Summer will be here soon. Start planning a road trip now.
Posted March 28, 2010 by Derek Adams
Posted March 26, 2010 by Least Most
I’m not sure what’s up with the Daily Ops, it hasn’t worked in a couple days. We’ll look into it. Until then enjoy this random shot of Hazel Homan (just some bike rider’s dog).
Edit: looks like it’s still working here, but the photos aren’t feeding into the news page. Jason has something new in the works. Sit tight.
Posted March 25, 2010 by Derek Adams
“The Black Lips are grimy and disheveled, clever and infectious, it’s a sloppy heap of classic pop, psychedelic haze, spastic rock, and teenage disaffection mixed to lo-fi imperfection in some kid’s filthy garage.” I stole that from the Boston Globe, I’m not a writer, but that’s what I’d say. The Atlanta, Georgia-based garage rock revivalists established their reputation in the early 00′s with a live act that bordered on the fringes of legality, and indeed led the band to being banned from several venues in their home state. Although the show at Johnny Brendas in Philadelphia wasn’t as crazy as I’ve heard they can be, the show was still nuts. Everyone was jumping around. The floor was flexing so much I stood by the bar because it seemed like it was going to cave in any second. Beer, cups and people were flying everywhere. The guitarist even dove across the bar and started drinking out of the tap right next to me in the middle of a song. Its been a while since I saw a band and their fans with so much raw energy. Do yourself a favor and go see em if they’re nearby. You won’t be disappointed, unless you hate fun.
This would make a perfect bmx video song. Has anyone used it yet?
Here’s some video from the Philly show on Saturday. You can tell they’re getting loose. “More beer in my monitor please.”
Posted March 23, 2010 by Least Most
As seen on the Axel Rad Site.
Posted March 23, 2010 by Least Most
Much like everyone else in the bmx blogosphere I was lurkin’ around on propsbmx.tv this weekend, rediscovering some bmx classics. I saw Road Fools 1 and had to throw it in here for the big kids. I honestly can’t believe that the Road Fools series is still going after 12 years. BMX has come a long way in that time. I was lucky enough to tag along on the first Road Fools back in 1998, and I don’t think anyone on that trip would have believed it would continue for so long. It’s definitely good to see.
I thought I’d tell the tale of my personal 15-minute claim to Road Fool fame, the “real backflip” as my alter-ego “the daredevil” (at 25:45 in part 1). People still randomly call me Daredevil to this day, a nickname that I’ve learned to deal with, but not one I’ve ever loved. I realized that it was never explained in the video, nor was the “real backflip” part. So after 12 years, for anyone who even remotely cares, here’s the story behind that…
When we first arrived at the Props office in snowy Chicago to begin RF1, we were hanging out killing time while waiting for more fools to arrive. This was around the same time Props was experimenting with their new print magazine venture called Tread. Tread only lasted a few issues, but each one looked amazing. It just ended up losing money like most print magazines, so they pulled the plug on it. At the same time there was another new bmx magazine that popped up out of nowhere, and the first issue had just arrived at the Props office. I can’t remember the name now, but nobody had even heard of it and it was really lame. It made BMX Plus look hardcore, if you can believe that. So I was flipping through this magazine and laughing at the lameness when I came across an ad for a company called “Dare Devil Clothing”, another company I’d never heard of. I had been running Little Devil clothing for around 3 years then, so I thought it would be funny to give these guys a call. I dialed the number in the ad and it went to a voicemail recorded in french. I think I left a message and that was about it, I never heard from them again. At some point on the trip, after I pulled the first “real backflip” Marco asked me to yell Daredevil into the camera and the nickname stuck…to me. So I guess I’m the Daredevil, I can live with that. It’s no worse than being a Mad Dog.
That leads me to the “real backflip”. This term evolved from the phrase “real street”, which was a funny way to describe street riding at the time. Until then street riding could include launch ramps, grass flyouts, pallet set ups, and various manmade obstacles. “Real street” meant that all of that stuff was now strictly forbidden, and for the most part still remains forbidden to this day. I forget who coined the phrase, but we all thought it sounded completely ridiculous. Riding natural street obstacles was quickly gaining popularity back then, but to call it “real” seemed kooky to us. It implied that if there was any sort of manmade interference with the natural (manmade) environment, it was fake and it didn’t count. This was a time when the Wildman launching a ramp over a Porta-Potty onto the beach was called street, so I guess there had to be a line drawn somewhere (literally in the sand perhaps), but the phrase “real street” just wasn’t going to be the answer. So after that, everything on the trip became “real” to us as a joke. Real coffee, real bikes, real truckstop, real skatepark, real this, real that, real everything! You get the point. At some point I flipped a box jump without putting on a helmet and Jimmy Levan dubbed it a “real backflip”. It was a total joke and only lasted 3 seconds of the video, but I wonder how many helmetless backflips were done as a result of RF1′s popularity. Hopefully not too many, bad idea.
So there you go, 2 random stories about one B-rate character in one classic bmx video. Long live Road Fools!
Here’s part 2. Jimmy’s infamous church gap at 12:55.
Posted March 22, 2010 by Derek Adams
I thought one of our other minions would have posted this by now, but looks like I get the honors. We’re not trying to chase down every video that hits the net, but this one just needs to be posted on every bmx site and seen by every bmxer. I had to watch this 3 times to achieve full comprehension. Props to Garrett and uh, Props.
Check the new site: propsbmx.tv
Posted March 19, 2010 by Derek Adams
Anyone who has pedaled their bike down a dirt road and roosted it sideways into an epic skid can certainly imagine the feeling of taking a corner on a flat track bike.
I stumbled on these photos from streettracker via Andy Jenkins’ site a while back. The style and energy these riders put into tearing ass through a turn is incredible. Not to mention, the unique colors and typography of the Italian bikes and riders appeals to me in the “so wrong it’s right” sort of way.
Posted March 18, 2010 by Jason Morris
Posted March 17, 2010 by Steve Crandall
Double Darryl from HFK posted this sweet photo of Mark Mulville in our forum. That also lead me to the Here For Kicks website which I found to be amusing (but I always find boobs amusing).
Posted March 17, 2010 by Derek Adams
If I would have heard this song when is was 13 I probably would have gotten into rap music a few years earlier than I actually did. But it is actually from 2008, from Necro’s brother and former Non-Phixion member Ill Bill. It’s a take on Nas’ song the unauthorized biography of Rakim. Always down for the metal, Ill Bill has a unique approach to rap music that encompasses the spirit of both types of music, but in no resemblance of any kind to rock-rap bullshit crossovers like Limp Bizkit. Ill Bill has recorded songs with Max and Igor Cavalera from Sepultura, members of Bad Brains, Killswitch Engage as well as Raekwon, DJ Premier, Immortal Technique and a long list of heavy hitters from both genres. Check out the next joint, and if you know 80s metal it might bring you back.
BMX riders might recognize a few Necro produced Non-Phixion instrumentals that were used in Ralph Sinisi’s Props interview. They are classic hip-hop songs in their own right, so get hyped and go get you hands on some classic Ill Bill and Non-Phixion material.
One more Reign in Blood reference
Posted March 14, 2010 by D.B. Cooper
This is probably the number one question I’ve been asked since this website launched. Who’s doing it? I admit it has been kind of a mystery, especially when some of the crew have been using aliases like D.B. Cooper (and I’m still not convinced that Lee Sizemore is a real person), but things are starting to become more clear now that we have an about us page. Also Scott Towne just made his first post, I’m psyched to see more from him. And we’re definitely open to any contributions from creative people in bmx (we know you’re out there!).