Thursday, December 30, 2010


Spectacular timing - you might have remembered me saying about the Substance zine/catalogue that 4Down put out. Well, if you were intrigued, then click below for the online version. The printed version's a 'nice object' as the artfags would say, so it if you're into it, get one!

Speaking of posts I made recently - I mentioned a few companies have re-up'd (as they put it) their old web videos from this year. Cult are doing the same, so here's their main promo video, and here's some info. Rob-o should've gone the whole hog and ended it with "ya herd" and kept it with the whole vibe of the company. The devil's in the detail...

Mike Mastroni is really good, and somehow manages to find the time between doing posts on TheComeUp to be all sponsored 'n' everything, and fully justify it too. This video goes to show that he's most definitely got the skills. Some tech stuff on some unusual objects which, when combined with sweet filming and editing, pretty much guarantee a good video. It's cool to see that Mike's more down the Tate Roskelley type of riding rather than sticking to fashion tricks on weird stuff - it's cool to see people really trying to use their bikes in a new way. With those two and Seamus McKeon the future's looking pretty good for some cool new footage.

In true ESPN making-BMX-mainstream-sport style: Tunney posted up this edit from Rohlfing. Said Rohlfing on the success of this video strategy: "Here are some crashes from 2010." This result means that Brett Rohlfing is now 5th in the league.

Lastly, for some reason videos just don't play smoothly on either Ride or Dig's websites (speaking of, I don't think I've really ever seen a bigger disparity between online and offline content/style than Dig's (and still speaking of, the new Dig is really good - go buy it!)). However, I know I like watching Dylan Smith's riding so hopefully this video will be good. If it isn't, apologies for letting it slip through the usually stringent vetting system.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Mixed bag.

If you're a fan of incomplete photos of pro riders bikes, then it's almost like Christmas (2011) has come early, thanks to Mutiny and G-Sport.

If, however, you like cool videos showing what it's like to be part of a team and getting to travel the world and get scared by some guy in a boat, this one's for you (thanks to the ever-awesome Kink.

Lastly, Red Banks Jam? Be there!


Some awesome clips in this, that slow-mo 3 is sweeeeet. Very much keen on Tom Dugan's riding.


In full holiday mode now, woke up about an hour ago. Body clock like whaaaat...

Anyway - as I mentioned a week or two ago (when I also mentioned that I was going to do an Anthem 2 review (which I still intend to do, but need to watch it again before I can (and it's currently at my house in Blackpool (and I'm currently in Wales)))) Sean Burns is pretty out of hand. It still seems weird to talk about a Sean Burns web-edit, but I guess if you want to ride for a living your sponsors who don't really 'get' it are going to have some demands you'll have to live up to. Anyway, here's another Osiris edit. Ridiculous.

If you in any way like that video, you should definitely give the shop a call and grab yourself a copy of Anthem 2. So much good stuff in there, and his section's like the icing on an amazing tasty, diverse cake. I know that 'diverse cake' doesn't exactly sound like a good or appetizing thing, but it is.

Because months ago this was an exclusive, I don't know if this embed code's going to lead to anything once I hit the 'publish' button. Hopefully it will, but if there's not a triumph of hope over experience then you'll need to head over to United's website to check out the TCU x TIU edit they've just re-uploaded. They've been putting up some visual treats over the holidays anyway, so it may be worth you while clicking that link and having a lurk even if this embedding shenanigans works...

Speaking of cool bike companies re-uploading good videos, Mutiny have done exactly the same which allows you to go check out LGM, the Dunkerque videos, and all their other rad edits from this year. Essentially, the point I'm trying to make is that the weather sucks, it's the 28th December, you probably don't have much to do so you might as well stoke up some weather-directed anger at not being able to ride by watching some inspiring videos.

This comes with the new issue of Ride UK (which is worth buying), and being a fan of 'zine-type stuff I'm obviously a fan of this. It's just good, and it's also free. If I was Nigel Sylvester I'd probably end that with "You feel me?" or something, but I can pull that off even less than I can pull off asking for a 'barm cake' now I live up North. So I won't.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Season's Greetings...

Some pretty good Christmas treats came out yesterday from Sunday, Fly, and Subrosa. Sunday decided to get a whole load of Santa suits and everyone on their Pro and Flow teams (and even their company members) to get rad. As Jim C says:

“That’s right Santa gets rad! Well, maybe just everyone over here at Sunday gets rad in Santa suits. The whole main team, flow team and employees can be seen shredding in this video. This was such a fun video to make. People really love Santa. Numerous times random people stopped to get there photos taken with Santa, snap photos of Santa riding or just got a smile on there face because they got to see Santa. There was even a 4 year old boy who was so stoked to ride with Santa, who was played by Gary Young at the time. Everyone here at Sunday would like to wish you a merry Christmas and happy holiday!”

