Posts in the category BMX

Interview and Shop Tour: Eric Baar from The Ground Up Speed Shop


I became familiar with Eric Baar through his Instagram account (where he highlights welds and brushwork each day) as well as through the high praise of other builders and members of the community. When I found myself buying tickets to Colorado Springs for a conference, Eric’s Ground Up Speed Shop was on the top of my places to visit after hours. I had no idea what to expect because, well, Eric does not make a habit of promoting himself. I strongly suspected that it would be really, really cool. His operation did not disappoint.

The Speed Shop sits on the back of the property just west of the Springs. Rather than a pump track, the shop overlooks The Dizzy Drome, a micro dirt velodome with rails constructed from old airplane wings. Central to the course is a light column for those midnight hour record attempts. Parked right on the edge is his Dwarf car, an outrageous toy with big, metal-flake numbers that he races during the summer- a habit he took up when he felt himself becoming disillusioned with bikes and bike community.

That easy shift in emphasis is central to Eric’s general program. He’s been building bicycles for over a decade and a half and wants to stay glittery and doe-eyed about the genre so he’s constantly being drawn to new mediums from which to approach or interpret his work. It is this enthusiasm that makes the bikes of his house brand, Ground Up, absolutely out-of-this-world in terms of construction, detailing, and concept. The welds are flawless. The raw titanium finishes are hand striped. The metal-flake paint jobs are brilliantly mixed and painstakingly sanded. And Eric uses his new found mastery as a pinstriper to hand letter or detail the final product (when the guy isn’t screwing around with gold leaf).

While this enthusiasm for everything cool and shiny makes for top notch bicycles, it also happens to make interviewing the guy impossible. There is nothing linear about Eric Baar’s train of thought. And that’s fine. Who wants to talk about old news when there is so much cool, shiny stuff everywhere to talk about… READ MORE ->

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • How BMXers Work – BMX pro Daniel Dhers and his eponymous Action Sports Complex got featured in a new documentary called How We Work looking at the relationship between individuals and their work spaces by office and school furniture maker OFM. It offers a nice outside perspective of a pro bike rider from a non-cycling source. Check out more on the series from OFM for their 20th anniversary.


Imaginate on BMX? Kriss Kyle’s Kaleidoscope Reimagines BMX Videos

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If you follow the world of mountain biking, you’ll likely remember Danny MacAskill’s mind blowing Imaginate video. The fantastically creative segment combined equal parts incredible riding with an interactive environment straight out of Toy Story.

Along those same lines, Kriss Kyle is looking at the world of BMX through a Kaleidoscope…


Video: SE Racing’s Fat Ripper – Could This Be the Most Fun Bike of the Year?

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We showed you SE Racing’s Fat Ripper during our Interbike Coverage and the first batch of these bad boys bounced out the door faster than they could make them. In the mean time, while the 2nd batch is on its way, SE Racing threw down a RAD edit of SE Racing’s Brand Manager, Todd Lyons going on an urban warpath atop his creation.

Rip past the break and watch Todd show us a thing or two what a seasoned pro can do on what could be one of the funnest bikes of the year….


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


  • Take an Inside Look into Pro Women’s Cycling – Cycling journalist and commentator, Suze Clemitson puts together stories from women involved in all levels of the sport, including fans, team personnel, riders, photographers, and journalists to get a diverse look at the great, sometimes strange, and often amusing world of women’s cycling. Check out a preview over at of Ride the Revolution from Bloomsbury publishing or pre-order it from Bloomsbury direct to be available just before Christmas.


UK retailer Go Outdoors debuts several new High-value, Low-price Calibre bikes


Our readers outside of the UK probably don’t know Go Outdoors, but they put together several bikes under their house Calibre brand that offer a lot of bang for your buck, so are definitely worth a look, especially for entry-level bikes. Plus from their online shop, international delivery to a very long list of countries is just £10 extra. Outside of the EU taxes and import duties come into play, but have a look if you are in the market for a high value bike. Pretty much everything is made of workingman aluminum, but with some decent spec across categories. There is a fat bike, kid’s bike, a women’s road bike, a 27.5″ hardtail, and even a cross bike. Hop past the break for details and pricing…


EB15 Randoms: A little of everything from a Kid’s Fat Bike to a Posh e-Bike


There really is any kind of bike you can imagine for every possible rider type at Eurobike. We have been regularly filing reports on the bikes and gear we found wandering the halls for the last month and a half. As the week and our Eurobike coverage nears their ends, we’ve compiled a selection of bikes worthy of a look, even if they didn’t warrant a post of their own.

When we think of the first bikes from Early Rider, it’s bikes like the Trail Runner XL that come to mind. At 150£ the mother-of-all balance bikes gets an aluminum frame, massive 14×2.5″ rubber to roll over anything, and even a steering dampener/limiter to help out when the trail runs out. But Early Rider does a lot more in light and smart bikes to get kids pedaling and out riding too.

Come past the break to see more of the bigger Early Rider bikes, plus stand outs from Bergamont, Open, Silverback, and Lapierre…


When One Isn’t Enough – Ryan Williams Lands First BMX Triple Front Flip

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How big will BMX riders be able to go? That apparently just depends on how big they are able to build the jumps over at Pastranaland. In preparation for the next Nitro Circus Tour and in the never ending quest to go bigger, Ryan Williams and Andrew Ahumada decided it was time for someone to land the first ever BMX triple front flip. The race to landing the trick involved some gnarly crashes but in the end, it was Ryan Williams who finally sticks a near perfect landing…


Interbike Coverage Week 3 & Wrapping up with Week 6 of Eurobike Coverage

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We’re nearing the end of our massive coverage of Eurobike 2015 and still deep in all that is Interbike. Catlike has you covered head to toe with new helmets and shoes, Dean Titanium Expands line, and all kinds of new light options from Blackburn and Nightrider.

It’s Fall, so reach in the back of the fridge and take out that six-pack of smooth craft pumpkin ale with a hint of nutmeg spice, burn it with fire, and skip over to a worthy dark smoky stout to enjoy our in-depth coverage.