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.
Chris Polack is an amazing photographer from down under. When great photographers collect their best shots for their own special project, you can expect something good. That's exactly what the 2006 BMX Calendar is. Super quality paper so it will stay in shape in the shadiest workshop too. Riders that are featured at Simple Bike's Daniel Wallis who gets january 2006. Flatlander Shane Badman does what he believes is right even if that means dressing up in some martial arts suit and do a seatgrab hang 10 in front of a temple. Turbo Chris tabs a tree with his rear wheel coming in from a dirt bank. That's March for him. Former street world champ Luke Fink burns some rubber for April and Pete Radivo whips one of those Australian concrete parks (May is his). Russell Brindley rides dirt early in the morning in June and Brendan Jones likes Lake jumping it seems like. July is the winter month in Aussie by the way, they're enjoying summer right now.
I remember when I used to pick up a Transworld Skateboarding magazine or their Snowboarding version and was amazed by how many pages it had. RIDEBMX (UK) is amazing me these days with the number of pages it has, 180 to be exact. Lots of ads bring lots of pages or does it work the other way around? Issue # 90 has the following articles, I'm sure there's something for everyone.
Editorial by Bancroft, Top 5 with Rich Hirsch, BMX news from all corners of this planet and that includes news from GoGo over in Scotland. A little interview with Macneil's Andrew McMullen, wheel building with George French, Groundforce with Tex, Music reviews and stuff, a handy skatepark directory, and it goes on and on. New Stuff shows nice black and grey products and then KingKong and Odyssey throw some colours in the mix on the next page. Frame reviews; 5 of them. The it's off to Vegas for Interbike and the Vans Let it Ride jam. Worldwide baby. The Backyard jam deservedly gets 12 pages of coverage with some amazing high air pics. Le DC road trip to France is up next followed by Island Life (Guernsey).
Killer cover of KP ripping it up over a chain. You try it, you'll crash. It's weird to see the staff page of issue 49. 4130 wesite: Robin Fenlon, Publisher/Director: Mark Noble, Advertising manager: Tim March. If you've followed the publisher change, you knew this was coming but don't you worry, the mag hasn't changed. Colin Winkelmann RIP. Letters, Tight Set-Up and Reader photos are followed by Dig This news (and lots of it). The Flat Earth society concentrates on Lee Musselwhite. Then it's straight into the Videostore. The coverboy (Kevin Porter) gets a full on interview (10 pages) and so does Ricky Feather (10 pages). The wethepeople crew survived a trip to Poland and you can read the full story in issue 0049. Brian Tunney wasted some time transcribing the Bob Scerbo interview. Man, that must suck. Still 10 pages of coverage and 411 on the S&M rider with 4 piece bars. Options049 compares tires, 20 of them. Now go do a skid. The How-To is an over Ice pick and Back on a spine, performed by Edd Allen. If you're looking for cool X-mas gifts, the product page will help you out.
Now what does [twenty] have to offer you this time? The Red Bull elevation contest to start with (cover). Justin Kosman went to Colombia for a BMX race and reports from there. Colin Winkelmann 1976-2005 R.I.P.. The Pump section alsways has a bunch of good (party) photos. Some people will hate it, the rest don't. X-Games 11. If you missed it, [twenty] fills you in with 2 pages of photos, results and some text. The Dexter Hub (Cheap Profile) is featured in [Showcase]. If you're in the hunt for a pair of shoes and you can't decide, this issue isn't going to help. They show 10 pairs which makes it even harder to pick one. Metro Jam Vancouver, check. NBL Grands, check. Brian Castillo in 500 different looks; covered. Find the Sean Logan [I.D.] (bio) on page 76. Mike "Hucker" Clark shows how to do a nosedive 360 on the next page. Robbie Miranda puts in his [two cents] on page 80. He's damn right. We're missing those days where you actually had mud on the BMX track and you had to put your leg out (MX style) in the first turn when you were going speedway style. Racers want it so smooth these days that you could actually ride a "10 speed" on the BMX track. Put the MX back into BMX.
