Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A preview of things to come: Rebirth


   
This is a preview of the next screen print for our shirts. It's my collaboration with Leslie Valerio.
"Till I Die All 9 Times" represents the dangers of cycling on our roads and also suicidal awareness.
These two topics are things that affect both ourselves and the others around us. Suicidal tendencies are something that I really would not like to talk heavily about but it is something that recently has been taking a large toll on my life. This is the reason that I have not posted in a very long time on Ghost in the Spoke. I have been taking some time to heal.

Depression is real.
Suicide is real.
Evil (no matter what your spiritual beliefs are) is absolutely real.

     Living in a negative environment and not taking control of these things will consume you. Some people need help to get out of despair, so if you see someone that is in pain at least take a moment out of your life to spread positive energy upon another soul. You can save a person's life with the smallest gesture of kindness. I would like to say that I healed on my own but truly without my friends and family at my side I probably would not be here right now. I am so grateful that they are here supporting my steps back into sanity.

     In this world I try my hardest to have my strong will guide me. Unfortunately, negative energy does not give a damn on how strong your will is. It affects all types of people and can happen when it is least expected. I was working so hard on Ghost in the Spoke and then out of the blue some pretty terrible things happened. I had made a huge mistake with a loved one that lead to the end of a relationship. She was there from the beginnings of Ghost in the Spoke so coming back to my work was/is extremely hard. I started back on my vices and began drinking heavily again. After that it was downhill. The chains of hell once again binding my soul from myself. I went insane.

     I'm now trying to get my head together. I want to repair the pain that I have caused others. Our new shirts (they will be coming out very soon) are just the start. I want to fill this world with more positive energy and make sure I can help others through their tough times. Protect those who are sacred to you and keep an open heart to all. You might need the same help one day.

     Throughout all of this pain I did find a silver lining. My spiritual beliefs have changed for what constitutes as life and I have a greater appreciation of those around me. I also learned to be more compassionate. Strength can come in many forms. It takes a person with strong will to get through this world, but it takes a stronger person to admit that they are defeated. Hopefully others do not have to learn that in this same manner.

     Anyone that rides a bike knows the dangers we face everyday on two wheels. If you are wearing our shirts and someone asks you about the design then please take a moment to educate them on proper road etiquette. And, if it looks like someone is about to go kill themselves then keep them busy. Maybe even offer to go ride bikes with them. You never know, you might have another person to add to our Cat Gang.

On a lighter note, there is a lucky cat on our shirts now and I'm back. I don't know how many lives I have left but things are getting better. Let's ride some bikes.

Monday, July 20, 2015

DDBO: FUND-RAGER PHOTOS ARE UP!

I have been a bit busy lately so I have been behind on posts but I am up and running again. Hopefully this huge camera dump will suffice as substance for the site. Tons of fun yesterday and I took off most of my clothes.CHECK OUT THE FULL SET HERE!












Monday, June 15, 2015

Red Hammer Bags: Upcycled Packs!


I am so happy to see other cycling companies doing their part to recycle!! So awesome! These are made from recycled billboards!

 By@red_hammer_bags The billboard series by Red Hammer is a messenger style bag featuring 11 pockets, 24 liters of capacity for all your storage needs and an ultra-padded detachable shoulder harness that adjusts for either shoulder. Inside, a 17"x10" padded sleeve that keeps your laptop/tablet well protected along the way while closed pockets hold everything securely in place. Find the last Messenger Bag you will ever need by visiting us at www.redhammerbags.com

Knog: Milkman Combo Lock


Dat new new.
 Cable locks are super great for a quickie in a shop or when you are bouncing around town running errands . ^___^ Hence the name, Milkman. 

By @_knog_ MILKMAN COMBO $29.95 The Milkman combo lock is a retractable, keyless, steel cable lock with a 10,000 combination lock barrel. It'll loop around your bike frame and any bolted-down fat-ass post, locking simply and swiftly but compact enough to fit in your back pocket. SPECIFICATIONS DIMENSIONS : 75 x 75 x 20mm CABLE LENGTH : 90cm WEIGHT: 132g MATERIALS: Braided steel cable. Zinc die-cast latch with polycarbonate casing. LOCK TYPE: Combination Lock

Bookman: Reflector

My @bookman reflector keeps me safe when I pop it on my @oliberte bag. Hehe, it's so shiny!!! I'm packing @cigarcitybrewing "Florida Cracker" Belgian White Ale. For some reason it tastes like tamarind to me.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Dirty Dina 2015 photos are up!

