Weigh in…can a bike be too light?

18 05 2011

Racers tend to be the the most weight-conscious in the BMX world. But these days, everyone tends to have a little “weight-weenie” in them.  Have we all gone overboard?

How concerned are you about your bike’s weight?

Weigh in with your thoughts.


Rapper’s delight

14 12 2010

Lotek shoes threw down a challenge to the BMX World recently to see who could write the best jam about Lotek shoes.

My bro, Glen Vanderheyden, rose to the occasion with a rhyme like no other and took first place in the first ever weekly rap challenge.

Check it:

prepare for attack and protect ya neck

cover each foot with a fresh Lotek
check out these fly kicks, they’re Rich made
lookin sharper than a muthaf**n switch blade
you want em baid, I mean bad, don’t correct me now
if you want em for free, I’ma show you how

all shapes and sizes, we’re lookin for prizes
BMXFU never wearin disguises
one surmises that they can join our clan
coz they say that ‘Lee Dennis is the man!’
understand, that we call the f**n shots
whether at home or at your local f**n spots

straight back from Cali, asleep on the plane
Shawn Swain, radder than Gucci Mane
4/20 vision, he rides with precision
doesn’t want to see his friend, Charlie, go to prison
oh Chuck, what the f**? duck, it’s 5-0
they couldn’t hold em down, had to let him go

GoPro, to capture the bmx rapture
record, download, time to manufacture
a member of the FU filming department
Mr. Hill of the Niagara Escarpment
loves the knobby hobby, does our friend, Bobby
gettin Loco’d at someone’s apartment

Orbell’s garage alters your visage
gettin low with the whole FU entourage
like a barrage, Chris can drop some heavy shit
it’s no mirage, check this Illuminati hit
we Bond like James playin bmx games
Jake, Drew, Dwan, you know our f**n names

hang 5, 1 peg, a 20-inch wheel
stackin clips like your name was Cory Beal
say what I feel, my name’s Glen Van
try and out-rhyme me if you think you can
these FU’s are always lookin for new shoes
i said it, check the edit, they’ve paid their f**n dues

For more on the weekly rap challenge, check Lotek’s blog.

For more crazy Glen rhymes, give him a fist bump the next time you see him at Joyride 150 and say, “Yo, G-Money…”


Talking 24s in Fastlane BMX mag

6 12 2010

I’ve been a fan of Fastlane BMX magazine for a while now.

In an era when racing is all but ignored in the major mags, Fastlane is all about BMX racing.

Sure you can pick up a mag from one of the major U.S. sanctions, look at the token coverage in BMX Plus! or if you can deal with the erratic publishing schedule, find a BMX World (even though it reads like a brochure from the Department of Motor Vehicles).  All in all, not great options.

To me , if you’re into racing (or need to be reminded of how fun racing is) Fastlane is the only mag worth buying. Stories are fun to read, there’s international coverage and great photos. It’s combination that’s tough to beat.

Fastlane doesn’t run hot and cold on 24s either…from cruiser bike checks to regular shots of cruiser riders, Fastlane isn’t afraid to show cruisers some love.

That’s why I was stoked to have the opportunity to write an article about cruisers in Fastlane #8.

(That’s yours truly banging elbows with my friend Carbon in the photo, top right.)

If you’ve ever wondered how I got hooked on the whole cruiser thing, this is something you’ll want to check out.

(Note: Fastlane is UK- based, so visit fastlanebmxmag.com for ordering info.)