Friday, February 27, 2009

Lots to cover!

Possibly the best thing from today is seeing that Mike Aitken is back on a bike, according to this story on his site and this video:

It must be a pretty amazing feeling to get to roll around on a bike again after all he's been through. Good luck with everything, Mike!

In other news...

It's interesting to compare styles of video that are based on a fairly similar format. Both of these videos (One featuring Stephen Moxley, one featuring Josh Betley and Kevin Kirally) are park based, yet I'm way more into one than the other. Have a guess.

Steven Moxley Endeavorbmx Edit from Justen Soule on Vimeo.

If that's a bit of a park overload for you, click here to check out a cool Profile trails vid.

Hanson Little, who rides for Mutiny, has the cover of the new Dig:

Looks pretty rad, and if you click around on the Mutiny and Dig site you can see some of the spreads from the mag which look sweet as hell. Like they said on the Mutiny site, give print some love and pick up a copy - Dig are getting it spot on these days.

Steven Hamilton's section in Can I Eat is one of his most talked about sections (And with good reason), but his part in All Day was pretty rad too. And, in fact, here it is:

Animal All Day - Steven Hamilton from Animal Bikes on Vimeo.

Reason I'm posting this, aside from him being my Favourite Rider Of All Time™, is that Animal have a new Vimeo channel up with all their old videos on - well worth checking out!

Right now, I've got a pizza that's almost cooked and a Wales - France game to watch, so ciao for now...

Junction Nine

Alright people, it's been a while... Just dropping a word in to remind people that Junction Nine still exists, however, Winter times means no updates at allllll! However, it will be updated in the near future. Peace out.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

This wins.

Courtesy of Fit/Soul.

Who wants to be the first person to go up to Chase Hawk and tell him you should have "A fistfull of seatpost showing" and "A brake" to be "Good at trails"?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Late late late.

Man, Newcastle is awesome. I mean really, really good. Cheers to everyone for everything, it was amazing! Special thanks definitely go to H-Man for the lift and Tom Kirkby for the sofa provision...

Anyways, stuff has happened in the non-Mark BMX world, up to and including:

This amazing Josh Betley video. Too good.

Josh Betley / Felt Bikes from kyle carlson on Vimeo.

This Bombhead (aka Paul Ryan) video from Rampworx.

I'm pretty sure there was other stuff, but I've got some work to do so this'll do for now...

Friday, February 20, 2009

T-1? T-Win!

'nuff said.

George Marshall

George Marshall is one of the best photographers out there at the moment, getting some rad photos with his ol' Hasselblad combining awesome composition with great atmosphere. Basically, they're really good. Deluxe have decided to feature him as one of their 'case study' sorta deals with photographers, so click here to check that out, and then go here for his personal site.

Typing this on a really old Mac wasn't fun.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Noble Piece Prize #3

I mentioned Mark Noble's side-blog before, and made reference to him having a planned George French interview, and here it is.

In totally unrelated news, but news that is awesome for me, having greased the hell out of everything on the front end of my bike, it no longer clicks and makes me have bad thoughts about snapping bars or cracking forks. Winners.

Tuesdays With Miles...

...this time with Brian Hunt and Mr. Fictional Name (Surely?), Zak Early. This video is sweet for many reasons, up to and including the first full song that's used, and the turndown that that Zak dude does at around 2:33. Clickedy click,

Go to BNQT for more videos.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A simple instruction.

Go and watch update Video 3 on the 4Down site, it's really good. That isn't sarcasm or anything, it's genuinely rad. Go there! Now!


Musky Octopus? Go here for more... (Speaking of, Ooh, shiny and new! #1 and Ooh, shiny and new! #2)

Consider this a friendly reminder - you don't need to have every trick being a bars, whip or hang-5 to make a webedit:

Monday, February 16, 2009

The Kink team are awesome...

No, really...

Kink AZ and CA from Kink Bike Co. on Vimeo.

Apologies for the lack of updates, Southampton's been pretty hectic for me! Normal service will resume shortly...

Friday, February 13, 2009

Pijin Part 2

Meanwhile, in a secret location in Southampton...

