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Friday, 25 July 2008
Let there be light

I made a tail light bracket for my Honda.  It took me a really long time to get it dialed but I'm happy with it and it's solid.  I  have a tail light that works and a brake light that works, but they don't work at the same time.  Wiring is definitely not one of my strong points in motorcycle mechanics.

      Jeff V. sent me a ton of pics from the Birdland session.  He sent so many, in fact, that I was overwhelmed and didn't know where to start.  I'll give you these, for starters...

Davey Coop with a nice table.

Fro divebombs the first turn.  Lurking hard or hardly lurking?

Solan tucks a high one over the spox.

I like the way the motomag and number plate colors compliment each other in this one.   ha ha.

Hatfield brings it home to momma.

My Jr. college GPA or a Howard Stern reference?

 Everything about this looks amazing!!!!


















Posted by Deliverance Dude at 11:42 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 26 July 2008 12:06 AM EDT
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Wednesday, 23 July 2008
30 years?


With a nod to all the nostagic chopper blogs I've been into lately (here's another one that is awesome, I've decided to blatantly rip off their format and adapt it to my BMX presentation here...

  This was the image I had in mind for this post and as I was editing it, I noticed that it is the August 1978 issue.   Thirty years ago! This magazine changed my life.  It was an escape from my world and an inlet into the new, almost surreal world of BMX.   I remember getting this issue as a kid and just freaking out.  Everything about this photo still rings true for me.   An ultra-enthusiastic crew, making do with less than ideal equipment (the tiny, overloaded Honda reminds me of my Subaru, huh JV?), gearing up for getting down.....


Posted by Deliverance Dude at 12:51 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 22 July 2008
Joe J.
Jeff V. sent me a bunch of awesome photos from the Birdland session but they are going to have to wait.  Here are some bad cell phone pics in the meantime...

   When I started editing that Birdland video, I was really bummed about how tiny all the jumps looked.  They aren't nearly as  little as they look.  They are cut into the ground so they look smaller, plus everything looks smaller in photos or on video--including these jumps.  This is Jeff Degryse and UP Mike's not-so-secret spot in Kalamazoo.   These are crazy jumps.  Let's just say that I am excited to go back and shoot photos of those guys riding them.  There is pretty much nothing there I would even consider hitting.

      I started the rebuilding of Birdland.  We got a bunch of rain and I  am motivated to make it all bigger and better. 

The first set is way bigger and I am completely rebuilding the jumps into the first turn.  The old take off is now the basis for the landing and I'm going to build these much bigger as well. 

I dropped my brother-in-law and his girlfriend off at the Warped Tour on Friday.   I came back hours later, just in time to see Pennywise.  I sent James B. a text that said something like "Bro, are you here for the hymn?" (in reference to the Pennywise song "Bro hymn").   He immediately called me back, kind of freaking out, and asked "Where are you right now?"  He was on vacation in Northern Michigan and was wearing a Pennywise tee shirt.  He thought I was spying on him.  ha ha.

     If you happened to catch the AST Dew tour this weekend, you probably saw Mike Spinner's quadruple tailwhip.  Absolutely ridiculous.  He followed it up in his run with a 1080.   Bike riding has progressed to an incredible level.  And a lot of it is just gross.

Joe Johnson had this to say....

       "What the Fuck!?!?!?!"







Posted by Deliverance Dude at 9:11 AM EDT
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Wednesday, 16 July 2008
Nothing to do with nothing
Now Playing: JFA: Beach Blanket Bongout
Two posts in two days, with web videos for each one!  What has come over me?  A good ass weekend of riding, that's what.  First we have Sean Newton photos from the Birdland session...

The Legend, Solan Foster, tables the spox.  

Dylan Luke Towne, hanging tough with momma while brother Noah throws dirt into the wind (and back into his face).

Fro Ardelean bring in munitions.   Fro and Hatfield did all the grunt work this day.  Thanks, guys.


Fro brings it home over the first set.

Style for awhile.  Chris Hatfield on the spox.

Casual Friday one footer while Fox Foster takes cover...

"The Mangler" saw a lot of laps.  That cast aluminum Motomag wheel from 1978 was like riding with a five-pound weight bolted into your front end. 

Race inspired?  Fro and I into and out of the first turn.  My favorite photo of this set.

Riding with Solan is something I just can't get enough of.  Watching him in action is true grit.

Friendly Phil Race.  Wait, this is my favorite photo...  Phil rules.

   And here is another poorly produced video, from a session on Monday at the Grand Haven park.

 No bongs were involved in the production of this video. I wanted a beach related name and couldn't get "Beach Blanket Bongout" out of my head.  It's the name of a JFA song.  The part that says "whip pulled!" is Chris landing a perfectly executed tailwhip.  My lo-roller digi-cam took too long to engage.  Dammit, I missed the banger!












