Today on TCU TV we’ve got Tyler Fernengel and Mikey Tyra. You may not know this but Tyler and Mikey grew up riding together and although their careers have taken different paths and their styles have diverged a bit, they are still good friends who hang out whenever possible. While Tyler was in LA hanging out with us I managed to get them both on the podcast along with Catfish as my co-host to find out about where they’re coming from, where they’re going and what makes them tick. Thanks for listening!
This week on TCU TV we had Midwest legend Mike Hinkens in the studio. This conversation went exceptionally well so we let it run long, talking for over 2 hours in total. Check the list of topics discussed below and leave a comment if you enjoyed this!
00:30 Where you from
11:30 Straight Edge
14:00 Finding your identify through BMX
26:00 BMX after high school
31:00 Riding for The Take
39:00 Becoming BFF’s with Grant
40:30 Going to school and moving to Nicaragua
58:00 Raging out
1:02:00 Romanticizing the past
1:06:00 Adam LZ and BMX as a popularity contest
1:23:00 My blackout drunk barber shows up
1:25:00 DC and moving around
1:39:00 Hanging out with little kids
1:43:00 Adam’s fleshlight
1:55:00 Doing long feeble on rails with front brakes to slow you down
1:57:00 Never reproducing or growing up
2:11:00 Dan Kruk & Bae & Dab
2:15:00 K Rob stories
Micah Kranz tried to turn this interview around on us and while Catfish struggled to restrain him, that only served to push us in the direction of an existential debate about the role this podcast should play. In between contemplating our own existence we also managed to learn a lot of about Micah and we discussed all kinds of BMX current events and why Micah has banished himself from society and is moving back in with his Mom. Enjoy!
02:00 Steve Crandall
07:00 A goalpost fell down and broke his leg
10:30 How he got started in the BMX industry
16:00 Meeting Catfish
20:00 The business of doing shows
29:00 Nitro Circus
37:00 Deleting all social media
39:00 Adam attempts to go buy drinks
53:00 Moving back in with Mom
1:04:45 Being overweight
1:08:00 Micah’s beef with Clint Millar over the Division name
1:23:00 How pros act around kids
1:34:00 Micah is like Adele
The people have been asking for a Craig Passero podcast for over a year now so when he was in town last month we had to get him in the studio for a chat. It was a mess. But a messy podcast is still a podcast, so here you go, hopefully everyone enjoys it and follows @WHAMMO on Instagram because he is cool.
07:30 Moving to Boston
13:00 Dropping out of college
24:30 Video parts
28:00 Losing followers when you die
36:00 Best up and coming riders in NY
39:00 Favorite riders
40:30 Metal vs plastic pegs
47:00 Tech riding
50:30 180 barring huge sets
55:30 Nude beaches
59:00 Flat rails
Ever since I started this podcast I’ve been anxious to get Todd Lyons on. The man has been riding BMX forever and still eats and breathes this shit. Todd came to the store with his journals on deck and wowed us with all kinds of stories from his early days, and then once the podcast was done he emailed me over 100 awesome photos which I included in the video to add some context for our viewers at home. Also Catfish hit him in the eye with the cap from a beer bottle. Enjoy!
01:40 The Journals
11:53 Having a blue tail
14:30 Getting photos in magazines
20:30 Catfish meets Todd Lyons
32:30 Dave Clymer
34:00 When Darcy stole a cop car
39:00 Getting on Haro
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to get Will Stroud on the podcast. I proceeded to ask him about how he got his start and grasped for insight into the various legendary BMX videos that Will has filmed. Check this one out and make sure to Follow us on Soundcloud.
00:30 Growing up in North Carolina
03:00 Starting out filming with Chris Doyle
05:00 His brother David getting on Mosh
09:00 Becoming a filmer
11:00 Is college worth it?
13:30 The System DVD
23:20 Partnering up with Chad Shack
26:00 Taj’s Electronical section
29:30 The Levis video
35:30 Dave Thompson
39:50 Getting divorced
43:30 Changes in BMX
45:00 Pushing mongo
50:00 Favorite filmers
52:00 Long term plans
54:00 The etnies video
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It’s really quite impressive that in over 50 episodes of TCU TV, I’ve pretty much never gotten into an in depth discussion of bike parts. Well with this podcast we officially put that tradition to bed. Jim Bauer and Nuno Oliveira came to the shop and delivered over 2 hours of real talk in which we covered their personal histories in BMX, how they both ended up at Odyssey, Odyssey’s countless bicycle innovations over the years, Texas Toast, social media, Texas Toast, the current state of BMX and much, much more. All in all we had a great conversation and anyone who has any interest in bike parts in particular is going to want to make sure they watch this one. Thanks to Jim and Nuno for coming through the shop and look out for some madness associated with Odyssey’s 30 year anniversary dropping on Friday.
