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Name: Rylan Kindness
Sponsors: XRH, GC compound
Which size BMX did you start riding on: I started riding on a 16 inch BMX bike that my dad got for me when I was 8 and rode it till I snapped it in half. Then when I was 10 I bought a 20 inch BMX bike and have stayed on a 20 inch.
Do you have any advice for kids choosing a bike to start BMX? I definitely made the mistake of buying a bike that was too big for me so the best advice I could give would be to buy a bike that is the right size for you. It doesn’t have be a custom bike with expensive gear on it just something simple that you can learn on and progress on.
When do you think you will move up to a 20″ BMX? I have been riding a 20 inch for about 2 or 3 years now and I feel like it gives me a lot of room to move around on. I have never ridden an 18 inch because 20 inch bikes have always seemed more appealing to me with bigger wheels so I can get more speed for bigger tricks.
Favourite type of riding? (eg. park, street, trails, etc) I love to ride all types of style but I defiantly love to ride the GC compound which is a park setup. I do like to ride trails every now and then but there are not too many around where I live and street is fun and challenging for me which I like.
Frame / Size: Colony sweet tooth 19.8
Bars / Size: Total world peace bars Size: 8.25″ rise / 28.5″ wide
Stem: 34R top loader stem
Bar ends: ODI
Seat post: Total
Cranks and Arm Length: Profile Race Cranks / crank arm size 175mm
Sprocket and Size: Colony CC sprocket 28 tooth
Chain: Odyssey Blue Bird
Front Tire: Maxis Grifter
Front Wheel: Profile elites
Rear Tire: maxis Grifter
Rear Wheel: profile elites
Pegs: I don’t ride pegs at the moment
Brake Lever: Odyssey
Any other special details or stories about your bike or parts? one little modification my Dad did for me was make a rubber washer out of a piece of the GC compound resi that goes between bottom bracket bearings and the bb spacer which stops the cranks from spinning which is really helpful in flip whips. Overall I love the way my bike is and every time I go to the skate park I look forward to riding it.
What to do in Pittsburg? You could: visit the National Aviary where you can see an amazing collection of more than 600 exotic and endangered birds; go to the Botanical Gardens where you can see a fabulous bonsai collection; take in the Andy Warhol Art Museum; cross lots of bridges, or; go to The Wheelmill – a large indoor BMX/MTB park (Just did the last two).
What not to do on the way to Pittsburg? Get caught in snow squalls coming off Lake Eire, step on a nail in an Amish country Walmart (don’t ask), eat too many McDonalds breakfast sandwiches (Did all of them).
If you made an epic journey to the Wheelmill for March 28, 2015, it was for the Next Generation Jam. BMX Groms and families travelled from as far away as Portland Oregon to attend this fun event for kids on Striders, 12″, 16″, 18″ and 20″ BMX bikes.
The Wheelmill is a large rambling indoor park, but where ever you looked you would see some kid busting a big fat air on a little bike. Next Generation Jam was started by the Halahan family. Mike, Lukas and Nathan pulled off another great event for the second year. For anyone wanting to attend an event to get a glimpse of the future of BMX or for brands wishing to connect with Groms, Next Gen Jam is it.
The main events on the schedule were; pump track time trials, strider race, expert Woods jump room jam (indoor trails contest done in pairs), foot down, beginner jump line, park best trick and an ice cream party and awards. For anyone that wanted, you could also set your own challenge and if you met it you would get a prize pack – a great idea to keep everyone stoked.
The pump track time trials are a blast – just to keep things more entertaining, 12 year old Marcus Christopher was airing the berms. The Wheelmill jump lines, which are built to be like indoor trails lines, were going non stop all day. The level of riding, variations and style was unbelievable. Fun was had with a stack of BMXers pitting their balance and bike control in the foot down contest. The beginner jump line jam was huge. There are so many rad kids coming up in BMX! Speed, flow and variations from 6 year olds is what was going down. The park best trick jam was a good ender for the day, with some of the older teens totally killin it.
Don’t miss out next year! In the meanwhile, keep connected to BMX Groms and look out for the Next Gen Jam edit that we have in the works.
Here are the final results from the jam:
7 and under: Tommy Bruney
8-12: Marcus Christopher
13-17: Cameron Girvin
Girls: Jordan Bell
Expert Jump Train:
Cameron Girvin and Jaden Chipman Team tied with Marcus Christopher and Brady Baker Team
Beginner Jump Train:
Beau Baker and Gavin Stanton
Rad Dad: Michael Fitzpatrick (son Ryan)
Fun Family: The Serbins (sons Michael and Jacob)
Ride Like A Girl: Katie Goodman