Posted by Deliverance Dude at 11:13 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 16 July 2008 11:41 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 15 July 2008
High winds and hot shoes....
Now Playing: Uncle Tupelo: Screen Door

Heck yes.  A bunch of dudes came out on Sunday to ride the trails.   The wind was blowing mercilessly, but it didn't slow anyone down too much.  It was very much a family event, with kids running around and veggie burgers and dogs grilled and consumed on the spot.  It couldn't have been more fun.

Here's a role call:

Solan and Fox Foster

Phil Race

Sean Newton

Fro Ardelean

Davey Cooperwasser

Chris Hatfield

Jeff, Jeffrey and Cullen Venekamp

Jason Burton

and my whole crew, of course. 

Click on this photo to see the low-fi video I put together.

  You know, I have a 3-chip digital video camera but I like to keep it simple sometimes.  That was filmed on a five-year old Canon Elph digital camera.  I like the low-res (it's a friggin' web video anyway, right?).   The angles are bad, there is lots of shakey-cam going on and you can hear the wind blowing through most of it, but I like how it came out.  The only tricks are a 360 by Davey Coop on a weird bike, (assembled at one AM the night before in a drunken stupor) with a 30-year old, five pound mag wheel on the front and us blowing up a pair of shoes with gunpowder (a twenty-year anniversary of a similar event brought to life by Jeff V).  The song is Uncle Tupelo, Screen Door.  A favorite of mine.  Sean Newton just sent over a bunch of really good pics that I will post later.

     Today is a big birthday for my friend, "Turbo" Todd Britton.  Todd is a good dude and very much dedicated to bicycles.  He runs a bike shop in Grand Haven, Michigan, called Breakaway Bikes and is almost single-handedly responsible for bikes being allowed into the Grand Haven cement park (more on that soon).   One thing I truly admire about Todd is that he is an "Idea man" who actually follows through, unlike me and most other people with big ideas.  Todd has seen several frame projects grow from scribbles on paper to production runs, along with several parts designs that mysteriously end up in other people's product line, either by pure coincidence or blatant rip-off.  He's a good dude, a good dad and a "Lifer" BMXer.  He was supposed to come to the Birdland gig but got worked the night before in a mountain bike mishap.  Here's to you, Turbo!





Posted by Deliverance Dude at 3:33 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 15 July 2008 4:14 PM EDT
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Friday, 11 July 2008
purple hearts
Now Playing: Fletcher

Inspired by the awesome Crandall post on the FBM site today, I give you all photos...

Dr. Suess knows it... 

I love wheels...

White grips, purple paint, hearts?  ??? ?   BLACK HEARTS!

me at 9:45pm Wednesday evening.  Photo by Sean Grenader Newton

Action pan shot of Sean by his girl Keri a little bit earlier...

Birdland overview.  Keri Slater photo.

Come and ride Birdland Sunday afternoon!  Yeah, you....











Posted by Deliverance Dude at 12:15 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 11 July 2008 12:24 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 8 July 2008
poetry in motion
Now Playing: No Age: Teen Creeps

I was in kind of hurry yesterday when I posted and forgot to mention how awesome Buc-E, Hanaan and Ali from Veteran BMX are.   They were already awesome but they went way beyond the call a couple weeks ago and helped me out at our old house (we still have our house in Detroit).  Buc-E saved me hours of work and potentially blowing the house up with some gas line work and for that I am forever grateful.  Good peoples.

       I've been working hard on the trails.  Here's a new set, in the works, that I'm calling "Cousin It".  If  you've never seen the Addams Family, you can google it....

I also did a lot of work on the berm in the background.  Working on berms sucks!   so much dirt, so much work. 

   My bike is purple, nurple.

Benny Baker is a shredder and a poet.  He's getting backside on the family box jump!

  In other news, Tyler Deshaine is avoiding me...





Posted by Deliverance Dude at 2:26 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 8 July 2008 2:34 PM EDT
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Monday, 7 July 2008
uh, um, yeah
Now Playing: Son Volt: Drown

    We got hit by some super gnarly storms last week.  We didn't have power for three days.  so lame.  I bought a generator but we still didn't have running water.  That's a tough gig, especially with little kids.

    We got so much rain in such a short time, Birdland was hit hard by the storms (our basement flooded a bit as well).  All the lips (that we had just dialed in the night before) got washed away and there were giant puddles everywhere.  I've been working hard on them, when I have a chance, but it's slow going.  V2, the second stage of the trails, is well underway too. 

Sick!!!   I've been in full custom mode lately.   Can't get enough of websites like these: 4Q, Nostalgia on Wheels and White Knights...  Fuel for the convoluted mind.   I painted my trail bike three different colors yesterday and still am not satisfied.   Flat red?  Purple?  Navy?  Who cares?

