Friday, January 20, 2017

Covering you ass!

                                                                      Warning this picture has nothing to do with this article, yet enjoy it!

In the 1980's BMX had plenty of personal flair. As noted in previous blog,  it was all about your personal touch to your bike. Not only was it about the bike but it was  all about the swag as well. Nothing has changed from the 80's whatsoever as far as having the "look". Every rider wants to look as crisp and flashy as the the next rider. With so many offerings today, the clothing lines help make it a simple thing to do.. Everyone has a creative look they want to accomplish and separate themselves from the next rider. There a countless companies out there today in which one can get any design that he/she can think of on their Jersey!

I mentioned from the 1980's up until year 2017 nothing has changed in creativity. What has changed is your ability to create and design your own racing pants for BMX.....ahhh yes the Covering your ass subject now comes into play. Outside of the big bike manufacturing teams wearing customized pants, its no longer an option to find pants designers for BMX (yep having your ass covered).  

In the 80's most every team had customization going on, including having anything you wanted inputted onto your riding leathers ( see kick ass pictures) . It was a very possible and easy process to get in touch with seamstresses back then. Yep and there was not internet and Bernie Sanders supporters back then either. 

     Today customization is a backwards process! Why?  Since you can not find riding pants designers,  you need to backdoor into it. The process today is for one to buy your leathers from such companies as Fly, Fox, Faith etc, etc  Once you have your pants picked out,  its common to send them to your shirt design company to have sublimated to match your pants.  When I mentioned the pant/leather seller,  I left out the fact that they are broadcasting there logos on the pants.   Most riders are left with having to design around those bulky logos and have no choice but to pull the pants logo's into their Jersey designs. I have had no issues purchasing ones pants but not a fan of them plastering their logo onto my customized Jersey.

 Lets fast forward, I'm in Las Vegas at MGM and run across some cool looking dudes that are in town for a Supercross event. I am heading out and about to play Kiss Mini-golf when run into Michael Leib. Small world for sure as the conversation at hand turns to BMX racing and Motocross.  Mike as it turns out is a Pro Motocross rider whom oh by the way is partners in OK great but what does Kiss mini golf and Supeercross have to do with racing pants...? OK besides me being a Kiss fan that is an awesome question!!

One of my biggest issues with BMX racing pants has been the lack of existence of an ALL Black and an ALL White racing pant (see below). Oh boy I know what your thinking... here goes the Black / White issue...Damn straight you finally guessed one right!!  I challenge you to find me someone whom sells a completely blank W/B racing pants with no logos!  Sure you may point me to an all black pant, But I promise you it has some big red, blue or white logo on it!!!

Canvas MX offers YES an all solid racing pants. I have been personally searching for this the last 8 yrs while into BMX.  Canvas allows me and you to quit broadcasting someone else brand. That's great news as we can finally run our very own brands and look fleek doing so!!

Canvas does not broadcast there logo on their products. It does not stop here with Canvas-MX. You can add any design, logo or what ever the heck you can dream up onto there custom pants offerings, gear bags, jackets, jersey's and Polo shirts. Its one bad-ass and interactive site. Come checkout team Brand X  at a National near you and will be glad to show you CanvasMX gear!

 Go to the link below and tell them Brand X sent ya!! Have fun and let your imagination run wild. Create you own identity today!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

To be Stripped or Clipped?

Is banning clip pedals from a local track the right move for a new kick ass indoor track?

When I met Ted Bailey 8yrs back he was all about the progressing of BMX. I had the honor of running a local BMX team for Ted for a few years. When met Ted, I asked him what he wanted in building a local team..intermediates or Experts, Ted quickly answered "Newbies...Hell I don't care what class they are as I just want to see kids ride on BMX bikes and tracks".  That was the day I knew this guy cared about BMX!

Ted's BMX blood still runs true to form today! He simply wants to see kids on bikes and see the sport advance in due stages. Ted has now drawn the line in the sand and has made it official in which clip pedals will be banned from all practices and racing in 2017 at Rebel Bmx - Monroe La for the 2017 season. In a world of Knee jerk reaction of course the wrong knee jerk can make or break you. My initial knee jerk reaction was that Ted was off his rocker and was going to hurt the now growing sport in Monroe La.

