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Working on the night moves

3 02 2017

I don’t know how much Bob Seger Roma Abramov listens to…

…but in this clip, just like a young Bob Seger, he’s working on his night moves.

Radness.

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Gearing up for a winter street session

11 12 2015

Even though we’ve been blessed with warm fall weather (in most parts of North America at least)  it’s just a matter of time before the really cold stuff starts to take hold.

And while the old standbys of indoor bike parks and heated parked garages are always good options during the winter…sometimes you’ve just got to keep it raw and have yourself a good ol’ fashioned street session.

But before you do that, you have to be prepared.

A big part of that preparation is…dressing in layers.

What layers you say?

Ant Bloch of Harvester Bikes has put together a video to highlight the essentials for winter street riding.

As Ant explains, you’ll want to make sure you have the following:

  • Gloves
  • Long-sleeve shirt
  • Hoodie
  • Dickies or Carhartt-style insulated jacket
  • High-top shoes
  • Jeans
  • Toque/Beanie

A solid list for sure…and given that Ant rides in Canadian winters…he’s got some real-world experience riding in the cold.

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I can’t disagree with any of his suggestions but I would add one more item to the list: a moisture-wicking shirt.

Use it under (or as a replacement for) the long-sleeve shirt he mentioned to keep you less sweaty once the session really gets going. (I’ve started adding this to my cold weather-riding gear and it has really made a difference.)

So now that you’ve got your cold weather-riding gear sorted…don’t let a winter forecast get you down…get out there and get riding!

 





Curbed, dog

22 04 2015

It may seem odd to write about cement curbs on Earth Day (of all days) but in some way it is oddly appropriate.

Earth Day is a day when we–collectively–look at our environment in a different light.

Sure, it’s there every day but how often do we stop and appreciate it?

Now, think of the urban environment.

Curbs, banked surfaces, rails…to the average pedestrian these things barely register.

To a bike rider…well, these things make their eyes light up and stoke their imagination.

Stevil, over at All hail the black market,  wrote about this today –in the context of skating–but I think you’ll agree the same line of thought goes through the mind of any BMXer rolling down the street.

The rad thing about curbs is 99% of the population sees a cement block, if they even see them at all, and generally pay absolutely no mind to them whatsoever. Skateboarders on the other hand, look at them- This thing that’s so impossibly mundane, and see potential for a great deal of fun.

It’s all about perspective.

And the notion that fun…even with something as mundane as a curb…is never far from reach.

cmc-Liquid-manual2(Pic: ATX local, CMC finds himself some fun with a curb manual)





Picture this: BMX Cruisers Flickr group

4 10 2012

Today I stumbled on a cool Flickr group called BMX Cruisers.

The “About” section has this description:

This group contains pictures of people having fun with BMX cruisers. The main focus is on the salad days of 26″ cruisers, but two four peeps are welcome too.

It’s a pretty cool representation of the different facets of cruiser riding. There’s a bit of everything in this Flickr group: from flatland, to street, to pool riding, even just bombing the streets.

You might recognize a few familiar faces on it too.

Like Trent Brocker above.

Or Joseph Moody below.

Good to see pics of those guys tearing things up.

Heck, here’s another pic of Trent…it’s been a while since we’ve had a flatland pic on here.

Well worth a look.

Check it out here.

(All pics featured here by den dowling.)





Didn’t Coca-Cola get the memo?

18 07 2012

Coca-Cola made a bit of a splash recently with their sponsorship of Olympic contender, Sam Willoughby.

Of course, Sam’s been getting a lot of hype recently as he is one of the favorites to not only podium but possibly get the gold in the games.

Coke’s been using Sam’s image in a lot of advertising lately so you would think they would be hip to the nuances of the whole BMX thing by now.

That’s why I was a bit surprised to see this poster in my neighborhood convenience store.

“Go for the Gold” it says, along with a prominent Olympic logo and the image of a BMXer either riding street (or dirt I suppose) on  a bike with pegs!

Is the marketing department over at Coke unaware that there are different types of BMX riding?

Sure, there were rumors a while back that freestyle might make it into the Olympics but that hasn’t panned out. Now here we are a couple weeks out for the Olympics and we have a Coke ad with a street rider “Going for the Gold”.

Part of me thinks I should just let this slide and just be happy that BMX is getting some play from a major company. On the flip-side, however, I’m little ticked off that they could get it so wrong with this ad.

Maybe this will all change if Sam does get the Gold medal this summer.

Somehow I doubt it.





Bobby Fisher resurfaces on a Model-C

8 10 2011

Back in the 90s, Bobby Fisher made a name for himself with a style of riding that combined the technical aspects of flatland with a creative street element that was awesome to watch.

A regular in videos and magazines of that era, Bobby has now slipped out of the limelight for the most part.

Bobby’s still going strong though. ESPN recently caught up with him and found out that he’s still riding but now balancing that with running the family tire business and other aspects of day-to-day life.

What’s interesting though is that Bobby’s made the jump to a 24inch bike, specifically the Sunday Model-C.

Asked about the transition from a 20″ to a 24″, Bobby said,

The transition was actually easy. The Model C feels just like a 20-inch but with bigger wheels. I commute by bike quite a bit so I was stoked to be able to ride BMX more often.

But Bobby’s doing more than just commuting. As these pictures from ESPN show, Bobby is still tearing things up.

In flatland:

and street:

Whether it’s running  the family business or sticking with the types of riding  most fun to him (and what made him famous) Bobby has stayed true to his roots.

It’s great to see that Bobby has managed to keep his love for BMX going despite all his other responsibilities. And now that he’s doing it on a 24″ bike, I couldn’t be more stoked.

**If you’re not familar with Bobby Fisher, check out this clip from Style Cats back when Bobby was a key part of the Standard army. No doubt this cat’s got style.

Click here for the full interview.





4130 Subway Series is pure BMX

14 10 2010

These days with riders going off at the X-Games, the Dew Tour and in crazy web edits it’s easy to forget the simpler aspects of BMX.

Like cruising the neighborhood with friends.

Nothing quite replaces the joy of roaming the streets, hitting spots and feeling free as you roll along on your bike.

The 4130 Club has captured all those things in their monthly rides.

This is BMX in its purest form.

Respect.