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Ted Emmer resurfaces, ready to ride

12 10 2019

Ted Emmer’s been called a freestyle pioneer (by me and this blog at least) ever since he made his imprint on the world of freestyle and skatepark riding with his iconic picture in the first issue of Freestylin’ back in the day.

For me, that picture really stood out…for many reasons.

Ted Emmer

First off, he’s competing in a skatepark competition on a 24″ cruiser…and we’re not talking a new school 24…he’s essentially on a converted race cruiser.

Second, those wheels! Custom 71(!) spoke Z-rims….48-spoke wheels hadn’t even become a thing yet at this point and ol’ Ted Emmer is jumping all the way up to 71 spokes (the 72nd spoke wouldn’t work because of the valve stem being in the way, if memory serves).

But what happened to Ted Emmer since that iconic photo?

Sure, we gave him some love with the occasional ThursdayThrowback or FridayFlashback ….but I always wondered what became of this trailblazer.

Imagine my surprise, when I got a message from Mr. Emmer himself earlier this week that simply said,

“I restored a bike you might be interested in”

(In my head) <Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?>

(Me)”The bike….from bitd?”

“Indeed”

Then the pictures came.

Sure enough, there was the iconic 24, along with the OG riding gear.

 

Pretty awesome….but I had to ask…what happened to the custom Z-rims?

Turns out they got stolen out of a storage locker….which is heartbreaking from a historical/BMX Nerd perspective. (However, Ted says he’ll whip up another set if he can get a hold of another set of 24″ Z-rims.). So the mags are on there now.

So what’s Ted been up to?

Ted’s is a drummer and rocked out in Hollywood during the hair metal years.

Fast forward to  the (almost) present and a series of events led him to getting the bike back together and riding.

He lost his wife a few years ago which got him thinking about reconnecting with biking. Then, a designer he was working with learning about his BMX roots and together they started digging through storage and decided to bring some of his stuff back to life. (The Wall to Wall Freestyle book was a nudge too). Then the restoration began and you can see the final results.

 

Ted’s now 54 and says “he’s starting from scratch again” with his riding. He’s been riding a small skatepark near his place to get his feet wet.

He’s already got some war wounds to show for his efforts. (see above)

Next on the agenda, a new helmet and a bigger park.

And after that?

Ted’s says his goal is “A sick photo with me, a bike, and sky.”

I like where this is going.

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The Lord has risen – video edit incoming

31 07 2019

Early this year we learned that Dyno was making a comeback as a 29er ….and not only that, said 29er was going to be a Dave Voelker signature model.

Hot damn, one of my favorite riders from bitd back in the limelight and this time…on big wheels.

And now, Dave’s back with a new edit….and it’s so good!

It starts off with some classic footage of Dave going BIG….it’s almost like a highlight real from his biggest BMX hits. From there it segues into some superfun big wheel shenanigans…complete with the classic Voelker footplant.

Check it out:

It’s good to see Lord Voelker back.

The Lord has risen….Praise the Lord!





Rolling with the Toronto Rad Ride

22 07 2019

Today I got together with over 200 Old School heads and BMX enthusiasts for a fun ride along Toronto’s waterfront.

This was my first time attending the Toronto Old School Rad Ride event and dang, I’m glad I got a chance to make it out.

In the past the Rad Ride fell on the same weekend as one of the bigger Provincial/State races in Ontario so I, along with a lot of local racers, ended up missing it. Thankfully, this year the stars aligned and there wasn’t any big races scheduled so a bunch of us race-y types got to partake in the festivities. (That’s my buddy Damir from Milton BMX)

Not only did the race schedules do us right but Mother Nature did as well. It was a picture perfect summer day. From what I heard it was a record turnout too so that’s pretty awesome.

Check out all the bikes, so many cool rides!

 

 


It was also a great chance to catch up with a lot of old friends along with putting  a face to the name of online friends and acquaintances.

A good day out for sure!





The kids are alright in Boston

21 07 2019

A recent Boston Globe article’s headline says it all,

Since I got my bike, I’ve stopped playing Fortnite“.

Kids are rediscovering how fun bikes can be, cruising with their friends and popping wheelies…and they’re doing it all on cruisers.

As the Boston Globe article sees it,

It is their vehicle, their tool for youthful freedom, the glittery thing that for whatever reason kids have latched onto. If they don’t have one, they pine for it, falling asleep at night dreaming of the glorious day they, too, will be able to go cruising.