Fly's past few videos have been dece, and Tres is no different. Some great riding from a pretty wide selection of riders, you're almost guaranteed to find something you'll like (even some streety grindy-grindy action).

Just like she said, it's a lengthy beast so you might wanna grab some left-overs from yesterday, something to drink and full screen that beaut...

As an additional thing - after a bit of a lurk on the Fly site, I spotted this interview with Stefan Lantschner. Love watching him ride, and it's cool to get a bit more of a background. Some sweet videos on that page too, so go have an explore even if you're got the reading attention span of a foetus. As a side note - Stefan and Kevin Kalkoff had pretty much my 2 favourite sections in the whole video. Stefan's one of the only people I've ever seen hit Wapping wallride anywhere near as good as Joe Fox (who's got a cool interview in RideUK)), high praise indeed! Kevin K has also come on a lot in the past few videos I've seen of him. It's interesting how Fly's team have spread out/branched out now so they've got such a wide range of riders. All good.

Lahsaan Kobza has both a pretty amazing name, and now a contract for the Subrosa Pro team. All good. Defgrip have the exclusive.

Not from Christmas, but I fully forgot to post it before - Lloyd and The Artist Formerly Known As Bombhead doing things at Seventies.

Friday, December 24, 2010


Cool, so it's basically Christmas (somehow - doesn't feel like it?!), so hope you all have a good one.

As a potentially last post of the year (depending on how things go), here's a couple of recent video highlights.

Etnies team is really good, and in this video (click the link to view it) it really shows. Some awesome lines at some awesome spots with some awesome weather. Jealous.

Speaking of teams - Seamus McKeon is now on Subrosa's Skeleton Crew. Definitely deserves it, good to see innovative people getting rewarded (even if the song isn't as innovative as the riding (oh yeah, made a song-stealing reference (went there (brackets)))...

Whilst we're still mentioning teams, to make up for it seeming like they haven't had a new web-edit from their team riders in a while, Federal have put up a 'best of' Derek Strickland video.

And laaaastly, a secret session with Ben Murphy.


Tuesday, December 21, 2010


This is why skateparks suck. Check out how bored that kid is in the back of the shot. I sympathise with you dude.

Not even the longest one. No cigar there...

Monday, December 20, 2010

Dave Young.

This was over on Streetphire but it deserves to be shown around a bit. To summarise it a bit, the guy behind Mixellanous and Regions, Richard Smith, directed a documentary about NE legend Dave Young. Pretty interesting to hear that side of life.


I find it pretty interesting that on the same day that "Next big thing" (according to the cover of Ride) Alex Coleborn drops this Shootin.It edit, the embedded video of Ruben below popped up. I don't mean that in a disrespectful way to Alex or anything because the guy's clearly got ability, but just watching Ruben ride, and talking about riding, you just know he's BMX and in it for the long haul. Effortless style, moves that you just know would've felt super nice to pull (as in the move itself being the fun part, rather than the fun part coming afterwards knowing you'd done some superdoublewhopper combo), a refreshing view on spots to ride and so on - it's just what BMX really means. The fact the guy's still this good when so many have burst into the spotlight then faded away, and although I hate to use the phrase, the way he's still 'relevant' to today's riding - the whole gap-to-wallride tip that everyone's been on recently has got to be attributed to his section in Grounded unless there just happens to be a massive coincidence - is cool, but the way that he's still coming up with new stuff that's a lot more creative and innovative than almost anyone else out there is awesome. Being able to do that after not being able to ride properly for the past 5 years, and having a year that he describes as being that bad, is so good. Long live Ruben. And yeah, there's the trademark hip tabez in there too. Enjoy...

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Sunday, December 19, 2010


Hidden X Liberty, or Liberty X Hidden? The video's definitely from Hidden, but judging from Liberty X's last chart entry, they're pretty 'hidden' now too...

As we all know, X is the Roman Numeral for 10, and while we're talking numbers, here's the trailer for Tres, which goes live on Fly's site on the 24th December. Gonna be worth it!

Lastly, if you're finding it hard to sleep tonight, just put this video of Mike Hoder getting a hair-cut on. Weirdest video ever...

Saw that over on S&M's site, or 'SandM' depending on if you go from real names or URL names.

