Oct 26, 2011

Man of Steel Rides Steel

Eric from Smart Bike Parts in Chicago gave us the heads up that they built up a Rum Runner frame for the upcoming Superman flick. Photo shows Clark Kent (played by Henry Cavill) on a gray Rum Runner cruising helmetless in traffic. (Does Superman really need a helmet?)
"Bike had to be unbranded per director's request. His assistant, Jerry Chan, wanted top notch stuff. So Superman is riding a Pake frame with Campy Record Cranks, Phil Wood Hubs, Paul Brake and Lever and looks pretty darn good doing so."

Aug 30, 2011

Dadadum, dadadadum!

It was stinky, dark, and damp. A bunch rowdy scenesters started jumping off-stage, failing miserably as they attempted to stage dive to fast-paced guitar riffs and bass lines that reverberated throughout the room. The resident scene kid here at Pake was forced by a friend to check out the local fastcore band PUNCH. They just came back from their tour in Europe and performed a show at Submission by 18th and Mission last Sunday.

While checking out the show, we saw PUNCH had a interesting new t-shirts and patches. Dan xAfricax designed the print and it turned out to be pretty awesome.

Aug 19, 2011

New Fixed Gear Zine : 48x15

48x15 wallpaper - click to zoom

48x15 is the new baby of Tyler Bowa, the man behind the fast growing People's Bike website. It's a print and web zine. It's got a clean layout. Modern and clean just like Shanghai (cleaner than Shanghai really). The articles aren't just for fixed gear riders. If you just want to know about "The History of Bikes in China", where to get shoot pool and get cheap food in Shanghai, or just what it takes to navigate its crazy streets, check it. You might never make it to China, but it definitely is an enjoyable read cover to cover.

Jul 23, 2011

Trophies for the Winners of CMWC 2011

Custom made in Hungary by felvarrom.hu, two amazing trophies for Men and Women winners!!! The CMWC is being hosted in Warsaw, Poland. Starts July 27!

Jul 12, 2011

Riding From South Africa To Addis Adaba

The picture looks like something out of a music video, but this is for reals folks. Two friends (Ben Stewart and Spencer McCormick, both from Wisconsin) riding from Johannesburg, South Africa to Addis Adaba, Ethiopia...one of them (Ben) is riding his trusty Pake C'Mute. As it says on their site, it’s about 7000k or Florida to Alaska or 34,000,000 jumbo hot dogs laid end to end.

They happen to hit Sudan (South Sudan, now) on the historical weekend that South Sudan proclaimed itself a separate country from North Sudan. As of last month the Northern Sudan government troops were raining shells down on an area occupied by a minority group it doesn't like. Fortunately these two aren't going that far north, instead they're heading east into Kenya. Here's an excerpt from their FAQ's.

Why Africa?

To most Americans, Africa remains the “Dark Continent.” We travel to Europe, we compare ourselves to China, we see Latin America in our culture daily, but Sub-Saharan Africa is largely ignored. It’s too far away, too poor, of no “strategic interest.” Too many, it’s a wild land of conflict, HIV and extreme poverty.

We think there’s a better, more honest and more hopeful story to Sub-Saharan Africa. For the last couple years, many African nations have enjoyed high economic growth. Vibrant democracies sprout across the continent. The decades long conflict in the Congo has subsided. Primary education is now widespread.

There is a glimmer, just glimmer, of an African renaissance and we think that is a story that needs to be told. Africa is fundamental to the human story. It’s our birthplace and home to one billion. And yet, its stories are largely bypassed. We hope to fulfill that ancient rite of the storyteller, to attempt to inform, to tell us who we are and where we’re going.

By Bicycle?

Yes! In a car, you can lock the doors, roll up the windows and turn on the AC. On a bicycle there are no shortcuts. We will be fully exposed to the land and its people. Day in and day out, exhausted and exhilarated, we will feel the terrain, every hill, every gully, every pothole, every storm that turns the unpaved road to a river. At times it will be rough. Dogs will run after us. So will children. Some of them will call us names and some will even throw rocks. (Aren’t kids the sweetest?) But likewise, there will be no windshield to protect us from a stranger’s kindness. We pedal through Africa to remind ourselves on the fundamentals of being human.

In addition, it’s worth pointing out: Though we live in era of incomprehensible complexity, i.e. Justin Bieber and nuclear meltdowns, a simple steel frame with two wheels, a chain and some ball bearings can take you across continents. Bicycles are wondrous machines.

You’re raising money for charity?

