Matrix Rig

The original “3D spin” effect used in a gap commercial was craziness and revolutionary at the time. The Wachowski Brothers (back when they were brothers) raised the bar on the effect with The Matrix (or as I like to call it, *their last, good movie”).

Now, however; you can make a “matrix” rig for the cost of a nice SLR and have it shoot 1080p footage controlled by your cell phone. Someone needs to make one of these and attach it to the lip of a mini-ramp.

Then invite Dave Osato, Rob Ridge and Tobias Wicke (I just noticed that Shea Nyquist got a shout out in the credits of this, so not so fat fetched).

Where Have All The BMX Blogs Gone?

A few years ago I jacked out of the BMX webosphere.  I still rode about the same, but I figured I’d said all I had to say on the topic. I also figured that there were enough BMX websites to keep the world running and people watching videos.

So, yeah, when I decided to look around to see what was out there…it’s a wasteland. The Butphor guys were going to put have a scene website that died almost as quickly as it was born.

Beast Mode, a site that rose to take the place of AtlBMX and Mystic Negro, hasn’t been updated since October. Its last post being a video of Devon at a skatepark.  This is fitting, because Devon is the only rider from Atlanta folks care about, anyway.

Apparently there are no new Women of Freestyle and Sprfls has long ago stopped being “Friends” to my “Living Single.”

When Sprfls died some Aussie kid created a site called, I believe, BMX-Tech. The idea was to examine BMX idiocy from an industrial design/engineering perspective. It only lasted a few months and, even then, I mostly remember him trying to argue that Eastern’s products were worse than Fit’s based on art direction.

I kind of hoped he stopped posting out of shame.

Looking at what’s left on the internets it’s kind of just the usual suspects, your come ups, fats, rides and vitals. Basically sites that have multiple contributors. That’s important I think. It’s easy to burn out writing about a single thing for years on end, especially as that thing moves towards total homogeneousness.

If you’re an auto writer you get to play with a never ending parade of faster and crazier cars. When you write about BMX at some point you have a moment when you say, “oh look another guy riding at a rail at a medium pace. Joy.”

Still, it is sad to see that there have been no sites that have risen up to the top tier in the BMX space. Maybe one day

Hey, I Know That Guy

I’ve known Ryan Davis for a bunch of years now and he was always a guy who I thought could do more on a bike than he showed.  And then he put on front brakes (because Kent Pearson, that’s why) and lookit, he can do tech and go big.


 

No Name Skatepark

I’m not trying to make art.  I’m just trying to have fun with cheap gadgets…

Below is a video I shot with my phone.  I think my editing skills have gotten better since The Steve Nowak 39th Birthday Extravaganza.

 

Everything Old is New Again…

Since the French don’t care about us Soul BMX dropped this edit right before most of America was preparing to enter a collective turkey induced coma and pepper spray each other over video game consoles.

SOUL VID’ / FLAT & STREET REVOLUTION from Soul Bmx Magazine on Vimeo.

It’s hard not to like it.  The riding is solid, the music is good, the filming and editing are top notch.  People lost their shit over it, “the evolution of BMX” people said.

is not

Ride had the presence of mind to call out Dave Voelker, Chad Degroot and Paul Osicka.  Truth is this isn’t that much different than the stuff that Corey Furmage or Rob Ridge do (to be fair, Corey and Rob mix more 80s/early 90s style and these guys are more modern) and, let’s be honest, if you were a flatlander on Standard between about 1997 and 2003 you were contractually obligated to ride like this. Hell, I’m sure that Catfish is like, “The hell, I’ve been doing this stuff my entire career and people think I’m a joke!”

The fact isn’t so much that this is the great revolution of street riding but that it’s not boring.

Five or so years ago everyone in BMX decided that they didn’t want to use brakes anymore.  The average 15 year old kid on the internet declared that not having brakes “makes me more creative,” which didn’t make any sense.  If you’re a rote rider with no originality, giving yourself less options was not going to help matters any.  But, the proof is in the pudding.  Let’s play a game.  How many street videos have you seen in the last week that contain all of the following:

  • Riders going at a moderate speed towards an obstacle that’s roughly handlebar height to jump over
  • Gap to double peg
  • Hangover toothpick down a rail
  • 360 down a set
  • Bunnyhop barspin for no apparent reason
  • Tailwhip down a set
  • Long nose manual
  • Long hang five

If you answered “all of them” you’re probably right.  To be fair, even this one included a decent number of those things but it included something else – finesse – which is largely missing from the grind and barspin school of modern street riding.  Even if it’s not as revolutionary as people are saying, I hope this video is insanely influential.