Ridebmx TCU and Youtube

So in case you haven't noticed the TCU youtube channel is pretty much dead. The channel has been on the wane since creator Adam22 focused his energies on his other channel NoJumper. I am a fan of 22 and have always thought him intelligent and that he produced good content. The early days of the TCU blog where characateristed by thoughtful editorial on matters such as the indian giver which in a small way changed the people rode; his article made it no longer acceptable to roll out from fakie in the direction opposite to your spin. Difficult to explain in words LOL.

Anyways, TCU filled a void in BMX media left from the transition from print to digital and traditional BMX media's slow and reluctant transition to digital. TCU the website, the blog is now redundant. Basically on the blog you have someone who posts up all of the new and relevant BMX videos independently and subjectively deemed good or serious enough to put on the blog. Now you have Youtube which has a homepage which based on all the videos you watch and like puts videos into a feed for you to watch. So if you watch and like BMX videos it will put into your feed BMX videos that other people have liked. I don't know exactly how it works but in other words it feeds you content based on what you've liked before. In other words, there is no need for someone to manually post that shit on a blog anymore. In other words, TCU website is dead; the same function being performed now by some guy called Frenchie is being performed automatically by a computer program that is so intelligent is probably is french and has a french girlfriend with whom it performs cunnilingus.

Its good to see Ridebmx finally drop its magazine which no one could have been reading anyway and focus on its youtube channel. Their content has always been legit and a little more polished than TCU. TCU always had that feel of a publication that was put together in their mum's basement - a little bit less professional and a little bit more shit but still valuable with something to contribute. Shout out to all parties involved including Spilt Milk run by an dictator idiot Edward O.


boyd hilder shoe copy

Shoe above is a Lakai shoe. Screen shot taken from Lakai fully flared, Guy Mariano part. Shoe below is Australian BMX rider Boyd Hilder's sig shoe with some company thats not Lakai. Looks kinda similar lol. But yeah then again shoe companies always copy each other so yeah what.


Coverage of BMX events

One of the things I've noticed recently is how many b,x media companies, like vital bmx, ride and dig are all covering the same events. In addition to that the same events are being covered by vloggers like Austin Augie, Alfredo Mancuso and to a lesser extent Adam LZ. Over the past weekend was some bmx event in a swap in Florida hosted by Trey Jones. Take a look on Youtube and for this event you can see it was covered by at 5 different relatively established content producers. So I was thinking what is the future of the coverage of BMX content and how was it done in the old days when it wasn't so accessible for any joe smoe to buy a camera, develop a following and cover an event.

I was thinking if I was the editor or ride or vital then I would probably have to consider which events should i actually attend taking into consideration if other companies would also be covering the same event. And the conclusion I came to would be that yeah, I'd probably want to cover everything and let the consumer decide which company they want to be loyal to. Alternatively a media company could decide they wanted to take their company in a certain direction by only covering certain types of events, or producing content in other ways, such as hosting video parts from DVDs looking at a scene or individual rider, or company - or anything in between.

But then I realise that maybe what media companies could do is come to an agreement with a content operator that they will be the only company to cover an event with exclusive rights. Or if a media company wants to cover an event they have to buy rights to do so. Just like in any other sport the right to cover an event is very expensive and expensive as the company covering the event can generate ad revenue from doing so. But at the moment, this doesn't appear to be the case with, as mentioned already, one event being covered by a lot of people. If you think about it, the person or company covering the contest or event benefits from youtube ad revenue they get from their coverage, but what does the contest organiser get? They get promotion of their event after the event has occurred, but that's it; as far as I can tell they do not get any monetary for organising the event from which you tubers benefit.

In terms of enforcing the rule of exclusive coverage, promoters I suppose could make known to those in attendance that rights to cover an event are exclusive. And any one that does this, would I suppose be told not to, or if they did cover it knowing it was exclusive I imagine they would be ostracised from the community.

