erikminman on Instagram


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Toni Bou y Gerard Trueba -MX-

Not a huge fan of the music on this one, but damn does this 9 year old kid on a bike have same skill.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

FILM - Nowhere All Around Us - A Journey Across the Trans-Labrador Highway

My project might be a little easier than expected.

So, long story short, I have been in search of a way to carry a bicycle on my motorcycle for over 2 years. I could just take the wheels off and strap them and the frame to the rear, but I wanted to hard mount it to protect both the bike and motorcycle. Then I came across this website
This looks like a fairy easy way to go. I little more monry than I wanted to spend, especially with the amount of metal that is being used, but the end to a headache. I sent the owner/founder an email about modifying the rack for what I wanted to do with it and am waiting to hear back from him. The best part is that he seems to be located in Raleigh!! I would like to arange a meeting with this guy and see if we can make it work. I will keep you updated on what transpires.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Theme Song


For those of you who are a little behind, I am going to attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records record for riding a bike without touching the bars...
Check out the letter below; it is becoming a reality......
Can I do it? Will I go down in the record books forever, or until some wacko decides to take on my record? There are many unanswered questions the first of which will be to determine what the current record is. From What I can find the record holder for riding a bike with no hands stands at a whopping 100 miles. If this is the case, in my opinion, this is TOTALLY obtainable. I have started to train a little while still waiting to hear back from the officials in Europe. Take a look at!/WithNoHandlebar to get your updates while I try to make this a reality. If I can make this happen, this will be one step closer to completing my mostly unaccomplished bucket list; marking this one off as completing a WORLD RECORD.
I am still looking for a venue in which to attempt this record, but I have a few in mind. The track at UNCC, the outer "tailgating loop" at Lowes Motor Speedway, or some local high skool with some good facilities. If you have connections with any of the above, give me a shout. Lets make history!

CLAIM ID: 350176


Dear Mr Erik Minman,

We are glad to inform you that your record application has been transferred to our internal system.

You do not need to do anything at this stage.

We will process your claim and to give you an answer in 4 weeks. At Guinness World Records, we take great care to evaluate every claim we receive. Before we accept or reject a new record proposal, we always carry out claim-specific research, which may require the expertise of external consultants.

In the attached document called General Information on Record Breaking, you will find an overview of the record breaking process.


Once we have considered your record suggestion, we will contact you with our decision. In case of success, we will send to you the current world record, the guidelines you must follow and details of the evidence you must compile.

If your claim is urgent and you need an immediate answer, you can use Fast Track which ensures that your record application is considered by our expert team in just 3 working days. To upgrade to Fast Track please log on, select the claim number 350176 and click on 'Upgrade to Fast Track'.

Finally PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL AS IT COMES FROM AN UNMONITORED EMAIL ADDRESS, if you wish to contact us, please log in on, select the claim ID 350176, and click on 'Make an Enquiry', we will reply within 3-5 days.

Thank you for contacting Guinness World Records.

Best regards

Records Management Team
Guinness World Records

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Dakar 2011 - Carlos Sainz & Marc Coma training in Spain

This is definitely one you need to watch in full screen. This vid has some fantastic videography.

Το Σούπερ Τενερέ με τον Catanese.

This is where I share some of my favorite vids, and this is new on my list. This dude looks like a bike killer, who woulda thought a 1200 as a hooligan bike. This Super Ten just came out in the states, I cannot wait to check one out!!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Ken Block's Gymkhana THREE, Part 2; Ultimate Playground; l'Autodrome, Fr...

Shot just south of Paris, France in Linas at l'Autodrome de Linas --Montlhéry, this 1.58 mile oval track, built in 1924, features banks as steep as 51 degrees, which is more than double the standard incline of most NASCAR ovals. Chosen by Ken for this specific reason, the ramp-like banking proved to be a unique and exciting challenge. The driving physics for the stunts performed were totally unknown until Ken attempted the maneuvers during filming.

yamaha zuma 125 off road

Scooter riders will get a little pep in their step with this one. Looks like a lot of fun out west. And was that a Baja Bug he was chasing???

Dude Flix

Guys love movies. It’s who we are. It’s how we roll. We love to talk about movies and quote them. There are easily 100 movies that every guy should see before he dies, but there are some movies that we should know backwards and forward, inside and out.

These movies are encoded in our DNA and we should be able to quote them and discuss them at length during halftime of the game on Sunday. With that in mind, here are 15 flicks (in no particular order) every guy should know.

Top Gun — Fast planes, hot chicks and a guy named Maverick. After seeing this movie, you know you wanted to hop in an F-14 and blow away a mig.

BEST LINE: And if you screw up just this much, you'll be flying a cargo plane full of rubber dog out of Hong Kong!

The Godfather — The ultimate Mafia movie and a guide to how to be an honorable man. Every other mob movie wants to be this one.

BEST LINE: I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse.

