After yet another 9 to 5, Ronnie’s Specialized Crux swept the roads clean. Passing through the canals and finally reaching the dirt roads of Hazel, the Crux eased effortlessly. The pathways were firm yet technical and tested this beauty to its potential. Around nightfall, swarms of (Zika infested?) mosquitos painfully welcomed us by the river. It was then, we realized it was time to head out with the Crux leading ahead.
After the recent Oakley Crossrange meet we figured we should pick the brain of the man behind the glasses and put together a few quick ones for Chas. He was kind enough to take a few minutes out of his busy schedule to shoot us some pretty solid answers for our first interview in some time…click through for the whole deal!
1. For those who don’t know you, when and what got you started down the road on two wheels?
Chas: Hey what’s up my name is Chas, I live in San Francisco CA and try to generally shred life as hard as possible. I have been riding bikes since I was a kid, to and from school, ripping trails on the weekends. I got seriously into cycling in Portland, Oregon around 2004 when I got my first CX bike and started racing locally. It was there that came across bike messengers, racing cyclocross races on their track bikes… literally a slippery slope, and after that I was hooked.
A couple of weeks ago I hopped the train up to San Francisco to check out the release of a new offering from Oakley. We met up with Chas Christensen at Oakley’s Market street location, and settled in for a quick rundown on the new frames before heading out on a ride. First, a little about the new sunglasses and then a few questions for Chas.
The Crossrange Collection is a lot like Clark Kent and Superman – one pair of shades, but with a quick swap of the arms and nose piece, changing from casual hangout to ride ready doesn’t require a phone booth!
Chillin’ – The Lifestyle earsocks have a more relaxed fit for all day comfort, and the nose piece holds them closer to your face.
Ridin’ – The earsocks have a much more snug fit paired with Unobtanium™ over the ears to help them stay put on your face once you begin to sweat. The nose piece keeps the frames farther away from your face and also features Unobtanium™ to keep them in place.
Lenses- built from a series of dyes that are made to control the color contours. Though created to increase the visibility of road markings, they also have specific trail prizm lenses if you are more of an off road trail rider.
Chas talked a little about his daily routine, gave the group a few pointers of riding in city traffic and we were off.
This past weekend Victor Ouma hosted the biggest, baddest, most insane alleycat in the world and it just wrecked NYC streets once again. This year competitors traveled from all over the world to compete in this brakeless fixed gear street race.
only the brave and courages came out to race in freezing 35 degree weather with rain and snow throughout the race.
Rad Race‘s last man standing remains one of the crit series where most riders are still hitting the streets on their track bikes daily. A fast paced and premiere event in Germany, many of the world’s most dedicated riders make it a point to attend the event. Bombtrack‘s Stefan “Fish” Vis is no stranger to the race though this year he took a place on the podiom grabbing third out of 140. A proper look at his event showing below and a little bit of motivation for the coming track criterium season!
Devin is making his way back to New York for this year’s Red Hook Brooklyn and will be repping Engine 11 and Lockedcog to the fullest. Not his for time to the Big Apple having worked as a messenger there this will be his first major crit. He recently got his Engine 11 Sprinter dialed in for the race so we hit Old Sacramento for a few quick photos to break it in. Click through for a few more flicks and be sure to check back for coverage from his NYC trip next month!
Track bikes and dirt are so hit right now…this is exactly why. That Campy equipped 70’s Viner track is too damn cool too!
The road to Salt Lake City for NAHBS was a long one but Angel and I definitely packed in some fun along the way. From firework stands to tricks in the desert, if an opportunity for some rad photos popped up we jumped on it. Here’s a handful of shots from the roadside attractions we stopped at…
For bikes that take a bit more of a beating it’s often convenient to have a quick release seat clamp for a bit more maneuverability on the go. Whether its dropping you cyclocross seat for a for a bit more room on a downhill or getting your track bike more dialed for some bumps this is just what you need. Paul’s QR clamp is CNC machined, rocks an internal cam and looks as good as everything that comes off their production line. We have one these on the way so stay tuned for a full review…in the mean time swoop here!