Mastroni | 05.28.14
She’s a wrap. Here’s the last couple days of our distro trip overseas in which we visit our last bike shop, do some sight-seeing, pet a turtle, rode a skatepark, gave away some frames, signed some iPhones, and rode some trails before we got on the plane. Thanks again to Motocross International for making this trip a success. CLICK TO EXPAND GALLERY. All photos by Joey Cobbs.
Mastroni | 05.23.14
We’re settling quite nicely into Japanese life over here. Little things like purchasing a coffee and scratching our heads over currency have become almost second nature in only a few days…funny how that works. Day 7 we got to sleep in for the first time in a while which was nice, then we headed to this awesome indoor mini ramp around noon and sessioned with this local shredder kid on his 18 inch. Everyone was real hyped on just a big ol mini ramp with tons of deck space. It’s always cool getting to see Broc killing tranny too. Anyone who knows me knows that you’ll never find me at the skatepark when I’m home, so Broc riding a mini ramp is not something I get to see very often. From there the locals took us to this crazy sea wall thing which was basically a giant bank with a 9 foot very quarter on top of it. That shit was soooo crazy man. Later on in the night we pedaled over to Clan Bike Shop from the hotel while dippin thru traffic like a buncha dicks. It kinda felt like a much tamer version of riding thru New York City….except people were a little more confused and less trying to run you over. The shop stop was awesome & the rest of the night is a blurry iPhone photo history. Stay tuned for more from the rest of our trip over the next few days. CLICK IMAGE TO LAUNCH GALLERY. All Photos by Joey Cobbs.
Mastroni | 05.21.14
The fun times keep coming over here and it’s definitely at the point in the trip where the days just kinda start blending together. So backing it up: Day 5. We checked out of our hotel in Hachioji and drove northwest towards the middle of the country with a brief stop to climb a tower and see Mt Fuji way off in the distance. From there we made our way to some wild racetrack/sand trails thing that some dude built in the middle of the woods. It was definitely the type of thing that we weren’t really ready for but we had a good time just kickin’ it with the locals. From there we ventured down to Nagoya to visit the above shop, Fivestar. Fivestar was such a dope core BMX shop stocked with all the best shit and ran by legit dudes…it was awesome. The city of Nagoya itself was also a nice change from how uptight, quiet, & clean our stay in Hachioji was. Needless to say we we’re all ready to party. We were treated to a nice dinner where everyone got real loose, however we we’re required to go re-meet up with the locals at the Volcano spot (where Dennis had the flip whip cover) and have a night session. Everyone was pretty hammered but of course this wasn’t really a problem…in fact it probably made it way more fun. For Day 6 we headed up far north to Toyama where we visited TooLate shop and rode the best park of the trip in my opinion, Toyama Skatepark. Great clips, great times! CLICK TO EXPAND GALLERY. All photos by Joey Cobbs.
Mastroni | 05.20.14
We’ve been a little scarce on the Wifi situation over here, but rest assured that we will (eventually) keep you up to date with what’s going on. SO, here’s day 4! Our last day in Tokyo and the first day we got to ride some street. After the requisite morning walk around our neighborhood in Hachioji, the day started out with a visit to probably one of the best skateparks in Japan. What could be bad about that?…almost everything. The park owners and staff had the most insane policy when it came to filming and photography. We were told initially that we could do both, but had to “be moving” on a bike or skateboard, and wear a helmet, and tape your bar ends, and etc. Everything was fine for like 5 minutes until I tried to film a clip long lens and they actually threatened to call the police, lol. Planet Skatepark, I have some choice words for you. Luckily there were some dope locals there who were down to take us around to some spots….and SPOTS they were! All within like a 3 mile radius we got to ride 3 of the most unique & amazing transition spots ever. With a crew like this one, the rest was history….I guess you’ll just have the wait for the video. CLICK PHOTO TO LAUNCH GALLERY! All photos by Joey Cobbs.
