Serious flatland moves on a 24″

28 06 2011

The dynamic flatland duo of Joe Cicman and Danny Sirkin are back with a followup to the first edition of TwoFourFlat (that we featured here last month).

And holy Martin Aparijo!  A grip ride 20 seconds in is just the start of the flatland trickery and antics in this great clip.

Check it out.


Go with the flow

24 06 2011

Spotted this pic on the Liquid Bikes Facebook page and had to post it.

It had the caption, “Check out Cullen flowing like…Liquid.”

Park looks so fun.

Skyway 24″ Tuff Wheels are back

23 06 2011

After  25 years, Skyway is once again rolling out 24″ Tuff Wheels from their Redding, California factory.

The catch is that it’s a limited run of just 100 sets.

They will be available in black, white, red and blue (25 sets of each color) and feature original NOS alloy flange hubs that have been locked away at Skyway for 25 years.

Personally, I find the black mag/skinwall tire look totally badass. If I had the room in my stable for an old school 24″ cruiser, I’d be all over these.  Take a look at this vintage BMX Action pic of Richie Anderson battling Greg Hill…those wheels just look mean.

For more details on these wheels and information on how to order them, contact

Take it to the bridge

21 06 2011

If there’s a camera and a bridge nearby, Trent Brocker will knock out a great photo.

It’s no lie.

For more proof, check out the photo in this post.

Father knows best

17 06 2011

As a kid working on my bike I leaned heavy on the know-how of my Dad.

At the time, I didn’t think much about the lessons I was learning as he showed me how to fix my bike but they went far beyond simply tuning up my bike.

The stickers tell the story: Dad's bike wrenching goes way back

Thinking back I took away a lot from those times. Here’s some of the things I learned:

Take it easy, don’t force it: Impatience and hasty actions can leave you sorry in the end–be it with a cross-threaded bolt, a stripped axle or  a strained friendship. Think before you do things.

Show some respect: Dad had everything in its place, so he could find it when he needed it. Throwing a wrench in the wrong drawer would not only make him mad but also inevitably be the wrench I needed the next time I was in the workshop (and one I couldn’t find because I was so careless  before).

Don’t be afraid to get a  little help when you need it: As a scrawny kid I sometimes had a tough time budging tight allen bolts. To help me out my dad went to work and got a pipe made up that would neatly fit over an allen key to give me more leverage. He called it “The persuader”. If I had tough bolt to loosen, I called in the persuader.

Sometimes you have to improvise: Grabbing something from the junk drawer to make a shim or creating a make-shift solution out of some old parts was something that Dad was always ready to do. Figuring it out was half the fun, “Wait a minute, this might work…”

It’s not about the bike: All that time we spent in that workshop was about a lot more than just patching tubes or replacing broken parts. We weren’t just building bikes, we were building a shared experience that meant more than I think we both realized at the time. A lot of good times and good memories.

Thanks Dad, for showing me the way.

(For more on my Dad, check out The best coach/mechanic I could ask for)

Sunday puts more umph into their bars

14 06 2011

If you’re a fan of Sunday’s 24umph bars (like I am) but want to add a smidge more height to your front end, you’re in luck. The new Sunday 24umph XL bars are now available!

You might remember the teaser photo back in February on the Sunday site. Back then, Jim C. said they made bunnyhops easier and let him pop into nose wheelies better. Could they do the same for you?

The specs:

  • 7.75″ rise
  • 28″ wide
  • 12 degrees backsweep
  • 4 degrees upsweep

For now, they’re only available in black. A vapor blue version will follow in a couple of months.

KOS Kruiser makes a comeback

9 06 2011

It appears that Mongoose is taking a page out of the SE bikes marketing handbook.

Not only are they offering bikes for the modern-day rider  like the new 24 we featured earlier but also bikes that are more retro-style, befitting its long heritage in BMX, like the updated KOS Kruiser.

You might remember the new 24″ Mongoose has in the pipeline. Trent Brocker and Moody have been seen putting that bike through its paces so you know it’s going to hold up to modern-day riding.

Now to capture that end of the market that remembers the origins of the sport, they’re reintroducing the KOS Kruiser.

Named after Jeff Kosmala, the dominant cruiser rider of the late 70s/early 80s, it was a bike that was piloted to many a championship win.

Kosmala taking care of business (vintage BMX Action shot)

And while it retains its classic retro looks (hello looptail!) it’s been updated to take advantage of the improvements that have happened over the decades since its original release. Think sealed everything, v-brakes and an integrated headtube. They even go so far as to put on an aftermarket ACS freewheel–a nice touch given the tendency of generic freewheels to give up the ghost without warning (and often at the most inopportune time).  The motomag sprocket is pretty sweet too.

Sure it wouldn’t be what you would want to thrash the streets with–it wasn’t meant for that. This bike is for cruising in the truest sense of the word.

Think of it as bike that’s in the same class as the Macneil retro style cruisers. Mongoose’s advantage though is the retro-cool factor of its look combined with Mongoose’s deep legacy in the sport and Jeff Kosmala’s iconic standing as one of the dominant cruiser riders of his era.

For more pics of the updated KOS Kruiser, check out this Flickr photostream.

Dee Snider just wanted to ride

7 06 2011

After rock stardom with Twisted Sister in the early 80s, Dee Snider had to find his kicks in other ways.

One of those ways was BMX.

Snider was a local at Coral Springs BMX in Florida in the early 90s and could be found there, week in and week out, getting his race on.

Dee Snider getting his race on

At the time, Dee was riding a Hutch cruiser but when Chris Moeller at S&M got wind of the rocker’s involvement in BMX, the two ended up collaborating on a signature frame called the Widowmaker (that I posted on recently).

Kind of crazy when you think about it.

Imagine getting up on the gate…and Dee F’n Snider (!) is lined up next to you?


(Photo credit: Planet BMX/Color Tuffs Facebook page)

Goldilocks and the three Redlines

1 06 2011

My apologies to fans of the classic tale.

One early summer morning, when the Redline engineers were away on a team-building exercise, Goldilocks wandered into the Redline bike design area after seeing an open door off to the side of Redline’s corporate offices.  A bike enthusiast by nature, she decided to walk around and look at the wide array of cycling goodies in the room.

As she strolled through the bikes, she tried on some of the gear that was on display and occasionally pulled on a brake lever or two to test the brakes of the bikes (it was something she did almost instinctively when she was checking out bikes at bike shops).

Goldilocks looks for a Redline that's just right

Growing restless, she was about to leave when she saw the 20″ Redline Device in the corner. “Wow, what a nice bike” she said aloud, “but a little undersized for my tastes.”

She put the bike down and wandered down another aisle. There she spotted another Device, the 26″ version. “Hmmm,” she thought to herself, “nice, but this seems a little too big.” She leaned it back against the wall where it was standing and looking around some more.

“You know what would be ‘just right’?, she said to no one in particular, “A 24″ Device“.

Just then, the door to the room opened and the main lights were flicked on,  “What’s going on here?”

(Like this story, the 24″ Redline Device is a pure fantasy…but should it be?…a 24″ Device is a bike that should be in Redline’s lineup.)