Lee Reynolds Interview

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01. photo by Dan Sturt, 02. photo by Matt Sullivan

— I think my first memory of you is the shot of you doing a can can in an Airwalk ad, maybe on the inside front cover of GO. You had no pads on and the whole look of the ad was really stylish. Who shot that photo?

I would usually ride without pads unless I was trying new stuff… it just feels better!

Dan Sturt took the photo. I don’t think he shoots much BMX, so it was an honor. He stopped by the Enchanted Ramp on his way to go surfing in Mexico. He was only there for about half an hour, and shot very few pics; 12 I think, maybe 24. I thought I was going to land on him a couple of times! Airwalk had a hard time selecting for the ad; everyone of his photos were amazing. I’d love to see the whole set again someday… I just saw them once briefly.

— Maybe we need to do a Dan Sturt feature on Defgrip; perhaps he’d grace us with a retrospective on that shoot.

That would be amazing! Apparently he’s pretty elusive though. That was the only time I ever met him.

— Pardon my ignorance here, but were you around for any of the neon uniform era of freestyle? I seem to remember you being one of the guys who was ushering in the new wave of casual dress while riding. I also remember you with some crazy hairstyles!

I wore uniforms a few times when I first started riding for Hutch, and a few times when I rode for Haro. I fantasized about riding for both of those teams as a kid, so it didn’t bother me too much! Thankfully though most of the teams were switching to a more relaxed look at that time…. it’s too hot out here to ride in all that nylon!

As far as the hairstyles, I was a lot more flamboyant back then and wanted the attention I guess. I’m a lot mellower these days, not to mention grey and balding!

— Where in the UK did you grow up, and who did you ride with?

Born in Oxford, then a few years later moved to a small town called Monmouth, which is actually in Wales. That’s were I started riding around age 10. When I was 15 we moved to Stony Stratford (about 1 hour north of London), there was a good crew of riders and skaters there, and we built a nice little halfpipe. I started entering contests and spending a lot of time in London, and before long I was riding regularly with some of the UKs best; Greg Guillotte, Mike Canning, Andy Brown, Jason Hassel, John Povah, Phil Dolan, Jason Ellis, Graham Marfleet, Nick Elkan, Frasier Campbell, Aju Bubu, Jason Webb, Lincoln Blacksley, David Beveridge, Eric Steele… to name a few!

  • True G, much respect always Lee!!!!

  • stone cold shredder… big ups, Lee

  • Micah

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

  • King of the “Cancan”!! Much respect to Lee

  • rick allison

    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.

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

  • Rob J

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

    Great interview dg!

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

  • Dug

    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.

  • :)

    I will ride his cock all day!

  • Xavier

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

    X

  • Andy Brown

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

  • Daz Whitfield

    Amazing rider and a top bloke!

  • Andy Irwin

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

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

  • Lee Reynolds

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

  • Jesse D

    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

  • Colin Platts

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

  • Nick Elkan

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

  • 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?

  • Anthem 2

    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.

  • Dave Young

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

  • 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.

  • Brian blyther

    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

  • Trev Noronha

    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.

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

  • 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…

  • Lee Reynolds

    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

  • Simon Tabron

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

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

  • chris pullen

    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!

  • Angry Brown

    Just stumbled over this Lee! Great read mate 🙂


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