France has got three BMX magazines left. One of them is BMX-up. The February/March issue has a bunch of stuff in it. Here's the list:
P. 06: Les News
P. 012: Les Mike Ardelean
P. 014: Templar distribution
P. 018: File No-pegs
P. 024: Nicolas Joigneaux interview
P. 028: On the Grond, Christmas Jam
P. 030: Road trip to Belgium
P. 032: Interview Anthony Coqterre
P. 034: Kevin Guerdner interview
P. 042: Jason Richardson interview
P. 048: Wild Wild North-East trails
Origin magazine. 48 pages. Free.
Origin is a magazine from the UK that covers MTB, Snowboarding, Wakeboarding, FMX, Surfing and BMX. The only way those type of magazines works is for them to be given out for free. No one is going to spend his hard earned cash on a magazine that only has 4 pages of his/her favorite sport in it. They'll buy a BMX magazine instead. Origin is a free magazine so they got that part right.
Issue three has an "Inside the mind of Chris Mahoney" interview (page 28-30). Chris also made the cover. Other than that there's a bit on BMX racing on page 16.
Origin is a magazine that can help you kill some time on a (short!) road trip and not worry about your best friend taking it. It's not a loss when you don't have all issues in your magazine collection.
This Van Doren Rubber company ad shows the real Made in USA Vans style #38 hi-tops. You could recognize the new shoes by the smell alone. Natural tacky rubber waffle sole, available in many colours and later also with a side-print.
In the VANS advertisement from 1980 it is a young Greg Hill endorsing the product. It states: "Van's (as in Van Doren's) #38 style is the newest in the finest collection of super BMX footwear." Seeing that the shoe is still available today, you cannot doubt its popularity.
Back then, the style #38 hi-top shoe cost $ 29.95. The Slip-On model (style #98) cost 10 bucks less. Check your local VANS dealer for the current prize or visit:
Shimano put the best product on the market 22 years ago. The DX pedal. It had a different shape than anything else that was available at the time. The competition came from KKT, SR and also Skyway had a similar aluminium pedal on the market.
Shimano's DX pedal had a concave platform and used 12 unique stud pins for an amazing grip. The first of its kind. The revolutionary parallelogram profile made it easy to get your feet back on the pedals quick. The body was made from a solid one piece alloy. Shimano changed the BMX pedal industry with the DX model. Many copies would follow.
Side note: The DX pedal has more purposes than providing pedal grip. It is an excellent beer bottle opener and we have seen people use it as a knuckle-ring. Without axle for better movement, with axle for extra weight. Seriously.
FLATtv Five Autumn 04/Winter 05 DVD by Ninja Inc. ProductionsThe Ninja did it again! Long hours of hard work paid off with his fifth
FLATtv DVD. As always this is a Flatland only DVD featuring
the famous Dreamsession, Winter Jams, Circle Cow 05, KGB Agents, Night riders, Berlin City Games, London Scene and Jason Forde interview all mixed with European music by DJ Green Goblin.
As a bonus you see The Making of FLATtv 5, Schwarz-Rot-Gelb, Highlights of Volume 1 & 2 and a Just Ride! session.
This is a 4**** out of 5 with 60 minutes of European Flatland!
Available at better bike shops in Europe.
FreedomBMX Bicycle Motocross magazine issue 62
Number 62 of the German BMX magazine goes a bit international with stories on the Props Megatour (with the German WeThePeople company on board) and also made it to Tallinn for the Pop!Session that took place early January. The Wizzards with flattitude is a flatland jam report and also the Whootall JAM is covered in this issue. You can count on sharp photo's from the hands of Kay Clauberg all over issue 62 including the Gallery section. The German scene has been staying busy in the winter with another jam for park riders in Wuerzburg and a Woozy jam on page 54. Want more flatland? got it. Page 56 has a report of the "Flatland fuer arme, flatland fuer beine" contest. For the rich and the poor, for the arms and the legs, or something. Lowcash is taking care of a flatland how-to on page 58 and Gregor Podlesny is demonstrating the downside whip for the park riders. You can find a bunch of products on page 62 and 64 and a cool article on the Youth of Today (not the band). Video and media reviews. Check. It's one full issue. A must for every BMX-er who speaks German.
Here's a copy of a Blazer ad from an early issue of BMX Action. It shows that back in the day they used real cowboys to test BMX bikes. The little kid in the middle is all padded up because if he doesn't do his job, the whip comes out. Whap!!
It's a good thing that Terrible One (located in Austin, Texas) have not taken up the traditional way of testing bikes. Poor Ruben in the range like a torro and Taj and Joe handling the whip...... whap!!!
The Unseen "State of Discontent"Hellcat Records "The Unseen" grew up in Boston and
learned to play their instruments when they still went to
school, now they toured to Japan, Europe and all over the
USA so who says school isn't for Punks....
The A-Head system has been a great invention for the BMX bike. The goosenecks from the early days followed by the Tuf- and Pro Neck type of stems had a few flaws.
First of all, with a little force you could move the stem in the forks, especially if you ran it high. The biggest problem was the headset getting loose all the time. When you were out for a BMX session, you always saw people grab the headset and turn the big nut and bigger ring to get the forks tight. Keep in mind that we did not have the right tools to counter lock the big nut and the ring. But even with the right tools, the headsets seem to get loose from time to time.
This changed with the invention of the Aheadset. I believe it was used on mountain bikes first and then got adapted on BMX bikes. Standard Byke Co were one of the first ones to change to this