I finally got around to posting the photos up. Sorry about the wait. Life has gotten quite busy lately. It was loads of fun and I cannot wait to see all of you in the future.

 CLICK HERE TO SEE THE WHOLE IMAGE DUMP







You are more than welcome to use my photography as long as you photo credit "Ghost in the Spoke". Or pop up a link to our blog/fb.

If you would like to show support you can always pick up something from our online shop at www.ghostinthespoke.bigcartel.com . I had loads of fun with all of you and thank you for having me.

Camera used: Olympus TG-3 / lens kit
For more information on my work please check out www.ghost-in-the-spoke.com

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Bike to Work Week (May 11th-15th)

I'm not perfect, either. I've made tons of stupid mistakes, and later I regretted them. And I've done it over and over again, thousands of times; a cycle of hollow joy and vicious self-hatred. But even so, every time I learned something about myself.
-Misato Katsuragi, Neon Genesis Evangelion


     In celebration of "Bike to Work Week" I figured I would write a little bit of something to maybe inspire others to make this life choice. It is something that has changed me in such a profound way. Around this time last year I wrote the "about" section of this blog. You can read it here. Click me!! It essentially portrays my story, the fight with alcohol abuse, an announcement of pursuing my dreams to build an adventurer's hostel** and how Ghost in the Spoke has grown into something much more than it's origins. Everything in my life changed in a great new direction with one single choice on how it was traversed.  Cycling to commute to work and everywhere else that I go was something that saved my heart and soul.
( I still enjoy a beer or two when I am out with friends but excess is still a temptation. It took a long time find a proper balance, just the same as every trackstand on the lights I cannot pass.)


     When you are having a rough time in your life and it feels like the everything is going wrong, the best thing that you can truly do is become physically active. There is no prescription or supplement that can even come close to the positive effect of movement, all without negative symptoms from other choices.

 Cycling is a good choice because it is low-impact and takes a high caloric use from your body. If you get your heart pumping as you are traveling to where you want to go that engorged heart will radiate to those all around you when you get there! I can't say that it will turn you into a super model but within two or three months you will defiinitely see some physical improvement. You will feel better because you are indeed becoming better in many different aspects.  

Commuting on bicycles will make you see the world in a different light.



     The time lapse above is one of my routes for recreational cycling but a portion of it is actually what I take to get to my day job. IT'S AN AWESOME WAY TO START YOUR DAY! I often plan my day with eating at a park to enjoy nature since I am already right in the thick of it. When I used to drive a vehicle I never really took time out of my day to enjoy simple things. I was like a machine. Statistically the average person spends 30,000+ hours in a lifetime driving. Why not use some of that time on a bicycle and enjoy yourself a little bit more? Sure it will take you longer but you will have more fun!! In a car it takes me 15 minutes to get to work, if I push hard on a bike it takes me around 20 minutes. It can take longer for others but if you live in an area that is highly populated there is a high chance that you can get to your destination faster than being in a vehicle.

There is not enough time in our lifespan to choose anything that does not ultimately make us happy. Even through the rain, cold, heat and pain there have been only a few times that I have not had a smile on my face when riding a bicycle.

There are only a handful of other things that can do the same for me in this life, and that is something to really think about.

Cycling is something that everyone can do at almost any age. There is a bike that is available for everyone's specific needs and there is nothing besides time left on this planet that will keep you from participating in such a healthy activity. Even when you are old and grey there is a bicycle to add color into your life.

RIDE BIKES FOR LIFE! 
(This is a bicycle that I built up for Mrs.Hogan. She is one of our customers at my day job. She told me that I had inspired her to ride when she saw me cycling everyday to work.)

On your travels you are sure to meet some very interesting people.



     The video above is from our new "Home Movies" series which is a small peek into the massive cycling universe that we have all around us. I decided to start this series so that others can see all of the different types of cycling everyone can get into (There will be more in the future). For me, it was originally just commuting alone, it moved into community rides, then bike polo, now photography and producing all sorts of cycling content.

     What I am getting at is that there is something for everyone. Your first push out into the open road can lead you to places/people that you would not have ever known existed before. The friends that I have made on my commutes are some of the most loyal, interesting and genuine people that I have ever met. Cycling has given me memories with these people that I now cherish over most things in this world.
Bike kids are just cool, super nice too!


Cycling changes the way you think.


The example above is my "Not Brass Knuckles" multi-tool / pedal wrench that I developed.  You can find full details of our tools here! CLICK ME!   

