Episode 70: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Thiago Balzano

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It’s time for episode 70 of the Flatmattersonline exclusives, this episode we have a feature with Brazilian rider, Thiago Balzano. Thiago has been living in the Washington DC area, USA for about eight years now and is a dedicated Flatmattersonline reader.

Thiago reached out to me, and let me know the exclusives have really helped push him as a rider and he wanted to use the exclusive as motivation to land a hitchhiker to crackpacker. And as you will see, he hits this line clean, he mentioned that the side step style out of crackpacker to steam was causing him the most problem.
This was really a joy to hear, this is what the exclusives are all about. It’s you and your own personal progression, and using documenting the line to help push forward your own development.
This works on so many levels, I could go on and on.

This did give me an idea, the Flatmattersonline exclusive Line of the year award went to Kio Hayakawa last year, what about if we add a Reader Line of the Year that’s not for Pro’s. This is for riders like BZ, Thiago and whoever comes forward, readers of FM, it makes sense to me.
Does it make sense to you?
Let me know your thoughts, and I’ll announce next week if it’s happening.

Thanks for contributing Thiago!

Whose got episode 71? Dropping Wednesday….

Episode 69: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Pete Brandt

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What’s up everybody?
Flatland lifer, SF flatland legend, Pete Brandt comes through with a belter of back wheel line for episode 69. At the age of 50, the flatland assassin, Pete B shows no sign of slowing down and I love the detail in this line.
Pete locks into four spins, after the opening shove-it switch foot mega spins, and holds a similar amount of revolutions on the no handed straddle time machine, hook spin, Adam Kun signature spin (no handed spinning lawn?), and no handed blender and stamps this with that Pete B finesse and aggressive we have all come to love.
This clip got me hyped, filmed by skater homie Chris Dunn, and a cameo from Larry Redmon holla’ing “We out here!!!”. SF represent to the fullest, missing the Clocktower vibes….

It’s time to go ride!!!

Thanks to Pete for throwing down for ep.69 (his second exclusive), whose got episode 70? Get at me, the American riders have stepped up big time for these exclusives. Anyone else notice that??!!!

Episode 68: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Bryan Huffman

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The clips keep on coming in, and today it’s time for Bryan Huffman’s second exclusive!
Bryan is what I like to call a flatland lifer, out of Winston Salem, North Carolina over in the USA. Bryan comes through with one of his signature moves, the Huffpacker.
A halfpacker where he drops the back wheel down on the ground, and pumps a few circles for good measure.
Bryan has been doing this move for a long time, much respect Bryan.
Thanks for contributing, whose got episode 69? Dropping Wednesday…

Episode 67: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with James McGraw

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It’s Wednesday evening, and that means time for the next episode of the Flatmattersonline Exclusives! Thank you once again to everyone who was thrown down a clip to get this started up and flowing again.

Irina Sadovnik started things off a few weeks back, and ended her exclusive with screams of joy, and a rider that’s infamous for screaming after every line he pulls is none other than the man behind the AFA, James McGraw!

I must admit I turned down the volume to watch this the first time round, and James rivals Irina with the loudest scream so far, James comes through with a rad junkyard kick turbine line ending in a backwards spinning switch foot ice cream/mega spin whatever you care to call it at his freshly surfaced Tintadome riding spot in Monument, Colorado.

What I wasn’t expect was a cameo from Joe Cicman, the man is everywhere!

Thanks for contributing James, whose got episode 68 dropping Sunday…

Episode 65: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Todd Carter

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What’s everybody, with a spring in all our steps. It’s time to get back to two exclusives a week, flatland lifer, Todd Carter stepped up for episode 65 to deliver a super smooth switch foot ankledeath type ride in to guillotine into spinning lard yard, finishing the line with a two footed backyard pivot out at his home riding spot.
As Todd warms up for the AFA Dream run contest shortly coming up, he’s looking smoother than ever, and I’m loving the progression he’s been showing lately on his social media.
Who would have thought Mr nice guy, Todd Carter would be that guy to break the rules of a FM exclusive.
Thanks for contributing Todd, whose got episode 66? Dropping Sunday….

Episode 64: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Gabriel Alves Gomes

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I love surprises at Flatmattersonline HQ, when it comes to exclusives. A new face to me, Gabriel Alves Gomes comes through with a banger for episode 64!
From the smooth execution on the hand scuff backyard to the no-handed gliding lard yard/gerator/dick trick (whatever you care to call it), and sealing the deal with a steep brakeless smith decade. The exit is so important in flatland, and can really finish off a nice line, and turn into a great line.
The brakeless smith when executed properly is a real riders trick, separating the men from the boys, and Gabriel out of Brazil certainly stomped his authority on this clip. Super stoked!

Thanks Gabriel for contributing, look forward to seeing more from the Brazilian shredder.
Episode 65 will drop on Wednesday, hold tight!

