|One-foot table at K|
Mr Newman has been on the scene for what seems like forever. I remember a photo of him in MBUK mid heel-clicker when he rode for Muddy Fox. That must have been what ten years ago?! Since then he has strayed away from crazy tricks and refined a distinct style based around clicked tables both ways and one of the best whips in the industry. Having competed in the King of Dirt (KOD) series over a number of years he has become well known among the dirt jumping community across the country. While in the latter half of his twenties, on a bike he's like an excitable teenager. His enthusiasm is infectious, livening up any evening or hungover trails session. Without further ado, the first getabmx MTB're interview!
|360 table at Chicksands|
|DH racing days! Ashcombe, Devon|
Photo curtesy of raceshoot.com
It must have been cool being on the same team as the Athertons! What was that like?
Yeah it was pretty cool being on Muddyfox with the Athys. It was kinda like things were back before sponsorship, just riding together, helping each other out and having a laugh. At that point they were living near Cheddar in Somerset so it was only events and races that i'd see them but at that point they were already making large ripples in the mtb world.
Unfortunately I don't often see them anymore, maybe once every couple of years; they are so flat out busy with their training and racing schedules that they don't have a lot of time for much.
|Table at K. Other way, no problem.|
Can you give me some K-hole history?
|Whip at K|
|Back to his roots!|
Heel clicker at Pinesridge
Worst memory – although one of the funniest – is probably getting pulled by the police whilst I was a passenger in Ricky Cromptons old Volvo, at Filthy 48 in Southport doing doughnuts round the field by the road. Needless to say we were both quite merry. I was shitting it as the 5/0 were being quite nasty about it all. Lol We just couldn’t believe it when the headlights and blue flashing lights appeared right behind us on this field!
|Table at K|
|Table at K|
Rob Newman features in: Gone K-Holin' video
|Table air out a dodgy quarter|
|Turndown in Malaga|
What motivates you to ride?
Any countries or ‘wishlist’ spots you’re planning on visiting?
Videos of Mike:
Sunday Afternoon at Decoy
This is March
24 June 2011
The Boarding House
If you asked any rider in or even around
|Gavin Farley and Tim Ruck outside the Boarding House|
Since the Boarding House opened its doors in 1984 the shop has had a strong focus on building a vibrant riding environment, which it has achieved by establishing and maintaining successful relationships with Local Authorities. Through campaigning, fundraising and collaborative work the Boarding house has been instrumental in founding JLC trails and a large number of skateparks in and out of the city, including Arena, Flowerpot and Tiverton skatepark. The shop also introduced a free ‘Spot Guide’ publication in 2000 to showcase the regions official riding spots, started to run competitions at various skateparks, including the annual ‘Exe games’ event at Flowerpot, releases video’s, lends tools, organises trips, sponsors riders: a pretty impressive track record for a small business situated next to a sex shop!
Tim Ruck and Gavin Farley have been involved in BMX pretty much since the beginning, during which they have seen the sport evolve, lived through revolutionary moments during its history, seen trends come and go, and experienced the sport first hand day-in-day-out since taking over and running the shop. Getabmx tapped into this wealth of knowledge and experience to paint an evolutionary picture of the Boarding House and the BMX world.
|Tim shredding the pallet jump in leather back in 81|
Gav: I got my first BMX around ‘82/’83 when I was around 9/10yrs old. My friends all had them so naturally I wanted one too. My first bike was a shitty red and yellow Raleigh Burner that my mum got from her club book for £89.99 which was a lot back then! (equivelent to around £300 today) It was crap but I loved it.
Gav: No Idea, I was 11! I did however shop there and bought my first skateboard there around 84/85, a blue Turbo 2 with Hawaiian graphics! It was Bad Ass! Well actually it was pretty rubbish but again it was my first so I loved it.
Tim: It was set up by 2 brothers from
How and when did you get involved with the shop, and why did the original owner(s) leave?
