Thursday, February 26, 2009

You Will Miss All That Heavenly Glory

Sometimes, when I'm not busy hating, I like to contemplate how certain ideas in BMX came about. And one day recently, sitting at my desk, I realized I was looking right at the source of many recent "innovations."

The Flick Trix finger bike:


How could I have been so blind? You know every designer and editor has at least one of these things, whether they use it to do Luc-E's across the top of their laptop screen or nosewheelies across the space bar or just stare at it when the day goes too long. And despite the Fatboy seattube interrupted and the Jay Miron handlebar angle, there were a lot of design cues to pilfer. Check out these detail shots:


One piece bar/stem combo? Check. Fork with built-in race? Check. Bonded seat/post combo? Check. Plastic pedals? Check. Two-piece cranks? Check. Plastic bottom bracket? Check. Massive tires front and rear? Check. Even ideas that have already come and gone—like the beer can headtube and plastic sprocket—were first seen on these little bike-shaped crystal balls.

So when belt drive and plastic frames finally become a reality, don't blame the "designers." Blame their inspiration.

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21 comments:

Stephen said...

Every finger bike I had was destroyed by my son. Bobby flowed me a couple more, but they got trashed as well. My son loves Aaron Ross' part in Chill Bro and emulates the bike tossing antics with the fervor normally reserved for World Cup soccer matches.

I wonder if Rick looks back at the take he got from his finger bike licensing deal and knowingly smiles while thinking the Mustang was totally worth it...

//JK said...

An indian giver? ARE YOU SERIOUS?

BARACK NOBAMA said...

THAT VIDEO WAS FUCKING AWESOME

Anonymous said...

Soo much style with that finger bike. It would look better if he took some pruning shears to that pinky and got it outta the way, lighter too!

*searches junk drawer for Standard Tao finger bike to sesh with...

Anonymous said...

flix trix frames were metal, the forks were plastic.


word verfication: tractur

nate said...

So yeah, I can't wait until we get the "3-piece" handlebar with the split crossbar. . . and um the brake that activates by pushing on the seat. . . how soon will someone be taking preorders?

Anonymous said...

the video is by a guy that is in the new Dig trails issue. Turnando! He's a one of a kind awesome guy.

Anonymous said...

Tell us that beaded pencil cup is some occupational therapy doodad you stole from a poor retarded kid at a bus stop, please.

Or that your seven-year-old girlfriend gave it to you.

Anything but that you made that shit and kept it.

Anonymous said...

Fuck you

Anonymous said...

proverbialmuffintops, goddamiit

Anonymous said...

Wooooow

Anonymous said...

Goddammit..

Drugs rick.........................

John said...

Oh no you didn't.

http://www.redendo.com/readmessage/f8c4af75-d1b5-7af2-017e-fd36b95fb922

Russ said...

The beaded thing is actually a candle thingamajob from I don't even remember where. I sure as hell didn't make it.

Corey said...

Hahaha. I love these things. Every time I get bored I sit around and play with them. I have 2 GT performers. lol. I should make a video. No one will beat my dirt style.

rully said...

woah you can tailwhip to tailtap/fufanu/abubaca no footed!!!

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Anonymous said...

http://www.doobybrain.com/2007/08/18/biomega-brooklyn-bicycle/.

khe are still using the fat internal gyro, eastern grim reapered seat tubes. all we need now is the belt drive!

Dave said...

The belt drive on my DK pro XL one always falls off.

Stupid race bikes.

jingles said...

I have a white haro 540 on my desk

I cant wait for the brake that is operated by sitting down, that way you can have the brakeless look but with safety and control !

Anonymous said...

Finger bikes are coming back. All the companies and riders are signing their deals as I type. How good is that?