Name: Stephen Barrett Crandall Hometown: Ithaca Ny/ RVA
You've always been a creative type, from painting to making videos, building bikes, creating 'zines, organize new events, etc. is there any family background that lead you this way? Steve Crandall: My family is awesome, so maybe that helped, but no one stands out in my family history as being artistic or anything.
A while ago we started the Workshop Wednesday articles. They're about people doing their own thing in their own garage, of BMX people who have moved on and create stuff in whatever field. On the way to the X-Games in China we stopped by at an actual bicycle factory to see how BMX bikes are made. It's not quite the home garage, but let's make it fit in today's "workshop" article. Thanks to the people at G&P Cycle for showing me around. Interesting indeed how they make frames from simple steel pipes.
Occupation: I’m the founding partner at Revolution Advertising, a creative services agency that caters to the BMX and motorcycle markets. We’ve been working on BMX accounts big and small since I founded the agency in 1991. In ’99 my partner Bill and I founded SNAFU with my old friend Sherry Shu in Taiwan. More recently our agency launched an online media resource for the underground chopper scene called ChopCult.com.
Name: Tom Ritzenthaler Occupation: I build BMX tracks. For the UCI and the rest of the world Hometown: Blacklick, Ohio
For BMX people reading this, you're the official track builder for the UCI. What tracks have you worked on in 2010 to gvie people an idea of what you do and how much you travel building tracks? Tom: Tracks this year, well shit, there was alot really. Alot of trips to Singapore (JR Olympics), Switzerland, Sweden, Colombia (loved
Name: Paul de Jong Hometown: Aarle-Rixtel, The Netherlands Occupation: Owner Paul's Boutique BMX and PURE BMX Distribution
You've been running a BMX shop for almost 15 years now, how is that going? Paul: Very good, it's better every year even with the crisis going on, experience is not paying the bills but it saves a lot of wasted money.
Trying to make the Wednesday deadline for these Workshop Wednesdays can get hectic. Like any deadline can. Eddie Cleveland was on a FIT tour during the week and just got back home. With an hour to go before Tuesday turned into Wednesday Eddie went typing on his iphone to make sure I got the text to go along with the photos that he had sent before he left on his BMX trip. These FATBMX "Workshop Wednesdays" have been turning out great thanks to the BMX riders who also create stuff in their garage. And Eddie Cleveland knows all about that.
Being a pro rider do you have enough time on your hands to screw around in the garage working on bikes? Eddie: It's not too hard to find time to mess with the bikes. I usualy do it at night.
Do you live together with like-minded people or who all helps
Name: Michael van der Lee Hometown: Elshout (The Netherlands) Occupation: A student with too much spare time
You're working on cars, motorcycles, bicycles etc, but what do you prefer? Michael van der Lee: You might think by seeing the pictures that I like beachcruisers, but I actually don't haha. You'll never find me riding a beach cruiser. They're just fun to make, because it's so easy.
Name: David Harrison aka Spooky Dave Occupation: head welder/manger of the machine shop Hometown: Meridian Mississippi
You have been with FBM for a while now, when did you start? Dave: I believe I started working for fbm in 2000 so that would be 10 years now. Wow where has the time gone.
Weren't you building mtb's before that? Dave: Before working at fbm I was working for a company called Spooky Cycles out of Brewster Ny. At Spooky they were a mtb company and did some bmx but not much till I came along. There I got trained to build anything from mtbs, road bikes and bmx. I worked under Frank the welder (ftw) who is one of the best frame builders in the world according to the mt bike hall of fame.
Has welding BMX frames always been "your first love" over