Not only that, the allure of a youthful freedom machine has them putting away the Fortnite and motivating them to get out and hustle to get their rides. The article describes the effort two brothers went to to get their riders:

….hustling for more than a year to get the bikes. They saved the money they got for birthdays and communions. They spent four days painting a porch. Nathan [one of the brothers] got straight A’s on his report card.

It almost brings a tear to your eye….kids getting stoked on bikes and getting them motivated to work for what they want.

If that’s not impressive enough on its own (which it is, really)…the article also mentions that kids are hanging out at the bike shop shopping for new grips and tires because “no one wants to run stock”.

Could this new wave of kids getting stoked on bikes bring back BMX parts back to the local bike shop? If so, they’ve upped the ante on their “alrightness” to another level….

 

Pic: Boston Globe





Is FitBikeCo tripping?

3 06 2019

In some ways this was unexpected…but in other ways, perfectly in line with S&M Bikes/FitBikeCo style antics.

When overbuilt frames were a thing, S&M responded with the Heavy as Fuck frame. When things veered in the other direction, the Light  as Fuck frame came into being.

Now with 26″ BMX cruisers having an extended moment in the sun….partly helped along by the #BikeLife movement….the folks at The Building, specifically FitBikeCo are set to introduce the 26″ Tripper later this summer.

And yes, if you think they’re trolling SE and Todd Lyons a bit here….well, I can’t speak for FitBikeCo, but signs point to yes, that seems to be happening.

 

From the name, an obvious takeoff of the iconic “PK Ripper“…to the colorways “Stu Blue” and Gloss Black with Gold Anno…you know what  style they’re trying to evoke.

 

 

Heck, Dougie Darrah even has the iconic OM BMX skid on lock already!

 

I guess it was only a matter of time for Chris Moeller to cook this up, given the success of their Pounding Beer forks (another SE sendup)

I’m kinda curious to see how Todd Lyons is going to respond to this…are we gonna see some dust ups between the two of them?

Similar to the old “run-ins” Chris Moeller and Harry Leary used to have back in the 80s ?

I’m looking forward to finding out.





The Hundreds X Shadow Collab 26″ Cruiser

6 05 2019

The Hundreds X The Shadow Conspiracy 26″ BMX double top tube cruiser definitely has got that 80s vibe going on.

However, despite that new wave veneer there’s some modern-day niceties to deliver a smooth ride you’d expect from a contemporary 26″ BMX cruiser.

The signature Shadow interlock chain is just one of the modern touches to this old-school-ish cruiser.

Yet, at the same time it also sports a chrome frame, padset and a sprinkling of gold anno so you know there is more than a passing nod to the 80s era.

(And, before you ask, it does feature a full cro-mo frame, fork and handlebar too. Double-wall rims are also part of the package.)

Geo-wise, you’re looking at the following:

  • Headtube: 72 degrees
  • Seat Tube: 73 degrees
  • Top Tube: 22.0”
  • Chain Stay: 16.0”
  • Stand Over: 14.75”

For the rest of the specs: visit The Hundreds site.

 

There’s also a throwback jersey, hoodie, cap and tour shirt from the same collab if you’re interested. (But don’t sleep on it, a couple of the items have already sold out).

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go listen to A Flock of Seagulls.

 





Dyno makes a comeback as a 29er

9 04 2019

If you were on Instagram over the weekend you will have already seen it.

The classic Dyno has risen from its 80s ashes as a 29″ Dave Voelker signature model.

Debuted at the Spring Fling event in Florida, by none other than “The Lord” Dave Voelker himself, it hits all the right Dyno cues: the traditional Dyno forks with the distinctive bend at the end, along with Power Series cranks and the classic Dyno pretzel bars.

Word on the street is that these will be dropping some time in June.

I have also heard that depending on how sales go, a 26″ may follow, and there is even a slim chance that if the 29″ and the 26″ (that is just a pipe dream right now) do well…a 24″ may follow.

All I can say to that is….I hope they sell like hot cakes….cuz I would absolutely love one of these in 24″!

Still dig this 29″ though…partly because I loved Dynos back in the day and partly because Dave Voelker is so bad ass.

Good to see both Dyno and Dave back…and looking so good.