Tim: I did some demo’s for the OG guys around ’85, and then another guy (Phil) took it over in ’87 -who I used to skate with a bit- and I started working there part-time around ’95. By ’97 he’d had enough of running the shop (he didn’t ride or skate anymore), so sold it to me.
|Coloured grips must be fashionable at the moment|
The shop’s been here so long because we cater for what people are using in skateparks, and everyone knows some shit can be looked down on, but it’s meant we’ve always been here for skate, BMX, without the other stuff we probably wouldn’t, and you’d be getting your skate stuff from Two Seasons (pur-leeeeese, jeez) and bike stuff from Partridge Cycles (oh god).
|Tim with a backwards rail, Mount Hawke in 93|
If you weren’t involved in BMX, what would you be doing now? (job/ career)
Tim: Pssssh, who knows? I used to take photos and write articles for Ride, but that doesn’t really fit in with family life. Hopefully something I liked, and self employed. Maybe skatepark building full-time?
Gav: No Idea…
Has the scene changed since you first got into it?
|Gavin wallriding in 91, this shot was featured in the Express and Echo!|
|Tim's old house, which regularly hosted riders and bands|
from across the country
What are your views on the multinational companies such as Nike and Red Bull becoming involved in BMX?
On the other hand some Pro’s get the sort of salary they could never achieve anywhere else, and we get to go to the Pool Jam, or Empire Of Dirt, so, what can you say? I know guys that get support from those two specifically, and they live the dream, so good on ‘em.
Gav: I can see both sides to be fair. They do put a lot of money into it and put on some awesome events and sponsor some amazing riders but they use it as a marketing tool and when there’s no more money in it they’ll be off, just like they’ve done before and will no doubt do again! But to the guys getting paid, fair play to them take it whilst it’s on offer.
|Supporting the scene through another skatepark construction|
|Gav in Paignton circa 91, no light-weight parts here!|
Tim: Hidden headsets, heat treated metal. The internet so you can check out parts and what stuff works/ where to ride/ who hates who, via forums.
Tim: No, or at least delayed in progress, he set nearly all the standards in vert, first handrails on street, and could kill it on mini and dirt, what more can you say, his influence is legendary. Followed on from Ron Wilkerson in making sure comps had a riders hand steering the way.
|Gavin: QE wallride on a rare riding opportunity, 2009|
|Jamie Skinner, Boarding house rider, with an old skool over Tim|
Gav: No comment
Tim: Well, we already have scooter kids trading up to bikes, so, that’s good, right? (I copped out on that answer huh?!)
Gav: Hard to say, its huge at the moment so I guess time will tell…
Tim: Not much as we don’t cater to the national scene, it gets a bit of kudos I guess, but we’re firmly local scene focused. It’s nice to be recognised by the national scene though;
|Not just a park rat! Tim styling over some trails in 08|
Hahaha… very funny!
Editors note: Unfortunitely, rather than provide an elaborative account and detailed history of the metal, Gav found it difficult to open up about his passion for 4130 chromoly, but his tattoo says it all. If you want to know more, click here
What is your most memorable customer experience?
Editors note: While I was at the shop a huge guy came in asking whether they had any bigger BMX's. After he had walked out Gav responded 'you were saying about customer experiences...
Tim: When I started riding people doubted a 540 on a quarter-pipe would ever be done, does that answer that one?
|Re-wind 10+ years, Tim bar-spinning in an ice pick, 99|
|Cookie jam 26 June|
15 November 2010
Tom Goldsmith is a talented local photographer known for his knack of capturing big moves at their best. And he's not a bad rider himself... I am stoked that his top photos will be published here on getabmx on the Photo of the Moment page. Here is a little bit about the guy behind the lense:
So what came first, photography or riding?
It's hard to remember back to when I first became involved in either one of these... Riding came first and from there I gradually became more interested in photography. Admittedly I'm not the best at riding so I guess picking up a camera gave me something else to do while still being out with friends.
When and how did you get into photography (and any inspirations)?
My concept of time is really quite bad, but I have been taking riding pictures for around two years now. I have an album on my computer called pre 2009 with a couple of images from late 2008.
The most influential person to me picking up a camera was my dad, he has always taken pictures since college and encouraged my to pick up a camera when I could. Ever since I started riding I used to read RideUK and that definitely inspired me to pursue taking pictures. Yet, I guess all of the media surrounding bmx is influential and encouraging right in some way.
There really is only one possible answer to this question. Street riding. I couldn't think of anything better. Both riding and shooting street are great. The thing is that every place you ride is different, this form of riding breaths creativity, something I am a big fan of.
