• MAKERS NIGHT: Knitting 101

    C_2_WHITELast Thursday night, we hosted our very first Makers Night at the Valencia HUB is SF. The focus was knitting, and we gotta say, it was went off without a stitch (sorry, we couldn't help ourselves).

    A1_WHITEFolks rolled in with their needles, slapped on their knitting name tags, and the maker mingling began. Within minutes, the HUB was buzzing. The first rule of knitting is: never knit on an empty stomach, so the crew snacked on veggies, hummus, crackers, cheese and meats, as well as beer and water. It should be noted that the crackers were homemade and vegan because Angie (one of the instructors) apparently never sleeps.

    G_6_WHITEMakers Night is all about sharing the benefits of making things with your hands,  Jessie and Angie make stuff all day at Chrome – not just bags. They are exceptionally experienced at building, sewing, fixing, and just straight making stuff, and told us a bit about all the rad stuff they've made using a few needles and a bunch of yarn.

    They even made the  hand drawn Makers Night ZINE with TONS of information about knitting, web resources, a knitting pattern for basic hand warmers, detailed instructions, diagrams of how to begin and end a project, and complete knitting stitches. It was adorably dense and very useful.

    D_4_WHITEJessie and Angie covered all the basic, but important points (get it?) of knitting, and stressed what folks need to know before getting started, like: needle sizes, gauges, yarn weights, notions, and pattern information.

    Then we got to the good part, casting on! Our friends at Skacel hooked us up with skeins of yarn for everyone, so we were able to save our crew the trouble. Man, were people pumped! We broke into groups and utilized our Sleeper Agents (the few Chromies who also had some knitting experience). Soon, folks were cruising and the gentle click-clack of needles could be heard on the street. Everyone learned casting-on, knit stitches, and eventually bind-off.

    SOCKSBy the end of our first Makers Night nearly everyone was knitting pretty confidently. Angie and Jessie passed out business cards to the few folks who were still having trouble and invited the novice knitters to hit 'em up later for more help.

    All-in-all a our inaugural Makers Night was a huge success. We can't wait to get everyone back together and meet more makers. Stay tuned for more Makers Nights.

    B_2_WHITE

  • Chrome Seattle HUB Grand Opening Party

    Chrome Seattle HUB

     Photography by David Frost

    Here at Chrome we're making moves. Bob Seger wrote a song about it, it's called "NightMoves" – it's probably best to listen to this song as you read this. >> Except instead of a song about teenagers discovering their sexuality in the woods, Chrome is discovering a new home in America. Enter, our sixth HUB: Chrome Seattle. On a summer night, on a sweet summer night we welcomed friends both old and new, to break in Chrome Seattle like we have all HUBs before it. We threw a party. A pinball party.

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  • Meet the Artist: NOA-

    The NOA- Yalta is the newest addition to our Artist Series, and features the original artwork of Japanese, live-paint artist, NOA-. NOA- is as humble as he is talented. Typically using acrylic paint on canvas or wood, he's known for painting with a style that emulates Japanese line-making.

    We joined NOA- in an Oakland warehouse where he painted a piece specifically for Chrome. The piece was inspired by the phrase "Kuro Mu" which sounds like Chrome and means Black Fog. We used the print to create our New Limited Edition NOA- Yalta.

    Artist Series: NOA- Yalta from Chrome Industries on Vimeo.

  • Guest Post: Squid Talks CMWC, Mexico City

    I was lucky enough to take part in the 22nd Annual Cycle Messenger World Championships this past weekend in Mexico City, Mexico!

    Main Race Final Main Race Final 
    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!

    Thanks for the candy apples Thanks for the candy apples

    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.

    Tak and Chris Filts catching magic. Tak and Chris Filts catching magic

    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.

    Trying to figure it out Trying to figure it out
    Alleycat Manifest Distro Alleycat Manifest Distro

    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.

    Ouroboros on the race course Ouroboros on the race course

    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!

    Nico Dropping Science Nico Dropping Science

    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.

    Don't eat me bro. Don't eat me bro.
    Safa on the job #sickofbirds Safa on the job #sickofbirds

    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.

    Nice work! Nice work!

    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.

    WIth Todd on the triple loop WIth Todd on the triple loop
    Footdown AUS style Footdown AUS style

    Back to the course and I delivered one more then made the rounds and got some pics while visiting the awesome checkpoint crews.

    Rocking my colors Rocking my colors

    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.

    We out. Four days of raging. Thanks Mexico We out. Four days of raging. Thanks Mexico

    Keep an eye out for tons of photos/videos from Tak and many others in the coming weeks.
    Ride Safe and Holler!

    ~ Squid

    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

  • Red Bull Ride N Style 2014

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    Ride N Style Photographed by Bobby Sanchez

    Anytime we get to be a part of people getting rad on their bikes it's a win in our book. So, when our pals at Red Bull asked us if we would, once again, join them for their annual Fixed Gear Free Style event, we answered  "Hell yes we will!" Hell yes we'll host registration at our new Mission Hub>>. Hell yes we'll park Vanna Black (the Chrome Van) at Red Bull Ride n Style and party down. Hell yes we'll eat those burritos. Where's the hot sauce? We were so there.

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