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BMX Community Riders

Colin Ashe
Hometown, Brampton, ON

Flatland. I would be happy to still ride street, and carve around on some vert ramps…but the falls hurt a lot more than they used to.

How did you get into BMX?
I’ve been on a bike since I was little…maybe 3 or 4 years old. Poppin’ wheelies and hittin’ little jumps since I was probably 8 or 9, but the true BMX riding started around age 13. It all started with magazines…probably BMX Plus and Freestylin’!

First Pro Bike? 

I got my first freestyle bike not long after discovering the magazines…so, I think I was 13. It was a white and lavender MT Racing Trick Fox. Pure 80’s style! Bought it at Vivian’s Cycle in Brampton with my parent’s help. I saved enough money for half of the bike (by delivering the Toronto Star newspaper) and mom & dad picked up the other half. I was super grateful!

Your All-time Fav BMX? 

Haro Master. Back in the 80’s…and still now!

How many bikes have you had Stolen? 

Thankfully zero…but I’ve let go of, and lost track of a couple that I wish I hadn’t.

BMX Idol? 

This is a very tricky question for me. Pun intended! There have been so many! The firsts were Ron Wilkerson and Dennis McCoy, but then came along Kevin Jones and Chase Gouin. That said, there have been so many great riders I’ve admired, all with their own style. I could almost say I idolize everyone in the flatland scene!

Signature  trick, or link up?

I don’t really think I have a signature trick, but I have a few favs. Halflash to lardyard, smith-decades, and even lawnmowers.

BMX Plus or Freestylin’?

Both. No prejudice here.

Best Looking BMX Bike Era?

Again, no prejudice. I like them all…colourful old school 80’s bikes, the bulky and shiny mid school “machines”, and the slick new school purpose-built flatland bikes are all awesome IMO!


Problem Trick you just can’t land? 

Forward roparonis and half-packers.

Are you going to Jackalope / Ride & Shine this year? 

Yep! It’ll be my first time competing in over 30 years!


Finish this sentence.  “ I lied to my _____ so i could go  riding”

other bikes…and I’d have to change the end of the sentence to “go ride my BMX.”


Perseverance: 

Strangely, I was hit by a car while riding my bike at 5 years old. I didn’t suffer any major injuries but I was knocked unconscious, almost lost sight in one eye, had a ride in an ambulance, was wide-awake without freezing for over 100 stitches, and was left with a nasty scar. Yet somehow I kept riding a bike, and years later, riding BMX bikes became one of my favourite things to do. The mind can do amazing things if we let it!!

Operations Management is what I do. Married to my best friend and favourite travel partner…with two amazing kids is who I am. Riding bikes is how I let my alter-ego out…and how I keep the kid-in-me alive!

Bertrand Williams
Hometown, Belleville, ON

Flatland, Curb cuts.

How did you get into BMX?
I watched the movie Rad: Riding bikes since around 4. First BMX at 10. Saw Rad The Movie and knew I wanted to Break The Ice for forever.

 

 

First Pro Bike? 

A 1986 GT Pro Performer. Bought it from a kid in the neighbourhood.

 

Your All-time Fav BMX? 

1987 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Team Dayglo Pink / 1987 Haro Master, Black.

 

How many bikes have you had Stolen? 

1

 

BMX Idol? 

Mat Hoffman.

 

Signature  trick, or link up?

Lard Yard(sp?) Steep endos.

 

BMX Plus or Freestylin’?

Freestylin’

 

Best Looking BMX Bike Era?

Vintage, 1987 specifically.

 

Problem Trick you just can’t land? 

Most of them.

 

Are you going to Jackalope / Ride & Shine this year? 

Yep.

 

Finish this sentence.  “ I lied to my _____ so i could go  riding”

No one, actually.

 

Ask yourself a question and respond. Or feel free to add relevant information about yourself :

Does answering my own question make me feel silly? Yes, it does. :p

Pat De Filippis
Mississauga, ON

Falling, complaining, and posing but,occasionally flatland. I am also considered a very resilient person, as I am continually tormented by a group of riders known as the new school bullies.  

How did you get into BMX?
Always loved bikes, Still remember going around the block on my “MX” bike my dad got for me, must have been 5 years old. Yeah, we were allowed to cruise the block at that age, which seems so strange.  But as i got older, my older brothers friend had a hutch, and my older bro had some crapy BMX with mags. My bro and his friends would do some basic tricks, and jumps, and i was just mesmerized.  

 

First Pro Bike? 

1987 GT Performer in Chrome with black mags! at age 13, paid for it with my paper route money. 

 

Your All-time Fav BMX? 

87 GT PFT. Chrome. 

 

How many bikes have you had Stolen? 

Two bikes. 

 

BMX Idol? 

