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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year people !!!!

Whoa. 2008 Over and almost out. Got to send many thanks out to everyone who supported Brooklyn this year. With your support this has the most productive year EVER for us. 8 NEW frames available and almost 500 frames produced in house this year! The 5 of us have been neck deep trying to keep up. Hope you are all happy with the direction things have taken in '08, get ready for more new bikes/ parts/ etc. in 2009.

Peace and prosperity to all for the new year.
-Joe, Darren, Ken, Luke and Seth

To celebrate the coming year we are blowing out PARK BIKE frames for $300 for the month of January!!!!!!
word.

Friday, December 19, 2008

SNOW!!!

Finding it difficult to maintain traction with those 700 x 23 tires?
Check out the new BMW Snow Fixie!



Friday, December 12, 2008

Slope Ranger Snapshot

Monday, December 8, 2008

Statencross

NE Cyclocross season is in full swing, and last weekend NYC had its first cross race in a decade on Staten Island. Austin couldn't resist the chance to do it fixed, and bagged a third place win on his Gangsta Track.


Tire Clearance: Check.
Brake Clearance: Check.
Slow steady drizzle throughout the day: Check.


Gosh. He's fast.

(Photos courtesy of Anthony Skorochod @ cyclingcaptured.com)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Mo twentyfo's.

Christmas orders are shrinking our stock of ACLs, but rest assured riding a Brooklyn is just as fun before the holidays as after. We'll be redoubling production soon, so for those of you saving those last pennies of 08, check out some 24" action to hold you over.

Toff whippin' it.

Tom Lamarche riding an ACL better than it's owner.
English Parkstar from the forums layin' it down on dirt.
Dan Bowhers also moved to the neighborhood a while back. Here's another great cut of him getting ill on the parkbike.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

October Snapshot.




Mr. Dan Bowhers riding the rails on his well-used Brooklyn Park.









Maya waving "Hi!" on a wallride:















The Boss Man Joe Working the new Shorty8 at Diablo:











Luke getting Worked at Bike Kill in Brooklyn:

Monday, November 3, 2008

DO IT.

Weekend ride updates are coming, but for now even we agree that there are more important things to think about right now.
New President and updates coming later this week...

Friday, October 24, 2008

Toffed on 24"s.

So a few months ago before the Thrashbike jam at the banks, Anson showed up at the shop with a wayward Kid with little more than a janky ride, funny accent, and a return ticket back to England... and he cleaned up at the banks.

He was as stoked with our bikes as we were with his riding, and after a few chats with our welder Seth, he got set up to test out a one off MCL frame- an ACL frame with 135 spacing so Dan can run his disk/ freecoaster hub.
He sent us an update of how he's getting along on the new ride and we're well impressed with what he's doing already.

(Photos Courtesty of Tristan Cardew. Thanks!)


The ACL is available now as a production frame, just give us a call here at the shop for color options and lead time and we'll get you sorted.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Nippon.

Fall temperatures have officially settled on the East coast making for perfect riding weather. We had all three of the new Brooklyn gravity frames on the mountain this weekend, taking advantage of the short lift lines and season pass sale at Diablo Freeride Park.

(Photo courtesy of SuperKat!)

October in Brooklyn is also that time of celebration of all things good with two wheels...Bike Kill.
From nonsense nyc:
"The hardest, purest event all year. And you know, while it's not a good reason to go to an event just because when you look back at the pictures 20 years from now you're going to say, "Jesus, that shit was so fucking cool," it's something... Yeah, going to Bike Kill is like walking on the set of some movie you've never seen, except get the fuck out of the way because there's a bike flying right for your head and someone just hit you with a loaf of bread. We've always understood the event as not just a celebration of bikes, but a celebration of doing something all on your own, about taking what you care about and sharing it with whoever happens to come on by. And then someone will vomit on the street and we'll remember that we were getting a little full of ourselves."


We'll see you there.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Bull Market.


How do messengers fare when the blue chips are down? Pretty good evidently!

