This may wind up being somewhat of a ramble, these thoughts aren’t fully composed just yet.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the direction and future of fixed gear tricks. We’re at a really uncertain point where it appears most people have simply stopped doing the tricks that had originally built up the foundation of the sport and have become solely focussed on repeating BMX with a fixed drivetrain. I can’t claim to be innocent of this but I have always tried to keep a thread of OG tricks carrying through to the present. There are some really inspiring and creative riders out there right now who don’t give a shit about any drama and just want to do sweet bike tricks, these are the guys that really make me want to ride. It’s good genuine people like Jensen and Torey and my local buddies like Brad Downie and Swoo and Jackson that are just their own weird people and perfect in their own way are going to keep the ‘sport’ alive.
I occasionally pop into the twitter world to take the pulse of FGFS and it always makes me feel so out of it and disconnected. But I also don’t wind up feeling compelled to do much about it, I don’t feel like I miss out on much and I always have way too much to do and not enough hours in a day. The reason I don’t sit around twatting is because I am trying to build a business with Tony and then have a happy healthy life and ride and shit the rest of the time. I just don’t often feel compelled to declare things barfed out in 140 character chunks.
Anyways, back to the point, I don’t really have any point, I just wanted to talk about FGFS today and I haven’t even really done that very much yet. In a week is the really big Red Bull event in SF, it will be a game changer for the sport I reckon. It was invite only and I thought I didn’t get invited and found out too late that they had sent an invitation but to Tony’s email and it went in his junk.. Buh.
I really look forward to seeing the results of the event since it will be the first time ever that many of the best riders from around the world will be competing against eachother. I really feel like I should be there but I have not been dealt those cards. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens, the vastly differing style of riding will clash and be hard to judge!
I suppose there is no real conclusion here other than to say that I think this is all still very interesting and worth pursuing even if it’s all a little confused and directionless in some ways. There is lots of positivity and encouragement and creativity, what more do you need?