Beaten to death

One evening we stopped at a spot in yet another bad part of philly just before it got dark. Now obviously dusk in the ghetto in the summertime is a bad combination, but we hoped to be in and out. Just as we were unloading bikes from the truck a woman drove by and said to us “You know you’re not in a good area, right?” We assured her that we knew and that we’d be leaving soon. She followed up with “And you know you’re white, right?” It really shored up everything I had sensed and been told that whole week - that racism and segregation are alive and well in Philadelphia, and that white people are often not welcome in black neighborhoods. Overt racism is something I know exists, but when you’re actually confronted with it, it’s such a shocking, awful thing. To be clear, this woman was not being racist - she had only our best interests (and safety) at heart. She knew the score, and she knew we shouldn’t be there.

We continued about our business and she drove off. A few minutes later, after she had parked her car, she walked back over to us, still concerned. She casually told me, “Just so you guys know, a white guy was beaten to death here last week.” Beaten to death. There. Last week. Ostensibly because he was white in a black neighborhood. wrong place. Wrong time. I don’t even know what to say about that.

But anyway, Jeff got a clip at the spot, and none of us were beaten to death. I guess it was a goo day.

Written by: Walter Pieringer

Publish by: Rideuk BMX Mag

It’s Risky Buniness

As bmxers we take risks. its inherent in all that we do, From the second we build our first kicker and pedal towards it, to the times we continuously try the same trick, nailing ourselves over and over but ignoring the pain to get to the glory. We sort of understand and calculate the risk and do our best to avoid them. Although some of us take more risks than others and in the issue we have asked ‘The big Question’ on helmets, we got a mixed response with a few more favouring to wear them. I personally want the very thing that keeps me functioning to be kept as in tact as possible, but that’s just me. Of course you could ask the same question about pads fully safeguard you from hurting yourself, its all part and parcel and we accept the risks. Another thing we manage to do regularly is get ourselves in some very compromising positions. This can range from anything, like being chased out of places by police or security guards to having arguments with councils or landowners about the mud placements of the trails you’ve painstakingly taken months or even years to build. In this issue though it’s more about the geography, and the very streets we visit to find those much needed new spots. We pass through the roughest of areas getting the strangest of looks and do our very best to keep or heads down and get the job done. Sometimes though, things get a little close to the mark and there are some fine examples to read in this issue. Have fun guys, be good and if you can’t be good be careful! Its risky business and sometimes a war zone out there

Written By - Seb hejna

Publish in - Rideuk bmx mag

BSD ‘Any Which Way’ Full DVD from BSD on Vimeo.

Part 1 - 00:00 Introduction
Part 2 - 02:03 France
Part 3 - 07:08 California
Part 4 - 12:11 Interlude
Part 5 - 17:08 Barcelona
Part 6 - 21:27 Arizona
Part 7 - 29:16 Credits

Filmed throughout California, Arizona, France and Spain, “Any Which Way” follows the BSD team on a series of roadtrips through the winter of 2011.

Featuring riding from Kriss Kyle, David Grant, Tony Malouf, Alex Donnachie, Jason Teet, Dan Paley, Reed Stark, Antony Lille, Chris Brown, Nailz and more, the 30 minute DVD is filmed and edited by Dave Sowerby

The “Any Which Way” world premier took place at the Simple Session film festival in Tallinn, Estonia on Friday the 30th March at the Solaris Cinema before its release on DVD.

Any Which Way is still available as a free DVD to order from the BSD website.