A Friday night of rubber glovers, KFC and white paint...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Claremont HD.

I've always been a firm believer that bikes, fundamentally, are awesome. I enjoy just riding my BMX, or even my road bike, just to cruise around on - no tricks, no tech stuff, just riding around on my bike. It's the first real tool for independence you get when you're a kid, and that feeling of being able to just head off and go wherever still feels the same to me today. As a result, I'm fully into this video of two dudes bombing some hills on skateboards. No, it's not a triple whip or a tech grind combo, but it's 100% more interesting as a result. It's definitely worth checking out in HD.

Adam Kimmel presents: Claremont HD from adam kimmel on Vimeo.

(Edit: For the people out there with poorer concentration spans, the HD skating is about 1:30-5:00, then it's SD from 5:00-10:00...)

FBM vid

FBM's new trip is being documented online, and here's the first video update from over on ESPN.

In semi-related news, I hadn't noticed that a former editor and a current editor (I think? Can't remember if he quit or not...) of the best BMX magazines out there (Obviously being Ride UK's Mark Noble and Dig's Brian Tunney) are now both writers for EXPN/ESPN. Considering Dig's take on 'big brands' and the past EXPN comps, seems a bit of a change in tune. Still, times change 'n' all that. Anyways, Mark Noble's put out a pretty cool piece called "The Noble Piece Prize" where he talks to Jay Miron about Pivotals and the like. Next up is George French, apparently. Click here to see Jay Miron's ego get gently massaged (Definitely not the level that Gatorade get in this unbiased, neutral piece of BMX journalism) ;-)

New Attila hubs?

Just clocked some new stuff on the Attila site - some Newrick inspired parts. Here's the Coastliner hub, and there's also a sprocket lurking on their main page. Cleggy's blog is always worth a read, so head over to their site, "Peep" (To quote Rob-O) their new sprocket and see what he's up to.

No way!

You mean Professional BMXers are normal people, just like us?

Who knew...

Rory Ellis, S&M's (Interestingly (Well, not really) I can't put S&M as a tag because you're not allowed to use &'s. FACT.) wallride machine, has a little edit up. Can click the HD icon and go check it out in HD, but for 2 minute web-edits there's probably no need? Your call I guess.

Madera have made one of the more frightening looking stems of recent times. 9.1oz - que? Unfortunately I just bought a new stem, never mind eh.

In Mark news, I got to ride today without having to wear 5 layers. T-shirt weather in February? Hoot! Similarly, bright sunshine and new spots. Also got to see a couple of hyenas and some hectic birds of prey at London Zoo on the way there, as well as some music-type people's expensive mansions. Camden Lock - who wouldn't.

I'm down in Southampton riding from tomorrow for a few days - the weather's supposed to be good, so people had best be out. No excuses...

Bangers and Mash

New Mr Webb edit, G60 content.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Trails skating

Saw this over on the Ride site, and having finished being bombarded by Red Bull and Gilette ads, I managed to get the embed code. So yeah, here it is:

I'm off to get caffeinated and shave, brb...


Just watch it. 1:17 - that's all I'm saying.

Seen through Dig by Zeal.


Lotek have unveiled their new line of shoes and clothing - some pretty rad T's this time around, and some pretty sweet looking shoes too. Click here to go there directly.

Speaking of - Fremont/Lotek rider Wolfman has a video bikecheck up from the Macneil site.

Wolfman Bike Check from MACNEIL BMX on Vimeo.

Linked in with Macneil, Gary Young is one of the four riders in a surprisingly bad web-edit, considering it's made by Vans and has some pretty good riders in it. One line, for example, is about 15secs long and ends with Ali Whitton doing a 180 down a 3-set. Right... Anyway, if you're really bored and don't have anything else better to do, click here.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Chase Dehart "Put In Werk" remix.

