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Bike Blogger Profile-ZLOG in Seattle

Many websites, video collectives and blogs are at the forefront of the free style fixed gear craze. One of those is Zlogblog out of Seattle.
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Here is my interview with creator, Zach Hoffner.

Name, age and where you live (ride)

Zach Hoffner, 23, Capitol Hill Seattle, Washington

What bikes do you own?

My main bike is a Krabo pursuit track. It was handmade in Germany and has a pink/pearl paint job that really turns heads. I also have a Davidson pursuit track frame that I broke and had repaired. As well as a Carbon Trek 5200 that doesn’t get ridden often enough.

What will be your next bicycle?

My next bike will be a Sizemore, built by my good friend Taylor Sizemore or possibly a trick frame like the Milwaukee Bruiser or Volume Cutter.

Name of your blog, how long you’ve been writing it and how did you get started?

Zlog Blog; I have been going strong for a little over a year. I was blogging for a streetwear shop called Winners Circle and I felt like Seattle was lacking a bike blog. I started the Zlog with the intentions of occasionally posting about bike stuff and then it just grew into a full out bike blog.

Who else contributes to zlog?

As of now, I am the only person who posts on Zlog, although many people contribute by directing me to articles, photos and videos. People send me fliers and videos all the time and I do my best to post the ones I feel my audience will appreciate most.

Who reads zlog?

Fixed gear riders, freestylers, hill bombers, alleycat racers, bike nerds, people who sit at a desk and wish they were riding a bike and people who want to know whats hot in the fixed gear scene. I have a pretty decent audience all over the world and I’m stoked on that.

How you got into freestyle fixed gear riding?

I would go to Fast Friday every month and watch the best trick competition. At that point people like Keo were inventing the tricks that we are all doing today. I saw that there was a ton room for growth in the sport and that is what attracted me. If it wasn’t for amazing friends who were supporting and willing to teach, then I probably would have stopped after my first skid. Now its all

Where do you like to session?

Various skate spots. I try to switch it up depending on what I am trying to learn. I have been working on wheelies lately, so I tend to just ride through the city and wheelie around.

Who rides with you, who do you follow? Who is pushing it to new levels?

I try to ride with people who will push me to my limits. Jay, Daniel V, Maiki, Pavel, & Ponch are always riding like bats out of hell and I like to ride with them; they make me faster. When I’m tricking around I enjoy riding with Chris Clappe, Jacob Ruff, Justin Av, Tyler J. They are pushing the trick scene to new levels and they encourage me to keep learning new tricks.

What do you think about the rise in popularity of the scene? The trends? Like selling fixed gears at urban outfitters? (for example)

I think the the rise in popularity is good as long as it stays positive and gets people on bikes. Trends come and go and so do the people who buy into the trends. Bikes are healthy, we need more healthy trends.

What have you learned about video taping the scene?

I’ve learned that people really appreciate being filmed and they tend to push themselves harder. Capturing a video of a trick that has never been done before is pretty rewarding.

Whats the scene like in Seattle? Are new riders catching on? Other bike scenes in c-town.

There are so many different scenes, but everyone knows each other. It is kind of like one big bike community with different branches. There are alleycat races, messenger races, freestyle comps, emerald sprints, polo tourneys, scavenger hunts, slow rides, fast rides. Something for everyone. As for the new riders, its always good to see new faces.

Future video goals.

I would like to do a full length Zlog video.

Future blog goals.

Expanding it into a larger, more in depth website.

Future cycling goals.

I want to ride in every major city and film it.

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Some Zlog videos:

The Butcher from ZLOG on Vimeo.

Tyler’s day out. from ZLOG on Vimeo.

Caption this photo-Tour de France edition

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NYC Bike the Bars.

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Ok so apparently July is “Good Beer Month.” Thank God, cause I’ve been drinking crappy beer for the last 11. Whew. Oh, yeah and I read about this in Gothamist, today…7/21/09, which is, ah, almost the end of July. It seems as if Mayor Bloomberg, that purveyor of fine craft brew, proclaimed July the month of beer. Also there was an article in the New York Time’s city room blog about this.

So when was this announced to the press? Yesterday? Seems like some bad promoting. Must be the city trying to minimize too many people enjoying themselves on a bicycle. Then two friends ride with two more friends and the next thing you know they are meeting the last Friday of the month.

There wasn’t much information on this site:

www.biketothebars.com

or on this flyer:
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But thanks to some digging on the fixed gear forum and facebook, I got the scoop:

Mayor Bloomberg has proclaimed July to be Good Beer Month in NYC. Come celebrate with a group bike ride from DBA in Williamsburg to Spuyten Duyvil to Jimmy’s No. 43 in the East Village.

