Friday, February 27, 2009

Yay Weekend!

It's been an interesting week at the UAR compound. I had a once in a decade cold that lasted 5 days. I'm not going to complain about it - just the opposite in fact. The thing about being sick is that it makes you feel so different (in a bad way) than how you normally feel. I guess I took for granted how good I typically feel from day to day. It doesn't take much to throw our bodies completely off. And to think that when people are 'training', they're under the assumption that all systems are running 100% and they're looking for minuscule gains. Throw in a stuffed up nose that wont allow air to flow or goosebumps up and down your back from a fever - and you're pretty much done. And speaking of goosebumps and being sick, here's something totally sick - of a different nature (warning - it's pretty gross and involves larvae). But now, I'm happy to say I'm entering the finishing chute of this cold. It's now time to enjoy the beautiful Colorado weather.
The NAHBS is happening now. Jackie and I got to go last year and it was incredible. I was in heaven. The cool paint jobs, intricate welds, and overall artistry made me fall in love with bikes even more than before. The show has been great at making custom builders famous world wide. It's largely due to the show that Vanilla Cycles has a over a 5 year wait. Our friends at BlackSheep won the best Titanium bike last year and we can't wait to see what they come up with this year. Below is a peek at their booth this year. Stay tuned to the bikewebs for photos.

We head to St Louis next week. It's my 1st visit to the city and I'm super excited. StL is deeply rooted in beer culture and I hear there's a big thirst for craft brews now that AB is foreign owned. Sounds like the UAR will fit in just fine. Also next week, we're welcoming a new player to the UAR team. More on that soon.

I hope to report some solid rides after this weekend - along with some new obstacle concepts.
Have a great weekend folks!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

what's wrong with this commercial?

Let's see...
  • They show a dandy tandem with ape hanger bars.
  • The fellow on the back has a mighty fine mustache
  • They're pitching Boost mobile - which are fine devices when want to keep a low profile .
  • They're wearing helmets. Safety first, right?
But something just doesn't seem right. Hmmn.

(I bet they don't air this commercial in France. It would be way over their heads)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

2009 UAR shirt sneak peek

This year we've teamed up with Adam Turman, a killer artist based in Minneapolis, to design our 2009 UAR shirt.

Considering what he's done for ACDC, MURS, and the Vandals - he's definitely going to bang out a sweet design for us! Next we're thinking about a jersey design. Who'd be down for one of those?!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Hip Hop lessons

Jack and I cruised into Boulder for an appearnce by the one and only Common. I'd seen him once before in ATX and it was a great show. Since then he's blown up into a super star and when I heard he was playing at the Fox, I knew we had to go. The Fox is a small venue so it was a killer show. He was having a lot of fun. He freestyled for a long time bringing in things CU, the Walrus, yellow and black, and Pearl St. He did his homework and we enjoyed his show until the Fox kicked everybody out.

Check this complilation he did. He threw down some lessons for the crowd and finished off the show with a B-Boys and B-Girls showdown on stage. Common's the man!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

New UAR obstacle?

Nope. Just kidding.

I like how he said "I got tired of the forward progress, so I decided to go sideways." and " you create a better motion in your head". Well ok. I still don't see why everybody keeps trying to improve on such a beautiful and simple design like the bicycle. Did you see the HulaBike?

These creations make sense in a Tour de Fat 'art bike' pit, but these folks are really trying to market these products. What ever floats your boat, I suppose.

In entertainment news, THIS looks promising. I still have SoundWave - New in Box. I think I'll hold on to him forever. And this movie...well, I'll be real surprised if they can top the scenarios I came up with as a kid. And this was before swivel-action battle grip.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Stunt...or for real?

I heard about this, but I just saw it now. A first I felt so akward. I kinda still do actually. So - is he for real? He's getting into hip hop? Did he give himself a pep talk in the Green Room and say "I'm going to give the worst interview ever!" Wow. Well. If it was a publicity stunt. I guess it worked. You're watching it.

