earth people you will ever meet. Recently Addison took a trip to San Diego, Ca. to do a photo shoot with MATT LINGO for his website called REC FAIL. I know both MATT LINGO and LEADER BIKES were more than stoked to see Addison come to Southern California. Be sure to check out the FULL STORY at REC FAIL.
I have always loved going to Critical Mass bike rides but when I got a chance to help out with a local “Kidical Mass” ride in my community of Long Beach, Ca. I could not help but want to get involved with a awesome event like this for kids. I must give a special thank you to one of the MASHAFIX.com sponsors that donated over $1000 in brand new bicycle HELMETS for these young kids. So from all the kids and parents you helped out and THE WORKSHOP LB we give a HUGE THANK YOU to PRO-TEC HELMETS.
filmed and edited by – JahRome
music by – The Pharcyde – “Passing Me By” – instrumental version
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The Workshop LB would like to give a special thanks to PRO-TEC for donating over $1000 in helmets to help keep these young riders safe. PRO-TEC.net
On Sunday August 19, 2012 a large group of parents and their children got together at Los Cerritos Park which is located in Bixby Knolls, Ca.(long beach). This was not just any ordinary bicycle ride. In fact, this is something very special that is put on every month to help young bicycle riders learn to ride as a group while also learning all of the laws of the road to help keep them safe. Kids from all ages showed up on this particular Sunday afternoon to take part in this group bike ride. The Workshop LB has been taking part in this event by offering free bike tune ups and maintenance tips to all parents and kids that come out to Kidical Mass, but this time was even more special because PRO-TEC Helmets has teamed up with The Workshop LB and Mashafix.com to provide free helmets to these young riders. PRO-TEC believes in tradition and so many many adults have grown up wearing PRO-TEC helmets that it is why we pass along this tradition to the kids that come out for this event. We encourage anyone in the LA County and Long Beach, Ca. area to come out and take part in Kidical Mass. If you would like more information on Kidical Mass in Bixby Knolls, Ca. please visit bixbyknollsinfo.com/kidicalmass.html or call 1-(562)-595-0081
The next Kidical Mass will take place on Sunday September 23, 2012 at 1:00 pm pst
You can also visit The Workshop LB for more information or for any of your cycling needs which is located at – 4250, Atlantic Ave. Bixby Knolls, Ca. 90807 – 1-(562)-424-7433(RIDE) or visit THEWORKSHOPLB.com
So if you missed out on yesterdays garage sale at the Fixie Factory in downtown Long Beach, Ca. then you missed out on some great deals and some good times. I stopped by the sale while I was downtown yesterday afternoon and saw bikes piled high on the front porch of the Fixie Factory with kids all over swapping parts and installing new parts and accessories on their bikes. I myself swooped up a new UNKNOWN BIKE CO. hat and some WOLF DRAWN stickers and patches. I hope they have more sales like this because it is great for the community and gives kids a chance to buy parts they could normally not afford when at regular price.
So as of today Lance Armstrong no longer is a 7 time Tour De France champion nor will he be recognized for any of his cycling accomplishments including his Olympic Bronze Medal in the 2000 Sydney Games. The USADA (UNITED STATES ANTI-DOPING AGENCY) ruled that, “Any time we have overwhelming proof of doping, our mandate is to initiate the case through the process and see it to conclusion as was done in this case.” -USADA CEO Travis Tygart
In result of the USADA ruling against Lance Armstrong he must forfeit any cycling accomplishment he had dating back to August 1, 1998. This includes all of his Tour De France victories and even his Olympic Medal. He wll also have to pay back any money he had earned from racing as well. Now it does not stop there, Lance is also banned from being involved with any sport besides just cycling.
Now after hearing this and without having to go threw all the facts with you I can say this about Lance Armstrong. No matter what we do as athletes in this day and age there is always going to be a problem with athletes using methods that are known to be illegal or against the rules of competitive competition. The problem lies within the agencies that decide to enforce such rules and bans on training methods used and not on the athletes that are “caught” breaking the rules. If Lance had never won a single race he would have never been tested and this we would not be standing here today hearing all of this mess. I think it is unfair to think that he had some type of an advantage over other he competed against. I mean didn’t he come back from battling cancer to win a major race such as the Tour De France ? How can anyone ague the fact that he was at a disadvantage to anyone he raced anyways. Either way Lance is still a beast in my book and in NO WAY deserves to have any of his victories taken back from him.
