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I came on here to post and saw that Dane made his first blog entry. I'm stoked.
Dane is an integral part of Deliverance and is kind of my polar opposite in terms of age and such things. Thanks Dane.
I swear sometimes I hear the clock ticking aloud. Days like today where every time I sat down for more than a minute I had a hard time standing back up and a bent-over old man posture every time I did. At the same time, I've been on the road a ton lately (hence the lack of posts) and I've been riding a lot of different parks, even though sometimes it's only for a short time. I'm on kind of a mission right now. I've been trying real hard to learn new stuff and kind of break out from where I've been for the last while, riding-wise. I realized a bit ago that the bike I was riding was simply too much for me. The rear end is so short and the head tube is so steep that it made jumping and airs and such kind of awkward and not comfortable for me. The front brake experiment just added to the situation, but again, I'm taking a lot from these trials. It's like an accelerated learning process, sort of. I've been riding my old PW Moto for the last couple weeks and feeling very liberated. In fact, right now it has no brakes at all it feels great. I saw a sticker on the Port-O-John in Florence, Kentucky last week that read "Do You Believe In Liberation?" That's from a Lungfish song and really, the genesis for my "Liberation" tattoo. The sticker was advertising for a sticker "company" of some sort and I attempted to peel it off to re-stick it on my bike. As I did, the tell-tale lameness of paper sticker disintigration became apparent. Whatever that company is, I wouldn't have any stickers done by them. But no brakes, big bars and a 39-13 are very liberating.
All the parks I've ridden lately have had a really high participant level of ratty, dirty kids. I'm no elitist, but shitty kids running around the park, throwing rocks, getting in the way, not skating or riding or even riding scooters...I don't know. Don't you have anything else to do? Where are your parents? I guess I think about such things as a parent myself. Check out Noah's old man steez on this one. I love how he's looking at the camera as he bashes into everything in his path. Noah is the best.
I got the new Props today and it is really good. I skipped the first segment and watched everything after and it is awesome. I think Props should be owed a debt of gratitude for contributing to the progression of BMX. Personally, I know I would still probably be riding Tuff Wheels and doing one handers without it (I know, that's not far off). Both Dane and Matt Sparks had various clips, so that is radical, bro.
The first segment that I went back to was the FBM trip from a few months ago that I've mentioned about a hundred times on here. I couldn't wait to watch it, but I had to be ready, you know? I wasn't let down. It wasn't just me that had an awesome time on that trip. Everything I've read and every person interviewed in this Props talked about it being the most fun trip ever. The hijinx were not down-played. This shot of Kelly Baker (in the Deliverance Big Bear shirt, no less) exemplifies the fun factor
. When you see the video, note Kelly's ahead-of-the-trend-curve orange front wheel. My life changed for the better the minute I met up with those guys.
The new Deliverance goods should be on the scene very soon. New tees and some hats that I'm very excited about are all in production. Here's a shot of Hatfield and Shannon, his girlfriend and the only kind-of employee of Deliverance, in the limited tye-dye shirts at the Kzoo comp.
Those shirts are even more limited now that a bunch of people bought them, but the new logo will be used on several new items, including the hats. Chris looks like a big, happy, bear in this photo...
Sean Rakos is headed back to Michigan to work in a tattoo shop here, so we're all looking forward to riding with him. Solan Foster is down in Louisville this weekend, racing the NBL grands and in contention for a top National Number. I'm stoked for Solan. Every year since I've lived in Detroit, he always tries to get me to go to races, which I rarely do, but I know how much he loves racing and I'm happy that he's been getting to the races and he has been kicking ass.