Jake Seeley was down in Austin at Texas Toast a few weeks back cruising around a fresh looking Sunday Broadcaster setup so in the days leading up to the event, we shot some photos while the Sunday dudes were doing their thing around Austin. Check out all the photos of his current setup as well as a brief update on what Jake’s been up to below.
Fork: Sunday Octave
Portland’s been good. It’s been a little rainy, but it’s been a good time. We’ve been riding Lumberyard (Skatepark) a bunch and every second there is of sunshine me and Hucke usually get out an ride a bit. We’ve been trying to make the best of it.
Is the weather finally turning for the worse there now?
Eh, today was super nice out, so hopefully I’ll get a few more days of it while I’m here. I leave on Thursday so I’m hoping the rest of the week will be nice and I’ll be able to ride, cause it has rained every single day since I’ve been here.
Do you go up to Portland a lot?
Yeah, actually, my girl lives out here so I go and visit her a bunch. It kind of works out too, because Caleb Quanbeck and her are good friends too, so I just kick it with them all day; do stuff while she’s at work, just stay super busy while I’m out here. I love Portland, besides all the rain.
How has life been going back home and at The Garden?
The Garden? Oh man, it’s been too busy for me to handle. I pretty much get stuck with most of the things that are going on there. I do a lot of the design of the t-shirts…all of the website stuff…I pretty much make all of the decisions that is BMX related there. My bosses hold it down pretty well, but there’s definitely some stuff I can do a lot better than they can. So I kind of find myself working when I’m not even around town, pretty much. Everything’s been super busy; we’re still growing and I can’t ever say that there’s a dull day there.
We got this new shop in town that rolled in that’s run by a bunch of mountain bikers and hikers. We got a new skatepark in Pittsfield and they moved in and kind of stepped on our toes, so we’ve been trying to step up our own game to make that other shop any sort of issue to us. But all that aside, everything’s been super good. We’ve been trying to get into all the snow stuff now. It’s a big part of the shop especially now that it’s winter, you can’t really rely on skateboards and BMX sales as much as we’d like to. We’ve got the snowboards there to hold it down for the winter.
This year will be our twelve year anniversary, so we’ve been holding it down quite a bit.
How has the new plaza affected the scene? Has it helped the scene become stronger?
Yeah man, it’s helped the scene grow so much. We had a whole summer where we didn’t have a skatepark. Our old skatepark got torn down and we were waiting for the new one to get built. We were just in this kind of dead zone where a bunch of kids were losing their track, falling out of riding and such. There was a lot more riff raff going on in the town between the youth…but once the new skatepark got built up, you’d see a lot of the kids come back to riding. It’s pretty awesome.
Every day you see a new kid there riding. It’s pretty awesome, man. Even the kids that have been riding the park since it’s been open, you can just see how much everyone has been progressing and building confidence in themselves. It’s the most positive thing that’s happened in our little town that I’ve seen in a long time.
You were just down in Austin for Texas Toast. Did you have fun there?
Texas Toast was a blast. I just…[pauses] I dunno, I had a really good time [laughter]. I didn’t go to Interbike so I got a chance to hang out with all of my friends I haven’t seen in a while. So, I was really happy that I made it out there for Texas Toast, because everyone I wanted to see at Interbike ended up being at Texas Toast. I haven’t been to a contest in a while either, so that was a little nerve wracking for me. But, I ended up powering through it in my runs and had a blast.
Sunday is based out of Austin and you’re riding a fresh setup from them, a frame that is a bit different from what they normally put out…
Yeah. Sunday’s never really done a super tech-y frame. They did the Forecaster, which had a short back end, but wasn’t pushing the limit, you could say. It wasn’t pushing away from being an ordinary frame that a lot of companies were doing. So I wanted to do a lot shorter back end and a steeper head tube to make it more of a tech feeling bike. The frame has a 75.5 degree head tube and a thirteen inch back end. It’s pretty much my dream frame. It’s got a lot of snap to it when you’re doing spins out of grinds, or just spins in general…the steep headtube is perfect for any front wheel tricks. It’s pretty much my dream frame and I’m super stoked on it.
Is there anything you’re particular about on your bike?
Nah, not too much really. I keep my bike pretty stock. The thing I could never switch out or change on sizing would be my pegs. I’ve tried a bunch of different pegs…I’ve tried plastic, I’ve tried metal, obviously…I just find myself falling in love with the Animal Lino pegs, not necessarily for any other reason besides the length of them…they’re 113 millimeters long. It sets you up for crooked grinds a lot better and I find myself being able to be more comfortable while grinding with a longer peg. I love the feeling of a metal peg a lot better than plastic after riding both of them.
Where are you at on PSI in your tires?
[Laughs] Everyone that hops on my bike asks, “how the hell do you ride this?” I pretty much ride 45-50 PSI in them which is pretty crazy, but I feel like I just get a lot more pop out of it. I’m not really jumping off big buildings, so I don’t need my tires pumped up a lot. Just ride ‘em 45-50 PSI and it feels right to me, so I’m gonna stick with it.
What else do you have planned after Portland and the future?
After this I’ll be going back to Massachusetts, catching up on a bunch of stuff back at the shop; trying to get a bunch more of the clothing done. I’m trying to do more of a clothing brand out of the shop, just something based out of the shop that’s for the locals. Trying to expand the name Garden out there to other people that may have local shops of their own, but might want to support The Garden as a clothing brand as well. So I’m going to try and push that a little bit. That’s pretty much that…I’m looking forward to winter because I snowboard and couldn’t last season because of my knee surgery…I’m gonna be hitting that up this year. And hopefully get out to Austin for the majority of the winter, just riding and trying to get stuff done, I guess you could say.
Last words, thanks, shout outs?
Shout out to Ride BMX, of course…Sunday Bikes, Quintin Co…The Garden…all my homies back home in Pittsfield, my bosses at The Garden for pretty much taking care of me since I was twelve years old…Bill and Matt. Gatorade, and anyone else that I forgot.