You kick your front foot back hard, scooping the pedal back and flicking the cranks around underneath you with your battered Vans. Something is wrong. Your cranks squeak to a halt a mere 180 degrees from their original position. Your feet slap down anti-climatically upon the asphalt. Your heel-bruise worsens. The attractive woman who was showing mild interest as she walked past looks away in embarrassment and quickens her pace. Your peers nonchalantly look back down to their smartphones in silence; Courage Adams just posted on Insta and he actually lands his tricks… You try again- you kick back harder, grunt a little, people can smell your desperation now. This time you get a better grip of the remaining three pins left in your pedal. ‘This is the one…’ you think, ‘the fist bumps are coming my way.’
As you lay there, tangled among steel tubes, bleeding from a chunk missing from your Achilles tendon (probably caused by a Schrödinger’s pedal; a pedal that paradoxically seems unable to grip the bottom of your shoes yet will savagely butcher any part of your body it may end up touching) with your pride in tatters, thinking ‘Maybe I should make crankflips easy for myself and just ride a cassette…. like Courage.’ you might be better off by simply lubing your chain and changing your bottom bracket.
There are plenty of crank installation videos out there, this Merritt one being the latest example. While it gives you some good pointers on crank installation, it completely skips the BB installation stage so today I’m going to take you through what it takes to properly measure and install your new bottom bracket like a goddamn… god! We’ve all seen a number of wrong ways to fit a BB; some accidental, some on purpose, and with the evolution of the BB slowed down to a halt on the extremely efficient press-fit Mid sized BB shell, I’d say it’s high time to explain how to install the sucker correctly. Continue reading →
Fourteen years have flown by since I first walked into a bike shop as a twelve year old, decided that mountain biking was far too expensive a pursuit for my budget and rather than dispiritedly retreating out the shop door back in front of the TV, I opted for a BMX bike. For a young boy I think it was the most logical of choices, primarily for steering away from my previous life as a reclusive Playstation enthusiast but also the kind of bike I chose to do it on. BMX caught my eye that day with its sheer stripped back simplicity that no other cycling sub-culture had bred before.
Is that Elite Hub of yours just a bit too low-fi for you? Want some bike bling or just need to shave off a few ounces to get that ankle-murdering flyout-tailwhip around quicker? Profile Racing have just released this 6AL4V titanium axle to go with the already tricked out Profile Elite hub, get yours right here at the Profile Racing Webstore or get your local shop to get at them.
There is a lack of good, honest and impartial product reviews in BMX right now. Parts aren’t cheap, and in an already heavily saturated market, a few nice words about the paint finish in a magazine doesn’t really cut it when you’re about to part with your hard earned cash and need some insight into how good a product really is.
You guys asked us to step up to the plate and that we have. Here is the first of many reviews we have got going for this year and forward into 2014. We want to be the most helpful BMX product site out there, so we decided to take a selection of parts and give them to a real, everyday riders to see how they fair up to just about everything you guys are going to put them through.
Halo Wheels got in touch and sent us a pair of their new Matt Priest Signature Wheels to test out and see what we made of them. We fired them over to our resident wheel destroyer and grind enthusiast Mark Sutton to see how they held up to the dirtiest peg chinks, hang ups and cases known to man.
This is rad, Profile really pull out the stops when it comes to their US made gear! The attention to detail is remarkable. Here they give us a point-by-point insight on the de-burring and hand polishing process that their ‘High Polished’ Stems go through post-production in this ‘How We Make It’ article published on their site. These are definitely no cookie-cutter stems; not by a long shot!
Stolen Bikes‘ 2014 catalog just went live. Plenty of interesting look completes this year, all stacked with a variety of their aftermarket components to keep things running tight. The most notable addition to this year’s lineup is a whole range of aftermarket 24″ specific products including a Frame, heat-treated fork, wheelsets and even a larger size of their Joint Tires. I’m also kinda into the coloured Tires on the Casino model, no doubt a bit of AK influence there. All these bikes and products will be available in the next few weeks. Be sure to head over to the Stolen website for more details and info.
If you have the Sprocket, the Stem, the Seat Clamp, and even the Hubs, aaaaannnnddddd still want more shield wrap products, then the guys at S&M now do a shield warp compression bolt to fit their forks and any other M10 threaded fork on the market. Available soon from the S&M webstore.