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.
Wethepeople and Suelo make flatland forks. Here are four of them. The pink one is the Suelo, the others are from wethepeople. How hard is it for a shop to stock these things? Some flatland riders ride brakeless so they don't need brake lugs on their forks. Who wants pink forks? Who wants brown? Zero rake is in demand but 18 mm offset is steep enough for some.
This pedal took 2 years of developing. If you read the full description on the FlyBikes website, you get an idea of what goes into a goddamn pedal. Everything needs to work before it hits mass production and if you put your name on it (in this case Ruben Alcantara), you want it to be perfect. The pedal is strong (6061 aluminium) comes with 3.5 mm pins and griptape in the middle for extra traction. The box comes with extra tape and a set of 2.5 mm pins that you can mount with a 3mm allen key. If you do snap an axle, you can get the remaining part out from the inside with a 6 mm allen key. At 440 grams the pedals are pretty damn light and that's what matters these days. Help [url=http://www.paulsboutique.nl]Paul's Boutique[/url] get rid of some.
It's good to see some dirt riding on the cover of RIDEBMX. I'm sure Mark Mulville is stoked on getting a RIDE cover. [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1193]Losey photo[/url]. Up Front is up next with the Fine Print column on the right that has all the news. Wow, RIDEBMX has joined the myspace.com party. We took a look and found a review on their April issue. Myspace is good for something! We're going to use that review here and we're done. The easy way out this time, Yeehaw.
April 2006 Issue... (as stolen from myspace.com/ridebmxmagazine)
Got the new issue in the office the middle of last week. We totally slacked on getting on here, though. Please accept our sincere appology. It will never, ever, ever, ever happen again...until it happens again.
Unless you're a beach bum living in a warm place all year long you will need socks. What's better than a fresh pair? Vans have got three types to choose from. The DogTown skaters can go for the tube socks (far right). These socks that go up till your knee also work in your snowboard boots. For sunny conditions the classic Kick socks will do the job. You can get sunburn on your ankles this way too. The crew socks (grey in the photo) will work for any condition.
The German BMX mag is going steady. The latest issue has Hannuh Cools on the cover and in case you're wondering, the Belgian sky is always yellow (because of the fries and the mayonnaise and the yellow lights on the highway). Three Euros and twenty cents is a steal for a 68 page full colour BMX mag. Before you go out and subscribe to have it delivered to your doorstep, it's good to know that it's written in German. This will probably help with your German class at school so don't hold back. But what do you get? After the intro you get all kind of info in the news section. The 2006 event calendar is missing this summer's FAT-JAM (19 August) so mark that calendar now. Tons of DVD reviews, Kopp's music top 5, Freedom goes Emo article and then straight into the Backyard Jam report. The Lumberjack jam in Aurich took place without Gary Ellis there. At least he did not get a picture in the report. What's a magazine without an interview. Sig and Hannuh Cools are contest regulars from Belgium and explain what they're about in the 6 pages they get.
Didn't we laugh at Jay Miron's green spokes at that contest at Moreno Valley 10 years ago? Well, I did. It has taken a while but the trend is finally here. Primo jumped on it and came out with coloured spokes. You can choose from Red, Blue, White and Yellow. Spokes are not really a part that you can just bolt on. It takes some patience and skills to lace up a wheel. Why not give it a try now that it's cold and wet outside. This is the time to do it, spin that spokewrench! Once you get the hang of it, it's actually a good challenge and you will be able to get that kink out of your wheel next time you have a nasty hang-up.
DIG celebrates their 50th issue with a 132 page bound book. For $6 bucks it's yours and we can only recommend you get yourself a copy. Even if you crash and lay on the street you can make the cover of a magazine. Just ask Paul Robinson. The pages have gotten bigger which means more room for text and bigger pics. After flipping through the Dig This section with news on Dave Young, DIG tattoos, family photo albums, Baz and Leland (of course) and the DIG office, it's time for the Flat Earth Society with a report on the Braun Flatground comp and a bio on Kotaro Arai. The Video stor has DVD reviews and a short interview with Rob-O on the upcoming FIT DVD. The retrospective is with non other than Ian Morris (4 pages) and Taj (also 4 pages). Lost For Words is a photo article with 22 pages of killer shots from Terra, Oberlachner, Adam, Holton, Carson, Docherty and Dolecki.
If we give you a list with the content of the January/February issue of Cream magazine, maybe you can decide for yourself if you really need to have this issue. We say it's a stacked issue, especially for the winter months. The text is in French/English and the photos are great. Cream covers the International BMX Lifestyle and costs 5 Euros. For more info check [url=http://www.cream-bmx.com]the Cream website[/url].