This is awesome.
“This is the sequel to The Chop.”
Short video profile of a bar in Madrid, Iowa whose sole existence was because of a bike trail. Learn how bicycles are acting as an unlikely economic driver in the Mid West.”
I took a weekend trip to St. Louis. When I travel, I’m not really into all of the touristy stuff, and don’t like crowded areas, long lines, and other tourists. I want to meet the people, see why they love their city, and experience what it’s like to be part of that city. Friday night was spent in Soulard and Cherokee Street, hitting up a few bars and restaurants like, MELT, the Fortune Teller Bar, and Llywelyns Pub.
Saturday was all about bikes and shooting my Atir Cycles glow bike, or so I thought. We rode most of the day, stopping at various places around the city. Then ended up at Cherokee Street Bike Shop a few hours into the ride. Not because of bike problems, but, to check out a bike in the window. We found out, they are closing up shop at the end of the month to start a mobile bike repair service. Also, while in the shop, my friend bought a new bike. After the new bike purchase, we celebrated with waffles, beer, and water at the MELT. I took one last photo and that was it. I had left my camera on after shoot my bike at Budweiser. With no back up batteries, on me, all I had was my phone, but it was at 12%. We rode around for a few more hours, then headed back.
I have to say I fell in love with St. Louis. I loved the bike culture, and everything my friends were able to show me in the short time I was there. I missed the FBC on Saturday and wanted to check out Handlebar, but that will have to wait till next time. Check out the few photos I took while out below. Also, I’m in the market for a new DSLR, so if you have one on the cheap, contact me.
Aimee’s new State Bike. It’s pretty sweet.
I had the pleasure and opportunity to finally ride with my buddy Brent again this week. We both moved to the city five years ago and got a loft in the Rivermarket of Kansas City. In the time we shared the loft together he got me into fixed gear and hooked me up with my first bike to ride around the city. We would spend hours in the parking garage of our building practicing skids and stupid tricks. To make a long story short, he found his way to NYC where he started messaging. He recently left NYC and is back in KC for a few weeks before he heads to Europe to travel.
I knew before we started our ride yesterday, that he would be considerably faster than me. He was consistently a block ahead of me. I have never seen anyone whip a bike around and have the amount of control he had. It absolutely amazed me, and was very inspiring. I kept pushing and caught him a few times. Mainly, so I could tell him where to go. We did a midtown loop faster than I ever imagined. It was quite possibly one of the most exhilarating rides I have ever been on.
Later on, we stopped at Buzzard Beach in Westport to grab a beer and relax for a bit. I kept telling him, “You’re so much faster than I am!” I don’t claim to be a fast rider, but I had never seen anyone ride like that. He just stated, “It’s the New York mentality. Fast pace, you move fast and when you have a clear path you take it.” In Kansas City, you take your time, stop at a light or sign, etc. It’s just a slower pace.
We ended up meeting some other cyclists at the bar and were invited to play kickball. We hung out at the park, met a pretty awesome group of people, kicked a ball around, and just had a blast. We had planned on shooting his Unknown LV3, which is for sale. But obviously never got around to it.
Cheers to you Brent, Safe travels to Europe and beyond. Come back, so we can ride again.
I found this on The Radavist earlier this week and had to share.
“This bike is an all-purpose, 1-track gobblin’, trail rippin, rigid, bikepacking shred sled. Built by SF’s Falconer Cycles and designed to carry multiple bags, on front and rear racks, for days on end. Basically, it’s artist Chris McNally‘s new love.”
Check out more HERE.