With regard to taking pictures this makes every shot slightly different in some respect. Each time you have to carefully think about every aspect of the photograph you are taking as chances are you may not have to opportunity to take that picture again.
You haven’t shot any trails photos this year, any plans to?
Trails isn't really my thing if I am honest. I personally don't ride trails and neither do most of the people I ride with. However, I do think it would be interesting to take some trails pictures so maybe...
What has been your best and/ or funniest photography experience?
This is definitely a hard one and not one that I cannot think of any particular moment to be the best of funniest experience. Lets just say that us Exeter boys get upto some good shit.
Tell us a little about some of your photos this year, anything particularly interesting you have shot?
From a photography perspective I have really enjoyed this year and feel that I have hopefully progressed in some way. This year I managed to get myself some off camera lighting and have been having fun with that ever since.
I have shot a lot of stuff this year and no doubt there are a few photos that stand out upon the rest, these are the interesting ones, the pictures that have more to it than just a quarter pipe and a blue sky.
Also this year I was lucky enough to take photos at NASS 2010. Although photographing competitions is never fun, looking back on it I enjoyed it. This years competition was really challenging to shoot and was great to meet some really cool photographers and influential riders.
Worst photography experience?
Again it's hard to narrow this down to any one experience but there are a few things that are definitely not good.
- Having to ask a rider to do something again
- When your flashes get knocked over
- Problems with your equipment
- Getting home and wishing you had shot something differently
- Getting kicked out before you even get your camera out
- Leaving something at home
What equipment do you run?
I run a lot of Canon equipment. I shoot on a Canon 7d, with 2 Canon lenses, Canon flashguns, Elinchrom triggers and manfrotto stands.
If you could photograph any rider, who would it be?
If I'm honest Im more than happy shooting the riders I currently take picture with. However, if the opportunity was there I wouldn't decline a photo session with some of the federal team.
Photographing riding is something that definitely takes a lot of time and practice. The more practice you get the better, don't give up to quickly. Learn from your mistakes and think about a picture before you press the shutter.
There is a lot of influential material out there and it can definitely help you along your way but try to think outside the box. It's something I am still trying to do...
Do you have any plans of making a living from photography?
Unfortunately not, photography is a profession crowded by thousands of people who own expensive equipment and know the "right" people. It's too competitive and something I would rather pursue as a hobby for now.
Any shoot outs...?
I would just like to say that I have an amazing group of riding mates who are extremely talented riders and without them the picture I take wouldn't happen. So cheers lads.
Again, thanks to all of the exeter riders, theboardinghouse, death for answering my questions and lending me equipment and to Jamie Skinner for repeatedly throwing the bars due to my poor timing.
Stay tuned to the site for some of the best street and park photos from the area!
Photos by Tom Goldsmith
Jamie Skinner is renowned in the local scene for tearing up the streets and park. He likes to throw down twists, bar spins and whips on pretty much any obstacle in sight. With a hunger for boosting huge airtime you think skinner would take to the trails like a match to fire… I’m sure the time will come, but for now here’s what he had to say:
Oright how have you been? Eaten much today?
Yooo man sorry its taken me so long to get back to you on this one have been busy eating again hah. Silly question really you know I allways eat laods
It seems like you’ve been riding for an eternity! When and how did you get into riding?
I think when i was about 14 I saw this kid on a haro shredder hopping up curbs, I thought it was amazing and wanted to try it. Didnt really work on the mountain bike I had so decided to get a bmx.
What motivates you to ride?
Just watching/ riding with any of the local bois is good. Edits on the internet or just finding new spots to ride
What has been your best riding experience?
That has to be going up to Derby in Adrians camper for a weekend sleeping outside the park in a real skechy industial estate. Half way through the night someone was looking in the windowns trying to get in that kinda scared us all a bit hah. Loads of riding and laughs. Would defo like to do it again
Who is your favourite rider and why?
Matt Hoffman . . . nuff said
What happened to the trails boss plan you had at the start of summer?
Just being lazy really, I do enjoy riding the trails but most of the time jsut end up getting stuck at flowerpots
Best place you’ve ever ridden?
Any street spots in london
What trick has taken the longest to learn?
Nose manuals has got to be the hardest by far can do them sometimes would love to get them dialled.
What has been your worst injury?