Mastroni | 05.17.14
Day friggin’ 3 ey? Yesterday had the crew (for the most part) feeling pretty back on a normal sleeping pattern after struggling with the jet lag the first couple nights. The first order of business was a quick stop by BMX RIO were we got to meet cool locals and obstruct bicycle commuter traffic on the sidewalk. After that we headed over to Flourish BMX, which is owned by our dude Akira Sakata. It was dope to get to meet him and see what his shop was all about. It’s a relatively new shop but the vibe is was super on point, plus with the skatepark right next-door the shop is bound to thrive & help the local scene grow. From the shop we headed over to said skatepark, sessioned with the locals, flimed some clips, and had a blast. What more could you ask for right?…maybe just some authentic Japanese ramen. Boom. CLICK TO LAUNCH GALLERY! #VLMDemoJapanTour on IG ya heard. All photos by Joey Cobbs.
Brian | 04.13.14
ESPN/ Jeremy Pavia sat down with Raban on what his ideal travel essentials are when hitting the road. This will definitely come in handy when he’s going to Japan next week. Check it all out here >>
“As he continues to stack footage for an upcoming Volume video, Volume Bikes team rider Alex Raban has caught the travel bug. Recently, XGames.com caught up with Raban to check out what his travel essentials are. “From leaving town to visit a city for a week, to visiting a new state or country, traveling has attached to me like a bug. Meeting new people and gaining new experiences along the way is what I love,” says Raban.”
Brian | 02.28.14
If you haven’t noticed, not only is our team a creative bunch on their bikes but they’re also a bunch of eccentric guys off their bike too. Alex Raban in particular will keep you laughing your ass off at the site of some of his Instagram posts. We collected our top picks of his to show what we’re talking about. Click more to view the animated gifs of our favorite ones. If you like to laugh and not take yourself too serious, follow our main man at @rabanimal. more
Brian | 02.14.14
When we first put the Get Creative VLM contest together, we honestly didn’t know what kinda of response we’d end up getting. Last count we ended up getting over 700 entries and counting, which we definitely didn’t see coming! Today is the last day to submit entries and the contest will be over tonight at midnight for all you procrastinators out there. Since we have so many to go through, we’ll announce the winner on Monday the 17th. Thanks again to all that entered, you guys all killed it for thinking outside the box. Pic above is of Alex getting a ledge ride gap to crooks to 180. Pic by Devin Feil.
Mastroni | 02.12.14
Volume: Alex Raban #GETCREATIVEVLM. from 180 Distribution on Vimeo.
To end this video streak with a bang, here’s none other than Alex Raban who is one of the most creative people on and (clearly) off the bike too. Here’s some thowback clips from his Iron Chachi bar promo. With 650 plus posts so far, if you want your submission to be seen, better get to it before Friday, and don’t forget to hashtag #GETCREATIVEVLM.
Brian | 01.3.14
I always thought that old saying, “you are what you drive” was bullshit but when you really dissect it, I suppose it’s somewhat true. You drive what fits you, what’s practical for your needs or what’s affordable to you at the time. Considering I drive a minivan around, I just hate to say that’s who I am but I guess it’s true… somewhat! Anyone that knows Alex, knows he’s got steez on and off his bike and rocks the hell out of seventies style clothes, music and etc. When he pulled up in the 1970′s metallic brown Toyota Corona, I couldn’t help but think that car fits him perfectly. While this has nothing to do with bikes, besides Alex rolling up to spots in a bit more style than his last Dodge Caravan, I thought it would be cool to show off what Alex’s “other ride” is. Click top image to see more and read a mini interview on Alex’s new Corona. more
Brian | 11.25.13
I’ve been wanting to do a Raban bike check for awhile now since his bikes always look so amazing. Alex’s bikes are always bedazzled out whether it be gold or coppered out. And just like his personality, there’s always a hint of originality and a bit of flavor. Check out his bike after you click the top picture and you can also read what he’s been up to. more
Mastroni | 10.31.13
Volume Bikes: Alex Raban Iron Chachi Bar Promo. from 180 Distribution on Vimeo.
In honor of Halloween I thought I’d re-up this video of a man who doesn’t even need a holiday to dress up, Alex Raban. Hit up our Instagram (@volumebikes) for a shorter funny version of this too, and be sure to check back there daily for great clips from great riders. Have a fun one guys!