Levi's and Nike have released this quick preview of their upcoming 511 Skateboarding Collection. Rooted in the same marriage of style and sport as the popular Levi's Commuter Series, the line will add skate-centric details to the 511. The video features Nike SB pro Omar Salazar, whose ability to mix old school tricks into an aggressive style fits well with the theme of classic brands continuing to innovate. The 511 khaki is my go-to skate pant, so I'm stoked to see what details this collab brings to the table. -Angelo
The buzz was palpable as the Levi's Bike Shop rolled into Portland for the grand finale—an epic three day stint with the Oregon Manifest, a competition to design and build the ultimate modern utility bike. The who's who from the custom bike builder arena had all come together for the constructor's challenge in the bicycle mecca that is Portland.
After a few days of downtime in LA, the Levi’s Bike Shop Tour was feeling refreshed as we headed up the Gold Coast to San Francisco for a hometown party in Levi's Plaza. Capricia's SoCal nostalgia had been satisfied and Errol and Dustyn's beards had been tuned-up.
Up in the Bay Area, a circus awaited, except it was one filled with fun and sexy people and not clowns. For the hometown celebration, the Levi's extravaganza pulled out all the stops. Many of Levi's own employee commuters got in on the action and the Bike Shop was welcomed by a bunch of new friends with some tricks up their sleeves.
After a month since the launch of the tour, with over 20 stops and 8,000 miles, the Levi's Bike Shop rolled into LA for another full weekend—all systems go. It was a non-stop fiesta.
All good things must come to an end, but that doesn't mean that we won't be going out strong! The final four stops on the Levi's Bike Shop Tour are this week and it's your last chance to experience all the tour has to offer. San Francisco and Portland, it's your turn to Get in the Saddle.
Salt Lake City was busier with commuter bikers than we expected. We worked it hard in SLC. After we closed up the Levi's Bike Shop Tour for the day, our mechanics demanded that we swiftly shove along to the Bonneville Salt Flats and its international speedway on the other side of that huge salty lake. They had a score to settle.
Since we left the flatlands, the stops have come fast and furious on the Levi’s Bike Shop's road West. It’s been an adventure for sure.
Boulder was the first stop in our Western expansion. It's incredible how you can drive for an eternity along the flattest route imaginable and then all of a sudden a vertical wall greets you at the Great Divide. We were ready to cross over and climbed into Rocky Mountain territory.
Boulder natives take their bicycles seriously, and we saw some rugged sets of wheels at the shop that day. We recruited local bike advocates Bikes Belong and Boulder B-Cycle to join the party, and the rowdy Cruiser Ride came through all aglow as night befell the Shop's set-up off Pearl St.
Night biking in Boulder is a sight to behold. Almost everyone in town seems to have a headlamp handy for night rides on the mountain trails. They also bring the mobile party en masse, which was great because we had cause to celebrate—it was Capricia's birthday.
Visiting Nebraska was a first for everyone on the Levi's Bike Shop Tour, and we didn't really know what to expect other than corn and casinos—which are both plentiful. But in Omaha, people are starting to get pretty psyched on bikes, too.
With the Windy City behind us, the Levi's Bike Shop rolled into Minneapolis on Saturday with some hype. Last year Minneapolis was named Best Bike City by Bicycling Magazine, unseating Portland as the assumed favorite. We had to see for ourselves what all the fuss was about and met some savvy locals to help us figure it out.
The Levi's Bike Shop Tour has finally reached the West Coast! Catch the crew this week as they being the final leg of the tour.
The Levi's Bike Shop has already rolled halfway across the country and the crowds keep growing. By the time we reached Austin, TX we realized we were going to need bring on one more to join Errol, Capricia, and I on this whirlwind tour.
As luck would have it, our man was waiting for us at the Urban UT Campus lot as the shop rolled up, asking if he could help the day of our pit stop in Austin. Little did he realize he was about to get recruited.
Next on the Levi's Bike Shop Tour, the crew are making their way to Chicago then they'll begin to head west for the second leg of the tour.
The bike scene is especially curious down in New Orleans, where engines are fueled by the influences of the bayou. It's definitely a scene in Marigny (on the fringe of the French Quarter) where we opened up the Levi's Bike Shop last Friday.
Nola runs real hot and sweaty this time of year. Everything is a beat slower. Swampier. You get used to it, then have fun with it.
The road has been good to us so far, as the Bike Shop winds its way through the Deep South. So deep. We've officially made our first stop at a Waffle House and we've crossed the line where White Castles become Krystals. We also made a pit stop at the notorious Flea Market on our way through Montgomery, AL. We were amazed to find out it actually exists. And it is, in fact, just like a mini... mall.
Here are a couple other things we've found out on our Southern journey:
1. Asheville, NC is an incredible place to ride. The hilly terrain makes for a roller coaster ride, and the mountains really are "smokey." The mist enveloping the hills on the horizon makes the whole landscape totally surreal.
"Fresh on the heels of our launch in NYC, the Bike Shop rolled into Philadelphia for a 2-day stint in Urban's hometown.
On a very warm Thursday afternoon, we set-up shop at City Hall as commuters of type pedaled up with their bikes eager for a tune-up. Bravo to the businessmen on bikes, clad in suits and ties.
To manage the masses, the Bike Shop was honored to welcome the legendary Philly bike builder Stephen Bilenky (Bilenky Cycles) who worked the other side of the bench across from our mechanic Errol. Bilenky has been setting the standard for custom building for over 40 years, and he brought along a couple of his cycles for show. I caught Errol staring at them longingly.