Meet at DBA (113 N. 7th St. at Berry) at 2pm.

Helmets strongly encouraged!

http://www.biketothebars.com/

www.goodbeerseal.com

Beer Specials for Cyclists!
At Jimmy’s No.43 “Show Your Bike Key” Special: $4 Pints of All American Craft Beers
At Standings Bar (upstairs from Jimmy’s): FREE PIZZA with microbrew purchase for cyclists on the Bike to the Bars Ride!

Maybe some bike riding libations will help ease tensions in this city between cyclists and pedestrians, especially after this video hits the blogosphere:

Looks like someone caught on tape a cyclist beating on a pedestrian with his u-lock.
Great, more fuel for the fire of the ongoing hatred of cyclists from the anonymous commenters on Gothamist or the NY Post editorialists. Ok, I know, nobody deserves this kind of abuse…but really, after being in NYC for more than 20 years…this type of thing happens all the time. The streets are practically one giant fight club. Normally, I’m being threatened with motorists favorite weapon…their car.

Still this is a pretty harsh video. I guess the cyclist should have been more gentlemanly about the whole affair. But it did seem like the other guy wanted to fight.

Tour Updates on Bicycleradio.com

Check out Tour updates and podcasts at:
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www.bicycleradio.com

Saturday, July 25th…Tour viewing party and Espresso tasting

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Bon Matin, Mont Ventoux!
On Saturday, July 25th, we will be hosting an espresso tasting and TdF viewing party at 8am. Help us break in our new Giotta and sample some great roasts from Stumptown, Counter Culture and Intelligentsia – all while watching what will prove to be an epic and decisive stage of the tour. Pajamas are optional.

at NYC VELO
64 2nd Ave. (between 3rd and 4th St) Manhattan.

Hey it’s catching on…

Boston Police using social networking like Facebook and twitter to catch bike theives…
Read the article here.

5 iphone apps that replace bike hardware

Check out these cool iphone apps for cyclists:
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www.wired.com/gadgetlab

Video Fridays…7/17/09

Here’s one, just cause it’s awesome. Oh yeah and there is a bicycle in it.

Saw these on how to avoid the bummer life. which Kris Holms proves can be achieved with only one wheel.
Here is him riding through the Ewok village.

and some sweet BMX. Joe Perrizo

Ok this is a skateboard…but really…this is amazing.

Wonka riding in Paris for GoRilla Bikes-The full edit.

No Brakes Atlanta-Time Lapse

No Brakes ATL time-lapse from People of Resource on Vimeo.

Bicycle Film Festival Pittsburgh afterparty…Thanks urbanvelo.org

BFF09/Pittsburgh Afterparty from Urban Velo on Vimeo.

Bicycle Film Festival is in San Francisco-July 14th-18th

Bicycle Film Festival is in San Francisco and Oakland.

Here is my interview with Andrew McClintock who is running the festival there:

Name, age and where you live and ride.
Andrew McClintock, 24, Born and raised in San Francisco.

bikes you own?
My bike got stolen last night and besides that all I have is a pile of
parts and no frame…back to the skateboard!

what will be your next bike purchase?
A vespa…Steve MaCdoald ramblinworker.com told me that they are in right
now…but he has like 10 so…Steve is the man by the way…been working with
the BFF for a few years doing all the Joyride art work and shirts. He is
doing a shirt with HUF for SF and LA this year. He is also putting
together a show at Ever Gold Gallery in December with his art crew
Swipple.

-what is the bike culture like in SF (maybe some things people
wouldn’t know about)

It’s the best to take a ride down 3rd street into the rundown industrial
part of town with a cute girl and have a picnic…there are some really
amazing parks on the bay that are hidden.

-there is definitely a lot of documenting the fixed gear scene with
major players like Macaframa and MASH, how has this impacted the
scene in SF. Events, those out there riding?

I like riding with James Newman because he is fast and he has style for
days. He is also down with B.A.D crew and anyone who is down with B.A.D is
down with me. Massan is down with B.A.D too. Bay Area Derelicts.

-what got you involved in the BFF?

The Joyride art show…I’m a photographer, artist, and gallery owner. Ever
Gold Gallery…part of joyride Sf will be there too.
Evergoldgallery.blogspot.com

-who comes out to the festival? Will you see new faces?

It’s kinda crazy who comes out. Everyone does. Being a Frisco Native I can
tell you that SF is a weird city when it comes to big subculture events
and the BFF has the coolest and biggest spanning audience ever. New people
come out every year but it’s the die hard folks that are one their bikes
every day and rode fixies in the early 90’s that always show their true
support.

-how do think the bff will impact people? What do you hope they ride a
way with this year?

