A peek into Portland’s BMX flatland scene

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On Saturday, I got a glimpse into another vibrant part of our local bike scene at the Portland Winter Classic Flatland Jam. The annual event was held inside a non-descript warehouse in inner Northeast, just north of E. Burnside. There was a two-sided vert ramp for the jumpers and a large open space where the trick riders could do their thing. Fans and friends stood around the edges of the action, erupting into cheers whenever someone landed a tough trick.

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BMX News Roundup: A new track in Gresham and a legend in Portland

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Right now it’s just a concept, but
Gresham could be moving forward on
a new BMX track.
(Photo: David Hucke)

Two big bits of news for local BMX riders…

This Thursday (12/9) the City of Gresham Parks Committee will hear a presentation by residents who are working to build a new BMX/pump track at the Gradin Community Sports Park. The 32 acre site just west of Highway 26 and north of the Springwater Corridor Trail at SE Hogan Ave, has been slated for a host of improvements. 51-year old Gresham resident David Hucke is spearheading an effort to build a BMX track at the location. He’s has already gotten the ear of the Mayor of Gresham, volunteers, and even corporate sponsors to help with the project.

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BMX riders rally to save jump trails near The Grotto

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Local rider Ben Kaufmann riding
on trails near The Grotto.
(Photo: Andrew Callaci)

Local BMX riders are hoping to stop what they say are plans to bulldoze a popular network of trails and jumps located in a forested area near The Grotto in outer Northeast Portland.

Shad Johnson, owner of Goods BMX shop, told us that Portland Police approached people at the site yesterday to announce that due to a complaint by a nearby homeowner, the trails and jumps will be “plowed within two weeks.”

“This is really big deal,” says Johnson, “these trails have been a staple to Portland BMXers for 16 years. In the past few years with BMX growing stronger in Portland there has been a lot of work been put into them.”

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“I Love My Bicycle” documentary follows a homegrown BMX manufacturing company

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Editor’s note: This movie review was written by contributor (and our down-the-street neighbor) Joe Biel. Earlier this year, we covered Biel’s forthcoming documentary about Critical Mass. We’re actively seeking to publish more book and movie reviews on the site — if there’s something you’d like to review for us, please get in touch.

With the simultaneous surge of interest in all things bike and the availability of cheaper and cheaper digital video equipment, we are treated to more and more grassroots documentaries about bicycling and all of its colorful, related culture.

“I Love My Bicycle: The Story of FBM Bikes” is a splendid addition to this realm.

The movie tells the story of how FBM Bikes was built from a charming, homegrown t-shirt company put together by some BMX riders in upstate New York.

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