How’s this for a Throwback Thursday post? Japan’s WBASE and Brooklyn Machine Works have teamed up to resurrect the OG Gangsta Track for one last round. The V4 Gangsta Track features many of the OG’s design nods including the bi-plane fork, seat tube cluster, yet widens the seat stays to allow for removable brake bosses. These rough and tough frames would be a bombproof urban fixed gear or even a tracklocross bike with their 35mm ‘cross tire clearance. The V4 will be available in transparent black, black, and blaze orange. The pre-order is live now at King Kog Brooklyn, the official US-distributor for this collaboration, and the frames are due to land from Taiwan and ship from Brooklyn in early September. Head to King Kog to place your order and see more details including sizing information below.
New York City Cruising
A few notable gents go for a leisurely roll through New York City on Brooklyn Machine Works bikes!
Doug’s Custom Brooklyn Machine Works Touring Bike
190 days. That’s over 6 months. For Doug D, that’s how long he’s been living in and on this bike: a custom Brooklyn Machine Works tourer. This frame is in fact the only custom bike the Brooklyn framebuilders have made over the years. Sure, there have been numerous prototypes and one-offs, but Doug’s touring bike is the only completely custom ride they’ve made.
For good reason. A touring bike like this weighs around 100 lbs and carries everything Doug needs to tour all over the east coast and northeast during the harsh winter months. It has specific engineering requirements and plenty of custom details.
It features custom-designed and laser cut dropouts, as well as an integrated cable sheath at the seat tube cluster. Doug specifically requested BMW’s signature double plate fork, with aero blades, specifically drawn to hold the weight of panniers. Then, to top it off, the decals are the first ever die-cut vinyl logos the brand has done.
All in all, it’s a rather straight forward build. Pieced together with whatever spare parts Doug had on him at the time. Take for instance the Dura Ace cranks and Ultegra front derailler. Yet the 48h Phil Wood touring wheels, Paul Touring Cantis, Brooks saddle, hand made front panniers and Arkel bar bag are very much touring specific.
So what’s Doug been doing for 6 months? He’s been visiting various factories and facilities where companies still make goods in the USA. Everything from Easton hockey sticks, to boot makers, military equipment, stand up paddle boards and yes, even bicycle frame builders.
I caught up with Doug briefly in Austin yesterday, shot his bike, took him to my favorite bar and heard stories about stealth camping, staying sane and most importantly, warm during the winter months. He has tons of film and digital photos, which he hopes to put into a book at some point.
Follow Doug on Instagram for more stories and photos. If you see this man on the road, say hello!
Brooklyn Machine Works Gangsta Track
The owner of this Gangsta track has been hanging around Shifter Bikes since he was in his early teens. Now, years later and he’s got an itch to ride his bike out from the city on a big, weekend ride. Before he could do so, he needed Dan to add bottle braze ons to the frame.
Now, the technique Dan used didn’t involve a torch, but it did involve a drill and a device called a Nutsert. More on that later. For now, let’s check out this rad Gangsta Track!
Red Bull and Austin Horse Accidentally Made a Sweet Gangsta Track Ad
Am I right? Man, I miss New York City, Austin Horse and Brooklyn Machine Works!
Brooklyn Machine Works 650B Hardtail
From a company whose name resonates in the NYC downhill and street scene comes a new bike model, suitable for the modern rider. If steel is real then Brooklyn Machine Works are as authentic as they come. BMW’s history lies heavily in tried and true mountain bikes, so it should be as no surprise that when Joe decided it was time to develop a few new models, one of the first on the agenda would be a 27″ or 650B.
This bike is literally 10 days fresh and it’s already been put through the works. Fresh off the mountain, I was able to not only photograph this beauty, but take it for a spin around the block. I’m a sworn 29’r rider, through and through but even I was impressed at the zippiness and tight, responsiveness of this Made in Brooklyn masterpiece.
Don’t let the mix of parts distract you, Joe wanted to ride it as soon as he could get it built up. With the tapered fork, even with the smaller diameter wheel size, the 650B comes in 9 ounces heavier than the 29’r. It’s still a prototype, so some specs are to be tweaked but I think it’s safe to say “so far so good”… Check out more in the Gallery.
