When i first started looking into this series, the first brands that came to mind were FBM, Solid, and Standard. These were the companies I grew up idolizing for their work and attention to detail, and I couldn’t wait to get an inside look at what they do, and pick their brain about some of the products they put out. Over the last few years though, there has been an increase in companies putting out custom work, like Pedal Driven, Limit Frabications, and Laird Frames, and so we figured that it’d be awesome to get their input on the market, along with letting them speak about their work, for this exclusive series. With that being said, this week’s interview is with Mike Laird of Laird Frames. Click through for the full interviews and some more photos…
The Union is alive with coverage from this year’s Frostbike right now, head over to their site to check it all out in full, and there is A LOT so we took the liberty of showcasing our one favourite piece from each of this year’s stalls; firstly at number 9 with Stolen‘s rad headtube badges.
2,978 posts later, this is a tricky one. When I first registered themerged.com on my work lunch break a little under 7 years ago, I never imagined where it would eventually lead. What started as a way for me to kill time in the evenings and place for me to post random old BMX articles and photos of bike parts I was into to avoid the wrath of my friends for clogging up their Facebook feeds with photos of seatclamps, quickly grew into the main websites in BMX with a following beyond anything I could have imagined.
Seven years later, running The Merged has allowed me to do some incredible things that I never dreamed would be possible. I’ve been able to travel all around the world with my bike and my friends, had the pleasure of meeting some of the raddest people on the planet, had my work published in magazines and I guess the craziest thing that founding this site has given me is the power to share my passion with thousands of people across the globe on a daily basis, something which still blows my mind when I come to think about it.
For 2015 there will be a some changes to The Merged. As of today I will be taking a step down from the site. It’s been an incredible journey and I’m thankful to be able to come away from the whole thing with not only some of the happiest memories of my life, but also a job working for my long time favourite BMX brand, something I never thought was even achievable when I first started the site.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that helped me with the site along the way, it’s taken a lot of work to get where it is and I am forever grateful for all your hard work and support. I’d also like to say a huge thanks to all the BMX companies that I’ve had the privilege of working with and learning a huge amount from over the recent years. BMX is a small industry and it’s humbling to have been able to meet and eventually become good friends with a lot of my childhood hero’s and people that have inspired me hugely since I first picked up a BMX bike. Most of all I just want to give a firm British handshake to all of you who have checked out the site since it’s creation. Whether you are dedicated product nerd like myself or just starting out in BMX and looking for a direction to go in, I hope you have enjoyed the site and it has inspired you in some way.
This isn’t so much of a goodbye as it is a see you soon. I’m now more involved in BMX then I ever was and I am looking forward to enjoying the blindfolded rollercoaster of journey that lays a head of me in the years to come.
Despite me moving on, I’m excited that the site is in good hands and will continue to carry on the job I started thanks to the new team of BMX product geeks who I have trustingly left the keys to. Yakob and Mariano have been helping me out with the site for a while now and will be officially taking over from me. I have no doubt these guys will do a great job and will continue to supply you with your daily intake of new BMX products and general bike related porn. Look out for some changes to the site and much more coming in the new year.
Thanks for all the good times and have a great new year!
So here is part 2 of our Interbike from last week. We’ve been regularly updating our Instagram page as we made our way around all the brands that are on display. Here is a rundown of what we managed to grab from the show last week.
So we’re out here at Interbike this week and regularly updating our Instagram page as we make our way around all the brands that are on display. Plenty of rad new stuff here this year, here is a list of the best bits we saw on day one.
Search #themergedinterbike for our Instagram coverage as well as updates up on the site through out the week. Also Kurt over The Union is doing some more in-depth coverage so head over there for more info on any of these products…
We’re off on our annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas for Interbike to check out all the new products on the horizon for 2015. Search #themergedinterbike for our Instagram coverage as well as updates up on the site through out the week.
Check out the above video to learn a little bit more about The Shadow Conspiracy‘s new Supreme Standards Testing that they have developed over the past year to insure all their products hold to to exactly what they were designed for. After you have watched the video then CLICK HERE for more info over on their site.
Even though I write this behind slightly gritted teeth after chipping my front ones on a rail the other week, this is seriously cool; Subrosa dropped this promo video demonstrating the ease with which their portable Street Rail is set up, ridden, and disassembled again, it collapses via allen key bolts into 4 ft sections for easy loading into cars and is (obviously) high, long and robust enough for BMX use.
Cinema tweakers and movie fiends rejoice (I know my twisted ass is) here, my little droogs, we have lashings of ultra-rare Cult OS frames with decals inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s cult film A Clockwork Orange.
Only 20 of these are being made (10 in 20.75″ TT and 10 in 21″ TT lengths) and they are only available through Australian Cult dealers as well as 20Twenty BMX in Scotland. These frames also come with a sticker pack and a limited edition snapback hat to boot.