Here's a challenge for you. This week we're going to post 5 pictures and it's up to you to guess who it is. Every day will get a photo that is closer to the final picture. On TV you can win prizes with similar contests but here at FATBMX you can win nothing! Great! It's a personal challenge for everyone out there. At step one we're not going to give away any hints but we'll add info to every photo for the rest of the week.
Aneta Hladikova, Elite Woman from Czech Republic, broke her wrist at round 5 of the European Indoor Championship in Zwolle, Holland. While leading she hit a jump with her front wheel and landed on her wrist. In 2 weeks Aneta may get plates in her wrist to reconstruct the complicated fracture.
Aneta had just signed a 3 year contract with the ONE KENDA BMX racing team. She’s a former World Champion and is the 2005 European number 2 and World number 4 in 20” Elite Women.
We hope Aneta will recover soon and can get back to what she loves most: BMX.
For the first 15 years of BMX freestyle, 44-16 was the gearing of choice. It was good enough to sprint towards a ramp and good enough to ride away from a flatland trick. Over the last years this has changed enormously. If you ride freestyle and run the 44-16 gear, you are looking pretty old school. It's safe to say that 44-16 is a thing of the past. Flatlanders went for smaller sprockets (in the front and in the rear) on their customized coaster hubs to make room for scuffing and spinning. The weight police has demanded small sprocket use among park riders.
Grips, the come in different sizes, hardness and colours. What else do you want me to tell you? They wear out quick but they don't cost you an arm and a leg. Grips with bar ends tend to last longer. Metal bar ends will hurt extra when the bars hit you in the head on a nasty crash. Use plastic ones. Some grips do come with plastic end-caps. This is a good choice. Do you like thick grips that give you some sort of "suspension" on rough landings, or do you want more control over your bars with skinny grips? Soft grips are nice on your hands but won't last as long as harder grips.
Wethepeople and Suelo make flatland forks. Here are four of them. The pink one is the Suelo, the others are from wethepeople. How hard is it for a shop to stock these things? Some flatland riders ride brakeless so they don't need brake lugs on their forks. Who wants pink forks? Who wants brown? Zero rake is in demand but 18 mm offset is steep enough for some.
This pedal took 2 years of developing. If you read the full description on the FlyBikes website, you get an idea of what goes into a goddamn pedal. Everything needs to work before it hits mass production and if you put your name on it (in this case Ruben Alcantara), you want it to be perfect. The pedal is strong (6061 aluminium) comes with 3.5 mm pins and griptape in the middle for extra traction. The box comes with extra tape and a set of 2.5 mm pins that you can mount with a 3mm allen key. If you do snap an axle, you can get the remaining part out from the inside with a 6 mm allen key. At 440 grams the pedals are pretty damn light and that's what matters these days. Help [url=http://www.paulsboutique.nl]Paul's Boutique[/url] get rid of some.
Unless you're a beach bum living in a warm place all year long you will need socks. What's better than a fresh pair? Vans have got three types to choose from. The DogTown skaters can go for the tube socks (far right). These socks that go up till your knee also work in your snowboard boots. For sunny conditions the classic Kick socks will do the job. You can get sunburn on your ankles this way too. The crew socks (grey in the photo) will work for any condition.
Didn't we laugh at Jay Miron's green spokes at that contest at Moreno Valley 10 years ago? Well, I did. It has taken a while but the trend is finally here. Primo jumped on it and came out with coloured spokes. You can choose from Red, Blue, White and Yellow. Spokes are not really a part that you can just bolt on. It takes some patience and skills to lace up a wheel. Why not give it a try now that it's cold and wet outside. This is the time to do it, spin that spokewrench! Once you get the hang of it, it's actually a good challenge and you will be able to get that kink out of your wheel next time you have a nasty hang-up.
DIG celebrates their 50th issue with a 132 page bound book. For $6 bucks it's yours and we can only recommend you get yourself a copy. Even if you crash and lay on the street you can make the cover of a magazine. Just ask Paul Robinson. The pages have gotten bigger which means more room for text and bigger pics. After flipping through the Dig This section with news on Dave Young, DIG tattoos, family photo albums, Baz and Leland (of course) and the DIG office, it's time for the Flat Earth Society with a report on the Braun Flatground comp and a bio on Kotaro Arai. The Video stor has DVD reviews and a short interview with Rob-O on the upcoming FIT DVD. The retrospective is with non other than Ian Morris (4 pages) and Taj (also 4 pages). Lost For Words is a photo article with 22 pages of killer shots from Terra, Oberlachner, Adam, Holton, Carson, Docherty and Dolecki.