What do you do when you break a part that is supposed to be designed to take abuse? Well, I know most of us will just be pissed, bitch, moan and swear off ever running the product again. But then there is a guy like Jon “Gremlin” Betchtold who decided that if he can’t find something he’s satisfied with, he will just make what he wants himself. After breaking what I could imagine plenty of parts because of how much of a beast he is, The Daily Grind was founded with the goal of producing products that are going to hold up to the heavy abuse that comes from riding street like riders really do it these days. One of the first products that The Daily Grind have offered was their hub guards but, recently, the crew decided to put a two year warranty on them to show just how much faith they have in them. Take a look at the video promo video they just dropped giving you a look at just what kind of abuse they put their guards through to make sure they are good enough for you, along with a look at some scraps for their new “Hard Times” DVD that is in the works. After you watch that, let’s take a closer look at just what make these guards special after the jump…
Did you catch the live feed of the Streetstyle contest at Dew Tour Brooklyn yesterday? Check out full highlights featuring Chad Kerley, Tyler Fernengel, Scotty Cranmer, Dennis Enarson and Garrett Reynolds to see just what went down!
“Dew Tour brought its signature streetstyle discipline to the streets of Brooklyn for the first time, and a field full of heavy hitters was on hand to land insane tricks on a whole slew of intense obstacles. Ultimately, Garrett Reynolds captured his first streetstyle win since 2012, but Dennis Enarson, Scotty Cranmer and others provided plenty of their own highlights.” – Dew Tour
Head over to The Shadow Conspiracy to take a closer look at Drew Bezanson’s current setup that he’s been bouncing around the world with! Gotta love that gyro setup! Check out more photos and a full parts list right here!
Did you miss the live feed from the street contest at the Dew Tour in Brooklyn yesterday? Well, it’s all good because you can check out all the highlights and see just who took home the win in this video! Sean Ricany, Broc Raiford, Dennis Enarson, Chad Kerley, Garrett Reynolds and more!
“Dennis Enarson, Chad Kerley, Garrett Reynolds and the rest of the BMX Street field took to the Dew Tour course at House of Vans, and things got crazy. Check out the footage from the contest here.”
Where does time go! It’s hard to believe it’s already been a week since Interbike wrapped up! That means we’re getting back on our weekly Saturday look at some dialed BMX products you might just want or need! In this weeks Products: column, were going to take a closer look at the High Rise stem from Kink, Garrett Reeves’ signature grips from Sunday Bikes, the Team sprocket from Freed Bikes, Simone Barraco’s signature Strada tire from The Shadow Conspiracy and then we will wrap things up with the new Cult X Starter limited edition snapback hats! Ready? Let’s do this!
Keeping the party going! Josh Alderete’s section from the Cult “Small Talk” DVD is now online! Josh has been killing it for a long time, but I think this section will really open up some eyes to just how good he is! Check out some amazing pegless freecoaster lines that he cooked up for this one!
“We’re psyched to be rolling out the sections from Cult’s most recent DVD, Small Talk, that ever-so-greatly moved the spotlight from their pro squad to the ams. Something relatively fresh in BMX, focusing time and money and letting their up and comers is something that rarely happens, but building the team from the ground up is what Cult is all about, so we’re hyped to rename the best day of the week for the next month: Cult’s Small Talk Saturdays.” – Ride BMX
“The classification between amateur and professional in BMX has been discussed and debated, but never clearly defined. While the lines are still a little blurry, if we can agree that a professional includes a paycheck and a certain level of experience and skill, then we’re halfway there. So what is an am? Does BMX even need ams? Cult thinks so, and they helped set the precedent for an established am class in BMX with the release of Small Talk, their am-based video that gave Steven Mack, Josh Alderete, Iz Pulido, and Andrew Castaneda the center stage usually reserved for the pro riders.”
Hailing from Palm Desert, California, Josh is another one of the quiet shredders who is all about consistency and riding as smooth as possible. He’ll be the first to call himself out and just pedal back to the start and film the line again until he’s happy with it. Even if everyone else would have taken the first try, it’s all about Josh’s own standards.” – Cult
Dew Tour Brooklyn is going down this weekend! Check out a preview with some highlights from Portland to get excited for it!
“BMX streetstyle is coming to the Brooklyn borough with defending champ Dennis Enarson looking to fend off past winners Chad Kerley, Garrett Reynolds and an entire lineup of outside challengers. Watch all the action go down on Franklin Street in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Sunday, September 21.
Action starts at 12pm ET / 9am PT, watch it ALL live at DewTour.com/LIVE or download the NBC Sports Live Extra app.”
It has been a little while since we’ve done a new shirt, so we decided to get a fresh new design going and we’re really psyched on how it came out! The new Wheel logo shirt features a small The Union logo on the front with the new Wheel logo design on the back. The shirts are printed on soft 100% cotton Canvas brand shirts and come in sizes of small, medium, large and extra large! We’ve done a very limited run for this first go to feel things out, but could be doing some other colors in the near future if people are into them.
The shirts are available for $15 in our WEBSTORE right now!
All orders come with The Union stickers and a few other brands stickers we have laying around in the office! We ship worldwide as well!
Check out more photos after the jump.
The other day, our friend Ronny Skevis, hit us with a selection of photos from a trip to an island we had never heard of called Tinos Island that he took with Panagiotis Manaras last month. Now, we know about Panos and Ronny and how good they are on a bike and behind a camera, but we had no idea what this island was hiding for riding spots! After checking out the amazing photos, we quickly realized that this island is definitely an untapped gem. We asked Ronny if we could run the photos in a photogallery so you guys could get a look for yourselves and here it is! Definitely check this one out!
A few months ago I received a phone call from Panagiotis Manaras asking if I was available for a photoshoot for one of his current sponsors, Vodafone CU! Of course I gave him a positive response and after a few weeks we loaded up Panos’ 4×4 with his bike, his monkey scooter and some surfboards and we headed to the port for this island called Tinos in the Aegean sea!
My first thought was why would they send us to an island? And why that one specifically? Tinos is an island known for its religious tourism, there was some kind of a big tradition being held there August 15th where a lot of people go there to pray and practice one of the weirdest rituals… They kind of crawl on their knees on a carpet for 1 kilometer up to this temple dedicated to the Holy Mary and ask for forgiveness or just pray for blessing. Fortunately or unfortunately we were there during the first week of August so we didn’t really see it happen, although we spotted a few people practicing the knee bending rituals during our stay…
Anyways, I guess the reason they sent us there was that Tinos is a big island and it had a lot of possibilities to score some decent riding spots. With a bit of creativity and Panos’ riding skills, we managed to take more photos than expected. So here you can see some of the action that went down during our trip! I’ll try to explain everything through the images! – Ronny Skevis
It looks like Cult have a new collaboration cooking with Starter that we can expect some rad projects coming. They’re starting things off with 6 limited edition snapbacks that you can pick up in the Cult Webstore right now! Two are exclusive to the webstore, but others should be available through shops and mail-orders that carry Cult worldwide soon! Get on this now before they’re gone!