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Say goodbye to our defunct WordPress blog, the inability to comment on our hilarious and relevant posts, and everything you hate about this website (I’m happiest to say goodbye to this banner) and head on over to the all-in-one new Geekhouse site at www.GeekhouseBikes.com.

We’re migrated the blog over to the front page, we’ve got a great webstore, new bikes, and more-than once a month posts! But don’t take my word for it…

Go check it out!

The words “obligatory NAHBS recap” have been posted so many times the bandwidth and energy used recapping the #bestNAHBSever could power a small town in China for the better part of a decade. We’ve got a lot to cover but we’re also in the final stages of debuting a new website/blog so I’m going to save the gems for that and in the meantime direct you towards some of the other fantastic coverage of the weekend, care of our friends across the web.

Here goes:

Prolly Is Not Probably:
Recent Roll: Marty and His Geekhouse Woodville
Beautiful Bicycle: My Geekhouse Woodville Details
2011 NAHBS Recon: Geekhouse Bikes
What A Way To End The Day
NAHBS a category (because John’s tag coverage was just too thorough)
And of course… The Flickr heard ’round the world: John Prolly on Flickr

Urban Velo:
All of Urban Velo’s NAHBS coverage over the years.
Brad Q’s Geekhouse Polo-Bike Review

Bicycling Magazine:
Interview with Ben Serotta, Richard Sachs, Gary Smith, Andy Hampsten and our own Gregory Ralich!

COG Magazine’s photography was, as always, on point all weekend long!
Day 1 (keep your eyes peeled for tons of #partymarty shots),
Day 2
(you’ve got a great one there of Greggles and customer #1 Andy of Andy & Sandi fame).

Cycle EXIF:
Geekhouse Woodville

uRideTV:

“Simple ‘n sweet” interview with Bradford of Geekhouse Bikes

Bike Snob:

“hipster” cycling had reached its apotheosis

Bike Rumor:

Geekhouse Bikes’ Trick Bicycle Builds for Prolly, Urban Velo, Others

Trend Hunter:

Geekhouse Woodville, booze holding bikes

Geekhouse Bikes NAHBS Flickr Set:

And there’s a ton more! If you haven’t seen any shots from this weekend either on our 2011 NAHBS Flickr Set or somewhere else then I am sorry you lead such an unfulfilled life. Next post from us will be on the all new site! See you there.

With NAHBS fast approaching we’re starting to collect all the goodies coming with us and the first one we’d like to share with you is our new Teen Wolf inspired Geekhouse t-shirt!

“There are three rules that I live by: never get less than twelve hours sleep; never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city; and never get involved with a woman with a tattoo of a dagger on her body. Now you stick to that, and everything else is cream cheese.” -Coach Finstock

For those unfamiliar with the seminal Michael J. Fox classic, Teen Wolf- familiarize yourself immediately.  One of the most important films of our time, the movie chronicles the troubled times of a young Scott Howard (Michael J.) on his quest to normalcy.  With a “$6 haircut” and a girl next door on his arm he’s ready to hop on to the long train ride to the middle. When all of a sudden, he realizes he’s actually a werewolf! Ipso facto it turns out werewolves rule at basketball and then the fat guy from Pee-Wee gets all pissed and someone makes a pseudo-racist werewolf comment at the school dance.  There’s that babe, but she’s dating that dude, and then she wants to date Scott but he just brushes past her and goes back to Boof (the girl next door).  I think the lesson of the movie is something about inter-species breeding, I’m not exactly sure. But anyways… Scott’s friend, Styles, tries to capitalize on Teen Wolf fever by producing t-shirts and selling them in between classes.  Also, they surf on top of a van.

We took a little creative license and re-imagined the shirt that Styles sells into a Geekhouse shirt. $20. Available in Austin while supplies last.

Check out our offer for a FREE POWDER COAT (with bicycle donation) courtesy of Roll It Forward. Hit the pic. to learn all the details.

Like the rest of greater America I went to see a movie over the Holiday break, a quiet enjoyable film with a friend, nothing special… little did I know I was about to be bombarded with 2+ hours of the most blatant display of Geekhouse piracy since the Indonesian knock-offs.

