The other day Patrick Kelly was in town so he hit me up to do an Instagram Slam with fellow front brake aficionado Dirt Ron. We sweated it out for a few hours at the Belvedere park before heading back to the OSS store to film an episode of TCU TV with these two, which I can assure you is one of the weirdest interviews we’ve done so far. I’d like to dedicate this Slam to all the stall men out there, why do a grind when you can just stall it out?
I’ve been friends with Jake Seeley for almost a decade and in that time period a lot has changed but the one thing that stays true is that Jake continues to push himself and his bike to new and exciting grind dimensions. Throughout this stunning new Sunday video intended to promote his new signature seat, Jake mines various Austin grind surfaces for all that they are worth and takes some tricks that he no doubt learned on a foot tall flat rail and ushers them into the future by performing them on rails of consequence.
Thank you to Sunday for making this happen and supporting Jake’s riding for all these years: http://www.sundaybikes.com
Constructed and construed by the Fu Man himself. Check out the photos and specs for Jake’s seat after the jump.
Here’s the video lookbook for Peep Game’s new drop… pick up yours here and check out the Cement Face x Peep Game release this Saturday at Thee Block in LA.
Damian Racut just hit us up with this trailer for his new DVD Ambipegstreetest which is limited to 250 copies and features full sections from Damian, our very own Scott Marceau, Steven Hamilton and a bunch of other friends. Get your hands on this:
“Ambipegstreetest was filmed and edited over the last two years mainly but not excluded to Ohio.
Ambi – both
Peg(s) – things you grind on
Streetest – bold statement
Full sections from:
Zack Gerber/ Eric Umbarger
Only 250 copies made.
Each sleeve is laser-cut, hand-folded, and hand-glued.
Included with each DVD is a sticker and a poster (the dvd insert).
Dave Mirra is the latest guest to get grilled by Fat Tony. I listened to the full interview and would recommend you do the same but here are some highlights:
Dave speaks on leaving BMX:
“I’ve lost the passion. The sport’s changed. I’ve done everything I could possibly do, why hang around and milk it? People say I’ve lost my roots but those same people, if I was still hanging around and making paychecks they would say I was milking the sport”
On the kind of training he does for Ironman events:
“I trained 21 hours this week, which may not seem like a lot”
Just FYI Dave, pretty much everyone considers working out 3 hours a day, every day of the week, a lot. But in the interview he describes a lot of work outs he does that take 5 or 6 hours and he said he very rarely takes a day off, so maybe 21 hours of training in a week really is a light week for him, which is fucking crazy.
Much like Spinner did in his Fat Tony interview, Mirra takes some subtle shots at Monster Energy:
“When I turned 40 I quit every sponsor and fired my agent. I haven’t got a paycheck in over a year. I’m living off savings. We’ll see how it goes… I didn’t want any more poison. I’m done. I’ve had relationships, I’ve had shitty ones, I’ve had good sponsors, I’ve had top paying stuff. But I said I don’t want it anymore”
A few other things discussed:
– Dave says that he only got paid a couple hundred thousand dollars for the Dave Mirra video game series and that it wasn’t a great deal, but that it was good exposure. Which might sound ridiculous if you didn’t already know that…
– Dave was, at one point, getting paid around $400k a year from Slim Jim, Monster and T Mobile. That’s to say nothing of whatever he was making from Haro, DC and whoever else he was riding for in his prime. I’ve heard his Club Med deal was more than 400k a year although he doesn’t speak on it directly.
– He wishes he hadn’t tried to market Mirraco as an endemic brand and says that he had no business trying to compete with brands like S&M and Fit. He wishes he had taken the Walmart route and he has a new licensing deal in place and they are trying to get Mirraco in Walmart.
Matt Nordstrom was a productive little worker bee during his week in Los Angeles, filming an Instagram Slam, a Game Of BIKE, a bunch of street clips and finally, this bike check which features some insane skatepark clips including a crankarm to nose manual which blew my mind into a trillion little pieces. Check out Matt’s ride and then go visit our friends from Fit and Odyssey to pick up some of what he’s riding.
