haha, that vid got posted a month ago on the DH board and it now lives on my desktop - that guy is one of the most talented people on a bike I've ever seen - it's like watching Cedric race - so fluid and in control - there is another vid on that site titled "Steven" that is every bit as amazing - kid drops off a parking structure over like 3 rails - on a rigid 20" bike!!! - something I wouldn't do on my VP Free or RFX and the kid's got no helmet or pads - so much confidence, so much skill - check that one out as well....turnerbikes said:When the vid started I thought, just another talented street rider. But as it played on I realized that that guy is a genius artist on wheels. I wanted the nano second cuts to be stretched out to see more of the pool and park scenes. I also realized that I should re-install my training wheels, in comparison to him I have barely learned to balance.
Same phenomena with many of the extreme skiers in the Warren Miller videos - they're youth gives them a false sense of invincibility. I've seen them helicopter out the corpses during some of the shoots, unfortunately.macrider said:something I wouldn't do on my VP Free or RFX and the kid's got no helmet or pads - so much confidence, so much skill - check that one out as well....
Really? I feel very odd wearing armor, almost like I'm expected to do some really sick moves that I am just not capable of. I fell like an even bigger hack wearing armor even though it probably could have saved me at least 2 trips to the hospital in the last 3 years, but who plans on stacking it?tscheezy said:The skill level is no doubt amazing. What I wonder is how many times he must have wrecked huge as he refined those moves. For every success there must be a couple hundred incremental attempts and improvements leading up to it, and a decent percentage of those must have ended in blood.
One development in mountain biking I really applaud is that armor has become fashionable. I mean even the lowliest xc geek can slap knee or elbow pads on and not be laughed off the trail. Somehow there has been a genuine trickle-down from the extreme FR fringe of the sport which has made full-face helmets and protective gear acceptable for anyone to wear. I think that's cool. My Giro Switchblade is the cheapest dental insurance I ever got.
I do feel a little sorry for the street/bmx kids who may think that anything which would help keep their brains inside their skulls is uncool. I had a friend as a kid who went over the bars on his BMX bike and broke his jaw. He had his jaw wired shut and enjoyed a liquid picnic for the next 6 weeks. Fock that.