On Saturday evening, Cory Muth (Axis Media / DK), Ron Bonner (Shadow/UGP), and I were on our way to downtown Cincinnati. We had all had a few beers. I probably should not have been driving.
The quickest route downtown is through the roughest neighborhood in the Cincy area. The scenery in the ghetto is always pretty interesting. You’ll notice prostitutes and crack deals if you’re paying attention. I’m rarely surprised by what I see there. Saturday night was an exception. While driving down the major thoroughfare towards the center of the city, we passed a guy on a bike, fully decked out in vintage BMX gear. It was as if the world stopped for him in the mid 80’s. Ron was on his cell phone and didn’t notice the guy. Cory and I just started screaming, in disbelief. I busted a u-turn as quickly as possible, so that we could catch this guy and find out what his story was.
By the time we caught him, he was walking his bike due to a flat tire. I passed him and pulled over a few feet ahead. Cory and I jumped out of the car. Ron was still on the phone and doesn’t really know what’s going on. I’m sure that this guy thought that we were going to jump him. I asked him if I could get a picture with him. He agreed to pose but didn’t understand why. Upon closer inspection, here is what this guy was wearing: Haro jersey and leathers from 1987; Van’s checker board slip-ons; roost guard, and full face helmet. His bike was a Quadangle with a Landing Gear fork, old Haro number plate, and purple anodized rims and cranks.
Since we were in the ghetto and this nut had a flat, I offered him a ride home (did I mention that I had been drinking?). We toss his bike in my trunk and he gets in the back seat next to Ron. Ron is forced to end his phone call. I think that this is the first time that he really got a chance to see this guy. He wasn’t too psyched to be sitting next to some guy with apparent psychological problems.
On the short drive to this guy’s apartment, we start grilling him with questions. He starts talking about all of the other vintage gear that he has, but he’s talking about it as if it’s stuff that normal BMX riders wear all of the time. He mentions that there is another pro that lives in the city, as if he were pro himself. He says that the other pro’s name is Matt Pohlkamp, and that he rode for Schwinn.
I’ve lived in Cincy all of my life and have been street riding downtown far too many times to recount. I’ve never seen this guy before. I hope that I run into him again. Maybe I can get him to ride for DK.