Hi, my name is Amanda. I'm about to tell you a story about a machine. His name is DESMA and he makes Chrome's Forged Rubber Sneakers. DESMA is an old pro at making shoes. Seventy years ago, he was cranking out army boots during WWII but after the war, he just sat with 85 of his fellow machines rusting away in a basement in Slovakia. One day, he got the call that Chrome Industries wanted him and his pals to build Forged Rubber Sneakers by forging rubber soles directly onto durable canvas uppers, one at a time, by hand, the same way they made army boots 70 years ago. While his pals went to work in Thailand, DESMA oiled his pivots, slapped on some paint, and hopped the first flight to San Francisco, where he and our Chrome Crew geared up to take this one-machine Forged Rubber Factory on tour. Continue reading
I was lucky enough to take part in the 22nd Annual Cycle Messenger World Championships this past weekend in Mexico City, Mexico!
- Hundreds of cycle couriers from around the world gathered for this most epic event. I want to say a Big Thank You to the CMWC Mexico team and all the wonderful people who volunteered and worked so hard to pull it off!I got in on the same flight with four other NY’ers on Thursday afternoon. Proud to say our city rolled deep with 15 total!
I missed the track racing at the Olympic Velodrome and group ride to the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon, and the KOM hill climb (Congrats Cooper Ray for bringing NY it’s first World Champ title of the weekend!). Not to worry though, plenty of mayhem was in store for the next few days.
Thursday evening was a pub crawl. I drank enough Mezcal to last me the whole weekend. It was great to see old friends and meet some new ones too.
A little misty that I missed a few of the insane evening events but at 42 years old I have to pick my battles, and decided to focus on day drinking and going to bed at a semi respectable hour.
Friday evening brought the alleycat and more than 200 people gathered in the threatening rain. As the messenger gods laughed, it started to pour and pour and pour! An unbelievable onslaught that would have cancelled any ‘sanctioned’ event. On Safa’s command we blazed into the streets, mixing some of the worlds most intense traffic with a monsoon and a few hundy cycle maniacs. I lasted about 90 minutes with a pack that gelled around me. I stopped to help a guy who went down hard and ended up getting lost (no big surprise). All good though, met a random MC cat and we toured around until catching on with another group of stragglers.
Big Ups to NY’s own Crihs Thormann for the win. As I understand, it was a sprint finish among the lead pack. Saturday brought the qualifiers for the main race, the one event I was sweating. In my 14 previous World Championships, I only managed to qualify for the final twice!
Such a beautiful city and the people are so friendly and peaceful in my experience. While the traffic was intense and insane, the drivers are looking out and the aggro level that's so prevalent in the US is virtually nonexistent. A history rooted in magical culture and mixed with modern day amenities.
The course was a beautiful masterpiece mixing brains and technical ability. I had a smooth run and delivered 19 packages for a strong mid-pack finish. My goal was accomplished! I made the final. With little or no interest in how I performed in the actual main event, my party mode was fully engaged.
Eighty World Champions gathered on Sunday to battle it out on our bikes to see who was the best! Congratulations to Raph from Lausanne and Christina from San Francisco, 1st and 3rd overall, true champions and truly awesome and humble people.
I managed to deliver two packages in the final before taking a break with Todd Danger and riding one of Mexico City’s biggest/baddest roller coasters. My first time on a triple looper, a perfect way to goof off during the race.
Back to the course and I delivered one more then made the rounds and got some pics while visiting the awesome checkpoint crews.
Of all my Championships this one stands out for many reasons. Helmets off to Mexico City Crew and Congratulations to the Melbourne crew who will be hosting the 23rd annual in Melbourne.
Keep an eye out for tons of photos/videos from Tak and many others in the coming weeks.
Ride Safe and Holler!
Kevin “Squid” Bolger is the hardest working man alive. A veteran NYC messenger, he's raced nearly every CMWC since 1995. He’s been sponsored by Chrome since 2004. Check him out at CycleHawk.com
Whoever said "Time flies when you're having fun" must have been talking about 2013. Because just like that, it's almost gone. Rides were had, friends were made, high fives were given, and hangovers were nursed. 2013 was a great year for Urban Bike, Street Photography, Street Racing, and more. We're thankful to all those who rode Chrome in 2013. With the new year upon us, we take a look back at some of our favorite 2013 moments through our year in review:
The Chrome Black Ops Citizen is inspired by the same all-black Chicago flag patch worn by tactical units throughout the city. Like the patch, the Black Ops Citizen uses all black for the entire bag, with the exception of the grey stars and d-panel. Made in USA. Guaranteed for life.
