This week on the site we’ll be having a bit of a theme. The theme for this week is Legends, so every day we’re going to have the top 5 legends of some of today’s most prolific riders and industry bods.
A legend is someone who is the focus of a collection of stories, stories which alter your perception on life or change the path you’re heading down. Legends are responsible for a great deal of positivity in BMX, from simply riding in a different style to showing strength in the face of great personal loss.
We all have legends and influences, so this week we thought we’d find out who are the legends of some people who’ve been around for a little while.
To kick of this article and this week, Fit Bike Co owner/Team Manager and legend himself, Robbie Morales gives a rundown of his top five legends.
Robbie and his team. Photo courtesy of Fit Bike Co.
Before Joe and Taj there was Jeff Crawn, I went to the OG POSH with BF and witnessed a rider throwing the bars back and forth through rhythm sections so casual I was blown away.Google his name for proof.Jeff also rode everything,flat,ramp,dirt,street.The most bad ass all around rider for his day.
The Homeless Trash and TREND videos ala Dave Parrick showcased some of the most stylish and progressive riding during the early nineties. James had his own tech style that I really admired and was influenced by.His unique personality adds to his legendary persona. Love ya Sheps.
Table over the hip at FDR in Philadelphia. Photo by Rob Dolecki.
Since day one, Brian has pushed his ride everything attitude where ever he traveled. From racing to ramp to street he broke down doors for my generation and did it all with style. Having Brain as a close homie and supporter always made riding with him a blast. To this day ya still can’t beat a trail session with him, anytme, anywhere.
Ghetto kicker to double peg. Photo courtesy of United Bike Co.
For pure street innovation and creativity I always respected what Ian has done. Always pushing the limits like the first backwards rail and more, Ian is in the legends book for sure. Also traveling from the UK to the USA early on and leaving his mark over here will always be remembered.
Huge hop double peg, somewhere in New York. Photo courtesy of Animal Bikes.
Putting some much needed creativity and style into street riding during the late nineties, Edwin proved its not what you do but how you do it. He pushed brakeless riding and made it the norm. His legendary swagger opened doors for a whole new generation of street shredders.
Wallride to lookback at the Brooklyn Banks. Photo courtesy of Fit Bike Co.
When talking about legends this guys name has to come up.His whole approach to riding and life makes him a legend. Like Johnny Cash, Elvis, Biggie etc… Mikey does things his way like no one else can, to me that’s legendary.