I’m talking of course about a film called Tron Legacy.

This movie, although a visual masterpiece, sickened me. The entire thing was a flagrant rip-off of our livelihood and I am disappointed in Jeff Bridges, Disney, and everyone involved for such gross misconduct and copyright infringement.

Here’s how I see it.

Rip-off #1: Motorcycle mumbo-jumbo

Marty, Dan, Stebs, AND Ian are all about the young-hip motorcycle gang thing and have been for the better part of the last year. DSG was featured on Dime City Cycles, Ian has been building himself a new gas tank for the better part of the last month, and Marty’s Cafe Racer is basically a babe vacuum. Nice try Tron but you’re 10 months too late which is like 11 months in hipster time.

Gross Injustice #2: SUPER tight clothing

This one is a no-brainer. Greggles has been pushing the limits of skinny jean/man-capri technology for years now and the Tron disc-suits are clearly just a conceptual evolution of Levi’s 511s… Shameless.

Impudent Infringement #3: Light Bikes

So basically, the vast majority of the movie focuses around these super whips called “Light Bikes” or something. All I have to say to this is.. how dare you? This is clearly a conspicuous copy of Bianca’s fork leg Integrated LED from 2010 NAHBS… briefly, this is incorrigible.

Flagrantly Flaunted Fabrication #4: Hipster Babez

This one hits so close to home it’s almost hard to discuss. Casting Olivia Wilde as the lead female in a movie with a sound track by Daft Punk is basically like turning Sunday nights at The Model into a feature length film. Don’t even get me started on her asymmetrical bangs.

The Nail in the Proverbial Counterfeit Coffin: Girl Problems

The back and forth between Quorra (Olivia Wilde) and Garrett (Sam Flynn) was an audacious, bare-faced, and unabashed theft of the girl problems we experience. At what point do we draw the line between creative license and straight-up plagiarism? The will-they-won’t-they, back and forth sexual tension, when Sam saves Quorra and reclaims Kevin’s disc; the trio then commandeer an aerial shuttle and are pursued by Clu, his guards and Rinzler using Light Jets. Between Quorra’s evasive flying and Sam manning the rear turret, they manage to shoot down Clu’s guards… Sound familiar?

The. Exact. Same. Thing. (basically) happened to Greg and Brad like, LAST WEEK, when that girl wouldn’t come over to watch Glee. Six of one, half dozen of the other. It’s nauseating.

We couldn’t do anything about the Indonesian knock-offs but this is happening in movie theaters across the cross-country on our home turf. Disney, if you’re reading this (and you better be), we expect full compensation in the form of a dinner-date with Olivia Wilde ASAP. I’ll be awaiting your call.

Martin we’ve got a problem.

Indonesia is cool. It’s a republic, a 17,000+ island “archipelago” (which was my favorite word in 7th grade Geography), it supports the world’s second highest level of biodiversity, and it’s got a 720cm axle to crown height, pretty impressive.

Sweet right? Wanna know what’s not so sweet?

…when people in Indonesia build fake Geekhouse Bikes.


We’ve got this great little tool from big brother (Google) called Google Alerts. It let’s us know everytime “Geekhouse” or “Geekhouse Bikes” or “Boston hipsterz fixiez bike guyz” pops up on the world wild web. This is nice because it’s an auto-alert in my inbox every time we get featured on a blog or if some kid trash-talks us on YugoslaviaFixed or whatever.

Some things started popping up that are slightly more damaging than Eastern-Bloc haterade.

Our 2009 NAHBS Rockcity

A 2010 Indoneekhouse WTFcity

Now believe me- I love Indonesian knock-offs. I own about 40 fake Coach purses and that Indonesian Obama impersonator they’ve got… Classic.

