Mehring’s Bearings Presents: Vietnam Out-takes Part 1.

Check out the new issue for the full article on our Vietnam motorbike skate trip. Here are some extras that didn’t make the cut in the mag.

-Jonathan Mehring

The first 3 or 4 days was constant rain. We rode for as many daylight hours as possible to get South to sunnier weather.

The first 3 or 4 days was constant rain. We rode for as many daylight hours as possible to get South to sunnier weather.

We started in Hanoi and spent several days there getting bikes and skating before the rain set in.

We started in Hanoi and spent several days there getting bikes and skating before the rain set in.

Michael Mackrodt nose wheelie in Hanoi.

Michael Mackrodt nose wheelie in Hanoi.

This guy was taking cell phone driving to a new level.

This guy was taking cell phone driving to a new level.

Hanoi's main skate spot.

Hanoi's main skate spot.

First order of business: Buying used cell phones so we could call each other if we got separated riding the bikes.

First order of business: Buying used cell phones so we could call each other if we got separated riding the bikes.

Keegan was the first to buy a bike. Jerry tests it out at the shop.

Keegan was the first to buy a bike. Jerry tests it out at the shop.

The next day we found a shop with a lot more bikes and we all got hooked up.

The next day we found a shop with a lot more bikes and we all got hooked up.

Almost everything in Vietnam is rigged and these bikes were no exception. We had to work on each bike a little before they were road worthy.

Almost everything in Vietnam is rigged and these bikes were no exception. We had to work on each bike a little before they were road worthy.

Joey and Javi discussing which bikes to buy.

Joey and Javi discussing which bikes to buy.

Joey Pepper - frontside kickflip. Hanoi.

Joey Pepper - frontside kickflip. Hanoi.

A street market in Hanoi

A street market in Hanoi

This guy was riding one handed with a bowl of pho through this alley but couldn't get by some bikes so he handed his soup to Joey as he squeezed through and Joey handed it back on the other side.

This guy was riding one handed with a bowl of pho through this alley but couldn't get by some bikes. He handed his soup to Joey as he squeezed through and Joey handed it back on the other side. Just a casual everyday experience in Hanoi.

Keegan Sauder - bluntslide pop out to drop. Hanoi.

Keegan Sauder - bluntslide pop out to drop. Hanoi.

Michael Mackrodt - nosegrind pop out to drop. Hanoi.

Michael Mackrodt - nosegrind pop out to drop. Hanoi.

We met the night before leaving Hanoi to discuss how to make our way south.

We met the night before leaving Hanoi to discuss how to make our way south.

6:00am departure time. Javi packing his bike.

6:00am departure time. Javi packing his bike.

On the road getting used to traffic. Total chaos basically.

On the road getting used to traffic. Total chaos basically.

Michael's bike broke down almost every day. This was the first time. A man points directions to the nearest mechanic.

Michael's bike broke down almost every day. This was the first time. A man points directions to the nearest mechanic.

Jerry Hsu.

Jerry Hsu.

Joey and Michael working on his bike.

Joey and Michael working on his bike.

After a 12 hour drive in the rain and cold, a crappy hotel and thinking about another 12 hour ride in the cold and wet, this lady was our saving grace. She was the only person open in town on Tet, the Vietnamese new year. She had one thing on the menu: Porridge. It was damn good.

After a 12 hour ride in the rain and cold, a crappy hotel, and thinking about another 12 hour ride in the cold and wet, this lady was our saving grace. She was the only person open in town on Tet, the Vietnamese new year, and she had only one thing on the menu: Porridge. It was damn good.

This was taken at lunch time the same day. Probably the best Pho Ga (chicken soup) I've ever had. We each had two bowls because we were so tired, cold, and hungry.

This was taken at lunch time the same day. Probably the best Pho Ga (chicken soup) I've ever had. We each had two bowls because we were so tired, cold, and hungry.

Joey in the moment.

Joey in the moment.

These last few were all in Vinh City which had some good looking spots but unfortunately they were all soaking wet. We had to keep moving.

These last few were all in Vinh City which had some good looking spots but unfortunately they were all soaking wet. We had to keep moving.

Jerry, hyped on his gear.

Jerry, so hyped on his rain gear.

Part 2 next Wednesday – stay tuned!