If they’re going to let video games into X Games, why not wheelbarrowing next? The best part has got to be when all the people clap for him at the end. Skip a minute in if you want to get straight to the action.
They’re building a new skatepark in Santa Rosa, California (just a couple hours north of Los Angeles) and despite the involvement of BMX riders throughout the construction of the park, the council has now decided that bikes will not be allowed. Alex Raban has started an online petition to get bikes into the park. This sort of thing happens all the time but it would be awesome if TCU as a community could make a difference on this skatepark in particular. It’s frankly just unthinkable that our tax money is still being used to construct skateparks which we aren’t allowed to use. It takes two seconds, click here to sign the petition.
Mr. Green (whose beats you’ve no doubt heard in a lot of the Animal videos) made a beat using some audio he recorded of Nigel Sylvester riding and had A$AP Ferg rap over it. Ferg even made the chorus about riding. This is pretty dope. Dirt mountains. Check out Green’s description after the jump. Continue reading →
This popped up yesterday and I didn’t post it because it didn’t have much steam and I didn’t want to see the guy get caught on account of a TCU Post. But it’s already got over 100,000 views and it’s been featured on at least one other BMX site, so I suppose we might as well:
“Raphael Carrondo captured the road-rage incident, which took place on Victoria Embankment, on his bike-mounted ‘GoPro’-style camera.
Mr Carrondo was trying to overtake a coach when he was undertaken by another cyclist, on a BMX.
The BMX rider kicked his front wheel, knocking him off his bike where he almost fell under the wheels of a coach.
Luckily, he escaped with only minor injuries.
Mr Carrondo writes on YouTube: “Please help me find the person in the video to bring him to justice. If you have any information that can lead to identifying the person on the video will be much appreciated.
“The incident happened in London at around 5:15 pm in front of the embankment station on Wednesday August 6th 2014. Please comment below if you have any information. Sharing the video will also help.”
While most of the BMX world was paying attention to what was going on in Austin this weekend, Monster held an event in Vegas that combined racing with dirt jumping and Ride put together this video from it.
We dropped the first episode of the TCU podcast last week where Catfish and I interviewed Stevie Churchill and Brandon Begin. For the past few months people have been asking us to see the rest of the footage from that fateful day at El Toro and while the podcast should hopefully clear up exactly what happened that day, we decided now was the time to show you the behind the scenes from that day including Stevie’s truck to foot dab and Begin’s first attempt at the half cab. We’ve also included some really hard to watch footage from after Brandon hit his head.
I also just wanted to speak on the helmet thing, since I’m sure the juxtaposition of Brandon’s crash with him talking about still not wearing a helmet will upset a lot of people. I just want to make this clear: Brandon and Stevie are just talking about their personal preference. If you wear a helmet, keep wearing a fucking helmet. If you don’t wear a helmet, definitely don’t let anyone else’s opinion stop you from starting to wear one. At the end of the day, wearing a helmet is a decision you have to make for yourself. I can’t help but feel like this video is going to set off a firestorm of controversy on the helmet issue and I just wanted to make it clear that we are not anti-helmet in any way.
The goal with TCU TV is to push the overall BMX conversation and hopefully this video does that one way or another.
For this week’s episode of TCU TV, Catfish, Sarah and I had Xavier Wulf on the show. X is a rapper from Memphis currently residing in LA who has been blowing up at an unbelievable rate. We sat him down and got him to spit the facts on such topics as:
-How he got into BMX and started hanging out with us
-Coming up in Memphis
-Getting noticed as a rapper on Twitter back in the day
-His early influences as a rapper
-His early nu metal influences
-Do you eat the booty?
-How he deals with his fans
-”I don’t give a fuck about being lyrical” and why
-The #1 rapper he would like to do a song with
-What would happen if he saw Space Ghost Purp, A$AP Ferg and Benji Band$ in a dark alley
-What happened that night that the Raider Klan got in a fight with the A$AP Mob
-How he got into anime
-How come his songs don’t have hooks
-How he felt having his songs featured in Stevie Churchill’s OSS video
-How many blunts do you smoke a day?
