I thought I would document the bike that I had since I was a teenager. I got the Redline back in 1991 or 92 (The bike is over 15 years old). I paid about $330 for it back then at Fraser Cycles.
The bike has changed slightly over the years, I wish I could have documented the changes closer. At one point I had it covered with stickers and little toys. I had a little Maggie Simpson on the brake lines which someone stole. There are numerous scratches on the bike but not anything significant. I can't say that about myself, when I was 13-14 years old I wiped out on that bike really bad on the trails at Stanley Park. It was the only time I had a concussion and I ended up spending the night at the Children's Hospital. Aside from the huge scar on my knee everything else healed up pretty well.
In case you want to see how it looks like with all the original parts here it is at the BMX museum.
I thought I'd take some pics of my bike and walk you through some of the small changes that it went through.
Odi grips these are the most comfortable grips that I've used. The bar ends were stuffed with nickles so that it would protect the grips from the inside. I nice little cheap old school upgrade.
One of the first scratches that I got on the bike was lifting it from the Sea Wall. I ended up covering up the scratch with this neon splat sticker that I cut up. The other side had one of the Chip and Pepper bull dogs cut out. I pealed that off now though.
This Moe sticker was also cut out. I added the Thor sticker even though it had nothing to do with my bike, I like liked how it matched the color of my bike. Another notable sticker was this Buckwheat sticker that I had on my plastic bike seat. I'm not sure if I still have the old seat kicking round somewhere.
I had a love hate relationship with this crank. I liked that it was so clean, but back in the day CD cranks were the shit and I would remember drooling over them. Yes a CD crank was a crank that looked like a CD, trust me they were cool back then. I also had a nice huge pink splat sticker on this crank. I removed it a couple years ago. Now I kinda wished I left it on. I removed a bunch of sticker from this bike because I didn't want it to look so cartoony since I still ride it. But now I wished I had preserved how my bike looked like from back then.
Here's the story of this cushy bike seat. I had the stock Redline seat on for the longest time. I gotta say that it's one of the most uncomfortable seats ever. I managed to change it to one of those short new school style BMX seats 5 years ago. But last year while Derrick and I were biking home drunk, this guy stopped us and gave me this fat seat that is on it now. That thing is comfortable.
The brakes were the first upgrade that I made to the bike. I forgot where I got them from but I was damn stoked when I got them on the Redline. See the knobs on the levers, it's suppose to lock in for the times when I'm doing "tricks". I gotta say that I never got good at doing any for of tricks, and I don't really care anymore.
I gotta talk about the bars, I didn't take a good pic of them but I'd like to talk about them anyways. When I first got this bike, I was obsessed with upgrading the handlebars. The bars that I always wanted were the Peregrine Q bars. Man I would stare at the ad on the back of BMX Plus for hours dreaming of owning them. I upgraded the stock bars to a pair that I got for free from Norm I think. They were cracked, I managed to get them welded in Metal Working class and painted them black with blue splatter. I had that for the longest time until I bought these Redline BMX bars from Nick. I think I paid $40 for them.
The funny story about these bars is that Nick had to scam a whole mess of people just so he could buy them. He would beg, borrow and steal money just to mail away the money to get these.
The neck, I also was obsessed with upgrading the neck on this bike. If you looked at the neck you can still see glue marks from me gluing some kind of weird toy on to it. I remember I would look at BMX Plus and I would calculate how much parts would be. I was super into picking out different combinations to upgrade my bike. Man lots of good memories. I'm thinking of retiring this bike soon so that I could preserve it. Fifteen years of memories it's probably the best 300 bucks I spent. I'll leave you with this last shot that only Norm will get:
I went to the Mathmos site and started to poke around. I actually ended up buying something from them. (Don't tell Jasmine). I was captivated by the soft multicolored glow. I ended up buying the Blimp.
Here's a video of it actually working (ignore the weird softcore porno music)
Now I am really interested in getting more multicolored LED light things, I really want this:
I have this feeling that I will find a cheap alternative at the night market. Maybe I'll end up getting that too.
I got a bunch of stuff done, I have an extended deadline for some work, I went out for a long bike ride with Derrick. When I got home I got this e-mail, it pretty much said I was taken off a project because I was taking so long. I'm usually really professional and always meet my deadlines, I was given a long deadline for this project but as it turns out I was taking longer in between concepts. Partly it's because the client is indecisive party because I was taking on other rush projects and leaving this project on the back burner. I pretty much e-mailed them back and said give me one more chance I'll have stuff for you to look at by the end of day tomorrow.
This was the kick in the ass I needed. I got up this morning at 8 and went straight to work. I e-mailed, I worked on Finale by the time noon came along the guys e-mailed me back about the project and wanted to see what I can come up with. Game on.
I just sent away 5 new concepts to them. From now on this is going to be my priority project.
I woke up a bit later then I thought I would this morning.
I stayed up late surfing my usual sites, one of my favorite sites to go on is realtalkny. I really enjoy Hip Hop gossip. At least it's not celebutantes gossip.
I went to work at Orb, did up a few patterns. I had lunch at Que Pasa, they have an awesome chicken mole burrito. I got to talking with Melissa and it looks like they won't be needing me much anymore and it ended up to be my last day there for now. Lets see how this pans out. Now with this getting cut off and me limiting my time with Aritzia I've cut off a good chunk of my income. I think I might have to start to get serious about drumming up more freelance work. I feel pretty confident that I can make things work.
I just sent off a production file for a higher profile t-shirt. Nel knows what I'm talking about. It's suppose to be made soon I'll post it once it gets made. I'm paranoid about talking about stuff before it gets done.
I got home, and it turned out to be a really nice day out. I ended up staying in though. I watched An Affair to Remember with Jasmine.
My old blog had a lot of ups and downs, towards the end it was more downs then ups. I was also making all my entries from my old blog all about business stuff, I guess that's why it became a source of my misery and why I stopped blogging.
I've been meaning to start a new blog for a while now, this time it would be a mix of personal and business stuff. I didn't do much in the way of work, I guess it's because I know that I'll be working at Orb tomorrow. I did pitch some new design ideas over e-mail. I'm waiting for definitive answers for 2 designs that I did, bot are in different stages but both are rush projects.
I'm not sure why but I've been wanting to watch Wall E, maybe it's because of these posters by Eric Tan
Here's what I did today:
Woke up at around 10am, had a late night with Derrick, Rich, Danny and Nel playing Rock Band.
Went out for lunch with Danny at Sushiyama. Danny paid for lunch, Thanks Danny.
We dropped Danny off at the airport, he's going to LA for a week then to Vegas for a stag.
Went to the gym with Derrick, played basketball (I lost yet again 9 to 11). Worked on our backs. I bumped into an old friend Benjamin in the locker room. I found out that he got married last year.
By the time I got home it was after 5. I decided to cash a couple cheques I got in the mail. I ended up staying out grocery shopping and dropping off DVD's at Happy Bats.
After getting home from doing all that it was almost nine.
I kinda feel bad for not getting any actual work done, oh well tomorrow's another day.