I asked Crandall to give me an update as to what going on at FBM, any new plans, what’s up with the team, etc… His response? why don’t you ask me questions? Shit! I thought.. I wanted a cut and paste update for the site now I have to come up with questions… so I threw a few at him and this what he responded with. Enjoy… iTod
How you been? I am 33 years old, and I am still enjoying BMX, i guess i’m doing pretty good, thanks for asking. I rode bikes in NYC last weekend, and had so much fun, it was like I was 17. My knees were shot when I got home.
How are things at FBM going so far? -so far in relation to what? things are good, we area small business struggling in a tough industry to stay afloat, especially with in house manufacturing in a community that seems ambiguous to these things. We are doing it on our own, forging our own path, and we have a lot of irons in the fire so to speak, we are headed in a real positive direction.
I noticed that you have revamped the team this year. bringing on new riders. Seeing older riders move on. What’s going on over there with the Team? Refresh us as to who’s on the team now.- Currently our team, aside from employees and original fbm gangsters- is Joel Barnett, Mickey Marshall, Garrett Guilliams, Joey Juarsti, Nate Richter, Mike Tag, Derrick Girard, Tom Blyth, Josh Elkington, Kie Asworth, William Ashby and Ruel “wormz” Smith. Less formality, Less emphasis on having a “pro” team, just some dudes stoked on bikes, and stoked on FBM.
Looking at the 2008 line, you guys seem to have a newer direction going as far as frames go. hell the whole company has been getting a new look in recent years, is FBM all done with Fire,Beer, and Mayhem? and moving towards Fun, Bikes, and Mylanta?
Fbm is based loosely on good times, with friends, and riding bikes, whatever else falls under that umbrella is fine with us. We were caught somewhere between Albert Street, and becoming a Normal Business for a while, we are just trying to keep it fun and do cool shit right now.
Any big plans for the team members this year that you know of? road trips, contests, video parts, etc? We are having a Jam at Rays in May, and another Old School Dirt comp at the Belmar, Brawlin at the Belmar 2, we have talked about some video Ideas, but nothing set in stone. We are doing a Team tour in the Midwest in May though…. we’ll be filming on that.
Clothing has been and always be a part of FBM. over the years designs change and evolve with the company. how important is it to you to continue making cool shirts for riders to express their sport in? -Its how we got started in this whole gig, and its an important part of our product line, its a pretty good way to express who we are and what we are into. Its a pretty good canvas to showcase FBM ideas and imagery.
How has growing older changed the face of FBM? -I think the ideas that FBM were founded on have remained pretty close to when I was younger, but how it relates to the current BMXer has changed, and thats something that will always change. I hope the simplicity of a good time, and wanting to support people who promote that in BMX will remain important enough for people like us to stay involved. It’s Weird that I am twice as old as the average BMX rider/consumer/internetter, hopefully the youngsters at FBM keep me in check though.
Aren’t you that guy from Fuel TV? ever get sick of that question? hell, ever think when you were younger, people would stop you on the street and ask you that shit? I don’t own a television, and I have never seen 1 episode of that show (not a lie). Most people in the town I live in haven’t seen it either, I don’t think Fuel is on the regular cable package in Ithaca. When i travel though, it is totally fucking weird though… the whole thing was pretty informal, since I grew up with the Props guys, and am friends with them. I didn’t realize how much of it would end up broadcasted, and how many people would see it though. Its better than people asking me if I am Jack Osbourne though, that sucks.
Contests…. last year it was Brawling at the BelMar, in years past it was the ghetto jam. I see this year the BelMar comp is on again. ever think of doing more of the ghetto type comps. in the future?
I think the Ghetto comp ran its course…. I would like to, but there would be too much hype for it to live u to that last one…
where is Lou Bickle? Lou Is currently serving time in a Pennsylvania correctional center, I think he is doing a 20 month bid… Write him a letter-Lou Bickel HJ6769 S.C.I. Camphill P.O. Box 200 Camphill, PA 17001 (editors note : Seriously you should write him something.. even if you don’t know him write him.. make a convict smile)
We are working on making lighter, stronger frames that are cool looking an handbuilt in New york. The Howler is a step in that Direction.
Team… Back to our grassroots, just dudes having fun, traveling, riding, More Lifestyle, less professionalism.
soft goods…. We are working on keeping a fresh lineup of silly ass softgoods, belt buckles,and retarded beer coozys.
unreleased new products…. Working on a revamped FBM hardgoods lineup, its looking good so far.
the sword… I love Unicorns! Forks in the R and D stages…
How has the Sword been accepted with in the fixed gear crowd? do you think FBM will expand it’s self into that market as well?
More frames, clothing, accessories? People seem stoked on the Bike, the quality, functionality, and the overall package is awesome, and its made In a small independent machine shop, Cycle enthusiast seem pretty supportive of that.
I am pretty sure I speak for a lot of people when I say this, I have always loved the videos put out by FBM. from the little web edits to the full length videos, do you think you will ever do another full length video, or has that time come and gone for BMX?
I am working on a full length version of The Derrick Girard Commercial, combined with the one where I was in a bathtub full of spaghetti. Mikey Corts and I have some plans or another FBM video, but its a little ways off. THe new Props has an 8 minute bonus FBM promo that will be online shortly.