Broken leg was out for the best part of a year. Snapped Tibia & Fibula few plates and screws
|Suicide no hander|
Mountain bikes at skateparks, I’m sure you have an opinion…
Lost ? Maybe get some signs up for the nearest mountains?
What has been your scariest riding moment?
Jumping all of jlc for the first time! trails scare me alot
I heard you cracked your frame in four places! You haven’t had that one for long either… Got a list of parts you’ve broken this year?
Hah i had that frame for two months and was finally starting to like it, boarding house sorted me out on warrenty with a federal notorious which seems pretty solid at the moment. List:
3 sets of cranks
a few hundred spokes
And noticed a few cracks on my forks the other day so will have to add that to the list haha
Best thing since sliced bread?
Thought you broke your gsport hub?
Yeah I did. Got a new one on warrenty but broke the driver on friday, Luckly i had a spare one. Even after that its the only hubs i would run everything else is shit!!! Best thing since sliced bread haha
Tell me something most people don’t know about you?
I only weigh 12 stone haha
|Bar spin gap|
Really into roof gaps and drops, the bigger the better
How do you think BMX will progress over the next 10 years?
It will dissapear as scooters take over the world
Do you have any hobbies outside of riding?
Tricks or style?
Tricks with a bit of style is allways good
Street or park?
Cider or beer?
|Tailwhip on a roof!|
Nice one. Got any shout outs before you go?
Big thanks to Gav and Tim from the Boarding house for all the help with my bike. Tom Goldsmith for all his rad pictures, every one i ride with, Project bmx and of course Milan
12 September 2010
All In a Days Work. Life at Sidwell Cycles. With the explosion of online shopping in the last few years many riders have been forgetting about their local bike shop, usually until faced with a mechanical they can’t solve. However these shops are a vital link to the local scene, and without them you would have to wait for the postman every time you needed some small (or big) but vital part to get rolling again… I caught up with Reg (Jake Scoynes) and mechanic Frank Williams to get an insight into the everyday life of a bicycle shop employee.
Welcome to the first industry insight interview for getabmx! How’s it going been busy in the shop lately?
Reg: It’s all good man, shops been steady and flowing at the moment. You get busy days, you get dead days.
Frank: Ignore Reg he doesn’t know anything! I have been flat out in the workshop! No quiet days out there!
|Work experience boy in a bag. I'm sure Reg has been there...|
Reg: Errrr, I did work experience here and asked for a job afterwards, started as a Saturday boy who had the piss ripped out him all the time, and now I’m looking after the shop, its all good.
Frank: Well I was working up at Haldon forest… I was getting fed up with my job so I called Ben (who I had worked with like 9 years ago) and he gave me a job?!
What are the best aspects of the job?
Reg: Best aspects are the guys who you work with, although they’re w**kers you always have a laugh. Also customers most of the time can be alright to talk to.
Frank: If I was a cyclist I guess I could get cheap bike bits...as a golfer there aren’t many!
And the worst?
Reg: The shop is freezing when it’s winter and boiling in the summer, I don’t see many bad top points to working in a bike shop.
Frank: Being a golfer in a bike shop!
Reg: To be fair, they don't affect us too much. A lot of kids go on there and we dont generally have the custom of kids. We are a cool commuting bike shop really. One of the more down to earth ones anyway. But if someone comes in and says " err well online its this much!" We'll either tell em to do one or we'll match the price.
Who has been your most annoying customer and why?
Reg: You Milan, you! Always wanting stuff! Haha, nah a customer that never listens to what you have to say is the worst when we are the people that are there to help, Guru’s I like to call ourselves! J
Frank: Paul Weston....Nuff said!
What mechanical jobs do you dread the most?
Reg: Your headset!
Frank: Your forks!
Have you ever fixed a bike that you wished you could keep?
Reg: Errrr no! They’re all pretty shite to be fair! Only one that came close was a Giant Defy that was MINT!
Frank: Yeah...Funnily enough though it already belonged to me!
And to the contrary any you wanted to put in a dump?
Reg: Pretty much anything that says Apollo, Richmond or Carrera
Frank: nearly every other bike I fix!
Do you have any memorable shop experiences?
Reg: Yeah when the man collapsed next to the clothes and we though was dead. that was hilarious!
Frank: Trade show road trips are always good! Especially when Jim throws up and we spun a hire car!
