The early eighties were the golden years for BMX racing in Holland. With over 5000 licenced BMX-ers there was all kind of crap on the market to show you were a true "Fietscrosser". Almost every car in the parking lot of a BMX race had the "Ik Hou Van Fietscross" sticker on the rear window. It was popular, to say the least. The 7 cm high by 45 cm wide window sticker featured a bow legged [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=688]Tinker Juarez getting rad on his "Crossfiets"[/url].
Issue # 58 of Props is full of content. It starts off with a Colin Winkelmann memorial which has some real old school footage where you can see how Colin did it. He went big, from alley oop transfers, double flips in 1995 to jumping a bunch of cars. The interview that Leigh Ramsdell and Eugene did with him is a classic and also on this issue of Props. For that alone it's a must have if you ever had the chance to meet Colin.
Now that we're in the bonus section, you can also find a Dogs in the Fog clip of the wethepeople crew in Poland. If that's not international enough for you, #58 comes with the full Passport 2001 issue with footage from the FISE comp in Palavas, France, Bike 2001 in Birmingham, UK and a French road trip.
But let's go back to the curent time where tricks have gone absurd. The Elevation dirt contest in Whistler, Canada is absolutely insane and the footage shows how big the jumps really are. Triple whips, frontflips, it's all on tape. The Shitluck team went on a trip to the MidWest and hit spots that the Local Exposure tour visited and then some. Just more street riding that doesn't disappoint with riders like Ross Tanner, Billy Ashby, Derek Girard, KP, Wood, TAG and Metro. Luck wasn't on their side though. Injuries, tickets but what else can you expect from the Shitluck team?
Aigle, Switzerland:Just as NASCAR displays the winning car of the Daytona 500 at their Florida Museum, the UCi has a tradition of displaying all of the World Championship winning bikes at their impressive World Headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland. Amongst all of the road, track and mountain bikes that have taken their riders to rainbow-striped jersies, is one that is familiar to many American BMXers. It is the #1 machine of Redline Pro BUBBA HARRIS; the bike that took 20 year old Harris to 24 AA-pro wins in both ABA and NBL during 2005, as well as both the ABA and UCi World Championships.
Ruben Alcantara rides a signature 20.8" T-1 frame with parts from FlyBikes. We know Ruben is pretty picky on the set up he runs so we zoomed in on his bike in Prague. The products he ran at the world's probably just made it in the FlyBikes catalog and that's how it works. The riders test the sample products first before production is started. Ruben likes his bike to work well but he doesn't care about any scratches on his bike and doesn't take his bike apart when he travels.
The Spaniard usually brakes with one finger but switches to two when they don't work any good. The rim he ran in Czech was black but it was the only drilled rim that Fly had at the moment. Chrome works well but Fly is working on a new rim that should work good without being too blingbling. The crossing spokes is a way to make the wheels stronger and also the rim itself isn't that light. It's got thicker material to make them stronger, something that's needed to make up for the holes (that do save weight).
RIDE is 20 pages short of reaching the 200 page barrier. Man, I thought I would never see the day of BMX magazines this thick. Maybe that's why the mag was voted # 1 in the latest [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1072] FATBMX poll.[/url] What does the first issue of the year bring you? Now I can flip through the mag or simply list the Features list on the contents page. What do you prefer? Okay, I'll use the list then. 56. Eastpak UK tour, 58. Are you Chicken? I probably am as I wouldn't jump out of a 2 story high building onto a shady landing ramp. Mark Webb gets an interview and also a cover. Flairs for Breakfast starts at p. 64. Where does Shitluck get the money to do tours all the time with a bunch of people? Find out on page 76. T-shirt sales must be going crazy over there in Shitluck land...... P. 90 Manu Sanz was on board of the Cream/Eastpak tour in France. Enjoy the pics. The Revolt Jam is a rough weekend for the organizers but the good times overrule. More people decided to do a trip after the Backyard Jam. Here's Profile's version.
Issue 8 of twentyBMX arrived at the FATBMX offices and it´s another good one. The best thing about Twenty mag is that it is so current. The news section even has some NEWS that we have not heard about yet. The ABA Grands took place at the end of November and the mag has gone to print and was sent from the USA to Holland only a couple of weeks later. I like that speed. The news section tells us that Markus Wilke is riding for KHE. That was news to me. UGP is making shoes and Mike Saavedra´s trails are no more. The 6 days in Vegas report shows a bunch of stuff that was going on in the week of Interbike-Vans let it ride jam weekend. Baco A Go Go deserves a full page for the costumes alone. RedBull build/off gets a page, Backpack essentials is an article on products that should be in your backpack when you go out riding. The Grands get 6 pages of race coverage with loads of racer interviews. Aussie Corey Bohan gets a big interview and also made the cover. If he had not maxed out on his photo contingency for 2005, this will help.
The first issue was given to me by John Parker in Paris and the second issue by Jared Sourney in England so I guess the third issue will be hand over by Paul Zitzer in ? so the producers are also my distribution channel.
Sophisticated Rider is a magazine by the men above with all kinds of different "rider" sports like BMX, MX and Skateboarding. The funny thing is that me being almost 40 likes this magazine cause I like all kinds of riding but the "hardcore" BMX youth will pass the MX and SK8 articles and have to do it with a couple of pages with BMX.
This issue of SR has BMX'er Chris Doyle, Skateboarder Giorgio Zattoni, (B)(F)MX'er Ali Whitton, Snowboarder Andy Finch and FMX'er Nate Adams all interviewed with nice color pictures all over magazine. Jay Eggleston's article about his X-Games adventure is the best, he lost $ 1236.82 riding the X-games this year! Who thinks that they are all rich superstars are totally wrong!
Okay, I saw this commercial on TV that was about fireworks and extreme sports. It mentioned a website so I decided to check it out to see if there was any BMX in it. Guess what! The complete website is presented by quiz master Bas de Bever! The multiple BMX and MTB champion presents a game on the [url=http://www.extreme-fireworks.nl]Extreme Fireworks[/url] site wearing a Troy Lee Jersey. How funny. You gotta check it out for yourself. To understand the game you need to be able to speak Dutch. Learn more about the Dutch BMX coach by clicking [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=260]here. Ge bent un rund als ge mi vuurwerruk stunt![/url]
I am pleased to announce some new sponsors for this January's event. I have met a few new people promoting this contest like Todd Lyons who is running part of the SE Bikes operations on the east coast is down for supplying products and showing support for this event. I'm really stoked to have gotten a chance to speak with the Wildman. I also am excited about landing support from Sam at Tree bicycle company, Rick from Pyramid shoes, Rodney from High gear, AlanFoster from Felt bikes and Monster energy drinks. Monster's East Coast rep Stephen Catalano is hooking us up with some tasters for the event.
Let me thank all the sponsors who have supported me from day one of the bmxinvasion bike battles:"Mad Dog" Chris Moeller S&M bikes, Abe Ford my team manager at Dans competition, Rob-o from Fit bike co., Sean Mckinney Revenge industries, Jim Wannamaker from Kenda usa, George from Knight bmx, Mike McCafferty Elite footwear/ecd, Ralph Sinisi Animal bikes and Marco Massei from Props Visuals. These underground contests are not possible without the support from these great guys and their companies .