Life and Times of Jose Junior Polanco
Mar08

Life and Times of Jose Junior Polanco

Today we celebrate the birthday of Jose Junior Polanco. How quickly the years pass by yet it still feels like yesterday my brother and I were riding in the streets of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The year was 1988 and Danny Valentin was eager to introduce me to one of the best riders on the island. Danny kept spreading the word that Junior Polanco was by far the best rider on the island and that nobody could match his skills.  That year a contest was held at the “Cristo” spot and sure enough Junior Polanco alongside with Luis Lamarche and Robert Victoria crushed it on Flatland. Their smooth riding styles reflected many learned lessons from 101 Freestyle Tricks video which they studied daily. Inspired by Martin Aparijo, Dennis McCoy and all the big name riders featured in that video, Junior Polanco demonstrated that he too could ride like the American Pro’s. However what defined Junior Polanco was not his ability to learn the tricks shown on the videos but to build from it into a style of its own. After winning that contest and several other local competitions he went off to take on a bigger challenge, to be the King of New York. Competing against riders like Adam Guild, Jim Dellavalle, Mike Wilson, Rodney Morweiser and John Silvestri to name a few was no joke. The Mullaly Skate park crew U.N.D. (Underground Never Dies) led by Luis Perez and Robert Ramos took a liking to Junior Polanco and indoctrinated Junior Polanco into the crew. Jim Dellavalle even drove in the rain with music blasting to JFK Airport in New York City to pick up the newest member of the family. Junior Polanco spent the majority of that first arrival at The Limelight nightclub as he waited for the U.N.D. busrats to finish their shift at 5am so that he could chill with the boys. 1994 was a fun year, and Junior Polanco lives to tell the tale much better than this short blog. A trip to Norway somehow ensued…good times!  Well Junior took the title of The King Of New York on Flatland that year and the next! He competed against local, national and international riders alike, ultimately earning the respect of the famed Chase Gouin of the Plywood Hoods. Folks I am jumping around in some timeline here but let me just say this…Junior Polanco is by far the most talented rider that I have ever had the honor of riding with! Today he turned 40 something…never really keep track of age…and to celebrate his birthday I have decided to share this moment onto the Flow Zine pages...

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Dave Mirra
Feb05

Dave Mirra

One of our beloved brothers has passed away today. I am not certain of the details on how and why Dave Mirra life expired at such a young age but one thing is certain he will always be remembered!   He was...

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Video Premiere: Doses 3
Aug31

Video Premiere: Doses 3

Adam Guild has done it again, produced Doses 3. The history of the Doses series goes back over ten years, with Doses 3 !! Produced by Adam Guild Hope this motivates everyone to get out and ride. Riders from 12-50. In this video. Thanks everyone that made this happen. Who would have thought. 16 years later. I appreciate all the hard work. Let’s do #4.  Next summer. Watch it, share it. Ride Lindsey La’akea Bode , Mitchell Hall , Erin Fricke , Louis Orth, Brett Middaugh , Ryan Nunies , Christopher Caylor , Jon Dowker , Bobby Carter , Les Butler , Roosevelt Taylor Tony DiPaolo , Rodney Morweiser , Jim Dellavalle , Junior Polanco Abreu , Barry Johnson , Fernando Novak , Will Danner   The series began in...

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Life Lessons of a Pro Rider Rick Allison
Aug05