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00:00 Early history
08:00 Bauer goes to college
11:30 Odyssey’s origins
23:00 Early era social media
25:30 Jim C
33:00 The weight weenie revolution
44:40 “Moeller comes down with a bowl of cereal”
52:00 Issues with the Wolmbolt cranks
54:30 Freecoasters and Wave downtubes
1:02:00 Bottom brackets
1:04:30 Plastic pegs
1:12:45 Aaron Ross and social media dominance
1:19:00 Odyssey opening up an Austin branch
1:27:00 Texas Toast
1:49:30 Social media’s effect on BMX websites
1:56:00 BMX brands going under
2:07:00 Longevity for pro riders
Charlie Crumlish was one of the original OSS team members so I’ve been hanging out with him and riding with him for approximately 8 years now. But in truth I’ve been aware of him for at least a half a decade before that, watching his videos on BMX Board way before YouTube hit the scene. Since then he’s become one of my favorite riders, not to mention one of the funniest, smartest dudes in BMX. After Catfish and I finished our interview with Ralph Sinisi we had Charlie sit down for his long anticipated episode of TCU TV and we got in as much as we could given the time we had. You may be seeing a lot more of Charlie on TCU TV in the near future so stay tuned!
00:00 Charlie’s music career
07:20 “Don’t get too high and talk about being in the womb”
14:00 Meeting Catfish
16:00 The Group Text
27:00 Getting on Stranger and making the move to S&M
35:45 Biking every day
38:30 Favorite rail of all time
50:30 Team Weed
54:30 Adult circumcision
57:30 Could you beat up Craig Passero?
59:30 Street vs skatepark
1:18:00 The Fu Bars
Surprise, we’re dropping 2 episodes of TCU TV this week. Next week we will resume our regularly scheduled Tuesday programming but I’ve stockpiled quite a few interviews lately so I figured we were safe to double up this week.
Simon O’Brien is considered one of the all time greats in the flatland world. He won an X Games gold medal. He’s put out 2 solo DVDs. He’s invented countless tricks. He has quite possibly the second most viewed BMX video on YouTube. Basically the dude is a bad ass and although I would have loved to interview him with the assistance of my usual co-host Catfish, he was in Japan or something so I held down the interview myself and did my best to help tell the story of a man so hopelessly obsessed with bike riding that he built a concrete slab in his front yard just to practice flatland tricks on. I was joined by Simon’s friend and fellow flatland luminary, Bobby Carter.
01:00 Getting started riding BMX in a town of 500 people
04:00 Lonely flatland lifestyle
07:50 First trip to the USA
11:30 Mexican food
18:30 Building a slab of concrete in his front yard
22:30 Winning the last flatland X Games gold medal
28:00 Doing his first solo DVD
35:30 Contest tricks vs bangers
39:00 Keeping brakes on
43:00 What’s it like having arguably the most viewed web video of all time?
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2 years ago somebody on Facebook probably asked you about this Tim Knoll guy. That’s usually how it goes when a BMX rider goes outlandishly viral these days anyway. Tim has racked up an astonishing number of views with his unique breed of flatland, street and performance art. Despite having one of the most popular BMX videos in the history of YouTube, most people don’t know much about Tim, myself included. He mentioned that he would be in town for a flatland jam and so of course I had to get him over the OSS store for an interview. I learned a lot and we had a great conversation about BMX, The Internet and everything in between.
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01:30 Getting into BMX
04:30 Staying in BMX after high school
06:45 The influence from doing shows on his riding
08:20 Early BMX videos
13:30 Rodney Mullen inspiration
17:00 Tim’s first video which went semi-viral
22:00 Top 5 Most Creative Bike Riders list
33:30 Tate Roskelley
36:00 Intent to offend
41:00 When your video goes viral
45:10 Facebook and facebooting
52:20 Making money off YouTube
56:00 Adam LZ
1:00:30 Tim’s next video
1:06:30 Making How To videos for money
1:10:30 Is YouTube dying?
