Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
CJ taking a picture of his steed and Penn Treaty Park
while Gary took down rider's info and handed out numbered spoke cards
Pretty good turnout despite the cold, it was about 30 fahrenheit
Steve (far left), first time taking part and took 3rd place. He's also a mechanic from Via Bicycles.
It's time, Gary makes an announcement about rules and was about to hand out the manifests aka maps
The manifest, (taken from last year's Cranksgiving 2012), I added this just to give you an idea. Reminds me of Amazing race. Different checkpoints scattered all over the city
That's me running ahead of everyone else…KAYUHH!!
One of the checkpoints in South Philly, Pathmark I think
The checkpoint, Melissa was kind enough to bake her famed vegan cookies. These guys, were going over their receipts and listing down the locations where they got their stuff from.
We collected a whopping 600 pounds
Prizes sponsored by yours truly, Ethnotek bags, Fiks: Reflective, Fairmount Bicycles, Chrome Bags, Oury Grips and more
Many thanks to CJ, Gary, Melissa and the rest of the gang for helping out.
Photos courtesy of CJ Arayata
Photos courtesy of CJ Arayata
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Leader Frames (left to right) Leader 722 Heritage Lo, 725 & 735
Ethnotek Bags featuring Raja & Wayu Packs
Mike pretending not to pose
Latest Build: F. Moser Road Bike (Still trying to get used to focusing)
Featuring parts from Dura Ace, 105, Campy Centaur, Selle Italia & Suzue
Drew, mechanic from Wheels Fun Rentals on Kelly Drive. He came by and hung out for a bit. Say hi to him on weekends, nice dude.
She rides mighty fine in case you were wondering
Peace out, enjoy the rest of your weekend
Sunday, November 10, 2013
The last two weeks leading up to this year's bike expo was pretty daunting, we decided to jump on the bandwagon at the last minute but after getting some pointers from my sister Zihan about the upsides of taking a chance this year, it could potentially give us more exposure to the local bike scene. Not to mention, showing our support for a local expo started by Bilenky four years ago.
Since we claim to specialize in refurbished bicycles and most of our bikes are used, the expo gave us an opportunity to push forth our creativity for custom building. This ultimately gave us more leeway to customize and showcase some of our finest work. So behold,
Featuring 3 out of the 4 custom builds
Leader's limited edition 2011 Kagero with HED H3 track wheels
Leader's 722 Heritage Lo
Voodoo Canzo 29er
Pre-Bike Expo Set-up
Because it was our first year as a vendor, Conrad suggested we do a mock-up booth and figure out the setting for our fixtures and products. Sweet idea bruv, we spent two days before the big day doing some overtime and this is what we came up with,
Yea...so did you say it was 6 x 10 or 10 x 6?
Initial set - up
Featuring our brand new bags by Ethnotek
Eye Candy, obviously the Kagero had to be the center of attention...DUH.
Die Cut limited edition stickers
Thanks for letting us borrow the van John
The show stopper accessory: Ethnotek Bags featuring their best sellers, Raja Packs and Wayu Bagpacks (Distinctive designs made by artisans in Ghana, Guatemala, Vietnam and India). They're a socially responsible company that produces unique and durable bags for everyday use,
"Keeping Culture Alive, One Bag At A Time"
Conrad, wearing his tag the day before the expo, I guess that's a good sign
Green Guru crew setting up
The rest of the vendors
Lone Wolf Cycling Apparel
Custom Built Frame
Made with some of the finest tubings, Columbus Zona
Fairmount Bicycles & Philly Bike Tours
Cool peeps from Pittsburgh, Fiks Reflective
Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles
Calfee - Full Blown Carbon
Tandems costing $10,000 and up
Day #1 - It's Showtime
Last minute touch-ups
Stephen Bilenky, local framebuilder in PA and the man that started the Philly Bike Expo 4 years ago. Pretty stoked that he came by the booth.
One for the fans Steve
Across from us, the dude riding the bike was really into it.
Conrad getting distracted
Passerby stopping and inquired about the Ethnotek bags.
"I gotta take a picture of this"
"These are mad cool"
Oasis, custom built by Omar Khiel at Oasis Custom Cycles, Fillet Brazed with Reynolds 531 tubing and has internal cable routing. My current whip.
Peeps checking out the Kayuh Booth
Working on my sales pitch
My good friend, Irfan and his wife Sara stopped by to say hello. They actually just got back from Malaysia this past summer. They loved it, especially the food. Can't go wrong with Malaysian delicacies
Street Freaks crew from Queens + Brooklyn. Awesome guys.
First Ethnotek customer, he bought the Ballistic Black Raja Pack
Founder of Bike Share Philadelphia, Russell Meddin. Awesome mentor and friend
James, one of our regulars who yelled.."HEY KAYUH!!"
Muhammad, one of the coolest mechanics I know. Met him at the first Philly Bike Expo in 2010. Kept in touch since then. Mayar, his daughter didn't want to miss out on the group picture.
Me in my hipster jeans
Explaining some of the tubing materials on display, Reynolds 531, 7005 series aluminium etc.
With one of our first customers when we first opened up last year, Danny. He dragged his friend Wales to the expo and took a bunch of stickers. Thanks for the visit bruv
Joe with his Vietnam 5 Raja Pack
CJ and Mike took notice of the Ethnotek Bags
#Kayuhcrew featuring Andrew Smith and Nino Ranjo. Riding buds
Media: Jonathan who takes pictures and footage for expos decided to include the Kagero for a special feature
Mike, listening intently to an inquisitive customer
Suppportive exchange students from China..."NI HAO!"
Business Consultant and avid cyclist, Steven asking about the shop and what else do we offer
Sam, co-owner of Firehouse Bicycles stopped by.
Overall, I thought it was a pretty good call to be part of the expo this year. Good people, supportive friends and a growing culture. Glad it turned out well.
Now, some supper then hit the sack. Peace