I still have the memory of my first experience with soft shell pads burned into my head. I believe the year was 2001, and Fox had just come out with their Radius pads. I remember first seeing them in a magazine photo with Joe Rich wearing them, and of course I had to have them! Fast forward a bit to the Woodward CFB contest, and there before me in the pro shop was just what I had been searching for. I couldn't get the money out of my wallet fast enough! Gone would be the days of scraped up knees or even worse, wearing bulky hard shell pads. I slipped these beauties on and made my way back to Cloud 9 where the rest of my crew were having a foam pit session. I figured I'd go ahead and join, so I took some Taj-esque power pedals at the lip and cranked out a 360 turndown that would have impressed Mr. Rich himself. What happened next still gives me chills to this day. I landed perfectly with both wheels simultaneously touching the foam. All that momentum I had built up from those power pedals came to an abrupt hault, and then it happened. The DREADED knee to the stem! In my best Radioactive Man voice
I screamed out "My knee! The pads do nothing!" They literally did absolutely nothing to cushion the impact. I pulled them down and not only was my knee already developing a nice knot, but it had also split open and was bleeding. The Fox pads had let me down in my time of need. (more...)
The guys up in New England are putting on a jam at Rye Airfield on May 4th to celebrate the life of fellow trail rider Kyle Amidon who recently passed. They have established a fund for his daughter and 100% of the proceeds raised will be going into it. Lets all come together and make this as big of a celebration of Kyle's life as possible!
"Trail riders in NH and Mass have lost a very special friend, trail rider/ builder. Kyle Amidon died last month and we want to celebrate his life and come together to raise money for his beautiful 7 year old daughter Maisey Grace Amidon. She lost her dad and we want to help Kyle in the greatest way possible by contributing money that will go into a Fund for Maisey for future use such as college or her first car.
We have been given a wonderful opportunity to use the Rye Airfield Indoor Ramp Park to hold a special event. This means 100% of all money we raise will be directly deposited into the Maisey Grace Fund. Kyle was a great friend and amazing bike rider who deserves a massive celebration. Lets get the BMX community together for this." -Adam Spitalny
It’s funny seeing semi-local trails on the web before you actually see them in person. My buddy Denny has been digging at this spot for a while now and it looks like they’re coming up pretty good. I think a reconnaissance trip will be in order sometime soon!
The location of these trails looks like something straight out of Gummo! I was expecting a dirty kid with pink bunny ears to stroll across the line at any second.
One thing I love about FBM is how they’ve always been open with letting people in to see their manufacturing process. Even in their early days you could go take a shop tour and see things in the works. Matty Brown just put together this new piece for X Games that takes a look at FBM’s current operation. As expected, they’re still kicking ass and cranking out that American made goodness.
If you're going to be around the Dallas, Texas area this weekend then you should definitely check out Valley Trails Jam that's going down in Garland. Nick Tarrant is the point man for all the location and parking details. Drop him an email at email@example.com
for the info. Full flyer after the jump. (more...)
I've been a huge fan of what Ken Spaulding is doing over at Zodiac Engineering
for quite some time now. Whether they're manufacturing stuff for other companies or doing small runs of their own parts, you can be assured that whatever they produce is of the highest American made quality. I'm really excited that we could get some of their headset dust caps in the store. They fit Campy spec integrated headsets and are made of 7068 aluminum to keep them light and eliminate deformation that can cause premature bearing failure. Hit up the STORE
to spruce up your ride with one of these gems.
Jake Pogson put together this documentary on the Avery Hill Trails for his final university assignment. If I was in school I would definitely try to work the trails into the curriculum.
These are the days at the trails that I live for. Heavy chilling, some beers, some food, and some mellow laps thrown in for good measure. Good times!
I saw this last night and probably watched it a good 10 times. Matty with a toboggan that actually warrants the use of slow motion.