For the second year in a row RedBull invited a bunch of riders to ride a drainage down in San Nicolas, Nuevo Leon (Monterrey), Guadalupe, Mexico. They made a contest out of it and this year the ramps weren't floading down the drain this time. That was good news. 2 Canadians finished on top of the podium followed by a rider from Spain. Here's the story:
We don't really speak Spanish over here at FATBMX. We can order a beer at the bar in Spanish but that's about it. We received this flyer and info (in Spanish) from Lalo Paredes. After taking a closer look at the flyer we noticed John Heaton, Viki Gomez and Vladdie on the contest flyer. Hey wait a minute, I took those pics! Blatently stolen from FATBMX.
Competidores confirmados de Puebla, Cancun, Campeche, Tabasco, Veracruz... Si puedes avizar de tu llegada, seria mejor para buscar algun alojamiento...
Yo dudes went Orlando, Florida 2 ride/host tha Tony Hawk Grand Jam inside of Universal Studio's 4 2 dayz, it was tha bomb, we sold out of 3-4 thousand a day, we had moto, skate, bmx & my mouth. Keep rippin' & thanx 4 tha support! Much luv, Thorne Biker-N-Black
This race is cancelled due to the bad weather. The track is unrideable.
If you feel like racing a BMX race, make yourself to the Joel Smets BMX track in Dessel, Belgium on 19 March. The BMX race is open for licenced riders from the KBWB (Belgium) and the KNWU (Netherlands) but also there is a class for those who do not have a license and whould like to enter a BMX race. There are several prizes to be won but most of all the race is about having a good time.
For the first 15 years of BMX freestyle, 44-16 was the gearing of choice. It was good enough to sprint towards a ramp and good enough to ride away from a flatland trick. Over the last years this has changed enormously. If you ride freestyle and run the 44-16 gear, you are looking pretty old school. It's safe to say that 44-16 is a thing of the past. Flatlanders went for smaller sprockets (in the front and in the rear) on their customized coaster hubs to make room for scuffing and spinning. The weight police has demanded small sprocket use among park riders.
Over the weekend I was in Indianapolis for the Dealer Expo trade show. It's a show that can be compared to Interbike but is motorcycle related. When I was a kid all I wanted to do is ride motocross. That is until BMX arrived which was the perfect fit. It seems like more people were like that and at the Indy show I ran into several ex-BMX-ers such as Hutch pro BMX-er Toby Henderson (now at VSI) and Torker factory rider from back in the day Dave Marietta. Dave also did Wizard number plates and is now running a 25 employee screening business called Hot Shoppe. Todd Huffman was also present (as was his brother who works in the motorcycle industry). Huffman used to run the marketing department at GT and was a former racer (Auburn/SE) himself. Bob Haro was running the Axio booth with his brother Ron who used to announce GT shows. Bob’s hard shell backpacks are something else.
Grips, the come in different sizes, hardness and colours. What else do you want me to tell you? They wear out quick but they don't cost you an arm and a leg. Grips with bar ends tend to last longer. Metal bar ends will hurt extra when the bars hit you in the head on a nasty crash. Use plastic ones. Some grips do come with plastic end-caps. This is a good choice. Do you like thick grips that give you some sort of "suspension" on rough landings, or do you want more control over your bars with skinny grips? Soft grips are nice on your hands but won't last as long as harder grips.