DMC, Dino De Luca.

 

Signature  trick, or link up?

Switched Footed Tail whip.  Boomerang

BMX Plus or Freestylin’?

Freestyin’

Best Looking BMX Bike Era?

Old School BMX of course. 

Problem Trick you just can’t land? 

I know it’s actually simple, but I could never do a decade. 

Are you going to Jackalope / Ride & Shine this year? 

Yes. 

Finish this sentence.  “ I lied to my _____ so i could go  riding”

I Lied to my wife and kids about working late so i could go riding with my buddies. And I got out of taking them to soccer practice. 

I made a little IG account. @bmx_bling

Also have a small ad agency: www.burnmediacorp.com

Donald Mercer A.K.A, Donny Bravo.
Mississauga, ON

I ride flatland from 1980
To 1992. And then from
2018 to present.

How did you get into BMX?
Coming Soon. 

First Pro Bike? 

My first real bmx was a mcs magnum 2000, and my parents got it for me. 

 

Your All-time Fav BMX? 

My favorite all time bike
Has to be the hutch trickstar
I have had 4 of them
My current bike I’m riding
Is a far east cycle turbo

 

How many bikes have you had Stolen? 

Not sure.

 

BMX Idol? 

My BMX idols are woody Itson
And the greatest rider ever Bill Neuman.

 

Signature  trick, or link up?

My favorite combo move is
Death truck to dump truck back to death truck. Only pulled it once 30 yrs ago..

 

BMX Plus or Freestylin’?

Freestylin’

 

Best Looking BMX Bike Era?

My favorite BMX era has to be New school BMX has definitely come a long way.

 

Problem Trick you just can’t land? 

N/A

 

Are you going to Jackalope / Ride & Shine this year? 

Yes I will b competing in this years Ride & Shine jackalope contest.

 

Finish this sentence.  “ I lied to my _____ so i could go  riding”

I’ve lied to my god so I could go riding.

 

The best people I’ve ever met
I met through bmx

 

Coming Soon

Pat Fisher
Home town: Brantford, ON

At this point in my life I Cruse around, I loved freestyle ( Flat and Ramp) when I was a kid. I was never good at it, but I always loved it. I got my Kids and wife into racing in the early 2000’s and we traveled around north America racing for 5 or so years.

How did you get into BMX?

 I got a CCM Motobike in 1977. That started the love. Super heavy bike with shocks, sold that ad bought a Norco Spitfire and went from there.

 

First Pro Bike? 

 I got my First (what I thought of a Pro bike) after my Norco was stolen. I had some money saved and we went looking. I bought a Diamondback Silver Streak in 1984.

 

Your All-time Fav BMX? 

Mid 80’s I loved the CW California Freestyle, Now it is whatever I am working on. 

 

How many bikes have you had Stolen? 

1 – Norco Spitfire.

 

BMX Idol? 

Eddie Fiola. Although there are a ton of riders that I looked up to.

 

Signature  trick, or link up?

Never had one.

 

BMX Plus or Freestylin’?

Both, along with BMX Action. If it was BMX and I could find it, I read it.

 

Best Looking BMX Bike Era?

The Old school has so many styles, changes, looks. It was a learning experience for all of us. Mid school learned that strength was needed, New school figure out the strength and brought the weight issue into check. I have love for all of them in different ways.

 

Problem Tick you just can’t land? 

G turn. I watched Eddie do it hundreds of times, Could never get it.

 

Are you going to Jackalope / Ride & Shine this year? 

Nope, Just there to help and bring it all in.

 

Finish this sentence.  “ I lied to my _____ so i could go  riding”

Luckly, I didn’t have to lie to anyone. My mom was great when it came to trust and letting me ride, and the fact that most of my buddies back in the day all lived in the same area so we were never that far away.

 

My hobbies, are Motorcycles, Building Bikes, Camping with the family. For work, I help run a Sheet Metal fabrication company. One of the benefits to this position is that when my guys are slow I can keep them busy by working on BMX Bike Stands. Recreating some of the old and new logo’s for show bikes. I have had the opportunity to work with some great people in this industry from Eddie Fiola to Mike Buff, Donny Robinson and Damian Fulton ( creator of Radical Rick.)

I love and have loved all aspects of BMX for most of my life. I have had the opportunity to work with some of the greatest people from designers, riders volunteers at BMX Races and everything in between. I had the time of my life for years, traveling to Races with my whole family.

BMX is a community, Every show I go to proves to me more and more that we are all related and the common factor is BMX.

Shawn Hall
Toronto, ON

I’m an old school freestyler so my background includes racing, street riding, trick ramp and quarter pipe riding and of course flatland but mostly old school flatland.

