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Jim C continues to kick out the jams

27 08 2018

When Jim Cielencki jumped back into the pool (so to speak) earlier this summer in regards to riding we were cautiously optimistic that we would see more of Jim back on the bike

We even joked what the over/under would be on new riding pics and video…but it seems like the old adage of “once a rider, always a rider” is holding true.

The proof?

Jim dropped some serious heat on his Instagram this past weekend…with a bunch of awesome riding pics and clips from WNY Jam.

From Jeff Harrington-style footplants:

To moto whips:

To spinning 3s:

To handplanting street spines.

Jim brought it.

Awesome to see the OG back at it again!

 

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Converting the 22″ Spade to a 24″ cruiser

23 08 2018

We’ve featured a number of Buddy Sardenga’s bikes and riding shots over the years…but this latest hybrid build is definitely one of the most interesting.

Buddy’s been riding a Stolen Spade 22 for a while and last week he had the brilliant/crazy idea one morning to see what would happen if he put some of the parts off his old 24″ S&M ATF onto the Spade frame.

Almost like doing the opposite of the conversion/mod from a couple years back when a rider converted a 24″ Sunday Wave-C to a 22″ rider.

The result? A 24″ that rides very similar to the classic 24″ Liquid Feedback.

As you can see, the rear axle is way out but still at about 14.6″.

The head tube is now more mellow, probably at 73-ish degrees and the bottom bracket at 13.25″.

According to Buddy, the new converted Spade is super roomy and “manuals crazy good”.

Pretty cool.

Buddy hadn’t been out to the trails yet on it (at least since the last time we chatted) but this looks like it would be hella fun there too.





What’s the over/under on more Jim C pics?

19 06 2018

If you’re a betting man and you’re wagering that you’re going to see some more Jim Cielencki pool riding pics…you’re in luck!

Jim C’s “active retirement” continues with some over/under action with jon_bad !

According to Jim, “it took some mighty fine BMX choreography to get this to work.”

No doubt!

Here’s a few more pics from the session:

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Scott Balzer is the man behind the camera for these shots.

Looks like a super fun session.

And peep this pic…a classic flattie! (Another good shot by Scott Balzer)

I’m pretty stoked on these pics.

Can a full-blown edit be far behind?

If Jim’s “retirement” continues at this pace, I wouldn’t be surprised!





Gettin’ radical on the Haro Group 1 RS2

23 05 2018

Haro continues to re-up the retro with their bike lineup…this time with the soon-to-be-released Group 1 RS2.

This 80s-inspired cruiser is going to be available in late summer in 24, 26 & 29 inch models.

To get the hype going, Haro team manager Joey Cobbs took the 24″ Group 1 RS2 for a ride and shared the results on Instagram and Facebook.

And despite being a race-style cruiser, Cobbs had no problem getting his shred on. In fact, it kinda reminded me of when the BMX Action test crew would take race cruisers and test them by taking them jumping and riding half pipes.

Cobbs was definitely in more of a “street session” mode vs. “snapping gates” mode with this ride.

Which makes these pictures so much more fun.

Hope to see more teaser shots (and maybe a video?…wink,wink; nudge, nudge) like this in the future for Haro’s new cruiser.

 





Number 9 coming in hot

30 11 2017

Another year older, another year wiser?

Probably not…but the stoke is still high.

This month marks year #9 on the calendar for those at home keeping track.

Thanks for all your support over the years and your indulgence as I ramble on about all things cruiser.

I truly appreciate it.

If we were in the same room I would suggest a toast…but since I’m here and you’re there…I invite you grab an appropriate beverage at the appropriate time today to celebrate.

Thanks for tuning in.

Cheers everyone!





The greatest race on earth

26 11 2017

As many of you know, the USA BMX Grands are happening this weekend.

It’s a race often billed as the “greatest race on earth”.

So, like many race-y types, I tuned in to try to catch some of the “Pro show” Saturday night via the live feed.

Well, the feed was buggy and ultimately froze…so I bailed.

It got me thinking about the “greatest race on earth” catchphrase though.

For me, this Euro cruiser final would definitely be a top contender for “greatest race on earth”.

It’s got it all…thrills, spills, you name it…a wild ride from beginning to end.

I just can’t get tired of watching this.





Freakishly big freestyler really flies

29 09 2017

When we learned that GT was upsizing the Pro Performer to a 29″ version for 2018…we wondered (or should I say doubted) if people were ready for a such a big freestyle bike.

(It does seem freakishly big for a freestyle bike)

Yet, if my Instagram feed over the last few days is any indication, it looks like they are.

Case in point, Mark Flip of Albes BMX busting out a decade aboard the 29er earlier this week.

Then later in the week, the artist/rider Chris Piascik shows up with some 29″ radness of his own.

This Greg Hill style tuck is all sorts of good!

I guess it just goes to show that no wheel size has a monopoly on radness.

Big wheels keep on turning!