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FRIDAY RANDOMS: 5 Things About Winter BMXers HATE!

November. It’s the time of year when you’re remembering the warm summer days and just how quickly they seemed to pass by… Lately I’ve spent some time reflecting on days spent out riding in the sun with mates, having an ice cold beer or at a street spot or chilling down the local outdoor park lapping up the sunshine and enjoying the vibes.

Winter is not an ideal time for BMXers. This much is known. You’ll always get the hardcore street riders who never let the elements phase them, the park dogs who love their local outdoor skatepark so much that they’ll sweep puddles, dry out transitions and basically do anything in their power so they get a session.

These people, in my eyes are riders who truly love our sport and will ride no matter what! You’ll also notice that people start to drop out, lose interest and make up excuses why they can’t ride, even say they are ‘quitting’ then the next summer rolls around and they’re back out again! It’s absolutely mad. So I got my thinking cap on and thought about a few of the top reasons BMXers hate winter for this week’s FRIDAY RANDOMS feature… Enjoy!

#1 – Snow.

Yep, it had to be at the top of the list really… Snow will certainly ruin a session, I mean there’s not much you can do if the ground is completely covered in that white stuff apart from heading to an indoor park. If you haven’t got an indoor park at hand then there’s always ways around it (see Mike ‘Jersey’ Taylor slaying an over pegs in less than favourable conditions above)

#2 – Relationships.

It’s a well known fact that people tend to get together a few months before Christmas. I’m not sure why, maybe it’s the fear of being alone during the holidays. Maybe they just want to blag a Christmas present from someone and then bin them off in the New Year. I’ve seen it happen! Either way, getting into a new relationship with someone is a sure-fire way of decreasing the time you spend on your bike. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great but you’ll certainly not be heading out for a session as often as you’d like! (unless you’re the lucky guy above)

#3 – Money.


It costs money to ride sometimes, I know it’s a shit excuse but when the winter months roll around and it’s difficult to ride outdoors because of the weather you’ve gotta go indoors, right? Well guess what, skateparks charge you for entry! It’s just business really, they need to charge people obviously to keep the place running. Pulling out your wallet for a session so close to Christmas isn’t always the easiest and you have to weigh up the cost of buying presents for friends & family with the cost of a session. Bad times!

#4 – Work.

Working long hours or putting in overtime will definitely cut your riding time short… You’ve gotta graft to get those P’s for Xmas presents and of course that all-important drinking money you’ll definitely need during the holidays.

#5 – Overcome It.

Credit: Drifter Snow Bikes

When the weather turns shitty there’s just one thing you can do, the clue is in the title… You’ve just gotta grit your teeth, maybe put on a few extra layers and hit the streets (or a park if you can afford it!) – Snow is usually a session ender as I mentioned above but you can always get around it. Build a snow-bike and prepare yourself for some serious fun! Just remember this… It might seem like ‘riding is getting boring’ or ‘nobody comes out anymore’ but stuff those excuses man! Next thing you know it’ll be spring, then summer and the cold winter days will seem like a distant memory.

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