I’ll be honest, when I saw the Palaver Podcast pop up, I thought “Oh man, another podcast? Who is doing this one…” and as soon as I saw it was Chris Doyle‘s new Podcast, I immediately changed my perspective and couldn’t click play fast enough. There’s been a bunch of podcasts pop up lately, but knowing Chris is behind this one, we’re sure it’s going to kick a lot of ass. To start things off, he sat Kris Bennett to talk to him about everything from where he grew up to how he got into BMX, riding for a brand like S&M Bikes early on, riding contests with super sketchy builds, digging in the woods, a bunch of funny stories from the years, running Square One, his transition out of BMX into the real world, getting into flipping houses and more! This is a super good listen, so hit play and enjoy!
Chris Doyle sits down to talk about who his favorite rider is and why!
It’s that time for Chris Doyle to sit down and talk about who his favorite rider is and why. Depending on when you grew up in BMX, there’s a good chance you might be able to guess who Chris considers his favorite is… But we’re pretty sure most of you wouldn’t guess it first go. Either way, hit play and let Chris tell you who it is!
“Favorite Rider’s Favorite Rider is a new Ride series that sheds light on the influences of your influencers. Dropping every Wednesday at 10am.
This week is Chris Doyle, who reluctantly pays homage to his good friend…” – Ride BMX
Kris Bennett is working on a re-issue of the Chris Doyle Square One shirt to help raise some funds for the D-Man!
Earlier today we got word that Chris Doyle had collapsed last Thursday during a Kink trip in New Mexico ( Details Here ). Chris is stable and on the up and up, but he racked up some medical bill and could use a little support. Kris Bennett is doing a re-issue of Chris’ old Square One shirt with full proceeds going to help Chris out. You can pick up a shirt for $20 RIGHT HERE in sizes XXS through XXXXL, so there’s something for everyone. Go show some love for one of the best damn humans on and off the bike in BMX!
“Bad things happen to good people. For no reason at all. Luckily Chris Doyle is a true bad ass, and he’s already recovering. However that recovery won’t come without a lot of hard work, and unfortunately, a pile of medical bills. All of the proceeds will be going straight to Doyle. Printed on a Next Level shirt (just like the original)” – Kris Bennett
Go pick up a shirt for $20 right here!
Chris Doyle and Kris Bennett sit down to talk about Mike Aitken’s Square One “Wide Awake Nightmare” video part for the Fit Bike Co. “12 Days of Aitken” series…
It’s time for Chris Doyle and Kris Bennett to sit down and watch Mike Aitken‘s part from the Square One “Wide Awake Nightmare” video. This is one hell of a part with Mike’s serious ability to ride anything and everything really showing through. Hit play and take it all in!
“Day 6 in our ‘Twelve days of Aitken,’ which is a retrospective look at Mike Aitken’s BMX career as seen through the eyes of some of those who know him best via a selection of his hugely influential video parts, reaches the halfway mark, and what better section to reminisce about than Mikey’s part in the Square One’s critically acclaimed “Wide Awake Nightmare?”
This was arguably the tipping point for Mike’s riding, where he had elevated his style to one that was heavily imitated (even the girl pants), but never duplicated. Those rubber-leg inverts, the effortless flow, that flawless swag oozing out of every clip. Mike demonstrated here the pinnacle of what can be defined as the all-around rider of the new millennium. Square One teammate Chris Doyle, and filmer/ editor/ producer of “Wide Awake Nightmare” Kris Bennett provide some insightful commentary on what it was like watching the Mikey show from a front-row seat on a regular basis. AC/DC’s “It’s a Long Way to the Top” was pretty fitting for his part- The Mike Aitken takeover of BMX had been realized. -RD
Rider: Mike Aitken
Featuring: Chris Doyle & Kris Bennett
Music: AC/DC – “It’s a long way to the top”” – Fit Bike Co.
Chris Doyle and Kris Bennett sit down to discuss Mike Aitken’s “Empire East” video part!
The next 12 days are going to kickass! Here’s the first of 12 videos looking back on Mike Aitken‘s BMX career. Up first, we get Kris Bennett and Chris Doyle‘s perspective on Mike’s “Empire East” video part!
“Up first in the ‘Twelve days of Aitken’, which is a retrospective look at Mike Aitken’s BMX career as seen through the eyes of some of those who know him best via a selection of his hugely influential video parts, is Mikey’s section in the Erie, Pennsylvania-based video “Empire East.”
While transitioning from his first sponsor of Bully to the geometrically exaggerated-shaped frames of Mosh, a 16 year-old sharply opinionated visitor from Salt Lake City by the name of Mikey Aitken spent the summer of 2000 in Erie, Pennsylvania. While riding with the heavy-hitting crew that called Erie home at that time, he filmed a video part with Jim Winschel primarily at Buck’s Trails and Jim’s infamous backyard trails (which had gained notoriety around this time after hosting a stop in Road Fools 4). Chris Doyle and Kris Bennett provide commentary and a little insight into witnessing Mike’s casual slaying of the enormously long jumps at Winschel’s, which would still be pretty significant by today’s standards. The time period documented in “Empire East” is where Doyle and Bennett got a firsthand look at the blossoming Aitken’s natural riding talent and rapid progression that would eventually evolve to legendary status. -RD
RIder: Mike Aitken
Featuring: Chris Doyle & Kris Bennett
Music: “Paint it Black,” The Rolling Stones” – Fit Bike Co.
