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What I Ride – Jake Seeley

With a plethora of tech grind combos and an impeccable eye for setups, Jake Seeley's bike has a lot of little features specific to his riding style. Learn up on Jake's Sunday/Profile street kit featuring his signature Sunday Street Sweeper frame, bars, tires and Seeley pegs—all tailored to Jake's progressive brand of riding.

Sponsors: Sunday, Profile, Peepgame, ightHYPE, The Garden

Frame: Sunday [Jake Seeley signature] Street Sweeper, 20.75"
Fork: Sunday Octave
Bars: Sunday [Jake Seeley signature] Street Sweeper, 9″ tall, 13° upsweep.
Stem: Profile Push
Grips: Sunday Seeley
Barends: Odyssey Par Ends
Headset: Sunday
Seatpost: Sunday
Seat: Sunday Electro Pop, Tripod
Pedals: Odyssey Twisted Pro
Cranks: Profile Column, 165mm
Sprocket: Madera Signet Guard, 25-T
Chain: Odyssey Blue Bird
Front Tire: Sunday Street Sweeper, 2.4"
Front Wheel: GSport Rollcage, Profile Elite, Madera C4 Guards
Rear Tire: Sunday Street Sweeper, 2.4"
Rear Wheel: GSport Rollcage, Profile ZCoaster, Profile/Madera guards
Pegs: Sunday Seeley Pegs, 4.5"

You've got a lot signature parts with Sunday—frame, bars, grips and tires. Do you want to give us a little breakdown of what makes each of them specific to you and your riding?
I’ll start off with my frame. The Sunday Street Sweeper was designed to be a super responsive tech street riding machine. Its 12.7" back end makes spinning a breeze especially in and out of grind variations. It has a taller 11.7 BB—which makes for great clearance when grinding switch and a 75.25° headtube, makes noesmanuals easier, but doesn’t make going fakie to touchy. It really is the perfect frame for technical street riding. My signature bars were a highbred of your traditional boxy looking four-piece bar. The 9 inch rise and 3° upsweep makes them easy on your back and comfy for crossing them arms when doing x-up grinds and flicking the bars. I designed my signature tires to have a dual compound. The sides of the tread are made from a harder rubber making the tire less likely to stick when grinding. The center tread is made out of a softer rubber for ultimate grip on any surface. Not to mention they squeak like a muthafucka! My signature grip comes in 160mm and features a gradually increasing rib width. It can be ran either way, depending on which side you prefer. The grip also features a tapered core for comfort.

What's up with all of the cartoon stickers?
Besides me loving cartoons, I’ve been in with the pop art scene for a bit now collecting enamel pins and stickers from all sorts of artist. Ever since I was a kid I always payed close attention to my sticker game. With all these creative morph style art popping up it’s made it very easy to maintain a loud sticker game.

What is the oldest part on your bike?
At the moment my pegs have been along for the ride the longest. Besides changing out the sleeves every few months the cores have been around for almost a year.

Other than tubes, what do you change out most often, and why?
I go through pedals often, due to the fact that I’m a big fan of pedal grind tricks. I can’t keep away from Luc-E and crankarm grinds. I always try to pick one side to use, but that usually doesn’t last long.

What's up with that design on your seat?
Electro pop, it’s a collaboration of two different influences—the TV show Saved By The Bell and the movie Kung Fury, which was based in Miami during the 80s.

Describe your bike for us… What makes it your ride?
Short length, tall height and very responsive. It’s usually pretty loose feeling and maybe a little mushy at times due to my 45 psi…. but hey, these are all things I strangely love about my bikes.

What are you most particular about on your bike?
Making sure my cranks spin as fast as possible. Having any resistance drives me crazy, especially when doing crankflips. So usually before I install my BB I’ll completely strip the bearing of grease and then soak them in Tri-flow or independent “speed cream”. I’ve found that this is the key to smooth spinning cranks. Try it sometime I promise you won’t be let down.

How often do you work on your bike? Do you like it keep it super dialed or do you let get sloppy and just get used to it?
I usually just let the bike take its course. I’ll build it up and won’t touch it until something breaks. I don’t mind sloppy feeling bikes, honestly. Makes me appreciate my new bike that much more.

Are there any things in the works with Sunday or Profile that you can mention?
Products wise, my new seat pattern with Sunday drops soon. I’ve chatted with the boys at Profile a bit about designing a bash guard sprocket. Other than that, I’m helping judge the Profile FLBMX video contest—which the winner will be announced later this month. I’m also going to be part of a really cool filming project with Sunday that’s going down this summer. I can’t give away too much info, but there’s gonna be a Sunday x Odyssey house in Providence this May.

So what’s up with ightHYPE? Tell us more about what you’ve got going on with that…
I’ve been dabbling with clothing brand stuff for a few years now helping design and produced clothing at my local shop The Garden, but I recently decided it was time for me to start my own vision. So I created ightHYPE, which is an expression of my imagination, all my ideas thrown into a blender and mixed up to perfection. My goal is to put those ideas out into the world in the form of fashion. Something that would benefit my passion and help me connect with my fans and following that much more. If you want to learn more about ightHYPE head over to ighthype.com to see the full collection.

How long have you been on the Profile ZCoaster? And how does the coaster/cassette feature feel to you as opposed to a traditional straight coaster.
I’ve been on the ZCoaster for about six months now. I don’t really notice too much difference from a stock cassette compared to the ZCoaster besides that the ZCoaster makes a cassette noise when engaged in cassette mode. At first I though it was annoying then realized it was a blessing in disguise because the noise gives me comfort of knowing if I was in cassette or freecoaster mode when going into or out of a trick.

Has the ZCoaster’s ability to switch from cassette to coaster given you any advantages on tricks?
Honestly, no not really, I don’t mess around with any pedal pressure tricks where it would need that advantage. I have my ZCoaster set at max slack, so I’ll never have to worry about it engaging on me. The one perk I noticed is that the ZCoaster instantly engages when you go to pedal which makes tight run ups a breeze.

What are the advantages to the shorter cranks that you ride?
I’ve noticed that shorter cranks have a lot of advantages. A few key perks are creating more space for your foot which makes your heal less prone to catch or hit the back peg. Another advantage is that shorter cranks make barspins easier because your feet are closer to being parallel, creating a balanced feel when throwing your bars. It also makes spinning switch more comfortable. Your footing being closer together makes you have more leverage when spinning towards your front foot. I know all my fuck-footed brothers out there can agree with me on that one.

Why 22mm over 19mm on cranks?
I notice with the 22mm cranks they’re more sturdy and don’t flex as much, which creates a more responsive feel.

This is the most subdued color combo you’ve had in awhile. Purposeful?
I always try to build colorful, but tasteful bikes. This build is definitely more-mellow compared to many of my past, but there’s no real purpose behind it. I guess I just wanted to tone it down and show a little bit of my darker side…

Seems like there is a trend from 25/9 to 28/9. Have you stuck with a 25-tooth due to certain grind combos and the ability to keep the sprocket out of the way?
Yes, exactly, I wish I could ride a 28/9 simply to make pedaling around less effort, but I mainly stick with the 25/9 ratio so my sprocket stays out the way when doing any switch grinds—especially crooks. I’ve also noticed with a 28-tooth sprocket there’s less room for disasters making a smaller area to aim for.

Back to longer pegs? Have they saved you on some moves?
I can’t remember a certain time or trick it’s saved me on, but knowing that there’s that little extra length comforts me a lot—especially when doing any sort of crooked grind.