Re-Up: Shawn Real – Low Profile

There were so many wild things in this Shawn Real edit that have been bouncing around my head ever since it dropped. He nollied the DMC at Boondocks! As ridiculous as that is, he also 270’d it. Then there’s that case in the beginning so big that Salty Pistachio felt it. I’m still getting chuckles out of that one every time I think about it.

Re-Up: Blue Groove Express

Hopefully you’ve already hopped aboard the Blue Groove Express and checked out Todd Nichols’ edit from Darren Bouldin’s birthday jam at the GMG Trails. Here’s another opportunity if you missed it the first time around, and a chance for those who already saw it to go for another ride.

Get Well John Lee!

I just found out via his Instagram that John Lee went down last weekend in Cleveland and has been in the hospital ever since. He’s doing better but it’s going to be a bit before he’s back on his feet. Get well soon buddy! This one goes out to you, lord knows you’re the only one who will truly appreciate it!

John just let me know that he’s in North Carolina now. He ended up fracturing his cheek, eye socket, both the upper and lower jaws, and knocked out seven teeth. He’s going to be having surgery on Tuesday so make sure you send some positive vibes his way. Though I’m beyond bummed to hear the severity of his injuries, I am relived that he’s doing better and is on the road to getting better.

Los Angeles Dirt Park Petition

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A petition has been spun up by DJ Cosgrove to try to gather support for a state owned and operated dirt park to be constructed in Los Angeles. Sounds pretty awesome to me! Do him and all of the riders in the Los Angeles area a favor and take a second to throw a signature on it right HERE. You can read more about their plans after the jump and keep up with their progress towards making this a reality on their FB page.
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A Brutally Honest Certified Helmet Buyers Guide

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Over the last few years there has been a quite a noticeable increase in helmet use at the trails. In the early to mid 2000s it was pretty rare to see someone rocking a helmet. These days it’s the exact opposite. I don’t think head injuries were something that was on the radar of most people back then. Mike Aitken’s crash in 2007 opened a lot of people’s eyes as to the dangers of head injuries. I had just been chatting with Mike in Vegas a couple weeks beforehand and then came news that he had crashed and was fighting for his life. That was definitely a wake up call for me, and I’ve been doing my best to wear my helmet ever since. Wearing a helmet was just the first step though. The next and one I’ve been resisting for a long time was wearing a helmet that was designed to handle the types of impacts a bike crash can produce. With riding trails comes the inherent danger of a high speed crash from a significant height that could potentially result in a rider’s head impacting the ground with a shit ton of force. Even with that in the back of my head it still took another rider battling a head injury to inspire me to get my ass in gear and get a proper helmet. I knew all along that it would be a much better idea to wear a CPSC/CE certified hard foam helmet as opposed to their soft foam counterparts. Vanity always won out though over safety. The perception that I had about certified helmets was that they were bigger and nowhere near as comfortable as the classic soft foam Pro-Tec I had grown accustomed to.

Over the last several years we’ve seen quite a few new certified helmets hitting the market. They’ve definitely come a long way from the ones available back in the last decade. I decided to round up as many half shell certified helmets as I could and compare them all. I was personally curious as to the different options out there, and hopefully this guide will help you to be able to make an informed choice the next time you’re helmet shopping. While no helmet is guaranteed to protect a rider from every crash scenario, it can’t hurt to wear one that is better suited to protect you. Every one of the helmets that I tested meets the CPSC and CE’s safety requirements for bicycle helmets intended for riders age 5 and over.

Before we get started I do want to mention that this buyers guide isn’t like the majority of ones you’re used to seeing on other sites or in the magazines. To be completely honest with you, most of those are total bullshit. They’re either done to appease current advertisers or are done to try to persuade companies on the receiving end of them to advertise. That’s not a game I play. I actually wore each and every one of these helmets during various sessions over the past year. Every review on the helmets in this buyers guide is my 100% brutally honest opinion! Hit the jump button to get into them!

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Flashback: Eliot Jackson

Shot out to Otis Ho for reminding me about this gem! You all may have heard of Andrew Jackson before but did you know he had a brother who also rode? While street is Andrew’s preferred terrain, the trails are where you’d find Eliot. He went on to race World Cup Downhill professionally but was forced to retire a couple of years ago due to asthma. I’m not sure if he makes it out to the trails anymore but with style like this it would be a shame if he didn’t.