Yea. Throughout our ride, we’ll be creatively raising money for World Bicycle Relief and Doctors Without Borders / MSF.

World Bicycle Relief deploys bicycles to increase communities’ economic, health and educational opportunities. Not only are we big fans, but so is Nicholas Kristof.

Medecins Sans Frontieres has been on the frontlines of medical care for nearly 40 years. They won a Nobel Peace Prize. We admire their intrepid spirit and their mission of alleviating human suffering.

Read more at ToAddis.com. View videos on their YouTube channel.
Disclaimer: We did not sponsor them their frame.
Pledge $8.00 or more and they'll send you a postcard from Africa!

May 13, 2011

ModestoFixed's Touristcat - This Saturday

The first of five alleycat events put on by Seal and Modesto Fixed.
More info at bitchesloveourblog.

SF Green's Park Circuit

'Park Circuit' is being hosted here in San Francisco, CA. This is going to be short but sweet race (1 of 2 planned for the year). Starts, checkpoints and even the finish are all local parks, They really wanted to showcase the greener side of San Francisco.

SF Sprints 2 - Updated Poster

Location has been selected.
Should be a great event.
Pake is glad to donate some prizes.
Including a Ukiah bar. Not named after Mr. Pearson the organizer, but we thought it be nice to introduce them to one another.

First prize is a custom Colossi track frame. Luctor et Emergo, dudes.

May 4, 2011

Interview: Jason Clary

Jason Clary just finished off a thrilling victory at this past weekend’s Red Bull Ride + Style Event (the track race portion). What will make it a particularly memorable victory was that it against some of the most well known athletes in fixed gear - some even coming from as far away as Japan. Jason has been representing Soma Fabrications the past 3 years and recently started riding for Pake Bikes. We took time to ask him a few questions.

State your name, age and city of birth for the record
Jason Clary, 28, Oakland CA

Did you ride other bikes before fixed gear?
My parents signed me up in the ABA(American Bicycle Association) when I was around 9. So I ended up BMX racing for about 7 years. I enjoy all kinds of bicycles. I have had a Hans Ray signature trials bike in the past and enjoy mountain biking as well.

What do you love about fixed gear riding?
I enjoy the simplicity of it. It truly is a great experience controlling the speed of your bike bombing down a hill without brakes.

You ride the streets , you race, and you are also a fair trick rider. In which do you feel you are most in your element?
I enjoy riding in the street the most. Nothing surpasses the feeling of riding in traffic and speeding down hills.

You weren't on the original invitation list for the Red Bull Ride+Style Event. How did you feel when you were asked to be an alternate?

As soon as I saw the original list for the Red Bull race I was interested in participating in it. Also kinda discouraged that I wasn't a first pick. I spent a good week talking to different people and trying to find a way into the event. Aaron Lutze who is the NorCal Red Bull marketing rep happened to be at AreaCycles last week. Kenji Iwahashi, the owner of AreaCycles and one of my sponsors, knew how much I wanted to ride in the event. So he pitched the idea to Aaron. It just so happened that Rainer Schaefer from Macaframa wasn't able to attend the race. So I found my in! Kenji reassured Aaron that I was a good fit for the event and that I wouldn't disappoint.

How did you feel on race day?
I went into the race with a lot of confidence. Once I was able to make a couple of laps and warm up I felt my chances were good to win.

Photo: Cog Magazine (used with permission) They have some
killer photos of the whole event online.

I noticed you had headphones on during your heats. What do you like to listen to when you compete?
I like any type of upbeat music. Usually instrumentals keep me focused and help me keep my cadence steady.

Next week is Bike To Work Week: Do you usually bike to work?

What encouragement can you offer to those considering to use the bicycle for commuting and not just recreation?

I work at a bike shop and ride mine to work all the time. Owning a car seems to get further and further out of my mind the more I ride. It's been 5 years since I have owned a car. My lifestyle has definitely changed and for the better. When I drove a car, it seemed I was always in a rush. When I ride I tend to enjoy what's around me a whole lot more.

Most memorable ride you've been on
My most memorable ride has to be the Wolfpack Hustle Crash – the marathon race. I know you said "ride", but riding through L.A. at 4am with 300 bikes is pretty memorable.

Where would you go first if you had a time machine?
Go back 10 years and give my 18 year old self some good words of advice!

You've had a rough couple of years recently. Do you feel 2011 is looking up?
Yes. 2011 has been a great year for me so far. It's so gratifying to see my hard work pay off. I plan to keep the positive vibe going and my bicycle wheels rolling!! I will continue to ride hard here and hope to travel and compete in events out of the Bay Area, too.

