Our rider Jem's Muller was in Paris a couple of weeks ago, in order to take part of the Mowgly's memorial jam, at the Buffalo trail. This second edition went well under the sun, a well sculpted trail by Pafin and the locals, some music shows and a big thought to our friend. Below, some photos taken by Pef !!
We have just added a new page to our website, untitled Media. Our riders gave us this idea to create a page in order to publish photos of our customers’ BMX with there Shape bicycles’ parts; as well as all our videos which have been made for almost 10 years ! Thanks to our super webmaster, this page is online, the first videos published are from our UK trail trip in 2011. Take time to have a look at this new page, at the top of it you could choose from videos or photos (will be added asap).
Shape bicycles is located at the end of the world (meaning of the Finistère state name), as a result we often have several hours of driving to go to every jam organized by our friends. Fortunately, some people dig close to Caen, Normandy, so only 3 hours from Brest where we live, almost our neighbours in fact.
Bruno and I took the road after work on Friday 05/10/19, to Normandy, its Saint Michel mount and especially its Gro trail ! When we arrived, the trail had been riding all day, we recognized several known faces (JB from Anglet, JB from Bordeaux, Irwin and his dog Billy, Marco, Marc from Banos, Antoine and his pony...etc.). We noticed that the trail evolved in the past years; there is beautiful common start, the small line and the hip one have a common end with the "Shark thin", while the big line is being finalized on its end.
After a chilled evening, with a small crew, Saturday, we started the day with a session before lunch, on the small line with the main local, Gilian. We had a second session in the afternoon, this time on the hip line, with more people but still no crowd. Weather was hot and sunny, hydration required, after a late lunch, some displays were installed: Banos distro, Down for life, official merch from Gro trail and Trailife. Then we had our last session, still no crowd, so no queue at the start, very pleasant. This time we rode mainly on the hip line and the big one where a dozen of riders, including our Shape rider Bruno ! This last session was really enjoyable, we rode beautiful jumps, which look big but are truly safe as they said, we really had fun. Saturday night, is obviously THE party of the jam, laughing and remembering the good feeling of all the day long.
Sunday morning, waking up more or less difficult for some. We decided to take the road at midday, thanks to Gilian and the locals, a beautiful trail which is dug by passion people and give ideas to all of us.
We have created a web store some years ago, using the Big cartel platform. We have not used that tool that much, so we decide to update it. You can find all Shape bicycles' products which are available, especially our more famous one (Fusion sprocket, Made in France tee shirt...). So we now have an easy solution to offer you our products. Shape bicycles web store
The Defgrip website has just published an interesting article about the name given to the lines of trails around the world. Amongst the riders selected to talk about the meaning of the name given to their line, our rider from Toulouse Jems Muller talked about the "Lombric" one. You will also find riders from Catty woods, Keyko, Eastside, Posh, Hazelwood. Defgrip
Last weekend, the Shape bicycles' family was on an annual pilgrimage to Clisson for the famous Hellfest !! This fourteenth edition was held on 4 days, on Thursday it welcomed for the first time in Europe, the Knotfest, the festival organized by the American band Slipknot, along with several bands. To be continued... !!
We have just received a new order of tee shirts, with our famous Made in France design. This one was created in 2014, in order to highlight our sprocket as well as our wish to make our product in France. Our new supplier Nitch BMX produced this batch of nice black tee shirts with grey screen printing. They are available from M to XL, at 25€ (30€ with shipping cost).
Shape bicycles is rather about trail riding but it doesn't stop us to appreciate all type of BMX riding. Especially when it comes to relive the golden years, when all disciplines were practiced indifferently, as shown in this DVD about Jimmy Levan.
He knew and he took part of the BMX evolution while following his own path, he rode for the biggest brand (Standard, S&M, Odyssey), until creating his own brand, Metal bike. We can only give you the advice to watch this DVD, with several interviews from his family and friends (Hoffman, Crandall, Reynolds, Nau, Moeller, Hawk, Clymer...etc.), with good riding (dirt with his team mate Dave Clymer, massive gaps, handrail with Sean Burns...) and to be honest the discovery of a warm character. Below the official trailer.
Shape bicycles went to Paris last weekend; a team composed of Mr Wheels aka boss, Bruno Abiven aka the Shape rider from Brittany and hour friend T aka basketball player. The main reason for this trip was simply crazy, we were going to attempt the Metallica concert at the Stade de France !! Before this MAJOR event and despite the rain, we visited our friends at the trail, in order to see the changes they dug this winter; so we spent the evening together.
Sunday morning, we were able to enjoy the concrete waves of the bowl of Bry-sur-Marne, then we went to the Stade de France at 1.30pm. We had the chance do get VIP tickets, with an early opening of the door (visit of a museum dedicated to Metallica, food, drink, goodies...) and especially priority access inside the stadium and so to the barriers ; true fan ! After more than 2 hours of waiting, the first band started the show - Bokassa (USA), then the band that is becoming more and more famous currently - Ghost carry on heating the crowd (unfortunately they didn't play the well known "Monstrance clock" at the end of their gig...).
9pm (with 15min of delay), the intro of Metallica resonated in the Saint-Denis street, the show begun and it was necessary to hold on due to crowd movements... Tracks followed each other, the four horsemen chose through most of their albums for our pleasure; including the famous Ride the lightening, Moth into flame, One, Master of puppets, For whom the bell tolls, Seek and destroy, Nothing else matters, Enter sandman... Small surprise from the Americans, a cover of Johnny Hallyday played by R.Trujillo et K.Hammett together, on the advanced stage.
An incredible show, an experience to live for any Metal music nerd, 2h30min of Metallica, 2h30min of madness... !!