If you have ever tried to ride a fixed gear bike then chances are you know how tough it is. I have never seen anyone ride a fixed gear bike the way our homie Jonathan Ball rides his. I don’t even know how half the stuff in this video is possible. Burly crashes, stairsets, gaps all while pedaling the whole time.
Look out for Jonathan Ball to innovate the sport of fixed gear biking as his list of tricks grows and grows.
Make sure to go check out his blog called Suck My Cog for more action. – Lee
Here’s another one for all of you kids who talk shit on fixed gear biking and think it is for think for yourself, witty hipster kids take a moment to chew on this video and rethink your take on fixed gear bikes. Just because there are hipsters who ride fixed gear bikes doesn’t mean that fixed gear bikers are all hipsters. Fuck that shit. Most fixed gear bikers are a whole new level of skill and gnar. Anyone who could do half the shit JBall does in this video on a regular bike would impress me and being on a fixed gear bike only makes it 10 times harder. There are dudes beasting out climbing long mountain roads on fixed gear bikes now and dudes charging down the streets of San Francisco on these things.
Sometimes we don’t appreciate the things we don’t understand and if you haven’t found an appreciation for it go out and try to ride one. You might find this is not your average bike ride so if you were one of those kids that thought all fixed gear bikers were hipsters and what not it’s time for you to think again. – Leecifer
Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself. Graphic by Stephen Johnson
Cracked skulls, brain damage, and death are some of the things that can happen from not wearing a helmet, and many new or inexperienced riders still choose ride without one. Most do so following the example of several professional riders.
Professionals have an uncanny way of balancing. They know where they are in the air and it seems as if they can easily catch their falls with their hands and feet.
A large majority of those professionals have also taken major crashes resulting in various types injuries, even they aren’t invincible.
Within the past five years, we have had many of our fellow riders killed or permanently injured due to accidents involving riders not wearing helmets. Just go talk to an emergency room trauma nurse about the severity and number of injuries that could have been prevented if the victim had been wearing a helmet, it is appalling.
Watch some videos on the Internet of kids hitting their heads and you will see some pretty graphic images, you might just get scared into wearing one.
Wearing a helmet shows a sign of intelligence. It shows that you are smart enough to want to protect your brain. If younger kids see you wearing a helmet they will be more likely to wear theirs, especially if they look up to you. This means you could potentially be helping protect the lives of young riders.
I went to the skate park recently and there were a total of three of us wearing helmets, and about 15 kids not wearing helmets. About six of those kids had brought helmets, but left them on the side with their stuff while they skated. Some of them were doing some pretty fast, big tricks. It was unclear to me whether they would decide to actually put it on.
If you have ever attempted to ride a skateboard down ramps, or even your driveway for the first time, then you will know that if your balance is a little of you are in danger of flying back and hitting your head. Keeping your balance is not as easy as it looks unless you have many hours logged on board.
Most professional extreme sports athletes do not don helmets, and set extremely terrible examples for riders of all abilities, mainly young newcomers. After all, you don’t want to stand out as the new kid when you’re young. You want to be like your favorite skater and be exactly like them.
There are multitudes of skate, snowboard, BMX, and rollerblade videos with sponsored professionals not wearing helmets. In the videos they pull off tricks that are extremely difficult, making them look easy. So easy, that after watching it, an attempt might be made, leaving you to find out how difficult it actually is.
Protective gear is especially important for inexperienced riders, or people who are pushing their limits; trying something they haven’t done before.
Frankie doing the right thing
Losing your balance can easily happen with any extreme sport, and unexpected elements can come into play at any time.
It is always good to be prepared for the worst, and wearing a helmet while participating in these activities is a great way to accomplish this. After all a crash isn’t usually something you’d expect or want to happen… it just does. – Leecifer
Filmed by: Kinsey Aherne, Junho Park, Omar Sebai, Alec Aranowitz, Vance Tetreault
Once again Jonathan Ball kills it on his fixed gear bike slaying all the stereotypes. Fixed gear biking is rising in popularity and the tricks are getting bigger and more technical. The consequences more severe. For any of you that have tried riding these bikes it is not an easy thing. The visuals in this video include dirt jumps stairs drops and just banger after banger. This kid is a force to be reckoned with in the fixed gear biking world.
As extreme sports addicts we also become adventurers, explorers and outdoors enthusiasts. We are always looking for a new place to shred through exploring maps, or driving aimlessly towards a shreddable looking location.
The breathtaking places our sports take us, the adventure’s we have. Told to those who were not there through pictures and video’s but epic memories which will not be forgotten are engraved into our brains. It’s engraved in that special spot reserved for the best times of our life.These memories are not forgotten and they become stories to share with your grandchildren. Yea, Grandpa used to be cool.
The search for the next biggest, most fun road is always on. We challenge you to go out and explore your town. Search through Google Earth for a road that could potentially be fun, then go shred it. The most important thing about skateboarding or whatever adrenaline fueled activity you partake in is the fact that it’s fun.
We do this because it is an escape from reality. It is our real life video games. The things we do where we don’t have to think about what we left behind in our lives, we don’t have to think about work. The peace, the serenity. We aren’t crazy like most people think. We are adventurers who take calculated risks. Life is dangerous. Go out and live life to it’s fullest.
I just wanted to take the time to shout out to our friends over at Suck My Cog. I know everyone talks about how fixed gear riders are all hipster and shit but if you have ever tried riding one it is not easy. Getting from point A to point B is a whole different story from doing barspins down stairsets, jumping over handrails, and grinding ledges. Riding a fixed gear bike is all about timing. Since your feet are constantly moving you have no choice but to pedal and charge down hills. They use resistance with their legs to skid and slide the bike out sideways real quick to control their speed (your legs can only move so fast). Fixed gear biking remains pretty underground, but is growing in popularity. They even offer models made for mountainbiking, bmx riding and cruising. -Leecifer