It is going down tomorrow night at THE WORKSHOP LB. They will be showing one of the sickest riding movies out there called “LINE OF SIGHT” BY LUCAS BRUNELLE. If you have not seen this I can promise you it is going to be better then “Premium Fail” …. I mean “Rush” that comes out this Friday in movie theaters worldwide. Lucas captures the most intense real raw riding footage I have ever seen to this day. If you like riding bikes and love riding in traffic even more then this video is for you. No acting, just pure riding and living in the moment.
Be sure to show up to THE WORKSHOP LB by 7pm. The movie will not start until 8pm so be here early and come hang out at the shop. I know they are having a special giveaway to whoever brings the most friends with them to this event. Oh yeah did I mention this MOVIE IS FREE !!! YUP YUP ! #YOUKNOWWAZGOOD
Now this STORY that was posted up by the LONG BEACH PRESS TELEGRAM a few days ago announcing their plan to bring a bicycle rental program to the city of Long Beach, Ca. The Bike Nation Inc. of Tustin has proposed to invest $12 million to Long Beach to create a bicycle rental network that would include 250 bike share stations, 2,500 bikes and 3,750 bike docks over a extended 10 year contract with the city. The locations for these proposed bike stations has not been set up or identified yet but they plan on having a “significant” number of these stations open and available for rental by January 1st of this next year. I myself am super stoked to hear this news and was super stoked on the pricing plans they have set up. I think the best part for me is if you use them for less than 30 minutes it is at no cost to you. The rental plans are very affordable as well starting at only $75 for the year and offering a rate of $60 to students that qualify for the program. There is also more affordable ways to rent them as well, such as $6 for 24 hours, $12 for 72 hours, $25 for 7 days, and $35 for a month. The prices may vary but its the 30 minutes or less for free to me that is so sick ! Cities such as Anaheim and Los Angeles have made similar contract agreements as well.
A great example of a program like this is going on in Mexico City , Mexico. They have a program right now that is so big that they had to stop taking new members because there was not enough bikes ! I know I can not wait until the day when I see this many bikes on the streets. I know for sure when gas prices just keep rising it is inevitable that people are going to need to find more affordable ways of transportation.
Now this little experiment is something I have thought about doing before but have never gotten to it yet. I am surprised how nobody ever tried to question what it was that he was doing while he stole his own bike time after time. I think it was really shocking that the only person that stopped and talked to him just showed him a better way to break the lock and chain to steal the bike. What is even more shocking is that in at least 3 of these different scenarios you see a police officer near by or even in the background …. “to protect and to serve?” … my ass ! Well I hope this vide is a wake up call for many of you out there to invest in a good U-lock because not ont time did he try and break open a U-lock. Remember if you do purchase a U-lock device be sure to get the smallest one possible so it does not allow enough space between your frame and the pole you lock it too for a car jack to fit. Yes I said it, a CAR JACK ! Most U-locks that are broken into are popped open by using a car scissor jack that is typically found to come with any car that has a spare tire and jack. So stay smart and think about where you lock your bike and think about it … a bike can be replaced but it is usually the memories of good times you miss most when losing a bike. I know I love every one of my bikes !
Now when I first saw this I could not decide if it was fake or real. I think until the day I see these items in person and for sale I can not trust that this is for real. The concept is very creative although it may a bit cumbersome to wear a neck piece like that in hot climates even opposed to wearing a helmet. I wish these airbags were also installed in the helmets we ride with today however we may see those too in the near future. Now there is rumor that these have gone for sale already in Europe but I can not find any info on that to back it up. No matter what these helmets are super sick but what would happen if you hit something with sharp edge … will that puncture these “invisible helmets” and cause them to fail ? Or will the inflation of a bag full of air be enough to prevent head trauma or even pressure that may be applied to your head following a crash or even worse multiple impacts ? ….. I guess I need more proof of these being safe or real. #realtalk
“If people say it’s impossible we have to prove them wrong.”
Design students Anna and Terese took on a giant challenge as an exam project. Something no one had done before. If they could swing it, it would for sure be revolutionary. The bicycle is a tool to change the world. If we use bikes AND travel safe: Life will be better for all.
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