Issue 15 of The Albion is online and loaded up with trails goodness. In it you’ll find the rad piece above on Villij, Epsom, and Brighouse titled “Eternal Optimist.” It’s a damn fine read with photos to match. There’s also an interview with United’s young ripper Freddie Househam that you can check out after the jump.
It’s interviews like this that make me really regret never getting a subscription to The Albion. It’s an incredibly in depth and personal look into the life of one of the biggest icons BMX has ever had (and probably will ever have). You should definitely take some time out of your day to give it a READ if you haven’t already done so.
The Albion just posted up an interesting interview with Steve Crandall about the origins of the mid bottom bracket. My favorite part of it is when he talks about the industry meeting that was held to try to establish one bottom bracket standard amongst manufacturers. I still remember when that went down. We ended up with two standards rather than just one, mid and spanish. I think the deal was that Fly wasn’t willing to scrap their idea. All I know is that having two bottom bracket standards is way better than the road we were heading down back then. They only mention mid, spanish, and euro in the article, but believe me there were a lot more in the works. Probably closer to around 10. Just imagine the debacle that would have caused! Anyway hit up The Albion and check out the piece.
The Albion just put up a gallery featuring highlights and outtakes from their “Eternal Optimists” article on Epsom, Brighouse, and Villij that ran in issue 14. Every single photo in there will make you absolutely despise that it’s winter right now. Check it out!
Dependables is a new series that The Albion is doing where they ask riders about their five favorite products. The D-Man had the first crack at it and I agree with the majority of his choices. It’s funny that he has his own pair of signature grips through Duo yet the Bohan grips are his favorite. I don’t blame him though! Give it a read HERE
I love the random stuff that the guys at The Albion choose to make! This pocket knife is the latest item, and they didn’t just slap their logo on some knife out of a catalog, rather it’s handmade by a master craftsman who has been making pocket knives in Sheffield for over 50 years. Head over to The Albion’s Store if you want one. I’d do so soon because something tells me that these will be gone before you know it!
Issue 9 of The Albion is now online and in it George Marshall penned an amazing piece on Clint Reynolds titled “Live Free Or Die.” It’s a good one, so take a few minutes to give it a read.
“It’s an awesome feeling when you and some friends build some stuff and it works out. That’s one of the best feelings on your bike. I think a lot of people have never really dug enough at trails to experience the feeling of going to a raw landscape, envisioning a scene of take offs, landings and berms, seeing the project through and then finally getting to blast through those woods with your boys after months of hard work – it’s a great feeling.” -Clint Reynolds
I haven’t gotten my hands on issue #13 of The Albion yet, but I do know that it contains a Jimmy Levan interview and apparently he learned flips for it. That’s cool and all that he learned flips but I do have to say that I would have rather had him bring back those infamous bar hops! Make your way over to The Albion to download a full assortment of sizes of the wallpaper including ones for iPhones and iPads.
Blue Bench is one of the most picturesque sets of trails that I’ve ever seen. This new Deluxe ad featuring Mike Saavedra running in issue #13 of The Albion would make you think that they’re located on a tropical island somewhere. In reality they’re tucked away just a few yards from California’s urban sprawl. Check out the full ad after the jump.