Normally I try to retain as much control over TCU’s branding and image as possible. So when our YouTube network told us they wanted to make a trailer for our channel to use for promotional reasons, I immediately started micro-managing the project. After a couple of minutes of working on it I decided, hey, it’ll be interesting to see how our MCN views us. So here we have a 40 second introduction to the TCU YouTube engineered entirely by a professional video company who doesn’t know anything in particular about BMX. Overall I would say that they did a pretty good job. What do you think?Read post →
The Demolition crew (Tyler Fernengel, Chris Doyle, Kris Fox, Rob Wise, Matt Cordova, Connor Lodes, and Dennis Enarson) went off to Colorado for a camping trip and a lot of skatepark shredding. Mastroni filmed the shit out of it and Tyler did the biggest gap to manual ever. Amazing section, everybody check it.
While the Subrosa team was in town helping promote the new Shadow DVD “What Could Go Wrong?” I managed to get the squad into the TCU TV studio after showing the new video at the OSS store for some insight into the brand, the riders and the products. A lot of teams talk about family but after you watch this interview I think you’ll see that Subrosa is the real deal. Check the show notes and embedded SoundCloud player below and Subscribe to us on iTunes.
00:30 Ryan Sher introduces us to the Subrosa team
03:00 How’s the current state of BMX?
05:30 The new Shadow DVD
06:15 Ronnie Bonner
09:40 The original Subrosa team
16:30 Bobby Kanode
23:30 The Subrosa Street Rail
27:30 Gay porn & fat porn & golf
31:10 Subrosa Street Catheter
34:45 Lahsaan’s Shadow section and the Blunted DVD
40:00 Drew York
44:15 Additional Subrosa Street Rail additions that are coming out
48:00 Getting into relationships
54:00 We discuss our diets
57:30 Ditchburn and nightly beer drinking
1:02:00 Eric Bahlman
1:04:40 The Orlando scene
1:08:00 Give D
1:12:35 Snake eating at the OSS house
The US Open went down in Huntington Beach and our very own Nate Richter was on hand to capture some of the action. Riders include Kevin Peraza, Tyler Fernengel, Kris Fox, Daniel Sandoval and many more.
Ride PA BMX is reporting that Joe McIntire AKA Slow Joe has passed away. Joe is perhaps best known from his section in Left/Right (above), his involvement with Animal Bikes, his Shook section and his work on the Status Quo video project. I got a chance to ride with Joe a few times over the years and he was definitely a good guy who was hopelessly obsessed with street riding even if he ended up going down a bad path over the past few years. I’ll update this post when we know more.
While Brandon Begin was back on the East Coast he managed to meet up with Jake Seeley for a Game Of BIKE filmed by Steven Robert. Jake’s been pro for almost 10 years while Begin’s pro career has only just begun, so it was interesting to see what would triumph, OG street knowledge or new school tech wizardry. Jake has managed to stay on top of his grind game over the years so Begin has his work cut out for him if he wants to test DJ Heinz in this game. Watch and see how it goes!
I stumbled upon this video earlier today and while some of you might have already seen it (it’s got well over 2 million views), it was new to me. Basically it’s footage of a drunk ass 8 year old kid at a skatepark in
England New Zealand and it’s a tiny bit funny but mostly just sad. I’m just going to say it because you’re all thinking it; scooters are a gateway drug.
The Daily Grind DVD has been dropping for the past few weeks and while it will be tough to beat the excitement generated by Devon Denham eating his own shit, Zack Gerber’s absolutely insane bike tricks should do the trick.
Here’s a section that is sure to set The Internet ablaze… Mike Mastroni in Volume’s “The Finer Things” DVD which was released earlier this year. This is Mastroni’s first full length section since Football (although he’s had a few solid web edits in between) and it is unbelievably epic in every way. I got Mastroni to talk at great length about his own riding, filming and the Volume DVD as a whole for an upcoming episode of TCU TV but in the meantime watch this part a few times and marvel at this insane section.
