The Fixed Gear scene in San Jose has hands down the largest community of freestyle riders I’ve ever seen. It’s the kind of place where people don’t just ride bikes, they ride fixed gear. Every time I go down there to ride it seems like there are more and more kids popping out of the woodwork. At this rate, it looks like Fixed Freestyle will be around for a long time to come.
Last weekend I took the train down to San Jose to do some riding and filming with everyone out there. Christian Hamrick just moved out to the West Coast and got a place in DTSJ w/ Mike Schmitt. It seems like everyone from the East Coast is making their way West. The top photo is a group shot of Hambone’s Bike, and the bottom is a shot of just about everyone. (Ed, Mike, Scott, Devon, Hamrick, Montoya, & Jeff)
Here’s a screen shot I pulled last weekend of Ed giving 14 year old Gabe Alcantar some last minute advice before riding down this beast of a drop. He drew up quite the crowd during the time he spent on top the building, sizing up the drop. Cars, bikers, pedestrians all stopped and pulled out their iPhones, iPads, and cameras to record Gabe ride off this shit. We began to draw a pretty substantial crowd of on lookers until the inevitable Police Car rolled up on the spot. It was now or never, so Gabe gave it one final crank and hurled himself off the bank to drop.
Matt Montoya recently put together this piece for iMiNUSD using the shop’s camera. There’s some clean lines in here, not to mention quite a few night shots. The video features IMD Riders Ed Wonka, Anthony Combs, Matt Montoya, Devon Lawson, Alex Blanco, & Gabe Alcantara. Can’t wait to see more from these guys holding it down for their hometown of San Jose.
SADIO BIKES welcomes Scott Horton to the Team, as their newest addition to the International lineup. He’s been putting in work on his PFIX w/ Sadio Components ever since we got them in the mail a few months back. Scott pedals hard into everything he ride, and has some interesting tricks up his sleeve, the hop through the bars to peg ride being one of them. Check out his page on the Sadio site HERE.
Christian Hamrick put this together while he was back out here in the Bay a couple weeks ago. There are some great clips in here both b-roll and riding. Cunningham Skatepark is so big you could ride it every day and never get tired of it. You’re always finding something new, especially if you’re around the right kind of people. And right now, San Jose is the place to be for Fixed Freestyle. There is such a strong FGFS presence, and the scene is so huge that there are new kids popping up ever day.
San Jose local, Devon Lawson has been riding on Grime Bikes for a minute now, and this this edit publicly solidifies that. Stoked to see some top notch riding from more underground riders. Devon just recently got into the Freestyle game 6+ months ago, and since then has progressed in a phenomenal rate. Can’t wait to see more from him.
Mikul Eriksson was @ the CCP Classic last weekend, covering the event for iMiNUSD. I wasn’t able to make it out for the event, but from what I’ve seen and heard, there was quite a turn out to support the growing FGFS scene in San Jose. Here’s an unbelievable photo of Mike dropping one hand on a crank arm grind down this double handrail. It looks like he’s surfing more than anything. Photo Credit : Mikul Eriksson
Check out this edit of all the SJ homies + some of the dudes from down south tearing up Lake Cunningham Skate park the day before the CCP Classic hosted by iMiNUSD. I’ll have more pictures and video of the event as it trickles in.
Every Thursday is bike day @ California’s largest skatepark (Lake Cunningham). So Ed Laforte, Matt Montoya, Alex Blanco, Devon Lawson, & I decided to drive out there to put in a little session before the sun went down. Street footage will always look better, but damn skateparks are fun to ride.