HELLO DARKNESS MY OLD FRIEND
I came to know Bradley Hathaway from going to a hardcore show whilst in high school. I remember the night clearly. Jeff and I were at Studio 7 to see The Chariot and As Cities Burn. Waiting between sets, we noticed some awesome shirts by a “band” called Bradley Hathaway of which we had never heard. Then all of a sudden a skinny long haired man begins doing poetry within the “pit”. Gathered attentively, Bradley’s words cascaded through the heads of those individuals who, at this point, had encompassed him in a ring of patience, awaiting each and every overly emphasized syllable. At the time, he became known to me for his comical hits “I am Hardcore” and “Manly Man” but he is most certainly centered upon one center, Christ. The jest filled songs gave way to spoken words about God’s love and grace, and today I fully appreciate that.
This is my Hold Fast welcome to the team + bike check edit. Got cut a lil short because of my knee injury, but I hope you enjoy it!
Filmed and edited by Chris Clappe.
I have been listening to this song over and over. It’s so good. I need to often be reminded to stop listening to myself and start talking to myself. Listen to the rest of this album and others on Mars Hill’s Bandcamp.
“To This Day Project is a project based on a spoken word poem written by Shane Koyczan (shanekoyczan.com) called “To This Day”, to further explore the profound and lasting impact that bullying can have on an individual. Schools and families are in desperate need of proper tools to confront this problem. We can give them a starting point… A message that will have a far reaching and long lasting effect in confronting bullying.”
WOW. This is one of those striking things that causes you to sit and think for a minute. Anyone who has even been made fun of can relate, and as the smallest kid all through high-school I felt the weight of trying to earn fitting in. Thankfully I was blessed at being co-ordinated which allowed me to do sports.
The emotion in his voice as he reads this poem is stirring to say the least.
Went to LA to film with Matt for another HPLUSSON edit. Ended the day as quickly as we had started. Stoked Matt was able to put this together though. Thanks to Matt for his hospitality and driving me one block to get food since I couldn’t walk.
The cut is not very big, only about 3/4 diameter. But was directly on an old scar, so it was really deep. They stitched me up and xrayed to make sure I didn’t break my knee cap. The next day I literally could not walk. It was crazy. I had gotten stitches there before but this seemed like I had cut through a ligament. I went to the doctor one week ago once I got home to get the stitches removed. He said there is no immediate need for surgery, that things were damaged under my knee but he doesn’t believe I’ll need surgery. Another 5 weeks or so and I should be back to riding.
So Prolly and Kyle have been rocking the #crossiefreestyle hastag hard this year (they are totally joking by the way), but it got me lurking around the interwebs for some Pro riders getting RAD. I found some gems to say the least! Seems Stybar is the European equivalent of Ty from Golden Saddle Cyclery, cept he’s been world champ 4 times!
And sometimes you need to scrub that speed while your in the air!
Below is one of the coolest cross videos I have ever seen. It’s an indoor cross race that features a kicker in the middle of the sand section, and logs as barriers. Most of the top pros are hopping the logs no problem. Notable kicker jumps at 9:37 and 10:32. There is a steeple chase style race to start, but the men’s elite final starts at 7:00 if you want to skip ahead to the real shreddage!
Can’t wait to get my Sizemore single speed later this year. Looking forward to traveling with the cross bike in late 2013 and 2014. Also big stuff to come from Taylor and myself this year #shredclub for all the radness.
Branding and marketing can really make or break a company. Even when a company has a great product, so much weight rests on the branding and marketing of that product. When these Death Spray Custom videos started showing up online, it was a breath of fresh air. They already have a fantastic website and beautifully produced products. But these videos really stood out to me. They are creative, quick, and interesting; three things that many companies could learn from. You can view all of them on their vimeo, here.
Also I have been viewing these as they pop up at Prolly is Not Probably.