Sentenced to life Sentenced to life is the new flic by Brian Purdy who was also in charge of some Fox videos. Brian is not a 100% bmx filmer but more of an extreme sports filmer with snowboarding, skateboarding, bmx and also fmx. But this fact doesn't mean that Sentenced to Life is not 100% bmx. The film is pretty much based on Dave Mirra with a very impressive part - street/park riding only, no vert! Other parts belong to Dave´s friends like Josh Harrington, Scotty Cranmer, his new Mirraco teamrider Ryan Guettler, Matt Beringer and Mike Aitken. This list is a guarantee for bmx entertainment as you can imagine. Every riding style is served here. Before each part starts Dave introduces everyone with some words and discribes their styles in his way.
There is also a very nice bonus section with Mirra, Harrington, Cranmer interviews and bonus riding with Rob Darden and co. The only thing I dislike a little is the lack of riding noises. The music choises are great but some more authentic noise would be cool too..... But still Sentenced to life is worth having it in your dvd rack - espacially for watching Mirra's and Cranmer´s part.
Props really caught me with this one. To do reviews you need to find time to watch the DVD and then watch it again while you type up your review. With 7 other DVD's on the stack to review on FATBMX, it's hard to find time to finish it all. Props usually produces a decent length issue every time but this one was over 2 hours long. There was no need to add another previous issue of Props to #59 as they had maxed out on time already with all the footy.
Seems like #59 seriously goes down as the best one yet. I know we keep saying that but with the variety of the riding and spots, it's really a video that you need to see. The Backyard jam at the end of last year was off the hook. Street is where it's at and with almost a hundred riders on course you know that the finals will rule. The section is almost 8 minutes long and full of big tricks from Aitken, Osato, Hennon, Young and the others.
Man I appreciate it when people go out of their way to get a good cover. Welcome to RIDEBMX May 2006. That title you see in the cover photo is an actual billboard and Gary Young is footplanting it. You can tell by the table that San Diego's Gary comes from the school of Vic Murphy. Sweet. The May issue happens to be the Photo issue. I thought every issue of RIDE was a photo issue already. It's a quick read but at least I can say I read the issue, something that's harder to claim on some of the fellow BMX mags. RIDE is on top of things though and the (photo) quality is high. Find out who's stuck in the bathroom creating a mess. It's over dude. Here's the contents, stolen from Ride's Myspace:
Features Private Property: Nyquist's Unit: It's big, odd shaped, and covered in Skatelite.
We are in Taiwan right now & just received our final prototypes of our OneWay street & park pegs. These pegs are one product that I am very excited about & we have been working on these for a year now. These pegs are very unique in that they feature a special offset internal machining process that reduces the weight significantly. They also feature an optional built in chain tensioner which again reduces the weight of your bike set-up.
For the first 15 years of BMX freestyle, 44-16 was the gearing of choice. It was good enough to sprint towards a ramp and good enough to ride away from a flatland trick. Over the last years this has changed enormously. If you ride freestyle and run the 44-16 gear, you are looking pretty old school. It's safe to say that 44-16 is a thing of the past. Flatlanders went for smaller sprockets (in the front and in the rear) on their customized coaster hubs to make room for scuffing and spinning. The weight police has demanded small sprocket use among park riders.
Grips, the come in different sizes, hardness and colours. What else do you want me to tell you? They wear out quick but they don't cost you an arm and a leg. Grips with bar ends tend to last longer. Metal bar ends will hurt extra when the bars hit you in the head on a nasty crash. Use plastic ones. Some grips do come with plastic end-caps. This is a good choice. Do you like thick grips that give you some sort of "suspension" on rough landings, or do you want more control over your bars with skinny grips? Soft grips are nice on your hands but won't last as long as harder grips.