Alex Kennedy

...rips. You'd have thought someone could've hooked him up with some new bars seeing as he was at the warehouse, unless it's just my rubbishy eyes making his bars look super bent?

Interesting to see how The Berrics Effect is hitting the BMX world though. I'm into it. Seeing as we're talking Seventies, Bruno Hoffmann is now on Federal having left WTP recently. I just realised I didn't actually mention that before, so apologies if that came as a shock. Some people seem to be super into all that side of things, so sorry for not breaking that to you gently. Hopefully this farewell edit will soothe the pain.

While I'm remembering things I didn't post, this is Chicken's section from The Make's Rain Dogs video. Beast.

Saw that over at Streetphire by the way!

Because I don't exactly have the Pijin Blog Viewer Demographic Data to hand I don't really know how much you people like to read more full-on industry-tech stuff, but if - like me - you do, there's an interesting interview over on Ride US with John Povah about the future for Etnies. I think pretty much everyone who's ridden brakeless and has had to buy a pair of shoes has at some point though about how cool it'd be to have a dual compound brakeless shoe, and considering the amount of rider owned shoe companies out there I'm pretty amazed no-one's actually done it earlier. I guess it's a lot easier to snake Vans than having to come up with some totally new bits 'n' pieces... Anyway, biting aside, some cool stuff on show.

Friday, December 17, 2010


No time!

Triple angled ender = you know it's legit:


Stijn Staal = you know it's legit:


Curved wallrides on axle height walls = you know it's legit:


Amazing mid-ice body compression = you know it's legit:


Monday, December 13, 2010


So - at work today, the post comes in, and there happens to be a copy of Anthem II in it. Wellity wellity. That video. I'm going to do a proper stand-alone post about it tomorrow (hopefully), so in the mean-time I'll just say that you very much need to hit up the the shop and get a copy sorted for yourselves before they run out.

Back to the usual internet business in hand, Kink can also drop out the "Even our flow team kicks ass" line that another company used before, as their 'am' team gets some riding done as part the of the Jetlagged video project type affair. Some really cool riding in this - Ben Hittle, Albert Mercado, Lil Jon, etc. are involved which is all you really need to know.

For those of you weaned on the Internet and as a direct result have a 90sec long attention span and a refusal to deal with polysyllabic words, the following two nuggets of info won't appeal - you should look away now.

For the rest of you, click here to read a little interview with Etnies main designer with some cool info about a new brakeless-orientated shoe coming out from them, and click here to read a bit about Brad Simms and also bear witness to a photo of a completely ridiculous hop.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Don't read this, read that \/

OK, so here's the deal. Bay66 is a pretty fun skatepark, and it's also not a million miles away from Southampton. Driving there's not really a big deal, getting the train there's pretty easy, etc. I know I met a bunch of (former, seeing as none of them are there any more?) Southampton locals there before, so it's definitely do-able. It's covered over, it's got a range of stuff and it's usually a good time. However, some toolbags think that for some reason a skatepark "doesn't serve the needs of the local youths" whereas a bangin' garden centre and office block would. Er, right.

This is obviously not ideal, and in that winter's here it's always nice to keep options open for skateparks. If you're a full on park nibbler then I guess you can extend that to all year round.

TL:DR - some people want to close Bay66. This isn't cool. Although it's not much, a petition can at least show some support, so click here and show your feelings.

If you haven't been to Bay66 yet, you might want to hurry it up...

Christ alive...

Here's the trailer for the new RoadFools.

I've seen people get off lighter after being stabbed than Josh Eilken (I think...) gets off after that crash.


A constantly detereorating home net connection has made watching web videos a fairly punishing experience lately, with a lot of waiting for often little reward (when videos allegedly load all the way after aaaaaages, but only play the first 10secs...). Fortunately, some that have made it worthwhile are coming up:

This is a video for Mutiny. I don't know if they've ever made a bad web video, and this isn't changing that. Some reet good riding liiiike.

Whilst I found loading videos a punishing experience, I'd imagine it wasn't anywhere near as punishing as being part of Tate Roskelley's bike is for his front tyre.

Tate's new Volume Drifter frame is out now, giving me a little more hope that BMX is rewarding the right people.

Another front tyre punisher is Karl Poynter, who's section from Into The Void is now up online. I don't know if that made sense grammatically, and Premiere's making me want to punch walls out at the moment so we're going to have to roll with it.

My new favourite rider American Butlin (aka Tammy) has put up a sweet remix of some of his older clips with some newer stuff too. So good!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Cool video on Friday?

