Race Omens

With Hollywood out of action on a USADA weed bust, I scored the coveted 420 plate at Wirth Cross a few weeks back. It was a good omen.

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Quest For the Electric Queen Trailer

So stoked that we’re getting so close to being able to share a thing my whole team worked super hard on. Be ready on Friday, it’s going to be weird. Full bike info and video drops.

Dose of Awesome

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1990’s Specialized Team Vehicle

Winter Essentials

This Glaxo Babies record has been on repeat in my workshop since October, thanks to Kopish for the heads.

Sunday

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BMX Video Monday

this one takes a bit to get going but once it does…

Gay’s Ok Cycling

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Just wanted to take a second to sine a light on our friend Allan Shaw’s awesome project to promote inclusivity and diversity in cycling. Two things we care deeply about. Help spread the positive vibes.

Check out more here.

Introducing the Tarot Shirt

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Be the best dressed at your next pagan ritual or sewing circle meeting with the new Tarot shirt drawn by the amazing @cocodrilox.

As always all shirts are hand printed by me one at a time in my workshop in South Minneapolis on American made shirt stock. As there seems to be a bit of interest from folks wanting this in a women’s cut I encourage you to email me at jeff at bike jerks if you’re wanting one. I don’t stock women’s cuts so it’ll be a special order, but it would definitely be my pleasure to get it done for you. Same price as the men’s $23.

Swoop Here

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Bike Jerks Builds: 1X1 Rat Ride Tribute

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Like clockwork every few years I get a jones to own a classic Surly 1X1. Usually this takes place around the Homie Fall Fest, as these things are an indisputable Minneapolis classic and so many good ones show up to the ride. In My opinion it’s no contest that the original non-disc brake version is the coolest. With the pinnacle being the pre-Surly brand Rat Ride.

You see, once upon a time a group of employees of QBP, who were way stoked on single speeding, managed to create a bike that would help define a counterculture in cycling. The MTB single speed. The named their little project “1X1” and their only model was the Rat Ride. I believe the original MSRP was $350 and people found out about it through a little black and white ad in the back of Dirt Rag. I’m a little fuzzy on the history, but when folks realized that this thing had legs the Surly brand (the name was coined by the Cross Wizard) was born to carry the mantle forward. Their first model was of course the 1X1.

A few years ago I came into a NOS decal set, and last year I was lucky enough to procure an early Surly from a friend’s collection. I then sourced  a disc brake-less fork (working at QBP is definitely an advantage for locating such things) and the build sat. And it sat, and it sat. Occasionally I would put a part in a pile for this bike, but there it lay in a corner of the attic.

Recently though, a number of things converged: a desire to have a winter beater / loaner bike for when friends come into town, seeing all the rad rides at the Homie Fall Fest, and a want to put Surly’s ridiculously weird and awesome Sunrise bar to good use.

So boom, here it is. In the Rat Ride spirit the only bought part was the handlebar, everything else came from my parts stash. I think it turned out pretty nice! Hope you dig it.

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1X1 Rat Ride
Headset: Peacock Groove
Cranks: White Industries
Freewheel: White Industries Trials
Chainring: Surly
Cage: Ringle
Rear Hub: 1X1
Front Hub: XTR
Seatpost: Shimano XT
Stem: Odyssey
Bar: Surly Sunrise
Grips: Fairdale
Brakes: XTR
Brake Levers: Avid Speed Dial 5
Saddle: WTB

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Made In MPLS Peacock Groove headset

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Those bars tho!

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One X One head badge

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Ringle cage, alloy nips

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Late model XTR V-Brake

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rear view

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Grateful Dead Bear stem cap from Blue Lug in Japan

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M-900 XTR

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“If it ain’t moto it’s worthless”

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xoxo

BMX Video Monday

very street.