NYC Street Snaps 01
Without New York City, I wouldn’t be who I am today and quite possibly, this site wouldn’t even exist. The people here are like family and while I may be detached from their day to day lives, I still always roll through for a quick visit when I’m in town. Lauren and I arrived late Sunday, so yesterday was our first day in town.
I swung by a few spots in Brooklyn after my friend Harry and I took a morning spin around Central Park. Later, day turned into night and I turned to some of my old digs to meet up with some old friends. Beer, bros and bikes. Just like the Brooklyn I left three years ago.
Most of these photos are quick shots, or portraits but all came from the Sony RX100… Check out some narrated photos in the Gallery!
A Brooklyn Machine Works 29’r Hardtail?
I swung by Brooklyn Machine Works yesterday to see what Joe had been up to when he greeted me with two new BMW models: a 29’r and a 650B hardtail MTB. Both are made in the USA, right in Brooklyn, are helllllla affordable (under $800 for the frame) and are made from True Temper Supertherm. They’re within 9oz of each other’s weight, mostly because the 650B has a tapered head tube but they’re pretty light! Here’s a really simple photo of the ‘niner and I’ll be returning today to do a more in-depth story on the bike.
The first run sold out before anyone even knew about them (myself included) but I’ll definitely be picking one of these up when the next run is done!
Kim Heikkinen: Orange OG Gangsta
Photo by Kim Heikkinen
Damn Kim, that’s a rad bike. I really miss my old Gangsta track and its 4130 soul. See more of Kim’s newest rendition of his OG Gangsta with a new front brake here.
One of My Favorites
I’ve been cleaning out my hoard drives and trying to pull together a 35mm zine (hey, who isn’t doing one?) when I came across this oldie of Puckett. This was from one of the first Recent Roll posts here in Austin.
W-Base: One Day with Austin Horse
It’s been a while since I posted anything from W-Base but I’m stoked to see this video featuring Austin Horse!
Trackosaurus Rex: Austin’s BMW Gangsta Track/lo Cross
Photo by Kyle Kelley
The Brooklyn Machine Works Gangsta track was one of the first cross over track bikes that really could adapted for just about any terrain. I remember a few messengers in NYC racing cross on these bikes at Staten Island a few years back. One of those messengers was Austin Horse. Well, he’s still on it. In fact, he raced the Westside Invite in LA a few weeks back before heading over to Japan to race cross and another Red Bull event.
Before Austin embarked for Japan, Kyle at Tracko took some nice photos of this unique machine. Check out more photos here.
Way Back When: My Old Brooklyn Machine Works Gangsta’
This one comes from way back when we were all riding 23c or 28c tires, grinding on Milwaukee Bicycle Co Stout chainring guards and riding square taper cranks. It was that awkward and yet nostalgic time period where fixed gears and fixed freestyle bikes looks very similar. This was the second size large Brooklyn Machine Works Gangsta’ produced and at the time, I was grinning ear to ear when I got my hands on it. While there wasn’t really a fixed freestyle “team” for BMW, Joe had some great people riding and thrashing these bikes.
I dug these photos up while cleaning out a hard drive and thought I’d share. Credit goes to Sasha E for the shots because I was still firing away with a Casio pocket camera at the time….
Check out more below!
Chari & Co: Brooklyn Machine Works V2 Gangsta Track Spring Colors
Chari has a fresh stock of Brooklyn Machine Works Gangsta V2 framesets. Pick up what I’m calling John Deere and Yankees colorways while they’re still available.
Kim Heikkinen: Daily Rider
Photo by Kim Heikkinen
Damn Kim, how many track bikes and fixed gears do you have?! Just kidding. I’ve posted this one before and Kim states that this is his daily commuter. I’ve said it 1000 times: I miss my BMW.
See more of Kim’s Brooklyn Machine Works Gangsta Track here.
Tristen’s Brooklyn Machine Works Cycling Cap
I always wanted one of these Brooklyn Machine Works cycling caps, so imagine my surprise when I saw one in Melbourne. Tristen was hanging out in Saint Cloud when he took his helmet off, displaying one of my favorite BMW designs. Joe, you’ve gotta make more of these!