Each month a group of riders meet to ride flatland BMX. Some call it "bicycle-ballet," "BMX-breakdancing, or "figure-skating on wheels." Riders roll or jump on the front and back wheel, move their feet on the pedals and pegs, all while demonstrating their own unique style and "tricktionary."
Colorado Flatland Jams - Brian Gavagan
The "Colorado Flatland Jams" are a monthly scheduled jam session with riders attending from all around Colorado. there is both indoor and outdoor spots so we can always ride despite the ever changing weather. There are both indoor and outdoor spots, which is very helpful when riders are traveling in from another state.
We have found that we are all so busy in life, so making one scheduled jam/gathering a month we can always meet and ride. This is also motivation to progression because you can tell right away who has been riding and who hasn't.
Most of us are able to put time in practicing new tricks or polishing old, but in the winter of Colorado not everyone finishes work before dark or has an indoor spot to ride.
I remember as a kid living in Wyoming and being so tired of the snow that we spent hours organizing the basement in order to have some space to ride BMX. we would clear out all the furniture and boxes in my friend Steve's basement and ride flatland on his concrete floor. You had to be careful where you rode in a few spots with low hanging lights.
I learned a lot in that basement on those frigid Wyoming days and I feel that practicing consistently has helped me continue to progress after more than 25 years of riding BMX.
The video link with this story is an edit from a recent Jam that took place in James McGraw's shop in Colorado Springs, CO. I have the first riding clip doing an all limbs circular hang-10 wearing my Five Ten Freeriders. I think the Freerider is an excellent shoe for grip, support and style. Check out the new colorways of the Freerider and grab yourself a pair to start of 2014 with your feet ready to go!