Name: Thomas Ando-Hart
Bikes: 1972 Peugeot PX-10
'70s Peugeot UO-8
'The kinda broken bike assembled out of broken bikes' bike.
"New York, New York, is everything they say
And no place that I'd rather be
Where else can you do a half a million things
All at a quarter to three " -Huey Lewis
Before I was about to take on the Big Apple with a giant RV, I decided to stop, come up with a game plan, and assemble the troupes. I was driving on back highways and there was a parking lot that I pulled off into so I could make some calls. It just so happened by chance that it was the parking lot to a park and trails out in the middle of nowhere. Lucky me. I called up Brianna, the new Vice Manager of our NYC hub because she said the magic words: "air conditioning" and "comfortable couch". You had me at hello, Bri. We, Palmer and me, rolled in to Brooklyn, swung by her house to pick up her boyfriend so he can be my eyes and help park this beast. It's a two person job at times. Believe it or not, we had no trouble parking and.... spoiler alert: I had easy parking the entire time I was there. Andy and I found a great spot, went back to his and Brianna's place where he promptly began to fall in love with Palmer. She has that way with guys. One look in to those droopy eyes and it's game over. You're hooked. Continue reading
Ask any professional messenger and they'll tell you that the Monstertrack Alleycat race is the grand daddy of all Alleycats. It was started by New York City bike messenger, "Snake", in 2000, and to this day it remains one of the few races that is held specifically for brakeless, fixed gear bicycles. It's currently organized by Carlos "Diablo" and Victor "Freeway" work as bike messengers, race organizers, and alleycat racers. The two made the alleycat scene in New York more popular by extensively using the internet to spread the word about bike racing in New York and now Monstertrack is billed as the second largest alleycat in the nation, attracting racers from all over the US, Europe and Japan.
Monster Track 14 did not disappoint. This breakless fixed gear death dash through the city was held during some of the worst conditions ever with freezing rain and cold temperatures. The unforgiving weather took a toll on most riders who dropped out before the race was completed. Only 8 of the 190+ riders finished all 4 manifests, including the returning veterans. Austin Horse finished in first place followed by Alfred Bobe Jr. in second and Crihs Thorman in third. Big ups to Chas from SF killing it as well. This race is a true testament to real riders killing it in the streets.Check out the promotional video here, the race however was much more gnar. The weather came in harsh with rain, wind, and snow... That didn't slow them down!
CHROME ACTIVATES CUSTOM MILITARY SALVAGE PROGRAM FOR VETERANS DAY
Since 1995, Chrome has made bags from reclaimed or salvage materials. When we started making our iconic messenger bag with salvage military duffels and tents the response was amazing, particularly from US Military Personnel who wanted us to make bags using their personal duffels and fatigues. These items carry significant meaning, but can’t be used frequently in civilian life.
Last year US Army Vehicle Commander Jared Morford of Watertown, South Dakota reached out to Chrome to make a Chrome Customs Salvage bag with the duffel he carried to Iraq. Chrome’s Customs Military Salvage Citizen was born.
The Chrome Customs Military Salvage Program invites Veterans and military families to bring their military duffels or fatigues to one of Chrome’s four HUB locations in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Portland. Chrome bag makers will use this material to create a Chrome Custom Citizen Messenger bag.
This program is extremely successful. People have shared their stories with us and we are moved. It reminds us how fortunate we are and how bags carry memories and meaning. One story affected us so much we made a short film: