Brad Simms: Have Bike - Will Travel
"How I wanna act… why don’t you tell me how you wanna act?"
5 Nov 2015
Photos by James Christenson
We reckon Merritt's Brad Simms has been to close to 100 countries by now and is definitely one of those guys who is truly living BMX, traveling, learning about other cultures, learning heaps of languages and of course—shredding on his bike. Here’s Brad’s current set up and a quick insight on what he’s been up to.
You are in Austin right now, right?
Yep. At first I thought it would be saturated with riders, but it’s not that bad. I thought everywhere you’d go, you would see riders, but it’s not like that. The groups are pretty segregated. I think next month (November) will be the best month to be here. It’s still been getting up to like 90ºF/32ºC+
Not mine! (laughter) I usually don’t end up going out until 4 PM or 5 PM.
Where were you before Austin?
I was in Maryland visiting family and before that I was in… let me see… I was in Hungary and Romania.
Were you in Europe most of this year?
Europe, Asia, North Africa… I’d say the majority of the time was in Europe.
Are you planning on staying in the States for a bit?
In a perfect world, in the next month, I’d like to put out two videos before I leave and make a few videos while I’m traveling around. I’m close to Mexico right now… I was thinking about going down there for a few days or whatever. I am going to go to Cali.
Be patient. Money can’t buy you patience. Travel light and be respectful of peoples cultures.
How you wanna act?
How I wanna act… why don’t you tell me how you wanna act?! (laughter)
Frame: BSD WZA 21.1
Cranks: BSD Substance Cranks 165 MM
Bars: Merritt Brad Simms
Tires: Merritt Brian Foster FT1
Forks: BSD Acid
Stem: Merritt Inaugural
Sprocket: Merritt Chris Childs
Headset: Merritt Hightop
Pedals: Merritt P1
Seat: Merritt SL1
Seat Post: Merritt
Hub Guards: Merritt Tension
Pegs: Merritt S.I.R.
Grips: Merritt Pete Sawyer
Chain: BSD Halflink
Modifications: I take a half inch off my bars—that is the only thing.
For more info: merrittbmx.com
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Brad Simms back home in Maryland with Jordan Capece and Andrew Savoy - More Info
"... if you can raise enough money, I’ll get his face tattooed on my foot."
"No idea how I didn’t get mugged, a 15 year old dragging around a broken bike is probably an easy target."