It’s always pretty crazy seeing what riders get into “after BMX” so to speak. Although Kris is still heavily involved in BMX, being a Co-Owner of Deluxe and everything, he still has a lot going on outside of BMX. Most of you probably don’t know that he has had a pretty good career of flipping houses out in Pennsylvania since he retired from being a pro rider. Well, it must be going better than pretty good because he has a new TV SHOW coming to HGTV called “Steel City Rehab” that features him, his wife and his team that work on flipping houses and running a brokerage firm. You can catch the pilot episode on HGTV on April 30th. No word if it’ll be a series yet, but if enough of you guys tune in, it might just happen.
“HGTV to Launch “Steel City Rehab” Pilot on April 30
Hourlong Episode Details Local Home Renovation
PITTSBURGH (April 25, 2017) — HGTV will premiere the pilot episode of Pittsburgh-based reality show
“Steel City Rehab” this Sunday, April 30 at 12:00 p.m. EST. The hourlong program details a residential renovation project headed by husband-wife duo and local real estate professionals Kris and Tara Bennett, who own K Bennett Development Group and its sister company, boutique brokerage Lifespace Pittsburgh.
“This has been such a cool experience for all of us,” says Tara. “Pittsburgh is an awesome city, and we’re excited to see it getting the attention it deserves.”
Throughout the episode, the Bennetts work to acquire, restore, and ultimately sell a home in Pittsburgh’s East End. They enlist the help of colleagues and long-time friends Cameron Nicols, project manager, and Jesse Wig, real estate agent. Kris, who began rehabbing houses in 2008, attributes the cast’s natural chemistry to their collective hometown of Titusville, Pa., just south of Erie. “It’s great to be working with good friends from home,” he says. “There’s a certain familiarity and mutual respect between us that really creates a comfortable and fun work environment.”
As a nod to Pittsburgh’s diverse, interconnected community of builders, architects, and designers, the “Steel City Rehab” pilot features the hands-on work of two local professionals: former Pittsburgh Steeler and woodworking expert John Malecki, who works with Tara to create custom-made furniture for the home; and Abode Pittsburgh founder and creative director Heather Visnesky, whose team is credited with staging and styling the finished property.
Since announcing the episode’s debut via social media, the Bennetts have received an outpouring of regional support. Says Kris, “We’re so grateful for all of the positive feedback. Pittsburgh has such a tight-
knit, small-town vibe, and it’s heartening to know that we have the support of the community.”
“Steel City Rehab” was filmed and produced by Bodega Pictures, a full-service video production firm headquartered in Los Angeles.
About K Bennett Development Group
As one of Pittsburgh’s most progressive real estate development and investment groups, K Bennett
Development restores and creates unique residential spaces for the city’s thriving real estate market.”
There had been some rumors floating around for a few weeks now that Deluxe was being sold, but there wasn’t anything concrete. It turns out the rumors were true and as of today one of the new owners is the legendary Kris Bennett! Get the details below from the trails brand’s creator, Mark Noble.
“I’ve got some big news regarding Deluxe today, which we can finally announce: as some of you in the industry may already know, I have a relatively new job at CSG UK as their BMX category manager, which is a big deal and is going extremely well – working with great people, on great brands, with plenty of varied challenges to do there. However it’s impossible to work on CSG BMX and work on Deluxe at the same time, to really give Deluxe the attention and love it deserves. That’s the bad news. The good news is that, after three months working on a plan and talking to various people and options, I have found safe hands for Deluxe – people who want to develop the products, work with all the existing team riders, help evolve the company, and really invest quality time and care into it.
Three American riders are going to be taking Deluxe to the next level – and namely they are: Justin Desko and Roth Desko, and Kris Bennett. Justin rides with Jeremy Ball all the time and has ridden a Deluxe frame for years, Roth resides in CA and rides there, and of course Kris Bennett should really need no introduction. They’re also sound businessmen and so from that aspect, they’re keen to make Deluxe a real success.
Deluxe is truly in safe hands, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
I’d like to thank everyone who’s helped get us to this point – the team riders past and present, the designers, the graphic designers, photographers, artists and videographers, the manufacturers of our parts and frames, the distributors worldwide, the bike shops out there, and anyone who has bought a Deluxe product and ridden it.
The brand new era for Deluxe starts now, with Justin Desko, Roth Desko, and Kris Bennett taking the reigns.” – Mark Noble
It’s crazy that the footage in this video is 11 years old already… Check out the legendary Little Devil team getting down in France!
“Bonus section from Little Devil’s collectors edition dvd. Matt Beringer, Kris Bennett, Van Homan, John Heaton, and Ali Whitton riding some french spots in 2003.
Filmed by Berengere Chabanis, Derek Adams, Matt Beringer, and Vincent Guedes.
Edited by Ryan Navazio.“