Monday, July 27, 2009

The best thing in the world

Last week I made this amazing discovery. I am still a teenager trapped in a man's body, and that teenager wants to fly. Over dirt jumps.

When I was a kid I had a Raleigh Burner BMX. You may have had one too. There was not much choice back then. The Redline came standard with red mags (those plastic five-spoke type) and the Mongoose was the ultimate, from what I can remember, it had a beautiful chrome finish. I had a blue Raleigh Burner and I loved it. (It looked a bit like this.) A few kilometers down the road from my house on Town Bush Road, at the bottom of Montgomery Drive, there was an open field where someone had built a bmx track. Unfortunately, it wasn't very well made. The course was laid out badly, which meant after 15 secs you were pedaling up hill. Not great for gaining speed and clearing a table top jump. The only other bmx course was across town at Roy Hesketh and there was no way my pins would get me there, before sunset.

The picture above is where I intend to rekindle those fantasies of guts and glory. Tom has just received a helmet-cam, so there should be some video entertainment on its way very very soon.

UPDATE: check out these classic Burners

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