Sunday, March 25, 2007

Cleveland and Cobras

Cobras, Scott Towne and Chris Yankee
Big Job, Kmart and snake and I went to Rays MTB park to meet up with the Cobras and ride.

This is Davey Coopwasser. Scott and I stressed Davey out the day before we went by sending him not so nice emails just to mess with him. Davey got me back by pointing out a line to me that had a hidden rafter in it. Davey is a real cool young dude.

Here is a shot of Big Job (Jeff Collins) going through the red bull berm. We call him big job because he is a contractor and every job he does is a big job according to him.

Pat Schrader and OB-3 training through the curved wall. I had never been to a place like Ray's. It is huge in there with more stuff to ride than imaginable. I thought it smelled like a horse barn in there. Pat showed me a room that they make beer near the park and the barley is what made it smell like a horse barn. That is about the best I have in me now. Thanks for checking
Old Bastard Behind Bars Kelly

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Chilli Kook Off

Baker Designs BMX had thier annual chilli kook off last saturday night. The band Hammered played. I grew up with the drummer (Bob Eckert) and the roadie (Dave "Punky " Kimbrough). We used to ride when we were 15. Shan drummed uo a bunch of donations and raffled them off and gave the procceds to the Nick Wilson park project. Saint to Sinners crew got nutz. Kmart choked Jammer until he passed out. Bunno jumped off a table onto snake and snake fell and smashed his face, got knocked out and broke his shoulder.
I've always thought it was wild how, the rattier, gnarlier and uglier a rocker is the cooler he is. Here is Punky being pretty cool.

I have been dialing the piss out of all my bikes latley in anticipation of spring. I started ebaying this winter and have dialed this 84 patterson in. It was my bike (but 3 times as good) that I had in 84. I have been fixing on my buds bikes also. The other day I built up a bike for Big Job (Jeff Collins). When I was done my hands looked like I had been drilling for oil. To my surprise I was talking with them and found that some young and not so young dudes don't know the old use Vaseline when building a bike trick. The bike bearings dont spin fast enough to really break down the vaseline and it doesn't get all black and crappy like regular grease. It is one of those tricks that works and you wouldn't think it would. Like the WD40/ grip trick.
I hope that wasn't as boring to read as it was to write.
Thanks Old Bastard Behind Bars Kelly

Thursday, January 25, 2007

King of the East Coast Collectors

I met Brian Pleva on He was looking to trade a new Haro for a old BMXer. I traded hima old jag that I had. I had no idea he was the collector that he is when we traded. It didn't take long before I found out what he was up to. Brian seemed like a real cool guy and we talked on line a bit. I would say that Brian is the King of the East Coast Collectors. Although that title might be my opinion I think it might be able to be proven. This summer I was going to go down and meet up with him and we were going to go to King of NY together. The long arm of the law prevented me form making it to our meet up spot. I have seen many pictures of his collection but I had to see it in person. I was in his area so I stopped to check him out. When I saw his collection I couldn't help but think of the fun, pride, value and how obvious it is that he likes to hunt for all this old BMX stuff. I felt like a little kid in the 80's at a decked out bike shop that wouldn't stop asking questions so I thought it would be fun to write some down and see what Brian had to say.
(OB-3) name, age?

(K.O.E.C.C) Brian Pleva, 34

(OB-3) Who is in your family?

(K.O.E.C.C) Joann, Cooper(4) and Katerina(3months)

(OB-3) How long have you been collecting and how did you start?

(K.O.E.C.C) 94, I decided I wanted the cool bikes I couldn't have back when I was younger.

(OB-3) What is your favorite bike or part?

(K.O.E.C.C) I like them all, the 87 sport rider is my favorite bike. My favorite thing is the magazine that you (meaning me) gave to me. Late 80's BMXPLUS that the back cover is signed by Haro, Sigur, and Wilton.

(OB-3) What is your most valuble bike and part?

(K.O.E.C.C) Bike=Hollywood, Part= tires on hutch proraider

(OB-3) Are you a hippie?

(K.O.E.C.C) NO! (laughs)

(OB-3) Do hippies drink moonshine?

(K.O.E.C.C) They couldn't handle it!

(OB-3) What is your favorite music?

(K.O.E.C.C) Anything loud and fast with guitars.

(OB-3) Who do you like better, Poison or Lynard Skynard?
(K.O.E.C.C) Skynard.
(OB-3) What VW'S do you have?
(K.O.E.C.C) 66 Bettle, 96 GTI, (2) 2006 Jettas
(OB-3) What else are you into?
(K.O.E.C.C) Family, Skiing and snowboarding, Fishing, VW's and downhill

(OB-3) What is your favorite riding or trick?
(K.O.E.C.C) Street riding and tricks?? WALLRIDES!!
(OB-3) What does Joann (his wife) think of your collecting?

(K.O.E.C.C) She digs it, supports it.

(OB-3) What do you like most about the collecting thing?

(K.O.E.C.C) Memories!

(OB-3) Anything else you can tell me?

(K.O.E.C.C) NA, I'm just a down to earth guy that likes collecting BMX bikes and I like dudes to come and check it out. It is pretty much a open door around here.

Brian's collection was better than most of the bike shops I used to go to back in the day. It was really amazing to me to get to see how outgragous Brian's collection really is.
Thanks Old Bastard Behind Bars, Kelly

Sunday, January 7, 2007

Nick Wilson Memorial Skate/Bike park

Nicholas Wilson
Nick Wilson died in Iraq on 2-12-06 while serving our country. He was a Navy petty officer 2nd class, EOD mobile unit three. About 11 years ago the village of Newark Valley had dirt trails in the village park. We would drive over and ride them every so often. Nick was one of the kids that was always there digging and riding his ass off. I remember him well from those trails. About 3 years ago we bought our first home in Newark Valley. Just so happens we moved right next door to where Nick grew up. We have become very good friends with his family. The village came to me about a year ago asking for my imput on building a skate/bike park in the village. I thought it would be something I would like to do and that it would be a good idea to name the park in Nick's memory.
Mid summer of 06 we had a demo at the same park where the trails wer 11 years before. The reason was to raise awarness and see how many were interested in the park idea. We brought lots of ramps down for the demo. Sleepy head came and played. They are a really fun band to see. We raised some money from donated product from FBM and Superior limo raffled a limo ride. About twice as many people showed that I thought would. The demo could not have been better.

Here is Nick M payin his dues. Between kickin ass in college, workin and chasin after his girlfriend, Nick finds time to help out with the park. Nick has come to me offering his help in many ways and many times. Nick is for sure a canidate for the best young BMX dude in Newark Valley.

OB-3 working on some blisters. It has been warm enough to get a jump on some concrete work. I had better get used to that position I'm in. I have many hours of that same action ahead of me.

Here is what we have so far. Some people I want to thank for helping this project get off the ground are the mayor Jim Tornatore, Peggy Head, John Kaufman, Scott Combs and the Wilson family. We have a long ways to go but I think we are doing pretty good so far. When I am out there working alone I can't help but think that if Nick Wilson was around that there would be no way he wouldn't be right by my side working away. Thanks, old bastard behind bars Kelly