BMX Plus december 2005 Ever noticed how the color of the font corresponds with the color of the cover pic in Plus!? This time it's the red of Ricardo Laguna's shirt that takes care of part of the content of the Dec. issue. From the cover you can tell that there is an X-Games report and who won the gold. 3 bikes get tested: Felt FUSE, Macneil WHITTON and the Diamond Back SHERMAN. There's an article called On the Move: Improve your flatland skills. For those who are stuck deciding what to give their best friends/loved ones for Christmas, the Holiday Gift Guide might actually help. The racing coverage in this issue of Plus! consists of the UCI World Championships in Paris and an NBL Race report. Colin Winkelmann RIP. Find the memorial jam report on page 10 and 12. The Nostalgia pic takes you back to a BMX race at Woodward Camp in 1988. That's Billy Griggs in the picture riding for Redline and sporting that popular numberplate that was screwed to the handlebars. Scott o'Brian talks about Flatland Worldwide. Tom Haugen's Free Agent bike gets inspected as well as Mike Parenti's Custom Giant. A flatland how-to follows. Really. Moving pics: nice still photos and a few sequences. A tech tip and the Parting Shot wrap up the December issue.
Clay Brown and crew have picked up Pusher magazine again. This time in a 'zine size but full colour. It looks damn dope that way. I love the 'zine size, it's easier to take with you without crumpling the book. Pusher has got 48 pages and it's an interesting read because they say it as it is. We like that style. The cover shows Van Homan at the Gravity Games but don't expect Pusher to be a "big contest" mag. Porn reviews and a photo of Troy McMurray with a bong is more like it. The content brings: Layton Massacre 50/50 comp, Shook tour in Tucson, The Ville (Gainsville report), Evolution Road Trip and a photo section called: "Visuals". Find the FATBMX advertisement on page 15. Find the Pusher banner in the Media section (left column) as soon as we hear back from them. We'd like to link it to their website: www.pusherbmxmagazine.com but when I tried that URL today, something else came up. Hmm, you can always write a letter to: Pusher Publications, 217 Pearl St. , Denver, CO 80203, USA. Or get a subscription for $15/yr (USA) or $25/yr (international). Hook a brother up.
If BMX racing is your thing you're probably aware of the "BMXer" that comes out every month (except for February). The BMXer is the official paper from the ABA and is being sent out to all members of the ABA. It's possible to subscribe for $ 26,= USD but that probably only counts for people living in the USA.
The September issue that we picked up at Interbike (it's the Interbike issue) has 152 pages of BMX racing reports, news, race schedules, ads and results. The Nationals that are covered are: Land o' Lakes in Minnesota, the Westshore Nationals in Canada, the New England Nationals in Rhode Island and the Mile High Nationals in Colorado. Also a race report from the ABA "World Championships" can be found on page 32. The paper inside is more like newspaper quality, the type that gives you black fingers. The cover is glossy full colour and sports Bubba Harris with the #1 plate.
The ever relaxed looking Corey Martinez gets the cover with a topside no-foot cancan on his Bronze Federal. Justin Simpson shows he's got balls doing the manual that he does on the contents page. The Inside Scoop is always full of gossip and BMX news. We'll list some of the people who are celebrating their B-day in November:
Jay Miron (November 3rd), Rick Thorne (11th), Simon Tabron (17th) and Nathan Penonzek (18th). Now send these guys an electronic B-day card and they'll wonder how the hell you know it's their B-day. They get a bag full of mail every month at BMX Plus! and some of them are answered by the staff or the BMXperts. The Nostalgia photo sure is old school. Blyther, Dominguez and Anderson all in the air at the same time on the Camarillo ramp. Okay, you're a pretty advanced street rider but would like to learn a 180 to 180 off, on a rail. Ian Munro shows you how. There's a HARO 06 (Nyquist three) bike test in the November issue. The ABA puts on a "World's" of their own in California and you can find a race report from page 26-35.