Whips: Brad Hill by Mason Gray

┬áBack in February of this year I had the hopes of starting a BMX ‘zine, more or less to fill the gap that opened up due to the disappearance of The Union Press. With that inspiration, it wouldn’t have made any sense for me to not hit up the man behind it, Brad Hill. For all those who don’t know, Bobby has been pushing Canadian BMX through his involvement with BMXFU & The Union Press for many years. He’s more recognized for his work behind the camera rather than in-front of it, which is a damn shame because the man can do one hell of a peg-chink. This Bike Check & shit-shooting session was thought to be lost but, due to the miracle that is modern email, it was recovered. Give it a read and then go watch the original Bobby’s Mixtape if you have a brain & some spare time.

Name: Bobby Hill
Age: 24
Locaton: Vancouver
Frame: MacNeil Barrato
Fork: MacNeil longtubes
Bars: MacNeil Tabarnaks
Pegs: Animal Lino G’s
1.How long you been cruisin’ on 20″s for?
13 years now.

2.Spray paint is your bestfriend, true or false?
Yeah pretty much, I mean if you want to have your bike one colour then get the black. I had some stupid looking bikes in the past when I was on a WTP Omen. I walked in my garage once and Greg Hen just painted one side of my frame chrome. Rode it like that for a while.
2.5 How many different colours has this thing been? hahah
Honestly just 1. I haven’t had a non-raw bike in years so I figured id just buy a raw frame. The last two frames I had were raw from the start.
3. you mentioned this bike was alot of hand-me-downs from your homies, who gave you what?
The bike I’m riding now mostly came from my roommates. Taylor gave me a frame, Luke hooked up a wheel, Roode gave me some tires and John Alden supplied a stem. Most of the parts are whatever I could get for cheap, I won’t lie.
4.Hows she handle in the snow?
Alright I guess. As good as a bmx can. Ate shit on my way to work not too long ago.
5.Whats the most used and abused part on your whip?
Back wheel… bump jumps.
6. Enlighten the children about the benefits of 4.5″ Lino’s.
Imagine endless feeble grinds.
7. Got any random stories that involve your bike?
The fame I’m on now has actually been stolen twice and retrieved in 24 hours both times. I don’t know how the fuck Taylor got that horseshoe up his ass but it fucking comes in handy. Like any BMX rider knows though, most stories you have are because of your bike and where it’s landed you. This guy came back a couple times so we’ll keep the stories coming.
8. Are you planning to escape the canadian winter at all?
I did dude, I’m in Vancouver. It’s been raining but isn’t that typical? It’s good out here.
9. Any shoutouts you wanna give?
Yeah shout-outs to Taylor, Dave, Luke, Roode and John for keeping me rolling and Orbell’s garage for keeping this whip stylin.