Granted the staff at Ride and Transworld BMX spend most of their time working on their individual magazines.If we reach a deadline early we usually see that as an opportunity to get ahead on the next issue, update BMXonline, or organize something in the office. Although everything we do at work has something to do with BMX, we’ll go days, or in some cases weeks, without actually touching our bikes. But we still do ride, some more than others, and it’s probably still our biggest common bond and it’s also what got all of us jobs here in the first place. Not directly of course, but if we never started riding then chances are the photographers never would’ve started shooting photos and the other editors might still have become writers, but they wouldn’t know a thing about BMX so they obviously wouldn’t work here. Anyway, we figured some of you might want to know how we magazine nerds set up our bikes and what our backgrounds in riding are.

 credit: Jeff Zielinski

Mark Losey: RideBMX Editor

Frame: Terrible One Barcode, 20-5/8″
Fork: Volume
Headset: Good question
Stem: Demolition
Bars: Terrible One
Grips: Demolition
Brakes: Odyssey Evolver rear, Dia-Compe AD990 front
Levers: Odyssey Modulever
Cables: Brake cables
Brake pads: Come on...
Seat: Haro, comfortable
Seatpost: Demolition
Seatpost clamp: Demolition
Cranks: Primo, 175mm, arms on the wrong sides because I’m an idiot
Bottom bracket: Primo
Sprocket: Animal
Chain: Something
Pedals: Snafu
Rims: Alex Supra, 36-hole
Front hub: Haro
Rear hub: Haro cassette
Tires: Haro front, Tioga rear
Pegs: Terrible One front, Kink rear
Modifications: Beat up by the airlines, stickers holding the brake cables in place, and my
front wheel is permanently off center.

How long have you been riding?
Since 1982, so kind of a long time. It was die-hard flatland for the first ten years.

What’s your favorite form of riding?
I’m a fan of the mini ramp, but I can have fun on a lot of stuff. Two coping spines in a row is a dream set-up. If you’re riding with the right people, anything can be fun.

What part of your bike do you break the most?
Probably cables and tubes. I’m not that hard on the bike. Landing on transition isn’t too rough.

Which part do you hate fixing the most?
Everything. I’ll ride the same set-up forever simply because I don’t want to change any parts. Brakes are a nightmare, but I can’t ride without them.

How often do you get to ride now?
I blew my knee out two weeks ago in Kansas City, so I’m on a little “break” right now. Generally I get to ride more on trips than at home, but I go on trips a lot so it’s not so bad. At home I get to ride our ramp with Keith Mulligan. Everyone else in the office is afraid of the ramp for some reason.

How do you think working at a BMX magazine has affected your riding?
Good and bad. I’ve been able to ride places I never would have even seen if it weren’t for this job. I remember one night riding the street course at the Asian X Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It wasn’t a crazy session or anything, but looking around at my friends riding and having fun in Malaysia was pretty cool. On the other hand, the more you work in BMX, the less you get to ride your bike. I’m a bit of a workaholic, and I want the magazine to be the best it possibly can be, so I spend more time with my hands on this computer than on my bike, unfortunately. But I wouldn’t trade job this for the world.

 credit: Jeff Zielinski

Jeff Zielinski: Ride Associate Editor/Photographer

Frame: Dragonfly Tech 20.75″
Fork:Odyssey Race
Headset: Dia Compe A-Headset
Stem: Animal
Bars:FBM
Grips:Demolition Death Grip
Brakes: Dia-Tech Hombre
Levers: Dia-Compe Tech 77
Cables: Odyssey Slic
Brake pads: Dia-Tech
Seat: Shadow Slim
Seat post: Shadow Aluminum
Seat post clamp: Kink
Cranks: Solid oversized 180mm
Bottom bracket: Solid oversized
Sprocket: Animal 36
Chain: KMC 410H
Pedals: Odyssey Jim Cielencki Signature
Rims: Odyssey Hazard Lite 36’s
Front hub: Odyssey Vandero
Rear hub: Odyssey Cassette
Tires: Demolition Zeppelin
Pegs: Animal 4.5″ Lites
Modifications: I trimmed down my bars, seat, axles, and dropouts.

