The May 2006 issue of RIDE has a typical RIDE cover, or better, it reminded me of the Invert mag for some reason. Maybe because it has this typical UK blue sky (if that does exist), or maybe because it's a Brit on the cover (Leo Forte). Maybe it's because in the past no extra flashes were used to brighten up the rider as is the case with the cover of No 94. Hey, we like it for a change. Damn, 180 pages, how am I going to read it all? Definitely worth the 2.95 British Pounds or $even bucks (USA) that you will have to pay at the counter to get a copy. Shiiitt, 180 pages. What's in it?
After all the regulars like the editorial, news from their worldwide contributors, Lavar's Mike Ardelean, event calendar, music and DVD reviews, the Flat Matters section, George French's Tech page and a skatepark directory, the mag has a few articles for you to check out.
Super sized SE head badges are now available. Do you want that perfect, custom, last bit of a cool touch in your work room, office, bedroom, or living room? Well, if you are a true SE fanatic, then you MUST have one of these extra large (2ft x 2ft), aluminum pressed, 3-D, SE metal tacker signs. They are made out of aluminum and are an exact replica of the “SE Bikes” head badges that come on the ’06 line of SE bikes. And check out all those normal sized “SE Racing” head badges below the gigantic one! Yup, that’s right. Those are authentic “SE Racing” head badges that are now available to all of the SE collectors out there.
The new Tantra frames arrived! It’s a special design by KHE flatland rider Wolfgang Sauter. The Tantra will also be available as a complete bike in 2007. Here are some details on the frame: - 1-1/8“ internal headset or F-SET integrated rotor - Euro Bottom Bracket - Head tube angle 75.0° - RC: 12“ - the 1-1/8” internal headset frame can be equipped with detangler rotor - 100% Japanese SANKO 4130 CrMo - TT length: 18.79“ - Weight: 1.98 kg | 4.36 lbs (non F-SET) - Double Butted top-, down- and seattube, U-Pivots - Heat Treated 3/8” Dropouts, Bottom Bracket and Headtube
Wolfgang is testing this frame now – after giving us feedback, the Tantra will be ready for production and sales. Also, this frame has a special geometry...
Derelict areas of the Veracity recreation ground in Southampton have been given a £600,000 facelift courtesy of Barclays Spaces for Sports. The extreme part of this makeover is the installation of the GBH Veracity skatepark, which was officially opened this month.
Pin-Ups. Sometimes we've got good ones and at other times they suck, but looking at the number of hits, it remains a popular section on the FATBMX site. Today we have two pictures for you courtesy of TeamYoung.com. Although we've never met, I'm sure we'll get along when we do. Cheers boys.
When I used to work for GT in Belgium, I lived in a small town called Wellen, the place where John Holcomb (RIP) set up the office. For any city activities you had to drive up to Hasselt, the closest bigger city. It was a 10 minute drive so not too far. Luckily my colleague Franky had an apartment in Hasselt so whenever we decided it was time to go out, I could crash at his place. Other than the typical miniramp, there was not much to ride in Hasselt but that's about to change. Om May 27 next, the "biggest concrete skatepark" will be opened. The day starts at 1pm and ends at 10pm and by looking at the photos the last riders/skaters will have to be forced to leave the place that day.
I got a call this morning, from my friend Ben Hucke (we had done some BMX demos last winter in Wyoming). He let me know he was in the area and an hour later the session was on at Thrill-Zone. Lots of amazing riding went down and we all had a great time. Smooth, awesome and big were the words the Adio team used to describe the 18,000 square foot skate park. To say they liked it wouldn't do it justice, they loved it!
Take the Forte Brothers, Robin Fenlon, Bas Keep and Jon Taylor and put them on the ramp at a car show and this is what you get. Raya Films made a ten minute movie of it and it shows pretty much what was going on; Crazy stupid cars with stereos that are way too loud. In the clip, the BMX-ers talk shit on the Kev's but it also shows some good riding. There's no huge crowd needed to fire up the session when the riders themselves are having fun and are stepping up their riding. The decent size spined mini gets treated with flairs, huge airs, 180's, hurricanes, rollback to tailwhips, 360-s and such leaving the passers by confused on what they just saw.