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Edits upon edits!Β 

If you’d like to see a really well made video covering an event I hosted in December click on this link:
http://www.foxhead.com/us/bmx/news/id/31563
This was the first ever FOX WOMENS BMX JAM I held at the Walnut Creek Pumptrack in Austin, TX.

 My talented friend Angie Marino designed the flier turned out awesome!

  

If you would like to see an impromptu iPhone edit of a women’s weekend event in Cleveland, OH Last weekend, I shot an edited the entire thing on my phone, click here to watch the link (turn it up if you like 80’s hair metal! If not maybe turn it down haha sorry mom)

http://youtu.be/hLDDitXWaJU

So that edit was made on the fly, I was coaching at the event and really not able to ride with a shoulder injury so I figured I would make myself useful and try to showcase the fun vibe as best I could for being on the sideline.  

At this point, if you’ve watched both video edits, the first one was done so nicely the quality, production editing and sound was just beautiful. I really owe Fox Head Inc.a major thank you for supporting the ladies and hiring a Filmer and photographer to cover the event.  It just does not compare to what I was able to scramble out on my phone. The female riders are absolutely progressing so much and I feel there needs to be more coverage and events like Fox supported to keep everyone inspired, motivated, aware, and to want to get involved in this movement. 

Between both videos I’m pleased they were are available to showcase the good vibes, and bring excitement to our scene. Here’s a few last pics and clip from rays:

   
 
Swarm! Swarm my pretties! Haha  

I hope to see you at the next one!-Nina B
 



Fix it Friday!

 When your car exhaust is so loud and you can’t turn the music up any louder, you should probably spare the neighborhood and your fuel economy and confront the issue. I just had a feeling it was going to be very costly, so I broke down and started asking around if anyone knew anyone who could diagnose the problem, my friend Joe Bob reminded me we have a mutual friend who might be able to help with this one, “Little Eric” Jensen! Thankfully he is a master of his craft working daily as a mechanic on high end sports cars, I brought it to him, he pointed out the leak, helped me order an after-market version of the section of exhaust that was leaking and boom! Less than one week later the part came in and voila! 

The culprit: air leaking out of the sides of the resonator   
So he cut out the problem area section:

 
Sprayed some sealant on some new gaskets in between each section and fit the new piece perfectly in the old ones place.

   

It sounds like a completely different car in a REALLY good way, it sounds like a normal car!! Woo!!! Finally!!! Let the neighborhood rejoice in silence! Thank you Eric!

Speaking of talented friends, back in February I shipped my Harley gas tank and fender to “Kona Joe” or Joe Koenigsmark owner of Angel Dust Cycle Paint in Cleveland, OH. I used to ride bikes with him and his two sons and work with him at Ray’s Indoor Mtn Bike park on the weekends (you can still find him there on sundays). I’ve seen him paint hot rods, helmets, road bikes, ramps, murals, bathroom walls hahaha you name it he’s probably painted it. But his custom paint jobs are beautiful! I shipped him my tins and told him to “have fun with it” and holy wow they turned out amazing!!!!

  
This is what the bike looked like with loaner tank and a fender I picked up from Bud’s here in Austin. My good friend Matt “Wally” came over and helped swap them out.  
Just wow!

 
   

  

    

   

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“Burrito and the Lightningbolt” by Benedict Campbell and Autumn Spadaro

This really awesome film maker/photographer Benedict Campbell and his assistant Autumn Spadaro put together a lovely short film about my friend Dani (aka Danilightningbolt) and I (aka Nina Burrito). 
What a super cool experience this was, after watching it, I felt so excited and grateful for everything in life, the choices I’ve made, and the people I have met, all connected in some way from two wheels bicycles or motorcycles. This film helped me to remember how I got here, and to slow down and appreciate all that we have here in Austin. πŸ’™  what a great job Ben and Autumn, thank you! Please feel free to share this work of art. 

