9X9 V3

With an overwhelming response to these questionnaires, we proudly present volume three of the T&F 9X9. For those of you that aren’t familiar with it: We take nine local guys, at three age brackets and ask them all the same nine questions. A lot of people have given a strong response to these. I’m pumped on this round, we have a pretty diverse crew. So without any more delay, I present you with the third round of the tablesandfables.com 9X9….enjoy!

Name/age/years riding?

-Sean Rudzinsky, 36 years old, been riding for 28 years

 

One word that describes BMX?

-One word that describes BMX to me is family.

 

If you had to choose a brand to ride for who would it be and why?

-I’d hate to pick just one company to ride for being that we all owe Hoffman and Moeller and Bonner and quite a few others so much for putting themselves out there (at a time when they were almost guaranteed to fail), and basically saved the sport. But I’d have to say FBM does things for all the right reasons and has left a wake of people affected in some way or another everywhere I go.

 

Indoor park w/skatelite or outdoor cement park? Explain.

-Probably going to catch hell for this, but I love indoor parks. I’ve been a bike mechanic for almost 20 years and hate when my brakes are inconsistent and indoor parks eliminate so many variables that would cause that.

 

What sensation do you get when you ride?
-When I was younger I used to ride with anger, which then switched to a strangely content sense of arrogance, but these days the sensation is mostly back pain.

 

Hi-top or low-cut shoes? Why?

-I prefer a mid-top shoes with a real sole, kids these days (and Vic Bettencourt) must have much tougher feet than me.

 

What’s your take on helmets?
-I can’t get preachy about this one but you’ve got to protect your head. It’s funny that street is the only place it’s common to see people not wearing helmets being the most likely terrain to crash on, and the most dangerous.

 

Now that BMX is big, what’s your take on non BMX companies trying to cash in? ie. Tony Hawk bikes or Shaun White bikes
-I guess there’s a few ways to look at it, it’s kind of flattering that a pro skater or snowboarder would put their name on BMX, being  confident that it’s a profitable avenue to take. I’m sure they had the same opportunity to endorse scooters and rollerblades and golf shoes and vitamin D pills to help the brats that just play video games. But it also just cheapens everything that riders, shops and real brands work for. I like the Dyrdek model where he pulls in money from all over, but created a league with some of that money in hopes of giving skaters the chance to one day be real professional athletes if they so wish. We could name a lot of BMX’ers more dedicated and talented than the average pro stick and ball athlete that never had a chance to make a living and STILL put themselves to the wood for years and years. Then again we would have probably called them sell-outs if they made money.

 

 

Do you buy/like BMX magazines? Or do you think the BMX websites offer something better?
-I tend to still buy magazines and videos, but I watch the web edits and read TandF also. But I can’t be old and washed up and not say that the impatience of web edits has done some serious damage. Steve Jobs ruined the music industry and Adam Grandmaison ruined the BMX video industry.

 

When buying shoes or clothes, do you try and purchase inside the BMX industry? Or does it not matter?

-I positively try to put my hard earned dollars back where they belong, I try to buy my stuff from one of a few local BMX and skate shops. I can remember getting my first tax refund check and bringing it to Dick Mauls and going home with enough for gas only. These days I ride a lot more road and mountain than BMX, and that stuff is expensive! But I still always get it through shops . It’s not just what you buy, but who you buy it

Name/age/years riding?

-Josh Perry, 21, 10
One word that describes BMX.

-FUN

If you had to choose a brand to ride for who would it be and why?

-Eastern….Ha, one because I do ride for them and two because they are sweet, make good products, and are like a family to me.

Indoor park w/skatelite or outdoor cement park? Explain.

-Trails because I cant choose and also trails are really fun!

What sensation do you get when you ride?

-Fun, frustration, gratification, and excitement.

Hi-top or low-cut shoes? Why?

-Mid-tops because the ankle support but dont look as high as high-tops.
What’s your take on helmets?

-I think they are great, I wear one fulltime, and I think people need to start wearing them more!
Now that BMX is big, what’s your take on non BMX companies trying to cash in? ie. Tony Hawk bikes or Shaun White bikes.

