Huge chasm jumps, 720s on street, beyond clicked turndowns, mag wheels, and a Christian punk rock soundtrack alerting listeners to the ills of masturbation – Brad Blanchard’s section from Dirt Bros Cheese was destined to be a much talked about classic. If you want to see some flat-out, hardcore BMX riding, check this one out now! We’ve also shared a few of our favorite riding photos of Brad. CHECK OUT MORE
Underground San Diego shredder, Manuel De La Cruz, earned national notoriety for being the first documented rider to grind down a legit handrail without brakes and without wearing any pads. At the time, most riders were still used to seeing the pros wear a full face helmet or at least full pads to double-peg a rail. So, when Manuel started bombing huge handrails with out safety gear, it was pretty shocking.
While he may have been known for hitting big rails, Manuel also got down on ramps, dirt, and had some impressive flatland moves. I’ve gotten to hang out with Manuel a few times since I moved to San Diego, and have always found him to be a generous, humble, and likeable guy who is still really stoked on BMX. Using “Egypt, Egypt” from the 1984 album On the Nile by Egyptian Lover was a stroke of genius, and helped make Manuel’s section one of the more memorable ones from Cheese. Enjoy!!
Manuel De La Cruz and Sean Yarroll at the HARO book premier // 2014 // Photo: Paul Covey
The La Jolla 2-Hip Meet The Street section from Homeless Bikes 3, Highway To Hell. The video dropped in 1992 but this contest was from 1991.
Featuring Vic Murphy, Dino Deluca, Dennis McCoy, Todd Anderson, Jay Miron, Mike Krnaich, Mat Hoffman, & Pete Augustin.
This was a quick ad that ran at the beginning of “Homeless, Highway To Hell” For Ruben Castillo’s Signature frame with Homeless Bikes.
Video By Fred Ansfield
Aaron Krueger was a regular at the 2-Hip and B.S. contests, and between 1992 and 1994 he consistently placed in the top 5 of the beginner, and then intermediate class, of every contest he attended. Not an easy thing to do. Anyway, here is one of San Diego’s low-key shredders getting down 90s style on some ramps, street, and dirt. Check it out!
San Diego has always had a pretty thriving BMX scene. Even during the so called “lean years” of the early 90s, the Dirt Bros kept the riding scene in San Diego strong. Today we begin posting sections from 1994’s Dirt Bros Cheese, by Fred Ansfield. Riders include: Sean Yarrol, Vic Murphy, Manuel De La Cruz, Brad Blanchard, Ronnie Farmer, Dana Czeck, Ken Hale, Chad Herrington, Dave Young, Tony Skojack, Aaron Krueger, Eddie Roman, and plenty more. (* Note: The audio in the first part of the video is off because of youtube gremlins.) Check it out!!
This video has lots of Daniel Randall destroying everything he came across! First pedal feeble down a rail is in this to.
Featured riders are Daniel Randall, Ben King, Andy Merrall, Matt Puorro, Stoner Andy, Ben Ward, Rich Hirsch, Austin Hemler, Brennan Britton, Eric Walter, Bruce Crisman, Ben McEwen, John Bristol, & Jeremy Croft.
Shad Johnson, Daniel Randall, Erik ‘ODB’ Jensen, & Jason Thom make their way through a back way to ride Oregon’s Oldest skatepark that was built in 1977.
I had heard about this park that was built in the 70’s and is the first skatepark built in Oregon from friends who had rode it in the early 90’s. We headed out on whim to check it out early fall of 1998. Since there is an on site security guard we snuck in the back way around 6AM and hoped he would not wake up and unload some rock salt on us as we had heard that had happened to others before!
We got about 20 minutes in before the lights flipped on and we split as fast as we could!
This one took a few tries. Between waiting for the Christmas lights to turn on, trying to capture the last possible moment of the sunset, and some guy on a Gizmo-Duck unicycle getting in the way, I must have had Dominique Harris throw the bars a dozen times. Thankfully, Dominique was down for the cause, and we walked away with a photo that I had been wanting to shoot for a very long time.