Posts in the category BMX

Shredits: Drew Bezanson and Morgan Wade Defy Gravity, Plus the Making of ‘The Ridge’ with Danny MacAskill and Cut Media

No easing into this week, we’re blasting into the weekend with this insane clip featuring Drew Bezanson and Morgan Wade. The RedBull production was filmed in the Dark Woods, or South Wales specifically. This proves that they are both magicians with a bike…

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Sneak Peek: Louisville Mega Cavern will House World’s Largest Underground Bike Park

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Beneath the streets of Louisville, Kentucky, there lurks a monster. But this is no horror story, it’s one of dreams. Specifically, the wild dream to turn the largest cavern in the state of Kentucky into a multi-faceted business park that will soon be home to the largest underground bike park in the world. What sounds like an absolutely insane idea comes to us from co-owners of the Louisville Mega Cavern, Jim Lowry, Tom, and Don Tyler. After all, as Jim told us, their motto is “you have to be a little crazy.”

Crazy doesn’t begin to describe the Mega Cavern itself. Opened in the 1930′s by Ralph Rogers as a limestone mine, the man-made structure had been mined 24 hours a day for 42 years straight. When the digging was complete it had left a massive cavern with 4 million sq. feet and over 17 miles of passage ways. Considered to be the largest building in the state of Kentucky, the decision to turn the Mega Cavern into a business park required the creation of new building codes due to the out-of-the-ordinary circumstances.

After purchasing the cavern in 1989, Jim and his partners began a recycling operation inside in 1992 which still runs to this day. It wasn’t until 1999 that they started building offices inside for local businesses to lease, which now accounts for a half million square feet inside the cavern. Before any businesses moved in, the owners were faced with an interesting dilemma. The ceilings were so high -more than 90ft in some spots- that prospective customers came in and couldn’t picture the space being utilized, so they left. Eventually, enough dirt was brought in to raise part of the floor 62 feet, leaving a 24 foot high ceiling which was standard for warehouses at the time. Above the 24 foot high ceilings, there is another 26 feet of solid limestone – enough for geologists to call it one of the safest places in Kentucky. So safe, in fact, that it was one of the largest fall out shelters during the Cuban Missile Crisis capable of housing 50,000 people, and still acts as a safe haven for vaults and other storage today.

Even though the cavern has a massive heating and air conditioning system, Jim said it’s never used. With a nearly constant 58º F temperature, body heat and heat radiating from computers and equipment is enough to keep it comfortable. That makes it ideal for an indoor bike park as well as the zip line and ropes course since it remains warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Considering how little we actually saw of the cavern, it’s hard to process just how big it really is. One of their biggest attractions this time of year is the Lights Under Louisville – a 1.2 mile drive through the cavern in the family vehicle to see an expansive display of 2 million Christmas lights. Even though they are adding a 385 thousand square foot bike park, it seems like they are just starting to scratch the subterranean surface…

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Found: Mongoose BMaX – the Mutant WalMart Offspring of BMX and Fat Bikes?

Mongoose BMaX fat bike bmx  (3)From the same company that brought you the Beast fat bike and the smaller, yet somehow better equipped 20″ Massif fat bike, we present the BMaX. Part BMX, part fat bike, all bizarre. Truthfully though, as far as entry level BMX bikes for kids go, it does look pretty fun. Built with 20″ wheels wrapped in 4.25″ wide rubber, if junior can’t turn the pedals at least the bike will turn some heads…

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The Curse 20 Rolls In On 20″ Wheels From WETHEPEOPLE

Wethepeople from Germany builds a full range of BMX bikes, and their Curse 20 is a 20″ starter bike, decked out in great parts for a great deal. Taking cues from its 18″ wheeled little brother, it packs a great value.

Rider Jason Colledge shows that despite its affordable price, the Curse is a ripper. Watch him take a rip around, then click “more” to see the new color choices and spec list..