-I think it`s stupid but don’t know much of if its taking or giving to BMX. If it’s giving then I think its alright because its helping the sport grow. If it is taking away then I think it’s lame that they have to take from BMX when its so small to begin with and making it smaller.
Do you buy/like BMX magazines? Or do you think the BMX websites offer something better?

-I like both personally. I think they are both two separate things and offer separate things.
When buying shoes or clothes, do you try and purchase inside the BMX industry? Or does it not matter?

-I honestly never buy inside the industry but only because I am fortunate enough to have support from Vans on clothing and shoes. They are sick!

Name/age/years riding?

-Dan Webster/24 years young/12 years

One word that describes BMX?

-FUN
If you had to choose a brand to ride for who would it be and why?

-Bonedeth or T-1, probably Bonedeth because, they are my boys and they always let me crash on their couch. Maybe T-1 cause’ Joe Rich is such a rad dude!
Indoor park w/skatelite or outdoor cement park? Explain.

-Doesn’t matter really. But if I had to pick, it would be the OG “ramp farm”
What sensation do you get when you ride?

-The best sensation I get from riding is when I do something fast and blow off my bike,   and I don’t get hurt. Kids these days are afraid to try anything for fear of getting hurt! Falling wakes you up and gives you more character…

Hi-top or low-cut shoes? Why?

-Half cabs are my favs! Those are mids. I usually am broke so I take whatever my friends give me for free, they’re usually low tops..
What’s your take on helmets?

-I don’t wear one, but probably should. I’ve hit my head one to many times. You either have a reason like an past injury or your parents make you.
Now that BMX is big, what’s your take on non BMX companies trying to cash in? ie. Tony Hawk bikes or Shaun White bikes.

-Tony Hawk deserves to make money off extreme sports, because he’s a pioneer. I don’t think thecomeup dudes should make money off of BMX though, they don’t do anything original! Honestly I could give a shit less about any of this…I’m a bum!
Do you buy/like BMX magazines? Or do you think the BMX websites offer something better?

-I used to buy magazines all the when I lived down the street from Maul’s bike shop. I really prefer mags, because when they get warped you can out em in the freezer…..hahahaha
When buying shoes or clothes, do you try and purchase inside the BMX industry? Or does it not matter?

-I like buying BMX T’s and stuff, but haven’t bought anything in a while.


Name/age/years riding

-My name is Kevin MacDonald, I’m 42 years old and have been riding BMX since (off and on) 1979. I own one of the hottest national BMX race teams in the country ( Standard northeast ) and get to travel across this great country of ours and compete at many different venues. Defiantly love my BMX life!

 

One word that describes BMX.

-Awesome

 

If you had to choose a brand to ride for who would it be and why?

-Obvious a biased answer here, Standard is the weapon of choice. The SBC crew has been a part of mine and my families life since 1996.

 

Indoor park w/skatelite or outdoor cement park?

– Being from the northeast an indoor setup is the way to go, even though i like outdoor facilities a lot more.

 

What sensation do you get when you ride?

-For me riding  gives the sensation of freedom, I can pull whatever line or whichever jump I can either manual or jump. Riding is a huge part of my stress relief and what keeps me young at heart.

 

Hi-top or low-cut shoes? Why?

-Low cut, always have always will.

 

What’s your take on helmets?

-From a racing stand point it’s a must, the obstacles they put us up against these days combined with the level that I race at anything can happen so it’s a good idea. But ironically riding park dirt or street it is not even considered.

 

Now that BMX is big, what’s your take on non BMX companies trying to cash in? ie. Tony Hawk bikes or Shaun White bikes.

-Part of me is against it because you wonder why where they not around when it was slow, but at the same time if it’s gonna put more people out into the sport then they can do it on the entry level bikes and we all know they will not stay on them.

 

Do you buy/like BMX magazines? Or do you think the BMX websites offer something better?

-I miss my BMX Action mags from back on the day. Most everything is put out on FB and YouTube these days thus killing the magazine industry and I think that sucks.