     They say that it takes 10,000+ hours of doing one specific thing before you become an expert at it. I am far from an expert but I will say that since I have been commuting by bike my method of thought has completely changed. I route my day like I route my bike rides, I now prepare for the worst and I even pack for others. I even invented an emergency multi-tool so everyone can be prepared for the most life threatening situations possible. Cycling forces you to make rational decisions so you do not end up stranded in the middle of nowhere. This mentality naturally transfers over to your daily life and the skills can be applied everywhere.

Commuting on bicycle conditions both your mind and body. It is something that consistently helps you deal with fear and how to make it alive to see another day. When you take the road there are giant metal behemoths that travel at speeds that can instantly kill you. This is a healthy fear to be afraid of and once you learn to overcome it you will grow into a much stronger person. You will learn to trust yourself because sometimes there is no one there to guide you. It is during these times that you are able to sprout new ideas of your own.
Oh and the best part about riding bikes is that you will save money! 
Then you can buy more bikes!

Riding bicycles will make you want to ride more bicycles.




     Believe it or not, one of my favorite bikes that I own is actually not the fastest and not the most practical. It is however, THE MOST FUN!!! I love my Respect Cycles Mini-velo!!
Cycling is so great for you specifically because it reminds you to have fun. That is something that most of us forget to do as we grow older. 
If you take anything from this article please let it be this: 
     Regardless of whether we are on our feet, in a car or on a bicycle, we are all traveling to the same destination. In the end we are all eventually going to travel to our graves. The best part is that it's not about the final destination. It's about how we got there and how good we felt along the way. 

     I guarantee that if you put more miles on a bicycle starting at this very moment the enrichment to your lives will be so much better. It changed my life more than I could ever imagine and now I'm pursuing my dreams because of it. All because I sat down one day and thought about where I want to be at my own life's finish line, it was on a bike.

If you enjoyed this article then please do me a favor and share it to all your loved ones and people that you feel would be inspired to hop on their bicycle. 

Thank you for reading.


    

        My dream to make an adventurer's hostel is getting closer every day, I am pushing for 6 months before completion but realistically this could take a year.  I have a couple more things that I have to do to make it come together.  

I know that I need to find a more cost effective way to produce my tools so it's retail price is in a price bracket that more cyclists can afford, all while keeping them in the same heirloom quality bracket. I was thinking of investment casting from Reliance Foundry.Then I can sell all my tools and make fundings needed for my adventurer's hostel. I hope to put more people on bikes and spread as much love as I can along the way. This is a hard push but every hill can be climbed and enjoyed going down on the other side. I refuse to be defeated and I promise to keep you all updated.

The good news is that we are growing.
10,600 followers of our content
162,100 total "likes" in our photography received
And, a whole lot of love from everyone.





Honorable mentions for my inspiration to write this article and everything I do on my daily grind:
      My supportive girlfriend Mandi , family and friends that have seen this whole adventure of my life while cycling.


Sunday, May 10, 2015

"Not Brass Knuckles" multi-tool // Opening Bottles





Just a little preview of us popping bottles with our Ghost in the Spoke - "Not Brass Knuckles" multi-tool.

 It's good for everything! You can pick up our tool at our online shop. All proceeds from our online shop go to fundraising for an adventurers' hostel in Florida.

( www.ghostinthespoke.bigcartel.com )

FULL PREVIEW BELOW

This batch is made with an acid bath finish to make every tool unique to it's owner and then they are set in beeswax. I wanted the first purchasers to get something that they would love since they are investing in our project so this forced patina was my way of showing appreciation. It came out with a nice aged look that will improve even further in the years to come.



"Not Brass Knuckles" multi-tool:

• made in the USA at www.bigbluesaw.com out of raw heat treated 4130 chromoly steel

• 1-23mm sockets

• emergency lockring tool / bottle opener

• pedal wrenches 14-15mm

• the sockets can lock-in "L" shaped hex keys, socket tools and bits

• top four sockets (20-23mm) are designed for fingers to be placed inside to increase leverage in tight spaced conditions or for whatever obstacle at hand

• "L" shaped hex keys can be placed into smaller sockets to act as a breaker bar for even more leverage.

• pry rod tool

• locking design: On the smaller sockets one side of the socket is tapered down slightly so when you place in the nut in through the backside it "locks" the nut into place. No more stripped tools/nuts!!!

•Size: One size fits all, fits in your pocket.

4.54 x 2.72in

•thickness: .25in

• Designed to be compatible with paracord and you can lace it around the multi-tool.

• You can use it as a hammer.