The Chicago Black Ops Citizen is only available at our Chrome HUB on Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park, and select Chicago area Chrome Dealers.
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"I pictured myself in a Denver bar that night, with all the gang, and in their eyes I would be strange and ragged and like the Prophet who has walked across the land to bring the dark Word, and the only Word I had was 'Wow!" -Jack Kerouac "On the Road"
Colorado has a special place in my heart and it's right near the aorta. I used to live and party my brains out at high altitude and loved it like crazy. When I was there my mom and brother each decided to make the move from Fargo and join me in this beautiful state, so stopping in Denver wasn't just another city I was visiting. I was going home. Continue reading
The Chrome Artist Series celebrates photographers, graphic designers, screen printers, and painters who inspire us. These collaborations are built in limited quantities and once they’re gone, they’re gone.
Each season Chrome drops a limited edition of our most popular bags. This year we’ve partnered with Chris Milliman – renowned cycling photographer. Chris is best known for photographing the cycling industry including world-wide Cyclocross events and Road Bike races.
This season’s Limited Edition Artist Series features four of Chris' iconic photographs: A local cyclocross race around an old castle in Belgium, the iconic industrial bridge structures overlooking the bike lanes of Chicago, a locals only watering hole of the same windy city, and the organized chaos of a bike shop. The inside of each bag includes an exclusive woven patch that references from old school photo processing.
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• What were you inspirations for the photos that were chosen for the Chrome projects?
The photos are really different from each other, but they were all shot with the same thing in mind. I wanted to show the scenes with a graphic element. I was looking for a quiet, restrained mood, where the story wasn't obvious. In Chicago that was pretty easy, the city has so many converging lines and classic American structures. In Belgium it was a bit tougher, I had to integrate people into the photo more, which is never easy since they move more than buildings and bridges.
• What has been your inspiration in your work in general?
My overriding inspiration is to create images that are relentlessly honest. And for me that means trying not to repeat myself, mostly as it relates to what I shoot and to some degree how I shoot it. But at the same time, I think there's a balance for me between making honest images and maintaining a technical aspect to the shots. It's delicate, trying to maintain authenticity while also composing the images in a way that's pleasing to me. I guess you could say it doubles as an inspiration and a challenge.
• How did you get stated in photography?
My education was in writing, so I worked as an editor and writer before picking up a camera. I stumbled into shooting while on a writing assignment and it slowly developed from there. After a few years of learning what I thought I needed to know about photography, and not being totally satisfied with my progression, I knew I needed to pick either writing or photography. At the time shooting seemed much more interesting to me so I stopped writing and it was all in for shooting from that point on. I have no formal photo training, but had some important mentors and am always thirsty to learn more and get better.
• What do you enjoy the most about your line of work?
The best part about what I do is being able to have a creative outlet and working with other people who are doing things different than how I live. I've chosen to live in a small town in Northern New England. I love it, but it's pretty quiet and somewhat isolated, so going out working with a variety of clients in diverse locations around world keeps me going. I consider it a privilege to do what I do, I try not to take it for granted because I know it's really unique.
"Smaller, faster, harder". Never before seen in NYC, the latest Red Bull mini drome debuted this past weekend and was unlike any of the other mini dromes built by Red Bull in the past. Steeper and more compact, this mini drome challenged NYC racers and a few out-of-towners with power and handling skills. Built in a church on Bushwick avenue in Bushwick was the perfect place to host this the event.100 riders took to the drome for a total of 10 laps, the 32 riders with fastest times went on to the main event where 2 riders would compete in a cat and mouse race around the drop for another 10 laps. Our own crew tested their metal ...From the 32 riders 16 winners went on to compete against one another, then 8, then 4, and then finally 2. The 2 riders Addison Zambawa and Toms Alsbergs went head to head until Addison was able to catch up a few inches from Toms.The Event itself was awesome, it was great seeing all the same friends you see out riding in the streets having fun in this crazy race. After the event local group NinjaSonik performed as the night winded down and everyone rode home.
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