How long have you been riding?
I’ve been looking at BMX mags ever since I knew how to pedal a bike and I really started to try to learn tricks when I was about 14.

What’s you favorite form of riding?
Street--nibble sessions and exploring mostly. I also have a tendency to ride skatepark obstacles in the most unorthodox way possible.

What part of your bike do you break the most?
When I was seriously riding all of the time I went through cranks quite often and I bend pedals pretty fast too.

Which part do you hate fixing the most?
Anything that requires removing the back wheel. Unless my chain or headset is loose or my brakes don’t work or they squeak I’ll ignore whatever’s wrong and just get used to it.

How often do you get to ride now?
I ride whenever I have free time and I’m not too tired and/or jaded from work. If I’m home and not shooting photos, I’ll ride all weekend. I also squeeze in some sessions while on the road. Then again, sometimes I won’t have a session that I think is worth calling a session in over a month.

How do you think working at a BMX magazine has affected your riding?
I ride less, but appreciate it more. Also, living in California, depending on who’s in town, I always have someone different to ride with. Sometimes I have to laugh though, because I’ll come home from a trip with photos of some of the best riding ever and then I’ll go out and get psyched on doing some of the most basic tricks.

 credit: Jeff Zielinski

Ryan Fudger: RideBMX Associate Editor

Frame: Dirt Bros. Gary Young Signature Frame with Euro BB.
Fork: Odyssey Dirt Forks.
Headset: Tioga Factory DH… maybe. The one with sealed bearings.
Stem: Fly Bikes.
Bars: Volume Reagle Beagles.
Bar Ends: Premium Products.
Grips: Demolition.
Brakes: Odyssey.
Levers: Tektro.
Cables: Don’t know.
Brake pads: Skyway.
Seat: Odyssey race seat.
Seat post: Haro.
Seat post clamp: DK.
Cranks: GT Overdrive crank arms (the best cranks ever).
Bottom bracket: DK Chopstick euro bottom bracket and spindle.
Sprocket: S&M 25 tooth.
Chain: KMC, with 5 links of some other chain and an Alliance half link.
Pedals: Snafu.
Wheels: Odyssey 36 spoke Hazard Lites.
Driver: Profile 9 tooth titanium cog.
Tires: Tioga FS100 up front, Demolition in back.
Pegs: Two plastic Demolition pegs, one Odyssey titanium, and one Profile aluminum sleeved (When the plastic pegs come off, they’re replaced by two Mutiny titanium pegs).
Extra: My bike weighs in at 29 pounds even.
Modifications: Cut seat post, cut axles on one side

How long have you been riding?
Around eight years or so, I’m not really all that sure.

What’s you favorite form of riding?
Anything. It goes in streaks, though. I’m on my skatepark stint right now and it will probably go back into street within the next six months. I really enjoy riding pools, but those come and go too often to really be a ‘form’ of riding for me.

What part of your bike do you break the most?
Axles and tubes, I believe. I don’t think I’m all that harsh on my bike.

Which part do you hate fixing the most?
Everything. I’m the worst bike mechanic in the world. But, if I had to choose, headsets would be my worst of the worst to work on.

How often do you get to ride now?
About three to five times a week, depending on the random events going on that weekend or how sore I am from flopping around the day before.

How do you think working at a BMX magazine has affected your riding?
To be honest, when I first began working at Ride, it had a negative affect on my riding. It turned what I used as an escape from my other job into actual work. It was BMX at work, BMX at home, BMX everywhere I looked and I got mildly burned out for a few weeks. But everything is all straightened out now and I ride just as much, if not more as I did before I worked here.