Today I’m happy to present you with what is no doubt one of the most astonishing video parts of all time. BMX has taken a turn for the tech over the past couple years and Ricany is one of the leaders of the pack. I loved the Stranger video the whole way through but the OSS store pretty much exploded when Sean’s part came on; it’s just that good.
This section has been re-edited from it’s original form due to music issues on YouTube.
Filmed and edited by Miles Rogoish
Let’s start by stating the obvious: the Deadline DVD was one of the most incredible BMX videos of all time. But despite that, it never really received an official online premiere. Well today we’ve got Augie’s section for you and who knows, maybe we’ll have a few more sections soon. Augie always come with the heat, so just in case you have somehow managed to not see this, tune in and enjoy.
Mike Spinner is the latest guest to go on Fat Tony’s Expansion Project podcast. I listened to first 20 minutes, in which he talks about BMX and most interestingly, his recent Twitter rampage. Some tidbits:
-Mike claims to be the first athlete ever to choose to leave Monster because he was no longer comfortable with promoting the product.
-Hyper still sells his signature bike in Walmart even though he’s off the team, because it still sells so well which he attributes to his “cool last name”.
-Says he quit riding because he got hurt a bunch of times and got scared, and says that the decision was partially based on what he saw happen to Brett Banasiewicz.
-Spinner talks about how he looks up to a lot of pro riders but then once he grew up and started competing against them, they no longer had his respect. He says that Dave Mirra is the only guy he looked up to who he met and still respected afterwards.
-Spinner says that he had 100,000 interactions in a day on Twitter due to his rant. Considering that even his most popular tweets from this spree got less than 100 retweets, either I’m confused about the definition of “interactions” here or this claim is exaggerated.
-He talks about how BMX photographers put their friends in magazines and then get “kickbacks” from those riders after they get paid for those photos. If you’ve been paying attention to Mike’s Twitter rants, he has previously accused Ryan Fudger and Gary Young of taking part in this (although he hasn’t provided any evidence and I’d recommend you take all these claims with a grain of salt)
-Spinner talks about BMX team managers who work for large corporate brands paying their riders through those brands instead of the BMX brand. He doesn’t name names on this one.
-Spinner talks about how team managers in BMX are often employed as judges, and how that’s not fair. It’s worth noting that this criticism seems like it could be about Mark Losey, Mike’s former Nike team manager, although he doesn’t name names.
-Fat Tony quotes Daniel Dhers as saying that Spinner is one of his favorite people to talk shit with. Awwww.
-Mike ends his BMX talk by just saying that he was really nice to everyone in the BMX scene and how pretty much everybody was a dick to him.
-At the 15:00 minute mark, Fat Tony mentions Rob Darden and Spinner contains himself despite their recent war of words.
After that Fat Tony starts talking about his sleep regiment and I stopped listening, but you can listen to the rest above.
The other day I Instagrammed a clip of this guy @ajourneythroughtime AKA Josh Navarro riding his bike over a Lamborghini. The clip went viral on Instagram getting over 2000 comments on the OSS account alone, and it’s already popped up on a bunch of news sites. This raises at least a few questions. Will he face charges over this? How many people could possibly own that exact car in the Portland area? Was any damage actually done? Finally, how fucking fun does that look? It has been suggested by various nerds that I am somehow at fault for the existence of the video, so here’s an insanely obvious and unnecessary warning: I do not recommend that you ride your bike over any luxury vehicles and if you get arrested that’s your own dumbass fault.
After a 4 day shop stop tour, we had every excuse to stay home on our first day back home in LA. But we were feeling motivated so instead we hit up the Wilmington plaza for a fun session with much of the Tip Plus Nor Cal trip (Brandon Begin, Shawn Mcintosh, Alec Shmalec, Reed Stark and Caleb Quanbeck) along with a few Common Crew affiliates (Ethen Corriere, Julian Artega, Abdullah and Denim Cox) for a fun ass skatepark session to finish off the trip.
