The May/June issue of RIDE arrived in the mailbox last week. I took the copy on the Deconstruction tour as there would be plenty of time to kill on the tour bus. It takes a while to read the whole magazine as it has a lot of contributions from different people. I would make a rundown of the magazine but somehow the book disappeared when I grabbed my stuff early in the morning when we arrived at the Malpensa airport to go home.
If you want to know what issue 85 has to offer, click on the RIDE BMX banner on the left and go straight to their website. It has a feature that tells everything about the current issue. They even announce it as the "Best Issue Ever," really!
For 2005, Haro has become the official BMX sponsor of PointXCamp, one of Southern California’s premier action sports camps. This summer, PointX campers who don’t have bikes, break the bike they brought with them, or just want the chance to try out something different, will be able to hop aboard one of the Haro bikes in PointX’s extensive demo fleet. In addition to the bikes, Haro will provide PointX with a wide array of frames, handlebars, pegs, seats, tires, grips, and other items to help support their program.
The [url=http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=6583982549]link to this survey[/url] will most likely be a strong determining factor in how BMX is handled in the USA in regards of allowance in public skateparks. If you are a park owner and want to put in your two cents, please take a few minutes to fill it out and also pass it on to any city people or anyone that could help.
We've got a new poll up on the FATBMX website. You can find it in the left column when you scroll down a bit. This time you can show where you are going to go this summer. The contest program seems to be crazier than ever and we had to make a little selection on events. For a full list of contests and jams, go to the Event Schedule button and start making a plan.
We've got the results of the first FATBMX poll: This is what I ride. We stopped the poll at 750 voters that took care of a total of 1223 votes.
The 2005 Mobile Skatepark Series kicks off in May with a return engagement to Cincinnati, OH. From there the tour winds its way through Texas, California and Arizona before wrapping up in Los Angeles, the epicenter of the action sports universe. The full 2005 Mobile Skatepark Series schedule includes the following dates and locations:
FOX RIDERS COMPANY ANNOUNCES WORLDWIDE LAUNCH OF NEW EYEWEAR LINE FEATURING OAKLEY TECHNOLOGY
Fox Riders Company (Fox) announced the launch of its inaugural line of sunglasses, part of a strategic alliance with Oakley. The Duncan, The Dean and The Wade are new eyewear styles that combine the spirit of Fox with the patented technology and premium craftsmanship of Oakley. In keeping with the exclusive four-year agreement between the two companies, Oakley is responsible for the manufacture, marketing and worldwide distribution of the eyewear inventions.
Greasy Comb Distribution is announcing the addition of four brands to its growing line-up: Proper Bike Co. (UK), Superstar (France), St. Martin (France) & Tioga (Japan). David Wooten, Greasy Comb's U.S. rep explained that he is very excited to work with each of the brands, due largely in part to their unique product lines. Here's a bit more from Wooten on who each of the brands are and what they have to offer.
Proper Bike Co: The UK-based company is owned and operated by Vert rider Carlo Griggs Carlo who also designs most of Proper's products. Proper is a very popular brand in other parts of the world and has now decided to enter the ultra-competitive U.S. market. We are very excited to work with a brand like Proper that is already well known and desired.
Elite men results of round three and four of the Euro BMX Championships in Klatovy, Czech Republic just came in. Check how your favorite rider did.
Saturday Round 3
Elite Men (63 Riders)
1 Roger Rinderknecht/SUI
2 Michal Prokop/CZE
3 Lukas Tamme/CZE
4 David Gibert/FRA
5 Dennis Wissink/NED
6 Ivo Lakus/LAT
7 Henrik Baltzersen/DEN
8 Thomas Allier/FRA
This one has a strong Believe it, or not?! feel to it. Sometimes we hope to be incorrect about what we put on this site, that's definitely the case with this story on Kevin McNeal. Kevin was one of the early heroes of BMX. He was taller and stronger than most which resulted in factory rides, number one plates and winning a Trans-Am car for his efforts.
The "Where are the now?" question regarding the old pros also goes for Kevin. Stories of McNeal showing up at the Twin Palms trails with a few Corona's (he was the Corona kid after all) came up years ago but it got silent after that.
The latest we heard was that Kevin was stuck in a Mexican prison. The reason for that is somewhat unclear but when his brother visited him, he was far from the big man he used to be. It must suck being captured in Mexico so we say: Free Corona Kid!
BMX Plus! magazine used to run a comic called Radical Rick. Every issue had a new episode which was fun to read. Damian! was the artist that produced the BMX cartoons.
This page shows one of the early drawings of the comic before it went full colour.
Click on the image to see a bigger version of Radical Rick!