Setups: Reed Stark X BSD
Blending together in Barcelona...
2 May 2019
Interview & Photos by: Wes McGrath
You can call it coincidence or you can call it luck, either way being able to travel the world with your bike as a vehicle and as a passion is something not too many get the chance to experience first hand... This past February I did just that, took myself to the airport and traveled far-away for BMX, only to find myself transplanted in Barcelona with the close company of Reed Stark! Energized by the new warmer weather, we took to the streets and to the hilltops to find some color and new sights, so here is a fresh look at Reed's latest and greatest BSD Safari build up brought to you in vibrant, "Mountain Moss"!
FRAME: BSD Safari 21.8”
FRAME BAG: Safari State XL Smuggler
BARS: BSD Safari XL
GRIPS: BSD Paley Slims
STEM: BSD Stacked
HEADSET: BSD Integrated
FORKS: BSD Jonesin
SPROCKET: BSD Guard 28t
CRANKS: BSD Substance 175mm
PEDALS: BSD Safari
CHAIN: BSD 1991 Halflink
REAR HUB: BSD Westcoaster LHD
REAR TIRE: BSD Donnastreet 2.4
REAR RIM: BSD Nasa
FRONT HUB: BSD Front Street Pro
FRONT TIRE: BSD Donnastreet 2.4
FRONT RIM: BSD Nasa
PEGS: BSD Rude Tube LT 4.5
SEAT: BSD Safari
SEAT POST: BSD Blitzed
KICKS: Etnies shoes
Sponsors, hook-ups, companies that help you out?
You’ve told me that you run exclusively ALL BSD bike set up, so how long have you been with BSD?
Yessir. Been with BSD for 8 years now. Forever and ever.
What signature parts do you have with BSD and how long have you had them?
Safari frame, Safari bars, Safari seat, Safari pedals. Started with Giraffic Bars in 2011 and just recently switched to an updated geometry with the Safari and Safari XL bars. Realized the way your hands naturally sit fits better with with 3 degree upsweep rather than 1. Safari pedals came after Giraffic Bars in 2014, then the Frame in 2016, and the seat in 2017.
What is the back story to your new color-way, ‘Mountain Moss”?
I was gathering spring water near some peak in the Rocky Mountains. The rock under the water drip had this wild green colored moss on it. Snapped a photo and BSD sampled the photo for the paint color. It’s the same thing I did for the other Moroccan Sahara and South African Mud Safari frame colors.
Your bike is apparently revealing your own style with your Safari inspiration, what’s up with your new direction with ‘Safari State’, changing from ‘Safari Shit’?
Safari State refers to a state of mind, a state of being. I’ve been lucky enough to see the world without borders through my BMX connections. Felt like 'shit' was too small for us so had to make changes.
Now that we are in the new year of 2019, what have you been up to in these past few months? Also, what’s up with your recent Kendama jam in Riga, Latvia? It was even broadcasted on Latvian television, right?
Been a wild one so far. Started the year in Minneapolis, Minnesota for NYE with the fam and Sweets crew, flew back to LA to work on a new Safari State line, then bounced to Europe for 6 weeks. My homie Ingus made a wave with kendamas in Latvia since I left this past summer. I told him he should start slangin Sweets at this crazy GG Fest contest. 6 months later he’s running Kekekendama shop in Riga and selling thousands and thousands of damas. Went to a dama jam in Riga before Simple Session and got properly swarmed by dama fans. It was like being a movie star or some shit. Definitely a wild experience.
Can you describe what kind of extra camera time you picked up during Simple Session this year?
This Estonian film crew is doing a documentary on the 20 years of Simple Session. They followed me around for most the weekend and got an inside look into my experience at the event. Can’t begin to imagine what it’s going to look like.
Describe BCN post Simple Session this year...
It was the 3rd year of the BMX Street Olympics. Can’t believe how many countries pulled up. Next year is going to be insane.
As a pro rider for one of the most influential companies in the industry right now, how do keep your inspiration flowing through years of designing new parts, color-ways and running your own clothing company?
I’m always moving. There’s a lot you can see out there if you jump off the cliff. New experiences with new people in new cities has made me who I am. It’s sick being able to put a vibe I got from a foreign place into a product and have it mean something.
What advice could you give to a young rider in BMX today, that would best support their own personal longevity within BMX?
Make everyone around you happier! Cheers boys, Reed.
Felix Prangenberg, Benny L, Daniel Portorreal, Miki Fleck, Phil Martin and Jordan Okane in the streets of Barcelona.
PEEP DA SLEEPER