Welcome BMX Color App

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We’re very excited to announce that we have partnered with the very popular BMX Color App that allows you to pick out a custom paint scheme for your bike right on the computer. We have been big fans of the website for a long time, and now you can use it directly from The Union! This application lets you pick out your choice of color on every part of your bike and we know a lot of you have been using this for a long time, but still a lot of people didn’t know it existed! So, with that being said… Get to customizing your own bike! Hit the link below!


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Why You Should Throw A BMX Contest or Jam

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There are a lot of reasons why BMX jams and contests are awesome. We’re not talking X-Games and Dew Tours, we’re talking the smaller, local, less publicized BMX contests and Jams. Over the years, I personally have thrown around 15 or 20 jams or contests at a handful of skateparks around Minnesota. Some have been small, some have been big and some, like the 4th of July, do a lot for the local scene more than a lot of people might think. With each event, you get the opportunity to meet new people, expose people that aren’t familiar with BMX to the sport, spend time with some friends you don’t get to see often and most importantly, have an excuse to have a fun day for those people to enjoy. Over the weekend, we were involved with an event that really opened up our eyes as to just how beneficial it can be when the exposure to people that aren’t familiar with it can actually be. Let’s talk about this…

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Minor Details: BMX Frames

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When it comes to BMX frames these days, there are a lot of factors that come down to geometry that can alter the way a BMX bike feels and rides. Want to have more balance on your nose? Get a steeper head tube angle. Want to spin better? Get a higher bottom bracket height. Want to manual better? Get a shorter chain stay length. Need something better for barspins? Get something with a taller standover height. What about tailwhips? Shorter standover heights will make it easier to get over the bike. Now days, a 75-degree head tube angle, 71-degree seat tube angle, 8.5″ standover height, 11.5″ bottom bracket height and 13.25″ chain stay length are pretty common geometries you will find on a frame. Sure, there might be a handful of frames that have similar (or the exact same) geometry, but what makes them different than the others? The “minor details” that are added on to a frame to give it an aesthetic touch, add strength or make for a cleaner fit when parts are installed. There are A LOT of frame options these days, so we decided to cruise around a handful of BMX brands websites to check out a few frames that have some details that make it stand out from other frames. Let’s take a look!

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Salute to the 4th – Silverlake Contest Flyer

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When you want things to change in your scene, sometimes you have to take the reigns and make things happen. For those of you that don’t know, we’re based out of Rochester, Minnesota. It’s not exactly the kind of place you would expect a site like this to be with so much of the BMX industry being in California, but we still make it work. One thing we have always done is worked to be involved with or making events happen up here to help bring the scene together and grow it. Recently, we were asked to work with a local group in the city to help out with a big 4th of July celebration that will feature live music, food and alcohol vendors, a car and motorcycle show and a BMX and skateboard contest. One of main goals of this event was to show the city council that there is a big BMX and skateboard scene to get them to see it’s time to expand the skatepark. Once we heard that, we were all for helping out with the BMX contest.

So, if you’re in the Minnesota area on the 4th of July, swing through Rochester and hit up the Silverlake Skatepark. We’ll be throwing the BMX contest at the park and we have a ton of prizes from our sponsors; The Shadow Conspiracy, Subrosa Brand, Fly Bikes, Profile Racing, Madera, Mutiny Bikes, Kali Protectives, Radio Bikes and Merritt, to giveaway!

Pre-Register
You can pre-register for the contest on The Commission website for $10.
Pre-registering will save you $5. You don’t pay anything until you show up for the contest the day of! So pre-register even if you aren’t 100%!

Regular Register
You can register the day of for $15.

Address:
Silver Lake Skate Park
840 7th Street NE
Rochester, Minnesota 55904

We hope to see you there!

You can find a rough schedule after the jump!

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Insight: Radio Bikes – Siren Frame

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Is it time for a new BMX frame? Are you looking for something shiny? What about something that will hold up to whatever you throw at it whether it’s park, street or dirt? Our friends at Radio Bikes dropped one of their Siren frames on our front door step to take a closer look at just what makes the frame so special. We figured it would be a good idea to give you guys a closer look, too! So let’s get into this one!

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Insight: G-Shock – GB6900B Watch

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It’s funny how technology has evolved and changed over the years and you find new ways to connect different things you use throughout the day to one thing you never really thought you would have the capability of doing. The other day our friends at The Watch Hut hit us up to see if we had any interest in checking out one of the G-Shock watches the carry. Instantly, we started thinking that it might be a good idea because we’ve seen them involved with BMX quite a bit over the years sponsoring events and different riders like Nigel Sylvester. We remembered a promo video Nigel did a little while back for the GB6900B and figured that would be a good one to check out. Let’s take a closer look at this watch.

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Insight: The Shadow Conspiracy – Invisa-Lite Pads

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Are you on the hunt for some new BMX pads, but you don’t really want something that’s bulky, heavy and hot? It seems like a lot of riders avoid wearing pads because of those three factors, so The Shadow Conspiracy went to work to develop some pads that are the opposite of traditional pads while still offering plenty of protection against impacts. The Invisa-Lite BMX pads are designed to be slim, lightweight and offer plenty of air flow to keep you cool. We recently got our hands on a set to give a go and figured we would give you some insight into what make these pads so special. Ready? Let’s do this!

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Photogallery: The NL BMX Contest Finals

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Things wrapped up at the NL BMX Contest in Strasbourg, France yesterday with the BMX finals getting wild! Check out this photogallery by Chase Davidson giving us a look at some of the action that went down from guys like Joel Bondu, Maxime Charveron, Daniel Wedemeijer and more by hitting the link below!


Check out the full photogallery here!

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