Ahhh back again with a true old school picture from the May issue of BMX Plus1 (1980). The term Bicycle Motocross (BMX) is taken very seriously back then. It means sticking out your leg in the loose turn, crossing up the bars over jumps and ride any terrain that a motorcycle would go through.
The smooth BMX tracks of today do lack a lot of the Bicycle Motocross feeling. If it's too loose or bumpy, complaints will be heard. Sticking out a leg in the first turn? man, I'm clipped in!! When there's a chance of the track being muddy, some of the riders don't even bother showing up. How different it was back in the day when bike tests went on no matter how many puddles could be found in the first turn.
Paul's Boutique is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this upcoming weekend. We caught up with owner Paul de Jong to see how he survived:When exactly did you start Paul's Boutique BMX hardware store?
April 1st 1995 we started Paul's Boutique, Lambert van Stekelenborg (LAGEJA) and I teamed up and started a 100% PURE BMX shop, I bought him out in 2000.
What made you decide to start a BMX shop?
My shitty work as a salesmanager for roofing materials made it easy to quit my job and we couldn't buy anything in the Netherlands BMX wise so we started to import everything by ourselves and tried to sell it to the 100 riders that were left in the mid 90's.
It sucks when your own spot gets torn down. It doesn't matter if it's an official skatepark, trails or your ghetto spot.
Shred that place to pieces yo. Seek and destroy.
Barry Kohne is one of those riders who lives BMX. Besides being one of the talents that Holland has to offer, Barry works in a bike shop, started organizing contests and is working on a clothing company. Being a BMX-er also means taking risks. Barry is currently out with a messed up ankle. We asked him some questions for an article on FATBMX. How's your ankle and what happened exactly?
My ankle is getting better. Despite the fact I have to chill and can’t ride for the coming 4 to 6 weeks. I have got a cast now so I'm kind of immobile and that sucks! It happened at the first round of the XLseries in Heerlen....the first contest I organized. I did this handplant transfer from quarter to quarter, but it didn't work out that good. I slid out and twisted my ankle resulting in a broken calve and some torn ligaments.
From the July 1980 issue of Bicycle Motocross Action
UK 1.25 Pounds
USA $ 1.75
Ahhhh you gotta love it, the tabletop. Still today my favorite "trick" of all if performed well. Vic Murphy is the master of it but back in 1980 Building Leapin' Jones did some rad ones for Bicycle Motocross Action magazine. These flatties are so rad, never mind the bowlegginess. The V-sign all makes up for it. Thank you Donny Jones for letting us enjoy your style 25 years later.
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We have been really busy over here. Last weekend was awesome. Went to the DC Sprint Trails Event. Randy came home with the win, proving that Bombshell forks are the precision level fork for top pros. The way he was carving those turns, you would have thought it was Thanksgiving. Mike Day gave him a run for his money with the fastest qualifying time. No matter though Randy made it over the finish literally going over his bars in the final race to beat Day. It was a great event, thanks to Danny Meadows for taking care of the track and Dwayne over at DC for putting the event on and thanks to the Stumpfhauser's for letting them put the event on and all the hard work they put in. We'll be looking forward to next year.
You don't have to travel to Tasmania to ride 30 year old skateparks. Smaller budgets can bring you to Liege/Luttich/Luik. This Belgian city hosts a really old concrete snakerun. Inspired by the Burnside project in Portland, some people are looking into expanding the park. They're having a jam soon to collect some funds for cement bags. Here's all the 411 from Stephf:
Last year we organized two â€œconcrete workshopsâ€? at the snakerun of LiÃ¨ge (Belgium) with the Brusk crew. Young and old generation skaters and bmxers worked together in order to update the 30 years old skatepark!
Front Brake Revolution, Rampage Jam 2005
-By Ben Foakes-
The second FBR Jam just took place at Rampage Skate park, Davenport, Iowa, USA.
The event brought together the greatest front brake tech riders from around the globe to bid farewell to the legendary skate park that has served the mid-west BMX and skate scene loyally for the past 16 years.
It's been a busy month. Somehow there does not seem to be a slow time. Also in March we've kept the updates coming with the appreciated help from contributors worldwide. Without their help you would be stuck with what's going on in Helmond and Aarle-Rixtel and I can tell you, that's not enough for 3 updates a month!
What did we see at FATBMX in March?