Here’s the photos I snagged while out in Portland. Huge thanks to Ramon for getting me and Miguel out there and showing us around the city.
Ramon filmed this sick little video of Sam aka FIXIEGOD thrashing around Portland!
Name: Josh Silva
Hometown: San Leandro,ca
How long have you been riding FGFS?
I started riding Fgfs in 2012.
What got you into riding?
I was riding bmx and working at area cycles in Castro valley, I watched Fgfs start coming up and wanted to play around with it. Next thing you know it’s the only bike I own.
Who’s your favorite FGFS Rider?
Id say either Andy sparks ⚡️ or Gus Molina. Two ogs I’m proud to call homies.
Fruit or Vegetables?
Veggies all day
La Croix or Gatorade?
Gatorade, I’m a simple man haha.
How was your recent trip to Portland?
Portland was so rad, spots were everywhere and nobody had any issues with us riding really. Felt really good to get away from life and just ride again.
Quick, hit me with a memorable moment.
Definitely back flopping into The Bay during Super Bowl Sunday 2016 😩 (Relive it HERE)
We all know you got that balance, and a way with the ladies, but what would you consider to be the “Josh Silva Signature” move?
Well everybody in the Fgfs world knows me for my hang fives. So I’d have to say that’s me haha.
Favorite trick on flat ground.
Favorite riding shoes?
Chrome Industries – 415 workboots
Plans for the future?
Honestly I have big dreams just like a lot of people my age, I just want to ride bikes,work hard, travel, make good money, have fun and take care of the people that take care of me.
Blow the whistle. After taking a short mid-day break, we loaded up the van and headed back to down town to see what else we could stack before the sun set.
We pulled off at this bank spot nicknamed “The Wall of Death”. Johnathan Ball took one run at the wall to flat, looped back around, then immediately caught a body on his second attempt. Our eyes widened and our jaws hit the floor as we watched JBall bounce on the pavement like a sack of soggy potatoes. He laid there for a bit, got up, dusted himself off, then got right back on the horse and nailed the clip before we moved on to greener pastures.
I didn’t shoot as many photos as the day before but was able to get a handful of shots of Miguel Zendejas’ neon yellow Master Bike Co Prototype. I’m not sure when these frames will be available to the public, but I’ve heard whispers of them rolling out sometime in the few couple months. What I can tell you is that these frames are incredibly compact, have steep head tube angles and offer up one of the most progressive geometries FGFS has ever seen.
If you’ve ever ridden with us, than I’m sure you already know, but I’m always the idiot running around trying to round up the crew for a family photo. It’s become somewhat of a tradition at this point, and is always worth the effort. This one in particular was potentially the most challenging one we’ve taken yet. We used the typical 10 second timer, but added in a 2 second exposure as a curve ball. Shout out to these dudes for remaining completely still during that time and to anyone else who has ever put up with my consistent craziness. One day I’ll publish a book of all these group shot. You’ll see.
That just about covers it. Again, keep em peeled for photos from Day 3 of our time together in Portland.
Day one and done. It didn’t take much to roast us to the bone. After the first full day of riding in Portland with the boys we were already salty, sore, and thirsty for more. With legs like noodles and arms like peanut brittle we pushed ourselves and each other to keep the stoke alive.
Setting the stage. Ramon Antonio flew Johnathan Ball, Miguel Zendejas & Josh Silva to PDX to film for a video project he’s been wanting to shoot. Although we don’t have a name for it yet, filming is well underway and is already shaping up to be the hot ticket video of the Summer.
Miguel Zendejas never fails to impress and came hot out the gate linking some of the craziest nose manual / tail whip lines I’ve ever seen. Johnathan Ball flexed his fixie muscles and demonstrated how a real man does tarck tricks. Ease off the juice my dude. 💪
That’s it for now, stay tuned and keep your eyes peeled for more WHEEL TALK coverage from our weekend in the Pacific North West.
Words & Photos – Matt Reyes (SLUMWORM)
The Portland FGFS crew STILL POUR just dropped this little BMX edit for fun filled with enough jibs to last you a lifetime.
Ramon and Kevin took to the Lumberyard to escape the Portland rain and tok out the iPhone for some clips. This place looks like a lot of fun.
Ramon just dropped a 2012 full length DVD from the Still Pour crew that I honestly didn’t even know existed. He made an extremely limited run and handed them out at the 2013 Ride + Style event and it flew extremely under the radar. So that being said, he just released the whole thing online and it’s fucking killer. Ramon, Devin, and Taylor put some fucking work in this for sure. Taylor’s part had some seriously innovative stuff that not a lot of people mess with in here. Don’t miss this one, kick back on your shitty Monday and check it out.
Ride + Style does a great job at uniting fixed gear riders from across the globe. This FOAD and Still Pour collab video from last year’s event is the epitome of the Red Bull weekend: riding bikes with your buds. Can’t wait to see all these dudes again in less than a month.
Some clips MoN caught in Portland before moving back to the bay. Always dig Ramon’s creative approach to riding. Definitely worth a watch!