Monthly Web Scour #7

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It might be said it’s been a fairly weak few months for riding stuff on the internet, but amongst some absolutely dire videos which have cropped up lately, here’s a few odds and ends that are maybe worth your time. Vintage Dan Price shot snapped by Ed Docherty. 

Reach for the joss-sticks and defrost those Linda McCartney sausages… the Street Mystics video from a while back is now online in a mildly remixed form. Not only is there a clip of Amos Burke riding at night in a knitted Wu-Tang jumper, but there’s around three minutes of solid gold Dan Price footage… only 17 years after the above photo was taken, and 20 years after he got the front cover of Ride.

No idea who Kazuei Oimatsu is, but he does some pretty cool stuff in this short video in cahoots with Japan’s RODI Connect. Nice khaki slacks there too.

Again, not much is known about this video, but it seems like some people from Japan decided to go to Taiwan for a while and ride some pretty exquisite-looking spots at night.

Tim does a few icepicks in this London video.

It’s no Absolute Radio 90s, but if you’ve had your fill of The Bluetones for a while, then this podcast with the people behind Act Like You Know isn’t bad for those with ample time to kill. Two hours worth of chat about spots and videos and that kind of thing, along with the usual ‘state-of-the-industry’ type stuff that’s easy enough to skip through.

And finally, it has now been over 20 years since Don’t Quit Your Day Job came out. Watch this and then hunt down your nearest loading dock ledge.

Videodrome: Tim Evans

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From the bionic stall-tech of Chris Souter to the pallet hoppin’ prowess of Big Jimmy Nesquik, the brick ledge pastures of England’s north eastern zones have reared some fine street riding pedigree over the years. Peterlee’s Tim Evans continues that tradition — icepick grinding his way into countless video productions across the nation over the last few years with an el classico, gimmick-free approach to riding.

Here’s some video parts he’s into…

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Bob Scerbo’s Top Ten Videos

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Most people will have probably seen that Skapegoat main-man Bob Scerbo has been putting his trusty iPod Touch to good use lately, waxing lyrical about his favourite videos over on his Instagram, but for archive purposes… here’s all of his thoughtful posts cobbled together into one article.

It probably seems like complete twisted logic (or a strange sign of the times) to publish social media posts after the fact onto a website, but considering Central Library is pretty much built on twisted logic (and a love of old videos), it seemed a shame to let Bob’s wise words quickly get lost in the muck and mire of zany memes and smug breakfasts.

So without further rambling, here’s his list. Photo courtesy of Wozzy.

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Monthly Web Scour #6

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Not sure why these supposed ‘monthly’ articles always seem to go up halfway through the month, but here’s some more odds and ends harvested from the net. Cookie x-pegs shot courtesy of The Roops.

Cookie has plated up the final instalment of the Team 2 Street saga to serve it on the big ol’ buffet table known as the internet. Synth Di Strada is another feast of donated footage cultivated over the last fifteen years, all edited to the finest in synth-heavy Italo disco. Distilling a twenty minute video down to a few choice clips to write about always seems a bit cheap – but it’s probably worth knowing that around halfway through this masterpiece, Cookie grinds a handrail off the back of a flat-bed van with a fully Bic’d head and an Operation Desert Storm camo jacket.

The Melon/Slack video from a few years ago is also now up on the net, with sections from Mainy, Nev, Beats, Wozzy, Tommy C and Shanky. Tommy C does pretty much every rail configuration going, and Shanky proves he fully deserved that place on the Federal Bad Boy Street Team.

Deep Gulf II is the new one from Harrogate’s finest window-cleaner. Fathead and Jambul, the chalk and cheese of Yorkshire bike riding, share a section – there’s some high speed Wozzy clips in there too.

These quick snippets from 90East are pretty good. Not all footage on Instagram has to be filmed from fifty feet away.

Mopey music aside, there’s some pretty decent stuff in this new Act Like You Know edit.

Here’s a bit of writing from Bob Scerbo about an amazing photograph of… the back of Steven Hamilton’s head.

And here’s an interview with Dan Benson about the demise of The Albion. “Tim would come to the meetings wearing some really out there garms. Once he turned up looking like he’d just been hunting in full tweed. The next time, a full Adidas Tracksuit, shell toe Adidas trainers, a red flex fit and this huge, grey beard. Run DMC meets ZZ Top.”

Red Steps Issue 4 out soon. Hopefully.

Monthly Web Trawl #5

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Bit of a quiet month for web-based curiosities – but here’s a couple of bits you may or may not have missed. Header photo – Mao Yuasa by Nick Ferreira.

Philadelphia has storm doors, Los Angeles has schoolyard picnic benches, and Japan has large, grey flat-banks next to high-speed railway lines. Here’s a video from Nick over at Challenger from a recent trip to the land of the rising sun, featuring people like Coleman Lopes, Tyler Rembold, Shanky and Sandy. There’s some photos from the trip here too.

On the subject of Japan – here’s a trailer for that Moto-Bunka video. Plenty of worldwide freeride in this – including a very brief snippet of Ralph Sinisi smacking his pegs on a windowsill.

Can’t imagine there were too many independently produced videos being made back in 1994. Tense Nervous Headache is an old one from Cheeky Monkey first released 25 years ago. Plenty of footage of ropey dirt jumps and dingy, asbestos-riddled indoor parks in here. Scroll over to the thirteen minute mark for a true masterclass in mini-ramp wizardry courtesy of NOTE main-man Splodge.

