hey riders! richie red from MASH S.F..
finally, after all these years i've joined this forum.....guess i haven't been on top of things....
anyway a some stuff about me..... i'm from brooklyn, n.y.c. i have been riding a bike since i'm 4 years old. i started of with one of those hard rubber wheeled bikes, then moved up to my first real 20inch a few years later. then there was the "totally rad" bmx faze. i was color matching my bmx just like everyone else. i rode various other bikes because i had so many stolen back then. then i bought my first bike, a 5 speed 20inch (a general-meerkat) and after a few years i tried messengering on it. that only lasted a few months.
i went though the mountain bike faze too....i even got one to messenger on back in '93. it was a kona hahanna. i rode this bike for a year i manhattan and made some money...then i meet squid and his brother james...they rode these fancy bikes called "trackbikes". they were cool to me and showed the in's and out's of riding in the city. i finally made my own coversion and broke everything. 2 hubs and a chainring later i had my own fixie. in 1994 i was messengering on it and almost forgot about my kona....then james broke his collar-bone. he needed a non-fixed bike so he could work, so we traded bikes for the winter. he rode my kona and i got to rock his cannondale track bike! i was riding a whole new beast! i got so much better at riding a fixie after that....and faster too! after we traded back i was hooked for real. i bought tim slack's kamikaze and it was the start of a whole new life........i continued to messenger for a while then i met rob and pete. these guys were from s.f. and they planned on riding back there on bikes. i was into this too and i wanted out of n.y.c.....this would be it for me. i packed up the kona, boxed my kamikaze and rode with those guys. we were a group of 6, we left in may '96 for the messenger championships in s.f. we got there aug. 1st.
after putting my kamikaze together, i had to figure out if i was gonna be able to ride it in this hilly city brakeless. it was scary at first....i had no clue where i was going or how big the hills were. after a few months i got the hang of it and was able to messenger in s.f. there was only a few fixed gear riders in s.f. at the time. no one i could think of was riding brakeless though...except this other guy from n.y....but he was only downtown.
i rode there for 10 years and helped start the subculture. i was color matching and riding deep-dish/high flange wheels WAYYYYYY back in the day. i still have my first set of phil's that are over 10 years old.
i am in the movie MASH SF and i feel good representin' the old school guys. i was just in japan in nov. for the premere there.
i am a mechanic, a wheel builder and i am also a frame builder too. i am on my 5th frame right now. inquire in p.m.'s for more details.
i like to help out my fellow rider's. if there is any questions i can help out with, feel free to ask...i dont bite. i have lots of technical and riding experiance.
other than bikes....i've been married for 5 years and have a little boy that just turned 2.
what's up to all the peeps i know here and what's up to all the people i have yet to meet.
rubber side down folks!