Archive for the ‘whips’ Category


April 14, 2009

My good friend Ellison Platt recently did an interview with EXPN. I think that is the X-treme version of ESPN or something. In any case I don’t know much about BMX but I do know that Eli is not only a great rider but a great person as well. He happens to have an okay jumper too.


I’ve known Eli Platt for quite along time now and he’s one of the many great riders I always seem to mention from Ohio. He’s definitely on my top list of riders I enjoy photographing, when we get the rare occasion to do so. He’s always going big and fast and somehow manages to throw in great style too. It’s been awesome watching his riding career really take off over the past few years and to see how far he’s come with it. I think a lot of it has to do with his attitude and personality. What most don’t know about him though is that he’s just as unique of a person off his bike too. He has strong passions for what he believes in and great attitude towards life. I recently caught up with Eli since he’s finally back from some road trips, to throw some random questions at him. Check it out. -Cody York

ESPN: Your favorite BMX trick is?
Eli: Right now, it is probably just a good tuck or table.

ESPN: The last person you called was?
Eli: A friend to see about playing some basketball after work.

ESPN: List one word to describe yourself:
Eli: Searching

ESPN: What’s one thing you regret?
Eli: Having regrets

ESPN: The last thing you listened to was: Eli: Pink Floyd’s “Animals”

ESPN: Your best friend is:
Eli: I’m lucky enough to have a few good friends that I place on high but equal footing.

ESPN: Something you wish you had more of:
Eli: Time

ESPN: Something you wish you had less of:
Eli: Worries about the future.

ESPN: Your biggest fear is:
Eli: Not living a life I’m proud of.

ESPN: The thing you love the most is:
Eli: The morning

ESPN: The thing you hate the most is:
Eli: Hate

ESPN: A nickname you have is:
Eli: Eli

ESPN: What shoes are you wearing right now?
Eli: Barefeet

ESPN: One thing you could do without would be?
Eli: Obligations

ESPN: The best advice anyone has given you?
Eli: I really don’t know. During the years when people tend to give you advice, I was pretty hard-headed, so I’m sure I missed some good stuff.

ESPN: Your biggest dream is to?
Eli: Live on the Mediterranean.

ESPN: What’s one thing you’d like to do before you die?
Eli: Run an ultramarathon.

ESPN: Most important possession you own is?
Eli: Though it feels strange to call him a possession, I guess my dog, Azlan.

ESPN: One person you’d love to meet is?
Eli: Obama

ESPN: Last thing you’d like to say is?
Eli: Thanks!!


bring it down

February 12, 2009

Video: BikeSnob

This is a intructional video from the Transit Autority of River City about using the bike rack system on their public buses. Might be as tight as the Mr. Spriggs video on thegrip.

Bill Walton: The World’s Tallest Cyclist?

February 3, 2009

Have you seen a taller bike?


Ripping up up the velodrome on a fixie.

Bill Walton is perhaps one of my favorite basketball players and personalities, and maybe favorite Americans ever.  It might have something to do with the repeated Bob Dylan references he slips into his color commentating, or his involvement in the Vietnam war protests, or it could be that he’s plain hilarious.

Walton, a dominant big man who won championships at every level, was also plagued by a series of near-crippling injuries.  Despite winning two championships and being inducted into the Hall of Fame, Walton still feels his career to be a disappointment.  To this day, he is dealing with the after-effects of his numerous injuries, mostly to his feet, ankles and knees.  Regardless, Walton remains active as an avid cyclist, a passion he has pursued since the 70’s.  Here is an excerpt from his book Bill Walton’s Total Book of Cycling (via

My first derailleur bike was a green Bertin, which I bought because it was the tallest bike I could find – about a 25 1/2″ frame, I think. It came from Hans Ort’s Westwood bike shop, and they fixed me up with an extra-long seatpost which let me stretch out my legs for the first time in years. It also gave me a pretty radical position on the bike, since the handlebars were about five inches below the seat. After buying the Bertin, I took to dropping in at Hans’ shop when I had free time, and it was there that I found out about more serious cycling. I went out on rides with the guys who were racing, and through this I learned to respect the sport and the people involved in it. On the bike I was no star, just one of the group.

In college I got in the habit of riding quite frequently, especially in summer. Usually 40-60 mile rides, long enough to loosen up and unwind. I would do that probably four days a week during the summer. A couple of hundred miles a week, probably. I never consciously rode for fitness, but I know now that those rides were very beneficial in a variety of ways. I’m sure they gave me stamina and leg strength without putting stress on my knees and feet, and it never felt like work. It was the kind of activity that settled me down. I’ve always had to respect what a good ride can do for my mood. Going out on a bike is my idea of an excellent way to enjoy a sunny day. Being outside, getting into the movement and joy of the bike – it’s very satisfying to me, that feeling of freedom.


birthday daps

February 2, 2009


My homey Steve Lieb from thegrip turned 26 today. I always talk shit on him and his blog but for real I got nothin but love for the dude. nh. Can I say no homo still? Anyway hit up some bday daps for the boy.

can you stop us no

January 30, 2009

copenhagen_bike_traffic_lightsPhoto: Zakkaliciousness

A bike traffic light from Copenhagen.

Maybe thug mayor will get on this tip. I highly doubt anyone would obey the bike traffic light but given that I commute everyday I think some order between cyclists and drivers would be quite good.

r.kels- homie lover friend remix

January 28, 2009

Pay no mind to the garbage photo in the video. Jus let the track play.

I used to bump this in my 1986 Monte Carlo when DJ Homeschool was doin equations and eatin applesauce.  Bladow on dem guts.

my whip is gone.

January 16, 2009


So I sold my whip to some dude in Indy. May she ride in peace.


January 13, 2009

dsc0499711991 Ford Mustang Notchback 5.0

I imagine that most people who read or even write blogs for that matter have no idea what tight shit is really about, especially regarding cars. I know thegrip might have a post of some bullshit car chase video or jump or whatever but that doesn’t educate the internet with useful knowledge. The Ford Mustang Notchback 5.0 is one of the best production vehicles ever made, a fact.

Ask James.

Video credit: Stephen Lieb

wedding whip

December 8, 2008

cont6I have been searching for some time to rent this whip to drive my lady off in.  No luck as of yet, might have to take her on the dyno with the white mags.