A No Win Situation!
With just ten days to build a ground up, jaw dropping, custom bike, I was more than a little surprised that there was not much activity the morning of the first day; instead of Russell Mitchell and his Exile team getting stuck into the project, the Discovery film crew eroded most of the available time setting up their lights and completing other ancillary tasks. Continue reading
see the Kitchen Sink feature here
“Buffalo’s First Ward is an area on the south side of Buffalo that was settled by the Irish in the 1820′s. The area developed into an industrial center in the late 1800′s after the Erie Canal had terminated here and as the Buffalo River became a major docking area for ships on the Great Lakes. The area industries of the neighborhood have faded, but many buildings are still standing”
Roberto is a ruler – he teases us with his projects!
A commonly asked question we hear is: “If I use this (insert parts list here) combination of parts what will my compression be?” This appears to be one of the most misunderstood areas involved in building a performance engine. In a short series of articles we will discuss both types of compression ratio, “Mechanical” & “Corrected”, as well as how to calculate them. Continue reading
What do two immortal baseball players have to do with writing? In the case of Satchel Paige, a perennial star of the Negro Leagues, the oldest rookie to play in the major leagues and an all-star well into his forties, it’s his famous saying:
“Don’t look back, something might be gaining on you.” Continue reading
To learn more about Pete Hilton and his instruments, you can visit his website: Hilton Guitars…
Ron Finch’s Play House is a amazing place….
What you see here is a carved bronze shifter knob. When I say carved, I mean that literally. I start out with a block of solid bronze billet. The next stage takes about 3 hours using a heavy rotary file. This stage is all about getting the basic shape
10 hours in, the inside has been hollowed out and I have switched to a smaller file setup. After 15 hours the final details are complete the most tedious, such as the skull cracks, teeth detail, and fragile face area. I am now using a file with a cutting head so small it is barely visible. The final piece is polished and acid etched. -L
This is the fourth round in this set
I asked Pete to take some images as he worked in his shop… and it’s evident just how much work goes into one of this stunning instruments. To learn more about Pete, you can visit his website: Hilton Guitars… Continue reading
The ability to express yourself with the written word is critical, especially in the digital universe. 45dgree is always on the hunt for new contributors and talent and we regularly (here) hear “I can’t write”, p’shaw we say and so we connected with an old friend and award winning writer, Mark Bellusci to hep us put the matter in perspective and give us some tips about how to make writing an enjoyable experience! – stephen berner/45dgree
Visited a new scary place. Lots to show and share.
…Found this beauty of a building and a location on a two-wheeled adventure with my friend John. I promised myself to come back with gear in hand, it looked juicy. And I know from hard-earned experience that most folks are not willing to stop whatever it is they are doing and skulk around scary abandoned locations whilst I indulge my yah-yah’s – I dont even bother asking anymore, i just come back later hoping it is still available for my dissection. In these situations, ya got to have the philosophy of…”if it was meant to be, it will be….
Todays POTD is of Danny Schneider, the brains behind Hard 9.
I dig this guy and count him a friend. He is fun, funny and has a great sense of style.
picture of the day….great shot! Continue reading
Roberto Rossi of Mantova is a friend of 45dgree and a talented bike stylist who lives in rural Italy…..
Take a look at his his latest project….
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This is the third round in this set I asked Pete to take some images as he worked in his shop… and it’s evident just how much work goes into one of this stunning instruments. To learn more about Pete, … Continue reading
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Roquechop Design (RCD) is a small workshop located in the city of Brownsburg-Chatham (Quebec, Canada) which is focused singularly on building quality handcrafted bikes and parts. It’s a shop that keeps an open mind, but clearly won’t compromise.
It’s Wintertime and the smell of fire is in the air. At the Berner household we enjoy having fires at home during the winter months. I don’t know that it does much for heating our house… I have a feeling the fire sucks most of the heat out of the room, but boy it sure does look good, it smells nice and gives the house a glow it doesn’t have under normal circumstances. Continue reading
As bikers, we all know the freedom of being in the wind. We travel highways and roads often crowded with cagers, but occasionally we find an open road where our two wheels are the only ones spinning down the highway and the sound of our pipes the only echos
to be heard.
Whether sharing the road with citizens or Brothers and Sisters, we ride. embracing the freedom of the wind, living in a Country giving us that right of opportunity, thankful for a new days dawning, a new road to travel.. ever mindful of the heavy price paid in order for our freedoms to exist. Continue reading
Through my friend Roger Chouinard, owner of Sinners & Saints Tattoo in Wareham, Massachusetts – I came to meet Jamie Dykman, proprietor of Black Frame Cycle Projects, on the “Cape”. Roger owns two of Jamie’s machines and arranged us to meet, being that he held his skills in high regard.
I came to learn you’ll not meet a nicer, more unassuming guy than Jamie, and in his small workspace; he puts together machines that have a distinctive handcrafted style. Spending the day with Jamie on a rainy Fall afternoon, shooting his bikes, I came to have a greater appreciation of the effort it takes to build reliable stylish machines on the cheap. Machines that a workingman can afford are what Jamie shoots for and by all measures –he delivers successfully. – stephen berner Continue reading
I met Roman, owner of FOH at the NYC IMS show – cool guy, insane machines, hi-style and hi-tech.
His carbon fiber layups are beautiful, almost perfectly finished….tastefully painted and outfitted with top shelf componentry.
Some of the frame work he’s done on his machines is really something to see – all the while working out of a small shop with modest tools… Continue reading
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Tips and techniques to mount your tank Now that you have your fully welded tank, we can move on the all the little details like filler neck, petcock bung, tunnel, and tank mounts. I like to do the tunnel first … Continue reading
So, I like investigating and recording the state of all sorts of sites, from industrial wastelands to residential oddities. Finding these locations is tricky and getting images of them is often even trickier.
I was told about Pleasure Beach, a nearby site from another photog who has a great deal of experience in working with these sites and given a heads up to see it soon, if i was planning to see it at all. In advance, I did a little research using Google satellite images, Windows Live Picture maps and some blog sniffing……
to see the images>>> gallery here
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intellect, passion, maturity and drive.
The Bonneville Salt Flats of the western Great Salt Lake Desert were formed through the evaporation of the Pleistocene-era Lake Bonneville. The salt flats are actually the bed of that once massive lake which rivalled in size to the present Lake Michigan. The flats are composed mainly of potash salts ranging in thickness from less than one inch to around six feet, (1.8m) and cover one hundred and fifty nine square miles (412 square kilometres) extending some nine miles along US Highways 40 and 50 and the Western Pacific Railroad. Each rainfall erases tyre marks and re-flattens the densely packed salt. Continue reading