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While Grant C was in LA filming with us (including his Instagram Slam and his Game Of BIKE) I had to get him on TCU TV. We talked about his developmental days riding BMX, the early days of the BMX Internet, salty old men hating on the new generation of BMX kids, Mike Hinkens and much, much more. If you’ve got any further questions for Grant (or anyone else on the show) feel free to leave them in the comments and we’ll get back to you.
1:20 How did you get started riding a bike?
5:00 Midwestbmx.net and how that impacted the scene
10:35: Why did you make the move to Milwaukee and how strong is the scene?
14:00: Are you offended by the term “park rat”?
19:18: What was it like doing a 720 hurricane? Did you invent the vader?
25:00: Let’s talk about Straight Edge
28:35: Let’s talk about your temper
32:40: How did you get into filming and editing?
39:44: Who are your favorite videographers?
43:34: What are your thoughts on the overall state of BMX right now? Why are there so many salty old dudes?
48:15: We talk about kids filming clips for Instagram and if there’s anything wrong with that
50:50: We talk about specialization in BMX
53:20: Is BMX no longer an outsider activity?
55:30: We talk about surrounding yourself with people who are motivated to ride
Listen on SoundCloud here:
Morgan Long recently got bumped to the Fit pro team and he is receiving a signature frame this year, The Hood Bird. He’s currently on a prototype and Nate Richter caught up with him for a video bike check including some dope clips of Morgan shutting down some street spots. Check this out and when The Hood Bird drops, answer the call.
Pat Casey has landed the cover of the new Ride BMX cover. Click here to check out the contents.
I’m not going to lie to you, this was supposed to be Brandon Begin’s Day In The Life. But we didn’t get many clips of him and because our crew (Brandon, Stevie Churchill, Dillon Lloyd, Alex Donnachie, Kriss Kyle, Nick Castillo, David Grant, Scott Marceau, Nate Richter and I) was so huge on this day, we didn’t get much behind the scenes insight into his life. I put it all together anyway and I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy it regardless. We captured plenty of good behind the scenes shit talk, a ridiculously technical flat ledge session, a KFC expedition and a quick stop at an uprail followed by a visit to the sold out Seshollowaterboyz show at the House Of Blues where we watched our good friends Xavier Wulf, Bones, Chris Travis and Eddy Baker kill it for their legion of fans. Basically it wasn’t much of a Begin day in the life, but it was a pretty awesome day in the life regardless. Enjoy and check out the rest of our newly relaunched webisodes series after the jump:
Nikita Ducarroz has been hard at work making a name for herself in the BMX world for the last few years and today we’re happy to help premiere her latest web video. The barspins fly, 360s get sent, a backflip gets spun and Ryan Nyquist even shows up for a quick cameo at Woodward. Oh and she rides off a roof. Shout out to Nikita for holding it down for all the female BMX riders all over the globe.
“Two broken feet, thousands of dollars worth of stolen camera gear, and a year later we finally managed to finish up a video! I definitely had a blast filming this edit with Kevin, trying new things as we went, and mixing up my riding. Huge thank you to him for spending so much time to make this video happen!”
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All you really need to know here is that when two vets (Sean Sexton and Gary Young) go on the road with two unbelievable up and coming am’s, the sessions tend to get heated. Check out Vans and Odyssey’s collaborative shoes here after you watch the video above.
“Odyssey BMX sent a couple of their pros out on the open road with the fresh new Odyssey color way shoes to find some sun-baked street set-ups nestled far out in the California & Arizona desert. Vans pro riders Gary Young and Sean Sexton lead the charge with Odyssey flow team riders Travis Hughes and Jacob Cable along for the ride on the “Road to Nowhere.”
Music: “Is This What You Wanted” by Ride the Blinds.”