Jim C takes on Woodward

27 05 2022

Jim Cielencki recently visited Woodward…and the result was a whole pile of new footage of him shredding on his 24.

What’s even cooler, is that Jim revisited some tricks that he hasn’t done in a while.

Everything from crankslides, flips, wallrides…and even some flair attempts! Jim hasn’t done flairs for something like ten years, so it’s cool to see him going for them again.

Checking in on the crankslide

Going upside down

Wallride action

Facing down the flair…after a long hiatus

All in all, a solid weekend of shredding.

I’m psyched to see more Jim C 24″ footy as the summer progresses.





Something new from Sunday

17 01 2022

Well, well, well….looks like something interesting is afoot over at Sunday Bikes!

It’s been a good while since we’ve seen some meaningful 24″ BMX news from the folks at Sunday (barring the annual upgrades to the Sunday Model-C complete).

Something’s cooking though….they teased it a couple weeks back on the otx design Instagram page….a cropped photo of a “prototype” frame. (There was no indication that it was a 24″ frame though.)

I admit I missed this on their Insta feed.

I picked up the scent however when I noticed that Jim Cielencki had posted some old 24″ riding on his Insta sometime last week. Were we going to see some fresh 24″ riding from Jim C? I was anxious to find out.

The plot thickened considerably though, when Jim C posted a picture in what, I would guess, is a bit of an homage to an old school ad with Eddie Fiola teasing the intro of the GT Pro Performer back in the day. The hashtag #24BMX was definitely there….so could it be? Someone mentioned the otx pic in the comments and then the wheels started turning. This is gotta be something fresh, 24″ wise from Sunday!

Jim C then said he would be at Ray’s MTB this weekend riding it.

I kept my fingers crossed that would mean some riding footage from Jim and the new prototype frame. Jim did not disappoint and we all got to see Jim shredding the tight transitions of Paul’s Boutique at Rays this weekend (on Jim’s Insta).

So rad!

I’m pretty stoked on this!

Granted, there’s no details on the frame itself (geometry or specs-wise) but given that Jim and Sunday are developing it….I’m pretty confident it is going to be pretty rad.

Looking forward to more updates on the prototype frame!





Jim C hits send during pumptrack session

17 05 2019

A new pumptrack went up in the outer harbor of Buffalo, NY and by the looks of things it seems to have Jim Cielencki’s seal of approval.

Peep Jim’s smile as he carves through the berm/bowl portion.

And how about this pic?

Jim is just sending it.

Looks like a road trip to Buffalo might be in order.

 

All pics by Nate Peracciny via Jim’s Insta





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!

 





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!





Not the last one in the pool

14 06 2018

Jim Cielencki’s “retirement” from riding seems to have gone off (or into) the deep end as of late.

But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

In a bit of an unexpected surprise, Jim C has dived back into riding (at least for the moment) to session a local pool that’s scheduled to get filled in soon.

He’s been documenting those sessions on his Instagram account. And based on the comments there, I’m not the only one stoked to see Jim C out riding again.

And even though it’s only the third time this year out on his bike…according to Jim this is “the highest [he’s] aired in this pool”.

The stoke is real!

Good to see Jim C back on the bike!

 





Can’t get over this over-crankslide

12 04 2016

Hard to believe this clip was put out way back in ’09.

I’m still pretty stoked on it though.

Jim Cielencki with an over-crankslide on the OG Sunday Model-C.

So much goodness!

JimC crankslideC

 

 





Jim Cielencki’s new jam

28 03 2016

Jim Cielencki, one of the BMX world’s most creative and influential riders has been keeping a bit of a low profile since saying “see ya” to Sunday Bikes (back in 2014).

Of course, his legacy in 24″ BMX lives on in the ground-breaking Sunday Model-C and the progressive 24″ riding he helped champion.

Jim was always out there seeing what was possible.

Now, Jim’s taking that same sort of thinking to his current passion, running.

Rather than run the same training route everyday, Jim has taken it upon himself to run every street in Buffalo, NY.

Not only that, he’s documenting all  the cool things he encounters along the way in an addictive (to me anyway) Instagram account called  Mile by Mile: Buffalo.

It’s pretty cool to see Jim’s creative instinct being expressed in an entirely new way.

Bonus info: It’s Jim’s birthday today! Happy Birthday Jim!

 

 

 





Jim C says See Ya to Sunday

13 05 2014

Jim Cielencki announced today that he is stepping away from Sunday Bikes after 9 years.

One of the BMX world’s most creative and influential riders, his unique perspective on things carried over into his work as a member of the bicycle industry…whether that was in promotion, product design or his efforts with the Sunday team.

In his farewell post, Jim mentions that “my main goal with Sunday was to do interesting things with every aspect of the company.”

Jim’s championing of the ground-breaking Sunday Model-C and progressive 24″ riding are certainly two examples of that. Tweaking conventional cruiser geometry to create the Model-C was a bold move, and not without its detractors, but Jim’s vision of what a 24″ BMX could be ended up making a big impact on an area of BMX that was ready for a change.

And Jim didn’t stop there.

Jim actively promoted what was possible on a 24…whether that was in video edits, riding shots or clips of him riding a 24 in full-length videos (Up, Up and Away). While other companies introduced 24s into their lineups…they were often left to languish with little or no promotion and would later be dropped. The Model-C has been going strong since its inception.

The introduction of the Sunday Wave-C was another major step in the 24″ world that Jim also helped make happen. A super high-end frame with wave tubing and long list of features, it quickly became one of the most popular 24″ frames on the market.

Jim says he’s “off to new creative adventures.” If you look back on his riding career and his work at Sunday, I think you’ll agree he’s going to make a success of whatever he puts his mind to.

Cheers Jim!

Looking forward to hearing about what you get up to next.

 





From this angle it’s even radder

17 05 2013

A while back we featured a picture of Jim Cielencki riding this tricky feature in House Park (in Austin).  It was a pic that was originally posted on the Sunday Bikes site.  In that post, we said that:

you have to take off early and pull out far enough to clear the bars. And just to keep things interesting, it narrows at the top and goes over-vert!

It all the makings of a rad shot and for that it certainly delivered.

House Park Jim C

To give you a better understanding of how truly rad this shot is, I took a pic of this feature from an another angle during my trip to Austin last week.

House Park pizza slice featureLooking at it from this angle, just makes it seem even sicker!  Talk about a tight setup.