• They are not brass knuckles.



Our "Not Brass Knuckles" multi-tool is extremely high quality and designed to be your everyday carry-on for all tasks at hand.



Disclaimer for legal purposes: Our "Not Brass Knuckles" multi-tool is only sold as a multi-tool and all coincidences of it being anything else are purely coincidental. How you choose to use it is up to your own discretion for all problems at hand. We recommend mashing potatoes with it, it makes delicious mashed potatoes.



Thank you all for your support.



Video shot on my Olympus TG-3
with Knog [QUDOS] lighting

Music Credit:

Ryan Hemsworth - Nowt Redevel

Saturday, May 9, 2015

50 miles fixed gear, secret Greencove, FL. harbor.

Mandi and I made our way to a secret harbor!
We did 50 miles fixed gear that day. Whew!! Adventure couple ftw. Check out the full set here!





Items featured in this mini set: 
@orfoslights - lightset
@sebikes - Quadangle frame 
@aerospoke_official - wheelset 15t 
@eighthinch- 43t cranks
@trampstraps - pedal straps 
@vpcomponents - vice pedals 
@cinelli_official - unicanitor saddle 
@fixcraft - 2.5 riser handlebar 
@BearsTraps - leather beer bomber 
@oliberte x@bookman - leather bag and reflector


Mandi's
@sebikes - PK Ripper
@velocityusa -deep v wheelset

photos taken on my @getolympus - tg-3

Bricklane Bikes - FULL DISC WHEEL!


I think I will start selling my blood for these. @bricklanebikes always has something new up their sleeves. Good job. By @bricklanebikes IT HAS LANDED! The BLB Notorious Zero full carbon disc clincher wheel is here! #BLB#bricklanebikes #notorious #notoriouszero #carbon #discwheel #bikeporn#fixedgear #fixedlife

More love for our "Not Brass Knuckles" multi-tool


It makes me so happy that you all love our #notbrassknuckles multi-tool. For the full specs please check out our online shop in our IG profile! I put my whole heart into making a carry on for all occasions. I only have a few of our first edition models left and the next batch will not have our special acid bath. If you are interested please understand that it will not be here forever! Thanks a ton!

 repost via from @fixsixsix @fixsixsix Whoa check out the new stuff!@unknownbikes 5 panel hat, and holy shit a "not brass knuckles" bike tool from @ghost_in_the_spoke, this thing is so rad! #notbrassknuckles

Yoyo Factory: Titanium Yoyo


Life goals: One day I hope to own a custom titanium bicycle frame. I'm 5'5 so the amount of frames that I have access to buy are extremely limited. Edit: The bicycle frame would need to have this badass @yoyofactory titanium yoyo to match. I have to work hard this year to make the hostel come first then I will work on everything else. 

By "@yoyofactory Today we took the biggest step towards making the Dream Titanium YoYo a reality! A working sample, just 2 weeks after the project was announced and 1 week after it reached funding! For your chance to own one for the backers price of $200 (retail will be $300) visit the link in our page bio #yyfti"

Ghost in the Spoke "Booty Bags"



Our BOOTY BAGS are available for $10 from our online site www.ghostinthespoke.bigcartel.com and all proceeds go to funding a hostel. It means the world to me that you all love our goods and I will gladly repost a photo of all who help us along the way on our IG. Just tag #bike_club in the photos of yourself in our merch and we can get things rolling like chainring and cog. Thank you all! 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

SE Bikes - FAT RIPPER!!


I need a fat bike. So sad that I couldn't hang when SE Bikes were around. I was out on another trip while they had a fest here in St.Augustine. :( 

By @sebikes@sebikes The #fatripper is part of the #chaingang! This beast of #bmx +#fatbike will be available at the end of the summer for $849 MSRP. Who's gettin' one of these bad boys!? #sebikes #seracing

Respect Cycles V2


I'm so proud of @respectcycles! @respectcycles Their mini-velos are now shipped worldwide! The new V2 model is full chromoly so they can take a beating! They are offering free shipping to all of our followers! You can use promocode "Ghost" to get free shipping in the USA. These are super fun to ride!

I started throwing yo-yos again.



