Now Playing: Neil Young: After the Gold Rush My Friend Paul Kiry always refers to 24 inch cruisers as "Cruiser Class" bikes. I'm not sure why. He used to post comments on the old blog but I haven't seen any or heard from him. His use of "Cruiser Class" always cracked me up in its oddness. Is "oddness" even a word? Either way, I rode my cruiser class at Birdland tonight and it was good. A little beer and a little hangover and bigger wheels all equals mellow times through the jumps.. And Fro, 30-13 is a kick ass gear for a cruiser.
So the Olympics. BMX is in the Olympics and it's so goddamned just whatfuckingever. I want to be happy about it, but BMX racing is just not right anymore. At the risk of sounding like a critical, old codger I'm going to lay out my opinions again. Just to defend myself, I will say that I love modern BMX street, trails, skatepark and even flatland (although flat is mostly incomprehensible to me at this point). I cherish the old days and live in the modern day. The tabletop is still my favorite non-trick but I dig all the new stuff. I feel the same way about skateboarding and motocross (although freestyle motocross is highly suspect). The old was cool and the new is even better.
But modern BMX racing is soul-less. It's gross. It's a jocked out, style-less bastardization of what it once was. The announcers for the Olympics (Kenan Harkin is one of them and he did a good job with what he had to work with) called it "BMX Supercross", but it is so far from that. MX Supercross is one of the gnarliest things going and it's great to watch. This goofy BMX hybrid thing they were calling Supercross is just lame. Of course, the non-BMX commentators acted like it was this alien activity that they had never heard of, so it's just as well. Sixminutes of coverage of the finals was probably enough to bury it for good. Here's my response, courtesy of the holy scripture of BMX magazines, Bicycle Motocross Action, some of my favorite images from the mag and BMX in a way that it is no longer seen: stylish, dirty and raw: