Feeds By FBM
Build your own fun, build your own reality, build your own dreams…
What you stop asking “what can I get from BMX?”, and start asking, “What can I do to make it better?” thats when it gets real!
When you build something yourself, or with your friends, you get to enjoy it, share it, and really find value in the time spent, the effort, and the shared experience. It helps make it awesome!
After a long hard winter at FBM, with our old warehouse getting shut down, and John Lee, AKA the NICEST MAN IN BMX, getting hurt really badly and ending up in the hospital, building out a new warehouse and moving the machine shop, things are finally starting to come back around…
One of the dudes at FBM, behind the scenes much of the time is John Lee himself, helping research and design new product, doing customer service, processing bikes, (facing head tubes, sticking frames, getting them ready to ship), taking and packing orders, all the above and more, He is a true gentleman in a BMX world filled with heathens.
John Is still recovering from the mishap months ago, so keep tuned as Keith Terra, Tedd Nelson and friends plan another fundraiser, a crazy race at Shoreham BMX on August 30th.
There is a lot that goes into running a small bike company, and without amazing people like John Lee, BMX would be a lot less awesome!
When people think of FBM, often times, they bring up Kelly Baker, Legendary east coast BMX badass, hi jinks specialist, and master prankster. Kelly has been a part of the fabric that makes FBM what it is since its inception, he rules and we are proud to have him as a part of our family.
Yesterday Kelly Brought part of his family to FBM for a visit, his two sons, Benny and Clint Baker. After a fun shop visit we all went to the Ithaca Skatepark with Johnny Corts and Dylan Cole of the FBM Machine Shop. Super Fun Session, Dad and kids style, generations of Gnar, all laughing smiling, hi giving, sharing stories and making more!
Family, Bikes, Mayhem?
The capacity for BMX riders to repurpose, re-use, and dial in the world left behind by industrial wastelands, urban revitalization, and a fast moving world fixed on “progress” is uncanny.
Here are a few Pics of Seamus Mckeon, Dr. DRE, Latane Coghill and Matt Coplon riding off a pole in an abandoned cigarette production facility, on a rainy day in the south.
Make it happen, build your own fun, get stoked…
If you want to see bikes being built, cool ass customs, and some the of the American Dream FBM Machine shop style, check out the shops Instagram and hit up the FBM Instagram for rider, new product and travel updates.
In the warehouse, amongst other orders, FBM Steadfast Frames are shipping out, check it!
In the meantime, get stoked, stay stoked, and hit us up on Facebook and let us know what you guys are all doing out there in the world!
Happy 4th of July to everyone celebrating their Independence today! If you are partying, get wild, stay safe and have ALL The fun!
Whether its parts, frames, or custom built frames, we have you covered!
If You wanna watch some cool shit? Be sure to stay alert to FBM’s Vimeo Channel, we have all the videos, all the bikes, all the black school buses, you name it!
Check out some of the videos we’ve posted so far this year below, and hit us up on Facebook and let us know which ones you like!
Built in Ithaca New York, Ridden on anything, anywhere at ANYTIME!
Steadfast!-resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering, Loyal, faithful, committed, devoted, dedicated, dependable, reliable, steady, true, constant, staunch, solid, trusty!
Why should you ride an FBM? It’s simple, badass bikes, built by hand in Upstate NY, by Badass dudes, Made for BMX by people who give a shit! Built to last, built to BLAST!
A few thoughts about Texas Toast…
Texas Toast was pretty much the Biggest event in BMX in recent times, run by BMXers, providing a forum for riders to compete, to shine, to have fun, see friends, to have a great BMX weekend. Texas Toast was also a great opportunity for riders to get work and earn money at the event as organizers, dirt jump builders, sign painters, ramp builders, a place for small brands to vend their goods, for larger brands to showcase their character, for entrepreneurial bike enthusiast to sell coffee, food, t-shirts and more.
In it’s own small way, it was a tiny BMX community with its own economy, and infrastructure, it was like FDR’s New Deal during the depression, it created work, it created commerce, it created progression of bike riding, it created smiles, opportunity, and quite simply it was just an awesome time. It Made things better!
Outside of some small jams, and grassroots events, BMX is now left with events run by TV Networks, Energy Drink conglomerates, and committees of Olympic hopefuls.
I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with the bigger production events (the Van’s Bowl Invitational is rad as hell), but I think it leaves a pretty big gap in-between the every day rider, and the sponsored celebrity BMX pro’s. I think it says a lot about the state of BMX, that many riders will rely on others to create events, and stand by as great events like Toast are cancelled and bitch about Network TV events like armchair quarterbacks.
BMX Events, like music concerts, and shows don’t HAVE to be in stadiums to be great, some of the best Bands I’ve ever witnessed were in basements, garages, and dive bars, not Madison Square Garden or the Staples Center, but as a whole, all the above can be awesome. I went to a Jam this weekend in a parking lot with nothing more than some grind rails, flat ledges, and banks, but in the true spirit of BMX, riders made the most out of the modest offerings, and everyone had a blast, riders from different generations, scenes, interests, different towns, cities, and states, all in a dusty parking lot having a laugh.
BMXer’s not supporting BMX is the concern here. BMXer’s not supporting their local shops, attending Local jams, throwing jams, BMXers not supporting BMX base brands that bring good times into the scene and the Community, these actions yield the results like Toast Being Cancelled, Shops and Local Skateparks going out of business, Brands not being able to sufficiently support their riders, depleting the natural resources in BMX’s creativity, positive energy, enthusiasm and excitement.
Here is a huge shout out to all the staff and volunteers who made Texas Toast possible for those years, and all the riders and companies working hard to get events and jams going in their communities.
There a still people out there, building spots, hosting events, sharing their efforts, working hard to make their lives and BMX the best they know how, find out who is doing that in your scene, and support it, if you don’t notice it right away, it’s you who is supposed to be on the hustle!
Throw a jam, make a zine, make some dirt jumps, film a video, take a road trip, build a ramp, make a grind box, build your own fun, make it happen!