Nick Jones @ Random

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Anthony DeRosa wowing a crowd of kids doing wheelies on department store mountain bikes last summer in Philly; shot on my dads old Minolta X-570 loaded with some Kodak Portra 400, probably at f/8 or so and a shutter of 1/1000th.

Nick Jones



Here we go again… Hope everyone had a great New Years Eve and is excited to get 2014 going! If you haven’t noticed, we made a few changes to the site to kick off the new year and can’t wait to get moving. We have some awesome new features ready to roll out for everyone, lots of dope stuff to blog about, and we’ve invited in the Goodfeelin crew in as bloggers to post some of their photos here and there, and couldn’t be more excited about 2014.

Huge thanks to everyone for their continued support and here’s to a great year!!! (p.s. does any one else think it’s completely crazy that it’s 2014… time goes by way to fast)

PREVIEW: 2014 Verde Completes

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As in years past, the folks at Verde have come through with a preview of their upcoming 2014 completes. These guys should be available in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, click below to eyeball the new bikes.


Q&A: Walter Pieringer vs. Jay Roe

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When Brian Yeagle contributed his recent interview with Walter Pieringer, he inadvertently kicked off a project I've been meaning to start for some time.

The idea is basically to do an ongoing interview of sorts, where the previous interviewee goes on to interview someone of their choosing. So Brian Yeagle interviewed Walter Pieringer, and now Walter has chosen to interview Jay Roe.

Click below to check that out.



Flashback Friday: Artist Q&A’s

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Over the years, we’ve gotten our hands on some great artists and accumulated some interesting Q&A’s. I am a fan of all these dudes, which is why I reached out to them in the first place. These guys are still doing great stuff and you should recognize some of these names by now if you follow the art world. If not, click below to check out the interviews. They are are all worth revisiting.

Andrew Holder

Mark Weaver

Jon Contino

Frank Chimero

Wilmer Murillo


Flashback Friday: Clint Reynolds

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Welcome Timothy Burkhart

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We’re happy to announce that Chicago based photographer & rider Timothy Burkhart will be joining us here at Defgrip.

We happened to come in contact with Timothy one day, and one thing lead to another. We found that we had similar interests and bringing him on board worked out naturally. Timothy has been a fan of the site for some time, has a BFA in photography/studio art, is currently handling photo duties for The Bakery and carries too many cameras. He knows what we’re about and we look forward to having his posts in the mix.

Follow Timothy on Tumblr and  Instagram.

On This Date Last Year…

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We posted our interview with Dennis Enarson.

[RE-UP] All Defgrip Originals

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Are you new to Defgrip? Just started checking the site over the last year or 2? Well, time to catch up on some sweet original content our crew have produced. If you’ve been with us since the beginning, there’s no harm in revisiting these again. Either way, we appreciate ya.

Harrison Boyce and Andrew McMullen have sat down with some interesting BMX & NON-BMX characters for video interviews starting back in 2008. These interviews were pretty different for BMX at the time and I think they did a good job at connecting you with these people (I didn’t produce them so I can say that, ha). Subjects include Ruben Alcantara, Cory Nastazio (probably the most talked about Original), Greyboy, The History of Oakley and much much much more…

Click below to check out all the Defgrip Originals. Enjoy!


WALLPAPER: Tom Grunwald

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This new DEFGRIP wallpaper comes to us from Tom Grunwald, whose name you might be familiar with. Check out his SITE and find your wallpaper size below.

1024 X 768

1200 x 800

1440 x 900

1680 x 1050

1920 x 1200

2560 X 1440



The Ben Hucke.

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Yep. This is happening.

If you follow any well known riders on Instagram, chances are you have noticed them juicing (no, not Lance Armstrong style). Photos of fruits & veggies on countertops have been abundant recently.This is all good in my book. Well… One night, something came over me and I tweeted at some dudes saying “Let’s get some juicing recipes on Defgrip. I’m serious!”, and Ben Hucke came through like greased lightning without much persuasion from me. It was apparent through the information he provided that he was all about this and knew his shit. Read below for Ben’s favorite recipe and its benefits. I’ve dubbed it “The Ben Hucke”.

