I checked for the cover price on this magazine. It's 3 Euro 20. That's pretty cheap for 84 pages of full colour BMX coverage. Make sure you pick up a copy at the newsstands when you make it over for one of the German contests this summer.
What you get is a nice covershot of Alex Dropsy getting stylish over some doubles. Michael Steingraeber takes some great pics. One of them is the Contents spread. Flatland represent. Lots of regional news this time and a full events calendar. Reviews, an article on saving weight, the third generation of BMX riders, the Braun trailpeople report and a Ravage jam article. It doesn't stop here. If you still didn't make it in the magazine by now, here's some more chances: Bike Show report, photo gallery, Muenster scene report, XL series at Heerlen, Pariah in Berlin, Roadstar jam, product stuff, Verthaus report, commercial shoot in Barca, how-to's, letters, you get the picture, it's a full issue.
The new kid on the block in the USA in the BMX magazine market is Twenty BMX. Spearheaded by ex-Transworld BMX managing editor Kevin McAvoy and photographer Justin Kosman, the Twenty crew have already finished three issues since the beginning of this year.
The question is if there is space for a new magazine. With BMX Plus!, Dig, Ride, Faction and RIDEBMX available on the USA market already you would say, not really. Unless it's refreshing and I think the mag brings a bunch of good stuff. The pages are massive to start with which is good for bringing big pictures and putting lots of content on each page. BMX racing doesn't have much of an outlet in the USA and with the demise of Transworld BMX and Moto-Mag, all eggs were in BMX Plus!'s basket. Twenty is helping out with a different look on racing than ever before.
You have to appreciate the work that goes into making a magazine. Sometimes you take it for granted but there is a lot of thought put into every issue. Take the cover of issue 36. Very colourful with the top left corner's green matching the green bike of and the red rail standing out. The rider's eyes are marked in black by the handlebars giving it a criminal look. Without the "Free Poster" and 100 more cover captions, the cover looks great. I'm sure Romain Babeau is stoked on it.
There are some Dutch bikes in the Soulfood article. Photographer Hadrien Picard goes colourful in the Sommaire page with different colour flashes set up at the same curved wallride. Lots of BlahBlah text (in French) in the news section. The season must have started. DVD reviews, calendar, a trip around France with district news, Tony Pereira's bike check, product news, Vancouver scene report, Shaun Butler interview, report on the Hungarian scene and a Ghetto Fabulous article. We have arrived at the pull-out poster at this point.
The May/June issue of RIDE arrived in the mailbox last week. I took the copy on the Deconstruction tour as there would be plenty of time to kill on the tour bus. It takes a while to read the whole magazine as it has a lot of contributions from different people. I would make a rundown of the magazine but somehow the book disappeared when I grabbed my stuff early in the morning when we arrived at the Malpensa airport to go home.
If you want to know what issue 85 has to offer, click on the RIDE BMX banner on the left and go straight to their website. It has a feature that tells everything about the current issue. They even announce it as the "Best Issue Ever," really!
Bob Haro had an interview in the 1981 January issue of Action Now magazine. On the cover Bob is introduced as: HARO: BMX Magician. Trickster Turns Executive.
D.D. Morin did the interview and the pics are from the hands of Cassimus and Bradley. We picked a couple of quotes from the hostorical interview to share with you.
"At 22, Bob Haro is a businessman, trick rider, and an artist. He started as a professional doodler when he was young and matured into a cartoonist who could convert talent into dollars."
"He started his 20-inch escapades when he no longer could afford to race his motocross bike. His car gave him problems next, and he ended up on his brother's 20" bike for transportation. After busting the bike on a jump, Bob was forced to buy it."
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: