I have to admit, I was a little sad when I heard that Matt Spencer was going to be riding 26″ wheels. Note that I said “a little” because it really doesn’t matter and smaller wheels will only enable Matt to ride harder and bigger than ever. When he announced he was leaving Volume, I knew he was going to be riding for SKYLMT. These frames are incredible. They’re light and made in the USA.
Matt’s SKYLMT weighs in at 25 lbs complete, as shown here and he’s already thrashing on it. While we were at the Island, I took it out for some lens love. It’s almost impossible to shoot a bike in SF without having a MUNI bus lurking in the background.
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Tyler Johnson had some of the cleanest lines at the 2012 #RideNStyle and it’s because he practices and rides as much as he can. Back when he was in LBC, hanging at the #FF, Tyler hit this tire slide on an old fridge. To see video of this, watch his edit again.
Matt Spencer has been putting out some great content over the past few weeks. I love this one-handed table photo. So slick. Don’t forget to check out Matt’s farewell to Volume video. It’s one of the most creative edits of the year.
Matt just posted up this photo of Congo throwing down at the Long Beach skatepark over at Wolf Drawn. I love how much table tops have improved in FGFS over the years. I guess, wheels get smaller = bike is easier to throw around. Nice shot Matt!
Matt‘s saying bye to Volume to pursue other opportunities and as a thank you, he put up a rather slick edit. Spine tire slide, ledge roll, t-bog, one-handed table and whip skid drop looked balleur. Along with just general, fast riding. I think FGFS needs to not have rules and just be fast and fun. This shit looks good. If and when Matt Spencer goes to 26″, It’ll be just as fun to watch though. Style is style, regardless of wheel size.
I mentioned yesterday that Cody Nutter gave me a little tutorial on color-correction recently. In 5 minutes, I began the process of learning curves. In the past, I’ve messed around with color curves but looking back at some of the photos, I cringe. They’re either too blue or too red and ultimately, they just look like a photo lab mixed the wrong chemicals when processing film. Andy from Fyxomatosis gave me the best advice anyone could give: the photo should look like it was taken with your eyes. With digital photography at an all-time high and apps like Instagram going viral, people love the nostalgia associated with a high-contrast, cross-processed image. But I’m not sure that’s where I want to go with my photos. Sure, this isn’t a rule but it’s a direction I want to stay clear of.
Back to the learning curves. The photo on the right is the original photo I posted of Matt Spencer during the LBC in ATX trip. The photo on the left is after balancing out the blacks and whites. Quite a difference huh?
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