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!