In the darkness of my garage, the outline of an old familiar friend brings a collection of memories to the forefront of my mind. “Four years,” I mutter, as the sight of its two flat tires instills an unexpected sadness over me. My finger draws a line through the dust on the cross bar until finding the pair of Shadow Conspiracy grips. “How has it been four years?” Freedom, the road, friendship, empty wallets, and moments of agony, all now collecting cobwebs under the cover of a bulbless light. Whether it was out of curiosity or the guilt of bad ownership, I lifted my bike from the pile of lawnmower bits, fishing rods, and gardening utensils and gave it some TLC. With its spokes tightened, tiers pumped up, cranks and stem bolts checked, I decided to ride up the street -
Eleven-year-old, Japanese shredder, Kairi Yamada, rides with style way beyond his years. The kid has so much swag that the Van Homan took it upon himself to hit us up this time last year (while based in Tokyo working on the 2020 Olympics), to tell us about a young kid who was crushin' the Bashi Burger ramps... and the rest is history.
Name: Jeremy Golden (Goldie) Hometown: Raised in SoCal made the move to AZ in 2001 Started riding BMX in: Started in 1984 Number of bikes in the collection: 12 completes, almost enough parts for 6 more.
Do you remember the moment that you decided to start collecting BMX memorabilia? Jeremy Golden: I started collecting right around 2004. I built my Hawk f-20 that I had since the end of 91 for my son to ride and after he was done riding it there was a few parts missing and I wanted to build it back up. I then realized there was a collector’s market when searching for parts and that spurred my desire to search for the other bikes I was enamored by as a kid.
From humble beginnings to BMX royalty, Brad's story is something to admire. He’s had some major setbacks and continues to push through it all. I don’t think people realize how much work and dedication he puts into his craft.