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!
What I want to say about this album: The worst ever! Why: I don't like Japan very much with all the copy cats, fake styles and now added: Japanese Mix Masters! I'm sorry to say but these "masters of disaster" killed everything where The Vandals stand for: Punk, not Dance,Hip Hop, Jazz, Ambient, and Pop.
Don't want to spend any more words, going to throw this CD in the thrashcan RIGHT NOW!
Allan Cooke likes touring. He likes it so much that he fixed a co-sponsorship with Eastern Bikes so he could be part of their tours. Allan also bought a huge RV so he can live on the road whenever he feels like it. But there's more, Allan is the one who started the Local Exposure tour last year. The idea behind it is to visit local parks with a bunch of (pro) riders and check on the local talent. At each stop the locals end up with cool prizes from Allan's sponsors (Specialized, Boost, FOX, DC, Mountain Dew). The pros then pick an overall winner that can hop in the tour vehicle the next year. Last year's winner Quinn Semling enjoyed the privilege in 2005. With so much talent around at the local parks, combined with riding from Morgan Wade, Dan Sieg, Will Love, Allan Cook, Brian Kachinsky, Dave Freimuth and Leigh Ramsdell, it is agreat idea to make a DVD out of it. Throw in characters Micah Kranz, Biz and Catfish and you've got some humor on board.
The intro is well done. Everyone on the tour gets described with the help of a T-shirt, a hat and an illustration. There is attention to detail that you will understand when you know the riders..
It rules getting BMX magazines in the mail. For a while we were on BMX Business News' list but for some reason stopped receiving it. Now we're back on so we'll do a review of the trade magazine. The Nov/X-mas issue features Jim Ford on the cover who announced his resignation with HARO just before deadline. GT goes IBD again and you can read why. Transworld put on a "Selling BMX successfully"seminar at Interbike and they'r looking back on it by this article. Jay Miron leaves the IBMXFF because he's too busy with his other projects. Chris Moeller's Guest Editorials are always a good read, if you agree with him, or not. TL looks back on the Eurobike show, SX finds new distributors, 1 question - 1 company with FIT Bike Co. Transworld also puts on the NORA CUP awards and they look back on the 2005 edition in Vegas. There's an article on Top 5 selling products and new is the exposure meter with Dave Mirra coming out on top (with a huge lead).
We're trying to keep up here, not an easy task. Cream #15 arrived. It's the Nov/Dec issue and has a bunch of stuff in it. Want to know what? Read on. Edito: Sssshhhh BB is sleeping, don't wake him up. Programme: JB almost pulled a double whip over the famous Marseille hip. News: Tim March naked. And we mean naked. Agenda: events to visit. Chroniques musique: Music reviews (you guessed that right). Grand Angle: DVD reviews. Selection Matos: Products. Selection Shopping: more products that you can buy. Guide des Parks: Parc Guide, man, you're getting good at French you. Concours Photo: Now come on, what do you think this is? Reader photo contest. Pimp My Ride: can't get much easier with these titles. Misters Tricks: Alex Jumelin and BiBi give trick tips to the readers. Velo du Pro: you know it, pro bike check. It's Matt Coplan's bike on page 28. Business: Interbike 2005. L'association: Start a BMX club and get more support (hey, that's my quick translation to this article after reading the first two paragraphs).
Ahh yes, the Euros go frontflipping. Tobias Wicke makes it on the cover with a huge one. Intro: Fullpipes; find them, ride them. All kind of news from page 6 to page 9 with Dates, Kuwahara, video reveiws, product news, that kind of stuff. Berlin hosted the Berlin City Games, a big flatland comp and if you made it there, you probably got a photo. The Red Bull Backyard Digger made it down South to Austria and with the help of a bunch of locals, they built trails ina a few days. Great concept. Rampenbau means: Building ramps. This issue hosts part II. Issue Thirteen has a slam section. 13 slams to be exact. The Eastern Tour gets 3 pages and then it's off to some USA sunshine with the Electro Vans Tour (Interbike/Let it Ride jam/Woodward West). Muetze Glatze is an article about porno. Next up is the German Freestyle Masterships (7 pages). Dirt jumpers can enjoy the Prince of Dirt report and if you're looking for a new T-shirt, the product page gives 12 shirts to pick from. Underground riders Themo and Sven get interviewed. The last page is reserved for another frontflipper by the name of
Damn, we´re late again with the reviews of the BMX mags. You´ll find a bunch of reveiws on FATBMX this week, promised. Here´s the January issue of RIDEBMX and yes, you saw that right, they´ve got a Flatland photo on the cover. It must have been years since that happened (anyone?). Terry Adams is a media machine. The Haro ad shows the first signing of The Unit, Nyquist´s private "Training Centre". Let´s simply list some things out of the table of contents. That will give you a good idea of what you can expect from Ride´s first 2006 issue. 18 Letters. 24 Up Front.. 48 Pro Q&A.. 52 Diversions.. 54 Then and Now with Ian Morris.. 56 Products.. 57 Product Test.. 58 SetUps with Jimmy Levan.. 110 Regional News.. 114 BIO with Mike Hoder.. 122 End Point.. Okay, that was a short cut. Let´s flip through the mag and see if we can find some interesting stuff for you. Okay, there are two Germans that get a full page ad. Max Gaertig gets the wethepeople ad and next page it´s Paddy Gross in the SNAFU ad. With Spaniard Ruben Alcantara in the FOX ad and Australian Ryan Guettler in the VANS ad, you know that BMX is international and the companies support that. The new Volume ads make me laugh. You may think they suck but I think they rule.
Raul Reez gets the cover of the January issue doing an X-up stall from a bank onto a rail. Inside Scoop gives away December B-day dates. Here are some of them: 7th: TJ Lavin and Dave Osato, 11 Sean McKinney, 19 Kevin Robinson, December 29 DMC and 30 John Parker. Congrats to all of them this month. The Inside Scoop has loads of funny pictures that would not make it anywhere else in the mag. We love pics with funny captions. A lot of people seem to write in at BMX Plus! telling from the Mail Bag and Ask the BMXperts pages. Dennis McCoy (DMC) receives a well deserved pro interview. He's been a pro BMX rider for 20 years and at age 38 (he'll turn 39 later this month) he's still rocking. That great house he's living in is well deserved. Mucho Respect. The FIT Pro Complete Bike gets tested and receives a great review. A Wall tap how-to follows with Colin Mackay. BMX Plus! loves Buyer's Guides and they've got one in the January issue of 2006 Dirt/Park/Street bikes. 19 pages of bikes and info foy you to decide what to buy next. Poster = Porter. Hang it on your wall. Race fans are not fogotten with a report on the 2005 NBL Grand Nationals. Pro Bike review: Jamie Bestwick's signature GT. Tested: Josh Harrington's signature Premium Frame.
Making a team video can be a long process. It usually takes months to collect enough footage and sometimes even years. Federal took it another way. They got the team riders in a few vehicles and made sure enough camera's were on board. Then they set off to Germany and filmed the whole thing in 9 1/2 days. With riders like Corey Martinez on your team, you don't need much more time. Corey found stuff to ride right from the start and used everything that was available to clock in his footage. So good. The fact that he messed up his shoulder during the trip and could not ride any more leaves some time for the other riders to show what they got.