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The Lounge / Re: Steven Hamilton
« on: February 06, 2015, 02:11:50 PM »

The Lounge / Re: Brighton Aint Ready Again
« on: January 26, 2015, 06:27:55 AM »
You mean - Brighton Still Ain't Ready

Missed opportunity right there  ::)

« on: January 15, 2015, 02:52:38 AM »
I can't think of anyone else I would want to see doing that. How do you not fear every fractional second of your tire eating the loaf?

Indeed. No hate on him for doing that.

The narrative bothers me though, as it feels almost entirely focused on the negative.  The industry is somehow to blame for all of the things that keep a brother down.

« on: January 12, 2015, 08:39:49 AM »
I don't get why some people are hell bent on trying to make BMX accepted by the mainstream, advancing the sport or whatever the fuck.

The appealing thing about bmx as a community was that it provided a space for kids to be as weird as they pleased and not give a fuck. At least that's how I perceived when I was 16.

Spot on.

I suspect the main reason I gave up trying to skateboard was that I was totally alienated by the local crew of older dudes that looked down on me for being a roly-poly and having the equivalent of a mall-bought complete skateboard. Granted they were much older than me but I never got that "accepted" feeling.

Perhaps totally sucking at it had something to do with it as well but I remember clearly that I really felt that there was an image-level that you had to clear to be considered alright. I never made that, hah

In skateboarding I still see high-end clothing stuff being in high regard and the whole image thing dominating a bit. It's getting to that level in BMX but I think the dudes who actually ride and don't only hang around seem to get that it isn't the main attraction. It's riding, and I care about that above all else.

I don't mind making BMX look good or cool in people's eyes but I also dislike the fact that so many companies are biting skateboarding. We definitely didn't need down-low camera angles which is a fairly recent addition but I reckon that people seem to think that makes it cool as well. To each, their own.

When I got a BMX I was a ratty fat kid with a heinous bike that went to the skatepark every day and rode until his shirt and pants (that had pads sticking out of them) had sweat-marks on it. I can't recall a single moment when the older dudes that I looked up to made fun of me for hanging around or trying stuff. There were some dudes who were less friendly but frankly people are different and not everyone has the time of day for a small annoying kid. Most were supportive and were too busy having fun, doing sick stuff to be bothered to do any of that. Either way, it felt more open. I definitely remember all the talk of people constantly asking about how long I've been riding. Was a totally different time as well so can't quite compare. Sounds a cliche but the internet really changed everything. For one, I've noticed that mmunication has really faltered. A typical skatepark session these days seems to culminate in a phone-session with everyone zoning out. But that's everywhere, not only in BMX. And a whole other subject, could probably discuss for days about how being (or rather feeling) constantly connected has changed people's perceptions.

I personally still feel a strong connection to the Etnies - Forward era/backyard jam era riding. Everything T1 has done and the legendary grimy UK videos. But that's just what I grew up on and where I'm coming from. All anyone can really do is to remember and try keep some of the mentality of that era alive. Can't really expect the kids these days to relate to that. Just like most of us couldn't ever quite understand the 80's and early 90s. It'll never be more than an artefact. Amazing to see and meditate on but not to really emulate anymore.

This thread is full of shit haha. BMX will never fit into any uniform agenda, there will never be the "ideal" knight in shining armour professional that all you moany fuckers are waiting for, and every single person has their own individual goals, whether it be making money, fucking bitches, getting on the next cover of RideBMX or getting covered in mud on their own down at the trails.

There's every kind of person imaginable in our sport, good ones, bad ones, fashionable ones, dirty ones, business-minded ones, selfish ones, money-grabbing ones and just fucking idiots.

I think we should celebrate we're all still riding 20" bikes and as far as I am aware, that in itself is more than productive enough for me.

Who gives a fuck if Nigel is making $$$$, and really who the fuck cares whether he's wearing fashionable clothes and talking to Mr. Cunt business manager to try and source some more'd all be doing the same thing if you could and let's not forget, for all of Nigels "faults", I bet he still knows where he came from, and still pays homage to his roots.

We're fucking adults riding kids bikes....lets be happy we're still all doing that, and that we're blessed enough SOME companies give a shit enough that our bikes are lasting longer, getting lighter and coming in more options than we can handle.

BMX, fuck yeah.

All of this.

The Bike Shop / Re: Odyssey Aitken Denim seat
« on: January 09, 2015, 04:28:12 PM »
BMXbutikken is my local shop, I work in Copenhagen. Send them a message on Facebook, the employees/owners are from Australia/uk/usa, so there wont be any language barrier or such...

Will do. I'm sure it's the grey with red though, as listed.

RIT dye the grey denim one and skip off into the sunset

Wish I could. It might look decent though, will have to see.

Oh man, and I thought I was obsessed with Aitken...

Ha, indeed, I was quite obsessed for a long time and with good reason. He's still the man. In my eyes he's always had the most bike control, out of most anyone, really. Seems to be an all-around sweet dude as well.

