FlatBastard is born!

Rider and film-maker Mark Locke (the guy behind the A Bike For Che film) has a started a little flat merch brand called FlatBastard, which made us smile a lot.

Mark: ‘It started out as a bit of a joke, but then when I thought more about it I realised it sums it up perfectly: the bastard sons and daughters of BMX, kind of illegitimate and somehow less worthy. But the irony is that even the simplest flat takes so much hard work and perseverance. Usually alone in a car park, hence the ‘BMX Billy Nomates’ slogan with the first tee. The slogan’s obviously a bit tongue in cheek too as we’re perceived that way but there’s actually this amazing network of support. We’re a tribe of Bastards, of all levels, from novice to killing it, dotted all over the globe.’

For now it’s just tees and stickers but other tee designs are planned and possibly also beanies, socks and hoods. All tees are screen printed and then heat pressed for smoothness onto 100% cotton shirts.

Like flatland it’s small, but perfectly formed, and all about the details.

For orders, stock availability or to get on the mailing list email info@flatbastardbmx.com

Health Matters: Flatland and Elbow Pain by Scott Hagnas

Probably more Flatlanders have had their careers cut short by elbow pain than any other ailment. It’s almost epidemic in older riders it seems. I know how debilitating this can be firsthand – chronic elbow pain that started in 2003 eventually pushed me into semi-retirement around 2008. I rode infrequently from 2008 until 2015, but the elbow pain was always there even though I’d go weeks or months between sessions. In late 2015, I finally unlocked how to recover my elbows and in early 2016 began riding nearly every day once again. Now, nearly 5 years later and still riding regularly, I still have no pain.

I’ve shared what I did with numerous riders since then, and in every case, I’ve heard back how much it’s helped. If you aren’t into long articles and just want to jump to the #1 thing, scroll down to point #4 and do that. However, I’d suggest reading all of this if your elbows are not 100%!

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Jean-Francois Boulianne: The Southern Escape / The story behind a Must Watch!

Intro/Interview: Effraim.
Photography: Matthieu Metivet, Simon Warsan, Jean-Francois Boulianne.

This past winter, Jean-Francois Boulianne made his travels south to Peru and Colombia to avoid the harsh cold Canadian winter.
No one could have anticipated the Covid 19 pandemic that was to follow, and JFB has held onto this edit for a couple of months.
When Jean first hit me up with the edit, I asked what he had been up to during the winter, as I had seen a few posts on social media and was curious what his story was, and he seemed to be away from home for a long time.
After a few conversations back and forth, it became apparent to me that I should showcase this amazing edit a little differently than your normal Must Watch video breakdown.
Without further ado, it’s time to learn a little more about Jean’s travels and enjoy this edit, as the story goes deeper than just tricks, and captures for me what BMX is all about….

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Matthias Dandois: Covid-19 BMX Workout

Matthias Dandois has had a workout routine the past 3 years that has helped him become a better BMX rider, preventing injuries and most of all staying in good shape which has enabled him to perform at the highest level consistently. As almost everyone is on lock down for the Covid-19 pandemic, now is as good a time as any to share this…

Battle in the Rockies Day 4

After arriving into nice weather in Denver, Colorado on Monday. We have a few days of bad weather and been unable to ride James’ flatland slab riding spot at his house, pretty teasing when you can see it as you chill in the house, to say the least. Yesterday, we woke up to sunshine and after updating the site filmed a quick how to with the help of Mates Tucek. The how to is now up for you to view.

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Battle in the Rockies Day 3

Day 3 of my annual Battle in the Rockies trip, and if there was any day for a chill day this was it. We woke up to snow and freezing temperatures in Monument, Colorado. After a little discussion at breakfast it seemed like the best day to get contest stuff organised ready for the weekend, trophies done, Halloween, etc.

We started the day with a visit to Touch of Shade, James’ business. James was organising the trophies, getting banners ready and even offered to make an FM banner and stickers, so if you are at the event this weekend. Come and see me for some free stickers, stoked! Thank you James!

James has been in the game a long time, so it’s always amazing to check the memorabilia he has displayed around his work place and office. For example, check his previous signature frames above with London Bikes.

After a few hours and lunch at the Tintadome it was time to head back to James’ house and get ready for Halloween and Trick or Treat with his kids. Halloween doesn’t seem so big in the UK, but here it was a huge deal. The snow had stopped so we took the opportunity to dry the flatland slab ready for some outdoor sessions Thursday and Friday when it is supposed to be back into double figures once again. Mates Tucek took the chance to have a ride for an hour or so, whilst myself and James moaned it was too cold to ride for old guys.

Trick or Treat as an experience walking James’ neighbourhood as the kids collected enough Candy to keep them going for a month or so. Never seen anything like it, it was a nice end to a much needed relaxing day. The sun is coming out now as I type this and the Slab is looking good for a session today, can’t wait! Short and sweet today, hope you are all enjoying the updates at home!