Shredding on the 29″ Dyno

3 02 2020

One of the coolest stories of 2019 was GT bringing out a 29″ Dyno tribute bike for freestyle legend Dave Voelker.

As a big Dave Voelker fan and also being big into Dyno’s back in the day, it was great to see Dave getting the recognition he deserved…as well as seeing one of my favorite old school bikes reborn as a cruiser.

Of course, the Dave Voelker promo video was awesome too!

Thankfully, a couple more videos have been released of the 29″ Dyno in action.

Like this one below of flatland legend Gabe Weed putting the big wheeled tribute bike (with some custom touches) through an absolute flatland shred session.

And more recently, none other than “The Lord” himself, Dave Voelker, busting out a big fakie wall ride like it’s a Meet in the Street contest in 1987 or something.

So much radness.





Harvester podcast with Wade Nelson

9 01 2020

Harvester BMX has jumped into the whole podcast thing…and their first episode is with none other than Canadian BMX impresario and rider, Wade Nelson.

Wade’s roots in BMX go way back (in both Canada and US) and the podcast touches on a lot of the cool stories from Wade’s past, including the early Hoffman BS comps, the first X-games, working for Brian Scura and the west coast BMX scene.

Even yours truly gets a mention when the topic turns to zines (at around the 35 minute mark).

For those that don’t know I used to produce a zine  in the early to mid 90s called Mob zine.

It was awfully nice of Wade to give the shoutout (Thanks Wade!)

What didn’t make it into the podcast were some fun stories I recall from my encounters with Wade.

One is the time that Wade managed to get the opportunity to answer the “letters to the editor” section of Ride Magazine. Keep in mind, this was in the early days of Ride and let’s say the typical letter was less than genteel in those days. Wade handled that assignment with ease though. I still remember our chat about it about it up on the deck of the ramp at the Boucherville Quebec Play contest (in ’95, I think).

More recently, in a previous Toronto stint, Wade had suggested we grab some food before a Sunday session at the Wallace Emerson skatepark. I wasn’t sure how that would work as Wade is a hardcore vegan….and well, I believe eggs are an essential part of a Sunday breakfast. Somehow, Wade found a vegan/vegetarian place that served eggs and off we went. That day ended with me driving Wade to the hospital….because even though Wade was (and still is) a big proponent of wearing a helmet while riding…he hadn’t quite embraced the same passion for wearing knee pads. As Murphy’s Law would support that would mean Wade would mistime a bar-spinny type maneuver and find his knee making a quick and unintended impact with the concrete surface of the Wallace Emerson park.

Wade’s got a lot more stories to tell though…and the Harvester podcast captures a pretty good collection of them.

Check it out.





Basketball stars’ custom cruisers

23 10 2019

The NBA Basketball season kicked off this week and Shad Johnson (of Goods BMX and Snakebite BMX fame) commemorated the occasion by posting a couple of one-off cruiser projects he did for Kevin Durant and Lebron James.

According to Shad,

KD’s was [done] during his time on the Thunder and Lebron’s was while he was still with the Cavs

For the eagle-eyed, you can see Kevin’s is sporting some cool low-key graphics too.

Lebron’s cruiser (pretty sure it’s one of those old Macneil Bikes 26ers) was photographed pre-decal installation.

Pretty cool.

Now I’m kinda curious if there are other stealth shredders lurking in the NBA. (Wonder if Shad has any intell…hint, hint Shad)





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





Sunday Bikes gets high

4 06 2019

Just when you think you’ve seen it all…you see this….a 29″ Cruiser from Sunday Bikes.

Dubbed the “High C”, which I assume is nod to their iconic Model-C cruiser and/or a discontinued orange-flavored drink at McDonald’s, this kinda took me by surprise when I first spotted it on the weekend.

For a “core brand” who, despite frequent pleas from the 22″ BMX community, has refused to even entertain offering even a 22″ frame, fork or wheels…to suddenly offer a 29er seems to be a curious move.

I mean, Sunday’s sister (brother?) brand, Fairdale offers bikes that seem more in this category…wouldn’t it make more sense to make this the “Tall Taj“?

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great looking bike….and the full cro-mo frame, fork and handlebars are much appreciated…it’s just seems like the marketing/branding (badging?) of it seems a bit off.

For those of you sweating this new 29er, here’s the frame specs:

  • TOP TUBE LENGTH: 23.5″ TT
  • HEAD TUBE ANGLE: 71°
  • SEAT TUBE ANGLE: 71°
  • CHAIN STAY LENGTH: 17.6-17.85”
  • BOTTOM BRACKET DROP: 2.5″
  • SEAT TUBE LENGTH: 17”

In other news, Sunday also dropped sneak peeks of the 2020 colorways of their 24″ Model-C Completes.

Let me tell you, I really dig this Toothpaste colorway.

In addition, to the Toothpaste colorway, they are also offering a classic chrome option:

Both super nice in the looks department….however…..they are still not full cro-mo!!

This is particularly striking when you have these two adjacent to the High C (above) that is 100% Cro-mo (where it counts).

Chances are a Model C is going to see more hard riding then the High C so I’m at a bit of a loss to why Sunday would opt for full cro-mo in the 29er and not the 24.

Maybe I’ll find the answer in High Times.

 





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.

 





Is chrome done?

15 03 2019

S&M Bikes owner Chris Moeller may have just sounded the death knell for chrome bmx bikes.

A staple of the bmx scene for decades, a chrome frame was de rigueur for BMX riders in the 80s and remained popular for many right up until the present day.

But with more stringent environmental regulations hitting many chrome shops it’s getting harder and harder to make the business case with continuing to offer chrome bike parts.

This is especially true in California where S&M Bikes is located.

Moeller dropped the bomb on his Instagram last night:

More bad news from the chrome shop. As of April 1 pricing is going up again, and it’s way up this time…50% increase on chrome frames. Get your American made chrome @sandmbmx and @fitbikeco parts ASAP because we’ll probably phase chrome out after March.

Granted, some companies that source from overseas may be able to make the numbers work for a little longer….but word on the street is that regulations are tightening up all over these days.

What does that mean then in the end?

Chrome parts are going to get rarer, what will be available will get more expensive….and if you have plans to get some chrome parts, you better jump on it like right now!