This is my third attempt of doing a review on RIDEBMX's March issue. In fact, we've received the April issue already (in February) so we won't be spending too much time on the issue which has Blackman on the cover. It's actually a pretty dark cover for a California based magazine so let's hope for them it doesn't hurt the newsstands sales. 124 pages of RIDEBMX bring you: Letters, News and short articles in Up Front (i.e. the Braun Flatground comp in Amsterdam) which are fun to read. Smokey and the Bandit (Ryan Sher) takes care of the Pro Q&A and Tom Haugen shows his music preference. The Spot Check is about SoCal's Sheep Hills and yes, I also wanted to check that place out (and did). Then and Now: Jay Miron. Private Property: The Seventies Ramps in Hastings, England fuckin' eh right! Products on page 54 include The House axles, Berringer bar taps, FBM hub guard, 1664 pedals, Kink integrated headset, Drive lite forks and a Mosh belt.
The final round of the European BMX indoor series took place in Zwolle, The Netherlands over the weekend. The track actually had big and steep berms and the jumps were decent too for a temporary track. In Junior Men, Martijn Scherpen (Netherlands) doubled while in Elite men it was Holland's Raymon van de Biezen who won on Saturday. Manuel de Vecchi (Italy) scored most points in Elite men with a 2nd on Saturday and a win on Sunday.
Junior men 1. Martijn Scherpen 2. Jordy v/d Heijden 3. Roy v/d Berg
Breaking a femur is no joke. Just ask Brandon Meadows who recently snapped his for the second time. New victim to the injury list is HARO's AA pro Jason Richardson who crashed badly at the ABA Sooner National in Guthrie and broke the big bone.
J-Rich was choppered to the hospital where his rehab starts. It might be a while before Jason starts pedaling again and we wish him a speedy recovery.
After the big success of the first Battle in da Club which took place in Stuttgart (club Zapata), Flo Sailer and crew are proud to present the second round!
It´s the beginning of the first tour in the German Flatland history. All German and Austrian riders - who are invited or voted to come to the battles - are part of the new BidC-ranking-system. We`ll always have 18 German participants and 6 international riders. In 2006 the BidC-tour will rule 3 German cities. Next stop is Munich on March 11th 2006 (club Feierwerk).
Flo Sailer: “Our intention is to establish this tour and organize 6 battles per year. The Club-concept allows us to present Flatland to a different audience and show it on its best behaviour. German riders should get the chance to assert themselves as pro´s. Furthermore they should have the comparison with the international world class. Currently we have 1000€ price money at each battle. We hope to get bigger support in the future to boost the price money and support the riders as much as possible.”
Name: John Heaton Age: Born September 20th 1980 Hometown: Now Vancouver BC Canada
You recently switched from Macneil to Volume. How hard was it to make that decision? it really wasn't that hard, Jay and I had long talks about the future for me and it seemed that I might fit a little better over at Volume now. Don't get me wrong I think I did fit well on Macneil in the beginning but I just think things changed and I think I need to do something different now. Jay and all the guys out at Macneil/Tenpack and I still get along great and there are no hard feelings....I want to add that kids think that I did this move for money.....I make the exact same over at Volume that I did at Macneil. The only difference is I have room to move up at Volume.
If we give you a list with the content of the January/February issue of Cream magazine, maybe you can decide for yourself if you really need to have this issue. We say it's a stacked issue, especially for the winter months. The text is in French/English and the photos are great. Cream covers the International BMX Lifestyle and costs 5 Euros. For more info check [url=http://www.cream-bmx.com]the Cream website[/url].
The German BMX mag is going steady. The latest issue has Hannuh Cools on the cover and in case you're wondering, the Belgian sky is always yellow (because of the fries and the mayonnaise and the yellow lights on the highway). Three Euros and twenty cents is a steal for a 68 page full colour BMX mag. Before you go out and subscribe to have it delivered to your doorstep, it's good to know that it's written in German. This will probably help with your German class at school so don't hold back. But what do you get? After the intro you get all kind of info in the news section. The 2006 event calendar is missing this summer's FAT-JAM (19 August) so mark that calendar now. Tons of DVD reviews, Kopp's music top 5, Freedom goes Emo article and then straight into the Backyard Jam report. The Lumberjack jam in Aurich took place without Gary Ellis there. At least he did not get a picture in the report. What's a magazine without an interview. Sig and Hannuh Cools are contest regulars from Belgium and explain what they're about in the 6 pages they get.
It's February and we're reviewing the February issue of BMX Plus! Right in time, or better, way too late. The print magazines seem to put a month on the cover that is close to 5 months ahead when they start putting the mag together. The Feb issue with Josh Harrington on the cover reports about the [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=901]Vans Let it Ride contest[/url] that took place in Vegas in the beginning of October, yup, that's five months ago. For some reason it's still interesting to pick up a new BMX mag even if the news is a bit dated compared to the news on the net. The mail bag (letters section) isn't really date related so you can check that out whenever. I had a letter posted once in Plus! (pre e-mail days) that resulted in a long time letter correspondence with Pat Wirz of The 'Zine. The BMXperts on the next page answer questions of the Plus! readers so if you have a question, send it to Box 958 in Valencia, CA 91380-9058.
S&M Bikes, Inc a California corporation has agreed to terms with Marketing Manager John Paul Rogers for fiscal year 2006. Mr Roger's responsibilities will include overseeing all marketing functions with an emphasis on Team Management and corporate branding. Initial projects slated for completion include a short play video and revised advertising strategy. Mr Roger's will focus on increasing shred boners across the board in 06.
In other words, JP is finally working with S&M permanently and not just on special projects. JP has been involved with S&M pretty much since day one and has been responsible for some really cool shit in the last few years, including Props Mega Tour, Transworld BMX's Road To NoWhere trip, helping bring Bob and Wiz to the team and getting Please Kill Me made and promoted.
- After being dropped by KGB, Alex Jumelin was looking for a ride. He found one at KHE. Alex will be getting a signature model but at the upcoming Braun Circle Cow in France, Alex will ride Bram Verhallen's RIP frame.
- KHE builds up a Limited Edition Team! Riders get their own limited edition series frames - just like they want it to be! The frames will be available in selected shops / distributors! [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1181]Bram Verhallen[/url] (18) has been supported by KHE for about one year now and finally he has received his RIP signature frame! Clean, no pivots, with 1-1/8” integrated headset, a special geometry and a RIP special painting. Justin Miller (BMX Masters 2005 winner) also joined the KHE Limited Edition crew! His own frame “Militant” is in development now.