February 2008

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Taj Mihelich airing at the Terrible One Ramp

Joe Rich at Terrible One just posted a couple videos from their fakie contest they held a couple weeks ago. One features just the fakies, shot in DV, and the other has a bunch of footage shot of the whole event, shot in HD. You’ll recognize some of the riders, such as Taj, Chase Hawk and Tony Cardona, tearing up the T-1 compound in Austin. Plus the HD video features “Cactus” by The Pixies, how can you go wrong?

These kind of contests are what bmx is all about, and I can’t wait for the spring to get here so I can get to more of them in person.

Related: Red Bull Pleasant Valley BMX Jam – Kansas City

Rob and Big on SE bmx bikes

From Todd Lyons at SE Bikes:
If you’ve ever seen the “Rob & Big” TV show on MTV, then you know that Big Black is a very, very big guy. He told us a while ago that he’s really into the whole old-school BMX scene. But his problem was that he couldn’t find a BMX bike that came anywhere close to fitting him. So being the cool guys that we are at SE Bikes, we built him a custom sized PK Ripper Looptail that would fit him like a glove. I went up to Rob’s house & gave it to him a little while ago & they filmed the whole deal for an episode of the “Rob & Big” TV show. I even went to a BMX track & rode with Rob & Big & their whole crew. And man, was it funny watching those guys ride!

Anyways, I’m pretty sure that this stuff will air tonight at 10:30pm ET & PT on MTV. Check it out. And if this segment of the show doesn’t air on the show tonight, then I’m almost positive that it’ll air next Tuesday night.

Click here for more info & other air times & to check out the show in case you don’t have cable:
http://www.mtv.com/ontv/dyn/rob_and_big/series.jhtml

I’ve watched Rob and Big a bunch, and it is a good show, with a bit of “Jackass”-like humor. From the looks of it, good times will be had on the bikes. I appreciate the fact that Todd and SE continue to push their bikes and therefore, bmx, into the public eye, continuously. More exposure leads to more riders, and so on. May the circle be unbroken, or something like that…

Super Rat Machine Works - New Products and Site

Veteran BMX pro, Phil Wasson, has been running Super Rat Machine Works for a couple of years out of Kansas City (KC Pride!), making parts for a number of BMX manufacturers you know and love like FBM and Solid, and some others just starting up. Super Rat also manufactures prototypes and products for other industries as well. As a pro, Phil was known for having a dialed bike with tons of custom mods, and his love for solving problems with creative solutions shows in the work the shop produces.

Just a few days ago, Super Rat launched their new site with more information about their projects, past and present, and the going-ons of the shop. One of the most interesting bits of news is that they’ll be doing their own line of products, starting with pedals like the prototype shown above. Read all about them via Phil’s post, here. They’re going to be a bit wider than “normal-sized” pedals, and should be available by the end of March.

Also on tap is a new stem from Terrible One (scroll down the news on the left), and a new stem from Sequence, a flatland-focused company – check out the photos below.

Friend of BMX Roots, Thad Allender, redesigned the site, using a modified WordPress theme from his company, Graph Paper Press.

Super Rat Machine Works - Projects

SE Aluminum Sign

So, you’ve got your vintage looptail PK Ripper, your retro O.M. Flyer, and all of the latest SE t-shirt designs. Continue to show your love of all things SE with this 47″x14″ aluminum sign. They’re available now through any SE dealer for MSRP of $36.00.

Vital BMX Site Relaunch

Vital Media Network launched the first version of vitalbmx.com back in December of 2006. They’re about to drop version 2.0 of the site anytime now. I was a part of the beta testing, and have seen the changes they’ve got on tap, and I think the community will be pleased. Some really smart functionality that will create a better overall user experience, and keep people hanging around the site longer. Plus, there will be more to come after this relaunch goes live.

Quick Update (February 12, 2007): The site is up, and Vital is looking for your thoughts and any technical issues you might come across via a link at the top of the page: Welcome To Vital BMX 2.0! We’ve listened to your feedback over the past year and put it into this re-design. Click here to let us know what you think or if you have any technical problems. Thanks!

Albe’s Christmas In July Even Though it is February Sale
Starting today, Albe’s BMX mail-order shop is running a Deal of the Day sale throughout the end of February. Offically, it is called the “Christmas in July even though it is February Sale!!!”, and they are planning on offering some killer deals every day until February 29th. They are also having some sales that are not part of the daily deals, but will be on sale through the month. Get all the details here, and check out today’s deal on the Albe’s store homepage.

Related:Albe’s Mail Order Video Contest

New Year, New Bike

Standard 250L

I finally finished my newest bike, a Standard 250L with a 20.75 TT, integrated headset, mid BB and welded-on gyro tabs. I wanted to go with something lighter and with more modern geometry than the Standard 250S I built in October. I picked it up online from Marc at Street Mafia BMX – he’s an old school rider, and a great guy to deal with. I recommend checking out either of their shops, on both coasts, or via their ebay store. Marc custom-ordered this frame from Standard with the unusual top-tube length and gyro tabs.

The bike has been sprayed in a jade/aqua color with a metal-flake clear coat that shows when the light hits it (check the photo below). Really different and I dig it much. The bike rides so well – it is very quick and tight. Though because of the cold-ass weather we’ve been having in Kansas, I’ve only been on it for about 30 minutes since I finished it last weekend. That should change tomorrow, as the weather is supposed to break a bit.

Most of the parts came off the old 250S, but some have been upgraded:

Frame: Standard 250L (Mid BB)
Fork: Hoffman Fat Free with 990 mounts
Bars: S&M Slam XLT
Grips: Odyssey Gedda
Stem: FBM Protect Ya Neck
Headset: FSA Impact
Wheels: Alienation 36H. Black Sheep 14mm with Haro hub and 10T cassette – rear. PBR 3/8″ with Haro Hub – front
Seat, Post, Clamp: Primo seat, Shadow Conspiracy post, Kink clamp
Brakes: Dia-Tech Hombres, Odyssey Monolevers, Odyssey GTX Gyro
Cranks: Primo Hollowbites
Sprocket: Simple Copenhagen 28T
Chain: KMC with halflink
Pedals: S&M one o one
Pegs: 4 of ‘em – Odyssey JPEGs and JPEG lites

Standard 250L Close-up

Standard 250L Close-up Paint