According to a new interview on the Green Label site, ASAP Ferg (who has become close friends with Nigel Sylvester over the past couple years) has roots in BMX:
“A lot of people don’t know that I do ride BMX. [Nigel] just built me a new bike, and I’ve been riding since before I was rapping. That’s a side of me that the world will see soon. We’re gonna bring the sport back up because a lot of people have been supporting the skateboarders recently. It’s time to bring the cool back to the BMX life.”
Agreed. This is an interesting development. If you want to see Ferg stop by the TCU Headquarters some time to talk BMX, let us know in the comments.
The first time I watched this video was a few years ago when the BSD team were sleeping at the original OSS Long Beach house. It took me a few minutes for it to register that Alex Donnachie, who filmed, edited and stars in the video was sitting approximately 5 feet away from me. At that time he was 16. I was blown away that someone so young could film, edit and ride on such an unbelievable level. Alex, unsurprisingly, was too shy to say anything besides “thanks” as I bombarded him, and this DVD, with compliments. He squirmed with discomfort as he usually does when people are saying positive things about him, which is more often than not from my experience.
Since then I’ve gotten to hang out with him a bunch, he filmed a section for my DVD and he’s put out a smattering of other web videos plus completed Nearly 3 (not yet online) and is currently at work on Nearly 4.
Jordan Hango, Matt Nordstrom, Jared Swafford and Morgan Long do a few thangs one morning at MLK. We have an Instagram Slam with these guys (minus Jared, plus Begin and Justin Spriet) dropping tomorrow.
Official trailer for the new Macneil team video, ‘Any Means Necessary.’ Featuring Dillon Lloyd, Greg Flag, Sam Lowe, Chijioke Okafo, Chris Silva, Adam Piatek, Jack Leonard, John Manaras, Jaumell Campbell, George Bolter, Amos Franke, Nathan Hines, Justin Hughes, Alexi Barau and Fabian Dulong. Coming soon… #anymeansnecessary.
The other day our friends Bones, Xavier Wulf and Chris Travis came through and filmed a video for their new song “We Don’t Believe You” at the OSS store. Stevie Churchill and Brandon Begin did a little riding and Begin even re-created his legendary homeless hop but this time we paid the guy 8 dollars and listened to him talk for a half hour afterwards. This song was produced by Purpdogg who also produced that new Soulja Boy & Drake song.
Brandon Begin and Alfredo Mancuso spent an afternoon riding around Long Beach and John Hicks filmed it to show some of the new OSS spring line which is available now from the TCU web store. Free stickers with every order.
Okay, I know that this is a BMX website. And I know that most of you don’t watch the UFC and you only have a vague understanding of what MMA is. That’s fine. But still, you have got to witness this. This is the absolute dumbest thing I have ever seen yet it’s also incredibly fascinating. Via Deadspin.
I would rather spend the rest of my days consuming only human excrement instead of food than even be in the same room as a Rocker BMX. Ryan Taylor on the other hand doesn’t seem to have such qualms. Here he competes against Alex Hiam in a Game Of Bike. The weird thing about this is that both guys seem endlessly amused by the tiny bike. Why? It’s not funny. Amity went bankrupt and instead of getting a job like anyone with a modicum of self respect would do, Marc Brotherton (the owner and admitted non-BMXer) started making these things. Then he pays guys like Ryan and Harry Main to ride them in web videos hoping that you, the naive teenage consumer, will think they are cool. Then he litters their online presence with sentences like “Rocker Mini BMXs Are All About Having A Laugh With Your Mates” so that when someone points out how dreadful they are, he can say “you just can’t take a joke!”
Well actually no, I can take a joke, I just don’t like the joke. The joke sucks. Luckily I can think of a way better joke: every single person reading this never purchasing a Rocker product and publicly humiliating anyone that they see riding one. I know that most of you reading this already do both of those things but for anyone who doesn’t, start. I know that may not sound like a “joke” in the traditional sense of the word but I promise you that when Rocker goes out of business (just like Amity before it) every person in the BMX industry will have a nice, long laugh at their expense.
I’ve had this edit on my computer for the last few months and since I’ve been traveling a lot, I have often found myself without internet and in need of something to amuse my friends. So naturally I turned to my computer, which has a few dozen BMX videos saved on it as well as whatever edits are currently in line to be premiered on the site. Subsequently, I have watched this web video upwards of 30 times with various groups of people and basically have it memorized. Based on the responses of my friends as well as my own personal opinion, I think it’s fair to say that this video is unbelievable. And what’s really disturbing is that these are clips that Nathan was okay with letting go for a web video while he continues to film for various upcoming video projects. Unreal.
Shout out to Tom Creasy and Monster Energy for hooking this up. If you live in Spain, make it out to the Barcelona Street Series that Monster are doing this upcoming Sunday, Nathan won’t be able to make it but I’ll be there and so will Dakota, Dan Lacey, Ben Lewis and more of the Monster team.
Today’s premiere is a little video called After Hours that Alex Burnside put together with most of the dudes from The Michigan Video (which you should pick up if you haven’t seen it yet). Tyler Fernengel, Nick Bullen, Jacob Bullen, Connor Keating, Mikey Tyra, Eric Trombley and Jason Govan all got clips but Cory Wiergowski holds down the bulk of the edit and does a bunch of absurd things that you definitely haven’t seen before. Just for the record, this isn’t the first time he’s done a crook hard. Shout out to Jeff Tabb and Dylan Thayer for helping Alex film and Ron Thomas who volunteered his warehouse space.
Last Sunday the TCU crew went to the Full Factory ramps (home of Odyssey, Sunday and G Sport) and filmed some of the action that went down. Hundreds of riders showed up to get some low priced bike parts and some of So Cal’s best am’s like Travis Hughes, Ethan Corriere, Trevor Sigloch and Alec Siemon killed it along with pros like Broc Raiford and George Boyd. We even got a very 2000-esque ender from Chris Arriaga.
