Beside Myself

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Since I was 11 years old Lee Reynolds has been my favorite rider. Aside from Brian Blyther, I feel like Lee and fellow Brit Craig Campbell were the first freestylers to “have style”, if I may be so bold. They did fewer tricks, but better… a trait that seems to have come full circle for those of us who can’t get enough Chase Hawk or Mike Aitken or Eddie Cleveland.

As you can imagine it was an honor for me to meet Lee this past weekend at the Old School Reunion and watch him kill the vert ramp on his new Verde complete. I told him the story about how, in 1989, I tore a photo of him out of a magazine and and sent it to Haro with a self addressed stamped envelope, hoping for an autograph. Lee, being the gentleman he is, signed and returned it to me and that gesture has stuck with me for the last 20 years.

Look for a full length Lee Reynolds interview coming soon on Defgrip.

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8 responses to “Beside Myself”

  1. Marko says:

    Its crazy how the little things that pros do can inspire someone. Can’t wait for the interview.

  2. shuturmum says:

    it looks like hes got his hand on your arse

  3. Happy Birthday, Mike.

  4. Anthem 2 says:

    http://www.23mag.com/gens/rele89.jpg

    One of the top 5 photos in bmx history.
    Hands down.

  5. Ardelean says:

    Yup, I had that photo on my wall for a long time, until I took all of the GO pages off of my wall and stapled all of the magazines back together.

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