In his latest win, Brooklyn Machine Works rider and working NYC messenger Austin Horse bombed the entirety of Broadway from the Bronx down to the financial district's most iconic statue to claim his cash monies.
(Photo courtesy of Doug @ HARDCOURT)



For those of you who have noticed, Austin's new bike is the very latest production model of the Gangsta Track, lovingly sanded and polished by the man himself (It's the newschool counterpart to shaving your legs).



For all other Gangsta orders, our stock colors for October are Black and Road Cone Orange. As always, custom colors start a Benjamin.



Friday, October 10, 2008

Fo Shawty.

Hey, everybody. Sorry for the delay, we've been calibrating our sine waves...
With new tools, new toys, and new production, things have been buzzing at the shop. Expect updates on what we've been working on this past crazy month, including our third DH rig of the year, the new shorty 8 prototype which will be hitting the lifts in a hot minute.

For all of our other production models, we're taking orders now with lead times well before the holiday shopping curve.

We hope everyone out there has an excellent long weekend out on the trails and street, except for you, Richard Fuld (you + economies=fail).

Friday, August 15, 2008

Like a Fat Kid Love Cake.

Hey, all you patient tall people. They have arrived!
After dozens of requests, we've finally released a limited run of the new 50 cm Gangsta Tracks- a longer, taller, gangstaer, version of our track frame, akin in fit to a square 57/58cm.
Email the shop for details on ordering and final geometry. Standard colors and options apply.

For everyone in the Tri-State news area (regardless of what size Brooklyn they ride) remember that our newly bike friendly mayor Michael Bloomberg has, amazingly, asked citizens of New York City to join a social experiment and reclaim city streets this summer. Tomorrow and next Saturday, Park Avenue from 79th street down Lafayette to the Brooklyn Bridge will be entirely closed to cars, trucks, and commercial traffic, allowing free reign for bikes and foot traffic.
With another million people expected to flock to the city in the next five years, it's an exceptional step forward to help visualize what life in New New York can be.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Everyone's a winner...

...when it comes to being sexy.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Broked off contest.


The first person to recognize what this is and where it came from will recieve a Brooklyn Machine Works dental gift basket.



Drop us an Email with your entries. Or submit your choice on the forums.
In other tooth related news, a gigantic can of Redbull pulled up to the shop to give us cans of a drink that's as equally good for your heart as it is for your tooth enamel.
Truly, they are the masters of viral marketing.

While freebies are always appreciated, the visit made us appreciate another aspect of life here at the shop: When it's 95 degrees outside you're likely never going to have to wear a suit, tie, or giant insulated beverage cooler strapped to your back.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Thrash Bike.

The boys at the new Thrashbike.com are throwing down in the city this weekend, sessioning all the major spots (and a few hidden ones) before heading to the Brooklyn Banks on Sunday for a an open street MTB jam.
Expect to see Brooklyn representing on the banks and in the judging tables, scoping out the talent and working in the latest versions of the ACL. See you there.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Courier Classic

Last Saturday the city was host to the biggest inaugural alleycat of the year- the Courier Classic where teams of three riders and a dispatch raced for cash and the title of the fastest team of messengers in New York.

There was a lot of Redbull, hauled in by lots of Redbull Girls.

(profile hubs are smooooooth)
Early on one team started to show their dominance, and continued to pull ahead after four straight hours of racing. Each of the three winning racers rode handbuilt frames all designed, tested, and built in house, including (of course) our rider Austin Horse, who has been rocking it all year on his Gangsta Track.
Thumbs up (way to go, congrats, etc... we're running out). You make this shiz look easy.
(Photo Thanks to Luke Stiles and Joao: click for Flickr Sets)

Friday, July 4, 2008

The shop will be closed today for the fourth of July weekend. Huge thanks goes out to everyone out there who made this year our most successful ever, keeping us busy designing, testing, and building each and every Brooklyn Machine Works right here in the USA.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

All City.

The crew over at NYCMTB are holding their second annual All City cross country race, the only legal mountainbike race series on the island of Manhattan, with $1000 in cash prizes.

