It’s Glenn here; don’t know if you still remember me, but we met at Backyard Jam Coventry. Sorry I didn’t make it to Bournemouth so we could meet again, but I just wanted to say thanks for the photo and your Etnies top.–Glenn

No problem, Glenn. It was a pleasure to meet you and your friends. I’ve had a blast at the last couple of Backyard Jams, so I’m sure I’ll be going to many more next year; hope to see you there.–Dave

Rolling up the sleeves and getting down to business.  credit: Jeff Zielinski

You’re the only pro street rider that runs a freecoaster hub that I know of; I was wondering if that would work as an all-around hub for mostly any condition-street, park, dirt, and a little vert?–CFS, Texas

As far as I’m concerned, a freecoaster could be used for anything. I know a lot of people complain about the slack, but it’s necessary for the hub to work, and believe it or not, you get used to it rather quickly. The only drawback to a freecoaster that I can think of (besides the weight) is that it makes “bitch-cranking” more difficult. And where would freestyle be today without the “bitch-crank”?–Dave

You have to be one of the best riders out there. I know you ride park, flatland, and street, but do you ever ride dirt? Also, how much do you think your experience in flatland has helped you be one of the best tech park riders?–Jon

I used to ride a little bit of dirt here and there, but I’d usually just end up dirty and hurt, so I never really got into it. I totally believe that riding the little bit of flatland that I did back in the day has totally helped my riding ever since, and not just because of all the tech type lip tricks I do; I think it helps all of your bike skills. Pretty much anything you do on a bike helps to give you more control, and control is what flatland is all about.–Dave

Has marriage brought you to excel on your bike?–No name given

I don’t think that being married has affected my riding either way, but having my lady around while I’m riding definitely does. I always tend to “show off” a bit more. It’s one of the few times I actually get to show her that I’m not a complete slacker! Hehe!–Dave

Your style is awesome; it helped me learn alley-oop icepick stalls before I could 180. How you ask? Well, your tech and creative outlook has made me look at things differently than before. Thanks.–Ryan, Vancouver, Canada

I don’t really know what question you’re asking, but that’s probably one of the best compliments I’ve gotten. Thanks, Ryan.–Dave

I am currently riding one of your frames and I love it–nice work. I know you have a kick-ass product manager; how much input did you have on your frame and was there anything you wanted that Darcy said “no way” to? Thanks for your time.–Jay in Canada

Actually, I had as much input on my frame as I wanted. I’ve never been one of those guys that freaks out about tubing sizes and dropout shapes. If it’s strong and I like the geometry, I’m happy. So I just told Darcy the geometry I wanted and a couple headtube ideas I had and he just filled in the blanks. My friend Matt and I actually designed the stickers, which Darcy rejected a couple of times. But that’s okay, you can’t expect him to be a genius product manager and have good taste at the same time! Hehe! I love you, Darcy!–Dave

What is your favorite skatepark and street spot in the Midwest?–Mike, Isanti, Minnesota

My favorite park would have to be the Chenga parks in Ohio, and my favorite street spot would have to be the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.–Dave

I love your tech style. How did iit feel to nearly tip Van Homan over in the porta-john on Road Fools 7? How do you get toothpicks down?–Mike Daniel, Dover, Delaware

Hey, Daniel, to be perfectly honest, I almost shit myself when the porta-john almost went over. I’d probably still be on Van’s shitlist if that happened. As for toothpicks… Start on a nice, steep six-foot quarter. It may seem safer to start on a four or five-foot, but it’s so much harder that you’d be better off with the six. I actually learned on a vert ramp, not a mini ramp; it was easier. Just keep doing peg stalls while keeping your weight farther and farther over the front of your bike. Good luck.–Dave

Riders using front brakes are becoming rare these days, and guys like you, Chad DeGroot, Dave Osato, and DMC (since the ’90s!) are showing everybody that there are millions of cool street/ramp front brake tricks. Do you think that this “no front brake” thing is holding freestyle’s progression back? –Otávio Raupp, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

No, not really. I think BMX is progressing faster now than ever before. It doesn’t really matter if it’s double tailwhip backflips or triple tailwhip nosepicks. Besides, freestyle is unbelievably trendy. Some day, front brakes will be cool again. Probably long after I’m dead, but I think it’ll happen again.–Dave

Why do you always wear a hat under your helmet?–Garrett Scobie, Las Vegas, Nevada

Hey, Garrett. The reason I always wear a hat under my helmet is because I’ve had that helmet since I first got on DK (it was actually the first thing Steve Buddendeck ever sent me), and I just can’t part with it. The soft padding disappeared years ago, so now I have to rock a hat so it still fits my head. Plus, I don’t want to look like one of those vert fools, rockin’ full-face helmets without visors. All I can think about when I see them is a kid from Woodward that always wore a big white full-face without a visor and everyone called him “Cue ball” all the time.–Dave