The Big Lebowski— Admit it. You wish you were the Dude. You want to lounge around in your pajamas all day and bowl with your crazy friends at night. Don’t forget to stop at In-N-Out in North Hollywood for a burger.

BEST LINE: Look, let me explain something to you. I'm not Mr. Lebowski. You're Mr. Lebowski. I'm the Dude. So that's what you call me. That or His Dudeness... Duder... or El Duderino, if, you know, you're not into the whole brevity thing.

The Last Boy Scout — Murderers, dancers, football, crooked politicians, Bruce Willis and Daymon Wayans. This film pretty much has it all.

BEST LINE: Bad guy: You think you are so cool, don't you? You think you are so cool. But just once, I would like to hear you scream in pain... Bruce: Play some rap music.

The Hangover — Bachelor parties will never be the same after this 2009 flick. It’s as true a guy movie, as you will ever see. Possibly the funniest one too.

BEST LINE: Remember, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Except for herpes. That 'll come back with you.

Die Hard — It’s Christmas Eve and Bruce Willis is running around barefoot on broken glass as he swings through a window on a fire hose. Need I say more?

BEST LINE: Yippee-ki-yay, mother!

Ocean's Eleven — Both versions are awesome, but I’m putting the Clooney re-make on the list. Robbing three Vegas casinos simultaneously is a great concept and you can’t go wrong with this cast.

BEST LINE: Ten oughta do it, don't you think? You think we need one more? You think we need one more. All right, we'll get one more.

Clerks — Shot in a convenience store, it’s a day full of hockey on the roof, movie talk and annoying customers. There are so many great lines; it’s hard to choose.

BEST LINE: "Empire" had the better ending. I mean, Luke gets his hand cut off, finds out Vader's his father, Han gets frozen and taken away by Boba Fett. It ends on such a down note. I mean, that's what life is, a series of down endings. All "Jedi" had was a bunch of Muppets.

Porky's — One of the original high school sex comedies and one that should be required watching for every guy about to graduate.

BEST LINE: This has gotta be the biggest beaver shoot in the history of Florida.

American Pie — A turn of the century version of Porky’s that taught us an alternative use for apple pie. All these guys wanted were to lose their virginity before college. Is that so wrong?

BEST LINE: I never did it with baked goods, but you know your uncle Mort, he pets the one-eyed snake 5-6 times a day.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off — If you grew up in the 80’s, this movie probably shaped the way you went to school. Ferris made calling in sick an art form.

BEST LINE: Oh, he's very popular Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads - they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude.

Bad Boys (I & II) — Great action, funny dialogue and some nice looking ladies. This is how guys should hang out with their best friends!

BEST LINE: We ride together, we die together. Bad boys for life.

Superbad — Teenagers wanting to score with chicks is a popular theme, but when you have a character named McLovin, it has to be good. Right?

BEST LINE: You just -blocked McLovin!

Pulp Fiction — Quentin Tarentino’s classic tale of a boxer, gangster’s wife, two hitmen and diner bandits. It may not make sense at first, but it’s as good a movie as you will ever find. Pretty much anything with Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis or John Travolta is good. Put them all in the same flick? Forget about it…

BEST LINE: I'm sorry; did I break your concentration? I didn't mean to do that. Please, continue, you were saying something about best intentions. What's the matter? Oh, you were finished! Well, allow me to retort. What does Marsellus Wallace look like?

Fight Club — After seeing this movie you wanted to go out and beat the snot out of someone. Anyone. You know you did.

BEST LINE: I want you to hit me as hard as you can.

If you don’t know these movies inside out, grab a six-pack, a pizza and your remote. Take a break from the tough side of being a guy and do your man-homework.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Splinter Bike

The Splinter Bike, created by British craftsman Michael Thompson is made entirely out of wood, without a single piece of rubber or metal. Aside from glue and paint, the entire bicycle (drivetrain, bearings, axles, and all) is made from various types of hardwood.

A Bike Biz article about the Splinter Bike explains that the project started as a bet:

“Thompson, a joiner, boasted he could make a fully wooden bike and his friend James Tully called his bluff.

The cogs, wheels and frame are made from birch ply. Ironwood – an oily wood – is used where moving parts meet. The pedals and handlebars were made from an old broom handle. There’s no chain. Instead there’s a 128-tooth cog that links the chainring and the gear on the rear wheel.”

Thompson has documented the building process on his blog. Now that the bike is complete, it is interesting to look back and see the earlier prototypes and drawings. Most of the posts are interesting, but I particularly liked the one that showed how the wooden tire surface was enhanced with 3.5mm of grippy adhesive. It doesn’t look like the most comfortable ride ever, but it definitely beats a raw wood contact surface on the track. It should be fun to continue to follow the blog as the bike undergoes testing and refinement before the official record attempt. I will definitely be watching to see how that attempt goes…best of luck to Michael and James.

BTW, seat looks commfy.