    I'm working on some new Deliverance tees, but in the mean time my friends over at Biltwell used one I drew up for them (threw up for  them?).  You can see it here. 

The Bird flipper is Mark Lewman, who is my old homie from Kzoo and was the editor of Freestylin' Magazine in the late 80s.  I'm super excited to see this.  I'll write more about it when I have it in my grubby hands.  The above photo was taken after a race at Plainwell BMX (I'd say 1980).  A friend sent the clip below to me recently...


   Crazy.  That was a really long time ago.   I just heard from Billy (far right) the other day.  The dude second from the left (suspiciously not mentioned in the caption) is a notorious local who I've seen around town a couple times since we moved back to this area.  I literally hide my face so he doesn't see me.

   MOre later...






Posted by Deliverance Dude at 10:47 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, 7 July 2008 2:16 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 24 June 2008
the man on the moon
Now Playing: Lou Reed: I'm So Free

Yeah man.



      So much means so little.   Hot trips and cold drips.   I took Noah to a "Go Skateboarding Day" event in Kentucky over the weekend.  We had a good time.  He likes it when skaters eat shit "He fell down!!!" he yells when they bail.  I'm not sure they appreciate his commentary but I think it's pretty funny.   We found this full-pipe but there was no way to get inside.

The "longest day of the year" (most sunlight) was the other day and I celebrated by working on my trails until ten at night while still being able to see what I was doing.  Luke "White Lotus" McGarry now lives up the street (even closer than Sean Newton), which is pretty random (if you saw how out in the country we all are here) but is also very cool.  He came over and rode Birdland last night.  Got through it all in a minute, with the exception of the berms, but provided some new perspectives for design.  270 berm version five (no exaggeration) coming up!.   

      I put in some Kalamazoo street time today and it was fun.  

I love cruising around and hitting little jibs.  Speaking of that, this video is awesome.  Kevin Porter is one of my favorite riders and the fact that he filmed this himself is even better.  Etnies rules, in case yo forgot (I didn't)

     Kevin also has a part in the very good Vinyl BMX DVD which I got from Dans Comp just today.   Speaking of Dans, they have more Deliverance Bar Bags on the way.   Nice segue, eh?

      I rode the Kzoo park tonight with Luke and Dave Moon and it was a treat.  Talk about feeling like a sub-standard rider!  Both those dudes are soooo frickin' good.

In other news, Dane Wild still rides bikes and  has been been doing shows with  Ron Thomas.  Here's a nice tabe taken at a spot in rural PA. 








Posted by Deliverance Dude at 10:45 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 24 June 2008 11:08 PM EDT
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Monday, 16 June 2008
birds in the belfry
Now Playing: The Replacements: Alex Chilton

I've been around the block since that last post...

Traveling is gnarly these days.   Plane tickets are outrageous, flights are packed and oversold and the delays are ridiculous.  It took me over 15 hours to get to California and 13 hours to get back.  I don't really sit around at home (or ever) so I get a little nuts in the airport after four hours with nothing to do.  A definite highlight of many of my trips to the gold coast are visits with Dave Davenport.  He always picks me up, with a dialed bike ready for me to ride and takes me to session whatever we can fit into our schedule.  This time is was a lone session at UC Irvine, but it was super fun as always.  Here's a really terrible phone pic of Dave doing a skinny, up/down manual.

Dave rules and I can't thank him enough for providing me with an escape from a long week of meetings and shoe talk (which I actually enjoy--it's just nice to break out).   I got home to find Birdland ravaged by the weather.   I'm not going to complain about my trails getting torn up from the rain with all the flooding and disaster going on in nearby states, but I can't believe how worked the jumps got.  I'll take this as an opportunity to build them up and dial them in.   I started tonight.  The first set is taller and the landing is a little longer.  I rebuilt the 270 berm (again!) and I think it's getting closer.   My buddy PJ came over on Saturday and took a digger on the spox.  He was riding it really well, but a front wheel wash out resulted in a face impact.  He's okay.

      My wife and I took Noah to the Kalamazoo  Speedway on Saturday night.  It was the "Night Of Destruction" and they had all kind of hillbilly shit going on.   School bus races, blind fold races, burn-out contests and this last-man-standing thing that was basically a demolition derby in a circle.  It was awesome.

Noah loves the school bus races.

   Davey Coop recently scored a new ride...

Nice.  Vintage MCs are pretty sweet.

    Buc-E and  Hanan from Veteran BMX held a jam and cook out at the Charlotte park this weekend.  I imagine there will be photos on their site soon.  Sounds like it was fun, with the exception of Hanan accidently giving her bike away....

   I know it seems like I am blowing these guys up excessively, but there are some really cool trails videos on the Deluxe site.  I dig their scene.









Posted by Deliverance Dude at 11:35 PM EDT
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