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TOP TEN: FBM Photos by Steve Crandall

FBM defines seems to define honest BMX. A company that is in it for the good times, the trips, the jams, the parties, the memories. Aside from being busy making their own frames and parts in house at the FBM Machine Shop, Steve Crandall and the crew are definitely not shy of a road trip. As a bike company that’s about as legit as it gets.

Crandall is great at capturing memories, on camera and in writing, so we asked him to tell us about some of the raddest FBM photos of recent times.

 


Photos by Steve Crandall, Kaleb Bolton, Matt Coplon
Words by Steve Crandall


 

In the photo above you can see a scrappy underground east coast ripper (Cody Diggs) riding a sketchy ramp, built out of repurposed materials, in an industrial area parking lot full of people smiling and having a laugh, while Mat Hoffman wanders through the foreground.

There are countless photos like these that define part of my history, this one just screams FBM to me and gets me stoked… Do the best you can with what you’ve got, with the right people and anything is possible.

“Do the best you can with what you’ve got, with the right people and anything is possible.”

 

 

Above:

Eric Holladay, during the heat of summer at a DIY spot called the Slab in the cut, southern Maryland, I think we got lost in a crazy thunderstorm after that session, but had a great time with ‘concrete bombers’ crew who  built that spot and invited us to ride. I remember thinking the bus was gonna was gonna get stuck in the low lying grass area that looked like it was gonna flood near where we parked, and not being able to see shit out of the fogged up windshield on the country backroads at night. Pretty Typical FBM adventure stylings… Kaleb Bolton shot this.


 

Above:

Seamus Mckeon lipslide over Logan Derberry at one of the wildest DIY spots I’ve ever witnessed, called Whipsnake. Totally off the grid, no cell service, miles from civilization, we camped there one summer night one of hottest days of the year. That night after all the ice in the coolers had melted, and we tried to sleep the cement kept radiating heat, it had trapped during the sunlight hours, and we could hear coyotes howl in the not too far off distance. I think I shot this photo, either me or Coplon, I don’t remember.


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This is Eric Holladay, back road full pipe score, we shot this after driving around looking for spots one summer afternoon. Eric can ride even the most challenging spots and make it look easy, as you can tell this wasn’t a perfect setup, except it was, ya know?

Above:

This is Seamus Mckeon, I shot this during one of the Maiden America Tours where we drove around with Matt Coplon of Profile, and visited shops, this was a cutty spot, I think in Charlotte, North Carolina. Another summer heat style trip,  where as much beer was consumed in the bus as was diesel by the bus while driving around the east coast.


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This one is a shot Kaleb took of me while I was living in the bus at the Lost Bowl, we wanted to try and get some night shots messing around one evening and took this. Riding that pool in the dark was pretty tricky, but getting some cool looking shots was pretty fun. Theres a decent chance I heard gun shots back and forth while trying to fall asleep in the bus that night too, There were a handful of nights I stayed there and hoped the side of the bus would stop any stray bullets that might randomly be flying our way. Riding pools at night is way less spooky…

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This is Zach Rogers in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on a Maiden America tour. I think Matt Coplon shot this, the clip is in the latest FBM DVD – Lost In America. We logged some serious miles in our old school bus checking out spots all over the place, and Zach did some serious boss moves throughout…


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I shot this photo of Garrett Ginch at a spot called Gnarrboro, full crew in the background, maximum stokeage. We camped out on the deck of that ramp, which was behind a shop called Back Alley Bikes, good people doing cool shit. There is a burrito spot across the street, and Hilton Next door. At 5 a.m. garbage trucks came and started emptying their dumpsters like a cruel joke for anyone in vicinity, sleeping outside. More FBM Summer road trip adventures.

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Another one of Seamus Mckeon shot by Kaleb Bolton at a legendary spot in Ithaca NY, that my friends and I heard about when we were about 14 years old, (almost 30 years ago). We call it the ‘Great Gatsby’ pool because it looks like something of that era, in a deep valley between some Ivy League school fraternity houses. No one has ever given me a consistent story as to how or why it’s still there, how it came to be, but we’ve worked on it and ridden it off and on for years, and its a staple spot to any FBM trip that passes by.


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Group Photo from a campsite on one of the Maiden America tours again… We opt to camp on trips when we have the choice, rather than get hotels, partly due to the tight finances we always roll with, but mostly because it’s way more fun to have a fire, cook some food, crack a few cold ones with the crew, than it is to scramble for a wifi password, and a nearby fast food joint for value menu items. The time spent sharing stories around the fire make the time spent making them that much more meaningful!

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