It reminds me of this one. I actually happened to be watching the show when the came on. I was blown away. Wow.

Well...enough of this. It's time for a ride. See ya!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Snuggie Invasion

Here's a cool unique band I found on a new music site. (the same place where I found this)
INVASION - Moongazer (EP version) from Marek Steven on Vimeo.

I like how so much sound comes out of this UK trio of two ladies and one somber looking fellow. I took a look at some of their other performances and it looks like the robe is a standard costume for the singer. It's cool and all, but somebody maybe should tell her that it looks a bit like a hooded snuggie. The snuggie cult wear is quickly spreading in the US. Perhaps these robe/blanket marketers are more astute than I first thought and they've planted a 'snuggie band' in the UK so the snuggieness will spread amoung the underground punk rock niche. If so, I tip my hat to you snuggie. Very clever indeed.

Back from the Honky Tonk

Yet another UAR recon trip in the books. Nashville was very accommodating to us during our short stay. It was our 1st time in the city and I had envisioned a place where: a plenitude of country music would be played on street corners by tight jean/red cowboy boot wearing folks, we'd be greeted everywhere with "Howdeeee!", and biscuits and gravy would be served at every restaurant instead of bread and butter. I was 2/3 right. The street corners actually DO have country music playing - but it comes from black boxes perched on street posts(not real people). I didn't see much biscuits and gravy (some but not as much as I thought) - however, we were greeted by "HooowDeeeee!" but a lovely country-clad Miss (wearing red boots) at the Opryland Hotel.

We got the meet the folks at Walk Bike Nashville, Dave with Parks and Rec, Mike and Mike at Cumberland Transit, Austin and Josh from the Melrose, Brittney at Whole Foods, Dan and Scott at Eastside Cycles, Laurel at Team Green, and Andrew at Halcyon Bikes. That's a lot of meetings and we feel like the UAR will quickly become a big part of the bike scene in the Belt Buckle of the Bible Belt.

We didn't take too many photos this's a few:
Here's one of Jackie reminiscing about Hank Sr at our soon-to-be-venue
We did swing by the Opryland Hotel based on many recommendations. It was a sight to see for sure. We had no idea what to expect except we were told there's a boat that cruises around inside. There was indeed. It was a humongous hotel with a ton of restaurants all enclosed in this humid, bioshere with amazing Flora. But no Fauna. As cool as the plants were, we felt like we're in a Vegas casino - in that there were no windows, plenty of things to spend money on, and lots of people wandering around taking pictures. We lasted about 30 minutes. I bet a lot of folks book a room there and stay inside the whole time, with the primary goal of trying to hit each and every restaurant in the place. I'm sure this would take a week at least.
There was a very impressive selection of orchids growing from trees. Orchids are not the easiest plants to maintain, so this was mighty impressive to me.

Mr. Swift always always sends a steady stream of interesting tidbits my way. Here are a few:

This is a performance from the Grammys with T.I. Kanye, Jay-Z, M.I.A., and lil Wayne. I like this song a lot, but it's interesting to check its history....
This song is on T.I.'s album, Paper Trail, under the song title "Swagga Like Us". "Swagga like us", is a line from M.I.A.'s song Paper Planes which came out back in 2007, but was made famous when it was in the preview for Pineapple Express and more recently in the movie Slumdog Millionaire (good movie btw). But the main melody was not from a hip hop artist. was none other than The Clash that created this tune on their song "Straight to Hell"

Here's a live version.

The Clash have been coming back in a big way. Another song I like as of late is Guns of Brooklyn (from Santogold and Diplo). This is a cover of Guns of Brixton. Check it out:

Moral of the story....LISTEN TO THE CLASH. They likely were the ones to first come up with that catchy tune you've been whistling for weeks.

In other Jesse news...Watch out for Zombies!

