After years of living in Hamburg and doing Mutation clothing with Christophe Huber, Marcin Stypulkowski moved to Warsaw and started KINGKONGBMX. Read more about the reasons why and what he has planned with his new brand.What was the reason to give up on Mutation?
The reason was that Christoph and me had some differences. To continue our personal progression we had to finish Mutation so we split in good condition. I think we both needed a timeout of work to concentrate on ourselves.
We all want BMX bikes in the parks worldwide and people are working on this to make it happen. This is one for Park Owners and Councils to respond to. Please read Australia's Mike Daly's text first and then fill in the Survey. Only serious people need apply.
I think its important for BMX that we get as many official BMX friendly responses to this park survey as possible as Portland is one of the main sources of anti BMX feeling in the US (and the world!) This problem of BMX vs Skate is starting to spread, we are hearing more complaints from skaters in Australia due to the problems in the USA. If you could forward the survey form to any councils or park owners that you work with, I think it would be great to get as much positive feedback to these guys as possible.
If we can get Portland to allow BMX at all public parks, I believe that the
rest of the states in the USA will follow and we will be able to forget this
stupid BMX access problem forever, I know I have spent way too many hours of my life putting up arguments for BMX access to skateparks.
We ran into Robbie Morales at the Bike Show in England and decided to have a chat with him to see how his FIT BIKE CO is doing these days. We sat down, had a diet Coke and got the Sony IC Recorder going.
When you started your company in 2000 it came as a big surprise. You had left the T1 squad and started your own thing. Looking back 5 years later, has it worked out the way you thought it would?
Rob-O: In 2000 coming off of T1 I was really excited, basically to get more products made because that was our main problem at T1, we couldn't get our products made, and then seeing them made on a more consistent level was exciting, you know and obviously S&M has helped me with that. As the company has grown I've been able to help the
-New on the Mankind team in Germany is Markus Wallborn from Magdeburg (near Berlin)
-Mankind products were displayed the first time in public on the Padded Cell booth at the Bike Show in Coventry, UK last weekend .
-Mankind is being distributed so far by Padded Cell (UK), KickASSBMX (Australia), Soul Cycle (Netherlands), Sunshine (Denmark), Element (Norway), 48s BMX (Switzerland).
-Mankind Asadi T-Shirt available now. Sizes:S,M,L,XL. Colors: white , black
-Please check www.mankindbmx.com. Splashpage is ready now, full site soon. Come back and check again.
Jim Rienstra runs Aspire which is a BMX video contest. You enter with your own video part and a team of judges will decide if you're a winner. All great entries will end up on the Aspire BMX DVD. You don't need to be a pro to enter or live in California, or travel to a contest. Use your local terrain and have a mate film you, edit your part and send it in. May 7th is the deadline for round 4. Like the idea? Here's some background of the man who is running the show.FATBMX: Just introduce yourself with the regulars like age, home town, years you've been riding, etc.
Jim Rienstra: I'm a 29 year old Sagittarius that grew up in the small town of Zimmerman Minnesota, where the winters are long and cold. I've been riding since my first piss yellow Columbia BMX bike 20 years ago.
Paul's Boutique is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this upcoming weekend. We caught up with owner Paul de Jong to see how he survived:When exactly did you start Paul's Boutique BMX hardware store?
April 1st 1995 we started Paul's Boutique, Lambert van Stekelenborg (LAGEJA) and I teamed up and started a 100% PURE BMX shop, I bought him out in 2000.
What made you decide to start a BMX shop?
My shitty work as a salesmanager for roofing materials made it easy to quit my job and we couldn't buy anything in the Netherlands BMX wise so we started to import everything by ourselves and tried to sell it to the 100 riders that were left in the mid 90's.
2005 SubDivision BMX Industry Trade Show:
12th-15th of May at FBM/ECT (East Coast Terminal)
BMX INDUSTRY TRADE SHOW
You are invited to participate in Subdivision 2005. This year's show will feature an entire weekend of events including: a street contest, a flatland jam, a miniramp or bowl contest, and a concert featuring bands popular in BMX culture today. By combining several different aspects of BMX we are able to offer a more inclusive experience than you will find anywhere else.
Ron and Rachel Bonner and their crew put together some news on the brands they're distributing with Sparkys over in the sunshine State. Read more on UGP, The Shadow Conspiracy, Sputnic BMX, Soul, Twenty and the Roots Jam 2005.
George French has been running the G-Sport parts brand forever. When that new Odyssey Elementary stem came out, it turns out that George designed it. Odyssey and G-Sport have now started working together. What it entails, you can read right here. George filled us in.What is the current situation now that you are working together with Odyssey?
Well right now it is pretty hectic because for the last couple of months I have been starting work on the new stuff with Odyssey and at the same time trying to keep up with my usual work load. But the announcement means that I can start to dedicate myself more to the design side now.
Did you ever think it would work out this way where you would be doing work for a separate company?
Colin Winkleman has started a bmx parts/components company called Circus. His plan is to make parts that are of the highest quality that is in his power to design and produce. With past experience designing parts for DK, Colin thinks he has a good grasp on what it takes to make some advancements in BMX tech.
Colin: "I also realize that being injured for 6 months now, with the rapid pace of innovation in the industry, it's not entirely possible for me to keep a fresh perspective without being on my bike traveling and seeing all the aspects of bmx I'm usually exposed to on a daily basis.