All photos by Connor Stevens
Dave Paterson has formed quite the reputation the past few years with his website, The Merged. The ability to combine his knowledge of BMX product design and his advantage of the industry insider as a purchaser for Evans Cycles, there’s no denying that he has been on his game to introduce riders from around the world to the latest and greatest products in BMX. You would think that would mean he would have a completely dialed bike with all of the latest and greatest parts… Which thanks to a little help from his friends at BSD, Social Bike Co. and Fit, Dave was able to piece together a hell of a dialed new setup. We figured it would be a good time to take a closer look at his bike along with find out what else is new with him, so let’s take a closer look at this super clean unit and see what he had to say!
Ah… BMX Dan. This is one kid I met a few years back and I’ve watched develop from a pretty quiet kid who was pretty good on a bike to a full blown man child that can toss the bars like the best and isn’t scared to send it on anything you put in front of him. There are a lot of stories that come to mind when I think about different times I’ve crossed paths with Dan. Some of the stories are pretty hilarious and probably not ideal to share in an intro. All I’ll say is he has definitely taken his fair amount of shit from some of the finest in the Midwest which has molded him into the kid he is today. After joining the knee club and making a full recovery and getting a ton of travel time in, Dan was bumped up to the Madera flow team last week. We figured it was time to get to introduce this up and comer from the Milwaukee scene to you guys. Let’s take a look at what he had to say.
Name: Dan Kruk
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This week I wanted to give everyone an inside look at the newest cover of Soul Magazine issue #79. It not only came as a surprise to Dennis and Chad but it also came as a surprise to myself as well. I wanted to break it down and let everyone know exactly what it took to make that happen and how sometimes when you least expect it, you get the cover of a magazine. Most of the time it ends up being the craziest/best action photo from that previous month of shooting but every once and a while people like the creators of Soul go above and beyond what’s expected to design a truly unique and one-of-a-kind cover. Let’s take a look and see what went into making this happen.
We’ve been getting a ton of submissions for photogalleries lately and in reality, we’re super backed up. It’s crazy. However, we recently got a submission with a ton of new photos from our friend, Fabien Lefevre from France. Some of you might recall his photos we featured last year that were damn good. This time around Fabien sent through 21 of his recent photos featuring the likes of Luc LeGrand, Dan Paley, Kriss Kyle, Clement Carpentier, Clement Baes and more that we couldn’t pass up and we’re sure you’re going to want to see, so give it a look!
Photo: Greg Pallante
Jeff Kocsis is one of those guys who has always been a rider I get stoked on seeing fresh footage of. Over the years, he’s definitely progressed into an amazing rider and managed to keep that low-key kind of image that I think has always been something that a lot of riders respect. Over the last few months he’s been given the bump to the Macneil and Almond Footwear pro teams along with his long time sponsor, Animal which has allowed him to really focus more on riding. I figured with that and all of the traveling he has been doing lately, he was over due for an interview. I got ahold of him the other day to get to know this guy who not only kills it on a bike, but appreciates a hard days work. Let’s see what he had to say…
Name: Jeffrey Richard Kocsis Jr
It’s that time again to look back on all of the goodness that popped up in the Daily Section this past week. We’ve got 18 videos that feature riding from Australia to New Zealand, up to Russia and all the way over to Pat Casey’s backyard in California for you to check out this time around. If you are looking to see the best of the best BMX videos to pop up this past week, this is the place for you. Check out riding from Travis Cordova, Pete Sawyer, Cory Wiergowski, Tom Dillon, Josh Eilken, Shane Weston, Mike “Hucker” Clark, Christian Masur, Troy Merkle, Tanner Easterla, Cam White, Dima “Mon” Osokin, Pat Casey and many more… Let’s do this!
No slowing down on these Products: columns! This week we’ve got the Tom Dugan Signature complete from Fit Bike Co., the Nathan Peg from Eclat, Aegis hub guards from Profile Racing, Linear Zip Line brake cable from Sunday and the TSG Dawn helmet to keep your head right. I know you’re itching to go out and ride, so let’s get into this!
All photos by Tonash Goodyear.
Dan Kijewski, or “Boiski” as he is known by most, is arguably one of the most underrated raw street riders to come out of the UK in recent years. Dan has been on a bit of a roll recently, coming off the back of his recent interview in Ride UK he has been travelling a fair bit and killing it wherever he goes on his bike. I caught up with Dan find out what he has been up to so far this year and what plans he has cooking for 2013. Boiski has always had a super dialled bike, and his latest United ride kitted out with Animal components is no different, so we thought we would take a moment to check it out in all it’s glory. Lets do this!
Words and photos by Jeremy Pavia
The following story is my personal, first-hand experience during the bombing at the Boston Marathon. I keep playing the exact moments over and over again in my head. The sound of the bombs wreaking havoc on innocent people is on repeat and the images of people being loaded into ambulances one after the other is something I can’t remove from my system. This story was written just as soon as I could get my laptop into my hands. As I sit here trying to write an intro that makes sense I keep typing and then deleting, and then typing again. I can’t seem to figure out how to make it work, so just go ahead and start reading.
Few people in the game have a NORA Cup on their mantelpiece at home stating that yes indeed, they made the best video of the time. Stew Johnson has such a trophy, and for good reason – Anthem2 was long awaited and hotly anticipated, and the hype built and built all through the filming and production process. The resulting video definitely not only lived up to but far exceeded the hype. And the just rewards came – it sold well (bearing in mind the age we live in and how people consume videos these days), the riders involved enjoyed truly landmark video parts, and then it was unquestionably awarded a NORA Cup. Anthem2 is timeless, an instant classic, and if you don’t own a copy of it in your video collection then you need to examine your status in life. Having spent the best part of 18 years working on BMX videos, Stew now juggles various projects for brands and companies – “I’m currently working on full length DVDs for Dan’s Comp and Fit Bike Co.” – and is going from strength to strength: we caught up with him just after a Dans Comp trip and here are his FIRSTS.