It’s a crazy world out there at the moment and we have been doing what we can to reduce the risk to ourselves, our customers and our family. Its been a tough week or two trying to come to grips with what will be the new normal for a while.
At the same time we still want to keep the BMX stoke high, as getting out and riding your bike is probably safer at the moment (while keeping a safe distance from others) than going to your local shops. Its time to work on your basics like manuals/ manual180’s/ nose manuals/ hop bars/ hop threes/ hop whips…. whatever, out the front of your house or at a quiet carpark near your house.
We made the call to close the shop front, we are still sticking by this decision to ensure everyone’s safety. Our online store is open 24/7 and we are shipping orders out to customers everyday and placing and receiving orders with our suppliers, if we dont have what you need in stock we are still able to sort it out, just hit us up. With the closure of the shop front we are not taking on repairs at this time.
That’s pretty much it, stay home, stay safe, ride your bike if you can and stay sane.
See you instore on the other side.
Thanks, Mike – Local BMX.
Remember that time at the old shop that Dan Lacey, Bruno Hoffman, Dak Roche and Ty Morrow dropped by for a riding session in the car park and hung out?
Yeah I hadn't thought of it for a while either but one of our customers called up today and mentioned it so I thought I'd re-up it for everyone to check out again. It happened, the guys were cool as, just got off the plane from some long flights in from Europe and the US and built their bikes up straight away to come down to the shop, meet the locals and have a roll. Legends.
Vans bought the team out to film for their first full length vid "Illustrated" and got the spot tour from Perth to Cali transplant and Vans pro rider Calvin Kosovich. This was 5 years ago in 2015, Illustrated dropped in 2016 and it was pretty cool to see some familiar Freo/Perth spots in the guys sections.
I really have to say it wouldn't have happened without Calvin, he has been flying the flag for West Oz over seas for years now and it was rad he talked Vans into coming out for a filming trip. Thanks CK.
Anyway Chris Hyland filmed and edited this little piece, Cheers Chris, which turned out pretty cool, take a trip down memory lane and see if you can spot yourself in there if you were there.
Bush Fire Appeal - Colony BMX
Today I spoke with Clint Millar, Aus BMX legend and boss man at Colony/Family Distro and he said that they were doing a Bush Fire Appeal to help those affected by the bush fires over east at the moment. Seeing the devastation on the news and social media we have been wanting to do something similar and thought that we would jump in and support them.
For the rest of the month of January, we will donate 100% of proceeds raised from a selected range of Colony Frames to the Australian Bush Fire Appeal.
All Colony Monash, Tradition and Bloody Oath frames are on sale for $336, down from $480. Save $144 and support a hell of a cause.
Division Brand dropped their Make Noise vid last month, the whole vid was sick, but you know I was most stoked on Rex Cubic's part.
Rex is a bit of a West Oz BMX workhorse and would have to be a front runner along with Calvin Kosovich for most Video parts/edits produced. The dudes put in work.
Rex is always out looking for spots and it shows, heaps of random/unique pole jam set ups in here along with some bigger rail moves and plenty of Freo spots, this vid got me stoked.
He films a bunch of his own stuff too, like the pole jam to bars at 2:30. I was riding down a back street to my car after working at the shop one day and bumped into Rex. He was setting up his camera pointing at this white pole which is damn near vertical, far from what I would personally consider a do-able pole jam. A couple of trys later he had the pole jam to bars over the wall seen in here like it was nothing.
If you like Rex's section check out the rest of the Division Vid below
I'm about two weeks late with this but in the interest of the blog/archive, better late than never.
Jake Corless ventured to Berlin, Germany back in August with the rest of the Tempered crew and met up with Luke Snelling who is still Euro tripping. The result, 15 minutes of riding, good tunes and good times.
Jake makes it all look too smooth and Smelly does some cool shit on some Smellyesque type set ups as per usual. The rest of the boys kill it too and there are some serious bangers towards the end, the vid fly's by and you will be stoked to go ride at the end of it so sit down and check it out.
