Bibi’s a Dadi!

3180_162984265460_790980460_6515669_1163066_n Bibi and his girl Julie had a baby girl on Sunday! Her name is Charlie. We don't have much more info than that at the moment, but we'll let you know more as soon as we know. Congratulations to Bibi and Julie from all of us here at MacNeil!

Chris Martindale – Alaska

Chris Martindale Alaska A few weeks ago, Chris Martindale took a quick trip up to Alaska and sent over some photos. He's got a family full of "boat" people. His dad is part owner of a boat yard that does really nice yacht remodels (that's where Chris works) and his uncle owns fishing/research boats, that Chris has spend numerous summers on with his cousin Mike Leask when they were kids. "I help my uncle and cousin drive there fishing boat from Seattle to Sitka. Its a 5 day trip, basically driving a thousand miles at parking lot speed.  The trip was a lot of fun, but I dont understand why people would live up there this time of year. It snowed everyday on us. Here's some photos." Chris Martindale Alaska Chris Martindale Alaska Chris Martindale Alaska Chris Martindale Alaska Chris Martindale Alaska chris-martindale-alaska This is the store that Chris bought his very first BMX magazine and discovered what BMX was... Crazy! chris-martindale-alaska_1

Wade Lajlar Bike Check

wade_bikecheck008_2 Wade has been riding one of the two Bibi samples. Bibi has the purple one you saw the other day and Wade's been riding the "peacock" one. He's been super psyched on it and shot a bunch of photos with Tim Okane at the Igloo. Check em all out after the jump! frame : macneil prototype 09 bibi fork : macneil blazers bars : macneil prototype 09 xlt 8" silencer stem : macneil top notch cranks : macneil conjoined sprocket : macneil primary 28 pedals : macneil slipless rims : macneil prototype spokes : shadow hubs : macneil prototype front and  9 tooth rear tires : we the people rear 2.10 , odyssey 2.25 barends : animal plastic grips : macneil zoomers seat : macneil prototype sl seat post : macneil stump personal mods : shortend rear end and custum made ti bolts for rear hub.. weight : 21 lbs Big thanks to Tim for the photos and you can check out more of his stuff here! [gallery link="file"]

Birthdays and New Team Members

We would like to wish happy birthday to Alistair Whitton who turns 28 today, and to Travis Sexsmith who turned 22 yesterday.

            I’m proud to say that Alistair is the longest standing member of the team. He got on just after Interbike of 2000, a week after we got our first prototype frame done.

 I’m also proud to say that Travis is now the newest member of the team. Yes we’ve been hooking him for a few years now but as of today he’s officially a member of the pro team.

            Travis won’t be the newest team member for long however. Ali and Lindsay are due to have their baby boy Brener anytime now. We’ll let you all know as soon as we have news.


Alistair and his birthday cake



Travis Chilling


Quesada Family Painting

dsc00054 I finally got a painting from a member of the Quesada family. Well it's just a print but that's good enough for me. Read more after the jump.dsc00055 Not many people know it but David Quesada, (owner of Fly Bikes) comes from a pretty well known family of Artists. In fact David is the only member of his family who didn't become an artist. He chose BMX instead, which I think is pretty artistic anyway. dsc00057 I first met David at a contest in 94. He was the Hoffman Bikes Spanish distributor, and I was riding for Hoffman Bikes at the time. I told him I wanted to come to Europe for a trip the next spring. So he said he'd try to set up some demos for me and get me to spain. Pretty cool of him because it helped pay for my trip. dsc00058 In the spring of 95 I went on a three week trip to Germany, France, Holland, and Spain. It was one of the best trips of my life. We rode a bunch of spots in Germany, hit up the Marseille park in France when it was still pretty new, and then hit up Spain. I didn't know what Spain would be like but it seemed cool. David's family went out to stay in their summer home and let us have their whole apartment in downtown Vigo to chill in for a few days. The apartment was amazing. Pretty much all the walls were covered in super crazy looking art. It felt like we were rolling crazy European style. I guess we were. Anyway, I went back to Spain a few more times over the years for demos and kept telling David that he didn't need to get me paid just hook me up with a family painting. He never went for it. I guess the paintings were too valuable. At the last trade show in Vegas he had a bunch of family prints in the Fly booth. I asked him again what it would take to get one. He told me that I could have one after the show ended. I was stoked. Then I had to leave town early and missed the opportunity to get one. I thought I missed out again until Greenhouse Distribution, (Fly's USA distributor) sent this painting to me a few months later. Stoked. Thanks a lot for the painting David. I'm going to put it up at my house later this week. fdo08 This photo was shot at a cement halfpipe on the beach in Vigo in 95.

