With the IBMXF BMX racing World Championships taking place in Japan back in 1984, with Martin Apparijo doing a quarterpipe demo on a Torker, it is fair to say that BMX in Japan was well alive at that time. On a trip through the city of Tokyo we took a visit to W-Base, a small BMX shop. Thomas Fritscher and I were welcomed by Motoaki Tanaka and his brother who seemed to know everyone and everything.
The new day has started and we just had some breakfast. We got this flyer of a German jam and realized it's happening today. Good thing we're 9 hours ahead over here in Japan. So if you're close enough to Rollrausch in Wermelskirchen you can still get there today and don't forget to bring your sleeping bag as it's an open end jam so you can sleep in the office or in the park when you're ready to pass out. Doors open at 3pm.
It was not so easy but at the end...we get The New Italian Bmx distributor; Hoodbmx now is online! Hoodbmx get some of the best American Brands, made from riders for riders. Animal - Mutiny - Terrible one - TreeBicycle, Bulldog bikes.... Those companies will help us to get things going better in the mid-south Italy and hopefully get the Italian riders more motivated!
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The Mutiny x The Shadow Conspiracy frame kit Collaboration project is about to hit the streets. All fine retailers world wide should have these limited edition of only 200 kits by March 15th. They are also releasing a limited edition Shadow x Mutiny t-shirt that will be dropping the same time as the frames. Click on the picture to get a better view on the frame.
Today the brackets were drawn for the Red Bull Circle Of Balance flatland contest in Japan. 6 riders were automatically seeded according to their previous COB results. There was a full day of practice and some rehearsals took place for the sold out show tomorrow. The battle system will leave one rider as the winner. After the draw today, the 6 groups are looking like this:
Japan is a good place if you're looking for some exclusive shoes. Some models are made specifically for the Japanese market and that's the case with some of the VANS shoes we ran into in the Shibuya area.
If you have a Vans shoe fetish, drool over these photos. I'm sure there is a pair in there that you've never seen before.
Sidewall Distribution, the exclusive distributor of Hoffman Bikes and SMPL BMX in the US, is pleased to announce the addition of SNAFU to its growing portfolio of leading BMX components, apparel and accessories for Independent Bicycle Dealers. Says SNAFU co-founder Harold "McGoo" McGruther of the Sidewall alliance: "Sidewall and SNAFU are a perfect fit. When Sidewall founder Mark Owen worked at Hoffman bikes, he was among the first product managers in the business to spec his complete bikes with SNAFU components. Mike Collins is SNAFU's brand manager. Before joining SNAFU, Mike and Mark were OKC neighbors and co-workers at the Hoffman Sports Association, the organization that brought BMX and freestyle to ESPN."