I am a bike enthusiast! I ride!
Going back to the days when two wheels were my only friend. Whether it be peddling or motor powered, I spent three-fourths of my life growing up with the view of my hands wrapped around handlebars. I was born to roll on two wheels. Giving my love for bikes and as time progressed I grew a fancy for riding bikes in almost every country I have traveled to. Any style of bike, any terrain. With such a love for the sport comes great responsibilities and I learned to love the time and cost of repairing and replacing all the damages that I caused to my rides. Forced into my existent if I wanted to play with quality and not spend it all on labor.
Sorry boys. I feel your pain.
I couldn’t always afford to foot the bill for bike repair mechanic labor. When it came to having someone replace parts or mod my ride, it was insane the amount of time spent where I always felt hoodwinked. During my lifetime, my backyard mechanic skills begin to develop to amateur capabilities on a professional level. I taught myself the valuable skills needed to maintain my numerous rides. In 2013, I was blessed and guided by two wonderful individuals whose love for bikes made my skills look like a pony parade.
An amateur on a professional level…
The one and only
guided my hands and broaden my horizon in the fixed gear scene.
During my times playing in Beijing with my concepts THE drive-thru, & Trouble Bar Beijing, I would found myself on two wheels every day to get through the insanity of the city traffic and life. Beijing, China sucked for me after a while since I wasn’t a true Boston style pansy city boy or one of them… Chinese.
I managed the best I knew how.
I made all these brand named shit look good in real life! Ha, Still do!
I’m no sucker for public taxi’s, trains, or buses if there is an option of biking. Rentals, personal, loaners! All are accepted. Plus, it’s usually the best way to navigate through any overpopulated city streets on this water ball. One has to watch out for the folks with the ‘me first’ syndrome though, some of them drive fancy automobiles.
As life pushes me forward, I found myself being attracted to the builds, design, and layouts of bikes as a growing boy biker should. With the movement to finding a sustainable way to build and enjoy bikes, I came across a little educational facility in the hutongs of Beijing called
BBB (Bamboo Bike Beijing).
This place was ideal and tickled my fancy from the beginning.
BAMBOO framed BIKEs! How cool!
It had to be a day when I was out on the company 3-wheel beer delivery cart. Doing what one does at that stage in life.
Drink & driving!
I found it was the only way to kill time in Beijing when life was becoming like a zombie. Touring Beijing like a local with a beer in a none stead hand. There was a day when it came that I found myself heading down the to BBB shop located in the never-ending concrete style dwellings called Hutongs. BBB place created, operated, and much much more by a young man who goes by the name of David Wang. An affiliate of the wife’s. Boy, was he a sight for sore eyes. I thought I was the only ‘one man army‘ in Beijing during those times. This place was a tine tiny workshop space that could surprisingly hold twelve people at once during a bike building session. I seriously was all in & crazy about the idea of building a bike which had a frame made of bamboo as it would add to my arsenal of bikes hanging out in Trouble Bar!
A renewable resource for building bikes! That is way too cool!
It was also a bit sad that some of my bike companions, Natooke, who downed the idea for they felt it would affect the sales and or company name, branding… Something to do with their own production line of bamboo framed bikes. So… I had no choice but to stand in the middle and simply admire from afar until one day the wife, got more involved with BBB. Thos gave rise to several occasions to visit the Beijing BBB studio. Big smiles on my face each and every time for I enjoyed being in any workspace That tiny little room of design and construction. For this place was advancing! There were bamboo bikes everywhere. All over the hutongs!
January 17, 2017, came and gave me the opportunity to help assist Bamboo Bike Beijing with a project at MIT D-Lad in Boston, Ma. What an opportunity for someone like me who has never been to Boston before, nor MIT, or any of that jazz! To go up, tour the city, and hang out in the D-Lad for a day was a joy that is kept inside of me. See all the latest shit, nerdy people, and designs when it came to eco-projects, drones, and other… stuff! Living like a student on campus in the international dorms, and walking about with the thought of being professor kept my pace brisk and my networking to a minimal.
The day came where the wife & I joined up with BBB and assisted some fifteen MIT students with preparations of their bike frame building. It was great to be of service, with my limited carpenter skills and capabilities which was used to help produce a low-carbon footprint bit of happiness that can be ridden anywhere. I also took the time to play the handicapped cameraman and do a little Jim Dandy film of the event with my not so bad ass Olympus Stylus TG-Tracker 4k!
Check out this VIDEO that Prima edited up for BBB in MIT Boston.
This is a neat little program with the desire to achieve greatness in a world of wasted material. Who woulda thunk it! Bamboo! So cool!. If you are in the area where BBB is performing, take the time to sign up and build your own bike!
You will be proud that you did.
Thank you, David Wang, for an opportunity of a lifetime. To come play at MIT D-lab.
Big Ups!!! Anytime you need a hand we’ll be there.
I am personally grateful to my wife Prima li, for being the coolest person I have ever met. Taking me to places I have never been before!
Catch up on Prima’s view of the MIT D-Lab BBB session!
PS: I didn’t make any friends in Boston. They were too busy hating the President and didn’t pay any attention to me. I also noticed that there were too many “professional” PC individuals trying to make a name for themselves for all the wrong reasons of humanity. All the hate and division that is taught, preached, & practiced in those universities.
IT’S ALL BUSINESS…
Boston is a scary place for a neutral none superstition person like myself. Whatever happened to the good ol Boston that Drop Kick Murphy’s songs were written about.!
The bar rooms heroes have all died.