Caleb Quanbeck’s got a new signature frame courtesy of Stranger and in this video he tells you a little bit about it while also speaking on the rest of his bike. Along with said dissection we’ve also got a few clips of Big Baby Quan himself in his local stomping grounds of Long Beach, California. Go pick up a Quan frame now.
Here’s the intro/first section from Damian Racut’s Ambipegstreetest DVD:
“Whenever Shay has a bike he is always down to ride. He constantly juggles between skating and riding. Nowadays he mainly skates out of convenience and cost reasons.
Physical copies of the full video available at ambipegstreetest.bigcartel.com/“
So here’s a re-up for ya. Back in 2012 the G Sport team took a trip to LA and absolutely bodied this fine city. Even though 4 of the 5 dudes on this trip have moved on from the pro rider life, this will always be one of my favorite sections.
Our staff has been slacking on posting these sections (which sucks but at least it gives Gerber something to subtweet about). Well, better late than never, here’s Gremlin and Jake Coulson’s sections which are both pretty awesome.
As you’ve probably heard, Matt Barchus has been dealing with brain cancer for a while now and his health has taken a turn for the worse. A lot of his friends are getting together to celebrate Matt’s life and raise some money to help his family. Check out a re-up of his Shook part above and check out the info about the jam below. Most importantly, keep Matt in your thoughts during these trying times.
The other day I saw on Instagram that Gangsta Boo was celebrating her birthday at our local bar out here in Hollywood, Black. I figured that I would head over and somehow convince her to appear on my podcast. I rolled through with my usual crew of deviants, I got an IG photo, I swam up in her DM’s and miraculously just a few days later I had the Queen Of Memphis herself in the OSS store for an interview. I brought along Vine sensation/overall funnyman Nick Colletti as well as professional BMX rider/human compost pile Brandon Begin to assist. We ended up having an hour long conversation about not just her career but much, much more. Check the show notes below and make sure you Subscribe on SoundCloud and click here to subscribe on iTunes.Read post →
In the early days of TCU I would occasionally get emails from an Australian dude named Cooper telling me that he was going to send me his latest magazine or DVD. The products he was producing were super high quality and it soon became obvious to me that this was a dude who was intent on relentlessly documenting the amazing BMX riding going on all around him. Over the years Cooper has never stopped killing it on his bike and behind the camera. He’s transitioned away from running his own media company into playing right hand man to Clint Millar at Colony and Division. In this interview I got Cooper to talk about everything from Australian stereotypes to what goes into running multiple BMX brands and what drives him to keep on pedaling.
Shout out to Eric Cupier and Wolfgang Ray for sitting in on the interview.
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Also as part of the release of this podcast we wanted to hook one rider up with a prototype 20.5 Division Lanark frame. These won’t be available until October but we’ve been testing them for a while now so we know it’s tough enough for the abuse it will cop.
All you have to do is…
Follow both @divisionbrand and @thecomeupbmx on Instagram.
Repost the image and use the hashtag #lanarkframe so we can pick a winner.
Winner will be announced on September 1st.
00:30 What exactly do you do at Colony?
02:00 How street riding changed when the Animal video came out
03:10 Doing rails into grass in Australia
04:25 Josh Irvine and Clint Miller, in that order
05:40 Focal Point
08:00 Cooper’s van and spot book combo
10:15 Did it hurt the scene when the magazines fell off?
12:00 Hardcore music and zines
13:15 Cabinet making
15:00 Straight Edge and friendship
18:30 The scooter takeover of Australia
21:15 We briefly attempt and fail to get Wolfgang to talk
24:00 Park vs Street in Australia
27:00 Cooper got his bike stolen by the cops in Barcelona
29:20 What’s the sketchiest situations that you’ve been involved in when riding street?
34:00 Favorite riders to film
37:45 Filming park riding vs filming street riding
40:00 Boring vegetarianism
43:00 BMX’s generation gap
47:30 Keith Treanor
48:20 We talk about Division
50:00 Crispy Stream
51:30 Having glasses
54:15 What video projects are you working on?
56:15 What happened to Liam Fhay Hampton?