I wonder what has happened in the past with covering events such as the X games. Usually these events were only covered by ridebmx. Funnily I can recall videos from TCU from X games contests that were filmed from the stands. So obviously there is some existing protocol in place to cover an event. Either way, this issue is a growing pain and is a good thing as it could help people wanting to operate professionally promote their media brand, and help promote event organisers put on more events by giving them a share of revenue generated from coverage.


BSD Transmission

seems to have been the best video of 2016. Here are my fav parts. Notably absent is Kriss Kyle's part.

One of the things I find fascinating is that often there are double angles of a trick: a long lens view and a fisheye view. But even though its clearly the exact same trick being filmed twice [such as the opening trick in David Grant's part - which he could only possibly have done once] you can't see the person holding the fisheye in the long angle view.... how they do that???

and did they really make Mike Taylor do the rail-to-rail-to-rail twice just to get the second angle???


Matthias Dandois

This is the first really good bmx video I've seen in a while. I like Dandois' riding aesthetic and all his trick choices. Very nice Parisian scenery. Looks pleasant.


BMX vs Skateboarding

If ya watch interviews you will hear people in BMX talking about how there's no money in BMX and that BMX really has no place between skateboarding and FMX. Well if you look at the quality of the Vans Skateboarding video which is free to watch on the Thrasher youtube channel then compare it to the recent Vans BMX video you will see why Skateboarding has more money - their shit is just a lot better. I know I am only looking at two videos here but still; you have a major company which pays for both a skateboarding team and bmx team, they probably pay the skateboarders more but no wonder when you actually look at the quality of content being produced.

The Vans bmx video isn't free to watch but here's Scotty Cranmer's section from it and you get the idea:


blackman and tonson

If you a nerd like me and spent the last ten years of your life watching bmx videos rather than riding then you might have come across a video from around 2006 featuring blackman and his friend tonson riding in NYC.

In the blackman TCU interview, in the comments someone asked "whatever happened to tonson?", Adam22 responds and without actually saying what happened to Tonson, says its a really sad story and that blackman can tell it really well

The other day I was on Instagram and scrolled past the TCU account.  Blackman had left a post in the comments.  I went to Blackmans instagram; he had a post featuring Tonson.  I went to Tonson's instagram and it has pictures of him in a wheelchair.  One of his photos has a comment saying "last day of high school, last day on my feet".  So the question is:  what happened to Tonson?



it's summer now so I don't check the internet much but rather spend time doing things

such as riding bike or going outside

or being at work where I am now

and here are some recent videos I have found to watch between patients


Alex Donnachie

I bought this DVD ages ago and wrote a review of it ages ago and now the good sections are online.

Here is my fav, Alex Donnachie, he is good.

I want to learn new tricks but I can't

I can't even do my old tricks anymore



A couple nights ago I was hanging out with Adam Hough and Danimal at fitzroy bowl.

Danimal mentioned how he won the first ever stop of Alan Cooke's Local Exposure tour back in 2004 in Ohio.

He also suggested I watch this video- "Here goes nothing".

I really loved the vid, all the best features of mid 2000s riding including little handlebars, squeaky brakes, song-jacks, indian-givers and an epic crash section- but more importantly, really great riding from a time before the divide between street riders and skatepark riders developed.

Both Adam Hough (21:18) and Danimal's (27:06) sections were seriously awesome. Lots of wild moves. Please watch ->

PS I was unsuccessful in finding the first local exposure video online. the BMX move database site is kind of busted, all the links dont work and no one has been updating the site. wtf guys.

a couple really good bmx videos worth a watch

This one popped up a few days ago on my youtube feed. It didn't seem overhyped yet the riding was of the highest standard. Lots of new school stuff. I am a fan of Tyler Fernangel and I like that he gets included in things despite being a shrimpy looking character.

Johnny Raekes earns the spilt milk seal of approval because he reminds me of a young Seth Kimbrough c. 2002 with the sketchy bike and uncanny trick combos.

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