In a world of 15-second Instagram clips and constant social media churn, here’s a silver platter of Canadian BMX videos from recent months. This is the Northern Embassy’s Video Round Up.
Often when I plan out a No Bikes trip it’s centered around visiting a single park, or a few parks that are clustered in the same area. For our trip in 2018, that skatepark that really captured my imagination was the “Thunderpark” in Montana. The park is one of the (now) many Evergreen Skateparks built in the state, and beyond the unique concepts in the park layout, the backstory behind the park was really intriguing. Throughout Montana, skateparks have been built in small towns and on reservations as part of the Montana Pool Service movement with Jeff Ament from the band Pearl Jam as the leading force. In my travels, I’ve always had the best time riding parks in small towns, and these parks look especially good.
Nothing says rural Alberta like wheat fields and wooden ramps! Kyle Wachter and Sean McIntyre recently hosted a jam in central Alberta using the old Shake the Lake contest ramps. There are some impressive and creative moves in here. Don’t sleep on the Alberta scene. Appearances from Tyler Horness, Carson Donovan, Rojas Roy, Josh Vibe, Joe Weidman, Darcy Peters, Travis Kozie, Devin Szmata, Mark Stanway, Andrew MacLeod, Kyle Wachter, and Ted Bambrick. Edit by Andrew MacLeod.
A while ago I noticed a weird looking sprocket on Matt Ridgeway’s bike, very different from most. I’ve never seen a sprocket that used a half tooth sprocket system, two links between each tooth. Matt gave me some info on the sprocket and we got more info on it from Andrew Macleod, owner of System bmx.