The Average BMXer
Who owns BMXNJ?
In 2005, (as documented in my set of stories "The Average BMXer") I came back to BMX fresh off a divorce with the intent of lending my years of experience and enthusiasm to something I have loved since 1978, BMX. With that thought I started brokenspokes.net. It was a website that was designed to sort of cover BMX in NJ from past to present, racing to freestyle. I used the name brokenspokes as a sort of tribute to NJ as we were always the underdogs and underrated part of the sport. (Which of course was just not reality.) After a harsh falling out with some parts of the racing crowd and my "over enthusiasm" for wanting to promote BMX, I decided to shed the semi comical name of brokenspokes and go with BMXNJ. I wanted to be a bit more serious about how I felt about BMX in NJ and give everyone a place to come together and see their scene as a whole cohesive unit. A place where the everyday "average" rider could get some props.
The riders were stoked to see a site that was devoted ONLY to their scene AND was not worried about favoring one part of the NJ scene over the other. As long as I knew about you, I wanted you on there.
Along with brokenspokes and BMXNJ, came a hard copy version of the site, first called NJ BMX Szine, and then when we changed to BMXNJ, BMXNJ Szine, and finally we were able to morph it over to a full color glossy magazine called BMXNJ Magazine.
BMXNJ 2012 Wrapup Writeup
Wow, what a freaking year here in NJ. Not just for BMX but for NJ as a whole, I mean realistically if you live in NJ you did survive an apocalypse! For BMX though, we definitely had some major ups and downs. I guess the first thing for us here at BMXNJ was a total site redesign to start the year. That definitely had its ups and downs as it had to be upgraded early on and was a total PIA to do! LOL, but...here we are, yabba dabba doo! After trudging through that insanity we hit the road and Facebook for all kinds of stories, edits and interviews. Crazy edits from Stephan Salley, John Dominick, Seabasty, Ricany, the entire LFS crew, the Hyper Crew, Ed's Bike Shop was ALL over not only BMXNJ this year but the entire east coast, filming and ripping up competitions! BMXNJ brought south jersey to central jersey by bringing Mike Paton and his fellers to the infamous Hippie Steve Wisbeski Compound for a session. Stuff like that is always cool to see other BMXers open their doors to their brothers. The edits I mentioned above were only the beginning, even more stuff came down the lens from Hodgins, Bolash, Pryzwara, Reyes, Coulter, Verdoni, and Purdy. Chris Aceto joined JMac's Bulldog bikes and proceeded to not only kill it on the bike but also helped put on some of the best comps of the year at both Black Diamond locations with uber promoter Mike Duda. Piney BMX contined to keep it real with some pretty cool edits done in their own inmutable style. We said good by to ANOTHER indoor NJ park, this time Black Diamond in Moorestown. Positive news though was that The Bridge Skatepark in Bayonne has now begun BMX sessions! One up, one down. John Decaprio with the help of George Hoernig started Deathstar clothing back up again and was also out there dropping edits left and right. (more after the jump)
Jump For Joy 18 at Shields Skatepark
(For all of Brittles shots, click here.) It was the best of BMX times; it was the worst of BMX times. Jump For Joy 18 invaded Shields Skatepark on December 9th and the east coast contingent came out in force. Hell even the machine, Dean Watson flew in to imbibe in JFJ'ness. A JFJ, of course being the best of times.
Word that Paul was going to shutter the skatepark part of Shields brought a heavy heart to all of us. Indoor parks are getting harder and harder to find in NJ over the past few years, especially ones that allow bikes. A.S.S. closed a few years back, Hackettstown last year and now Shields will be tearing down the ramps. The run was extraordinary though and both Paul and Steve should be given much props for sending Shields off into ramp park heaven in style.
Winter Classic at Black Diamond Philly
(For all the web shots I got from the comp, hit up this link har pahdners.) Where did BMX freestyle contests begin in this area? Bucks County PA. From 1986 till 1990 Bucks County was the home to the PA AFA and held regular contests all year long. Now of course that was 5 billion years ago and the days of the AFA and quarter pipes with wedge ramps, as contest arenas are long gone. Fortunately school parking lots as contest areas have been replaced by heated and air conditioned indoor skate parks inside huge malls like the one at Franklin Mills in PA right outside Philly. (I...don't fully miss the old days, LOL)
History lessons aside, Michael Duda contacted me in the fall with news that they were going back to the scene of this summers Hybrid Festival, Black Diamond Skatepark in Franklin Mills Mall and were going to throw down a "Winter Classic Comp" for the starved BMX masses to shred upon. I hadn't been to a indoor park contest in awhile and have never been to Black Diamond Philly so I loaded up the BMXNJ mobile and headed out to the Keystone State.
Black Diamond in Philly is pretty intense. The indoor course lends itself heavily to the street influenced rider with lots of wedges, grind rails, ledges, banks and just a couple quarters to nail airs on. (There's also a GIANT half pipe that actually looks sorta dated at this point. Looking at that mug reminded me why vert is sort of on the wane. 12' ramps with 2' of vert aren't particularly welcoming to the average BMXer)
Registration was scheduled in for a noon start with the comp to start at about 1pm. While the hectic preparation of the contest was going on we were able to scope the crazy amount of swag that sponsors Time2shine BMX Mail Order, KingCity Bike Co., Animal Bikes, Cult, The Hunt, SE Bikes, Jetty Apparel, The Shadow Conspiracy, BMX NJ Magazine, Verde Bikes, FBM Bike Co., The Take, Lotek Footwear, Profile, Madera put up for the winners in all the classes. These companies went out of their way to show some love for the assembled crew of BMX crazies about to risk it on the concrete arena of chaos. (Man that almost sounds like MMA, LOL)
Louis Orth "Still Riding Sometimes"
One of our first and best contributors, Louis Orth, just sent this vid over of hit flatland skills to assure us that yes, he is still riding sometimes. Louis has now moved on to do stuff for ESPN BMX and AMFlat. WOW, imagine that a BMXer moving on to do stuff in...the BMX field. Sorta better than saying he moved on to race rally cars or something. Here's a toast to the 20" for life.
BMXNJ 2013 Mayan Apocalypse Survivors Calendar
Damn. Another year has come and gone...and just in the nick of time BMXNJ has cobbled together a calendar jusssst in case we survive that whole mayan end date thing. (Well, we survived Y2K, and that ol dude who said the rapture and end of the world was May and October of 2011...so things do look good) Lots of photos and NJ BMX dates in here. Order one up and check out photos from Brandon Squire, Krystie Fulton, Dirk Kelso, George Hoernig, Adam Guild and someone else. It's fun, it's BMX, it's NJ.
Order it up right char: BMXNJ 2013 Mayan Apocalypse Survivors Calendar It's 10 beans and supports...something...