Who are your current sponsors?
Soma, Pake, AreaCycles, BoomBotix, Freedminds clothing, and Oakley.

Any shoutouts?

Big shout out to Kenji at AreaCycles, Steve Blick at Oakley, Aaron Lutze at Red Bull for giving me a chance. And of course my fellow riders in the WOB crew, Kell, Ton, Jeremiah, Ej, Julien, Savanah, Robin, etc... I also can't forget my great girl friend Jayne Liu.

Photo: J. Liu

May 2, 2011

Jason Clary Takes Red Bull Ride+Style By the Horns

Jason Clary powered his new Pake French 75 to victory in the track race portion of the Red Bull Ride+Style event. Jason wasn't in the original line-up, but got called in last minute as an alternate. Actually another alternate, Kell McKenzie were the last men standing. But Jason really brought his "A" game Saturday and he killed it hard in four heats. Obama should've sent Jason to get Bin Laden. (Well maybe not, then he would've been in Pakistan this weekend insteada here in SF makin us look good) Congrats! Here's our 'thank you' vid.

Stayed tune tomorrow for an interview Mr. Clary.

See our Flickr set for more pictures of the event, including the fixed gear freestyle competition. It was freakishly beautiful day to hang out and watch some bike competition.

Apr 27, 2011

Pake Rum Runner In Latvia

Thanks Rudolfs for posting your build on our wall. I have no idea how you got your bike, since we don't even have European distribution, but thanks for seeking us out.

I was going to go "Say hello to Dr. Doom" but I think that's another country. But even without a super-villain ruler making things interesting, Riga, Latvia looks like a beautiful place to explore by bike.

Apr 18, 2011

JakarTARCK Teaser #2

Not usually be a fan of having a bike and going nowhere, but this video is a must-see. Soundtrack is perfect.

jakarTARCK teaser 2 from jakarTARCK on Vimeo.
Jakarta is in Indonesia which is in Southeast Asia for you geographically challenged. And the fixed gear scene is booming there. (from Pedal Consumption)

Apr 15, 2011

They Eat Us In Mexico

Pake Taxo is made up of a variety of snacks types including pork rinds and cheese puffs with a powerful chili and lime seasoning.
Picked some up when I was in Ensenada.

Apr 14, 2011

"Triple Rush" Premiers Tonight

Triple Rush - Extended Trailer from Triple Rush on Vimeo.

The reality show following several NYC bike couriers premieres on the Travel Channel tonight. This writer doesn't have that channel, so I probably won't be watching it, but I thought I'd send out a reminder for those who have been looking forward to it. Used to be when ever the media tried to make some money off of fixed gear, there'd be hate being thrown out. But I guess that is type of attitude is getting kind of old, since fixed gear and other messenger culture has long overflowed into popular culture. Hope those guys are getting paid is all I'm gonna say.
10 E/P -- set your DVR's if that's past your bedtime, kiddies!

Apr 13, 2011

Red Bull Ride+Style, April 30

Showin' it off in 'PeeWee" Herman Plaza!
A collision of fixed gear biking and urban contemporary art, creating a visually exciting and awe-inspiring event called Red Bull Ride + Style. The event will feature riders facing off in both track and freestyle competitions, with the obstacles designed and decorated by local San Francisco artists. Red Bull Ride + Style will bring together more than 50 riders from both coasts, with riders from fixed gear meccas San Francisco, Portland and New York competing, as well as riders from Japan.

Mar 30, 2011

Poker Face Race

Gambling and Lady Gaga? I don't know how it is going to go down, but it's happening in Boston.
All of the money goes to the Celiac Disease Foundation, so definitely make a point to come out to show cyclists aren't all self-centered bastards:


Free Beer & Food supplied by Boston Beer-SAM ADAMS, Magic Hat & Dancing Deer. Live band, and DJ. Raffle prizes and prizes for the racers will be handed out. LOCATION & MORE DETAILS TBA

Bike Battle At The Brewery

Based on the pictures from the event last year, it looks like a great place for an event... I mean a working micro-brewery.
So if you can get to Colorado next month, check it out.
Thanks to Adam of Greeley Revolution for letting us get involved.

Mar 21, 2011

PAKE on the small screen

photo c/o travel channel website

Back in February we got wind that the Travel Channel was working on a show about bike messengers in the Big Apple(that city next to the Big Skanky). We were contacted one of the producers, letting us know that one stars owned a Rum Runner frame..

