New Dog - Old Tricks
Why 27 Year Old Trevor Watring isn't following the crowd
14 Jul 2021
Interview and photos by Tom Beckman
Trevor Watring is a younger rider from Ohio with a passion for a relatively older but heavy style of riding. This style was progressed by some of the best riders in our history. Riders that are still widely talked about years later.
Trevor might have a long way to go to reach their level but he's well on his way.
In this Q&A with Trevor we go over some of his early inspirations and talk about a frame project he's started along with his friend Dustin Reese.
Okay Trevor, how old are you?
What was your local skatepark growing up?
Vermilion skate park was where I learned the basics. Chenga 57 was where I was introduced to big Ramps, and when that shut down I went to Chenga 2. That’s where my riding changed.
Okay, so when you say it changed can you talk about what changes happened?
That’s where I got into flat land Heavily and got the idea to try and mix flat land and Ramp riding. I didn’t know it at the time but I had a lot of catching up to do. Rick Moliterno, Dave Freimuth, Dennis McCoy and Dave Osato lead the way for that style of riding and I was and still am mesmerized by their riding.
Who specifically at Chenga 2 inspired you to take an interest in the flat land side of things?
I was already interested in flat land when I started riding Chenga 2. I knew the owners Scott Powell and Dave Schaefer rode flat. They helped me progress the most.
So just having them helping you with flatland and having the bigger ramps around kind of naturally made you start to push the two together?
Yes, definitely. Scott and Dave would also tell me to watch older videos to get an inspiration for flatland. Like 101 BMX tricks and the Dorking in York videos. Those sent me down a rabbit hole and I started watching riders like Chad Degroot, Dennis McCoy and Dave Osato just to name a few.
That style of riding I'm sure influenced the style of frames you were picking to ride, right?
Definitely. I just didn’t want the frame to hold me back from everything I wanted to do on my bike.
Understandable. With that said, tell me about Tech Bike Co. What made you and Dustin want to start this up?
Well, it was just an idea at first. We were tired of seeing the same looking frames that were so style specific and weren't really designed to ride them on everything. So we decided to give a frame to BMX that wouldn’t hold you back. Something with a normal geometry that feels good on everything and anything.
"I would like to tell all my fellow BMX riders to express yourself on your bike. Do what you want on your bike and do it the way you want to do it. You’ll stand out more and have more fun just being yourself rather than trying to be like everyone else and don’t segregate yourself to one style of riding because it’s all BMX." - Trevor Watring
Tell me some things about the frame that make it stand out as a good one to give a try. Obviously it looks pretty unique, but what about geometry and features?
Well right off the rip it has a standing platform. The platform is used for mainly flatland tricks but, if you use your imagination you can use it on the ramps to. The geometry is very stable in the air but also nimble enough to do flatland and street. It's manufactured by John Corts so you know it will take the abuse of whatever you throw at it. You’ll also be able to get a custom top tube and color.
The standing platform I think is a really cool design on the trident frame. It seems small enough to not get in the way, but definitely there so you can use it. Speaking of the platform, weren't you working on icepick decades just a little bit ago?
Yes!!! That trick will be the death of me LOL. Hopefully in the near future I’ll be able to pull it. I’m so close I just have to fall in but it’s easier said than done.
Haha yeah, it looks like a wild one. Doesn't really work in my head. Are there any kind of dream tricks that you'd like to get to?
There’s plenty. They’re just really burly and I've gotta step up and do them LOL.
Haha right on man. Is there anything else you'd like to add in?
I would like to tell all my fellow BMX riders to express yourself on your bike. Do what you want on your bike and do it the way you want to do it. You’ll stand out more and have more fun just being yourself rather than trying to be like everyone else and don’t segregate yourself to one style of riding because it’s all BMX.
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