But this hits a little closer to home. We don’t have a lot of details but these entrepreneurs, we think, come from one of the 6,000 human-populated islands of Indonesia (I’m 99% sure this isn’t the work of a Sumatran Tiger). They are mass producing bikes that they are then selling under the name Geekhouse. Briefly, that ain’t right. Worst of all- they’re blogging about it. Take my bikes, have my decals, but whatever you do-

DO NOT MESS WITH MY INTERNETZ FAME

You can tell the fakes because, well, they’re awful. If you can’t tell the difference between a real Geekhouse and a knock-off you don’t need an explanation you need invasive retinal surgery.

We’re bummed about this because we put a lot of hard work into our company. While we’re not that small (we have, count ‘em, three space heaters) we’re pretty surprised that we’re being knocked-off. Anyways, the Indoneekhouses are pretty busted so you probably shouldn’t buy one. I mean, I only kind of want one and I can have as many real Geekhouses as I want.


They are even knocking off our lengthy lead time on bikes by utilizing Slow Lorises to miter tack and grind down all the fake “Yo Marty” forks (aptly renamed “Yo Abdurrahman Wahid!”)

There’s nothing we can do about this. Much bigger companies have much more prolific imitators in even grander parts of the Pacific Rim. So we thought we would just spam you to complain about it a bit. Kind of like when your boyfriend/girlfriend shrugs around the house waiting for you to ask “What’s wrong baaaaabbbbyyyyyy?” We’ve been sulking around like that for weeks but the UPS guy is tired of hearing us putz and he started writing “Whine Country, USA” on all of our packages from QBP. I’m beginning to think he’s not even that into my problems.

In conclusion…

WHATEVER INDONESIA. I’M SO OVER YOU. DOES EVERYONE KNOW THAT YOU’RE A BUNCH OF LIARS? I’M DOING GREAT. I’M FINE. I FEEL BAD FOR YOU BECAUSE YOU DONT EVEN KNOW WHO YOU ARE. I’M GOING TO THE HOSPITAL AND I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY. I’M FINE. I’M JUST CONFUSED. YOU KNOW WHAT? I’M OVER IT. I BUILT A WHOLE BUNCH OF GEEKHOUSES TODAY. I EVEN BUILT A BLACK GEEKHOUSE. CLICK.

Thanks for listening. I feel much better.

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Check it. Friday and Friday only! If you have been on the fence about when to put down your deposit- there’s no better time than now.

We normally ask for a 50% deposit that can often shoot up above $700. But on Friday 11/26 we’re putting you in the queue for $500 down on any frame and fork. Any style of frame- Rockcity, Woodville, Mudville, Wormtown, or Fast Chance! As always the complete will include infinite options for customization and totally rock your socks off.

Contact: info@geekhousebikes.com to learn more.

Be sure to check out what’s sure to be an awesome event tomorrow night at Superb Bicycle!

Last year’s event was geared around the opening of the shop but what we’re most excited about is the return of the Hot Bike Contest. This is going to be a stacked show of some of the best bikes in Boston- last year our boy Armando took the grand prize AND “true-to-form” prize with his beautiful Basso and his Ingleton but there are a ton of great categories and prizes for all sorts of beautiful bikes.

Last year we entered a Rockcity that was powder coated a mere half hour before riding it over to Superb and although our literal interpretation of “hot” bike didn’t win us anything we still think that this contest is one of the best gatherings in town.

RSVP Here, stay tuned to the Superb Blog before and after the event, and we’ll see you there!

On November 15th at the Middlesex Lounge. Exciting stuff! See you there!

Contact: info@geekhousebikes.com for questions or sponsorship inquiries.

Donny is the best! Mr. Green dominated Granogue with a 1st place finish on Day #1 and a 2nd place finish on Day #2. Makin’ us proud! Congratulations Donny, you’re the best.

This was Donny’s first race on his new Velocity (@VelocityUSA) wheelset. Mr. Green said and I quote, “Ground Control to Major Tom– these wheels rock!” OK, he didn’t actually say that but he did just have us order him another set so he can train without risking his tubulars and ch-ch-changing his cantis every ride. Thanks to Velocity for helping a neon brother out!

Photos courtesy of @GroovyLab. More pix of Donny at Granogue on GroovyLab’s Flickr. Thanks again for the great shots!

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