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Sandy Carson / Dig Alumni & We Were There • Francis • February 20, 2017 •

Sandy is constantly up to something new and making things happen. Just this weekend, he ran his first marathon, and earlier this month, he launched his We Were There book project. Today, Dig BMX released an incredible feature on him on their website.

Click HERE to check out the feature and click HERE to learn more about his book. He has a few homey packages that are still up for grabs that include our Coaster and Weekender bikes!

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Fairdale Wallpapers • Francis • January 27, 2017 •

We made a handful of photographs from our Fairdale Goes to the Sun video available as wallpapers. Click and save ūüôā

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Photo by Francis Delapena.

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Photo by Francis Delapena.

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Photo by Sandy Carson.

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Photo by Francis Delapena.

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Photo by Sandy Carson.

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No Life Like This Life x Sandy Carson • Francis • December 31, 2016 •

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How great is this shot?! Head over to NLLTL for more photos by Sandy.

And if you haven’t already, join us on our trip to the sun.

Fairdale Goes to the Sun • Francis • December 30, 2016 •

We’re always in search for a new adventure, and this time around, we discovered Glacier National Park. Hit play to join Chris Cotsonas, Sandy Carson, Leif Valin, and Alex Hendrex on a ride up Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Visit our VIDEOS PAGE for a bunch of photos from the trip, and make sure to also check out check out No Life Like This Life for some incredible film and panoramic photos from Sandy!

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Fairdale France • Francis • July 8, 2016 •

We took Taj Mihelich, Leif Valin, Sandy Carson, and Chris Cotsonas to the French Alps and celebrated Chris’ birthday in one of the best ways imaginable.

Sandy Carson’s WE WERE THERE • Taj • April 13, 2016 •

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Personally I would be terrified to name a book this. There is so much potential for my grammar challenged brain to screw this up… WERE, We’re, where, there, their, they’re…. Anyway, I think Sandy Carson got this right. WE WERE THERE is a photo book from his unique perspective inside the photo pits at¬†all different sorts of music shows. The photos are really fantasic… Sandy is such a master of catching candid moments. Check out more over on Sandy’s site¬†SandyCarson.com and we highly recommend picking one up here.

Custom Skatedecks for a good cause • Taj • November 16, 2015 •

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Some of the Fairdale family and a whole lot of our friends have taken part in The Project Loop 50/50 for Taylor project. The non-profit sends out 100’s of blank skatedecks to artists and Fairdale employees to paint, draw or design on. The finished decks are being auctioned online right now until December 5. There is so many great decks to check out on the site… if nothing else it’s rad inspiration to see so many interpretations of what you can do with a skateboard. Our team rider Sandy Carson meticulously deconstructed his first SLR camera, Tim Kerr honors Jeff Phillips with his deck (Tim was once a hobo in one of our videos), Michael Sieben’s work is always awesome (and he once designed the Roger Bike for us), Jeremy Hrabal helped us out many times building¬†Texas Toast and did this beautiful inlaid board, Jim Bauer is the art director for our mother company Odyssey BMX, is a big part of Fairdale, and put together this rad core sampled board, Steve Crandal helped us out as the announcer for TX Toast and painted a rad board, Aaron Ross ¬†has a couple Fairdales and¬†came up with this giant skateboard/ cell phone thing. I drew the bat on a bike one here. Search around and find decks from Mat Hoffman and loads of other legends of skate and BMX. Also, tons of great artists contributed too.¬†https://www.32auctions.com/50503¬†-Taj

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Cycling, Cameras, and Cats with Sandy Carson • Francis • September 14, 2015 •

Sandy Carson was our first team rider back in January of 2012. “Team Rider” is a term we use very loosely at Fairdale. We don’t expect our riders to win races (though Sandy did just win a Texas State Championship on a mountain bike). Hell, we don’t expect our riders to even ride all the time.

Mostly our team is made up of friends who are doing cool things. Folks we admire. People who in some way have bicycles as part of their lives. Sandy couldn’t sum that up more.

As a full time photographer he is always doing something exciting… some shoot or another, working on his own photo books and shows, or traveling around to odd places. More than any of that what really makes us admire his work is the way his photographs portray the world. He takes some of the most interesting photos we know of by catching little details that the rest of us skim over. Those little things that when expertly highlighted can reveal special moments all around us.

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Music courtesy of Water of Life. Make sure to also check out their new project, Concrete Antenna. Follow them on Instagram via @SurfacePressure.

On top of all that he is an amazing bike rider. A cyclist who is perpetually motivated to ride all kinds of bikes. Riding with an infectious sense of humor and inspiring enthusiasm. His great history as a sponsored BMX rider means he can naturally shred on any bike. Applying that mastery to bikes with other sized wheels has lead him into an even bigger love for cycling.

We spent some time down in Austin filming the man and would like to present to you this video. Check out our friend Sandy.

Visit SandyCarson.com to see more of his work.

MUSIC: Water of Life / Concrete Antenna
CAMERA & EDIT: Francis Delapena

Sandy Carson, real Scottish-Texas-American Champion • Taj • June 3, 2015 •

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Our Scottish born (and Texas Naturalized) Fairdale OG team rider, Sandy Carson, has been really falling in love with MTB riding. Being a fit dude and having all the skills of a top BMX pro has quickly earned him a Texas State Championship (even though he couldn’t race the last race). Congrats to the dude! He sent over a news report of some cool stuff (and not so cool crashes) he’s been into…

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BSS Gravel Grinder and MJ Classic MTB race • Taj • March 12, 2015 •

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Sandy’s bike with recently added egg beater pedals and 40mm Clement tires.