Click here to watch: 
https://vimeo.com/147363273Here are some photos shot by Ben and Autumn from the shoot at the t-1 ramp:
  
    
    
Terrible One

Fox BMX 

Common House Art Collective

Benedict Campbell
Huge thanks you to everyone who made this project possible! I hope you all know who you are πŸ™πŸ» πŸ’›-Nina B

 



Made it into the Fox BMX news!Β 
September 22, 2015, 2:14 pm
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I got to spend a morning shooting some lifestyle and action pics with Joe Rich here in Austin rocking the new line of Fox girls active line. I love all of their new stuff, super comfortable, breathable (especially her in the 100+ Texas heat!) and functional for just about everything I get into on the regular. tHeres a discount code right now good through 9/23 FOXTWENTY for 20% off (excludes MX and MTB products)

Click here to see more:
http://www.foxhead.com/us/bmx/news/id/31436 

 
  
   
  



When opportunity knocks..
September 5, 2015, 6:50 pm
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You answer! My friends hit me up about a casting call for a Harley Davidson catalog shoot, I went through a few rounds and got a call back! Along with my friend Dani aka @DaniLightningbolt and a few other fellow BMX/skate homies.  It was a day’s worth of rockin’ head to toe Harley apparel, and riding their new line of bikes. To add to the excitement there was also extreme confidentiality rules in place no personal photos or visitors on site. Which made waiting for the 2016 catalog even more exciting!   Here are some of the Pics that turned up print, http://Harley-Davidson.com and also on Cycle World’s website reviewing the new line of bikes:

   
    
   

  
If you go into any Harley Davidson dealer keep your eyes peeled for my friend Dani on a banner! Can order a print copy online of catalog or stop by dealer for a copy. 

Benedict Campbell, photographer on set, took some really amazing shots for this project. We spent a few extra days working him and his assistan, Autumn Spadaro-Cali, on a short film of just Dani and I both riding around with our BMX bikes and shredding.  Keep your eyes peeled for that to drop here is the link to the trailer: 

Watch β€œBURRITO AND THE LIGHTNINGBOLT TEASER” on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/130190193



And the “Do It Yourself” theme continues..
September 5, 2015, 3:08 am
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I’ll try make this the nutshell version because several lessons were learned here, maybe they will help you if ever you are in the market for a used car.

So, in an attempt to be able to save some money, I traded my perfectly good working newer car, a 2013 Subaru Impreza, for something a little more practical, a used car with a lower payment, a 2007 Subaru Forester 5spd.  I shared my fears of buying a used car with the salesman, I just wanted something reliable with a lower payment wasn’t too concerned with looks, but i stressed RELIABLE and SAFE. He assured me there was a new clutch, newer tires, and would provide me with all of the paperwork history of work done on the car and even a receipt for the new clutch. Sounded promising, I brought it home and I noticed at night the head lights were VERY dim, like you could barely see the road in front of the car. So I took it to Advanced Auto Parts thinking I could clean them myself or get new bulbs, find a cheap quick fix but the guy at the shop came out and took a look and noticed there was about an inch of water inside each one! And that this car would most likely not pass inspection with lights like this. So I called the dealer and the service dept quoted me $1500 to install new units since they would have had to take the bumper off and each head lamp around $500. ?!!!!! I called the sales guy and had him talk to service manager and they thankfully agreed to replace them free of charge. 

After that incident I noticed the clutch had a bit of Chadder and rumbling out of first gear and on hills, I thought, “oh man is it me? Can I be this bad at driving stick?..” It is very frustrating to second guess yourself every time you get in the car, so I had some friends drive it who agreed something was up. After trying to “web MD” my car, searching forums for any known issues with this model car, or clutch problems, I finally took it back to dealer again and had one of their technicians drive it around for a day or so. He advised that it could be the flywheel, and would most likely need to be replaced, thing is that most places won’t replace only a fly wheel, a whole new clutch install is recommended whenever one part is failing.  So then I was quoted around $1600 for a new clutch install. Wait a minute didn’t the sales guy tell me it was a new clutch? πŸ’‘ I ran home and looked at the receipt the sales guy gave me and to my surprise it was from 2011!!!  So in fact my clutch wasn’t new at all!! πŸ’ͺ🏻 thankfully after a few weeks they replaced the clutch! 

One roadtrip and not even 3000 miles later, the brakes Completely locked up at a red light, it was over 100 degrees out, and I was the cause of early rush hour gridlock downtown.  Thankfully I have AAA so I got a  tow to the dealership.  After a few days they got back to me and told me I need new brakes, and the “hill-holder” was malfunctioning causing my brakes to stick.  The printed quote to have all of this sorted was well over $1800. 

 What I was most disappointed with was the fact that the INITIAL vehicle inspection before I drove the car off the lot everything was checked off “Green: Checked & Ok” when ACTUALLY it wasn’t. 

 
I got the runaround, was told to call one person who was out of town but that I could  try this other person, and then in the end I was told there was nothing they could or would do for me in this situation not even work with me on the price considering they lied about me not needing brakes.  Complete BS, how they responded to the situation wasn’t understanding or assuring at all they made it out as if I was some demanding freeloader trying to squeeze $ out of them, when I really just want a reliable car unlike the one I was led to believe I purchased.  I’ll be posting the link shortly to my yelp and BBB report.  

