Endless summer?

31 08 2012

The end of summer is always bittersweet..when you’re young it means going back to school.  When you’re older, it means everybody’s back from their summer holidays and things are going to start getting busy at work.

It’ll bum you out if you let it.

So it’s important to try and keep that care-free summertime feeling going as much as you can.

Steal an hour here and there to ride.

Make plans for a biking trip.

Figure out where there’s an indoor place to ride before the weather gets cold.

Stay tight with your riding buddies.

And before you do all that…pack as much fun into this Labour Day weekend as you can.

(Maybe launch yourself off a lake jump…just like Bobby Parker did recently on Brandon Goodman’s 24″  in Austin.)

Have a good weekend everybody!


Cruiser Rev tees…get one today and save

29 08 2012

Forgive me for the over-the-top sales guy headline…but in these tough economic times, it’s important to save a few bucks whenever you can.

And if you can do that while still scoring something cool, so much the better.

So just in case you missed it on the Facebook page, there’s a couple of coupon codes to save on Cruiser Revolution t-shirts and other assorted CR merch.

The catch is the coupon codes are only good till 8/30/12.

(Save $5 off $25+)

(Save $10 off orders of $50+)

So get in, while the getting’s good.

(And don’t forget your girl…she’ll be stoked if you pick up a Cruiser Revolution fitted baseball tee for her…trust.)

You can visit the webstore by clicking here.

The kids are all right

29 08 2012

Doesn’t seem like a day goes by that there isn’t a news story talking about the state of kids today.

How they’re not active and more concerned with video games and texting than getting outside and doing something active.

While there’s a grain of truth to all this, it’s also painting a picture of today’s kids with a broad brush.

Case in point, I was cruising around the neighborhood this past weekend and stopped for a drink near a parking lot that a young kid was riding at.

I stopped to watch him ride for a minute.

He was bunnyhopping on to, and off of, a concrete median.

He just kept at it…experimenting with what he and his bike could do. Going a little further or a little higher with each approach at the median.

No one was there to push him. It was  just him and bike.

This kid had more self-motivation than some adults that I know.

And don’t you think he’s going to be messaging his friends later that day and bragging about how far or how high he could bunnyhop?

I wouldn’t doubt it in the least.

Sure, his friends might be at home playing video games but this kid on the bike is probably going to be the reason at least one or two of them picks up a bike or skateboard.

It makes me think, that despite what the media says, kids today are going to be all right after all.

Postscript: Further to the point above, check out Ryan Slusher, age 9, uncorking his  first backflip at the Battle of the Bay competition in San Francisco, CA. ..We might have the next Mat Hoffman here.

Holmes turns 22

21 08 2012

S&M just announced that the new Holmes Frame, 22″ Pitchfork and Revenge wheels are now available.

From the looks of the things a large group of people are ready to jump on these and roll twenty-two style.

Choosing a new bike just got a whole lot more interesting.

Tabletop shots never get old

17 08 2012

I’ve said it before…the classic tabletop never gets old.

Been around forever and they’ll stay around forever.

Jeremy Combs, laying one out.

From Olympic Games to video games

15 08 2012

In the wake of BMX’s much hyped second appearance in the Olympics, it seems only fitting that BMX racing has finally made it’s way into the video game arena.

It’s doing so by way of Turborilla’s Mad Skills BMX (a sort of followup game to their Mad Skills Motocross game). Supercross BMX, Fly Racing, Kicker, Go Pro, and Red Bull have all lent their support to this game so it promises to be good.

Of course, there are have been a number of BMX video game titles available through the years…most notably Mat Hoffman’s Pro BMX, Dave Mirra’s Freestyle BMX and (gasp!) BMX XXX…but this is the first time we’re seeing something more racing focused ( there is still a liberal helping of jumping, tricks, etc. to keep things interesting though).

Sure beats Excitebike, that’s for sure.

BMX racing: from BUMS to the boob tube

8 08 2012

The hype factor has reached a fever pitch leading up to BMX hitting the Olympic stage today for the 2012 Summer Games,

The New York Times is doing features on Alise Post, Tory Nyhaug is showing up on Olympic TV spots in Canada and the list goes on and on.

It’s pretty amazing to see how far we’ve come.

And to think that much of modern-day racing has its roots with a guy in a vacant lot that wanted to hold some bike races.  That guy being Scot Breithaupt.

He didn’t just put BMX racing on the map…the “map” of BMX was basically set on its current course by much of what he learned holding those first few races in the vacant lot.

You could  say that Scot Breithaupt, figuratively and literally, wrote the book on BMX racing.

He also founded what could be called BMX’s first sanctioning body of any kind, the Bicycle United Motocross Society (B.U.M.S). Breithaupt…set up organizational features around his races very much as…the sanctioning bodies would base theirs; rulebooks, a point system, a skill level structure, a racing season, trophies and promotions of special races that were the prototype for Nationals. (Wikipedia)

Scot played a role in almost every aspect of BMX: as a promoter, manufacturer, sponsor, team manager and last, but certainly not least, as a racer.

Scot is also widely credited with bringing Cruiser classes to the various sanctioning bodies which also brought more adults to the sport in its early days.

So as we await those first few minutes of the Olympic BMX event, let’s take a minute to thank Scott “OM” Breithaupt for getting the ball rolling in those early days.

Little did he know that it would go from BUMS right up prime time coverage on the boob tube in so short of a time frame.