Notice how last Friday I made a 'cool video Friday' post? Well, turns out that - courtesy of some power-lurking on Facebook there's going to be a 'cool video Friday' this Friday at the shop in the form of an Anthem II showing. I know how good that video's going to be. You know how good that video's going to be. If it wasn't a 6 hour drive to get there I'd be all over that, so if you have a less than 6 hour drive to get there you really should be going there. Even if it's not for you, do it for me.

Speaking of Facebook lurking, it also allowed me to see this gem from what I'm going to call the Case-book page - a sweet exclusive edit from Vinyl which features a song with what sounds like the line "Come back baby/I'll bust you up".

Just in case that doesn't work, if you click that link up there then yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, to quote Rudyard Kipling fully out of context.

Whilst we're taking stuff out of context, I also got a glimpse of this courtesy of Facebook. If you're a TLC fan, look away now.

Unbeknownst to me, Shadow have been uploading Into The Void, with this week's section being the Chase Dehart/Dave Rytell split. It's a pretty bold section in that instead of music, Shadow decided to apparently just loop some white noise, but it does feature some Chase Dehart footage in his techidy-tech peak (you know, back when the tech:burly ratio was much more in favour of the tech) which is always good to see.

This also leads me to wonder whether Shadow will try and replicate their 'hidden sections' thing when they post the video online by hosting the videos on some obscure website that you'll only ever find when someone on BikeGuide happens to stumble across it.

For some reason, videos on Ride's site never seem to play properly for me. I know Dyno told me he was supposed to be heading to Ramp City soon and that I should get amongst it, so I'm effectively posting this here so I can actually watch it and see if he went. Because of that, I have no idea how good this video is, so I'll need to place it in some sort of quarantine state:



And that's about that, I think. I just realised the 'autosaved at' thing says 22:20, which means I need to not be on here any more.

EDIT: Turned out that Scattered edit was actually cool. Bonus! Fair play for whoever it was who delivered the most clearly annunciated "Wa-hoo" ever at the end too.


Cult update their website pretty much all the time with bits of info about their team riders, often accompanied with cool photos. Today is no exception, with Trey Jones doing a pretty rad manoeuvre - click here to view it.

Kink have put up their Euro Jetlagged video. Lloyd's got some bangers in this, as does pretty much everyone. Plenty of general drunken debauchery, but some good riding too!

More info's come out on the... er... 'interesting' Aitken gloves - those brown ones could actually be made of human faeces and they'd still sell like hot cakes. Check 'em here. If you like your gloves less camp, you're also covered.

Sunday continue to have a good team and a bad video player - here's a combination of those facts:

I don't think I posted it yesterday, but the second Lotek Mixtape video is going live now. This is the first section featuring David Grant and Craig Passero, rad stunts galore.

In 'Cool ender' news:

Proper's new video 'Picture Box' looks like it should be pretty cool:

...and that's pretty much it.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Wait, what?

"Look at the nipples on that dog" is a quality phrase. This whole video's cool though, but what else would you really expect from a video posted on the FBM site?

In related cool site/cool video news, a new Defgrip exclusive, this time featuring Timmy Theus. Click here for that.

Brad Simms. What else needs to be said? Well, in the context of this video it should also be mentioned that Travis Sexsmith is really good too, but still. High hops galore.

Courtesy of TheSet.

Lastly, it has no relevance to anyone in the UK, but this is a really, really good idea.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Cool video Friday?

Seems to be.

Kink are operating a strict 'one in one out' team member policy it seems, so out with the old (Lil Jon) and in with the new (Chad Osbourn). Style for miles.

Also, 4Down have released their "Substance #3" video, filmed in Iceland. Cool riding, cool editing, cool filming, cool temperatures.

Staff took all their ridiculously good riders on a bit of a trip. Unsurprising, the riding is really, really good.

Lastly, if you go to China, watch out for those cross-roads, yeah?

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Snow joke.

A flurry of video activity, ho ho ho.

But yeah - Ashley Charles has a new video out today that's... unusual. Bit of a weird one, but any footage of him's always good!

In related "Good to see riding from them" video news, Ride posted Aitken's section from the Electronical video today. Seem to remember I posted it up here relatively recently, but still, it's cool...

Also, Sunday put up a new edit from Lee Dennis today. The guy does some cool stuff, so as you'd expect this is a pretty good video.

Lastly, Banned 3 was ridiculous, and from this section of Banned 4 that video is nuts too. I basically got to the end of Rickey Bates' section and realised it needed to be put up here, and so... er... here it is.