Jimmy Levan Bike Check

Name: Jimmy Levan
Age:
36
Height: 5′ 10″
Weight: 168 lbs.
Location: Seattle, WA
Sponsors: Duffs, Odyssey, Dan’s Comp, Metal Bikes

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All photos by Devon Denham.

Frame: Metal Rebel Contender, 21″
Fork: Odyssey 41 Thermal
Bars: Metal Sasquatch Lite
Stem: Odyssey Elementary
Grips: Odyssey Jimmy Levan
Barends: Metal
Headset: Odyssey
Clamp: Odyssey
Seatpost: Odyssey Intac
Seat: Metal
Cranks: Odyssey Twombolt
Sprocket: Metal Bodega
Chain: KMC Z
Brakes: Odyssey Evo2
Cable: Odyssey Slic
Brake Lever: Odyssey Modulever
Front Tire: Odyssey PLITE
Front Wheel: Odyssey Vandero2 w/ Odyssey Hazard Lite
Rear Tire: Odyssey PLITE
Rear Wheel: Odyssey V3 Cassette w/ Odyssey Hazard Lite
Pedals: Odyssey Jim Cielinski
Pegs: Odyssey Jpeg

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Which parts do you go through the most?
I tear through grips, and grind up pedals a lot.

Describe your bike setup and how you like your bike to feel…
Just a good common weight, not too light, but light enough. If you really want to save a handfull of ounces, change your belt buckle.

What part are you most particular about or do you feel makes the biggest difference on your bike?
New, dialed wheels!

Do you remember your first “real” BMX bike?
A metallic sparkle blue 1982 Mongoose Moto Mag for Christmas that year.

So Jimmy, how’s it been goin in Seattle? Which part of the country do you like more? East or West Coast?
Both coasts have their better parts and their worse sides. I dig them both, but feel a bit more East Coast due to growing up there.

Over the past couple years you can't seem to get a break with injuries. How are you doing now?
Well, I annihilated my ankle 13 weeks ago, and it still kind of sucks! I just have to wrap the shit out of it, take ibuprofen, go ride…come home ice up.

I thought what you said was pretty inspiring about how you use to grind the Tyler Park rail every day without any run ups. Would you care to elaborate on that story?
I was living on the street at the bottom of Tyler Park. That rail was at the end of the run home from Bardstown Rd. I was just starting to ride again after a four month leave due to knee shit. After hitting that rail a few times, and I noticed it was at the end of a pretty cool little run through the park. Gap from the road over a little grass gap with wooden poles to hop over. Manual a bench, nose wheelie the second bench, hit the rail…coast down the slight hill home. I just kind of made myself do that run when riding home from that direction for awhile. Kind of a mental exercise as much as a physical.

How long can you see yourself kickin’ around on your BMX for?
I don’t really think BMX is something you quit? Is it?

Who are your some of the younger riders out there that you got your eye on now?
Brian “Sped” Hinkel.