Throughout 2015 I have been involved in the development of a new street frame by Impurity Bike Co. The initial motivation behind this project was to create a frame that is: A) Robust enough for burly modern day street and ramp riding with; B) Sensible angles and geometry for nose manuals, regular manuals, grinds, airs and; C) To be visually appealing. As an Impurity rider I was granted the opportunity to influence the geometry of the frame as part of a team consultation process. I pushed for a 75.5 degree headtube angle because I wanted the frame to be reactive for nose manuals and G’turns – to give you a better idea of the rationale behind the 75.5 (HTA) I will tell you that the United ‘Mothership V.3′ is 75.25 (HTA) and the Impurity ‘Femur’ is 76 (HTA) – from personal experience I have ridden both the Mothership(s) and the Femur and I feel that a 75.5 HTA is a happy medium which is very responsive yet still has a sense of stability for ripping around and getting airborne, etc. Other aspects of the frames geometry worth
If you make it to the top in BMX it involves a lot of training and traveling. You hang out with people all over the world and stay at hotels, one even nicer than the other. It's easy to take things for granted. The BMX athletes at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista took a weekend off and crossed the border to Mexico to build a house. Say what!?! Indeed. We caught up with Alise Post to see what the experience was like.
When did you get asked to build a house in Mexico?
Alise: We were asked to take part in the #DoMoreThanSport house building project back on on December 1st via Jamie Staff at USA Cycling.
What was your first reaction?
Occupation: Industrial Engineer, CEO, MEchanical Designer, and BMX rider
What's SBLMNL BMX all about?
Alex: Well, SBLMNL started off as a kid's game some years ago, until it turned out into what it is today. At first we were just a group of friends that got together to ride bikes and have fun, then
Hometown: Greenville, NC
Occupation: business owner/fabricator/pro bike rider
You've been riding for a long time, when did you pick up welding?
Mike Laird: Sophomore year in high school I took welding at my local vocational education school. It was a 2 year program. BMX got me into welding to begin with.
What are some of the ramps you've working on that are still going?
Mike Laird: I've built 75% of King BMX Stunt shows ramps, DC
Daniel Neale is the designer of the D-key. He developed the idea because he couldn't stop thinking why allen keys weren't shaped like a key. He has been riding BMX bikes since the age of 12, and solving problems has always been a natural intuition. Not having the tools he needed as kid lead him to find his own way to fix things, helping to develop his inventive and