There’s one more thing to be thankful for on this fine day of giving thanks and eating turkey! Deluxe just released Ty Stuyvesant’s twelve minute documentary on their Northeast trails trip! Grab yourself a beer, some spiked eggnog, or whatever you fancy and go find yourself a quiet place away from the family to watch this. That is unless your family is the Halahans or Delfinos, then you all just gather around and watch together!
After several years without a bike sponsor, our friend Anthony Napolitan has found himself a home on the Colony squad. I never realized it until now but Colony has a frame called the Tradition that actually has geometry geared towards trails. That’s what Anthony is riding, and I’ll definitely be taking more of a look into it in the future. Anyway, congrats to Anthony on his new gig! Apparently he’s already got something in the works with fellow Colony teammate Nathan Sykes. I’m very much looking forward to seeing what that is!
I don’t know what the fuck is going on but the last few weeks have been absolutely exceptional as far as trails edits go. Keeping the streak going is this new edit from the Freedom 40 Trails that Brian Barnhart put together for Dig. He moved out to the Santa Cruz area a year and a half ago and joined the existing crew of guys who keep Freedom 40 rolling. Brian’s not too shabby behind the lens, so it was only a matter of time before he cranked out a proper edit from his new home spot!
For the better part of the last year I’ve been riding a cassette hub from Onyx Racing, a Minnesota based manufacturer that’s relatively new on the scene. The story of how Onyx Racing came to be is very reminiscent of how so many companies started off back in the early days of BMX. Dad’s son gets into racing, dad wants him to have the absolute best possible bike, dad decides that he can make something better than what’s out there. In this case that dad was Jim Gerhardt, and his son’s hubs that he set out to improve would eventually…
Janis has made quite a return to video making with these last few PA Woods edits. This third and final one of the year is my personal favorite because it really conveys the sense of not just how much fun riding trails is, but also how much fun it is just being in the woods with friends. Poor Schwartz at the end though!
A few months back my buddy Matt Samsky hit me up from somewhere along his “Bad Matty World Tour” to let me know that he was planning on getting the CDYI shovel tattooed on him. I figured he was joking since he generally tends to stay as far away from trails as possible. I’ve actually only managed to get him out to my woods once and it resulted in his head tube becoming semi-detached from his frame. Well he wasn’t joking because a few days later he sends me a picture of his freshly tattooed toes, and sure enough there’s…
I always watch Mutiny’s video projects whether they have trails in them or not. If there’s one company that has it all figured out as far as video aesthetics go, it’s definitely them. Sythesis III is a compilation of clips from their 2015 video projects as well as some new clips thrown in for good measure. The whole thing is a good watch but if you want to get straight to the clips of Robbo and Dylan Lewis ripping the woods, then 03:04 is where you’ll want to head.
Prior to Can You Dig It I had no idea who Milan Recknagel was. Over the last few years I’ve gotten to know Milan via chatting back and forth online and he’s grown to be someone who I not only have a lot of respect for, but also someone who I love to watch ride. Milan has his own site that he runs called GetaBMX, and he’s always posting cool content from the trips he goes on. Seeing that stuff is cool and all but the real treat is watching him ride the spot he calls home, Monkey Bumps!
The Abbaretz Trails in France have such a unique look to them. Every time I see the place I can’t help but think that they wouldn’t look at all out of place on another planet. Julien Joyeau self filmed the majority of this new Compression edit, he also provided the soundtrack that works so perfectly with it!
FBM just dropped this new edit featuring my favorite little shredders, the Halahans, more specifically Nathan and Lukas Halahan. It’s been a blast watching these guys grow and progress over the last few years. Mike has a done damn fine job not only grooming these guys into little shredders, but also making sure that they have their heads on straight and contribute to the scene!