Harrison and Micheala get Married

ii9o57381 Harrison and his babe Michaela tied the knot over the weekend. It was a great ceremony with a super good party afterward. It happened at the Sidney Pier Hotel, a really cool new hotel right on the ocean on Vancouver Island. A small group of family and close friends were on hand to celebrate with them. Check out more photos after the jump. ii9o56121 Michaela is Slovakian and has a crazy last name. Every time the Minister said it, she got it wrong, which made for some funny moments. ii9o5643 "Quit trying to look so serious honey or I'll have someone say my last name." ii9o5655 "And please fix your tie." ii9o57232 "You don't have to look down my top anymore. We're married!" ii9o57261 Kisses ii9o5536 There wasn't a maid of honor or a best man at the wedding, but Josh took care of the best man duties, including seriously messing with the happy couples car and hotel room. ii9o5900 Harrison's Seattle Crew Top; Andrew McMullen, Harrison, Josh Kechloian, Nick Halsey Bottom; Chris Martindale, Hamilton Boyce, Dan Montgomery, Mike Leask, Steve Machuga

Velvart Bike Shop, and Hungarian Memories.

It wasn’t that long ago that good bike shops were hard to find. Now they’re everywhere. We just got this video sent to us from our Hungarian distributor. It’s a look at their new shop, and it's amazing. Anyway the video also reminded me of my first trip to Europe for the 92 worlds in Budapest, seriously one of the craziest trips of my life.

Read the story after the jump.

I was on the GT summer tour driving to shows in Spokane, Washington with another guy when the van broke down. We got it fixed but lost a lot of time. So we got into town six hours late. When we picked up the other guys there were no hotel rooms left in the city. After an hour of driving around we found the last room left in town at two am. We had to set the ramps up at 8:00 am for a mall show. When we got to the mall later that morning there were a bunch of riders waiting for us to help set up. They said that they had two cases of beer on ice, a jet ski, and a boat with water skis ready to go as soon as we were done the shows. You can imagine how that went. We all forgot we were tired. At about eight that night we were on our way to a club with my wallet at the bottom of the lake and I didn’t care one bit, because we had so much fun at the lake. The night got even better, but the next morning I had a horribly hung over drive to Seattle for my flight. Then shit got really crazy.

Fucking Budapest was nuts! There I am for my first time in Europe with my passport and a hundred bucks cash in my pocket. It was two and a half years after the fall of communism and the country was still in party mode. That translated to the contest as well. Everyday there was amazing riding from guys I’d never seen before, and every night was a crazy party. Some day I might write a book with all the details but for now you’ll just have to trust me. It was one fo the best contests ever.

I did a google search to see what would come up and found some footage of the vert contest. The funny thing is that I had just learned 360 tailwhips a month earlier. So I tried a 540 tailwhip in the contest. I didn’t even come close, the frame wouldn't whip for me. Everyone just thought it was a fucked up 540, but if you watch it now you can see what I’m trying. I didn’t try another one until the day I learned them in 97 and I was still stressing that the frame wouldn't come around. How funny is that? There's also some classic footage of Hoffman and McCoy in it. That's back when men were men and vert riders were idiots. We all take a hard slam but Dennis takes one of the hardest slams ever. Check it.


Wolfman Interview

2959371980_d0384245cb_b1 We interviewed Wolfman about what it's like filming. We also talked about a few web videos he's been working on. Check out more after the Jump. wolfman Photo by Joey Cobbs -

1. Most people know of you because of your web videos. How much time do you spend filming in a typical month?

Not a whole lot because I work too much, maybe 10 hours or so, or whenever I get to ride with a filmer.

