It’s about god damn time that I finally get to post a video from my old friend Brad Simms! He lives that world traveling street life pretty much 24/7 these days, but don’t let that fool you cause he can still get down at the trails. Jump to 02:05 in this new Merritt edit to see him absolutely crushing the Aranyhegy Trails in Budapest. Seems like just yesterday he was following me through Posh on his aluminum GT mini…
Not only did I almost die twice in Bethlehem, I almost died twice in a matter of seconds! Let me give you a little background first before I get into how I managed that feat.
It wasn’t long after I originally found Posh that I began making regular pilgrimages up to the trails mecca that was the Lehigh Valley. I say “was” because though two of the best sets of trails in the world still reside there, it’s nothing like it was back in late 90s when there were literally over a dozen sets of thriving trails the area. It was absolutely mind blowing, and still kind of is now that I’m thinking back on it!
Anyway, myself and the crew of dudes I rode with back then were lucky enough to be welcomed into the scene, and we tried to make it up there as often as we could. We even got to crash at the infamous Superdome! That’s a whole nother story though! So being as none of us drank back then, we would inevitably end up riding around downtown Bethlehem at night after riding trails all day. This was more or less to look at the whatever college girls were left around during the summer and to see what mischief we could stir up.
If you remember back to our interview with Sean and Mike of Merritt, they mentioned that they were working on some taller versions of Brian Foster and Brad Simm’s signature bars. Here’s the first peak at the new bars dubbed 1UP. The 1UP name alludes to the fact that they’re an inch taller than the regular versions (9.25″ for Brian’s and 9.5″ for Brad’s). They’re currently being tested by the team, so there isn’t a release date just quite yet. Will hit you with it as soon as we hear!
Issue 99 of Dig is now out and with it comes news of impending changes. No word on just what those are, but hopefully it won’t be anything too drastic. Of course I have to give a giant congrats to my man Brad Simms for getting the cover! Props to Dig for not going with a cliche photo of him hopping over something! Of course this issue doesn’t have nearly as much trails coverage as the last one, but it does have a piece on Rob Dolecki and Eric Hennessey’s journey down to the trails of New Zealand. I’m definitely excited to check that out!
Actually when Brad was a kid I would drag him all over Pennsylvania to ride with me. You wouldn’t believe how many times I’ve heard that question though. It always cracks me up to think that a lot of the dudes that are “killing” the streets right now couldn’t jump a double to save their lives. These days Brad’s name is associated with big rails and even bigger hops. Don’t let that fool you, he can ride trails with the best of them. Before he was ultra mega street super star Brad Simms he was following me through lines at Posh and Nam on an aluminum GT mini. This clip is from a trip few years ago up to the Brawl at the Belmar. We hit up the White Sox trails along the way and Brad proceeded to try and stretch this superman seatgrab for all it was worth. It didn’t quite work out that time, but believe me it’s something that he’s liable to bust out anytime.
That bad boy above is Bob Haro’s newest project the Ikonix SX1. I don’t know much about it or really care, but it did get me thinking about some of the wild shit I’ve seen people show up at trails with. Thanks to BMXmuseum I was able to find examples of all of them! Follow with me on this journey of things that have made me wonder what the hell people were thinking when they decided to ride these beast.