Recently I have started using yo-yos again. I used to play so much when I was a little kid but I could never afford to get a decent yo-yo to expand my skills. I bought my #magicyoyo #T5 last week (the red yoyo) and it felt like a fish to water with this yo-yo. It was very nicely priced at $13.00, it performs like something in a much higher price bracket. I was so impressed by the quality that this week I bought the #N12 Shark model, you can generally find this model for around $20. I have heard nothing but good reviews on this yo-yo so I am very excited to have one of my own. Now I have one undersized yo-yo and one full sized yo-yo!! I plan on adding articles on yo-yos in the future to Ghost in the Spoke since my reclaimed love for them has been reignited. Oh, I forgot to mention the N12 has a shark on it! Sharks on anything are an automatic win in my book. All of you should start throwing yo-yos with me!!#yoyo_club

Block Bullies - clothing line



Dat new new. DIY screen print in all of it's glorious thick goodness from my friends @twostrap @twostrap @twostrap If you spot me holla I will pull over. We appreciate the support. #blockbullies #fgfs #bikelife #nycshit #nyc#bbnyc #free #support #fixie

Orfos Lights test phase 1



Orfos Lights test phase 1: These @orfoslights @orfoslights are insanely bright. ( video preview edit soon!) I have never owned a full set of lights from this price bracket. I actually took these pictures in the rain and it still shows how bright these lights are!!! The best part is that these have magentic mountings (extremely streamlined mounting system) and I run steel frames so it's perfect! You can pick them up from http://www.orfos.bike/ . 

More to come soon! Items featured in this mini set: 
@orfoslights - lightset 
@sebikes - Quadangle frame
@aerospoke_official - wheelset 15t 
@eighthinch- 43t cranks 
@trampstraps - pedal straps 
@vpcomponents - vice pedals 
@cinelli_official - unicanitor saddle
@fixcraft - 2.5 riser handlebar 
@BearsTraps - leather beer bomber @oliberte x@bookman - leather bag and reflector

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Home Movies 02 - No Ordinary Night



This is the second installment in our "Home Movies" series, an on going series to help show other aspects of cycling. The idea is to produce cycling films that many new cyclists can relate to. I would like to open our world out to everyone and these videos seem like a good start for people that are just dipping their toes into this massive cycling universe. We filmed all of this on the Orlando Bike Polo "Murder Bus", I love everyone there so if you are ever in Orlando, FL. please check them out.

There is something for everyone!! Thank you for watching.

Since it is national bike month I would love for you all to share our video to increase awareness of all cycling culture.


Filmed on my Olympus TG3,

 with my Knog [QUDOS] camera light.

Music credit: Evil Nine ft. Danny Brown - The Black Brad Pitt

If you would like to show support of our projects you can always pick up something from our online shop or share our videos!  www.ghostinthespoke.bigcartel.com

Ghost in the Spoke - Home Movies 01


Ghost in the Spoke "Home Movies" is going to be an on going series of all the videos that I capture on my adventures. I was going to make one HUGE video of a weekend at Bear Polo but I decided to go ahead and make a ton of small videos so you can see more of what we do. I figured that if we made more videos it would increase exposure of all things bikes and it would help expand the amount of people that would be interested in cycling culture. I hope you all enjoy our videos in it's homebrewed glory. Please share the video for me!!!

Taken on my Olympus TG3
Music Credit: Go team x Bloc Party - positive tension remix
YOYO MAN: Wil Fady
Yoyo: Yoyojam Dr. Popular Bolt

Friday, May 1, 2015

Respectcycles' Handlebasket




Lots of people have asked me about my basket. It's my@respectcycles handlebasket and I use it on my commuter. I have a daily commute of about 13-17 miles depending on what I have to do that day or if I want to take the long way. It has actually serviced me well. I put my groceries and anything else that cant fit inside my backpack inside the rack. I like it because it is integrated into the handlebar.
@bookman - lights
@sebikes-premium ale
@banjobrothers - metro bag
#marvelcompoundairless tires


Camera used - @getolympus TG-3

Robbie C. picked up our new "Not Brass Knuckles" multi-tool.


Robbie C. picked up our new "Not Brass Knuckles" multi-tool. He added it to his collection. Thanks a ton for the support. Can any of our followers spot the one that is #notbrassknuckles?
Dont forget that our multi-tool has a forced acid bath patina on this first batch! So pick them up while you still have a chance at this limited edition from our online shop at www.ghostinthespoke.bigcartel.com Enjoy!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Bookman Coffee holder can hold beer!


On the party bus to Bear Polo I finally figured out a perfect solution to placing bottles in the @bookman coffee holder. If you take a @stanley_brand coffee cup from the large 1.1qt vacuum bottle it fits super snug in the coffee holder. Then presto!!!!!!!!!! bottle fits nicely. I carry my vacuum bottle anyways so it works. I'll post a better pic soon. Also, we figured out that you can place the @bookman coffee holder on many things besides bikes. It fits on the party bus too.