Our first thought was "shitttt we're being scammed again. We're hardened here at Pake, much like the messengers chronicled in "Triple Rush": "The series is onehour doc that follows the chaotic everyday life of three unique courier companies as they battle for survival in an increasingly competitive industry. The work is grueling and the environment can be downright dehumanizing. Witness their hairraising dashes through heavily trafficked Manhattan streets, speeding between cars and racing through red lights – all to earn a few dollars and feed their fast and carefree lifestyles."

We were psyched when we found out it wasn't a scam. PAKE Rum Runner takes the small screen, next stop silver screen!

Here's the website: Triple Rush

Mar 16, 2011

More Evidence that Bikes Rule

When 83-year old Tsuna Kimura heard the tsunami sirens, she got on her bike and rode to safety. See the video on CNN.

If you want to be of some help in this crazy disaster in Japan, check out these proposals from Chari and Lazy Monk.

Better yet just donate some of your Red Bull money to Mercy Corps.

Feb 25, 2011

This is Official! Name Changing News!

Candlestick Park (home of the Niners) will soon be called The Pake Colisseum! SF's other ballpark has already gone through three corporate name changes: Pac Bell to SBC to AT&T now. Candlestick along with a new name will soon have a covered bike parking and a pump track.

O.K. enough of the BS... The real news is that we finally decided what to call our nameless frame models.

Our original steel track frame will now be known as the RUM RUNNER. That was submitted by Jude L. on our FaceBook contest. A rum runner was someone who smuggled alcohol during prohibition time. It is also a name of a cocktail.

With that selected, we decided to name our other frames after interestingly named beverages.

The aluminum track frame set is now called FRENCH 75. This is named after a potent drink made with gin and champagne, which in turn was named after the French 75mm, an artillery cannon that really kicked ass in World War I.

We have also selected the name BOILER MAKER for a player to be named later.

For those who are going to piss on these saying we are encouraging young impressionable minds to drink and ride, become bartenders, or go to Purdue....stop there; we aren't. We just want something to call our bikes.

Feb 10, 2011

Pake Urban Six-Speed: Now in White

For 2011, we have put on a few upgrades to the our urban cruising bike. This newest round of Urban 6-speeds have nicer hubs, freewheel and rear derailleur, but the price remains the same. It will now come in white as well as the scrappy looking black. The white makes a big difference don't you think?....Has a totally different demeanor now. Makes you want to ride around with flowers n stuff and wipe it down with a hanky after every ride. Just kidding with that last part.

My favorite parts are the sturdy color matched steel fenders and the seat. It looks wide and couch-like, but it is pretty firm. It's not overly soft like you see on some lower priced bikes. Comfortable, but won't your butt numb after 15 miles.

Available in standard 18" and a step-thru 16" model. (Basket and kickstand not included.)

Feb 8, 2011

Bicycle Times Awards A Pake C'mute in their Mega-Raffle

The lucky winner is Shawn Antaya. He gets a C'Mute frame/fork in the his choice of sizes and color. The C'Mute ("kuh-mute") is our versatile, multi-purpose frame. Commute, light touring, single-speed, geared, even run internally geared hubs, which are getting more play these days. The above is our dark gray model built up with a Nitto B135 rando bar, Cardiff saddle and tape, and Gamoh rear basket rack. (Build courtesy of American Cyclery in SF)

Jan 21, 2011

"Help Us Name Our Frames" Contest Results

Sorry for taking our time to pick the winners.
Thanks to all those who racked their brains even just a little to help us come up with official monikers for our nameless bike frames. It was definitely difficult picking from all the entries. There were some very creative ones. Some disturbing ones (which we liked, but probably give our distributors a reason to drop us).

Prestige, "Pake Prestige" just sounds good to us. (Anthony B)
Rum Runner, an alcoholic beverage and an exciting profession (Jude L)
Chimera, liked it after we learned to pronounce it and found out what it was(Julius G)
Errant, can't pin down why we like it but we do (Amanda W)
Mmkay, who doesn't like a South Park reference, and it rhymes (David S)

The above will be contacted so they can pick their choice of a Pake saddle or cap. We haven't decided which of the names will actually end up on the bikes. These are just the five we like best. We are weighing them along with other names the team here came up with.

Honorable Mentions (sorry no schwag for these, just bragging rights)

Most Funny: Perm Job (Nathan K)

Most Disturbing: Box Cutter ( wonder if Volume thought about this one, then chickened out to just Cutter)(Eric A)

Our favorite Google image for Chimera,
one of our winning names.