TCU Behind The Scenes 005: Ask TCU Episode 1.

I haven’t answered any of the questions that have been building up in the “Ask TCU” section of the site over the past few months so I decided to try out answering them on camera. I got a little help from Scott Ditchburn, Chris Long and Shawn Mcintosh. Nate Richter held the camera and managed [...]

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4 Questions: Stijn Staal, Peg Abuse, Gabe Brooks VS Brad Simms & Matt Leviege’s Greatness.

I have been getting a ton of questions in the old inbox lately. Some aren’t worthy of a full post. Here are 5 that people want answered but that didn’t deserve their own posts.

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Who Is Craig Passero?

You did the “Who is David Grant” question a while back, and it was an awesome read, can you do the same for Craig, I’ve never seen anything like a bike check or like funny stories about him. Thanks mang.

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What’s Your View On The DUB/Jason Phelan Beef?

What are your views on the Dub/lacey/ditchburn, burning of the Pub T-shirt? In a sense they all ride the same skatepark, they all say their friends where Dub is bigger and more serious do you think it is okay what they did, should they have put it in a video and third has anything like this ever happened before that you’ve seen if so what was the outcome?

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Will There Ever Be Another BMX Video Game?

Are you familiar with video game Skate (1,2, or 3)? What do you think it would take for a BMX rendition of this be created? Surely there is a big enough market for this. BMX is growing quickly, perhaps you could shed some insight in terms of how many page views TCU gets or perhaps any other BMX related sites. There is big money at play now behind the scenes of BMX. EA should cash in on that market with a more realistic BMX themed video game.

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What Happened Between ALYK & The Hood Antics Dudes?

What happened in the ‘dramatic ALYK/Hood Antics break up from a few years ago’ you mentioned in the Rob Diquattro C&R post, I missed that whole thing.

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Is BMX Truly Limitless?

BMX constantly progresses but you would think certain tricks seem almost impossible and will never be pulled. Just take for example a 540 bar to fake nose manual, will that trick ever be pulled? or even a whip to nose manual is something i’ve never seen. I suppose a truck to nose is possible but is that something that could ever really be pulled on a true street ledge and not off a box jump lip? Basically what i’m trying to ask is do you think BMX has a limit trick wise?

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Should We Be Donating To Help Pro Riders Without Health Insurance?

What is your thoughts about pros who don’t have heath insurance. Why should I donate money to some idiot who rides around without heath insurance and gets hurt?

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Can A Deaf Rider Get Sponsored?

Yo, Adam, i got a question for you brotha. I’ve been wondering, is it possible for a deaf rider to get sponsored for riding?

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What If Mike Aitken Had Always Worn A Helmet?

Since you’re talking about helmets, here’s a philosophical question for you: do you think Mike Aitken’s legacy be what it is now (would be be as popular and influential) if he’d ridden the same way but worn a helmet from day one?

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How Do You Get Sponsored?

I’ve always wondered how to sponsor game works, from big name pros getting an energy drink sponsor or a relatively unknown getting their first parts hookup. Does the rider typically contact a company and ask to be on the team or send a ‘sponsor me’ tape? Or is it more who you know or a company taking notice of a rider and asks them if they want to be on the team?

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East Coast VS West Coast.

What was the reason behind you deciding to move from NYC to Long Beach? Did you move out there on your own and how long have you been living in Long Beach now?

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Let’s Talk About Helmets.

Hey adam, not sure if this has come up yet, but why do you think there is so much controversy around people wearing helmets to ride street?

I guess its kinda calmed down now, but for some time it was the main focus on any web video where the rider wore a helmet riding street. It would never be brought up in a dvd review. This isnt just in the comments, many captions for videos on tcu homepage have included a comment about the rider wearing a helmet.

Skatepark edits never get the same attention, its seems to have always been the norm.
I was wondering on your take on this? As you openly say you like riders who are doing their own thing ect ect, and your newest favourite rider, Alex Donnachie seems to always wear his. I personally dont care, as it effects what the rider is doing on his bike in no way what-so-ever.

I do like ask the come up and chicken and rice, and probs check them just as much as the main site as the content is much more original, and would like to hear your take/ account or whatever about it all.

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Why Is Charlie Brown So Stoned?

What’s up with that stoned out Charlie Brown logo you’re always using?

