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Nightfall

Josh Brede shared his newest video project, entitled Nightfall. Here’s a little background:

““Nightfall” is a speculative commercial that tells the story of a hardworking messenger who depends on his Chrome gear to keep him going. I made this commercial as my senior thesis at Drexel University, to conclude my studies of TV Production. I set out to create a commercial that portrays a brand I love, rely on, and wear every day.
This couldn’t have been possible without the amazing amount of support from my production & post production crew. You guys seriously rule.”

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Chrome Japan Crew

Here’s a video from Japan – man I miss riding there – featuring Chrome’s new team. There are a few familiar faces in this one!

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Chrome Launches their Forged Rubber Sneakers

Back in WWII, eastern European countries began making military boots by using a process known as forged rubber. For the most part, this process has been forgotten, largely because of how essential it is to be close to the source of rubber.

Fast forward 70 years and Chrome introduces their new Forged Rubber sneakers. Made in Thailand, at a facility literally adjacent to rubber farms, that houses unique Slovakian machines used in WWII work boots production.

Each of these shoes are made by hand at these facilities, where the sole is fused to the uppers, resulting in a truly unique sneaker. The video above outlines this process.

Head over to Chrome to see their new Forged Rubber Sneakers and check out the loobook on Issu.

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Chrome Artist Series: NOA Yalta Backpack

Chrome’s newest Artist series features Japanese artist NOA and a Yalta backpack.

“Typically using oil and acrylic paint on canvas or wood, he’s known for painting live with a style that emulates Japanese line-making. Each piece of art is influenced by the music he chooses to play as he paints, with most of his inspiration is deeply rooted in hip-hop and graffiti. NOA- created this artwork based on the Japanese phrase, “黒霧” that translates phonetically to Kuromu (sounds like Chrome!) and means Black Fog.

These one-of-a-kind Yalta bags come from a 4′ x 12′ canvas and acrylic painting NOA- made. Each of the 8 bags represents a specific segment of the painting where the Black Fog takes on a unique energy of its own. Our Artist Series is produced as a limited run. Once they are gone, they’re gone.”

See some photos below.

Tales from the 2014 Red Hook Crit – Manual for Speed

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Tales from the 2014 Red Hook Crit – Manual for Speed

Red Hook Crit is here! Happy face! Put on your happy face. Yes it’s going to be cold, wet and it’s going to suck. Yes, that happy face of yours is going to be sprayed by the fender-less track bike topping upwards of 30mph as you rip through slick corners. Yes, you’re going to fall. Hard. Over people. Yes, you will lose this race you’ve trained all year for.

But, there is good news. Two journalist dudes will be in your face with a camera, making you look cool. Or in this case, one journalist dude who kind of looks like me (Prolly). Or I kind of look like him, because technically, he was born first… Check out Manual For Speed’s Tales from the 2014 Red Hook Crit below!

Chrome Industries Introduces Knurled Welded Waterproof Rolltops

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Chrome Industries Introduces Knurled Welded Waterproof Rolltops

Chrome taps into the touring portage market with four new bags in their new Knurled Welded line: the Urban EX Rolltop 18, Excursion Rolltop 37, the Saddle Bag Rolltop 20 and the Front Rack Duffle 40. Here’s the lowdown:

“Chrome created Knurled Welded™ Waterproof Rolltops for bike camping, adventure biking, and all weather commuting – when weight matters and getting wet is not an option. Knurled Welded™ Rolltops are made with our proprietary welding technology that combines RF welding with a mechanical interlock to create the toughest, lightest 100% waterproof bags. Each bag has a watertight rolltop closure for submersible water protection, a Hypalon® Molle loop system for expandability, and five-bar webbing haul straps for hand carrying. Go Farther. Stay Dryer. Guaranteed for Life.

The Knurled Welded line consists of Saddle Bag and Front Rack Duffle Rolltop. Knurled Welded Rolldtop Duffle and Saddle Bag Rolltop work on the bike and off. Both bags leave the hardware on the bike where it should be. The Result is a saddle bag and front rack duffle you can carry around.”

See more below!

Chrome: Reflective Camo 2nd Issue

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Chrome: Reflective Camo 2nd Issue

Chrome’s popular Reflective Camo line has just been updated:

“Our second issue of Reflective Camo is an updated version of how Chrome does camo. For this edition, we found a Swedish M90 geometric camo, and overlaid a rain camo print with a special glass bead finish, which reflects light from up to 100 feet. During the day, these bags appear as Swedish geometric “M90” camo and at night the appearance in light is a reflective rain camo. Developed in limited quantities, the Victor, Citizen and Barrage are available in our versatile Chrome Reflective Camo 2nd Issue. Made in USA. Guaranteed for Life. Deceptively safe.”

Check out the full line at Chrome.

