I've been guilty of telling Props to do something new. After the umpteenth Props VM, Megatour and Roadfools why not do something different. And here it is, the Props Rock 'n Roll DVD. After talking to several riders who joined the tour they were all over it. It was a big posse on the road but good times were had. The final product is of great quality and shows a lot of riding and a lot of the bands. And that's where my problem comes in with the Rock 'n Roll DVD.
Unless you're a big fan of the Greyscale, The Snake Trap or This Bike is a Pipe Bomb, you're being robbed from quality riding footage of riders like Scotty Cranmer, Tobias Wicke, Morgan Wade, Chris Doyle,Ryan Nyquist and plenty of others that joined the tour. It's not that I dislike any of the bands but if you're expecting the Rock 'n Roll tour to be a BMX DVD, be prepared to use that FFwd button quite a bit.
Public trails are hard to find. Most of the time they're private or hidden in the bush so noone can find them. This will protect the jumps from being killed by people who don't know what they're for. Another option is the Abflughalle in Germany which is an indoor dirt spot where you have to pay to ride. The Helm Trails at the Johannes Vermeerlaan in Helmond are a public spot. Everyone can ride at any time of the day. For free. Truckloads of dirt were dropped but the last couple of truckloads had the wrong dirt. That's why the locals are trying to get some more dirt from the local council. Dirt that holds up under the riding and the rain. Good sessions have been going on regardless and the building process never stops. Kids have their own section and also this part of the trails is being sessioned heavily. The part of the city where the trails are located (Helmond Noord) doesn't really have the best reputation but the trails are a perfect fit and we yet have to face the first incident. Last year's Helm Jam was a success and the next jam is scheduled for 9 September 2007. Until that time let's hope that the truckloads of dirt arrive to add some jumps and to fix up the existing ones with a new layer.
Taking a page from the Motocrossers, the grip has an inverted ridge near the flange. The MX'ers started running these on their grips so that they could use thin gauge wire and secure the grip onto the bars tightly. It also serves to keep water out saving us bmx'ers from a case of the throttle grip. On the inside of the flange side of the grip are another 4 small ridges. I can only assume these are to help keep the grip even more firmly onto the bar and to reduce any slippage during operation.
The rubber of the grip is made of a soft compound - they feel soft but definitely not too spongy. I ride with gloves but these grips have so much traction on them I could easily ride without them. Plastic bar ends compliment each grip.
Chris has gone with a smaller flange on them along with a pair being in the $10 range. Their price is a little higher than your average grip but there is nothing average about this grip from the very detailed design down to the high quality packaging.
With the support of American Suzuki, the race for ABA’s National #1 Titles has become faster, louder and more competitive! In 2007, the 8 ABA National #1 Titles are now worth much more than just number plates and trophies. Along with ABA’s coveted National #1 Cup, in 2007 ABA National #1 Title Winners will be awarded a brand spanking new Suzuki. Here's the list of the ABA National #1 points leaders in all catagories!
AA PRO 1 RANDY STUMPFHAUSER 1228 2 BUBBA HARRIS 1188 3 CRISTIAN BECERINE 1188 4 DANNY CALUAG 1051 5 DEREK BETCHER 870 6 JAVIER COLOMBO 609 7 KYLE CUSHMAN 609 8 DONNY ROBINSON 579
A lot has been going on in the Felt camp and I have been super busy finishing up the 2008 line of bikes. The bikes look good, be on the look out late summer. The biggest news is the Scotty Cranmer is now a bicycle shop owner. SC ACTION SPORTS opened on April 1st. It was an empty building to start so it will take a while to get fully stocked but from what I hear it is growing everyday. Of course a full line of Felt BMX bikes are in. Back in the day there was a huge BMX shop in NJ called Bicycle World of Howell, over the years ownership changed and the BMX focus was lost. The opportunity came up to open a bike shop in the building and Scotty and his family are going for it. The Howell BMX track is behind it and has plenty of land for other projects when the time comes. Cool to see another rider becoming a store owner. Don’t think the new bike shop has kept him tied down, he has been a busy man. At one point last week he had a Jeff Z. shooting him for Fox photos, Fuel TV doing a “day in the life” and Walter P. was with him for a week filming for a Props interview. In the middle of this he flew to CA to have a meeting with a new potential sponsor. Once that calmed down he headed off to Utah, New Mexico, Dallas and Austin to do some signings at Vans retail stores.
Big name BMX riders Mark Webb (GBR), Mike Spinner (USA), Gary Young (USA), Mike Laird (USA), Dave Mirra (USA), Daniel Dhers (Venezuela), Alessandro Barbero (ITA), Ben Wallace (GBR), Mike Miller (GBR), Barry Kohne (NLD) and Chris Mahoney GBR) have signed up for the first stage of the Braun cruZer Tour 2007 at the five-day Nokia FISE event in Montpellier, France which begins on May 16th. Webb (UK) has risen to become one of the world's best spine and street riders and has so far won the previous two Braun cruZer Tours in 2005 and 06.
He will face a strong challenge not only from the American pros, but also fellow Brit Wallace who was second in last year's Braun cruZer Tour. Italian Barbero, who won the Pro Park competition at the 2006 Suzuki BMX Masters could be a good outside bet while Kohne, Miller and Mahoney will also be keen to get their hands on a share of the 5,000 EUR first round prize.
"I wanted to do a flatland night club tour through New Orleans. I basically presented the Idea to Red Bull that I wanted to hit 3 night clubs in one night. I wanted to pull people off the dance floors at the clubs and show people how awesome flatland was! I brought along Ben Crockett From BMX PLUS to cover the tour, MC Scott O'Brien to get the crowd hyped while I rode, and of course my Friend Mickey Gaidos to film this great piece . One cool part about the flatland Tour was that we went to each club in a stretch Limo. I was stoked that the tour went well and every person that watched had a new understanding of BMX Flatland!"
SNAFU BMX signs Matt Sparks to the SNAFU PRO TEAM for 2007. Matt is an amazing rider who pushes the envelope when it comes to going big and innovation in the sport of BMX. Who he is and how he rides is the kind of person we are excited to have on the team. Matt Sparks: "For a long time I've been wondering if I'll ever make it onto a companies true “pro team” and I'm excited that it can be SNAFU."
Some of you might know him as the loud one, some will know him as a caretaker. We all know this guy knows how to enjoy his weekends, but most of all he has been a very successful BMX team manager for Vans. He has put together one of the most respected teams out there, with a greater variety of riders then most. He takes care of his riders like they were his own kids and manages to get them on covers on a monthly basis, worldwide. With all this said, let's find out what "Bad boy" Badders is really all about.
The National Bicycle League is looking for someone with a passion for BMX and the skills to back it up! Are you the type of person that continues to push themselves beyond expectations, passionate and committed beyond the average employee? We are looking for a Communications Coordinator who has BMX experience and enjoys an exciting, fast-paced, creative environment.