Van Homan - Setups

The conformity-free whip of Mr. Homan...

21 Aug 2015

VAN HOMAN BMX SETUPS RD 7

Photos by Rob Dolecki

Continuing on with our #vanhomanweek, here's a look at Van's current bike setup, who continues to see no need in running plastic sliders nor having frequently-worn out shoe soles...

VAN HOMAN BMX SETUPS RD 4
VAN HOMAN BMX SETUPS RD 3

Frame: FIT Mike Aitken

Fork: FIT MKIII

Bars: FIT Vandlebars 9” rise

Grips: Duo Homan

Stem: FIT Aitken

Cranks: FIT Indent 24, 175mm

Pedals: FIT Mac metal sealed

Sprocket: FIT Key Drive, 28T

Seat: FIT tripod

Seat post: FIT tripod

Hubs: G-Sport Samian 9t driver

VAN HOMAN BMX SETUPS RD 5
VAN HOMAN BMX SETUPS RD 1

Pegs: G-Sport Van peg

Rims: G-Sport Birdcage

Brakes: Odyssey, with Odyssey Gyro

Lever: Dia-Compe Tech 77

Chain: Shadow Supreme

Tires: Duo, 2.35 front, 2.25 rear

Shoes: Almond Duke

Pants: Levi’s 501

Belt: River City Leather

Shirt: Dans Comp T with a Bell button-up

Hat: FIT

Helmet: Bell Full-flex

For more info: FIT I Dan's Comp

VAN HOMAN BMX SETUPS RD 6
VAN HOMAN BMX SETUPS RD 2

What was your last frame?

Dan Conway’s signature Savage frame.

Why did you change it up?

Conway’s frame gets the whips around real fast for street. I just wanted to something with a little bit longer back end for the summertime, with trail season coming up and riding more concrete parks.

How do you like the Mikey graphics?

I’m real psyched on them. Repping Mikey in general makes me feel good; he’s a good friend, and a really influential rider. It’s classic retro-inspired logos; this is the first time in a long time that I just left the stickers on my bike.

Anything stands out with this bike so far?

It just feels solid. With my frames in the past, I’ve always designed my bikes to be strong and fast, and this bike’s built the same.

Will there ever be another Homan signature frame?

There’s talk. No promises, but hopefully you’ll be seeing something soon.

Will there be another Jersey Devils brake bridge?

Definitely not; no gimmicks.

What’s up with the Vandlebars?

The Vandlebar is a classic geometry with modern-day height and not too wide, where you can get the bars around with out being stressed out about it.

What’s the story with your pegs?

They are just classic metal pegs. I like how metal pegs feel on metal rails and coping; I don’t really subscribe to the plastic peg thing. There’s definitely setups where I could see using plastic pegs, but it’s not really my thing. It just made sense to work with Gsport on doing a classic metal peg. Even if you are into plastic pegs, I feel there is a place for metal pegs in everyone’s collection.

Brakes, two metal pegs, and a cassette- do you almost feel part of an older generation at this point?

My setup obviously isn’t what the normal kid has these days. But it’s what I’ve always run, and don’t feel the need to switch it up. I’ve heard people having conversations about keeping up with what’s going on with BMX, etc. I enjoy riding and riding the setup I have. I don’t see any reason to change that up. I’m gonna do things my way, and if that’s not good enough to be a pro BMX’er, then it’s time to move on. If you’re trying to conform just for the sake of conforming, then that’s kind of embarrassing.

VAN HOMAN BMX SETUPS RD 8

No this isn't the same bike; this was probably the last riding photo Van shot on his Savage, right before he put together his new Mikey frame. Vert wall carve at a secret Philly warehouse, courtesy of Keith Lockerby's wood shop.