I'm only really looking because I just got a new transparent golden frame. Seeing as my black Aitken seat is a bit torn up, I've been thinking this would be a perfect fit. It looked sick on that raffle bike I posted initially.

I have one with the gold stitching.

Good on you, ha ! You must have had that for a long time already? These things seem to be built to last. I've had the black one for over two years now. Although kevlar should hold up even better than denim, it's getting a little worse for wear.

The Bike Shop / Odyssey Aitken Denim seat
« on: January 09, 2015, 06:54:57 AM »
Alright, so I have a challenge for all you web-savvy dudes. Looking to get one of the black with gold stitching or really any one with gold stitching. I know it's pretty much deemed to be a lost cause as the seat came out in 2008 (7 years ago!) but perhaps there's some secluded shop or mailorder that still has one.

Did quite a bit of searching but couldn't for the life of me find one. I could swear there was a blue version of it as well but I couldn't find it even on through Odysseys website.

Good news is I did find two grey denim versions but I suspect these are the ones with red stitches although I kind of do recall there being a grey denim with gold stitches version as well. Probably have some sort of false memory though, there's no info about such a seat anywhere.

and a two

Looking at a thread from 2011, dudes were looking for this seat for months even back then...not promising

'tis the one I'm looking for

The Lounge / Re: Steven Hamilton
« on: December 29, 2014, 01:01:39 AM »
That road fools where Ryan nyquiat found pot

How did I miss this? Don't recall

The Bike Shop / Re: New T1 drool
« on: November 04, 2014, 03:06:35 AM »
Oh my

The Bike Shop / New T1 drool
« on: October 25, 2014, 02:29:30 PM »
The colours on the new Ruben and Hickerson frames are sure looking sweet as

The Lounge / Re: Devon Feil's expose about A22 and TCU
« on: August 28, 2014, 06:03:50 AM »
All punches have been pulled from Feil's social media. Wonder what prompted him to reconsider.

The Lounge / Re: Devon Feil's expose about A22 and TCU
« on: August 25, 2014, 01:11:51 PM »
To his credit, at least this made him talk things over with said girl who he was violent against and dude checked himself at least a bit.

I must admit after reading both sides of the story I felt I slightly jumped the gun. I don't pride myself on wishing bad on anyone's endeavors. People do make mistakes and I actually admire the fact that he can admit his faults, albeit not in a humble fashion. If you look at both sides of the story though, you can definitely understand how the relationship between Devin and him went sour. I wouldn't ever condone the type of smear campaign that this has blown up to be. It's just one dude Devin's going up against and I think airing all his dirty laundry like this is simply in bad taste. It's easy for all of us watching to condemn but all of us have our own stuff to deal with so I find it more honest towards oneself to refrain from judging at a distance. Admitting he was on drugs of course doesn't give absolution but I don't think he's quite the monster he's made out to be either.

Everyone has issues. It's just the bad stuff always has the potential to get magnified times over when one's put in a position of influence. Of course it adds fuel to fire if you don't have a level head to begin with but getting recognition can really skew anyone's perspectives.

Will wait and see how this pans out.

The Lounge / Re: Devon Feil's expose about A22 and TCU
« on: August 24, 2014, 07:30:45 AM »
The timing couldn't have been better on this. I personally hope that this takes the wind out of his sails and more companies jump to back Dig's new endeavors. They've stayed true to themselves and have portrayed BMX in a great way for forever. To me it seems TCU has been the window to most kids starting out but I don't think it's really been a good influence. The dudes over at Dig have kept it real for a long time.

As for the idea of not getting your clothing company "stuck in BMX" - If the only reason the dude even had the opportunity to start up a clothing and parts brand is solely thanks to BMX, then the only authentic thing is to show it. The human thing is to embrace your roots, not hide them. Adam's been saying all this about showing how cool BMX can be but going off Feil he just might be a bit embarassed about BMX. When it comes down to it, the only reason the industry exists is because of riders. If there weren't people doing insane stuff on little kids' bikes there wouldn't be room for any of the 'lifestyle brands'. One has to give respect to that.

Riding Photos / Re: Wild Trail setups
« on: June 09, 2014, 02:43:11 PM »
A Ted Van Orman creation

Riding Photos / Re: Wild Trail setups
« on: January 03, 2014, 11:49:09 AM »
This is pretty insane. Would love to ride that.

From Jeff Z's best of 2013 article on Ride, Clint Reynolds & Brian Yeagle shredding it

Riding Photos / Re: Wild Trail setups
« on: December 23, 2013, 10:29:16 AM »
was that landing, roller, berm pic on a pumptrack facebook page? I posted it (found it on another bmx site) awhile back on a pump track fb page. funny if you found it there and posted it here. :)

Not a wild set up, local public jumps. friend of mine, shot on his 44th birthday.

Damn. This dude looks to have Chase Hawk's steeze.

Hope to be riding like that on my 44th. That is awesome.

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