1:14:10 Mom filming
Nobody has made much mention of it in the media, but it’s been a quiet couple of years for Animal. After over a decade as one of the top brands, things started to slow down a few years back and the rest of the BMX world was forced to talk amongst themselves about what was happening behind the scenes and why it was becoming increasingly difficult to get your hands on Animal products. Rumors swirled. For guys like me who grew up on Animal, it was hard to comprehend.
Just over a month ago, Animal’s Instagram account began to light up with photos and videos indicating that the brand was ready to make a comeback of sorts, but details remained scarce. So imagine how surprised I was when I heard that Animal founder Ralph Sinisi was interested in coming all the way out to LA so that he could talk about everything Animal has gone through and what they have planned for 2016. Of course we had to spend some time talking about Ralph’s long career in BMX too but around the half way we took a bathroom break and when we started back up, I got down to brass tacks and asked Ralph for the real scoop on all of Animal’s financial and operational issues and what they’ve got coming up. Overall it was an awesome interview and I’m honored to have been a part of it, I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did.
Huge thanks to Catfish, Shane Rossi and Glenn PP Milligan for co-hosting as well as Ed Pollio for helping get this interview done.
02:00 Don’t Quit Your Day Job
04:30 Getting started riding
08:00 The death of BMX
21:30 Joe Tiseo
26:30 Nowhere Fast
42:00 Starting Animal
54:00 The first Animal video
1:02:00 Can I Eat
1:10:30 Joe Tiseo’s passing
1:16:00 Animal running into trouble financially
1:20:00 Shane Rossi
1:25:00 Trouble with the bank
1:36:00 Turning the corner
1:44:00 Bob Scerbo leaving Animal
1:49:30 What do you think has made Animal so popular
1:51:00 Merritt and Mike Brennan leaving Animal
2:06:30 George D
For this week’s episode of TCU TV we were lucky enough to get Bill Allen, or as you might know him, Cru Jones from the movie Rad. I demoted myself into the co-host role for this episode on account of my relative youth. Catfish took the reigns and I think we were able to get a lot of interesting info out of Bill about his time filming Rad, it’s impact on BMX and what he’s been up to since. Enjoy and please Follow us on Soundcloud and iTunes for a new episode every week!
04:45 When did you realize Rad was a cult hit?
08:00 Lori Laughlin
12:00 Rad’s importance
15:30 Sequels and DVD releases
22:00 The dance scene
26:00 The backflip
29:00 On-air chemistry with Lori
42:00 What Bill’s up to right now
45:45 Old school shows with tribute bands
Today we’ve got Joel Moody on the show. A lot of you out there probably remember Joel back in the mid to late 2000’s as a videographer and purveyor of his own creative blend of flatland and street riding who then transitioned into the world of acting. Well Joel is still around, still riding and still killing it at whatever he does. He’s got a new movie, Heroes Of Dirt out too so we figured now would be a good time to get the full Joel Moody story… Enjoy!
For this week’s episode of TCU TV we got Morgan Long and Dan Kruk on the show. Dan is a new guy to the world of BMX media coverage while Morgan has been getting coverage consistently for many years, but it was good to get two Midwest bosses on the show so they could tell their stories.
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02:30 Morgan’s story
09:00 Pegless riding
12:00 Long Beach
17:00 Cassettes vs coasters
18:30 Cement Face
22:00 Morgan’s experience with a shady doctor
27:30 Morgan’s new Hoodbird promo he filmed with Miles
31:00 What do your parents think of you being a pro rider?
34:30 The time Morgan got jumped for his bike and Gabe Brooks saved the day
38:20 Dan Kruk’s relationship with California
41:00 Mike Hinkens
44:45 Grant C
48:15 We The People
50:00 Dan’s Barcelona trip
57:00 Crazy set up’s vs flat ledges
1:00:00 Pegless skinhead conspiracy
1:03:00 Favorite numbers
We were already planning on having Augie on the show this week even before he made headlines by publicly quitting Stranger in the wake of Adam LZ joining the team, but his recent decision made the interview seem even more pertinent. We started off talking about Stranger and LZ but quickly moved on to other topics and Augie gave us a great interview full of priceless insights into his upbringing, the various BMX luminaries he’s worked with and supporting the BMX scene. Augie even offers up some advice for those looking to use ducks to terrorize their neighbors. If you enjoyed this, by all means Follow us on Soundcloud or Subscribe and Rate on iTunes. Thanks for watching!