Episode 63: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Joe Cicman

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It’s Sunday 6pm GMT, and time for episode 63 of the Flatmattersonline exclusives. This week we have a feature with Joe Cicman, this Joe’s third FM exclusive. Right now he has the record for the most exclusives since I started these back up in January 2020.
Forgive the pun, but “Fact or Freestyle” is this the world’s longest no-handed steam?
Fanks Joe for contributing, whose got the next clip?

Episode 62: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with TJ Perry

The Flatmattersonline exclusives are back and flowing, every Sunday at 6pm GMT is what I am aiming. The exclusives started back with a boom last week when the Women’s UCI World Champion, Irina Sadovnik came through with an amazing x-handed hang 5 to x-handed whiplash out for episode 61!

Can we get to 100 episodes I asked?

TJ Perry hit me up shortly after 61 dropped with an awesome fire hydrant step crackpacker to two footed front yard to crack 360 flapjack clip for episode 62! Great to see TJ back after a 5 year hiatus, he’s gone from riding the roughest parking lot to becoming a real estate agent and owning his own property with his own personal garage spot now making tyres last for months!

It’s great to see TJ back into riding, TJ just celebrated his 35th birthday on Friday, go show TJ some love for this awesome front wheel line. Thanks for contributing TJ, whose got episode 63?
Get in contact and send in your clip. let’s keep this going!

FLAT ONLY COGCAST: Episode 2 / The Return of Sequence with Aaron Frost!

Welcome to Episode 2 of the Flat Only COGcast, my guest for the second episode is Aaron Frost from Sequence. The return of Sequence is a breath of fresh air to the flatland community, and I sit down with the man himself, and talk about the history of the brand, re-re-releasing classic sequence product, the new Anvil system on his peg design + you get the scoop on the new team for 2021 and a whole lot more.

Check the Timestamps for what’s discussed, I have to say this one of the best interviews I have done. Really enjoyed catching up with Aaron and talking all things Sequence. This show is not to be missed!!!

Enjoy the show!

0:00 Welcome to FLAT ONLY cogcast episode 2!

00:19 Introducing Aaron Frost to the show.

2:52 History of the Sequence brand.

3:49 Concept behind Sequence name.

6:06 How long did the brand run the first time round?

7:59 Shintaro Misawa added to the Sequence team.

10:42 Who was on the original Sequence team?

15:45 Recognising annoyingly good riders.

17:46 How long did Sequence lay dormant, what was your thinking starting back up?

19:04 Making a mistake getting Sequence made in Taiwan.

20:56 When did you start Sequence up again?

21:57 Starting a manufacturing company.

24:29 Making Sequence product in house.

25:32 Re-releasing classic Sequence product?

26:24 The Hook stem and the engineering behind it.

31:03 Is the weight on product a concern for you as a rider and engineer?

32:35 The Anvil peg system and size of pegs?

34:37 Why is the internal sleeve starting inside the peg more than usual?

36:28 Working with Titanium.

38:34 Having the facilty to take more then stems and pegs.

39:57 Working towards complete bikes.

40:52 Who is on the Sequence team for 2021?

48:25 Discussing how insane the Real Jeep Games were?

51:53 North American flatland scene.

53:07 Where can you get Sequence product from?

54:51 Aaron’s personal riding progression and injuries.

57:02 How does Aaron feel about Flat Only Brands?

1:07:21 How can people contact you?

FLAT ONLY COGcast EPISODE 1: 12 YEARS OF FLATMATTERSONLINE

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12 Years into running Flatmattersonline on Friday 27th November 2020, it was time for something new for the site.
After various conversations with my co-host Pete Brandt during our lockdown here in the UK, the “Flat Only” COGcast is born, the title “Flat ONLY” seemed to be the most fitting, and described the direction we both feel strongly about, Pete suggested changing “POD” to “COG” to keep inline with that flatland feel.

On the evening of our 12th anniversary, I got together via zoom with Pete Brandt, Bobby Carter, Jody Temple and man of the moment, Peter Olsen to talk about all things 12 years of Flatmattersonline, Wheelie bikes as a trend, lack of flatland frames currently available, the latest video parts, reemergence of flatland only brands, back injuries and much much more. It was a great conversation, check the timestamps below for a quick reference of what is discussed when.

Grab a cuppa FM style and enjoy the first episode….

TIME STAMPS:

00:00 Intro to the FLAT ONLY cogcast, introducing Pete Brandt, and our guests Bobby Carter and Jody Temple!

5:38 12 years of FM, at what point did you guys start checking FM?

12:04 Questions for Effraim about running Flatmatters?

29:13 COVID has affected everyone’s riding. The pros and cons.

41:15: View on the over saturated market of old school frames

43:00 And not much choice in modern day flat frames….

53:57 Peter Olsen joins the show.

55:18 The reemergence of FLAT ONLY brands.

1:05:18 Back injuries and the importance of stretching…

1:11:50 Flatmattersonline year end awards coming up! So many amazing edits lately including Pete Olsen’s Ritual part….

1:26:59 Are wheelie bikes going to be the future or a passing trend?

1:39:45 Outro