I don't know what sparked this. Maybe my son Quinn's interest, a want to lose a few pounds or who knows but I just recently bought a Mongoose and have began riding again. Of course not at the level that I once did. For the most part I haven't touched a bike or a skateboard for that matter in 15 or so years. Riding again has brought back some old feelings of freedom that I had forgotten about. That feeling I used to get riding alone in a parking lot at 3am or going at break neck speed 20 or 30 miles a day in the many tracks I would take across Des Moines in my Youth.
I watched the double feature 'Joe Kid on a Stingray - The History of BMX + Stompin Stu-The Story of BMX legend Stu Thomsen DOUBLE FEATURE' on Amazon the other night. It got me wondering if BMX was the gateway to all the sub-culture activity that I've been involved with ever since? You know they always call marijuana the gateway drug and that can be debated to whether it leads to hard drugs or not.
I've covered this subject in the past and in fact have a whole page/section that is about nothing but bmx. It covers the past, my interests and who was involved but it really doesn't go into my love affair I had with it or what is going on now. In a recent conversation with my friend Stacie, she commented that I tend to always be obsessed with something. Not really in a negative way but in a passionate way. Well, BMX was my really first love and obsession and the first real sub-culture that I was involved with.