01:00 Adam LZ and leaving Stranger
12:00 My article, Augie, Adam LZ & The BMX Generation Gap
18:00 Growing up in Staten Island
27:00 Catfish has a Wu Tang tramp stamp
34:00 The Brooklyn Banks
38:40 Scotty Cranmer
48:00 Moving to California
54:00 Barcelona fight story
1:06:00 Supporting the scene
1:10:00 Fracturing his skull
I had Adam LZ on TCU TV just 5 months ago but a lot has changed since then. Most importantly, Adam just landed a pro deal with Stranger! After many years without a sponsor Adam recently joined forces with Rich Hirsch and the boys at TIP. In this interview we discuss many things but most importantly we talk about how this deal came to fruition and what’s next for the LZ BMX empire. Enjoy! Click here to Follow us on SoundCloud or here to Subscribe on iTunes.
Alfredo is my right hand man in all things TCU related so it was only a matter of time until I got him on TCU TV to tell his story. Alf admittedly talks a lot so in an hour and a half long conversation we didn’t even finish talking about his time as a pro rider nevermind his time working with TCU and OSS so I’m assuming we’ll have to have Alf on again at some point to talk about more of the business end of things. Enjoy!
00:50 Growing up in LA
04:00 Alf’s Father
12:00 Early hustles
20:00 Early days riding
26:30 The Lakewood Spur Posse
35:00 Your Mom catching you having sex
39:30 First getting coverage
47:00 Getting on KHE
54:30 Fat Tony
01:05:00 Epic BMX and moving product on eBay
01:13:30 Getting off KHE and on Volume
01:20:00 The Volume “Legends” trip
01:23:30 DC dropping BMX Continue reading →
For as long as I’ve known Kareem Williams he’s always been concerned with exactly 2 things: riding and partying. When he showed up in California after a recent S&M trip I knew I needed to get him on the show to discuss those two things, more or less. Kareem has been in these streets riding bikes and raising hell for a long ass time so sit back, relax and peer into the mind of the one and only Young Gandhi.
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00:00 So what have you been up to and where are you from?
05:20 Getting mistaken for a girl
15:30 BMX DVD’s
19:30 V Club
23:00 Randy Taylor
26:30 BMX is not cool and it’s TCU’s fault
35:00 When Kareem met Adam
42:00 Poop Girl
58:50 Have you dealt with racism in BMX?
1:03:40 Reader questions
1:06:00 Begin blames Stevie for the bed bugs
1:10:00 Smoking crack
1:14:00 Metal pegs and cassettes
1:20:00 Taking acid on stage at a rap show
Yesterday we dropped part 1 of Mike Mastroni’s TCU TV interview and today we’ve got part 2. While part 1 focused mostly on coming up over the years and how Mike got where he is now, part 2 spends a lot of time discussing the later stages of his life including his own unique style of riding and putting together Volume‘s “The Finer Things” DVD. Watch it above or listen in on Soundcloud below.
00:00 Picking music for the Volume DVD
10:30 Getting Broc’s ender
17:30 Putting the video online
22:50 How have your thoughts on filming changed between 2009 and 2014
30:00 Filming inspirations
37:40 Mastroni as a rider and filming his Volume DVD section
48:00 Richie Jackson
56:30 The new Volume video project “Volumes”
58:30 Never doing another DVD
1:00:00 Filming forever Continue reading →
Nobody in the history of TCU TV has ever come more prepared than Mike Mastroni. He had a lot of things he wanted to say and if you know Mike, you know there was no way he was going to leave them to chance and just hope that he remembered to mention them all. The end result is an incredibly comprehensive, almost 3 hour long interview that covers just about everything from Mike’s early days self-filming in the woods of Connecticut all the way up to his current role as Volume Bikes rider, filmer and team manager. This interview is so long that I figured it only made sense to split it up into 2 parts so enjoy this one and tune in tomorrow for part 2. Click here to listen on iTunes and check the Soundcloud player below.
00:00 What hats do you wear at Volume?
01:30 How did we first start working together?
05:00 The progression of Mastroni’s self filmed web videos
10:00 Driving around looking for spots to ride by yourself
16:30 Mastroni and I met via a girl we both hooked up with from Myspace
19:00 The original OSS team
20:00 Filming with dollies
22:30 Craig Passero the Boston Strangler
28:00 Realizing you’re the filmer
33:00 Realizing you can do whatever you want
40:00 Making the move to California
51:00 Denver Nugs
44:30 Getting on Volume
1:00:00 Kicking people off the team and adding riders to Volume