Life Lessons of a Pro Rider Rick Allison

By: Rick Allison Hey this is Rick Allison. I was a Pro-freestyle rider back in the 80s. I wanted to write an article for my brother n sisters of today. The new youth in our sport about caring today for your retirement of the future. Man all i cared for in my 20 some yrs of contests n live shows at Sea World, Disneyland n Phantasia land n schools world wide was me. Our sport is fun to ride with our friends n to show off in a public format. But to what extent do we say enough is enough?In my 20’s i remember riding hours n hours each day, sacrificing my relationships with family n friends to even dating just so that i could be recognized as a threat in our sport. I remember x-mas to b-day celebrations for friends n family always always i was invited but i chose going on a airplane to the next big contest, i chose that over them. People always were attracted to my personality n abilities. I had dates n family’s blessings as i was top of my game. The more fame in magazines n touring to shows i did, the more it fed my ego n i thought those people i pushed aside would always be there wanting to spend time with me. My ego got so big that i forgot honestly the drive i 1st had when i 1st picked up my bike to ride. i was in it to win it and lost that passion to ride. I had sponsors, team mates, to other top riders that i wanted to be there hero. The best, numero uno. So around the age of 32, the live shows stopped.   I had to face i wasn’t current anymore, my style of riding was a time peace of the 80s…still i could put on a great show, but something happened i didn’t count on. I got Hiv. I was immediately placed on heavy duty medications n was looking at a life expectancy of a few yrs to live. I couldn’t ride as i had double vision n i lost 40 lbs in my 1st yr of being diagnosed. I was dieing. So I took the easy rode out n picked up drugs to help with the pains n side effects of my diseases. All the fame chasing n abilities could not prepare me for life’s challenges. All the family n friends i pushed away, i now in my 30s needed them more then ever. But why would they stand by me now as i did nothing to cement love n care...

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Canadian Rider: Jeff Desroche – The Lost Combos
Jul31

Canadian Rider: Jeff Desroche – The Lost Combos

Long time ago I rode with Jeff Desroche, turned out to be one of the best riding sessions of my life. Glad to have found this shared clip on FB then looked closer at it on Vimeo. Jeff is one of the best riders that I have ever rode with, and personality is real down to Earth. Funny comparison, he rides a lot like Jesse Puente who’s to say which is better at this...

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King of New York BMX Contest 1998
Jul30

King of New York BMX Contest 1998

The year was 1998, the place was Mullaly Park – Bronx New York History A group of riders got together and decided to start their own BMX contest series right in their local skate/bike park called Mullaly Park. Led by Luis Perez, Rob Ramos and Fred Gonzalez these riders decided it was time to establish a scene of their own, they called it “King of New York”. Riders from Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island (whaddup Ivan) and New Jersey (whaddup Adam Guild, Erin Donato, Brian Tunney, Mike Wilson, Rodney Norweiser, Ed Nussbaum) turned up to the event, including riders like Catfish drove all the way from Ohio to represent. The contest series hosted live bands such as Sick of It All, No Redeeming Social Value, and a bunch more! The contest also featured live wrestling…I mean who does that! Even in 1998! This was a once of a kind BMX contest, in an era where riding was truly underground especially in the Bronx. Enjoy the video clips that BIKERSTORIESNYC shared with the world. (The music is different but thats cool, if anything its very much like the contest itself..a free for all BMX contest that celebrated originality. FlowZine sponsored and hosted the event…it was when it all began for us. You can spot Flowzine Fred riding on a borrowed bike in between of running the event with the crew. Good times my friends…good times! -Flow Zine Fred Part 3 of the contest Part 4 of the contest (ignore the typo of the year…it was 1998 not 1988) KING OF NY BMX COMP 1998 part # 4 ============================ This is another Bike comp sponsored by mountain dew at the Mullaly’s skate park in the bronx.. This ramp park is now the new Yankee Stadium!!! we were riding on one of NYC most expensive pieces of real estate and we didn’t even know it!!!!======================= In this video are Eddie Rios , Dexter old school , MD1 , Brackens , Mikey high jump and a few others i can’t remember.. There was some good flatland tricks and some impressive ramp stunts , keep your eyes out for em , if you blink you might miss something…==================== Oh yea , props goes out to Roland velez who let me borrow his cam which had vhs-c cassettes ( i had to buy adapter to edit ) i remember everything.. if he wouldn’t have lent me the camera then , we wouldn’t have this priceless video now.. Sorry if it drags a bit in part 2 and 3 , i wanted to include ALL the video footage with nothing edited..Raw   Part 5 of King of...

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