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Springtime Skatepark Sessions

30 04 2018

With a colder than normal Spring, one has to seize the moment when Mother Nature offers some elusive warm weather to get  some riding time in.

Mike D (@bikesweride92) knows that full well and has taken advantage of the recent sunny weather in Southern Ontario (judging by his insta account.)

This clip from a week ago, for instance, is chock full of trickery:

Likewise, this sweet little clip from yesterday:

Kinda makes you wanna get out and ride, don’t it?

 

All clips filmed by @heatheralice

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romaonbmx rips

6 01 2017

I was checking out the #cruiserrevolution hashtag on Instagram earlier this week and was stoked to find some awesome clips from a Russian rider (living in Spain) named Roma Abramov (@romaonbmx).

He’s rocking one of those rare Vapor Blue Sunday Wave-Cs…and he knows his way around a skatepark.

Actually, he rips!

…and whips! (Sorry, couldn’t help myself)

Hope to see more from this guy in the future….





Joyride 150: one good thing about winter

14 12 2011

Sure the weather outside is frightful in many places right now but if you’re fortunate enough to have a good indoor park nearby count your lucky stars.

Joyride 150 is my home away from home during the winter months and it is a godsend.  With jumps, a skatepark area, pumptracks and cross-country stuff there’s a little something for everyone.

Heading out there for a weekly session is how I keep myself sane over the winter. While I miss hitting the local trails, I do kinda look forward to the laidback weekend sessions that happen during the colder months at Joyride.

As an added bonus, Drew Bezanson is a regular there.  As you might gather from the video below, that keeps things pretty interesting as well.

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Age is just a number

12 10 2011

While we’ve featured (really) old guys who ride before, by and large they’ve been racers.

That got me thinking about the freestyle/park guys…

Are the freestyle/park guys going to be able to hang when they start hitting 50?

Well, it looks likes I got my answer.

Check out this park rider, pushing 60, and still out there getting rad!

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I especially like crossbar pad he’s rocking. (Told ya they were making a comeback.)





This old dog still has some new tricks

12 05 2011

If you’re into 24″ BMX bikes, you’ve heard about Jim Cielencki, the driving force behind Sunday Bikes.

But how much do you know about his background and what keeps him motivated now that he’s an older guy and has been in the industry for decades, both as a rider and a bike company guy?

Old Guys who Ride caught up with Jim and asked him those questions and a whole lot more in an interview that they just posted on their site.

I especially liked this excerpt, where they asked how he deals with the fear of being hurt. Jim takes it one step further and talks about he works on an idea in a “safer” environment before going for it in another riskier situation:

It’s not so much the fear of getting hurt, it’s just dealing with how long will it take to recover and if it’s permanent.  I’m not made of rubber any more. Usually I take baby steps towards something.  I’ll work on an idea in a safer environment usually at a skatepark or something like that.  I make it so I understand the trick and the only issue is that I am just doing it at a different spot.  So in reality there’s just this little unknown part. I won’t really just go out and wing it because I want to continue riding.

It’s a great read…well worth checking out.

I also like it because it gives me an excuse to run this rad pic of Jim C. hitting this tight vert wall ride. Bad ass!





Custom parts make a one-of-a-kind ride

28 10 2010

If you’re on Sunday Bike’s Facebook feed, you may have caught this video of Wayne Keller riding his local skatepark.

What you may not know, besides tearing up the skateparks, Wayne also has a thing for repurposing, remachining and generally customizing his parts for his ride.

Check out his stem.  He carved the top off and engraved “Dork” on it. The cool paint job on both the stem and the sprocket are trick too.

His hubs are also attention-getting…painted in a “can’t miss this” orange.

To keep things fresh, Wayne’s redoing his bike at the moment and ditching the lime green and orange. He’s changing a bunch of his parts to different shades of grey.

Check out Wayne’s blog, carrot-bag.blogspot.com/ for more updates on the constantly evolving look of his Model-C.

Great to see  people  customizing their rides and making them their own.





Vert: the final frontier for cruisers?

8 01 2010

Cruisers have proven themselves at the trails, track, park and the street. They’ve also shown that they are more than capable flatland machines.

That’s why I find it a bit surprising that we haven’t seen more cruisers on vert.  Pictures and web edits are few and far between.

But I’ve done some digging…and this is what I came up with.

If you’re old school, you probably remember this BMX Action magazine cover, featuring R.L. Osborn and Eddie Fiola busting a couple of flatties on the T.O.L. ramp on some 24″ test bikes.

Then there was this picture of Joe Rich tearing up the Terrible One ramp on a Volume Sledgehammer. (I love this picture…awesome style.)

More recently, Ollie Sandles posted the following web edit of Peter Beer shredding a concrete bowl on his cruiser.

Will we see more photos and footage of cruisers on vert? I think it’s just a matter of time.