Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Flat of the Land

This past weekend I did two things that I haven't done in quite some time. Number one, I took photos of bike riding. Number two, I updated my other, lesser-known blog. (I also went to a party that was headlined by Fucked Up, but the less that's said about that, the better.)

The aforementioned bike riding took place at a flatland jam held at Tompkins Square Park, which meant lots of zero-sweep bars, zero-offset forks, tiny frames, and tinier sprockets. There were some of the tallest seatposts seen since Gary Ellis retired, real live Peregrine Super Pros, and the occasional Gyro. There were X-frames, low frames, even one drilled-out frame. Lots of eight-piece bars. And the most four-pegged bikes outside of an Animal video.

The most spectacular bike belonged to a guy wearing a hand-lettered t-shirt that proclaimed him to be the BEST RIDER IN THE WORLD. His frequent whopper (read: bunnyhop whip) attempts had tweaked his half-black, half-green KHE frame to the point where his bike appeared to be passing out.

Anyway, I just thought I'd share some photos of what flatland machines look like these days. Just in case you haven't been keeping track.




















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14 comments:

mat said...

what was so sprfls about that?
ahh balls just being busted
thats crazy that frame tweaked like that

nate said...
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nate said...

WTF with the bike in the last photo? Drilled out. . . for what conceivable reason? To save like 6 grams, maybe 10?

Well, I can't knock the guy for it really, because he probably rides the hell out of that bike and gets some real fulfillment out of it.

On a different note, those Peregrine wheels really took me back to a simpler and happier time in my life. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

josh said...

Flatlanders are some of the most dedicated riders I've ever met. They never bitch about setups or riding spots (a buddy of mine used to spend 4 hours a night in his 12 x 12 garage!), are insanely creative, and rarely shit-talk on their fellow riders. It's the way all BMX used to be. Props.

nlafrenz said...

your photos all remind me of porn, where you never see the guy's face, it's just a chest down shot with the "action" (so to speak) the sole subject of the image.

- VxD

josh said...

re: nlafrenz's post

You nailed it (figuratively)! Spot on.

Anonymous said...

i cant believe that you can see how bent that green and black frame is

Anonymous said...

The guy on the white bike is my brother, Prasheel, and the green/black twisted bike belongs to Alex Poirier. He came with us to do some shows in PA last month, and his frame transformed from 'kind of twisted' to 'absolute mess' in the course of the week. Surprisingly it hasn't cracked, but I've never seen a frame that twisted before, and his bike always runs like a pile of garbage.

wade said...

That makes you Prashant! Hey guy.
And, yeah, flatlanders never complain.

Anonymous said...

i have never ridden flat before, but it seems like you would have to ride one of these bikes for 10 years and leave it outside every time it rains to get as ratty as these bikes are. how do they get so beat up when they are never even leaving the ground? A street bike I can see being ratty, but a flatland bike? i'd think they would be all clean and shiny.

ryan said...

I break more parts riding flatland than I ever do riding anything else.

Anonymous said...

Is that the Harry Main frame in #4?

Russ said...

That thing makes the Harry Main frame look like an old Dirt Bike.

And yeah, that KHE was hella destroyed. Hella.

Anonymous said...

Good jam that was

For credit sake, the guy on the white bike is Prasheel, the guy on the black bike with green wheels is Andy, and the guy who destroyed his frame is Alex.