Name: Bill Bryant Hometown: Murrieta, CA now. (Don't really have a home town since we moved around a lot as a kid but I claim Torrance, CA since it's where I went to high school.) Occupation: Art Director, bartender
People in BMX world might not know you, what is your connection with BMX? Bill: I'm partners (not that kind!) with Harold "McGoo" McGruther
Name: JASON "TIMMY" BALL Hometown: HUNTINGTON BEACH,CA Occupation: BAD ASS
What is your task at S&M these days, and what was your job when you first started? Jason: My job title is production manager but I do a little of everything. I set up and maintain the machines we get in. Build all of the fixtures.
Name: Kim Boyle Hometown: Carlsbad, CA, Occupation: Jack of all, Master of none
For people who don't know you, what is your connection to the BMX industry? Kim: I sent away for a CYC BMX catalog in 1977 and I've been hooked ever since. As far as my connection to the industry in the late 80's I worked for GT Bicycles first in customer service then I graduated from the McGoo school of team management & went on to be their freestyle TM. From there to Airwalk to handle team duties for BMX & Snowboarding. Then Vans for the same plus a bunch of footwear and brand development. After that Hoffman bikes, ESPN & the last industry position was two wheeled specific graphic design for DC shoe Co.
When did you start your blog and BCM, and is it your fulltime job? Kim: July 28th 2008, no but it is a full time monkey on my back. I can't even remember what I was thinking when I started it.
Name: Nate Hanson Hometown: Bellflower, Ca, now residing in Fountain Valley, CA Occupation: Blitzkrieg Motorsports- Owner, BMS Off Road - Owner
Going from rider to welder, when was that moment for you when you realized that paying the bills as a rider wasn't going to last forever? Nate: I can’t say there really was a defining moment. I can say I was always realistic about a career as a rider, and knew at some
Name: Jim Sibley Hometown: Shelbyville Occupation: Rock 'n roll
Let's go back a few years. Early 1990-s, what were you doing back then? Jim: Smoking pot, putting stickers on the first Dirt Bros frames and hanging out with Vic Murphy, Pete Augustin, and all the original Dirt Bros
Did you grow up playing soccer, then BMX just like your brother did? Shea: We both played soccer when we were young but as we got into our middle school days, I strayed away from team sports and I focused on more flatland and street style stuff, jumping on trampolines and getting into trouble. I tried to wrestle in high school, I did all right but it was never really as fun as BMX.
Not sure if many people know that you have been welding all this time next to riding bikes. Did you actually have a welding class at school or something? Osato: Ya in high school we had a great metal shop with lathes, milling machines and welders. I got into it so I could fix my bike whenever it broke. It helped me out so much and saved me money.
It's hard to stay on top of things as a pro rider. Do you have that same feeling when you're welding, do you have the drive to get better all the time? Osato: For sure. There is so much to learn about welding and metal in general. It will take a long time to be on top in this industry, but I love it because it's a never ending learning process.
Can you compare bike riding with welding in a sense where at first you do it for fun. Then you do riding demos for extra cash or weld something for a friend for a few bucks, and then it turns
Scott, what was/is your involvement with BMX? Scott Towne: It's a lifelong obsession. I still ride BMX as much as possible. I have trails at my house, so when the weather is working with me, I ride those almost every day I'm home. In the winter, I have ramps in my barn and I try to ride the skatepark a couple times a week. Most of these sessions are about a half an hour long,