According to the organizers:
• The course has been expanded to 4 miles from the 2.125 miles of last
year. The course includes more urban park terrain including stairs, paved paths with broken pavement, graffiti'd overpasses, etc., and the non-singletrack sections will make the race a bit less brutal than last year, and less repetitious.
• Please use tough tires. The Highbridge trails are urban trails, and although we scour the trails before the race to remove debris and glass, there is no way for us to remove everything. Paper-thin race tires are not suitable for the course. [Edit:That means you, racerboys]

Pre-registration is $30, $40 the day of. Junior classes only 5 bucks.
For more information or bikereg, Click here.


Saturday, June 28, 2008

Hey Ladies...

Today's Women only Hellcat Alleycat is in Tompkins Square Park
Followed by a Messquerade to benefit the good works of the New York Bike Messenger Association
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So every gal, grab a guy, or another gal, race your hearts out, and end up partyin' for a good cause with some of that money you saved dirtbaggin' it at the Devo concert.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Jocko Homo.

Just a quick update for anyone in the neighborhood tonight, Devo is playing in McCarren Park Pool at 6pm, so drop by to place an order on your frame, then walk up the block and whip it, whip it good.




(Tickets are $52, so look for the pack of dirty bike dudes with BMWs' peeking over the fence.)

Monday, June 23, 2008

Canuck Coin Purse.

The 2008 Cycle Messenger World Championships were held in Canada last week, and Brooklyn rider Austin Horse left his obligations in NYC to battle it out with professional couriers around the world.

He placed first in the Alleycat, defending his title from this year's Monstertrack, and earned fourth overall for the week. Congratulations!

Photo courtesy of Doug D. of Hardcourt Polo. Check out more coverage of the CMWC and Austin's continued refusal get a haircut here, and here.

Big props to the organizers for running a tight ship with none of the confusion from last year.
(Special thanks goes out to Austin's hosts in Montreal who gave him valuable lessons about life up north. For instance: Be kind to ugly strippers - small denomination Canadians dollars are minted in coin, so those strippers that don't leave the stage with $100 bills tucked into their G-strings have incredible upper body strength after lugging sacks of change home every night. They'll mess you up.)

Monday, June 9, 2008

He Got Toe Jam Foot Ball...

Screw the I-phone. Today's blogs blew up with the collaboration Brooklyn Park Bikes made to round out the release of DJ Clark Kent's 112 pack Air Force One, coined from the zip code of our own humble borough.
Check out any of the Sneaker Blogs for full details of the build, and check out Dan Bowhers proving what you can do on a Brooklyn, even if your kicks don't match your frame.


Yo,Nike...where're our sneaks?

Monday, June 2, 2008

Gettin' Those Dolla Dolla Billz.

2 wheel battles popped up all over the Tri-State region over the weekend and Brooklyn riders were all over that shiz.
Pictures are worth a thousand words, but Brooklyn Factory rider Anson Wellington will split the difference in cold hard cash.
Pictures are coming out as Livers come back on-line, so in the meantime imagine it was just like this except with Union Square for the Coloesseum, and dread-locked Trinidadians instead of white guys in tunics.

Way to go Anson!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Big Ben, Big Money, Big Al.

Between racing the US open, Jetsetting to London, and tearing up Portland we'll have plenty of updates for all you BKLN fans and riders...
...but the most interesting bit of riding this week happened right here at home when some of the shop went on a leisurely Friday night spin through Manhattan alongside that most nuanced of NYC Baptist preachers: Rev. Al Sharpton, who met up with other cyclists in Union Square for a random and unplanned ride.

Keep Bikes Alive!

If you're in the NYC area, swing through the city for all the events to celebrate the last weekend of Bike Month. We'll be at the Bicycle Film Festival block party with some hand welded steeds from the shop. Anson, Tom, and Austin will be on hand to demonstrate their skillz and autograph babies.
bicycle film festival block party brooklyn machine works
Then meet up at Union Square with your BMX and a gut full of RedBull for a shot to win $5k
First 20 riders from Union Square to the Banks qualify.