Keystone Heights' trails




Keystone Heights, FL Their trails are beautiful. Even though times can be extremely tough, I make sure to spend time on the bicycle for more than just commuting and business. Joy rides are my favorite.




@sebikes - premium ale

#MarvelCompoundTires -Airless Daytona TT tires

@Origin8cycling - 17t propulsion cog #Sugino - messenger 48t

@_knog_ - Blinder light series

@Trampstraps - $20 straps shipped with our promo code "DIRTYDOGS"

@vpcomponents - vp001 pedal

@banjobrothers - metro bag

@respectcycles - handlebasket photo taken on my @getolympus tg-3

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Orfos Flare light set preview



Here is a little video of the Orfos Flare light set that I picked up for the crew. I hope you love it. You can tell that they put a ton of love into these lights. I have never owned a full set of lights that are in this price bracket, and from the amount of time that I have used them I have had nothing but love for these lights. It has been helping on my commutes, especially when I ride home on my way home on a road without streetlights.

 Manufacture specs: 

360° BIKE LIGHTS [MADE IN THE USA] 
300 TO 500 LUMENS 
100% WATERPROOF 
MAGNETIC MOUNTING 
RECHARGEABLE 
CAR-LIKE VISIBILITY 


INCREDIBLE BRIGHTNESS:  Utilizing 9 of the most efficient half watt LEDs available, the RED Flare is 300 Lumens. The WHITE Flare is 500 Lumens. These lights will match the intensity and light dispersion of modern LED car tail lights and daytime running lights. HIGH mode is bright enough to be used during the day or early evening! For rides in the darker hours of the night when eyes are dilated to let in more light, MEDIUM or LOW brightness modes will give extended run times.



 360° VISIBILITY:  The LEDs are surrounded by a reflective interior, and are entirely encapsulated/potted in optically clear silicone and a clear outer polycarbonate shell. Acting similar to lenses and fiber optics, the light is diffused throughout the case and emits at every angle. The Flares are designed to be seen!


WATERPROOF: Since the Flares are entirely encapsulated, they are completely protected from the elements (water/dust/vibration...etc). A low viscosity silicone is injected inside flowing around the electronics to fill all gaps internally and remove all air. There is literally nothing for water to get into. This is the only no-compromise solution for completely protecting electronics in harsh environments. Outside of the military or aerospace world, this is typically never done. Some scuba-diving friends took the Flares 50 feet underwater for an hour to put them to the test. They definitely did not disappoint! With essentially military grade durability and longevity, these lights are designed to be the last lights you will ever need.


MAGNETIC MOUNTING:  The large magnets are N52 grade neodymium, which is the strongest grade of magnet available. The mount is then over-molded with rubber to prevent damage to your bike. Your lights will remain attached no matter how extreme the terrain is, but at the end of the day, you will be able to conveniently remove them for charging. Each light will come with twelve, premium, weather resistant, nylon cable ties for securing the magnetic mount almost anywhere. Mount to seat posts, saddle bags, helmets, backpacks, rain covers, etc..


RECHARGEABLE VIA USB PORT: Utilizing a micro USB port, you can charge the Flare anywhere that you charge your phone. The Flare intelligently knows the difference between all types of USB chargers to ensure the shortest charging time, and get you back on the road quickly and efficiently. You can get up to 24 hours of usable battery life with a 90 minute charge.





ELEGANCE: The Flares are designed to seamlessly interface with your bicycle, providing the most beautiful and noticeable illumination allowed by technology. The compact and aerodynamic design concentrates on what is essential, using every millimeter to increase your visibility and safety. Nothing was left to chance. Bicycles are works of art, and the Flare is the perfect complement.

MODES: The Flares have four powerful patterns from which to choose (solid,pulse,blink,hyper), as well as three brightness levels for each pattern. To switch between the patterns, it just takes a simple click of the button on the top of the light. To switch between the brightness levels, simply press the button down for just half a second. This allows you to adjust your visibility to your preference and need. Holding the button for a few seconds will turn it off, and of course, when you turn it back on, it will remember your last pattern and brightness.


POWER SAVER MODE: When the battery is about to die, the Flares will automatically switch to power saver mode giving an extra 30 minutes on LOW (slow pulsing) indicating that it is time for you to charge. LOW is actually ultra bright for night use, so even though it is called "power saver mode", your visibility and safety will not be sacrificed.