How did you get into BMX?
I was a crazy, hyper kid from the get go. I was jumping ramps and doing wheelies on my Schwinn banana-seat bike (grade 2-4) until it fell apart, at which point I graduated to a motocross bike with shocks, plastic fenders and a fake gas tank. The bike weighed a ton to say the least, fun to jump but not so fun to carry up the stairs to our apartment at the end of the day.

 

A few years later BMX bikes began appearing in many movies and TV shows based out of California. I remember visiting my local library in Malton, Ontario and there in the magazine section was the January 1982 edition of Action Now magazine with Bob Haro on the front cover doing an endo on a chrome Torker BMX with black mags. I stuffed the magazine down the back of my jeans, walked out of the library and within a few months got my first BMX from Canadian Tire. She was a black Supercycle with yellow mags and a complete set of yellow, shiny, vinyl pads. With the addition of a set of front and back brakes and a number plate I was well on my way to one of the greatest adventures of my life.

 

First Pro Bike? 

The first pro bike I ever owned was a GT Mach One which was stolen… I later purchased a Haro Master. I was riding a double top tube chrome Supercycle at the time and was pulling off tricks like Miami Hoppers, G-turns, Cherrypickers, etc… but a hard landing on a quarter pipe and cracked the frame completely in half. I had a part-time job working at the International Centre and had $300 in the bank at the time. I headed down to Mississauga High Park Cycle and Sports and picked up the neon green Haro Master frame and forks the very next day with my $300. (I had to beg John and Joe to not charge me tax on it or else the deal was not going to happen)…It happened by I owed those guys…lol

 

Your All-time Fav BMX? 

The Haro Master. Still riding one!

 

How many bikes have you had Stolen? 

I had a GT Mach one briefly. We rode to Brampton from Malton and it was stolen while I was in Shoppers World grabbing a Big Gulp. I had to walk home…ugh!

 

BMX Idol? 

Too many to mention…It started with Bob Haro, then later RL Osborn, Martin Aparijo, Ron Wilkerson, Dennis McCoy…New school..Jesse Puente, Matt Wilhelm, Terry Adams, and of course Dub.

Signature  trick, or link up?

Back in the day it was always the many various of the CherryPicker…Fire hydrant to Cherry Picker most notably. Flail Boomerang and G-Turns were always a hit too. These days…you’ll soon see!

 

BMX Plus or Freestylin’?

Freestyln’ because I was also a skateboarder.

 

Best Looking BMX Bike Era?

To me…80’s hands down!

Problem Tick you just can’t land? 

Rollaids

Are you going to Jackalope / Ride & Shine this year? 

Absolutely!

 

Finish this sentence.  “ I lied to my _____ so i could go  riding”

Teachers, parents, employers, girlfriends, wife.

 

Family Guy mostly these days…I design and build for retail environments across North America.
BMX, Boating, Food and Music are my loves!

Gary Waterfield
Hamilton, ON

Flatland.

How did you get into BMX?
Coming Soon. 

First Pro Bike? 

Coming Soon. .

Your All-time Fav BMX? 

Coming Soon. 

How many bikes have you had Stolen? 

Coming Soon. 

BMX Idol? 

Coming Soon. 

Signature  trick, or link up?

Coming Soon. 

BMX Plus or Freestylin’?

Coming Soon. 

Best Looking BMX Bike Era?

Coming Soon. 

Problem Tick you just can’t land? 

Coming Soon. 

Are you going to Jackalope / Ride & Shine this year? 

Coming Soon. 

Finish this sentence.  “ I lied to my _____ so i could go  riding”

Coming Soon. 

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Allan Box
Brantford, ON

Flatland, c’mon. 

How did you get into BMX?
Coming Soon. 

First Pro Bike? 

Coming Soon. .

Your All-time Fav BMX? 

Coming Soon. 

How many bikes have you had Stolen? 

Coming Soon. 

BMX Idol? 

Coming Soon. 

Signature  trick, or link up?

Coming Soon. 

BMX Plus or Freestylin’?

Coming Soon. 

Best Looking BMX Bike Era?

Coming Soon. 

Problem Tick you just can’t land? 

Coming Soon. 

Are you going to Jackalope / Ride & Shine this year? 

Coming Soon. 

Finish this sentence.  “ I lied to my _____ so i could go  riding”

Coming Soon. 

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Matt Wright
Brantford, ON

Flatland. 

How did you get into BMX?
Coming Soon. 

First Pro Bike? 

Coming Soon. .

Your All-time Fav BMX? 

Coming Soon. 

How many bikes have you had Stolen? 

Coming Soon. 

BMX Idol? 

Coming Soon. 

Signature  trick, or link up?

Coming Soon. 

BMX Plus or Freestylin’?

Coming Soon. 

Best Looking BMX Bike Era?