Kyle Ralston hit me up a month or so ago with this edit he made for the shop, I was stoked on it and he let me know he had hit up Dig to feature it on their site.
I have been pretty busy in the shop lately getting ready for the Halloween Jam amongst other things and it had completely slipped my mind, woke up this morning and here we are!
Filmed in the streets of Perth over the last year or so and featuring a few bonus clips of Mitch Morris. Shout out to anyone who helped Kyle out filming this.
Watch this, get stoked and go ride your bike.
Roddy just treated us all with a 10 minute mix of some of West Oz's finest including Local team riders Callan Stibbards, Jake Corless, Luke Snelling, Mitch Morris, Matt Bell, Kyle Ralston, Tom Roddy and friends Jamie Mauri, Filipe Costa Laghi. Enjoy!
Younger riders may not be familiar with Tree Bike Co but anyone over the age of about 25 certainly would be, they made (maybe still do) possibly the best sprocket on the market, I personally ran an OG one for about 10 years before retiring it and only then because I wanted to freshen up my bike, the sprocket was still in perfect working order.
Anyway we got some Tree sprockets on sale from T6 distro (cheers dudes) and I was putting them out for sale when Jamie Mauri came in and we were talking about them, I remembered the ad Tree ran in Props and was telling Jamie, he hadn't seen it.
I found the ad, watched it, laughed out loud a few times and thought I should share it. The sprocket chunk/stall at the 1:00 mark would have folded many sprockets on the market and I love the rail to ghosty and the guy judo kicks the headtube of the bike to get it stop. Weird science song playing, dudes in science coats going nuts to butt on a scooter, these guys didn't need to make their company seem cool to sell stuff, their products were solid as fuck, so they could have fun with their ads and did.
Also check out this ad for their no longer available Little Buddy frame. another funny vid.
Calvin Kosovich must be in the double digit's for video parts by now surely. His latest part in the Headlights continues on the legacy he has built in his earlier parts.
Calvin is known for big grinds on wild setups and he doesn't disappoint in here. Mike Mastroni did a rad job filming most of this and editing it together, I see a few clips filmed by West Oz boys Callan Stibbards and Grey Scott too.
I love the opening two clips in here, the first is the Perth Skyline where Calvin is from and the second is LA, where Calvin now calls home.
Anyway enjoy another Calvin Kosovich part, he is doing West Oz BMX proud.
Apologies on the lateness of this post, this vid has been online for 2 weeks and even though I have gone back and watched it half a dozen times it only just dawned on me to post it on here.
Vans Shimmer is a sweet 15 minute vid featuring mainly the Vans team's LA street riders, Calvin Kosovich killed it with this, Filming, editing and has a section. He has come a long way from his early Perth bmx film "Let It Bleed" days, not to discount his earlier work, but this latest release is bordering on Cinematic. Calvin has taken his video production to a new level here, the whole time I was watching I just kept thinking how good it looked!
Also parts from Dak Roche, Lewis Mills, Bruno Hoffman, Travis Hughes, Sean Ricany, Andrew Castaneda and Ty Morrow.
Well done Calvin! Killed it mate.
If you havent watched it yet I suggest grabbing a beverage of your choice and sitting back so you can take it all in.
James Gilbert just released Homegrown, a 50 page photo book thats been a 2 year project and features 38 riders, most of who are from Perth including a bunch of dudes on our team including Nick Mitchell on the cover. In an age of screens, its real nice to hold some really good pics in your hands, I think it makes you appreciate it more for sure.
To go along with it, James dropped a little edit himself showing his skills on the other side of the lens, Shot and cut by Bryce Ruksenas, with additional filming by Callan Stibbards, Luke Snelling and Rex Cubic. James does a bunch of creative and tech moves, he seems to have found the key for fakie manuals and does a few sweet ones in here among some other cool stuff. Check it out for sure!
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