Lessons learned, when you’re buying a used car, seems like a no-brainer but don’t go by good faith, bring a mechanic, have them go over the ENTIRE car so this doesn’t happen to you.  Sure they did replace and fix a few things but they had the car for almost one month and half total out of the last six for repairs each time I would have to make a case and go to a manager.  “Cutting me off” telling me I’m “out of favors” for any help with this last situation was really shitty seeing as I have sent quite a lot of business there way and have written letters to Subaru of America in the past praising their service department. 
Hopefully this post will be a nice reminder to all in the market to purchase a used car to take the extra time to be cautious, thorough and patient enough with their purchase decision so you hopefully won’t have to go through what I did. Yet again, thank you to my friends, family, YouTube and bicycles for getting me by in the meantime. πŸ™ŒπŸ»



Summer is here!
July 8, 2015, 6:01 am
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It’s about πŸ‘†πŸ»hot in Austin right now ha!

My mom and “Mookie” sent me a birthday gift card for Eddie V’s Seafood a really nice restaurant downtown Austin, one of my mom’s personal favorites, so Ryan and I went and had a wonderful meal.  

Here we are cheesin’ across the street from Eddie V’s in the background 😍

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Thanks again Mom and Mook it was amazing!

It was a nice send off before I got on the road with two other girls a Filmer and photographer for a Redbull Europe video project for DIGBMX online.  Tomorrow will mark about one week on the road to a bunch of skateparks and dirt jumps in Colorado.  I haven’t posted a lot of photos on social media because I don’t  want to give away too much of the trip so I’ll post some scenic/touristy stuff here in the meantime until the video drops.

 

First/last stop in Austin at Empire BMX hooked us up with some inner tubes and socks πŸŽ‰ thank you!

 
 

we woke up in colorado

 (L-R: me, Perris Benegas, Danielle Windhausen)
  

sunset at memorial park in colorado springs

 
This tweaker kid came up to Rob our photographer friend and begged him to shoot a photo of him doing a “hand plant on his scooter out of the bowl” and promised he would do it first try! We figured to would be a great photo opportunity if anything humorous because we had no idea what he really meant at all, “was he on a razor scooter?” Or “did he really mean hand plant an actual scooter?!”  Mind you there were plenty of characters present during the entire day we spent there, and one of the kids assured us that this tweaker guy “smokes all of the crack, and will do it [the handplant] first try” out of the 11ft deep pool. Here is the video clip…

Ha! Not bad!! And first try, he kept to his word (Do not try this at home kids and please, do not go near crack of any kind, thanks!πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ) can’t wait to see the photo someday. 

 

rewarded said “tweaker” with Empire stickers along with some other locals

  

we kicked off 4th of july at the Boulder park with Stacey Mulligan and Anita Joy πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ


 

until a mountain storm rolled in..

 

We rolled over to Valmont Bike Park a few minutes away which was surprisingly dry and rideable for a bit before more storms rolled in

 Fireworks finale from Mile High stadium view from downtown Denver, off I-25 at 20th street and Osage roundabout which was wild because we ended up in my friend Stacey’s neighborhood! We met up with our friends Andy Sweet, Jess and Mike Meister and got some grub to finish off the 4th. 

Any riding trip to a new city should always include a pit stop at the local BMX shop if there is one so we stopped by Pusher BMX in Denver before heading to the mountains. We visited some amazing parks: Frisco dirt jumps, new park in Breckenridge, Leadville, Woodward Copper and Silverthorn attempting to avoid several rain storms in between sessions. Rain or shine Colorado is beautiful! 

 

van life

  
  

antique mall in leadville πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

  

panoramic mania dani perris and i πŸ“·: rob dolecki

  

elevation + crazy temperature drops = not a bad iidea to air up

“Sprocket”

 

“London”


 

“Velcro” 😽

  Huge thanks to Jess and Mike and their animal children  Sprocket London and Velcro for letting us crash at their place. As well as John Able and Uncle Jimmy and their dog Barley for letting us crash too.

 

barley claiming floor space ha

 
  
Colorado sure is beautiful, I can’t wait to have some adventures here with Ryan and Marv!

Hope y’all had a Happy 4th! (Happy anniversary to Nana and Georgie too!) xoxo πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ 

πŸ“·: Ryan, most supportive bf ever, thanks for helping me shoot some pics of new Fox gear they sent before the trip! xo πŸ’• miss you!!

 
    
 




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