Massan for Chrome

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Massan for Chrome

I love watching Massan ride a track bike!

Chrome Industries worked with Kamp Grizzly to document Chrome Familia member Massan Fluker riding his bike and our Barrage in the hills and on the bridges of Portland. The film includes some of the best riding Portland has to offer including a gnarly descent of Burnside at 40+ mph.”

…and he’s a not a bad photographer either. Check out his URRRIE Zines for sale at Tracko!

Massan for Chrome

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Massan for Chrome

Do I even need to write anything here? Two legends getting together for some real radness! Expect the full video soon!

“Chrome Industries announces the live screening of its first short film this Friday, December 13th at noon west coast time. Chrome will temporarily take over its website for the screening from 12:00 to 12:30 pm. The Chrome Crew worked with Portland natives Kamp Grizzly to document Massan Fluker taking his track bike and Chrome’s new Barrage Rolltop to the hills and bridges of Portland. The final 3 minute short includes some of the best riding Portland has to offer including an epic decent of Burnside at +40 mph. Set your phone alarms for noon this Friday to catch the live screening. Spread the word.”

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Brenton Salo at the Dirty Doubles Pumpish Track Race

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Brenton Salo at the Dirty Doubles Pumpish Track Race

Portland’s Amanda Sundvor knows how to throw a party almost as much as she knows how to throw a race. Especially an outdoor race. In the middle of winter. In Portland! I think it’s amazing that people actually showed up, threw down $5 and raced around a freezing cold pump track and had a blast doing it. If anything, it’s a testament to how people just want to get rad year round. That’s a race party!

When I found out about the event (sorry I forgot to post the flier), I asked Brenton Salo to get out and shoot some photos. At this point, Brenton is like my Portland connection when it comes to events. If you see that man around town, buy him a coffee or a glass of whiskey!

Check out more from the Dirty Doubles Pumpish Track Race below!

Chrome_20: Uphill Sprints

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Chrome_20: Uphill Sprints

Nice vibes in the latest video from Chrome:

“Filmed at the Chrome_20 Uphill Sprints race at the Angels Point climb in ElysianPark, Los Angeles, CA.

Chrome_20 is a Pop Up Hub located next door to our friends at Orange 20 Bikes. Located at 4357 Melrose Ave. LA. Open November 22nd till December 22nd, 2013. Come visit.
Shout out to Edson from O20 and TOLA for all the race production!”

Chrome Orange 20 Pop Up!

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Chrome Orange 20 Pop Up!

Chrome is coming to Los Angeles and Orange 20!

“Chrome Industries is coming to a city near you and that city is Los Angeles. We are beyond stoked to be partnering with Orange 20 Bikes to bring you a one-of-a-kind pop up HUB, Chrome_20. Chrome_20 is a shop, a gallery, a finish line, and a space for the people of LA to share their favorite spots in the city.

Join us November 22ndstarting with our opening party featuring The Streets of Chrome, a street photography installation curated by Van Styles with photographs from Van Styles, Sagan Lockhart, and Jefroe Grell. In conjunction with the Streets of Chrome exhibit we are launching #Wrenched_LA, an ever changing, interactive Instagram wall of all of Los Angeles’ hidden gems and hot spots brought to us by you. Who knows LA better than the people who live there? No one.

Chrome20 will have a complete selection of Chrome Industries gear for sale throughout the holiday season. Come for the booze and stay for the party, this is just the beginning of Chrome_20.”

Chrome20
4357 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Open Daily: 11/22 – 12/22

Chrome Introduces BLCKCHRM

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Chrome Introduces BLCKCHRM

Chrome takes a step in the black direction with BLCKCHRM:

 BLCKCHRM™ builds on our commitment to making durable bags that last a lifetime. Made in America, without compromise.  Guaranteed for life.  Created by people who care about what they do and how things get made.

The exterior of each bag is made of hypalon, originally used in U.S. Coast Guard rescue rafts. This material is super durable and has a refined look that works on the street and in the boardroom. For the liners we used a tightly woven nylon, the trim is full grain leather and the hardware is rubber coated. BLCKCHRM™ is bombproof and mission ready.”
Chrome Introduces a Line of Reflective Camo Bags

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Chrome Introduces a Line of Reflective Camo Bags

There are so many options right now for camouflage products, but I’ve never seen reflective accents worked into a pattern before.

“Camo by Day. Reflective by Night. An Industry First. Produced in limited quantities. Made in USA.
Chrome Reflective Camo takes our love of camo to a new level. To be seen at night we made the fourth color of a French Camo pattern with a special glass-bead print that reflects from a distance up to 100 feet. An industry first. The Reflective Camo Series includes three of our iconic bags – Citizen, Orlov, Victor – and is available in limited quantities. Made in USA. Guaranteed for life.”

Each bag comes in three different camo patterns and are all in stock now at Chrome.