-Skinny girls vs thick girls
-What’s going to happen when he meets Lil B
And much more. We also play 10 of Xavier’s songs, check out the tracklist after the jump. Continue reading →
Phil Bartlett, Jordan Hickey and Ryan Antle (or as they are sometimes known, The Antlife Crew) took a trip from St. John’s to Corner Brook, Newfoundland and made this video. Sit back, relax, let the ants crawl all over your body and enjoy the bangers. Try not to laugh too hard at Phil’s crashes.
I tell people to subscribe to our YouTube all the time. But today for some reason I felt compelled to actually look through some of our recent subscribers one by one. I supposed it’s kind of strange that I’ve never done this before. I’ve only looked through a couple dozen so far, so I don’t have anything terribly interesting to point out (besides that a lot of our subscribers seem to also be into anime and videogames) but I did find this video of a rider named Asif Malik from India doing some wheelies. Four years ago. He hasn’t posted much on YouTube since aside from this unwatchable tutorial on how to capture your screen on a computer, which to be fair, is a pretty useful technique albeit not one that should take 5 minutes to explain. He also posted this video of him and his friends operating a robot which is kind of cool. It’s interesting that Asif decided to follow both TCU and Network A today since he hasn’t posted a video of him riding his bicycle in nearly half a decade, but it’s nice to know that he’s still interested enough to watch a few videos.
The Internet, this corner of it anyway, is stuffed to the brim with videos of people doing astonishingly difficult bicycle tricks. Today it was nice to be reminded of the fact that even if every single person in the BMX community were to fall victim to some sort of hypothetical nuclear holocaust, there would still be some guy like Asif who presumably knows almost nothing about the history, culture or subtleties of doing tricks on a bicycle but who still feel compelled to learn a few tricks and look up some videos online.
Nate Richter is out in Austin for Texas Toast and filmed a skatepark session featuring such titans of grinds as Broc Raiford, Grant Germain, Mike grey, Big Daddy, Jason Watts and Mark Burnett. Check it out and follow Nate Richter on Instagram.
Check out this awesome new video featuring Spencer Ryan killing it all over Canada. Tyler Rizzi filmed and edited this and it was originally intended to appear in the Northern Embassy Hidden Gems contest but instead we’re premiering it here. Go give Spencer a follow on Instagram @spencerryan96.
This is a video promoting Nikita Zharkov’s new signature frame from Stress. It features one of the craziest songs I’ve ever heard from a band called “Golden Earring”, some absolutely breathtaking motorcycle b roll and a bunch of crazy BMX stunts, natch. Mother Russia is the greatest:
“My name is Nikita Zharkov and this is promo of my signature The Aim frame by STRESS. The main idea was to make barspin tricks convenient. We’ve made the seat tube angle 72.5 degrees instead of the standard 71. A seat gets to your knees much easier and faster.
We had a great time filming this. The camera guy was freezing, I was sweating, falling, taking the pain, getting back up and nailing my favorite tricks! Hope you like the result, enjoy the ride.
Filmed/Edited: Valeriy Korenev
Additional camera: Alexey Maltsev
Idea: Nikita Zharkov
Music: Golden Earring – Going To The Run
I’ve been sitting on this for a few weeks now waiting to be approved by iTunes. I woke up this morning and I thought of all the poor souls who were going to be sitting on planes, trains and automobiles headed towards Austin without a single BMX podcast loaded onto their phone. So with all that being said, here it is, our first episode of the newly revived TCU podcast featuring Catfish and I interviewing Stevie Churchill and Brandon Begin. Topics covered include El Toro, the homeless bunnyhop controversy, growing up riding together, how Brandon Begin went from 1000 followers to 34,000 followers in a year, eating at McDonalds, Pumped BMX, dealing with fans and much more.
We also play 10 songs throughout the course of the video, check the tracklist after the jump. Continue reading →