Lee Reynolds Interview

lee reynolds interview
photo by Mike Parenti

— It seems that your style of riding has aged quite well. What type of things did you focus on? Did you just have tricks that were fun to you, and just try to do them the best you could? Aside from the famous can cans, what were/are some of your favorite tricks?

Thanks! I can’t say that I focused on anything in particular, other than trying to get as high as I could, and to try and stretch and hold variations as long as possible. That’s what makes me happy! I got a lot of magazine shots doing can cans, but I also loved no handers, inverts, lookbacks, turndowns, one foot inverts, no foot can cans, candy bars, 540s… all the classics! I was one of the first to get tailwhip airs wired in 1989 while I was on tour, I used to love doing those.

— What do you think of the way BMX has progressed? Who are some of your favorite riders to watch now?

I’m completely blown away every time I see new riding footage! It makes you wonder how far it can go. The Mark Webb videos online are amazing! I just saw Bruno Hoffman on TV, that was impressive. As far as the vert guys; Simon Tabron, Jamie Bestwick, Chad Kagy, Jay Eggleston and Kevin Robinson are some of my current favorites. I’ve known Simon forever and he blew my mind at the reunion; no handed 540 to barspin, perfect 900, everything super smooth. I still really enjoy watching old footage from my era, some of my all time favorites are Mike Dominguez, Ron Wilkerson, Brian Blyther, DaveVoelker, Mat Hoffman, Joe Johnson, Craig Campbell, Dave Young, Neil Ruffel, Carlo Griggs and Mike Canning, but I could go on and on… there are so many great vert riders.

— How often do you ride these days?

Not enough! Usually about once every month or two. I have a torn muscle in my arm right now and haven’t ridden since Woodward. I’ve taken a year or two off now and then, but always end up back on my bike. My problem is that I lack self control, and usually end up getting too crazy!

  • 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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