 credit: Jeff Zielinski

Keith Mulligan: Transworld BMX Editor

Frame: FBM Night Train, custom 20-1/2 top tube
Fork: S&M Race, spray-paint mess
Headset: Chris King
Stem: S&M Redneck Light
Bars: Fit Brian Foster
Grips: GT
Brakes: DiaTech Hombre
Levers: Dia-Compe Tech 77
Cables: Don’t know
Brake pads: DiaTech
Seat: Shadow Slim
Seat post: Aluminum-don’t know
Seat post clamp: don’t know
Cranks: Profile (the race ones), 180mm
Bottom bracket: Profile w/titanium spindle
Sprocket: Felt Cogswell, 39-tooth
Chain: KMC Z
Pedals: Snafu, magnesium
Rims: Front: Sun BFR, chrome. Rear: Sun, Rhyno Lite
Front hub: Kovachi, 36-hole
Rear hub: Profile cassette, 36-hole
Tires: Front: Primo Dirt-Monster 20″x1.95″, Rear: Primo V-Monster 20″x1.95″
Pegs: None
Extra: Titanium rear spokes
Modifications: I took the valve caps off of the tubes, put a zip-tie around my headtube to hold my cable, I cut my seatpost down a lot, and I cut my bars down to 23″ wide. My grips are cut down to 4-1/2″ and I don’t run bar ends. I also I bent my lever out, and got crazy with some spray-paint on the forks, and front hub (when they were on my previous bike). My rear wheel has titanium spokes and it’s the first wheel I’ve ever built. Profile titanium spindle and custom top tube length are mentioned above. Right side of bars is bent down from a crash. Oh yeah, my frame has two dents in it; one from hammering the cups in (I missed) and the other from being thrown around by the airlines.

How long have you been riding?
I started racing at the age of seven, in 1981. I don’t know how old I was when I got my first bike, but ever since my first Big Wheel I’ve been rolling around and jumping things.

What’s you favorite form of riding?
My favorite is riding trails back east, but since that only happens every now and then, and there aren’t a whole lot of good trails out here, I ride whatever and whenever. Ramps, street, dirt… It doesn’t really matter now.

What part of your bike do you break the most?
I use really thin GT grips, so I go through those every couple of weeks. Other than that, ns: Cut seat post, cut axles on one side

How long have you been riding?
Around eight years or so, I’m not really all that sure.

What’s you favorite form of riding?
Anything. It goes in streaks, though. I’m on my skatepark stint right now and it will probably go back into street within the next six months. I really enjoy riding pools, but those come and go too often to really be a ‘form’ of riding for me.

What part of your bike do you break the most?
Axles and tubes, I believe. I don’t think I’m all that harsh on my bike.

Which part do you hate fixing the most?
Everything. I’m the worst bike mechanic in the world. But, if I had to choose, headsets would be my worst of the worst to work on.

How often do you get to ride now?
About three to five times a week, depending on the random events going on that weekend or how sore I am from flopping around the day before.

How do you think working at a BMX magazine has affected your riding?
To be honest, when I first began working at Ride, it had a negative affect on my riding. It turned what I used as an escape from my other job into actual work. It was BMX at work, BMX at home, BMX everywhere I looked and I got mildly burned out for a few weeks. But everything is all straightened out now and I ride just as much, if not more as I did before I worked here.

 credit: Jeff Zielinski

Keith Mulligan: Transworld BMX Editor

Frame: FBM Night Train, custom 20-1/2 top tube
Fork: S&M Race, spray-paint mess
Headset: Chris King
Stem: S&M Redneck Light
Bars: Fit Brian Foster
Grips: GT
Brakes: DiaTech Hombre
Levers: Dia-Compe Tech 77
Cables: Don’t know
Brake pads: DiaTech
Seat: Shadow Slim
Seat post: Aluminum-don’t know
Seat post clamp: don’t know
Cranks: Profile (the race ones), 180mm
Bottom bracket: Profile w/titanium spindle
Sprocket: Felt Cogswell, 39-tooth
Chain: KMC Z
Pedals: Snafu, magnesium
Rims: Front: Sun BFR, chrome. Rear: Sun, Rhyno Lite
Front hub: Kovachi, 36-hole
Rear hub: Profile cassette, 36-hole
Tires: Front: Primo Dirt-Monster 20″x1.95″, Rear: Primo V-Monster 20″x1.95″
Pegs: None
Extra: Titanium rear spokes
Modifications: I took the valve caps off of the tubes, put a zip-tie around my headtube to hold my cable, I cut my seatpost down a lot, and I cut my bars down to 23″ wide. My grips are cut down to 4-1/2″ and I don’t run bar ends. I also I bent my lever out, and got crazy with some spray-paint on the forks, and front hub (when they were on my previous bike). My rear wheel has titanium spokes and it’s the first wheel I’ve ever built. Profile titanium spindle and custom top tube length are mentioned above. Right side of bars is bent down from a crash. Oh yeah, my frame has two dents in it; one from hammering the cups in (I missed) and the other from being thrown around by the airlines.

