Well, here’s some unfortunate news to be announcing. After 37 years, BMX Plus! have decided to call it quits. They have made the announcement via Twitter and it sounds like their final issue will be the November 2015 issue. For those of you keeping track, that really only leaves Ride BMX as a major publication for BMX magazines now that DIG, Ride UK and BMX Plus! have discontinued print. There are still a few smaller publications that do print, but seeing a magazine like BMX Plus! go under is pretty rough. I’d be willing to bet the first magazine a lot of you saw were a BMX Plus! in your school.
Here’s a look at Profile Racing‘s latest print ad in BMX Plus! that features Jared Eberwein and their Column cranks. If you take a look, Profile are now offering their Column cranks in shorter lengths of 160mm, 165mm and 170mm (along with the existing 175mm and 180mm) in black and chrome now!
For this weeks feature I decided to continue the Creative Minds series and instantly thought of Damian Fulton. For those of you out there that don’t know, Damian is the creator responsible for the entire Radical Rick comic strip series that was featured in BMX Plus! magazines for over a decade. For many readers out there, it was THE reason to pick up a copy of Plus! and had a pretty big following. There wasn’t a BMX rider out there that wasn’t down with Radical Rick. The series was always fresh, and Damian was putting out solid content month after month. I have a ton of respect for him and can’t believe he ran it for so long. I know all too well that dealing with deadlines on a regular basis can be a huge pain in the ass. So the fact that he made it work, regardless of his already packed schedule says a lot about his love for the work he was doing and the product he was creating. After tracking him down I caught up with him at his Southern California home and was honored to have the chance to hear about all things Radical Rick from the man himself. Obviously this feature was aimed for the old school heads out there but it’s also a bit of a history lesson for the younger generation so hopefully everyone gets a little something out of it.
The new issue of BMX Plus! will be shipping soon! Check out the cover featuring Victor Salazar above, then check out the full contents below! Looks like it’s going to be a real good issue.
“BMX Plus! May 2013
Victor Salazar dips a toothpick while on the Guettler tour. Photo: Arriaga
Stolen Sinner LHD
Free Agent Team Limo
Thomas Hancock Legacy Jam
-Remembering Thomas one year later
The Guettler Tour
-One the road to AZ with Guettler and crew
On The Spot
-Catching up with Chris Brown
On The Move
-Smith to nose manuals with Sean Morr
-Dialing in V-brakes
Inside the Pro’s Bikes
-Marc Willers’ DK
-Connor Fields’ Chase
Spring Gear Guide
-Restoring Jamie Bestwick’s first bike
-New products from 2Hip and Tiffen
Action from Stephen Cerra, Jake Ortiz, Adam Banton and much more!”
Chris over at BMX Plus! just sent through their new April 2013 cover featuring Big Daddy! This issue should be hitting schools and stores everywhere shortly! Check out the full content list below.
Big Daddy lets out some style in Ben’s Backyard
Skull Candy In Hawaii
Inside Ben’s Backyard
Certified Helmet Buyer’s Guide
DK Team Frame
Give Your Bike A Spring Tune-up
All Day Everyday-
Mike Day Takes Over The Annual Column Spot
Keith Treanor, 1996
Inside Look at 34R & ODI”
Matt Nicklen put together this rad promo video for the BMX Plus shop in Bournemouth. Take a tour of the shop and then check out some riding from Jake Rawnsley, Alex Costa, Ryan Patrick, Luke Brocklebank, Matt Nicklen and shop Nipper Lawrie Clowery.