Category Archives: Fairdale
When Austin, Texas based Fairdale first came onto the cycling market, it all began with the Skate Rack. Soon, ex-pro BMXr Taj Mihelich and his team at OTX began designing commuter bikes and other around-town / get outta-town rides.
From there, Fairdale grew and in my opinion, it wasn’t until the Weekender OG that the company reached its full potential. A 1×9 disc, townie bar cruiser quickly took over. Now just about every city has fleets of Weekenders rolling around, all built up differently, as per the customer’s specific needs. Even the production models have options now: a drop bar with disc and a canti version.
For 2014, Fairdale is set to release their most ambitious project yet: the Goodship road bike. A race-inspired geometry, paired with Fairdale sensibilities. Utilizing the Odyssey integrated head tube, scaled for a road bike, an ENVE road fork and a custom pulled Japanese Drawnright tubeset. This tubeset is custom butted, heat treated, custom shaped and tuned to Fairdale’s specifications.
It looks like Taj is biding his time well in Denver with the new Fairdale R&D department! The line at 3:00 is killer.
Fairdale’s new lineup is damn impressive and now, the entire line is available as framesets. Head over to the Fairdale blog to see their new offerings. My favorite is the Weekender Disc!
Last summer, Taj, Sandy Carson, two other friends, Seth and Nick took on Portland to San Francisco. Paved Magazine ran an article a while back but they’ve began posting the stories on their blog. It’s worth the read, coming from someone who’s also done the ride. Check it out here!
The Albion continues to amaze me with their cover art. Issue 14’s was illustrated by Taj Mihelich and you can now pick up a copy in select BMX shops.
Photo by George Marshall
One of my favorite dudes in Austin, BMX legend / Fairdale mastermind, Taj Mihelich was interviewed by the Albion‘s George Marshall for the Rapha Wayfaring blog. How’s that for a link-heavy opener? Make sure you check this one out!
I love trucker hats and the Fairdale Swan Hat has been in my collection since Interbike. They’re available now, so swoop one up at your Fairdale dealer.
I knew going into Texas Toast this year that I wanted to catch the general vibes of the event and not worry so much about the clicked and dialed tricks themselves. Being here in Austin, there are dozens of photographers who specialize in BMX but one dude I’ve become good friends with, Cody Nutter, has an approach to photography I really admire. His work is far from ostentatious, he’s humble and has a great eye.
With all the other BMX blogs and news sites gathering imagery from the legends of BMX photography, I wanted to give Cody a bit of exposure. Upon opening this file, I was amazed at what he achieved without use of heavy lights or flashes. Even if you didn’t look at my Event Recap yesterday, take the time to check out Cody’s Guest Gallery.
If you like his work, follow his soon-to launch portfolio site here and his Rambling Leftovers here!
Be sure to read the captions on this one.
After a successful first year, the Odyssey BMX Texas Toast Jam returned to the east side of Austin, Texas with promises of more fun. And fun it was. With a bigger, deadlier Gauntlet of Death, flatland competitions, improved street course and a ripping dirt course, Texas Toast brought riders from all over the world to have at it over a weekend.
Even with a rainy first day, the turnout was thousands more than event organizer Taj Mihelich anticipated. The first day alone, over 2,000 people showed up to spectate and compete. It was really incredible to see it all take shape and everyone I talked to said it was the most fun they’ve had at a competition. Hell, most of them didn’t even consider it a comp. See for yourself below and don’t worry, this event is getting a ton of love here on the site. Expect more to come.
Texas Toast begins today! See you all out there!
Friday, October 12th:
Cult’s Talk is Cheap premiere at Shakespeare’s Pub
All ages at 8pm, 21 and over from 10pm on. 314 East 6th st.
Saturday, October 13th:
10:00 AM Dirt practice opens
11:00 AM Street practice opens
1:30 PM Gauntlet of Death Challenge
2:30 PM Dirt qualifying
5:00 PM Street qualifying
Official Toast After Party w/ 2 video premieres at Scholz Beer Garden
The Hunt Video and Top Secret Surprise Super Epic Video
All ages 10pm. 1607 San Jacinto Boulevard Austin, TX 78701
Sunday, October 14th
Noon Bunny Hop Contest
1:00 PM Texas Round Up Pro Flat Finals
2:00 PM Dirt Finals
4:00 PM Street Finals
Note: this schedule may change (depending on how many riders sign up) so keep an eye on TEXASTOASTJAM.COM.
Flatland riders keep an eye on TEXASFLATLANDROUNDUP.COM