ASSEMBLED IN WASHINGTON STATE, USA: We have partnered with local assemblers to keep this product entirely assembled and tested in the United States. Not only does this benefit the American economy, it reduces assembly time since deliveries to and from the assemblers can be done by hand.

Material: Optically clear Polycarbonate shell, encapsulated with optically clear silicone.

Lumens: up to 300 RED, up to 500 WHITE
Size: 73.5mm tall, 23.5mm wide, 28.5mm deep
Weight: Flare: 90g. mount: 22g
Battery: Custom high capacity LiFePO4 cell
Full Charge time: ~1.5 hours (usb wall charger)
Battery life: (depending on the pattern) HIGH: 1.5-5 hours (FOR DAY USE ONLY) MED: 4-10 hours LOW: up to 24 Hours

You can pick up the lights HERE!
http://www.orfos.bike/



Music credit: Yumi Zouma - Song For Zoe & Gwen  https://bit.ly/1BA54dY

Camera used: Olympus TG-3

Thursday, March 19, 2015

"Not Brass Knuckles" Multi-tool is finally here!

I am so excited to announce that our multi-tool is finally here, I put a ton of love into this project and I have thought about it strongly for an entire year! Here is a quick preview video of our tool! Lots more to come too! You can pick up our tool at our online shop.( www.ghostinthespoke.bigcartel.com )

This batch is made with an acid bath finish to make every tool unique to it's owner and then they are set in beeswax. I wanted the first purchasers to get something that they would love since they are investing in our project so this forced patina was my way of showing appreciation. It came out with a nice aged look that will improve even further in the years to come.

"Not Brass Knuckles" multi-tool:
• made in the USA at www.bigbluesaw.com out of raw heat treated 4130 chromoly steel
• 1-23mm sockets
• emergency lockring tool / bottle opener
• pedal wrenches 14-15mm
• the sockets can lock-in "L" shaped hex keys, socket tools and bits
• top four sockets (20-23mm) are designed for fingers to be placed inside to increase leverage in tight spaced conditions or for whatever obstacle at hand 
• "L" shaped hex keys can be placed into smaller sockets to act as a breaker bar for even more leverage.
• pry rod tool
• locking design: On the smaller sockets one side of the socket is tapered down slightly so when you place in the nut in through the backside it "locks" the nut into place. No more stripped tools/nuts!!!
•Size: One size fits all, fits in your pocket.
4.54 x 2.72in
•thickness: .25in
• Designed to be compatible with paracord and you can lace it around the multi-tool.
• You can use it as a hammer.
•  They are not brass knuckles.


Our "Not Brass Knuckles" multi-tool is extremely high quality and designed to be your everyday carry-on for all tasks at hand.

Disclaimer for legal purposes: Our "Not Brass Knuckles" multi-tool is only sold as a multi-tool and all coincidences of it being anything else are purely coincidental. How you choose to use it is up to your own discretion for all problems at hand. We recommend mashing potatoes with it, it makes delicious mashed potatoes.

All proceeds from our online shop go to fundraising for an adventurers' hostel in Florida. Thank you all for your support.
Video shot on my Olympus TG-3

Music Credit: 
Ryan Hemsworth - Battle

Saturday, March 14, 2015

We hit 10,000 followers on Instagram!!!!


THANKS FOR ALL THE LOVE!!!!! We hit 10,000 followers today!! Yessss!!!! There are so many badass things to come and next week I will reveal some of it to you. I'm so happy that you all love our content! We are trying our best. . -King Boo-Boo
IG: @ghost_in_the_spoke

White Industries - Eno hubs

Cycling goals. I want to one day own wheels with @whiteind @whiteind hubs. I always hear so many good things about them and their Eno hub is eccentric so it works on all bikes with similar hub spacing. One hub to rule them all!!!! ^____^ 

By @whiteind: Our ENO line of components are renown for quality, durability and innovation in the single speed market place. From our freewheels, to our cranks, to our hubs listed below, our ENO line offers unique solutions for adapting your multi-gear bikes to a single gear cycle. The hub choices below offer those of you looking to convert a frame with vertical dropouts, a choice of eccentric hubs. For those of you with horizontal drops or eccentric bottom brackets, the standard ENO would be the logical choice for you.

Fixcraft - Tournament Ultralite bike polo mallet heads.