Every time I see the films it makes me want to just ride. It’s great for
ones self and the community.

-what is planned for this years bff?

Blonde Redhead at the Independent for two nights Tuesday and Wednesday.
Also Wednesday night there is a party at 330tr Ritch with Ted Shred
spinning. Thursday is the Joyride art show at Ever Gold Gallery and Market
St. Gallery. Firday and Saturday are the film screenings at the oldest
movie house in SF…the Victoria on 16th and Mission. All day Saturday there
is a street party with a BMX comp on capp st. next to the Theater. After
party at Sports Basement. All day in Oakland on Sunday with bike polo and
film screenings. James Newman is putting Oakland together.

-how has the BFF changed over the years in SF?

It’s gotten much much bigger

-sort of unrelated but I always have to ask…SF is the birth place of
critical mass, how has CM changed over the years how is it now?

I actually have never ridden in critical mass for personal reasons…and I
ride for my self and no one else…I feel better when I ride alone or with
no more than 2 folks…i like to ride really fast too and can’t deal with
slow crowds. But I will tell you that they go pretty crazy…my friend rides
his skateboard in it faster than all the bikers…that’s funny.

-What bicycle infrastructure has developed in SF to improve cycling?

San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) works their volunteers pretty hard to get new bike lanes…but I
usually don’t ride in the bike lanes…I like riding down one way streets
the wrong way.

-what is it like biking in SF?

Frisco is crazy! There are one eyed hookers that will jump out at you and
blow their magic smoke at you…and then people try and steal your bike when
you’re not looking.

-future plans for BFF?

It’s going to 39 international cities this year…pretty epic. Brendt Barbur
is the hardest working guy I have ever seen. I have worked in the
restaurant and entertainment business since I was 13 and those people have
to bust really hard but it’s not like they have 39 restaurants in 39
different cities…it gets crazy! Brendt Barbur is like Obama.

-you future cycling goals?

I want to get a new bike because it’s hard to skate up hills…it’s kinda
funny actually I have been putting up posters all day today…like every day
of my life…gotta keep that propaganda up…go all city…but anyways I have
been doing it on my skateboard and people are like “what the hell…where’s
your bike…” I don’t know…I’ve never been very good at telling stories…I
saw a $20 bill on the street today and I swooped it up and then this big
MUNI bus driver was like “hey what’s up! That’s mine!” I was with my
awesome friend Jen who is running BFF in Florida so being a gentleman I
gave it back to him…Jen is the coolest girl from Florida I have ever met!

-anything you wished I asked you?

Yeah. I’m open to bike donations and sponsorships…haha just joking but
check out these links…

bicyclefilmfestival.com
evergoldgallery.blogspot.com
riseabovehaters.com

Keep on riding and pushing with whatever kinda shoes or wheels ya got.

And it’s Frisco, SF, or San Francisco…not San Fran!

And in the words of HR…keep that PMA!


BlondeReadHeadBFF

2 events at the City Reliquary

I like to support the fine folks at the City Reliquary who host bicycle fetish day. Here are some upcoming events:

Two events we hope to see you at soon!

NEXT WEEK
The Annual City Reliquary Benefit aka “The Brooklyn Boogaloo Barbeque”
will be on Sat July 25th 6-10PM. Tickets are $25, $50, or $100 Pay what you Can!
This year we have a necvessarry fundraising goal of $8,000. If you come to one CR event this year, make this the one! Tickets will be available at the door.

THIS WEEK!!!!!!!!!!
Join us for the new “Third Thursday” series at the City Reliquary Museum and Civic Organization, a shameless ploy to encourage you to visit your community organization on a weeknight and enjoy the most civic entertainment around.
This month featuring a concert by Brooklyn’s own TIGERSTEAM fronted by artist, Renaissance gal and Reliquarian Extraordinaire George Ferrandi.

Doors at 7. Music at 9.
Free Admission
Beers $3.00

In true Tigersteam style, here is a description of the band:

tigersteam is patrick barth, erin hewgley, jody bilinski, christa molinaro and george ferrandi.
tigersteam has an accordion a guitar and some drumming. george sings about lonesome superheros, giant jellyfish, icelandic waterfalls, the grittiness of pink clouds and the complications of romance with a taxidermy animal. plus the following things, each in silver:
-birds circling round her head
-frogs falling from trees
-a mermaid on the surface of her eyeball
-dust
the songs are lovely and haunting. but they also kind of rock. like being haunted by a beautiful, melancholy, ghost who wrecks your room. but then cleans up after… and steals your tin foil??

Always civic,
Dave

Dave Herman, President
The City Reliquary
Museum and Civic Organization
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