How long have you been riding?
I started racing at the age of seven, in 1981. I don’t know how old I was when I got my first bike, but ever since my first Big Wheel I’ve been rolling around and jumping things.

What’s you favorite form of riding?
My favorite is riding trails back east, but since that only happens every now and then, and there aren’t a whole lot of good trails out here, I ride whatever and whenever. Ramps, street, dirt… It doesn’t really matter now.

What part of your bike do you break the most?
I use really thin GT grips, so I go through those every couple of weeks. Other than that, tires and freewheels get replaced maybe every four to six months. Beyond that, stuff stays on my bike for years.

Which part do you hate fixing the most?
Brakes. I hate working on my bike--especially the brakes. Lately I’ve had Kevin McAvoy work on them for me.

How often do you get to ride now?
It comes and goes. Sometimes everyday (usually the ramp out back or while on a trip), but there are also times when it’s once every three weeks. This job will do that to you.

How do you think working at a BMX magazine has affected your riding?
Killed it, changed it, and rearranged it. What are you going to do?

 credit: Jeff Zielinski

James Ayres: Transworld BMX Associate Editor

Frame: DK “RM59” Pro XXL
Fork: Odyssey race
Headset: Tioga (for now)
Stem: DK
Bars: S&M Race (un-cut)
Grips: Jive (they’re nice and thin)
Brakes: Shimano Deore
Levers: Tektro
Cables: Shimano
Brake pads: Probably Shimano
Seat: Fizik (Craig Reynolds hooked me up w/them)
Seat post: DK
Seat post clamp: Redline (I think)
Cranks: Profile, 180mm (easily 5 years old)
Bottom bracket: Profile w/titanium spindle
Sprocket: Crupi, 44-tooth
Chain: Sedis Sport, 3/32″ (that’s the skinny one)
Pedals: Felt “Backpedals”
Rims: Sun
Front hub: True Precision Stealth
Rear hub: True Precision Stealth cassette, 16-tooth
Tires: S&M Track Marks; front: 20″ x 2.125″, rear: 1.75″
Pegs: Yeah, right.
Extra: UGP pads, and a Tangent plate when I actually race
Modifications: Cut the seat post… that’s about it.

How long have you been riding?
Riding since ’79; competitively since ’85 (should have been ’84, but I was too much of a pussy to actually sign up).

What’s you favorite form of riding?
Tough question… in my heart it’s racing--always has been, always will be, but a good trails session is a close second. Woodward and Encinitas were two of my all time favorite places, plus Robbie Miranda’s old trails in Virginia--that place saw some amazing sessions.

What part of your bike do you break the most?
The only part I’ve ever broken in my whole life has been a pair of beat-ass Cyclecraft bars like 15 years ago. I’m not too hard on parts.

Which part do you hate fixing the most?
Anything that has to do with my drivetrain--chains, bottom brackets, stuff like that. I actually like working on brakes…

How often do you get to ride now?
Right now, zero, since the wife and I just had a baby boy, but once all the home stuff settles down, I’m hoping it will go back to a few times a week. Not near enough, I know, but I’ll take what I can get. It’s not quantity, it’s quality--or so I tell myself. If I could ride every day, or have a killer session with my friends once or twice a week, I’d take the killer session every time.

How do you think working at a BMX magazine has affected your riding?
It’s made me realize that I completely suck (not that I didn’t already know that, but it was even more confirmed after seeing Mark and Keith ride, not to mention getting to witness all the unbelievably good underground kids out there). Seriously, when I first got the job I didn’t want to ride at all because I was afraid that people would be like, “THAT kid works at the magazine??? He SUCKS!” But after a while, I just got over it. I still get intimidated riding with superstars, but when that happens, I’ll just throw on the headphones, put on some horrible 80’s music and get in my own little world.