-Tobias Wicke....currently getting away from the bloody cold Berlin winter by passing his days with Hannu Cools (now also being helped by Etnies) and some Carhartt and Redbull 'industry types at Woodward East.....is also well on with testing his brand new signature bar. For an idea of how that's going to ride, think Cologne bar with some new technology and a unique 13butted design used only by wethepeople, stronger than the rest where Tobi (and you) need it most.
-We're currently working on some very limited and unique frames for a well known UK and definately old school wethepeople dealer. We'll let them supply the details on that one. But as a clue...there will be just 25.
-Metro is coming up, I'll be there myself and both Dave Osato and our new Canadian rider Sam Lowe will be riding.
Quality Bike Products distribution had their 18th annual Frostbike show last week. With brands present like Snafu, MacNeil, FBM, KHE, Eastern, Props, Profile, ACS and Primo it starts to look like a little trade show of its own. The open house had over 150 booths with representations from 13 countries. More than 950 dealers showed up at the QBP warehouse despite frosty weather. The QBP retailers followed seminars and checked out the latest products that Davenport, Goering, Corley, Collins, Miron, Massei and Crandall brought to Minnesota.
This weekend in San Jose , California local rider Derek Ford organised a jam contest at Stonegate park. With a decent turnout and good weather the jam format was soon dropped and it turned into a free for all. Someone bitter at the world called 911 and told them there were a "whole group of bikers causing mayhem". The cop got out his cruiser and saw it for what it was : people on their bikes having fun. He watched for a bit then drove off.
At the end "bling" prizes were handed out ( old sprockets spray painted gold on chains and trophies). These were handed out for categories like best trick , cleanest bike and representing-the-old-guys rider.
After the jam a group shot was taken with the intent to present it to the local city council in defense of allowing bmx's into the local parks.
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...
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:
Hey there bmxers of the world. This is your chance to get the ramp setup of your dreams in your own backyard or city. Matt Bischoff and Nate Wessel are searching for a location for the next Red Bull Backyard Build off. The build off will consist of 3 teams of some of the best ramp builders. Each team will compete against each other by building the best ramp set up in a 3 day time period. At the end of 3 days some of the top pro bmx riders in the world come together for a jam style contest to compete against each other and also judge which ramp builders built the best set up. This is where you come in. Do you know someone who deserves an amazing ramp set up in their yard? Do you think your bmx scene stands out? We want your submissions to bring this contest to you. We want to know why you think you deserve this in your backyard and in your town. To submit your compelling story along with photos of the location or backyard, and to get all the details and requirements about the Red Bull Backyard Build off go to www.failurebikes.com. Submissions must be received before June 10th. The search is on!
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.