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Weed Smoking In BMX.

What are your opinions on the weed smoking culture that’s sweeping through bmx?

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The Ghost Feeble.

Theres a trick that i keep seeing poping up that i dont know the name of it, iv seen it in a few Seamus Mckeon edits and even one fron Eric Lichtenberger were they slide there tire across the box like a grind without pegs. i think the trick is cool and id love to learn it, if you could put up a how-to aswell that would help also, but mainly if you could just give me a name of the trick would be great?

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Why Isn’t Rob Diquattro Sponsored?

How underrated is Rob Diquattro? How is it possible that brands like Cult hook up riders from NYC that aren’t even close to how good this dude is, but Rob has never gotten a free part in his life. Are brands scared to support people like him, because he puts out funny/ironic edits? For showing how much fun he has? Do you think brands are afraid they’ll lose their “cool” factor?

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Getting Old & Getting Sponsored.

First of all, TCU is a great thing for bmx…i believe in it 100%. I have only been riding for about 3years and i will turn 27 in November, I ride almost everyday for the love of it but, i push myself hard to get better and work towards progressing everyday.It seems like all the kids killing the scene are like 17-20yrs old, i know i might grow out of it but do you ever get too old to ride street? what about sponsor’s? do they care how old you are?

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MONEY MONEY MONEY.

If you didn’t have to worry about funding, advertising, and other corporate money-grubbing, what changes would you make to TCU, if any?

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Opposite Is Obsolete.

Hello. Why do you constantly keep referring to opposite tricks as being “switch”? Everyone knows that “switch” refers to doing tricks/grinds with your “other” foot in front (you switch your feet around) and “opposite” is either spinning/ grinding your “un-natural” way/side. Thanks.

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Where Is Vic Ayala?

I always wondered what happened to Vic Ayala and is he still riding? Never heard about him much after Mega Tour 2 or maybe one of the Road Fools? Not sure if that was the last BMX video I saw him in or not. Seems like he dropped off the face of the earth….

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One Up Ethics in BMX

After reading your post last week about ABD’s I was thinking what’s your opinion of one upping at spots then? You say if one rider films a clip and then finds out somebodies already done it the other rider should usually bin they’re footage to show respect more than anything but there are several of [...]

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Today’s Holy War: The Pros VS The Anonymous.

Hey Adam,

First off, congrats on making TCU bigger and better than ever, really enjoying chicken&rice and ask TCU, there are always good reads and the posts give a very good insight in the “real” bmx-business. I’m from Luxembourg, it’s like one of the smallest countries in the world so the scene here is pretty small. I imagine that it’s pretty cool to live in a house with other pro’s, so congrats on everything you’ve achieved until now, don’t listen to all them dumb comments that are hating, they’re all just jealous. This sounds probably pretty gay but you’re a person I look up to, because you lmake a living of bmx but without being sponsored and everything.
But now to my question(s):
Why the fuck is everyone hating on everything? Like on the (awesome) Mastroni video and the Cinema BCN (which is pretty dissappointing considering they even did a print ad, but still) and many more vidoes. I just don’t understand because i’m happy that i even get so much free videos to watch and even if I don’t like a video i’m not gonna commenting that it’s gay and so on.
Should companys start again to release more DVD’s so that kids shut up?

These questions just came to my mind because Sexton, Dehart, Hamlin and others made some tweets about it. I know that it’s sometimes very very difficult to film something, so I can understand that even the pro’s are upset.

Greetings and keep the good posts coming,
Peter

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Why I Like 4 Pegs & Brett Banasiewicz.

Why is it only recently that 4 pegs have become so popular? i don’t understand because its not exactly a new thing they used to be popular a long,long time ago. In fact there was a time you couldn’t buy a bmx without 4 pegs on it.

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Payola.

Has a company or other entity ever try to pay to have you say something awesome about their video on the home page? (I ask this because lots of time I will only click on the videos that have a comment saying something awesome about them if I am quickly scanning threw them). Sometimes there has been comments like “This video is MIND BLOWING” then I watch it and it was garbage.

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Are Barspins & Tailwhips Required?

Some people get into thinking that barpsins and tailwhips are required to be good at bmx, and that you need to know how to do those things in order to become a pro. What do you think?

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