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. (more...)
When I think of Markit I automatically think of street. Sometimes I forget that Dennis kills absolutely anything put in front of him. Demolition chose to go with a photo of him spinning one hell of a 360 table for their Markit seat ad that's running in The Albion. Check out the full ad after the jump. (more...)
Sometimes I feel bad for kids today. For the most part when you flip open a magazine (The Albion excluded) it's the same shit over and over. Tailwhip this, crank arm grind that, and a barspin to flat thrown in for good measure. Those are the images that kids see and the ones that they have to inspire them. I consider myself very lucky to have grown up in the era that I did. An era when shots like this one by Windy Osborn ran in magazines. Windy posted it on her Facebook yesterday and damn did it bring back the memories. It ran in the June 1986 issue of BMX Action which just so happens to be the first BMX magazine I ever saw. This picture of Toby Henderson was one amongst many others in that magazine that inspired me not only to learn how to ride a bike (I was late to the game), but to also fall in love with BMX. It's also very likely that that picture has been buried in my subconscious all these years and has led to me burning through many a tire. Come to think about it I literally just performed this same maneuver last week on a 50cc scooter we found on the way back from the trails, but that's a whole nother story.
One of my favorite things about when new issues of the Albion are released are all the ads that show up from it. People really step their game up for anything that is going to run in there. Deluxe's ad in issue 11 features Ted Van Orman spinning one hell of a three. Hit the jump button to see the full and less fuzzy ad. (more...)
I've never heard of Peacock Hand Warmers, but as someone who always has cold hands they definitely have me interested. I'm not even going to try to redescribe how they work as I'm still trying to wrap my head around it. Rather I'll let you read the description right from The Albion's store where you can get them. I may just have to hang up a stocking this year in hopes of Santa bringing one of these bad boys. Check out the description after the jump. (more...)
One good thing about being stuck inside for two days is that you get to catch up on some reading. The online release of issue six of The Albion happened to coincide with the "frankenstorm" trapping me inside so I went ahead and read it cover to cover. As expected it was another great issue, but the highlight for me was the interview with Stew Johnson where he talks about everything from making 1201 to Aitken's crash. Definitely a read not to be missed. There's also an interview with Darcy Saccucci (the man behind the pivotal seat) that appealed to my nerdy product design side. The whole issue is really solid and it's free so why not check it out.