Lee Reynolds Interview

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In the late 80s and early 90s, the English invaded the BMX scene much like the Australians did more recently. But rather than banging the contest scene over the head, the Brits were rejuvenating the then-ailing BMX scene with style and innovation. According to my memory, just before Simon Tabron and Jamie Bestwick came along, it was James Hudson, John Povah, Jess Dyrenforth, Carlo Griggs, Craig Campbell, and Lee Reynolds, to name a few. I remember James dropping in on vert ramps backwards, Povah ending up in in Nowhere Fast, Jess on the cover of GO in custom painted jeans, Craig doing 540 wallrides.

I was 11 years old when I first saw these guys in the magazines. For me Lee Reynolds was a standout; maybe because of his Airwalk ad featuring that mean photo of the casual, padless hung-out-to-dry can can at the Enchanted Ramp. Or it could have been the fact that, when I wrote his sponsor Haro a letter with a torn-out magazine photo of Lee asking them to please forward it to Lee, he autographed it and mailed it back to me.

Either way, it strikes me that Lee’s style on a BMX bike was a glimpse into the future of simplicity and effortless style reigning supreme. Lee did this about 1.5 decades before Mike Aitken and Chase Hawk and Brian Yeagle took BMX in the K.I.S.S. direction.

I like to see what BMXers do after BMX. It tells you a lot about them. Some burn out, some fade away, some become designers and open clothing stores have families and start DJing professionally and keep riding. Lee did all but the first two. Read on to find out why and how.

33 responses to “Lee Reynolds Interview”

  1. shad says:

    True G, much respect always Lee!!!!

  2. s.brothers says:

    stone cold shredder… big ups, Lee

  3. Micah says:

    I was just thinking about that Airwalk ad the other day. Amazing!

  4. King of the “Cancan”!! Much respect to Lee

  5. rick allison says:

    An amazing story and life.I remember you living at Rons place back in 88 or so.You were always a really cool guy n great rider.Really nice to see were your at today.Thx for sharing.

  6. chris orbell says:

    i like reading about these guys makes me wish i was around back then!

  7. Rob J says:

    Had that advert hanging on my wall for years when i was younger. Much respect.

    Great interview dg!

  8. Lee is one of my Favorite riders and one of the nicest guy’s you’ll ever meet

  9. Dug says:

    I am pretty sure he was on the front of one of my folders back in grade school. Anyone remeber that? Was that him? Great interview, Keep up the good work.

  10. :) says:

    I will ride his cock all day!

  11. Xavier says:

    Lee, you always amaze me when you get on that bike, can’t wait to ride together again.

    X

  12. Andy Brown says:

    One of the nicest, coolest and giving guys in BMX.

  13. Daz Whitfield says:

    Amazing rider and a top bloke!

  14. Andy Irwin says:

    Great stuff with great pics and good luck with the shop it looks cool.

  15. dirtron says:

    the american dream. so awesome! thanks for that guys.

  16. Lee Reynolds says:

    Thanks for the kind words… you guys have gotten me all choked up!

  17. Jesse D says:

    You are the Man Lee! Eating it at the vert demo showed me that it I will never be too old to make a fool of myself in front of a crowd. I still ride vert (mostly under coping) and dont think Ill ever stop JD

  18. Colin Platts says:

    Cool interview good to see Lee is doing well great pics too

  19. Nick Elkan says:

    Great interview….Always brings back great memories…I’ve got to get on my bike more..!

  20. Great interview, good memories. All these dudes made a massive impact in the late 80’s.
    Can we please have an Angry Brown interview now?

  21. Anthem 2 says:

    Aaaah, yes..the Airwalk ad. My all time favorite BMX photo.
    A true inspiration indeed.
    Finally met this guy at the NORA cup rehearsal, it’s nice when you find out that your idols aren’t douchebags.
    It was a true pleasure.

  22. Dave Young says:

    Great rider, great bloke, inspiring human being…..Nice one Lee respect!

  23. souney says:

    Photos of Lee’s can-cans are part of the reason I started shooting photos to begin with. You just can’t do that trick any better.

  24. Brian blyther says:

    Lee you rule, I love the way you cant holdback it inspires me to not be such a puss. Thanks for all you do stay healthy and ride. BB

  25. Trev Noronha says:

    Cool interview.
    Lee was and still is an awesome rider and an all round nice guy.
    Really hope you can make it back over next year. Will be great to see you.

  26. jon byers says:

    Lee, my favorite story is how you and your dad stole a christmas tree together… i always thought that was awesome.

  27. chad degroot says:

    I remember you came to the US and had some dreads, but they were with super glue. All of us wanted to try this idea, but stuck shit together and decided to glue money to shit so people would get excited but wouldn’t be able to get it. Sweet rider, super glue, nnnnice…

  28. Lee Reynolds says:

    I really appreciate all the kind words and funny stories!
    If any of you are in San Diego hit me up and we’ll go ride.
    lee_reynolds@cox.net

  29. Simon Tabron says:

    You’ll be cool forever Lee!
    I’m in SD, I’m hitting you up, let’s ride soon!

  30. Mark Gray says:

    Great getting to meet you Lee and hanging out with you and a great time it was..!!!!!

  31. chris pullen says:

    i remember riding with lee in the late 80s at meanwhile, london under the flyover! wow he used to go so high on his hutch that he alost hit the roof most times, must have been 40 feet off the ground even back then! he was so good it was unbelieable!, chris pullen!

  32. Angry Brown says:

    Just stumbled over this Lee! Great read mate 🙂

  33. Coy says:

    Monetary advisors business is individuals business.

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