The Ben Hucke:

Carrots – Known to improve vision, help lower the risk of breast, colon and lung cancer,  prevent heart disease, reduce stroke, nourish skin, anti aging effects and dental health.

Beets – Brain and energy boost, super antioxidant, anti inflammatory, cell detox, improve mental health making you feel more positive, reduces risk of skin and lung cancer. Also known as Natures Viagra! haha.

Celery – Immune system, blood pressure, inflammation and arthritis.

Parsley – Immune system, healthy heart, anti inflammatory, arthritis, antioxidants, lowers stress, anti cancer, inhibits the formation of tumors especially in the lungs, colon and prostate.

Cilantro – Metal cleansing (loosens any metals from tissue), lowers effects of anxiety, improves sleep, antibacterial/anti-fungle activity and strong antioxidant.

Cucumber – B vitamins for a quick pick me up, hydration, joint health, fresh breath, hangover cure, and fights cancers, digestion and weight loss.

Apples – Bone protection, asthma help, antihistamine, alzheimers prevention, lower cholesterol, cancer prevention of several different types.

You can add as little or as much of any of these ingredients and it’s still good. Adding juicing to my normal diet has helped me out a lot as far as feeling better, clearing my mind,  no longer have allergies, acid reflux disease is completely gone and I just have more energy in general. Juicing allows the nutrients to go straight into your blood stream replenishing your cells within five minutes, you can actually feel it happening in that time and feel yourself lift up and ready to go for the day.

In today’s society it’s hard and it’s expensive to live healthy, but slowly adding fresh juices to your diet over time will subconsciously allow you to become more aware of eating healthy and naturally craving healthy foods.

-Ben Hucke

Click below to check out my favorite Hucke edit.


Alex Valentino: 2012

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I had randomly come across Alex Valentino’s New York gallery on The Diggest and was really into it. I always get stoked when I unexpectedly find out that certain people are into shooting, so I did what I do best and asked him to contribute to the ‘grip and he came through.

Click below to check out an assortment of some of his favorite pics from 2012.

Follow Alex on Tumblr and keep up with MarieJade too.


Top Posts of 2012

As the year comes to an end tonight, we spent some time digging through the archives to bring you the top posts of 2012. Like the past few years, our original content came out on top with a few random posts that somehow got some great google results mixed in.

Huge thanks to our readers and advertisers for your support in 2012 and hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year’s Eve! On to 2013!!!


New Defgrip!

Welcome to a freshened up Defgrip.

It’s been a minute since the site has gotten a makeover, so we are happy to finally have a fresh new design for you guys. While this new version is not drastically different from the previous one, it is cleaner, simpler with a focus on the design and overall user experience in the photogalleries & interviews sections. Check the new Get Sylvester gallery for proof.

Furthermore, it was important to us that our main page not be dictated by advertising anymore, so we stripped it down to the bare bones to showcase the content, but created more space for the brands that have supported us over the years. Nice and clean. We launched the previous version of Defgrip in early 2007 and it was an honor to see our previous layout be “re-appropriated” a few times over the years by other sites, but the time has come to switch shit up.

So what’s up with Defgrip these days?

Defgrip’s lifespan has been interesting. It started out as a simple blog run by a few friends for fun, it gained popularity which led to advertisers, became more “business” like for a bit, and now we feel it’s getting back to being a simple blog run by a few friends for fun again (but on a bigger, more important scale). Defgrip has always been something we simply do on the side and because we love to. The site always had a slower pace than others, but if it gets extra slow (i.e. – dormant), it’s because work is keeping us busy and only leaves us wanting to suplex our computers at the end of the day. The re-blogging rat race is not a top priority for us.

We’re still here though and will continue to fill the niche we’ve created for ourselves. There won’t be a million posts a day, but we will still be bringing you cool original content, choice BMX nuggets, photography, music, art and be writing about whatever the hell we want.

Thanks to everyone who supports and visits the site.

– Defgrip Crew

Disposed: Sunday in Atlanta

The Sunday crew took along a disposable camera on their week long team trip to Atlanta at the end of April. They sweated it out and came back with some pics.

Click below to check them out.

Edit dropping soon.