Last minute gift ideas

20 12 2016

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably starting your Christmas shopping right about now…and freaking out.

Unfortunately, it seems to happen to me every year.

Now, if you’re buying something for a fellow rider, want a few suggestions for your family…or maybe you’ve come in to some early holiday cash (yeah!), I’ve got a couple suggestions for you.

(Of course, because it’s so late in the game I suggest opting for the expedited shipping if you’re hoping to get them in time for Christmas.)

 

Ride of my life by Mat Hoffman with Mark Lewman.

A classic. Mat Hoffman, the Stuntman’s Stuntman needs no introduction. And Mark Lewman, one of the OG players from Freestylin’ magazine’s “Master Cluster”, makes sure the words flow. Can’t go wrong with this book…multiple eras of freestyle and non-stop radness and hijinks. Wish I could find my copy. Maybe I’ll buy another.

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Ray’s: The Inspirational Story of the World’s First Mountain Bike Park by Johnathon Allen and Ray Petro

Ray Petro’s story of turning his life of alcohol and drug abuse around to go on to build the world’s first indoor mountain bike park in Cleveland is inspiring, reads like a movie, and will make you even more stoked about one of my favorite places to ride. Definitely worth checking out.

rays-mtb-book

 

Rad Rides: The Best BMX Bikes of All Time by Gavin Lucas and Stuart Robinson.

Get all bike-nerdy over the holidays…This book covers multiple eras and includes details on both the bikes and the collectors. Fun to flip through and check out all the cool builds.

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Edwin grips by Animal. Probably my favorite grip. Super comfortable. Get some.

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Cruiser Revolution shirt.

Upgrade your look already. New year, new threads.

 

t-shirt-model(This one will probably arrive after the holidays…but hey, it’ll give you something to look forward to, right?)





Rad Rides: not in Oprah’s book club

17 05 2012

I recently picked up a super cool book called, Rad Rides: The Best BMX Bikes Of All Time (Intercity, Gavin Lucas & Stuart Robinson).

And while it will probably never be an Oprah Book Club Selection, I think this a book that you’ll still want to check out.

Tracking the evolution of BMX bikes from the 70s to the modern day, it’s cool reminder of how far we’ve come in terms of BMX technology, and also how in many ways, we have stayed more or less true to the original designs from back in the day.

There are also cool one-off bikes, like Woody Itson’s gold-plated Hutch Trick Star.

And in the “modern era”, some of Jim Bauer’s cool custom projects.

24″ BMX gets some love too.

Whether it’s an OG Patterson cruiser, a 2009 S&M 24″ 38 Special or an early SE Floval Flyer…Rad Rides has got that covered too.

Overall, I’m pretty impressed by this book.

Just thumbing through the pages, I find myself constantly stopping and poring over each cool ride.

If you have any roots at all in BMX, you gotta check this book out.