Oh yeah sorry about the deinterlacing issue we just got this camera and are still figuring it out.
Thanks to the Full Factory and Odyssey guys for having us.
Sean takes a lot of shit on the Internet and lost a few sponsors this year but this video serves as a reminder of one impossible to deny fact: he is one of the best street riders right now. This video starts out crazy, gets crazier and then by the end the tricks are all just absurd. Shout out to Primo and Miles Rogoish for filming this.
The name “Matt Dalley” might not ring a bell but he’s the rider with cancer who requested that Dan Lacey do a turndown to fakie in the Monster Instagram Slam from over the Summer. Well he just reached out to Dan to let him know that his cancer is in remission after 8 months of intense chemotherapy. He’ll be back to riding soon as he gradually gets his strength back.
Volume just dropped this amazing bar promo showing off the new Drew Hosselton signature Barista Bars. Drew is one of the most creative riders out there and nobody is ready for how unbelievable his Volume DVD section is going to be.
Drew Hosselton’s signature 9” bar. The Barista Bar is made from all new thicker 13 butted 4130 heat-treated CRMO tubing that was designed with all the butting in all the stress points of the bar. Hoss approved!
2-pc bars made from 13-butted heat treated 4130 CR-MO tubing
Crossbar OD: .75″
Crossbar Height: 6.5″
Crossbar Width: 11.2″
Material: 13 butted, heat treated CRMO. Thickest point is 1.8t (.070)
Weight: 32.8 oz
Chad Kerley’s MARKIT ZERO part was amazing and will probably be top 5 at Nora Cup next year, but by the time the results are announced some of those clips will be over 2 years old. Today I’m happy to premiere this video where he demonstrates at least a few of the things he’s learned since then. Those MARKIT guys put in work. Chad’s signature CK jeans are back in stock now. Here’s some more info from none other than Dennis Enarson himself:
“MARKIT is proud to present some fresh Chad Kerley footage to celebrate the CK jean being back in stock. Make sure to check out Chad’s signature jean over at http://www.markitdenim.com. Type in the promo code CKALLDAY to get free shipping on your CK jeans, and anything else on the online store. To get MARKIT goods in a store or distro near you, contact email@example.com and MARKIT will come to you.”
Thanks a ton to Dennis and Christian for hooking this up. Follow MARKIT and Chad on Instagram and if you’re in the LA area and in need of MARKIT products, give the OSS store a call. Also you can still pick up MARKIT ZERO here.
Mike Hoder came by the OSS store the other day to kick it and early on in the day he took the plunge and got the iconic S&M shield logo tattooed on his face. Now that’s dedication. Hoder is currently injured so he hasn’t gotten any riding done out here but he’ll be back to doing crazy shit like this soon.
The tattoo shop across the street from the store is called Crimson Unicorn and they are always stoked to tattoo BMX riders so if you’re interested, let us know when you come in and we’ll introduce you. Check out the artist Casey on Instagram here.
Today we’re premiering a new street mixtape that Justin Benthien put together. It’s called “TAPEBLENDER”. The first minute of this thing features already had me sold that it was going to be awesome. There are so many ridiculous grinds in here and just a lot of amazing spots in general. Don’t miss this one.
“Tapeblender is exactly as it sounds, just a blend of tapes that my friends and I have shot. Filming for a second mix in the works.
Riding: Collin Post, Justin Benthien, Mike Meister, Chris Andrijiw, Anton Zamora, George Gustafson, Taylor Bonds, Dan Nielsen, Eric Marion, Dean Watson, Adrian Vigil, Tremaine Stewart, Josh Dunn, Dustin Arp, Kyle Rohling
Filming: Justin Benthien, Anton Zamora, Dustin Arp, Jacob Lowe, Collin Post
Mike Gray might have been bummed when Diamondback dropped their program and he lost his ride, but he’s more than made up for it this year by getting on Haro and now Demolition. Congrats to Mike on the new sponsor.
A few months ago Greg Walsh gave me a call to discuss how he could better educate BMX riders about taking care of their bodies. Along with being a life long BMX rider (he went on Road Fools 2 and founded Coalition and Hell On Earth to name a few things) Greg has been involved with all sorts of martial arts and Crossfit over the years and owns a gym called Wolf Brigade in Rochester.
My advice to Greg on how to further his work was pretty basic: Make some videos. Kids have short attention spans. They hate reading. But I told him that if he made a series of short YouTube videos that emphasized some of the basics, that he would be able to get through to a lot more people than if he penned a few blog posts. Most people don’t worry about injuries until they occur. But by making these part of a series, I think they have a better chance of seeping into the consciousness of the average TCU user.
This is the first such video. It co-stars Kink am team rider Tom Dillon and focuses on a few of the most basic stretches you can do to keep your body feeling good and strong so that it will be less likely to break under impact. I think Greg is doing something pretty great here and I would highly advise you check this out and then spend some time poking around the Wolf Brigade site.
Well that was crazy. I’m sure we’ll see at least a few videos from the Kitchen contest but here’s a quick iPhone clip of Daniel Sandoval doing a new trick, the tailwhip air to downside whip. Thanks to Ryan Guettler who originally posted it on Instagram.
UPDATE: Guettler called this a “540 windshield wiper” in his original post and I had originally called it that as well, but upon closer inspection it’s actually a 540 tailwhip to decade. My bad.
UPDATE 2: Okay actually upon reading a few more comments and watching this again I think we can all agree that it is ACTUALLY a tailwhip to decade. Thanks for joining us for another installment of street riders trying to decipher park tricks.