The Eurobike show has a big reputation when it comes down to BMX freestyle shows. GT cracks were brought over in the late '80-s and Early nineties. Also Dennis McCoy made it over one year for Mongoose. The BMX track in the middle with dirt jumps has seen plenty of good action but the last couple of years it kind of stuck with European demos. Last year saw the La Finca ramp there and this year it was basically a one man show on the track (Todd Lyons on his SE BMX bike against everyone else on their MTB-s) but there was more. Turn2 was hired to do flatland demos and they brought over a great crew of riders with 2005 World Champ Michael Sommer, Wolfgang Sauter, Seppl, Matti Rose and Frank "Lowcash" Lukas. They even brought over their own DJ and an MC.
Turn2 showed that flatland can be damn cool. The show on Saturday night was insane. Good sound, good vibe and great riding. The riders were feeding off of eachother which is always the best.
Had no clue who the guy on the cover was or where the shots was taken. Osato gets the cover of the November issue doing a nosepick at the Little Devil warehouse in PA.Sergio Layos gets the contents page, always good for a full colour picture. Castillo makes Pizza and the Shadow crew has finally come to rest. What's NKE6.com's deal anyway? Letters, yeah, pretty stupid ones. Up Front always has some good stuff. TJ on MTV and Hoffman in ESPN magazine, Steve Crandall hanging out with P-diddy. Mainstream or what? Kill the camera thieves. Rockledge, PA. What?! exactly. Downs explains. Danny Hickerson is answering your look in the face tailwhip questions in Pro Q & A. Did he say where the button is on his bike to spin it around?
Reviews; sure, they get some swag over there at RIDE too. Burnside, been there, done that. It was early too. Wilkerson then and now, the perfect guy to answer those questions. Products: Adio shoes, Volume Frame, Premium Sprocket, SNAFU grips, Oakley glasses and
Eurobike kicked off the 2006 Trade show marathon. The show seems to get bigger every year. It's hard to find good space for a booth and the brands who decided to display outdoors were lucky this year as it did not rain.
What was new? KHE had a fair bit of new product at their booth. From a 249,= Euro complete flatland bike to a new freecoaster hub, a super light tire in two sizes, a 10,25 KG complete bike, new Prism tires, a prototype stem and a chain that works with the super small 9T sprocket in the back. All KHE complete bikes are now assembled in Germany. Goldie (Butler) still has a signature model out.
ENERGY SKATEPARK, Telford, UK.
Whilst of street riding today I got a chance to check out a new park; The ENERGY SKATEPARK is now the midlands premier skate park facility... In fact with the exception of kidderminster this is the only indoor park available to bmxers in the Midlands area making it a life saver considering in less than a month it will probably be dark by five o'clock. Any way on with the crack the park has some good lines and plenty of potential to expand into a much better facility. Some of the ramps include; a 5ft spine, a small volcano, a small jump box, a sloped wall ride (which is the bollox to learn tricks on!), a midi ramp, a large wallride, various qtrs and grind rails!
The parks situated on Tweadle industrial estate, in an area called brookside just outside Telford, UK, bmx sessions are on; Tuesday 7pm-
#38 Aout/Septembre 2005. It's the TOUR issue with reports from the Roadfools tour, the Shitluck Mow-It tour and the Eastern Dragon tour (Hey Leigh, still worrking on that report?). The issue starts with Soulfood and then Wicke grinds up a rail to tailwhip off in the contents/sommaire page. This mag is in French so if you don't speak the language, all that's left is watch the photos. In the Blah/Blah section we can figure out that Kabal is on standbye, Gazoil is on SX, Poupou organizes BMX camps and tha the park in Rennes is about to get shut. Que Pasa with wethepeople and superstar? They're throwing in Spanish now? Damn. News and reviews on page 14. Contest reports on page 16 (4 of them on one page!) and more summer jams packed on page 18/19 (including the UCI Worlds, Festy Urban contest, Destroy Jam and Isbergues). At Soul they sure know how to use their space.
Manu Massabova's bike gets tested and then it's off to the TUNING page. Eastern tour follows and then there's a city report on TOURS, a city in France (p.34). Roadfools 14 by Rob Dolecki starts on 46. Ends on 060 where the Shitluck tour starts.
FLATtv DVD Volume Six Spring/Summer 05
To start: This is a five star Flatland DVD!
Why: If you ride flatland this DVD is a must have, if you like the European scene and music this FLATtv will be in your player for months!
What's in it: FLATLAND of course!
Who made it: Renato aka Ninja Inc Productions from Hellmond NL
Features: Summer Sessions, Ninja Spin 2005, Eberswalde Scene, Worlds Prague, Raphael Chiquet, BMX Masters KÃ¶ln, Daniel Fuhrmann and the Famous Dreamsession.
Carlo Griggs of Proper Bike Co. added Ramps to his playground
Knowing Carlo for over 20 years he still is the same person as he was back then. Building ramps in his backyard and never stops building, he should have become a carpenter as a profession.
If he is not busy enough with running his IMG Distribuiton company or working on new stuff for his bikecompany Proper he makes the locals and himself happy with another rampsection. After 3 months of work its finally done so now they can wait for half a year till winter is over and ride.....
San Jose Day 5 was pretty much a slow day, all that was occurring was BMX Park Finals, which although is a big event, most of the athletes were pretty beat up from riding hard for 4 previous days straight. I too, was exhausted because this was just a tiring week so I didn't really get a good report at the event of what happened in BMX Park finals, but once again thanks to my friend Alex and good ol TiVi have no fear, we have a complete report for ya still.
Park finals would go down at 1pm inside the HP Pavilion and you could pretty much tell the riders were throwing everything they had into the park runs but their bodies were just not there.
Saturday would be a pretty calm day BMX wise, the only thing going down was Park Prelims which would begin at 2:30pm. So still being pretty warn out on BMX Park I headed out to the FMX course to watch the guys practice a little bit, somehow I always seemed to get sucked into the Moto X events, I don't know what It is about them, maybe it's the fact that the majority of the riders in FMX (all but one that I've encountered) have been beyond nice and conversational with the fans. They opened the gates at noon on Saturday so being the anti-social person I was feeling like that day, before they let the crowds in I headed back to Park to find a seat to watch the prelims go down.
At FATBMX we received another issue of Props Video Magazine. We gotta give props to the PROPS crew for bringing out issues for so long. The bonus issue that came along with issue 57 is from the summer of 1996 and has a bunch of stuff including the '96 X-Games and Kris Bennett and Neil Wood interviews. If you did not have those on DVD yet, you do now when you purchase the latest Props production. It's amazing to see how far the development in production has come and watching issue 57 compared to issue 14 is a big difference.