Tuesday, August 25, 2009


This was my first blog. 250+ posts later, it's time to say goodbye.

I'm simplifying and posting the daily randoms here: http://discoinferno.tumblr.com/


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

What's in a name?

After reading this intereting post at CyclingWMD, I was anxious to learn about the history of my Gayas pursuit frame. I started by emailing the guy I bought it from, Sung at keepwheelreal, and got a bunch of great leads.

The frame was handmade in DaeGu Korea by SK, formerly named SunKyung, which is now one of the biggest mobile service and oil companies in Korea today. In the midst of the Korean Currency Crisis, SunKyung sold off part of their bicycle business and stopped making Gayas frames in the late 90's.

The name, "Gayas" is derived from the Gaya confederacy (42 CE - 562 CE). With the help of Google Maps I discovered that the city of DaeGu (where the frame was built) resides where parts of the Gaya confederacy once was. In DaeGu, you'll find the Gayasan National Park as well as many other ties to the 12 ancient polities that comprised the Gaya confederacy. These tribes were pioneers of the iron age. Wikipedia states, "The technology of Gaya was much more advanced than that of the Japanese dynasties of the time," and that "archaeological evidence suggests that Gaya polities were the main exporter of technology and culture to Kyushu at that time".

Researching and learning about all of the aforementioned was a lot of fun. Anyone that's into track racing will tell you that frame building is an art form, and that the builders, are held in high regard. Just look at the hype around Japanese NJS track goods. I think it's sooo cool that the Korean frame builders of DaeGu paid homage to their technologically advanced ancestors by incorporating that history into the name of this frame. And what's even cooler, is how the internet makes it possible for anyone to learn about anything, including these gems of Korean history and culture. I knew the intricacies and geometry of my pursuit bike were unique, but I didn't realize it was forged from descendants of the pioneers of the iron age! I'm not worthy!

Friday, May 29, 2009

JibJab Video Tour

Take a tour of JibJab and meet the team in 1 minute 16 seconds, check it out!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Trackstand footy from BikeDayLA

My friend captured some video of me in the the trackstand competition that went down at BikeDay LA a few weeks back.

BikeDayLA - Trackstand Comp from Joey on Vimeo.

On a separate note, I was able to scrape this video from facebook by:
  1. Opening my temporary internet files folder
  2. Sorted items by date, then by size
  3. Located/copied a large unknown file type (recognized "fb" in the string)
  4. Pasted file to desktop
  5. Renamed file so extension ended in ".flv"
  6. ^Success (you will need a flash player)
Tip: I redid step 5, renaming the file to end in ".mp4" to see if picture quality wold improve. It did, slightly... so I went with that file instead.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

bike check one two

Pretty sweet... my pursuit build is getting some featured time on PEDALMAFIA :)

Camping - Lake Isabella

There were four of us in total, but all my shots w/ people are on film cams and won't be processed/posted for a week or so. Here's a few photos from the iPhone and my trusty point and shoot.

Big Mac smoreBlaha! This is when Diz's car got stuck (so did my Passat, but not as funny when it happens to me)


The last two were taken around 5am, before the Lake came alive with boats and jet skis. It was a fun trip, it's nice to get out of LA and into some nature, but it wasn't long before I was miming fixed lines I planned to put together when I got back. Next time, I'll have to find a way to combine the two - camping x fixies :) Now that's camping!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

day 'n' nite

I love riding in West LA. Tons of spots. Day or night, the weathers always perfect.

Venice skatepark via beavedge

Late night film shoot. Peep the camera crane!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Check out Halle doing the "Halle Berry" on Ellen...

My Gayas Super

I've posted pics of this build before, but never an all encompassing shot... I was waiting till it was in its "final/complete" form. With the arrival of my new Concor this morning (the final piece), I'm happy to finally and properly introduce, my bike yo!...

Wishbone seat stay | Thomson seatpost | BFF edition Concor

A closer look at the Concor: BFF - Bicycle Film Festival

White Starfuckers on GR-9s and black Toshi doubles

Friday, May 15, 2009

Twitter Battle - Round 2 - Fight!

This week's Twitter Battle - "Jump Kicks At Work!". What's a Twitter Battle? Good question...


  1. Challenge someone(s) on Twitter to doing something (preferably ridiculous) and call em' out with a twitpic.
  2. Participant has to be holding the camera/phone (no 3rd party photographer help).
  3. That's pretty much it.
With that being said, who won!? ----->>>---- VOTE HERE ----->>>
*polls are now closed, thanks for voting

^me - Joey