Lee Reynolds Interview

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01. photo by Tom Bomb, 02. photo by Kevin Dana

— What year did you first take up permanent residence in the States, and where?

I first came to San Diego in March of ’88, when I was 17. I spent a month living at Ron Wilkerson’s Enchanted Ramp house in Leucadia… it seemed like heaven; great riders, great weather, 2 halfpipes in the yard and the beach right down the street! I went back to England sold my car and moved out here in May ’88. Now 21 years later I’m still here! Although I have spent a couple of years back in the UK, and five in the Bay Area when my wife and I were working for Fox.

— What made you choose vert over everything else?

It just feels the best to me, the speed and air, and I guess it came most naturally. I was really into racing when I was younger, but gave that up by 15 to concentrate on freestyle. Back then you had to do ramps and flatland in the same contest run, but as soon as ramps became its own category I focused all my energy on that. This was also around the time that I started riding half-pipes… I fell in love! I still haven’t found many things in life that compare to the feeling of floating above the coping of a ramp. That’s why I’ve been riding again!

— You rode for Haro and Airwalk; who were your other sponsors?

Trend Bike Source really helped me out after I got kicked off Hutch, Skyway wheels for a minute… that’s about it. It was a weird time for getting sponsors. Plus the fact that I was living here illegally didn’t help.

— Do you have any funny or scandalous stories about sponsors back then?

Ha, ha… I wouldn’t want to ruin anyone’s reputation!
I can tell you about the Hutch thing though… After entering my first contest in the states (2-Hip Flint, MI. 1988) I wanted to party! It was my first time meeting a lot of vert guys I’d seen magazines, and I was amped from riding. At some point Ron Stebene (Hutch Team Manager at the time) told me I needed to go to bed, I decided to stay out all night drinking instead and got kicked off the team! Actually, I got suspended but told them to stick it! No hard feelings towards Ron, he was just doing his job 🙂

— Did you still end up riding in the finals the next day, and how did you do?

I think the prelims and finals were all on the same day. I got 3rd behind Matt Hoffman and Dino Deluca. There were a ton of great riders there so I was pretty stoked. I also got really close to pulling a 900… too bad I couldn’t quite hold on, no one had pulled one at a contest yet.

  • 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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