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November 30th, 2011

The first round of orders have gone out, and people are stoked. If you ordered an interior poster, those will go out by the end of the week. Thanks to everyone around the country and the world for your early support. We got orders from all over Europe, South America, Australia and Asia.

We’ll be sending out wholesale orders this week too. Once those go out, I’ll update the blog with information on where to get the DVD in stores.

Also, there will be some screenings. So if you missed Empire during last year’s world tour with the Bicycle Film Festival, you will have a second chance. And even if you did, there is over an hour of new footage.

So check out the DVD!

DVDs available in NYC

November 23rd, 2011

If you’re in NYC and don’t want to wait, we dropped off a few copies at a couple NYC bike shops. Stop by Affinity Cycles or King Kog to pick one up! And if you have a shop and would like to carry the DVD, get in touch. Wholesale pricing is available.

Everyone else will have to wait, but not long. We’re starting to ship next week.

The DVD is (almost) here

November 21st, 2011

And just in time for the holiday gift-giving season. Click on the Shop link in the left-side nav, or just go here. The DVD has a ton of new footage, the edits only seen in NYC at the first Bicycle Film Festival screening, and a couple more never seen before with special guest riders. The audio on the feature was remastered, so now you can hear every horn honk, skid, and comment by Dan C.

We’re doing pre-orders this week, and will start shipping everything after Thanksgiving. But prices will go up a little then, so grab your copies now. And if you’re a shop, get in touch about wholesale pricing.

It would have been done sooner, but our cameraman was always napping on the job.

Team news

May 31st, 2011

Dan’s efforts have paid off. This year he joined local elite road squad Mengoni, and just last week he was tapped for the Richard Sachs cross team.

Now if he’d just get a haircut.


A year of alleycats

May 25th, 2011

This past year. from crihs on Vimeo.

I see a lot of NYC, some Vegas, SF and even some Mike from Mash.

Dan is a fashion plate

April 12th, 2011

After getting 7th in the first hard race of the season, Empire rider and Mengoni racer Dan Chabanov was featured in a leading fashion blog, The Sartorialist.

Cycling cinema

April 5th, 2011

My Willamsburg address is showing.

Working it

March 28th, 2011


John predicted correctly that Dan’s new bike would end up on the street. Here’s a photo he sent me from day one on the street.

Head over to Dan’s Tumblr for more pictures from the Red Hook Crit.

Empire at the Red Hook Crit 4

March 27th, 2011

The Red Hook Crit has become sort of a big deal in four years thanks to Dave Trimble’s amazing work getting sponsors and negotiating with the local community surrounding the race course.

The first year Kacey Manderfield, a national champ won. This year she got 7th. The second year, Neil Bezdek won. Then he got a pro ride. This year he finished second, after a being invited back to race pro for another year. Last year and this year Dan Chabanov won.

The race started fast, with the first selection forming a group of about 15 riders by the 3rd lap. A few more laps in, the eventual podium-holders Dan, Neil and Al opened up a gap. Nate Trimble, Dave Trimble’s younger brother bridged up. The chase group almost closed the gap, but strong attacks within the group ended the bridging attempt. Chas and Gerry rode strong at the front, along with JT.

Dan made a strong move going into the last hair pin turn, and avoided getting nipped at the line by Neil.

Race Results:

01. Daniel Chabanov
02. Neil Bezdek
03. Alexander Barouh
04. Nathan Trimble +3 sec
05. Gerald Adasavage +36 sec
06. John Kniesly +36 sec
07. Kacey Manderfield +36 sec
08. Chas Christiansen +36 sec
09. John Taki Theodoracopulos +36 sec
10. Eric Robertson +36 sec

The internet has a ton of pictures. Here’s the first complete set I’ve seen.

Four Horsemen

March 21st, 2011

Crihs ran another Four Horsemen race with Ken. The final work was screened at Bike Shorts on four screens at Nike Stadium NYC.

This a great project, and it was get to see Chris do a second version of it. It almost won Bike Shorts, but Hiromi killed it with another Boda Boda short.

Here are some pics from the start at 110th and Fifth.

Here’s the original Four Horsemen video.


The Four Horsemen from Luke Stiles on Vimeo.