Honk by Helms

This looks like a good spot for a picnic
Cartoon by Johnny Helms from the November 26, 1972 Cycling
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Introducing Holy Mountain

As folks have been asking, I’ve added the first of the Holy Mountain USA products to the Bike Jerks webstore for Holiday purchase, until the full launch of my new side project happens (hopefully in January).

I’ve long wanted a creative outlet that would allow me to work with my friends to create the best possible versions of daily use essentials. Holy Mountain is that dream fulfilled.

I am starting with an American Bison Leather Belt, denim work apron, and a waxed canvas lunch sack. Currently we have the belt in Stock (31-33/34 Levi’s waist size) and Custom Sizes, patch, and sticker ready for purchase.

I hope the Bike Jerks family will be as stoked on this work as I am.

Follow along on the Holy Mountain Instagram

American Bison Leather Belt
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The last belt you will ever need…

This is one that you’ll hand down through the generations. American Bison Leather is superior to cow hide as it is both stronger and more supple. These 4.5mm thick bison belts are substantial and built to last a lifetime.

We advocate for having the best possible versions of items that you use everyday. We believe these belts represent the apex of touch, comfort, aesthetics, and durability.

Branding is minimal, limited to the Holy Mountain moniker on the inside.

Buckles are easily swapped or replaced. Comes with antique silver hardware.

Stock sizing fits 31-34 Levi’s jean waist size. Belts will typically stretch 1-1.5″ during break in.

Custom Sizes are available.

Hand crafted by a master, in a one person shop in Middle America.

$95
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Holy Mountain Script Patch
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The Holy Mountain Script Logo on cream background in Red-Cream-Blue Stitching. Blue Merrow Border.

Patch measures 3″ x 2″

The highest quality.
Supplier: Family business in Falls Creek, Pennsylvania.

$5
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3 Inch Round Sticker
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The Holy Mountain Goat Logo on 3″ round sticker. Highest Quality.

Printed in Southern Minnesota.

$2.50
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BMX Video Monday

Well worth your time, legends of the sport…

It’s that Time of Year Again: Kings of Winter

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It’s that time of year again, you go to work in the dark, leave work in the dark, and it’s getting damn cold. Only the strong continue to ride. Only the strong survive. No rest, no relent, no fucking mercy.

Artwork by the amazing Micco Corporale

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Winter Project: 1983 Stumpjumper

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I have an absolute shit-load of winter projects this year: body work and painting my van, modifying and painting my Harley, doing the entry way of my house, and of course I’ve got some bike stuff kicking around. This 1983 Stumpy which I acquired off Craigslist in Denver is definitely a project I’m looking forward to, although the direction isn’t quite decided yet.

As is always the battle with me, do I build it up period, or with the parts I love? In this case that would be XTR M-900. I’ve decided that I should always have an early MTB in my stable, and with the selling of the Fisher¬†there’s now room for this Stumpy (at least ¬†until I can lay hands on a fillet brazed Ritchey, if you’ve got one, hit me up).

As far as I’m concerned there are two Stumpjumpers to have aesthetically: either the 1985 Pink Team edition, or the lugged construction bi-plane fork variant you see here.

It came to me with “Sport” badging, but the tubing and two bottle mounts tell a different story, namely that it’s a standard Stumpy. This is fairly common with older models, a frameset is left over from one year to the next and gets used for whatever build they happen to need. Definitely not-unheard of from early Specialized.

The parts are largely stock though the rear derailleur isn’t original to the bike.

I’m building this up with an eye toward someday doing the famed Pearl Pass tour aboard a vintage ride someday. We’ll see how it shakes out, I’m not so secretly hoping a Ritchey finds its way to me before I start this build and I can just pass this on as is.

We’ll see how it shakes out. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the photos of this little gem.

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BMX Video Monday

Let’s get Arty!

Marin Headlands

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photo by Eric Owens

Gordy’s Firefly 27.5+

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I have to admit, Firefly’s brand had little appeal to me. The logos, the anodization, the name… I found it all to be a bit soft for my personal tastes. I was sure their bikes were nice enough, but I didn’t really pay them much attention.

Earlier in October, I had the opportunity to ride with all-time good guy, Mr. Gordon Seriously, and couldn’t help but be taken aback at his custom mountain bike.

I’m not sure that my inadequate photo work can properly convey just how nice this bike truly is. The construction and finish work is among the finest I have ever laid eyes upon. It’s truly stunning.

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All-City For the Women’s Bicycle Messenger Association

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Stoked on this collaboration cap between the Women’s Bicycle Messenger Association and All-City

WBMA Mission Statement
The WBMA exists to develop and support a network of women/trans/femme folks within local and international bike messenger communities. Our mission is to increase the visibility of women, trans and femme couriers and unify them around the world.

Goals
Equality: Through actively showcasing women/trans/femme identified people employed in the industry and participating in events, we can positively build and support progress in cultural norms. We support a move towards equal hiring processes, equal prizes at events, and the creation of standards for organizing races which include and celebrate non-cis-male participants.

Empowerment: Through WBMA sponsored prizes, incentives and events, we can encourage more WTF folks to be couriers and to compete in races, both locally and internationally. We will build a space where women who are already active working and racing are able to encourage new messengers to race and to organize.

Networks: Often times there are only a few women working as messengers within a city, which can sometimes be alienating or discouraging. Finding like-minded folks who have had similar experiences is powerful and really fun. We are building a forum, both online and in-person at events, where these experiences can be discussed and shared.

Available Now!

Homie Fall Fest in Fotos

The annual single speed blood letting, The Homie Fall Fest…Not much needs to be said. If you have been there in the past then you know how it goes down, if you were there this year then you know that it was, without a doubt, the best Homie Fall Fest in years…

I’ll let the photos tell the rest.

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