 

When buying shoes or clothes, do you try and purchase inside the BMX industry? Or does it not matter

-Mostly within the industry, I believe in promoting the companies that help promote myself and my team.

 

Name/age/years riding……this one doesn’t count for the “9” It’s just to let people know who you are. Please answer it though.
-Tyler Devlin/16/1.5 or so

One word that describes BMX.
-kick-ass

If you had to choose a brand to ride for who would it be and why?
-Probably FBM, just because their whole attitude towards bikes and life in general is awesome. Bone Deth is pretty sweet too.

Indoor park w/skatelite or outdoor cement park? Explain.
-It depends. If I’m learning new tricks, I like skatelite because it doesn’t rip you up as bad, but cement has way better grip.

What sensation do you get when you ride?
-Everything that’s stressing me out just fades away, and I focus on riding my bike and having a good time.

Hi-top or low-cut shoes? Why?
-Definitely hi-top, my ankles are garbage. I hate hi-top shoes that look like moon boots though, they just look goofy.

What’s your take on helmets?
-I think helmets are good, but uncomfortable. I wear one when I go to parks like skater’s edge not only because it’s required, but it seems like you’re more prone to a head injury riding park.
I would possibly wear one riding street if I could find one that’s comfortable enough.

Now that BMX is big, what’s your take on non BMX companies trying to cash in? ie. Tony Hawk bikes or Shaun White bikes
-I think that it can be good for little kids who want to try BMX before they commit to buying a more expensive complete, but naming them after people who don’t even ride bikes is just dumb. However, I try to support American companies as much as I can because I’m helping out a fellow rider that’s putting food on the table for their family, not some rich man in Taiwan.

Do you buy/like BMX magazines? Or do you think the BMX websites offer something better?
-I generally don’t buy magazines, I usually look at websites because it’s much more convenient. If there was a really interesting interview/article that was in a magazine only, I’d probably buy it.

When buying shoes or clothes, do you try and purchase inside the BMX industry? Or does it not matter?
-When I buy shirts, i generally buy BMX and metal band shirts. As far as jeans and shoes go, I buy whatever won’t fall apart and fits good.

 

 

Name/age/years riding?
-Chris Bernardo, 16 years old, Been riding for 2 and a half years
One word that describes BMX?
-Life. BMX is life, yes it’s cliche’ but yeah!
If you had to choose a brand to ride for who would it be and why?
-Hmm.. thats difficult, either vans or S&M. Vans because the team is sick and they seem to have such good times riding it just seem to really have a bunch of awesome trips, s and m because they are quality. I mean if I have to ride a certain company’s parts I would want good american made strength plus the a sick team. Its awesome bikes and awesome times with rad people.
Indoor park w/skatelite or outdoor cement park? Explain.
-Outdoor cement, definitely.. I rarely get to ride good indoor parks but what’s better than being outside enjoying good weather and just flowing around? I feel to stuffy and confined inside and indoor park I just like feeling open and everything just seems to flow a little better on cement. I have nothing against indoor parks but from what ive rode definitely outdoors is better.
What sensation do you get when you ride?
-It’s kinda hard to describe it, to be super cliché’ and lame its like everything doesn’t matter, it’s just you your bike and sometimes your friends I don’t care about anything else. When I’m riding, I don’t have to. It’s just like the most fun thing ever there’s something so awesome about it.
Hi-top or low-cut shoes? Why?
-well I used to ride really low cut shoes it felt great when I was cruising and I just kinda felt more like free and able to move’ but when landing hard or doing tricks where you need to pinch cranks or take your feet off it kinda sucked. I had to ice my ankles like everynight because they would swell up like balloons. Now I have really high top shoes that completley cover my ankle and I feel it actually makes a difference so for riding but now I have mids and I’m pretty sure these are my favorites its just the perfect mix. Between the two,go buy some vans TNT 5’s best shoes ever.
What’s your take on helmets?
-Ehh it doesn’t really matter to me like some people wear them because of their parents and some people wear them for preference I mean there is a lot of reasons why,people would wear helmets like you can really get badly hurt I mean but I personally don’t wear one unless I’m riding a park that requires it I just don’t feel the need.
Unless you’re flipping or doing some crazy flair whip shit I mean then I would recommend a helmet but I generaly don’t wear one because I just feel comfortable to say I don’t need one. If I’m riding park and I’m trying some crazy shit then maybe I’ll wear one, but if you come up to a street spot wearing a full suit of armour. I think that might be a little over doing it.
Now that BMX is big, what’s your take on non BMX companies trying to cash in? ie. Tony Hawk bikes or Shaun White bikes.
-I think it’s ridiculous, It happens to anything that gets big anywhere, BMX is getting marketed to the wrong people for the wrong reasons. Kids are being sold expensive low quality bikes so that they can go do quad whips and win x games. These companys make bmx seem like a team sport and i think its ridiculous. What in gods name does Shaun White know about riding bikes? Throwing a celebrity name on a BMX bike and trying to market it to little kids is just as bad as murder in my eyes. Because that’s what they’re doing: Murdering BMX. Kid’s start riding for the wrong reasons now, its not to have fun with your friends and riding bikes for the sake of riding bikes. It’s riding cause it’s the cool thing to do and that you wanna win gold medals and make money. Money I feel ruins BMX. It ruins everything if people weren’t so focused on money, the world would be a better place and so would BMX.
Do you buy/like BMX magazines? Or do you think the BMX websites offer something better?