Friday, May 16, 2008

I will call him...Mini Me.

Who said the mountain is just for grown ups? Without better options for a truly trail-worthy bike for his 7 year old son, Joe whipped up this little gem- the smallest full suspension DH bike to come out of Brooklyn.
What were you riding when you were 7 years old?

Like father like son.

Drivetrain and braking are handled by Profile Jr cranks, SRAM X9, and BB7s, while suspension duties are carried by a tiny FOX RP23 air shock and a Marzocchi Z.1 mated to a custom machined flipped crown, providing 5" of usable travel (front and rear!) custom tuned for a 50lb. 7 year old.

It's safe to say that the little ripper is excited about hitting the trails with pops this season, so be sure to stop and say hi when you see them on the mountain .

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Season opener.

The Northeaset Downhill season has officially opened and Brooklyns from all over have been spotted representin' on the mountains.
After selling out of the first run, the latest SR6 is returning for its second season of lift-assisted trails after a long winter of pedaling singletrack.
You'll be seeing a whole lot of this frame over the summer, so keep your eyes peeled for updates on the big news (plus a long term KOWA review).

Our man Eric Hudson was up at Plattekill racing in brutal conditions for the season opener testing out the new BMW prototype DH rig. Check out the video action (Eric is sailing at 40 seconds in):

The time splits were close. It was Eric's first time with 8 inches in the rear, and he was shy of the podium by only 2/10 of a second. Way to go!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Rock Out With Your Lock Out.




Our Man from Japan is in town, bearing gifts from afar, picking up material for B-Maniac.






Last time he was in town to pick up Japanese Gangstas, he lost a liver at Bike Kill and we're going to see if we can do better for 08. If you're in the NYC area follow along for what is going to turn out to be a bitchin' spring weekend of riding:


Friday night is a night of warehouse parties, the last of which is being thrown by our friends at Times-Up at their fancy new space in the West Village.


According to the invite:
"Dance party with the Rude Mechanical Orchestra & DJ D, an olympic-size trampoline, Hot Seat and video projection by Velchrome. 11pm to 12:30am the Traffic Jam tap dancers will perform with the Boom Boom Brooks Trio plus a Bicycle Fashion Show - be in it!"
Beer, trampolines , and bikes. (Map Here)



Then on Saturday morning, the boys at NYCMTB.com are throwing the first legal mountain bike race in Manhattan, Hustle and Flow. A 4 racer relay mixing disciplines of road, cross country, DJs and Downhill on a 16 minute course. (Map Here)


Wind down for prizes and brews at the Knitting Factory and catch the NYC premiere of Seasons, the new MTB film by The Collective (makers of ROAM). (Map Here)


Then ride the banks for one last hurrah and hope our Japanese friend is sober enough to not wind up like this on Sunday Morning.
(Map Here)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

...Where Do They All Come From?

Spring has sprung here in NYC; temperatures are rising, hems are getting shorter, and people are hitting the city in style.
Here's one of our springtime orders in a custom colorway, ready for its new life on the streets of Japan.

To see what kind of abuse the BMW park frame is up to, check out the latest clips from our man Dan Bowhers, who has been bustin' out videos left and right as the Winter fades.

Tune back in for more footage, or check out the forums to catch the latest rider buzz.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

No Flash Photo...

Things are inching closer to production release of the ACL- here's a peek of the latest version: Pick up the latest issue of Distilled Magazine for an exclusive interview with Factory rider Anson Wellington and ride shots of him testing out prototypes of his signature frame.
Check back right here for more pics and release updates.

For New Yorkers waiting for our full lineup, break your cabin fever on the 12th by entering Mud Sweat and Tears, NYC's first unsanctioned as hell cyclocross series.



Word is that this Saturday is ", Sludgement Day: The Day of Wreckoning.
.....Randall's Island Circuit Racing. Rat Pack Hustle sprint competition. Skid-hockey, mudsprints, grasstrackstands, and other tomfoolery."





Check out their website for maps and details. Check out this website before you ride to the pristine shores of Randall's Island.