Here’s three minutes and fifty seven seconds of Steven Hamilton larking about.

And finally, the new Strangeways video is getting the full red carpet treatment this Friday at 19:30 at the Thirsty Scholar. Does the Feebler have any clips? Was Jambul reunited with his old friend Ali Bar Bar? And who spent their winter evenings welding brake mounts to an old pair of forks? Head on over to find out.

From the Archives: Tedd Nelson

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Behind every great man is a great woman — but behind every great rider is a highly-skilled photographer crouched at the bottom of a set of stairs, suffering from back-ache after lugging a massive rucksack around all day.

In the case of the Standard army and the Base Brooklyn team back in the late 90s, that highly-skilled photographer was none other than Tedd Nelson.

Combining high-action fisheye shots, candid documentary photography and graphic design chops seldom seen in the world of 20-inch wheels, Tedd’s photos and adverts managed to achieve the near-impossible, and make riding look as good as it actually is.

Perhaps more importantly, he’s also a stand-up guy.

So without further rambling, here’s a few gems from his archives…

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Monthly Web Scour #4

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You’ve probably already seen this by now, but for those who haven’t, here’s the new 90East video. 13 minutes of Boston street riding from the usual suspects, with some particularly soothing late-night lines from Jake Frost and 90East main-man Lino. Subaru-snap courtesy of Jake.

On a related subject, the new 90East gear is available right here.

Baltimore’s Andrew Mick has plated up another flavoursome buffet of toothpicks, concrete skateparks and freight trains to once again create a highly-watchable video —anyone with an iPhone (or any other high-powered pocket-device, for that matter) take note: these clips could easily have been dripped out onto Instagram one by one (and a fair few of them probably were), but they’re a lot more effective when they’re all served up together. This is probably a bit of a bold comparison, but Taxi Driver wouldn’t be anywhere near as potent if you just watched it in 8 second snippets on your phone.

This podcast-type-thing with Andrew is worth a listen too.

There’s seemingly more to Canada than Neil Young and that well-mannered Mountie from Due South. Fictional Finalism is the new video from Vancouver’s Andrew Schubert featuring some fairly bold riding from Scoutmaster Hango and co.

Challenger-man Nick Ferreira discusses printed matters courtesy of the newly-resurrected Defgrip site. Is riding set for another influx of articles about minimal design and angle-poise lamps? Who knows?

Never heard of Sam Chabert before and don’t think I’ve ever seen a video from New Orleans either (apart from Live and Let Die), so this two minute clip filmed down in the big easy kills two birds with one convenient stone.

And finally, here’s a video from Russia featuring that dope Screech look-a-like with the afro who always crops up on the ‘explore’ bit of Instagram.

Monthly Web Scour #3

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Slightly later than planned run-down through stuff from last month here… but who’s keeping tabs anyway? Here’s some decent bits harvested from the web recently. Photo by Nic Gironda (I think).

At the top, the SAF video from 2013 (or 2012?), Searching Acronyms Forever, has made its way to the net. Standout bits include some bodacious Eric Schalles manoeuvres, Jason Byoun on two wheels and Jesse Susicke riding in a particularly comfortable looking body-warmer.

At least six years old, and as far as I can tell, one of the last DVDs to come out of New York. If anyone from NYC is reading this – stop schmoozing about at art gallery openings and rooftop parties, buy a real video camera and make something – it’s all on your doorstep.

After a bit of Vimeo-faffery due to some copyright issues – the second Flukelife DVD is back online. Obviously a bit irritating when the powers-that-be take videos down and demand songs to be removed, but the sound of bikes rattling around is infinitely better than any lawyer-friendly, 4Down-flavoured keyboard rock.

Following on the theme of ‘videos that were initially on a little round disc of shiny plastic now being on your computer too’, Bobby Skerbz has uploaded Skapegoat 11 from a few years back. Joe Rich zipping around the T1 ramp to the smooth sounds of Pearl Jam? It doesn’t get Eddie Vedder than this…

And then there’s this gem from 1995Show Us Some Skills is an old one from James White featuring plenty of flatland wizardry and a full section of prime dreadlocked Dan Price. It’s probably a bit of a tired thing to say how “this part would still stand up today,” or something, but still, the holy trinity of athletic hop prowess, high-speed manuals and rapid-fire grinds grinds will always look good.

Meanwhile in Croatia – Lord Leopold and co continue to ride around town at night smacking their pegs into stuff.

Here’s a video of Fathead and Emerson Morgan dotting about on the red bricks of London. Over five minutes long – and not a touring car in sight.

This is a pretty good photograph.

And finally, here’s one for the podcast fans. Challenger-man Nick Ferreira talking about magazines and stuff. On a related subject, the new Challenger is available here.

An Interview with Tim Evans

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This interview was first published in the third issue of Red Steps. The intro is a bit outdated now as Tim is now fully submerged in high-brow London living – but the rest remains true. Photos and interview by Sam…

Fresh-faced science fan Tim Evans has lived in the Greater Manchester region for around a year now.

Unlike a lot of flaky characters who dip in once or twice and then disappear in favour of Xbox Live and club drugs, Tim has slotted nicely into our regimented riding schedule and doesn’t seem to mind being dragged out for miles into the wilderness to look at minor bumps in the pavement.

As he packs up his humble possessions and prepares to head down to the slick, non-stick surfaces of London, I hassled him for his thoughts on riding and life and that sort of thing…

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