-If I can get my hands on a BMX magazine I would be pumped. I think they are sick. It’s the original way of getting coverage and I feel a lot of sick stuff gets into magazines. They get overlooked and it’s not fair. But BMX sites are just way more convenient and easy to access. On a site you can see your favorite rider and all his videos just by searching his name. Web edits are the biggest thing in BMX now and that’s just how people get coverage now because it’s so easy to do because everyone has the internet. Not everyone has a subscription to RIDEBMX.

When buying shoes or clothes, do you try and purchase inside the BMX industry? Or does it not matter?
– Well it depends where I’m buying clothes I mean I would love to have some sick clothes from the BMX industry and rep companies, I meant I don’t really feel like ordering online or going to my local BMX shop whenever I need clothes. I’ll wear whatever I can get my hands on generally its at least somewhat related to action sports I mean I’m not going riding in some abercrombie jeans and sperry’s. Like I have a pair of Nikes and some Vans and I wear levis like it’s clothes that work well for riding. I guess I support somepart of the BMX industry.

Name/age/years riding?

-Shaun Gingras/19/ I’ve been riding BMX for about 6 years, and raced
for three before that.

One word that describes BMX?
– I definitely cannot describe BMX in one word haha.

If you had to choose a brand to ride for who would it be and why?

-Probably like T-1 because they always go on the coolest trips. I
don’t really care about what parts are on my bike as long as I feel
comfortable so I would want ride for a company that goes to crazy
places.

Indoor park w/skatelite or outdoor cement park? Explain.

-Definitely an outdoor cement park. Paying to ride is horrible and I
feel like whenever you ride an indoor park, you have to stay until the
end to get your moneys worth. Riding an outdoor park is nice because
you can leave to go ride street and not worry about wasting 15
dollars. Plus, being outside is always nice.

What sensation do you get when you ride?
-I usually just get stoked for other people trying stuff, and I like
getting that rush when you finally land something or pull something
super sketchy and make it look awesome.

Hi-top or low-cut shoes? Why?

-I like mid cut because of my ankles, but I don’t care all that much.

What’s your take on helmets?

-Helmets are a really good idea and I have started wearing mine a
little more lately. I also put reflectors on my pedals so I have less of a chance of getting hit by a car or something. Safety first! ( not really though)

Now that BMX is big, what’s your take on non BMX companies trying to cash in? ie. Tony Hawk bikes or Shaun White bikes.

-It’s pretty silly  the kids who get those bikes clearly know nothing about the sport. It’ll probably fade out in a year. People who shop at  Walmart for BMX, unless your buying a slime tube are pretty stupid.

Do you buy/like BMX magazines? Or do you think the BMX websites offer something better?