Awesome! After a long wait,all of the bike polo junkies can get their fix. Check out the Tournament Ultralite bike polo mallet heads.
 By @fixcraft "They are back in stock. Finally! #fixcraft #bikepolo #bicipolo shop.fixcraft.net"

Memory Bank - Dock with Mandi


Memory bank: I wanted to make sure that I will remember all of the moments with my loved ones. I have really poor eyesight but with photography I can always look back and catch things that I didn't see at that moment. This is a shot of @monderz91, you cant see me but I'm behind the lens saying stuff like "say boogers/SMIIILLLEE!!!" because sometimes life isn't so serious. Sometimes it's just bikes. 

@sebikes - PK Ripper 
@_knog_ - blinder series lights
@vittoriatires - Rubino 700x25 
@velocityusa -deep v wheelset 

Photo taken on my @getolympus - TG-3

Memory Bank - Plastic Lens


Memory bank: Live by the plastic lens and whatever you have at hand. Sometimes it captures creative images. Random is good.... half the time I have no idea what I am doing. I just do what I like rather than worry about what others will like. photo taken on my @reelcameras - hd slayer EDIT: hell yeah!! rainbow!!!


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Bookman: Curve Front Light Preview



This is a preview of a light that I plan on reviewing in the next month or so after I put it to some heavy use. I wanted to do a preview of the light so you can all see it in heavy detail. This is a very elegant piece and I think it will work out nicely.
Check out their whole line @ http://bookman.se/

Bookman Curve Front Light:
- rechargeable, high powered bicycle light
- 2 hours charge time to full from dead battery 
- up to 80 lumens in the highest setting
- battery lasts up to 35 hours depending on the setting
- mounting system designed for ease of use
- recharges with included micro usb cable
- micro usb slot designed to be out of the way to avoid damage
- water resistant 
- fits 22-32mm bar diameter sizes
- single button to control all light functions
- tap function button once to turn it on/off
- tap function button twice in quick succession to change light settings 
- light source designed for wider spillover of light for increased range 
-The battery indicator and ‘on’ button is situated on top which also doubles as the clasp.

4 light modes:
2 steady modes: 100/50%, 80/40 lumens, 3/6 hours battery life
2 flashing modes: 100/50%, 80/40 lumens, 17/35 hours of battery life

Measurements:
H57 x W30 x D35mm excluding strap
protrudes 28 mm from the handlebar
Weight: 46g


Camera used: Olympus TG-3
Handlebars: Eighth Inch Shallow Drops

Music Credit:
Groundislava - Final Impasse
You can check them out here. https://soundcloud.com/groundislava



Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Dungeon Fighter Online Global is being released on March 24th!



You can check it out here www.dfoneople.com . I used to love this game and I am pretty happy it see it being released again. It's kinda like if you mixed Streets of Rage from Sega Genesis with an MMO. See you all there. Much work on my end to be done before I have time to play videogames but I plan on checking it out soon!

My original review can be found here. CLICK HERE!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

"Not Brass Knuckles" multi-tool PREORDER available!!!!!!

I put my entire heart into this one and I hope that you all enjoy it. 
PREORDER HERE (tool details below)
If you get a chance please vote on my design on a contest here.
I already pulled the trigger to manufacture these but on future projects they will still give credit to us. You can vote on the old design to help with our new ones. CLICK HERE.


These should ship out by 3/20/15. If it takes a moment more then please be patient, I am trying to bring these to you as fast as I can.

Images shown are the rendered models of our tool, our actual production model will come with excellent quality. I wanted our tool to be something that you are very proud to own.

"Not Brass Knuckles" multi-tool: 
•1-23mm sockets 
•lockring tool / bottle opener 
•pedal wrenches 14-15mm 
•the sockets can lock-in "L" shaped hex keys, socket tools and bits for added leverage. 
•top four sockets (20-23mm) are designed for fingers to be placed inside to increase leverage even further in tight spaced conditions or for whatever obstacle at hand 
•machined/made in the USA at www.bigbluesaw.com out of raw heat treated 4130 chromoly steel 
•Size: One size fits all, fits all pockets. 
4.54 x 2.72in 
•thickness: .25in

Our "Not Brass Knuckles" multi-tool is extremely high quality and designed to be your everyday carry-on for all tasks at hand.
Image of PREORDER! "Not Brass Knuckles" multi-tool
Disclaimer for legal purposes: Our "Not Brass Knuckles" multi-tool is only sold as a multi-tool and all coincidences of it being anything else are purely coincidental. How you choose to use it is up to your own discretion for all problems at hand. We recommend mashing potatoes with it, it makes delicious mashed potatoes.

All proceeds from our online shop go to fundraising for an adventurers' hostel in Florida. Thank you all for your support.