Put In Werk was the first time I'd seen Chase Dehart ride, and it was pretty eye-opening. Bump-twists and bump-whips up stairsets, those little manny 180 things - so much stuff that's more standard these days that was new back then. His original section was edited to a rad Clap Your Hands Say Yeah song, but this is a bonus footage remixed version that was released around the time of the video. Well worth checking out if you haven't seen P.I.W. before (Also has a cool Jack Maddock interview and a really good Jarrod Allen section).

Saw it up on Fit!

Friday, February 06, 2009

New products!

It's been a while since there's been much new product info type biz around, seems like everyone spent themselves at Interbike... Anyways, here's some stuffs.

I was checking out the sweet FBM blog today and happened to spot the preview of their updated Crown Royal stem, and their new 7075 sprockets. Check 'em out!

Mutiny have updated the Loosefer for '09, and have a little .gif file on their site and product info - click here for that.

You'd have thought with keeping Eclat's new product range running and getting their '09 product out there WTP would've slowed down prototyping of stuff for their own parts range - but not so. Here's a glimpse of their new "skewer" front hub:

There's more CAD drawings and information up on their site.

Lavar have been under the radar for a while now, but are still continuing to make really nice quality T's that are firmly in the standard Mark T-shirt Rotation System. Tom K over at Streetphire got on the case and got the 'web exclusive' of their new line, so click here to see them. Andrew Jackson also rides for Lavar, which gives me another chance to post his web-video from a while back that still rules.

In related news, it was H-Man's birthday a few days ago, so Happy Birthday dude!

Bonedave also reminded me about this on *cough*Facebook*ahem* yesterday, but I apparently brought about the recent snow storms in the UK by suggesting that the rubbish winter weather might be over. I can't really begin to apologise enough for doing that - but it's potentially not raining here at the moment so I might dust my bike off and ride it for the first time in over a week. (Edit: It's literally just started snowing again. I hate you, weather.)

You know you're bored when you start playing Tony Hawks Pro Skater 3 again. Dissertation shmishertation...

Snow affecting Deliveries

A notice to our mail order customers:

"Fresh snowfalls overnight have brought the return of hazardous driving conditions to many parts of the UK this morning. Although Royal Mail delivery and collection services in most parts of the country have been affected, the worst hit regions include: Scotland and Northern Ireland, much of Wales, The East and West Midlands, South Central England and the more western counties of England."

Royal Mail

Please bear with us as our delivery times will be affected.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Freestyle BMX at 2012 Olympics?

Freestyle BMX at 2012 Olympics? Ok, can this really be true? And if so, is it a good thing?

I think the biggest problem is going to be the people running the event. This is what Dave Brailsford, British Cycling's performance director said at a meeting at the Houses of Parliament yesterday :

"The information I'm getting is I'll be performance director of street BMX so I will have to go and get my hoodie and baggie shorts."

Dear god, this guy doesn't have a clue! :S

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Union & MoVment trip

This cool video comes courtesy of Bicycle Union, Movment and 4Down - a 10 minute long trip video of their recent trip to Europe.

Channel 4Down BMX :: Bicycle Union Vs The Movment Trip from Channel 4Down on Vimeo.

The Curse Of The Auto-Play Video

Damn. I thought I'd just done enough to bump that auto-playing Mpora vid off the bottom of the page, and I go and mess it up with that Ride video below. Sorry. Hopefully this cool little indoor edit from Van Homan and Chase Dehart courtesy of 2x4 won't. Fingers crossed...

An oldie, but a goodie...

Saw this over on Woozy in their Ride video retrospective feature thingy, and remembered just how good it was. Nathan Williams and Shane Weston doing rad things on bicycles, check it!

Monday, February 02, 2009

Snow? Really?

Yes. Today was spent mostly eating food and making Balcony SnowMen™. All good. Also saw these two sweet videos, definitely worth a watch:

This is a Tempered trip:

Untitled from Jack Birtles on Vimeo.

And this is the friends section from the Vinyl DVD, which pretty much speaks for itself:

"Best Of Both Worlds" Vinyl Video Friends Section from Vinylbmx on Vimeo.

All good.

Anyway, bigger, better posts tomorrow, maybe? I've got uni work to do, so I'll probably be busy procrastinating on here - news overload!