2. What do you like about filming?

Having fun with the hommies, riding with good people gets you motivated.

3. What do you hate about filming?

Not pulling stuff!!! I’m sure everyone can agree with this, I hate when you try something over and over and still don't do it

4. Who do you usually film with?

Marco S. and bay area locals.

wolfman Photo by Joey Cobbs -

5. Tell us your most fucked up filming story. I dont want to know about a sore toe you got either. I want cops or dead hookers or something like that.

A pool in Petaluma, rode it one day with one of my buddies, amazing pool, perfect trannies, no problem the first day, came back the next day, and the guy who lived in the house waved a shotgun out the window and then threatened our life, fuck crazy tweakers in Methaluma

6. What are some of your favorite video parts from other riders in the last few years?

Kurtis Elwell - anything such a good rider.

Eddie c. - Lotek mix tape.

Ian Schwartz - anything really, guy is so creative.

Zac Coasta - franchise web, amazing.

7. Who would win between you and Alistair in an arm wrestle?

I think I can take him. He might workout and train for it though, but I eat a lot of Slim Jims, that always helps.


8. Name some of the best spots youve ridden in the last year.

Anything in England was great. I loved that place, can’t wait to go back. Also de Young Museum in San Fran, San Jose, Berkley, Ca.

9. You just did a bunch of filming for a Lotek web video. Are you stoked on how your footage turned out?

Yeah I guess, I hate watching myself ride, but I’m happy with some of the things I’ve done, hope people liked it.

10. Youve been filming for a MacNeil web video, hows that going and when is it coming out?

It’s going good, haven’t had too much time to film because It’s hard to work and then ride, but I’m getting it done. Should be out soon, weather permitting, ha ha. Fuck the rain and the cold.


Fun with Comments…

macneil_t_shirt00 So, some cleaver people thought it would be fun to write some shit in the comments... I just got to the office this morning and definitely had a good laugh... Check out what was written and let me know if you think I'd say stuff like this:
"Shea, I did receive your e-mail, however I disqualified your entries for containing explicit material. Vagina’s and penis’ are not our piece of pie here at Macneil. If Ryan Nyquist was part of our team it would me a different story but unfortunetly your entries will not be accepted. I am very sorry" "Shea, to be honest with you im not a fan of “smack” or “shovels”, but infact its not the kids or shovels, but the way you positioned them on your designs… I meen really.. a grain shovel up a pre-teens ass is clearly too explicit." "Hey guys I’m a dirty prick and love driving Ryan Nyquist’s cockles up my bum hole."
So... Shea... Out of the 320 shirts I received, I filed your email in the wrong folder and missed them on yesterday's post. I'm real sorry!!!  I'm surprised I didn't miss more... I posted your shirts after the jump, so everyone, check em out! As far as your deleted comment goes, it had a bunch of links in it and was being held for moderation... It's in there now. Jellyman... I looked for your shirt entries eveywhere, but didn't see them... Send them over again and I'll make sure they make it up! I'll wait for a few hours, so we can get your shirts in before we post the winner... Print Print Print

Gary on the Apple Site!

Check out a random still of Gary on the Apple site. The image was taken from a Vans pod cast and like any big company that knows nothing about BMX, they chose to use the photo in the worst possible position... If you know anything, you can tell Gary's about to do an alley-oop turndown, but none the less, it's pretty rad Gary's on the Apple site! Check Gary out here. (Scroll down and click on the sixth photo in the tumbnails on the right)

Bibi Busted!

  Yo dudes. The trail still wet.... It's freezing here.... No crazy sun... Take care Bibi Click to see what Bibi's really been up to.  So what's with all these new photos of you surfing that we found on your Facebook page? Doesn't look like it's freezing or raining. Are you holding out on us? Are the trails wet or is your surfboard wet?

Lewis Knowles Photos

Lewis Knowles sent over a bunch of photos. Check em out after the jump - All photos by NBS Photography