Lifelong BMX Rider tries mountain bike at Whistler

from being a little kid swinging on the
swing set jumping off catching air and feeling like this is the best thing in
the world I wanted the most freedom I could possibly have my dad told me about
bikes that were capable of flying through the air I needed one my friendship with Scott was built on
BMX as unstructured as BMX seems there’s a
lot to know about it and Scott taught me everything you knew. he took me to my
first skate park, taught me how to manage fear, and showed me that bikes can be a
tool for creativity. with what he taught me Scott had unknowingly affected the
course of my life in a way neither of us could have imagined. And now I’m in a
position to do for Scott what he did for me I love Austin more than anything, I do,
but it’s so cool be in the mountains I’ve never been to mountains before all right so hop on and take her for a
little spin tell me what you’re feeling I always felt like a mountain bike was
what you use when you wanted to kind of amp it up a tiny bit but still take it
easy. Try and bunnyhop like try and get the bars up to your waist so now I get
on this bike after never touching a mountain bike never using gears never
using brakes and I started bouncing around in the parking lot and I’m like
well this is this is not gonna be good how am I gonna juice a jump on this
thing you know it’s gonna take my power away right. Brakes up for going slower. It
felt like it was made to cushion and relax everything. just hold my wheel
holy whoa I’m not trying to do that Are people following me? how much crazier does this get? Once we got on the trails I started to realize why the suspension was there. when we rode on the loam I ate it…
went over the bars hit a pine tree. You alright? yeah this thing sucks
I was like this sucks and I was like no I suck. I didn’t get a single look from
anybody when I was riding terribly or having to hike down a trail
because it was you know too hard for me and I’m trying to learn. I didn’t get a
single look and you know sometimes you got to show up at a skate park and kind
of prove yourself before you feel like you belong there, and I didn’t feel that
at all When I got out here and I started jumping I would just push into the lips
as hard as I could and just yank back apparently everybody was telling me I was going slower than I should have been and going higher and further than I should
have been I thought a BMX bike was the perfect
flying machine. There’s something about being in the air on this thing that I just
felt like I could just go so fast and roast off a lip and I got that feeling
that I got from BMX Ever since being on the swing set I
thought to myself you know I have to find something, now I need a bigger swing
set right and this just opens it up in a completely different way. I was looking
at rocks that looked like a launch in a land and I was like is that possible and
that really ignited that kind of that feeling of being a kid just trying to
see you know how far I can go and how high I can go. We’re not kids anymore and
we’re getting older and we want the same thrill in my limited experience the risk
versus reward factor in mountain biking you get rewarded no matter what I love BMX and I think that it’s the
best community in the world I really do and I almost feel a little bit guilty
you know saying like I love what I just did because I feel like I’m betraying
what’s been so good to me but it’s just right and it feels awesome

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