In your view what is the worst, and best, bike part ever invented?
Reg: Worst has to be the 3 speed fixed hub and the best is sealed bearings in things.
Frank: Crud Claws=shit! Crud catchers = great!
What has been your most unusual mechanical or customer experience?
Reg; When a man asked for a new old bike. What the hell!
Frank: Making you a set of boxers to take to the Alps about an hour before you left!
What would you say to a kid who says he wants to work in a bike shop?
Reg: Have fun!?
Have you supported the local riding scene, and if so how?
Reg: As a shop, us guys have got lads like you and bandstand Dave t-shirts with our name on it, and for riding with them, you get discount, so in that way we support local shredders. We also go to a lot of events throughout the year organised by Cycle Exeter. They are a big part of our events. We do a lot of Dr bikes aswell, which we do at a number of work places.
What changes do you think will happen to mountain bikes and BMX bikes over the next ten years?
Reg: I reckon robots will be riding them soon. We won’t get a say. Also a front wheel drive one! Imagine how cool that would be!
Frank: Belt drive, loads more E-Bikes, death of single speed!
Paul Foster. Do you wish you had tried harder at school?
Reg: Not really, schools shit, I’m exactly where I want to be at the minute!
Frank: Yup then I could get a proper job!
Jake Lawry (slightly adapted): What bike(s) do you own?
Reg: Genisis Altitude 10 (currently in bits), Raleigh Dynatec (its awesome), Mankind Archangel Custom BMX
Frank: D/H specced Cube Fritzz, Single Speed Gary Fisher HKEK, Kona Honky Tonk!
|Big twist at JLC|
Steve – big whipper – Bowler has been progressing like wild fire. The last few months have seen twists, whips, big old skools, insane boosts and recently whip tyre grabs go down at the trails. He has been attempting double whips and, during the photo shoot after he responded to the questions, he nailed his first three whip to the pedals for the camera! Harsh bails don’t keep him on the ground for long. I caught up with Steve to find out more:
Welcome to the first getabmx interview! I haven’t seen you out lately, what’s going on in your world?
Riding lots and preparing myself for my next Whistler adventure in August
You’ve been progressing like mad! Do you set yourself goals pre ride?
Yeah most days but sometimes i just like to get my flow on
What trick have you struggled the most with?
Have struggled the most with turndowns, they just feel un-natural to me but think I'm finally getting there with them haha
What tricks are you dying to nail?
I'm really trying to get double whips and 3 whips cant wait to stomp those
|Twist Tailwhip to pedals!|
When and how did you get into riding?
I've been into riding since about the age of 5 but have tried many different styles along the way like MTB and Trials but my heart has always been with BMX now that's all I ride
Are there any riders (pro or regular) who inspire you to go out and kill it?
Pro rider Nath Dunster a.k.a Busface has always inspired me and shredding with Dangerous Dave is so much fun
You and (Chris) Simpson have been real trails legends this summer, keeping the place smooth and running good. So will we see you around this winter?
Yeah boi we'll be putting in the hours this winter cant wait to start on some new lines
What are your favorite local spots?
K hole, JLC and Saltash park
I know you were digging your own trails. What’s the latest?
Not alot going down at Heartford unfortunately the permission fell through and people lost interest you know how it is with new trails
Best place (trails or skatepark) you have ever ridden?
Such a tough call mate I have so many fav's but K hole is a special place, Mount Hawke is sick and Everything in Whistler is off the hook!
Style or tricks?
Making your tricks look stylish is where its at
Mountain bikes for trails and park, what are your views?
Ive got no issues with Mountain bikers as long as they are good guys and doing it for the right reasons
I know you changed frames recently, what’s your current setup?
I'm currently riding the Amity Russo frame its the best frame I've ever bought, super light, i highly recommend it
What parts do you break the most?
Ive gone through a few crank axles this year, also a few sets of forks and brake cables don't seem to last five minutes, guess i need to ride smoother haha
Do you have any hobbies other than riding?
|Sending a Tailwhip|
This one is from Will Peters. What’s your favorite cheese?
Cant go wrong with a bit of wednesleydale with cranberries mmm
An odd one to end on! Well thanks a lot Steve. Any shout-outs before you go?
Thanks Milan see you at the trails, shout out to all the JLC crew