Paul Buchanan // In Memoriam

Paul Buchanan

Shad and Matt Barber asked me to write something about Paul. Matt has some exclusive, vintage footage, Shad has the website, and I guess I am expected to have the words.

Fuck.

OK – first – it is an honour to write any sort of tribute to Paul. Brian Tunney did a nice piece for Dig that folks should check out – thanks for that Brian. Brian and others may indeed know him better than I did.

Still, the Paul that folks are writing about is alien to me. The mysterious fellow. The enigma. The myth. I think that he was those things to most people, but not all. They are not wrong – but I had a different experience.

I met Paul when I lived in Montreal and would help Hal Brindley put on Play Clothes contests. So between 1995 and 1997. Paul and some other Ontarians would attend. Paul was rad – four pegs, two brakes, detangler rad. And he rode for Kink parts way back then – so I associated him with Zack Phillips (also a sponsor of the Play contests). So I remember that well – Zack / Kink spotted him first.

Eventually, he and Steph Royer moved out to Vancouver when everybody else did – around 1997. Somewhere around then, Miron, Osato, Enns, Andrew Faris, Paul, Steph, me – lots of the most high profile guys in Canada – relocated from across the country and found themselves living in Coquitlam, BC – a suburb outside the big city. Basic Bikes, run by Cecil and Darcy, hooked up the whole crew. We were family – for real. We were all in our 20s, and riding was everything. We probably saw each other five or more days a week.

And here’s the thing – Paul may have been quieter than some, but he wasn’t a mystery. He was rad, and sociable, and a central member of the crew. That other stuff came later when he joined his Austin family at Terrible One.

I used to work for a Canadian snowboard clothing company called Rewind, which Neil Levin of Four Seasons skatepark ran in the 1990s. He let me pick a team and handle photo contingencies for the guys. I picked Pedro Dos Santos, Jason Enns, Jamie McIntosh, John Parker and Paul. Looking at some of the pre-Terrible One and Fox pictures, when he rode for Basic, I am reminded of my tallying-up of visible Rewind logos and getting cheques cut for Paul. In one of the catalogues, he is pictured with a broken wrist and a big smile.

Paul and Jason Enns were the first two that I remember to take off their front brakes and mess around with foot jam nosepicks. Paul figured out footjam tailwhips, and jumped in like it was a tailwhip air. This was new. He also switched to two-piece bars when we were all on 4- or 6-piece bars (Basic Whammy bars). It seemed so backwards – but he was on to something. I remember trying his bike and immediately contacting Hoffman Bikes and requesting some of their Jumping Bars. (Now we watch videos from the late 1990s / early 2000s and it looks so odd – like our wrists were handcuffed. 7” tall, 24” wide.)

The Terrible One Props commercial has been popping up since Paul passed. It is probably hard for the kids to understand – but that’s about 60% never-been-done stuff, and 100% rarely done better. Half-cabs on street, bunny hop tailwhips. Footjam whips, and a curved wallride that he doesn’t even make – this was so new that even this incomplete attempt elicited surprise and excitement and works as an ender. It’s rad to have been doing this so long and remembering the context of old footage. That was all next-level at the time, and obviously, so influential that these tricks are ubiquitous now. But someone had to do them first (and with style).

(I also love that he sorta blows off the pedals on the hop whip with no worries with regard to perfection.) Thinking about it now – it might be a combination of Paul and Ruben’s riding that has been the most influential (?) for what riding would become.

We need to get Jason Brown’s video Canadians III: Reprazent up on Snakebite’s YouTube channel. Around 1997 – 1998, it is basically the Paul Buchanan show. I can’t believe that they are both gone.

I’ve lost five BMXer friends / acquaintances to similar circumstances in the past 29 months. This is horseshit. I’m pissed and I’m scared. There is something going on, it seems, anecdotally, where BMXers who had this overwhelming intense relationship with the culture in their twenties (in the 1990s) are hitting their mid-life period and really struggling. And we need to help each other. And let’s be pro-active about this – not just wait for them to have the strength to reach out when they have run out of strength. We need to check in on each other. And truly and actively love each other.

I probably told Paul that I loved him the last time we spoke. So that helps me a little. I just wish that I had more chances to tell him (and Jason, and Dave, and Jim, and Clint) this again and again.

Wade Nelson – May 2018

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Shad Johnson, Rich Hirsch, Lou Rajsich, & John Bristol // Animal Bikes // 2002

The Northwest part from the first Animal video wasn’t online so I figure since it is myself and a bunch of my close friends that i’d post it up!

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Eben Krackau // Club Homeless Products // 1990

I hit up Eben for a little insight on this part and he said he had cracked his Bully 2 earlier that day riding trails and had it welded right before they filmed this.

Parrick used the Sex Pistols because at that time they were Eben’s favorite band.

The guest clip of the guy manualing the ramp was his buddy Jeff.

I always love full vert parts because you usually have to get real creative to make it work. I really love the wheelchair air in this & the Mark Kriunchyk inspired footplant!

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Lee Sultemeier // Club Homeless Products // 1990

Lee’s part in the Club Homeless video reminds me of my friends and I earlier videos and like a lot of you it was just a bunch of friends riding and messing around with each other! Lee’s part starts off with him messing with the crew but then moves into him popping some of the hardest fastplant boosts at the Aqua Fest contest in Austin to him cruising the streets with friends. You definitely can see his signature style starting to take place that we all are familiar with in ‘Homeless Trash’!

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Pool Seekers // Rick Thorne and Ron Wilkerson

Rick Thorne’s new season of pool seekers just dropped and in total Rick fashion these show’s are a lot of fun! We posted his episode with Ron Wilkerson but you can watch season 1 & 2 by clicking the link right here.

You can also listen to the podcast we did with Wilkerson right here.

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Tricked Out Tuesday // 1993 // Homeless Bikes // The Mack

1993 // Homeless Bikes // Mack-BMX-Museum

Since we’ve been posting up parts from the 1990 Club Homeless Products it makes sense to feature this sweet 1993 Mack build.

Check out more photos of this bike over on BMX Museum here.

Check out James Shepherd part here and Ruben Castillo’s part here.

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Props Issue 79 // Relic Roadtrip

Props just put up the Relic Roadtrip that Bob Scerbo put together from Props Issue 79. Featuring Ashley Charles, Lil’ John, Will Blount, Clint Reynolds and Matty Aquizap shredding concrete parks across the South.

Give this section and make sure to purchase copy of Props issue 79 which was a special issue put together to help out Chris Hallman.

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Ruben Castillo // Club Homeless Products // 1990

A short but sweet Ruben Castillo part as he reps the Dirt Bros.
I always loved Ruben footage from the early 90’s. Once he left GT/Dyno it was awesome to see his personality shine through and actually see him as the all around rider he was!

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Credence Spring 2018

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James Shepherd // Club Homeless Products // 1990

I am super excited for the weeks ahead! We will be posting up all the Homeless video’s in order with blessings from Dave Parrick himself!

James Shepard’s part in the first Homeless video. The video was put together by Dave Parrick and this was before the bike company Homeless had started. James was a Houston local and though he is remembered more for being an Austin guys who helped push street riding & mini ramp he definitely killed it riding flat!

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