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • The Red Bull Signature Series continues this Sunday on NBC at 12:30 PM EST with the Red Bull District Ride. 80,000 people witnessed a unique urban slopestyle course designed by freeride legend and previous District Ride winner Aaron Chase. The course starts with a drop from Nuremberg’s castle walls and then makes its way through the city center and five different districts that offer varying obstacles for the world’s top freeride bike athletes to master and trick off.
  • One Day Only Sale on Small Business Saturday – 30% off of Complete Handsome Bicycles – Join them for a one day pop-up shop at Martin Patrick 3 in Minneapolis for an event that’s not-to-be-missed!
  • Decorate your bike with festive crap contest – It’s another great year for Magnolia BMX’s Holiday Bike Check Contest, minus the bike check! They’ve got really great sponsors and unlike last year, it’s open internationally!
  • Stages Power meters will be available in South Korea starting January 2015 through Welltuned. The Stages Power meter, which was launched in North America in 2012, is sold factory installed — by Stages Cycling, in Boulder, CO USA — to aluminum crank arms throughout the Cannondale, FSA, Shimano, and SRAM ranges.
  • Hermes Sport handbuilt competition wheels are now available worldwide through The Aftermarket. Founded in July 2009 by Alex Webster, Hermes Sport was born of a general, lifelong obsession with high-end bike parts and a particular fixation on wheels.
  • Scott Sports USA and Deer Valley Resort Announce Multi-Year Partnership. Starting this 2014/2015 season Scott Sports USA will be the official goggle, pole, helmet and bike sponsor of Deer Valley Resort.
  • Bianchi and Thomson Bikes Tours have joined forces to offer exclusive new cycling trips in 2015. The first destination is Lombardia, a cycling paradise in northern Italy, and is open for booking on either company’s website.

Éclat’s Shane Weston Signature Blind Free Coaster Hub Finally Street Ready, Goes Every Which Way

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The Shane Weston Signature ‘Blind’ hub by Éclat.

BMX rider Shane Weston teamed up with Éclat to create a new coaster hub, and it’s finally ready to roll. What sets the Shane Weston Signature ‘Blind’ hub apart is that not only can it be flipped from right side drive (RSD) to left side drive (LSD), but the freewheelin’ hub can even be converted to run a cassette. It offers the full range of options for the contemporary street rider, whether they prefer pedaling forward or backward. With this level of versatility, Éclat claims you’ll never need another hub. Apparently Shane Weston tested this hub for close to three years and it functioned so well “he swears by them.”

Flip below to see a video of Shane tearing it up on the new hub…

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Video: Pig Rodeo Flying Fat with G-RÄF & Nicolai Argon Fat Bike

Everyone is picking up on the fat bike fever, at least enough so to grab one and try it for a ride. Pro BMXer David Graf grabs a Nicolai Argon Fat for an after training ride in Lenzerheide, Switzerland to show us what he can do on a bike so fat.

G-RÄF, as he is known, keeps a great blog on his travels and experiences while racing as a BMX pro, and Swiss National Champion.

Photo Gallery: 2014 RedBull DreamLine Competition at the Oskar Blues Reeb Ranch

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Before spotting anything else while rolling up to the Oskar Blues Reeb Ranch, your eyes were immediately drawn to the the massive mounds of red North Carolina dirt. Probably visible from the planes above, the massive jumps were to be the home of the latest edition of the Redbull Dreamline BMX competition.

Set on the grounds of the Reeb Ranch in Hendersonville, NC, the venue would serve as a host to the best BMX dirt jumpers in the world to compete on the perfect line – the Dreamline. At first it appeared the weather would derail the fun, the crowd and riders stuck it out through a two hour rain delay to put on a great show.

Get the highlights next…

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Specialized Backyard Pumptrack Ribbon Cutting Party

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Specialized employees are passionate about bikes and their daily lunch ride has become something of a legendary event. The daily hammer-fest takes place on various road circuits around the company’s Morgan Hill headquarters and is known for its typically brutal pace. But for those riders who prefer a different riding pace -or surface medium for that matter- the company built a pumptrack in the backyard of their campus a few years ago.

For the past four months the pump track has been closed for renovations. New high-quality dirt was brought in, fresh lines built, and as a result the backyard pumptrack is now hitting better than ever. To celebrate the ribbon cutting, Specialized threw a party.

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