Ten Questions with Jerry Bagley

Age: 25
Current residence: Riverside, California
Sponsors: Red Bull, SNAFU, Adio shoes, Clive backpacks, 661, Planet Earth clothing

 credit: Keith Mulligan

1. What have you been up to lately?
I’ve been riding at Rick’s house--the 91 Trails. I’ve been riding there and digging a bunch and I’ve been working on my house ’cause I’m getting ready to sell it to move to Corona. I’ve been painting and doing the front yard, etcetera, etcetera.

2. Have you been working on anything new trick-wise?
I haven’t been working on that many tricks; I’ve been thinking about more street tricks to do than dirt jumping tricks ’cause sometimes I get in different moods and like to do different things. Sometimes I go to a dirt contest and I’m super interested in doing street comps and vice versa. Lately I’ve just been riding trails and having fun just going high and riding turns and having a blast for once. I haven’t had so much fun on my bike in a long time, so if feels pretty good.

3. You said you’re going to sell your house and move to Corona. Is that ’cause Nasty sold his house?
Yeah, pretty much. That and I was living on a dirt road and I’m super anal about having my truck clean and I’m sick of cleaning it every other day. Also, I can sell my house and buy a smaller house and I’ll live closer to everybody else. Also Cory’s trails are going to be gone and so will his ramp, and I’ll be the only one left out in the middle of nowhere, so I might as well go, too, you know?

4. Since you’re originally from the east coast, break down your east/west thoughts for me. In your opinion, what are the pluses and minuses as well as the good and bad of each?
Obviously, just like you and I, if it was always sunny back east and it was never winter I would for sure live back there for good because that’s the only negative part I think about back east--the winter. It gets super cold and you can’t handle it. You get burnt out on parks back there because that’s the only thing you can ride during the winter. In California you can go ride trails, street or something like that, but back east you can’t do that--you’ll be freezing your ass off wearing Long Johns, a couple of sweatshirts, and a big jacket trying to street ride, and that’s just uncomfortable, you know? California has the weather and the whole industry is out here. Other than that, it’s the place to be, kind of in a way, you know? There’re hotter girls out here.

Jerry throws a table three’ at Rick’s.  credit: Keith Mulligan

5. Do you think you’ll ever make your way back to Boston?
Yeah, I’m doing that in like a week. I’m gonna go back there and hang out with some of my friends and just get out of the California lifestyle. I just need to escape sometimes and Boston’s my perfect place to get out of here to go back to reality. All my friends work and I just go back there and wait for them and I’m just like, “Damn, I’m just super lucky to have what I have. I just fully sit back and think about things and just fully be psyched on what I have compared to my friends who have to work until five o’clock in the afternoon then they bust ass riding until ten, eleven o’clock at night, so I’m just super happy to go home and ride with my friends who just like to go have fun riding their bikes and not worry about doing this trick or that trick--they just have fun, so it’s good to go back there. (As far as moving back,) I’ve been contplating that a bunch. After the first of the year, after the whole Mosh thing went down--just to get out of here and go back and have fun on my bike again and just live a different life again. It’s fully different back there. It’s slow-paced, chill, and relaxed compared to the fast lifestyle out here. I’ve been contemplating it, but I’m not sure if I can do it, so I’m going to fly home for a month or two weeks, check it out and during the summertime I’m going to fly back and stay back in Boston and Philly and just travel back to the east coast for the summer and see what happens.

6. There aren’t that many contests this year--especially for dirt jumpers. Is that a good or a bad thing?
It’s a good thing for people like me who really... I haven’t made a final in a long time because I’d been under the impression from some people that it’s no big deal, (that I shouldn’t) worry about contests, da, da, da...but I’ve always enjoyed them. It’s a bad thing ’cause for someone like me, I like going to contests to hang out with my friends, have laughs, travel the country, but also it’s a good thing because there’re more tours and stuff like that --you can travel where you want and do stuff like that.

7. For some reason, when I think of people who talk a lot on their cell phones and end up smashing them on a regular basis, I think of you...
(Laughter) Why? I haven’t thrown my phone...the last time I threw my phone was like almost a year ago and that was the last straw ’cause I’m sick of spending money on phones. I used to be the one rollin’around with the dope new phone and now I have the biggest brick and I don’t even care anymore ’cause I’m just like, whatever.

Well, my question was, how many have you gone through over the years and what was your most expensive bill?
My biggest bill was probably like $250--$300. That’s when I was back east and traveling a lot, out at Woodward, and the roaming rates...it was just astronomical. But I’ve broken two phones out of the whole time I’ve had a phone, so that’s not too bad.

8. How do you wish our sport was different?
People-wise, how people react when they get sponsors, like some people change, some people don’t. The whole industry, I wish everybody could just get paid and have fun--not worry about having to do this or do that, or go to this contest or that contest. I wish we could all just chill and have jams like that one in Toronto. I didn’t go there, but I was watching footage and talking to people and they said it was pretty much one of the best contests they’ve ever gone to just ’cause the atmosphere and everything was super good. That could be changing for the better because of Jay (Miron). Jay’s been in contests forever so he knows the right thing to do for the riders. He could be bettering the contests for us.

“Hello, Real Estate lady? Yeah, I’m gonna need one of those For Sale signs...and some grass seed, too.  credit: Kevin McAvoy

9. If you had to mention one person, who’s your favorite rider right now and why?
Biz. That’s all I have to say. He’s the only person I’ve ever seen throughout my life and riding career to just think of something and say, “Okay, I think I can do that. And then he just does it. Like at Roots, 360 tailtap-to-tailwhip over the spine. The first time he landed one foot on the pedal and then he had it three tries later. That’s just amazing in my eyes. He’s definitely a person that motivates me a lot, and he always has--I’ve been around that kid since day one.

10. Are you someone who will still be riding for yourself and for fun in 20 years or do you see an end to your riding at some point?
There’s never going to be an end. If you don’t love it, then why even do it? Why even ride now if you don’t love it? You know what I’m sayin’? Like for a while, I wasn’t happy riding my bike sometimes because I get burnt out pretty easily, but that happens to everybody--like say if they rode 24-7 and they have to focus on this and have to focus on going here or doing that... But I’m going to be riding forever because this is my love. Even before I had a sponsor I would still ride down to my trails when I had a car. In my eyes this is the only thing I know that keeps me happy and sane, you know? I’ll fully be doing it my whole life.

you don’t love it, then why even do it? Why even ride now if you don’t love it? You know what I’m sayin’? Like for a while, I wasn’t happy riding my bike sometimes because I get burnt out pretty easily, but that happens to everybody--like say if they rode 24-7 and they have to focus on this and have to focus on going here or doing that... But I’m going to be riding forever because this is my love. Even before I had a sponsor I would still ride down to my trails when I had a car. In my eyes this is the only thing I know that keeps me happy and sane, you know? I’ll fully be doing it my whole life.