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Remembering Randy

18 12 2017

The news was a shocker when it came down earlier this month.

Randy Franklin had passed away.

I met Randy at the 4130 Sin Series in Vegas back in 2011.

I’m not sure how we got to talking but it seemed like we were like old friends right from the get-go.

I would run into Randy at subsequent Vegas rides and it would be the same thing…we would pick up like old friends….ribbing each other, laughing, just having a good time.

It seems like every picture I have of those rides, Randy has his arm slung around my shoulder.

He was definitely one of the guys I would hope to run into when I was in Vegas for those rides.

The news of his passing hit me hard.

I keep telling myself that I’m not going to be sad that he’s gone…but to celebrate the times I got to ride and hang out with him.

Even still, I’m still pretty bummed about it.

I guess all I can say is:

It was good to know you brother.

Rest in peace.

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Merry Christmas!

24 12 2016

Hope y’all have a great holiday…and maybe a few new bike parts under the tree!

See you in a couple days.

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Time to celebrate #8

10 11 2016

Hot damn…the world keeps spinning and the calendar pages keep turning.

And here we are: 8 years old.

8-the-mayors-rideThank you so much for hanging with me all these years.

Too many cool things have happened as a result of writing this thing, it’s hard to keep track of them all…but they’re a constant source of stoke…and for that I’m eternally thankful.

Cheers to y’all for the positive comments, words of encouragement and all the good times.

You’re all aces to me.

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Thanks again…and let’s see if we can keep this thing rollin’ for a few more years.

Cheers everybody!**

 

*Special thanks to The Mayor of Hollywood for sporting a #8 on his Robinson Cruiser in anticipation of this important milestone.)

**Two “cheers” in one post…I think I may have started celebrating early





Remembering Dave Mirra

5 02 2016

I’m still coming to terms with the news that Dave Mirra is gone.

When I saw the news (a friend had posted a news story) I didn’t want to click the link because I didn’t want to believe it was true.

But it was true.

And as more and more people heard the news, the internet lit up with pictures and stories detailing the impact that Dave had made on so many lives.

A number of people have said it felt like a punch to the gut to hear the news…it sure felt that way to me.

After watching his BMX career, from a kid with exceptional bike skills to X-Games superstar, it’s hard to fathom that he’s gone now far too early.

Seeing all the pictures and video on social media felt bittersweet. Remembering all the amazing things in his career, where we were when it happened and the times when we crossed paths.

For me, it took me back to the ’94 BS Finals (the Hoffman contests that predated the X-Games). I had road tripped there with friends and it was one of those BMX contests where all the big names were going off.

Dave Mirra was no exception.

As BMX Plus put it:

By watching Dave ride in practice, you could tell that there was no way he was going to let anyone beat him. Mirra lofted huge transfers, pulled a flip twist, went for a tailwhip flip, carved a tailwhip air about seven feet up and 5 feet across between two street ramps and wasted two wheels on his way to first place. (BMX Plus, March 1995)

I was snapping photos for the zine I did at the time and managed to capture Dave Mirra during the run that won him first place.

At one point in that run, something went wrong with his bike.

Not missing a beat, he grabbed Todd Lyon‘s bike (his then team-mate) and proceeded to uncork a huge flair/flip twist.

Dave Mirra Mob Zine

The fact that Lyons’ bike was set up like a stretched out race bike (notice the caged pedals in the pic) vs. Mirra’s freestyle setup just served to up the difficulty factor.

Seeing that moment (at about 0:12) in the video above brought that moment back in vivid clarity.

He would go on to become one of the most dominant athletes in X-Games history but as many of the stories that have been shared show, he still made time for the kids that looked up to him.

As Chris Doyle wrote yesterday in touching Facebook post:

He was larger than life and he still took the time to say a few words to an overwhelmed kid who had nothing to offer. It meant the world to me and I will never forget that day.

As I work through all the emotions of this difficult situation, I’m trying to remember the adage that we don’t honor him in mourning his death but in celebrating his life.

Still it is hard.

We will all miss Dave Mirra.

Rest in Peace Dave.

Dave Mirra cruiser surfer





Well, look who’s 7…

10 11 2015

This week we hit the 7-year mark for this little blog about big-wheeled bikes.

There’s been so many good memories, conversations and friendships that have come out of this website.

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I can’t thank everyone enough for all the support over last seven years.

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The time has really flown by…but I have to say, I’m really enjoying the ride.

Cheers everybody!





Interbike bound

16 09 2015

I’ll be in Las Vegas by the time you read this, cruising the aisles of Interbike.

Expect a full recap next week.

Until then, keep your eyes on the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for highlights, teasers and other randomness.

Interbike Press sign





Happy Holidays

23 12 2014

I’m away traveling right now…but given that’s it’s almost Christmas Eve…I thought I would send out a note to wish you the very best of the season.

I hope you have the opportunity to see friends and family…rock an ugly Christmas sweater and maybe, just maybe…find some bike parts under the tree.

Have a safe and happy holiday.

Cheers, and I’ll see you in the new year.

Riding Santa