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Free5tyler

Free5tyler

Member Since 11 May 2011
Offline Last Active Jun 02 2015 08:30 AM

About Me

Built my first BMX track in 1980 with the help of my brother. I rode a POS Huffy with mag wheels. After I snapped the handlebars in half jumping I talked my parents into helping me buy a "real" bike. The cross bar on the handlebars bent upwards with each side becoming sharp spears as my hands pushed the grips downward. I managed to put my feet out and the bar scratched my neck on each side instead of puncturing me and probably killing me in the process. I think this was one of the moments early in life I learned, you get what you pay for.

I'm from the D.C. area and in the early 80's the King of east coast BMX shops was Rockville BMX. I hung out there enough to meet some great guys like "Tink" who taught me how to lace wheels when I was 14, and Spike, the 'lil kid with the big spike.

I met some great riders at Rockville BMX. I even got to ride with Dino DeLuca once when I was just riding in the parking lot there. I met and filmed all the riders from the GT '86 World tour at Rockville. I was lucky enough to get some great behind the scenes footage and filmed the show from the top of the GT quarterpipe. I'm working on editing and converting the video for release. Eddie Fiola, Martin Aparijo, Dino DeLuca and Josh White were all the greatest and coolest riders of the time. They couldn't have been nicer to a 14 year old kid following them around filming all day. Thanks again to the '86 team, and thanks to Mike H(owner of Rockville BMX).

In '89 I picked up mountain biking and by 96 I was building my next dream machine. The 12.5" Zaskar Le, sub 23pound 21speed hardtail. I rode that rig for many years both single track,downhill and cruising through the streets of D.C. and Unversity of Maryland.

I found out when I was 17 that I had two bulging discs and would one day need surgery because of my degenerative Disc Disease and my overall lack of concern for further injuries : ) I kept riding for another 18 years until it finally caught up to me. Last year I had seven spinal fusions and I need four more done in my neck. So while I'm still able, I'm going to cruise often. No more endos, wheelies or jumping, as long as I can ride I'm still happy.
I'm currently working on cleaning up my world tour for the reunion and building my NOS '81 26"
Now that I think about it maybe my 'About Me' is a little long. Hope you guys like my rides. It's great to find BMXSociety.com and really want to thank them in advance for the upcoming reunion at Bellflower.

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