Ok - that's enough for now. It's time for some lovin'
Happy Valentine's Day folks!!!!!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Positivity is the key to the lock

These days, there's so much doom and gloom in the news that it's hard to see the positive side of things. It's crazy to look at news sites like MSNBC and see how many positive stories there are (almost none). So as your news source for things beer, bikes, and big wheel related - here is some sunshine for a cloudy day:
The lovely folks at New Belgium brewed up a tasty treat for Valentine's Day. It's called Lips of Faith and you need to go to the Brewery to check it out. It's very tasty - I'll be enjoying a bomber's worth tonight.
It comes topped off with this retro NBB bottle cap. The current cap has the new fat tire bike logo.

2-wheeled logic: On road rides, the mind tends to wander a bit. For many, this is the best time to be creative and to help put things in perspective. One thing that I often come back to is how the slower you go, the more you see. I 1st realized this when I was doing a bike tour from Flagstaff to LA. On the long straight stretches of highway, billboards in the distance become an object of fascination. As the billboard approaches, you REALLY think about what is being promoting in front of you. It's kind of like how a word said over and over again makes no sense. For example, I remember a billboard advertising $2.99 Prime Rib (I was riding towards Las Vegas, you see). This is obviously an attempt to attract budget-minded folks to a casino where they will likely drop a good portion of their life savings at the craps table. I get it. But then you think a bit deeper about the whole baiting advertising mentality of Las Vegas and it's rather dissappointing. It made me happy to be riding a bike as I was having these thoughts - rather than driving a huge motor home getting 6mpg as my blue haired, snow bird wife sat quietly knitting in the big luxurious captain's chair passenger seat.
Bicycle touring is a life-changing experience and I highly recommend it. Not that I'm THAT old, but when I did it, there was no GPS, we had no cell phone, and we used free AAA maps instead of the internet. Today's technology makes things really easy. In fact, all you need is some free time these days....and your technological toys. Plug your destination into a GPS, select 'travel by bike' and let the machine do the work. Your loved ones can follow you with a GPS tracker and call you anytime via cell phone. Get to a resting place and plop down your credit card for a room for the night. Have pizza delivered via internet order - right to your hotel room. None of this was possible 10 years ago. Crazy huh? All this is making me excited to get out on another tour. I think the next plan is the 500 mile, multi-day singletrack trek of the Colorado Trail. This time, we'll have GPS and cell phones - for sure.

Recently, we posted the big wheel back flip performed by Motocross/Rally star Travis Pastrana. You can imagine how this rocke our world - being that we're at the forefront of the big wheel industry. Last night, this stunt was featured on MTV's Nitro Circus - a JackAss-esque show about stunts. I was also very impressed with the slip n slide loop de loop. I'd recommend watching this show as they have some great UAR obstacle ideas and you'll likely get a head start on your competition my mastering these moves. I do not recommend the 'jumping out of a plane without a parachute' stunt. That's just just plain silly.

We head to Nashville tomorrow to plan yet another UAR. I've never been to Nashville before, but many very cool people have very cool things to say about the place. One of my favorite bands, The Kings of Leon, are from there. I recently read that they are actually 3 brothers and a cousin. This makes me like them so much more. We're planning on checking out some music while we're in town and I'm trying to get Jackie to bring her tight fitting Wranglers. I'll wear my western-style suit. We're planning having the UAR start outside the Country Music Hall of Fame - it's only appropriate, right? Should be fun - new city - new people - new bars. Nashville here we come!

So folks...keep your chin up. These hard economic times will pass. Everything is a cycle and we've got no where to go but up.

Friday, February 6, 2009

All systems go....

I'm happy to present the 2009 NEW BELGIUM BREWING URBAN ASSAULT RIDE website.
As you can see, we have a couple of new mascots including one very bearded fellow on a big wheel. Registration is open for all cities and the UAR season is officially open. Bring it on.

The 1st person to tell me the artist name and song title of the music in the video wins a shiny new UAR sticker.