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I see you guys have above average creativity... :wink:

 

I see many of you did and in many cases still ride and have the skills.... :Liv2ride:

 

So, have you guys ever innovated a bmx feat or move?

 

I have seen that classic move - the "smokin' endo"

 

I bet Maurice probably has stripes. Who else has tricks up their sleeves?

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i can say i did do a peg grind before i ever saw one done in a magazine......

 

i was bunnyhopping onto a loading dock on day BITD and i missed with my back wheel. well, the rear axle peg hung onto the ledge and it grinded for a bit...... needles to say i wore out a set of skyway alloy pegs within a week........

 

wouldnt ya know it, the peg grind was in a magazine a few weeks later! LOL

 

i do know a few people that "made" things up, but since there were so many people riding and trying new stuff, its really hard to give credit on some tricks. it seems most tricks were "created" on the west coast due to magazine coverage and all, when the AFA and other contests took the road, more people around the country were getting credited for tricks.

 

there are a few guys around that have actually made up tricks and named them

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I was doing what we called an allioop footplants in 1981 off the coping in the pools at the parks, I saw eddie and a few other guys doing footplants off the coping so I started gliding backwards a couple feet before planting the foot, dont remember anyone else doing those at the time, we spent so much time in the skatepark from 13-15 years old we just got board sometimes

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I created the Pavement Plant which is a trick I made up when I was a kid

 

It's an easy trick and any of you can do it.

 

Start by leaving your rear wheel just tight enough to appear ride-able. Once you have accomplished this part of the trick you want to hop on your bike and ride it as if it were put together professionally. Once your on the bike simply pedal as hard as you can until your chain pops completely off sending you from the pedals to the Pavement head first in a most unpleasant manor. Now there are a few different variations of this same trick that I like to take responsibility for as well. For instance if you don't make it over the bars and you end up just collapsing at the knees and falling from the pedals to the ground then you have just successfully pulled The Kneeling seat of Scares. Another one of my originals that you may have seen is when you head forward like you're going to go over the bars for the full Pavement Plant but you come up short landing your knee into or on the stem which is another variation that is known of as the Stem of all Evil or the Tear Fountain

 

Enjoy guys and PS I wish I invented a trick ! Much Respect to all the riders who have paved the way with real tricks that inspire me to learn more every year

 

Cheers Brian

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i invented the lip skid.

i went off this jump and the front wheel flew off. i landed and flew over the bars. i then landed on my face. my friends were laughing so hard at the fact that it looked like i skidded 3 feet on my face before any other part of my body hit the ground. i actually had a scab on the inside of my bottom lip. :blink: guess thats what happens when your young in a rush / rushed by all your riding buddies to get going.

 

i remember trying tailwhip flyouts way bitd. never landed them.

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Honestly, Iback in like 1992, I really thought I had come up with this variation (just the part where i grab the TIRE and hold the bike far and low - it allowed for a different kind of spin).... I hadn't really seen anyone do that before, although - I'm sure Kevin Jones probably did it back in like 87.

 

 

But it always caught the eye of other riders when I would do this..... back then.

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I think I may try Smokin Endo's pavement plant soon though. (hilarious, dude!)

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Ahh -- I'm somewhat familiar with 2 variations of the pavement plant. The first involves the front wheel coming off on a jump (best when done on concrete) and the rider coming down on the fork ends and going over the bars. The second variation involves a lose quill bolt and the handlebars coming off your hands in mid-air, landing you who knows where -- wherever it is, it's going to be messy (again, best performed on concrete).

 

Actually, I managed to pull that second variation for real without going over my bars. It was just an attempted curb jump. I never got air, but there were the bars in my hands not connected to anything. I managed to keep my balance and stop the bike.

 

But, I did seriously invent the lake jump. No, really, it was me, but only it was a creek (or as we say in Philly "crick"). The best way to perform it is to go really fast, downhill, towards the "crick" on a coaster-brake equipped bike (no calipers either). Keep the chain loose so it pops off on the way down and you effectively have no brakes other than your shoe -- but it'll be too late once you realize it and into the "crick" you go!

