Brad McNicol rides a bike like a total boss. One of those guys who is hugely capable on two wheels – he can pretty much do whatever he wants and is totally in control of everything his bike does. He's got the hang of it, basically!
Words and photos by Robin Pearson
For many years, Brad has been riding in the Moore Large family, a cycling distributor whose BMX contingent is looked after by long time friend, Rob Andrews. When Wethepeople started being represented by Moore Large, blah blah blah, industry chat, Brad McNicol on Wethepeople, etc.
Brad gives a more interesting take on the team move below.
Anyway, I've always enjoyed watching Brad ride – especially at a park like Saughton in Edinburgh. I caught up with him there about his recent move over to Wethepeople, the new bike, and what's coming up next for him.
Q&A with Brad McNicol
– You just joined the Wethepeople team. What’s the deal with that, how did it come about?
"Rob Andrews from Moore Large hit me up about the opportunity to ride for Wethepeople and I was keen! Dave Paterson at wemakethings has been super friendly and helpful from the start. I think Dave and Rob had a chat before and apparently they were already keen to put me on the brand. The new frame and parts are great. Stoked!"
– How do you go so high out of that wedge quarter?
"Haha… Because, at my old local skatepark, the old Transgression in the shopping centre, they had that kind of quarter after the box – it was just like that, like a wedge. So that’s pretty much what I learnt to air on, something like that. And then I started pushing it on this quarter here at Saughton. The wedge has more forgiveness! It’s harder to land flat or hang up because there’s more surface to land on."
"The Vans shop tour came to that old park with the first wedge quarter. Chase Hawk and Sean Sexton were chilling on the deck and I was all stoked, I was about 15 at the time, really stoked because all these pros were at my park, especially Chase Hawk. So I just sent it… and I literally was like that far away from the roof. The roof wasn’t that tall but still, I was so close to it. It was pretty sketchy. I did a table, they panned the camera to Sean and Chase and both of them looked really stoked about it. I didn’t see that in person but when I watched the video back I was juiced!
– Do you still work at Transgression?
"I work there 4 or 5 days a week and run my car valeting business the rest of the time. That’s just kicking off, I’m doing that part time. Whenever I have a day off, I do car valeting because everyone I ride with is at work anyway! I might as well be productive, I don’t like riding on my own but I also don’t like just sitting about. So the valeting is a good way to keep busy and earn extra money for trips."
"I might as well be productive, I don’t like riding on my own but I also don’t like just sitting about."
– You've got a college course coming up, you're gonna be a numbers man?
"Yep. The valeting business is a short term plan – it makes me enough money to save up to do cool things, but it’s very physical. Sometimes when I finish that, I’ve got no energy to ride. So I’m going to college to study accounting – I’m good with numbers and I can see myself doing it. I thought I should find a job that still pays alright but isn’t physical, so I can ride more. I want to put all my physical effort into BMX."
About the new bike
"The Revolver frame is super stiff, which is good. It’s a little bit taller than my old bike so I can run my seat slammed – I like the look of that. All the tubes are nice and thick. The head tube is extra long, adding strength, which also means you don’t have to run as many spacers. The dropouts are extra thick, extra strong, you also run an external seat clamp on this frame, because apparently that’s stronger than an internal seat clamp. Apart from that it’s a very traditional set up, not too short, not too long."
"Front load stem – I prefer front loaders, I’ve always run them. I think toploaders make your bars look too high and make me loop out. This one looks sick, too. There’s a nice wave in the slit at the back that stops it pinching. I run 9" bars, 28" wide."
"5 years strong! If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Odyssey stuff lasts a long time."
"Left hand drive, 28-9. Plastic pedals. Old sprocket and cranks – very old. 5 years strong! If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Odyssey stuff lasts a long time.
Hubguards for that street look! Haha, I can’t find the original cones… I love those Odyssey Path Pro tyres, very nice.
My seat is the coolest seat in the world. I’m digging it. Even though it’s like orange and blue, it manages to go with every bike that I’ve had. Somehow, it works. The stickers on the rims or the bottom bracket cover… Something always matches. I don’t know how, but it does.
I use the Odyssey Broc Raiford grips, they’re very good, and Odyssey Par Ends because there’s no other bar end that competes.
I run my tyres at 70psi. I used to run 50 front, 70 back to help my wrists. Any harder than 70 and they get sore."
Frame: Wethepeople Revolver 2.75"
Forks: Wethepeople Message
Bars: Odyssey Boss 9"
Stem: Wethepeople Index
Grips: Odyssey Raiford
Cranks: Odyssey Thunderbolt
Pedals: Odyssey Twisted Pro
Sprocket: Odyssey Fang 28t
Front wheel: Odyssey Hazard Light with Antigram hub
Rear wheel: Odyssey Hazard Light with Antigram hub LHD
Tyres: Odyssey Path Pro
Seat: Odyssey Dugan Feather