The whole inter web, text messages and social media seemed to back up my thoughts in which my opinions were correct. As I reflected on my own kids riding it was apparent that over the last half a year my youngest son was going to have to shift back to flats. It was evident to me that he never evolved into a "natural" bmx skill set  if that makes sense? Reflecting back at the sport..I recall DAD wanted him on clips. Hell why not? My son was 10 coming up in the sport and they had 6yr old rug rats already clipping in. Yep the ole monkey see monkey do caught me and now only I see my son is paying the price. Its not ironic that every professional advice I had been receiving over the years was to have my kids practice and race local event on flats.

To solidify Ted's stance even further Ted wanted to bring BMX back to a pedal and horse power sport! I can share I have seen my share of races won by a mere pump around a track. I personally witnessed Lee the Flea kick ass with a popped chain on the first straight in Desoto Tx a few years back. Yep...did not pedal once after popping the chain out the gate. With the ever changing SX tracks and Ramps as high as a 3 story building, the sport indeed has progressed away from a pedaling. Dont get me wrong it is what it is, but the roots and development of riders has been negated. The strong hold in which the sport was founded on  has slipped of late in my opinion. Not only did Rebel BMX put their foot down on clips, they also inserted a flat turn going into the last straight. Yep you heard me! Balls do the wall, elbow to shoulder with a drag race to the finish! Sounds like a Rebel kind of place to me!

USABMX elected to put their foot down as well and stripped Rebel BMX of hosting a Gold Cup Qualifier and including hosting the La- State Race. HOWEVER, they are still allowing them to run sanction races, just not the two listed. No surprise as the money train needs to keep coming to the Giant and the sport.

USABMX did not feel it was right that Rebel was enforcing such unfair advantages to riders at their track. Are they right? Not sure but Ironically I recall in the 80's ABA had banned the Slingshot Bicycle as it was deemed that it snapped out of the gate and gave an unfair advantage to other riders......! Damn thats a kick ass bike of art though.

  You would think that pressure would have swayed Rebel BMX to allow clips just for those two big races right? Wrong! The momentum and support for banning clip pedals has been strong. Rebel BMX will be hosting a Championship race series in which riders will have to compete in different races through the year with the final champion being decided after competing in all races. The Sponsorship and support has been pouring in to support this race series. Being an old school BMX racer myself, I am encouraged to see what comes about of this race series. I also would hope that other tracks around the nation will take part in this adventure and help host a few of this "no clip" series in which a true champion could be crowned.
If you would like to support this race, please hit Ted up at He would love your support but in the end he simply wants people to support the sport of true BMX racing. Rebel is NOT looking to turn back time nor stop the progression of technology. They are simply wanting riders to enjoy the sport of BMX . Shouldn't it be won with sliding turns and mere pedal power? I say yes!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Individualism of BMX.

Where did BMX start do you know? I think it will always will be debatable. I would like to say the South. However, the West Coast will always own the bragging rights! But in the end who gives as damn? Do you? Hell NO you don't as we sure have a great sport to enjoy. With being one of the greatest individual sports around, so much individualism was created. 

  Sure we have teams in which we strive to ride for and hope for a sponsorship. At the end of the day the team sport is strictly what happens in the pits and outside team gatherings. When that gate drops while racing a team member, there is no positioning or creating a draft for your team rider. That is out the window as soon as the light hits green. You want to win and will do whatever it takes to win a race. The cool are the bikes? Why do we have so much adversity in the bikes from one rider to the next. Simple...we input our own skill and imaginations all the way down the color crimp on the end of a brake cable.  Below are examples of my builds with one bike being from the mid 80's with the other from 2014. Many years separated but not one difference in which one can create in their mind.

    The sport did not stop at racing in the 80's. It evolved into trick riding which I am quiet sure started in some parents empty swimming pool. Today the non-racing form of BMX is live and well with the likes of the X-Games which brings BMX to extreme riding. There are more forms of BMX riding today than any other form. Again, each rider grabbing those grips for the first time, has the power in their mind to do what they want on a BMX. Check out the fun link Below on the History of BMX...Enjoy!