-I’m really into photography, so I love magazines. I don’t really
buy them because I would rather just look at someone else’s when I
have the chance, and I don’t have too much time to just sit down and
read. I like BMX websites because its so easy to see wild stuff and
it’s totally free. I think magazines do have more to offer if you
spend the time to actually read the articles.

When buying shoes or clothes, do you try and purchase inside the BMX industry? Or does it not matter?

– This is another one that does not make a difference to me. I wear the same pair of levi’s   every day and most of my shirts are from old navy. To me, BMX is not about fashion at all, or what company you are swaggin. I think you should just wake up in the morning, put on whatever you find first, and go out and ride!

Name/age/years riding?

-Nathan MacDonald, 15 yrs. old I’ve been riding for 5 yrs.
One word that describes BMX.?

-Radical
If you had to choose a brand to ride for who would it be and why?

-Standard Byke Company, American made all the way!
Indoor park w/skatelite or outdoor cement park? Explain.

-Indoor park w/skatelite because I’d rather slam my head on a ramp that a little give then some rock.
What sensation do you get when you ride?

-When I ride I get really Calm and I get deep in thought about stuff.
Hi-top or low-cut shoes? Why? Low-cut shoes,

– havent found a pair of High tops I like.

 

What’s your take on helmets?

-I wear them if I want to.

 

Now that BMx is big, what’s your take on non-BMX companies trying to cash in? ie. Tony Hawk and Shaun White bikes.

-Wicked lame! I personally think they shouldn’t even exist!

 

Do you buy/like BMX magazines? Or do you think the BMX websites offer something better?

-BMX Magazines cause I can read them in school and when I’m out riding.
10. When buying shoes or clothes, do you try and purchase inside the BMX industry? Or does it not matter?

-I try to buy products inside BMX because it would be weird wearing tennis shoes while riding a bike, You know? like it just doesnt go together.

 

Name/age/years riding?

-Michael Burgamaster aka burger age 33 been riding forever but I started racing BMX when I was 12 so I have been riding for about 20 years.

 

One word that describes BMX.-

-Fun.

 

If you had to choose a brand to ride for who would it be and why?

-S&M because I rode for them for 10 years and they were my “dream sponsorship” when I was little and they still are, because Moeller built it from nothing at a time when all odds were stacked against him and made it work. They are in my opinion one of  the most innovativeBMX brand that still makes bikes inCalifornia, imagine trying to start a bike company with no cell phone and no internet.  I love all of the S&M stuff!

 

Indoor park w/skatelite or outdoor cement park? Explain.
-I really don’t like to ride indoors at all but we have to inNew England. I prefer dirt to all, but I would have to say bare plywood is still my fav. on ramps. I will ride anything that doesn’t have on scooters and little kooks in my way.

 

What sensation do you get when you ride?

-Freedom, a feeling of control, an outlet for my frustrations and creativity.

 

Hi-top or low-cut shoes? Why?
-No offense but what kind of question is this? Hey Etnies bring back the Mike Vallely shoes!

 

What’s your take on helmets?

-I never used to wear one when I was younger but now I do every time I ride, and everyone else should too!

 

Now that BMX is big, what’s your take on non BMX companies trying to cash in? ie. Tony Hawk bikes or Shaun White bikes

-Tony Hawk and Shaun White bikes are lame, but I understand everyone is trying to make a living and expand their brand. There will always be Walmart brand bikes hey my first bike was from Kmart and sometimes parents don’t know any better and if that’s all you can afford at the time then that’s what you end up doing, still lame though. LOL

Do you buy/like BMX magazines? Or do you think the BMX websites offer something better?

-I’m still waiting for Tread magazine to come back that was the best and Faction was too, magazines all the way!

When buying shoes or clothes, do you try and purchase inside the BMX industry? Or does it not matter?

– When I was younger we were forced to order stuff from Dans-comp. because there we not any shops within a two hour drive from me, but now there are shops everywhere. They have everything you could want, so SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BIKE SHOP your business does make a difference. They need every sale and most of them have actual riders as employees and stock new videos to watch so support them. Now shut off you computer, go put brakes on you bike and go build some trails or backyard ramps to ride! Burger 2012

 

 

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