Our man Sandy Carson has been out and about riding bikes with his crew, The Sativa Rollers, and shooting photos. He sent over a little report…

Two weekends ago, we rode the Bicycle Sport Shop Gravel Grinder. It’s a 50 mile ride on a jeep road through Rocky Hill Ranch and Buescher State Park. It was bloody freezing rain!

Here’s a coupla photos from that-

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Sandy Carson is out there • Taj • February 19, 2015 •

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Sandy Carson has been having some fun on bikes recently. He raced at the season opener of the TMBRA at the Rocky Hill Ranch and then did the Chihuahuan Desert Dirt Fest ride though Big Bend National Park.

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Photo: Texas Parks and Wildlife

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Project Loop 50/50 2 Auction • Taj • November 22, 2014 •

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Our team riders Sandy Carson and Taj Mihelich both have custom designed skate decks in the Project Loop 50/50 2 Auction. Project Loop is an amazing charity that helps empower kids to do cool stuff. This particular auction is benefitting a skate park they are trying to build in Taylor, Texas. Loads and loads of great artists and great people made boards this year. Browse through some of the work on the online auction here: http://www.32auctions.com/50502 The auction ends in time for Christmas too, could be a cool gift idea. Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 2.08.16 PM loopdeck

Aside from Sandy and Taj look for boards from Jim Bauer, Jed Rogers, Bryan Nelson, Michael Sieben, and tons more!!

 

BMX Halloween In Austin • Taj • October 29, 2014 •

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Check out Sandy Carson‘s great photo gallery over on ESPN’s X-Games page. You might notice Leif and a Weekender too! Check it out here.

Sandy Carson tour of Colorado and custom backpack • Taj • August 12, 2014 •

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Sandy posted some really amazing photos of his Tour De LoLorado. For sure click the link to see some epic-ness.

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Sandy also designed a cool back pack you should check out:¬†Sandy’s Betabrand back pack design. A handful more votes and it will go into production.

Sandy Carson Interview • Taj • January 28, 2013 •

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Team rider Sandy Carson scored a really great interview over at the Full Frame Collective. Check it out!

Fairdale Print Catalog • Francis • December 6, 2012 •

To view our 2013 print catalog, click HERE.
To download a PDF version of it, click HERE.

Our Print catalog is available for you to flip through or download. Check it out! Featuring some great photos from Sandy Carson.

It’s November Already?? • Taj • November 2, 2012 •

Fairdale news posts have been missing from your life for a month now! Let me tell you what’s been going on…

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Camping trip from Oakland, Ca to Taylor State Park • Taj • August 20, 2012 •

Sandy Carson just got back from California. While out there he lead his buddy Allan on a quick bicycle powered camping trip. Check out the casual adventure below and making the “Weekender” live up to its name. Story and photos by Sandy Carson

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West coast field trip • Taj • June 10, 2012 •

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Day 0 Over the next couple weeks Fairdale will be on our first official Team Field Trip. Sandy Carson and I (along with a few friends I’ll introduce you to later) are riding bikes down the West Coast to San Francisco. Sandy has already started the journey leaving Seattle a couple days ago.

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ESPN talks Fairdale • Taj • May 24, 2012 •

ESPN wrote a really nice piece about Fairdale and me that I’m very honored by. I guess it sort of chronicles my riding career and leads into the creation of Fairdale. Thanks guys -Taj

“Over 25 years ago, a BMXer by the name of Taj Mihelich started a path through BMX that few had ever ventured to explore. A racer in his early years, Mihelich quickly discovered dirt jumping and proceeded to combine his abilities to boost and stretch jump variations with his roots as a racer. By his teens, Mihelich was sponsored by the local BMX shop and traveling to regional contests in the Midwest. Still clutching to his race setup, Mihelich stood out for more than his riding style…” ¬†

Read the full story and check out Sandy Carson’s photo gallery shoot of the Roger video here: Fairdale and Roger Create New Bike

 

Real Ride 2012 • Taj • May 22, 2012 •

This is by far the largest collection of Fairdale kits every assembled and I’m not even in the picture! Texas summer bike rides requires a thorough group sunscreen coverage session. Here the Full Factory/ OTX office and Sandy Carson prepare for the 85 miler.

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Big Bicycle Rides • Taj • May 22, 2012 •

I’ve got a few big rides coming up so I started modifying my Weekender prototype bike to see how flexible a platform it is.

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Shiner Ride • Taj • May 8, 2012 •

The Shiner G.A.S.P. Ride is an annual 100 mile long ride from Austin to Shiner, Tx. It’s a fun ride that raises thousands for the United Way and it ends at the Shiner Brewery for a big party. Sandy Carson went out on the ride this year and sent back this report…

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Fairdale Ride for puppies and kitties • Taj • May 2, 2012 •

Sandy Carson has organized a near 1000 mile bike ride from Seattle to San Francisco to raise money for the Humane Society.

Check out this link if you’d like to help some poor little puppies and kitties. We’ll be heading out for the pedal in June so look for daily updates then.

No Country For Spandex • Taj • April 24, 2012 •

Our own Sandy Carson is just back from a trip out to far West Texas. He wrote up a little journal post…

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This road is featured in the movie 'No country For Old Men', but where does it end?

Just been out to the West Texas desert last week, for a couple of photo assignments in Marfa and Marathon.  Of course, having time to kill, I had to take the road bike and take advantage of the epic rides and cinematic scenery there. Nothing like being eaten up by an endless expanse of Chihuahuan Desert to clear the head.

 

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