Coming Soon. 

Problem Tick you just can’t land? 

Coming Soon. 

Are you going to Jackalope / Ride & Shine this year? 

Coming Soon. 

Finish this sentence.  “ I lied to my _____ so i could go  riding”

Coming Soon. 

Coming Soon

Aaron Wright
Brantford, ON

Flatland. 

How did you get into BMX?
Coming Soon. 

First Pro Bike? 

Coming Soon. .

Your All-time Fav BMX? 

Coming Soon. 

How many bikes have you had Stolen? 

Coming Soon. 

BMX Idol? 

Coming Soon. 

Signature  trick, or link up?

Coming Soon. 

BMX Plus or Freestylin’?

Coming Soon. 

Best Looking BMX Bike Era?

Coming Soon. 

Problem Tick you just can’t land? 

Coming Soon. 

Are you going to Jackalope / Ride & Shine this year? 

Coming Soon. 

Finish this sentence.  “ I lied to my _____ so i could go  riding”

Coming Soon. 

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Kevin A.K.A Kevlar
Barrie, ON

Leave me alone. Flatland. 

How did you get into BMX?
Leave me alone.  

First Pro Bike? 

Leave me alone.  

Your All-time Fav BMX? 

Leave me alone.  

How many bikes have you had Stolen? 

Leave me alone.  

BMX Idol? 

Leave me alone, please. 

Signature  trick, or link up?

Leave me alone, please. 

BMX Plus or Freestylin’?

Leave me alone.

Best Looking BMX Bike Era?

Leave me alone.

Problem Tick you just can’t land? 

Don’t speak to me. 

Are you going to Jackalope / Ride & Shine this year? 

Leave me alone.

Finish this sentence.  “ I lied to my _____ so i could go  riding”

Leave me alone.

Paul Igwe A.K.A Tall Paul
Hometown: Toronto, ON

Rides flat mainly, but loves riding street and park too.

How did you get into BMX?
Started riding about age 12. I saw Ron Wilkerson on the cover of Boys Life magazine and was inspired.

 

First Pro Bike? 

My first pro bike was my beloved 1989 Dyno Pro Compe, blue. I loved that thing more than life itself back then. I had to pay for half of it. So I had 2 paper routes at the same time and my parents took me to Buffalo to buy it. Never forget that day.

 

Your All-time Fav BMX? 

My favorite all time BMX bike, that’s hard, I’d say the 1988 Dyno Pro Comp with the pierced downtube.

 

How many bikes have you had Stolen? 

I have never had a bike stolen from me, but I did leave my bike at a park once, it was taken, then appeared on Facebook market a day later, got it back quick.

 

BMX Idol? 

My BMX idol is Dennis McCoy.

 

Signature  trick, or link up?

One of my signature tricks is the Flick Flip.

 

BMX Plus or Freestylin’?

Freestylin’.

 

Best Looking BMX Bike Era?

Old school bikes definitely look the best!

 

Problem Tick you just can’t land? 

Look back air.

 

Are you going to Jackalope / Ride & Shine this year? 

I do plan to compete at Jackalope.

 

Finish this sentence.  “ I lied to my _____ so i could go  riding”

I lied to myself so I could go riding.

Paul Runs an inspirational clothing brand that serves the counter culture.

 

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Juan Caviedes
Toronto, ON

Flatland. 

How did you get into BMX?
Coming Soon. 

First Pro Bike? 

Coming Soon. .

Your All-time Fav BMX? 

Coming Soon. 

How many bikes have you had Stolen? 

Coming Soon. 

BMX Idol? 

Coming Soon. 

Signature  trick, or link up?

Coming Soon. 

BMX Plus or Freestylin’?

Coming Soon. 

Best Looking BMX Bike Era?

Coming Soon. 

Problem Tick you just can’t land? 

Coming Soon. 

Are you going to Jackalope / Ride & Shine this year? 

Coming Soon. 

Finish this sentence.  “ I lied to my _____ so i could go  riding”

Coming Soon. 

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Chris Silva
Hometown: Toronto, ON

Rides mainly street and park.

How did you get into BMX?
Coming Soon. 

First Pro Bike? 

Coming Soon. .

Your All-time Fav BMX? 

Coming Soon. 

How many bikes have you had Stolen? 

Coming Soon. 

BMX Idol? 

Coming Soon. 

Signature  trick, or link up?

Coming Soon. 

BMX Plus or Freestylin’?

Coming Soon. 

Best Looking BMX Bike Era?

Coming Soon. 

Problem Tick you just can’t land? 

Coming Soon. 

Are you going to Jackalope / Ride & Shine this year? 

Coming Soon. 

Finish this sentence.  “ I lied to my _____ so i could go  riding”

Coming Soon. 

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