 

Enjoy!

 

Lee

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Yes, it's only known within the circle of friends or crew I used to run/ride with. I think I am the only one to have ever pulled the trick. It is known as the Bald Spot, I have told the story before. The trick is a basic wheelie, then to a one hander as to wave to a friend (aka show-off). As you pull your waving hand off the bars, over-correct and fall backwards onto your dome and slide on the party side of your mullet creating a "Bald Spot". You will get bonus points if you can "feather" over said bald spot as I as able to do.

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I invented a trick once that I called the window roller skywalk. Its kind of scary to do but its pretty simple. First you pedal real fast and hard towards a quarter pipe then you misjudge the ramp height sending you way over the ramp flying making you look like you are rolling windows down while you are airwalking. Never had a picture taken of it as I only pulled this one off once but however I did find this picture which resembles it pretty good enjoy.

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Let's revive an old thread for my first post. I had the unenviable luck of riding with Rob Compton, probably one of the best riders I've ever seen. Think Kevin Jones talent level without the originality. I couldn't keep up with Rob at all, so I did the next best thing. I stretched the boundaries of Balance tricks to levels no one ever considered, because it was the only thing I was really good at. I came up with easily 50 tricks that no one else has done, and even learned how to link Balance tricks together. I also came up with Miami Hopper variations, and there's one of them that just three people have done. My tricks definitely weren't "cool", but I didn't care, I was having a blast sticking out like a sore thumb at contests! BTW, my name here was hung on me by Glenn Mehtretter, he hung out with us in Myrtle Beach quite a bit.

 

The first picture is first trick I came up with in 1985, the Cliffhanger. I had the name before the rolling trick, but only people around the Southeast US knew it.

Second picture is the Clamdigger, named by Scott Sharp. I was horrible at names, he named more of my tricks than I did.

Third pic is the one that got me noticed, the Miami Stopper. The only trick I've seen anyone else do, Keith King learned it by riding with us for years, and Jose Manuel Martin Molina in Spain figured it out after seeing a picture of it on Crackbook.

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Welcome to the site.  Great story and cool breakdown. 
 

That’s cool you got pics.  Looking forward to seeing the other 50. :yes:
 

do you still have your bike?

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Thanks, and yes, I still have a chrome '88 Pro Performer and I picked up a 2021 Prospect Generation, one of five made in chrome. :Want:

As far as getting pics of the others, I've got to get the pics off my phone and onto the computer, and then steal pics from videos for most of them. I came up with tricks so often that if it didn't feel cool to me, or get a good response, I'd stop doing them, so not a ton of pictures.

I know, a horrible problem, but I found a way to survive somehow :whistling:

 

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Here's a couple more (That I actually have pics of on the laptop), first one is the Anklebreaker (Named because it hurt like hell to do, that left ankle was carrying the entire weight of my body, but it looked badass), and the second one is the Tweaker, not my favorite name, but it works. That one's on my 1990 Aggressor, it was stolen in 1993...I ever find the thief, I'm going to prison. Third one is Miami Hopper Yoga, a variation named by Mike Daily of Agrro Rag/Plywood Hoods fame...it took 25+ years to get named! Last pic is me with my Prospect Generation last year the day after I got it.

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4 hours ago, TrulyOdd said:

So dope you got pics.   

  …and in a killer KISS shirt too!!! 

Not as many pics as I'd like, but enough to do the job for now. And KISS has always been my favorite band, the Revenge era was to me, their peak after the makeup came off. :rockout:

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On 10/3/2022 at 3:36 PM, TrulyOdd said:

what's the seat on the bike in the last pic?

Odyssey Leading Edge, the only seat I've used since they hit the market. Still have two used ones (Both the GT and Prospect have one) and one NOS Blue one in the bag. They last me about a year, then a crack develops on the right side about an inch back from the nose. When I run out of them, I'll go the Dave Nourie route, quick release seat clamp. If you look closely on the White '84 GT, it had a quick-release clamp.

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