Friday, October 14, 2011

Bicycle Motocross is Not a Bunch of Rebrobates

OK, the bmx side of cycular riding has been really taking up a lot of time here at Rigid. Here in PA, but on the eastern side of the state, there is a set of bmx dirt jumps that is pretty famous. The Borough, the guys that maintain the trails, and the landowner (an airport), all came together to create a system that makes it legal, and just in case anyone gets hurt and has a lawyer for a dad, they now have insurance . Rad.

Catty Woods Labor Day Jam 2011 from Bryan Close on Vimeo.

There are lots of other things out there that are rad, but since we already started with bmx, then let's keep it rolling. Last year FBM released a full length documentary about their company, about bmx, about riding bikes and generally misbehaving. These guys started a company called Fat Bald Men because all the shop owners and company bigwigs they saw at the time fit that description. Be forewarned, there are bad words, there are images of law breaking. I can imagine that to many mainstream-type people, this video only confirms the prejudices about bmx riders being dirty, reckless, reprobates. But the underlying story is that FBM is an American manufacturing company, making their way in an industry in which nearly every company uses overseas manufacturing. They created a business that has grown every year and are now considered one of the veterans. FBM was one of the first rider-owned companies to prove that great products come from the minds of the people who are out there abusing the products daily. Rad.

I Love My Bicycle: The Story of FBM (Full Movie) from Joe Stakun on Vimeo.

Lastly, for those folks who might be in the Pittsburgh region, local trails advocacy group, PTAG, is hosting volunteer trail building days on both Saturday (North Park) and Sunday (Highland Park), so if you can lift a rake, then you can come out and help out.

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