Jamaica Fat Tyre Festival - Day 1 - The Bicycle Bash

Feb 8, 2010
by Ian Hylands  
I've been in Jamaica for 2 days now, and yesterday was the first real event of the trip, the Bicycle Bash! It's an amazing bicycle event for locals and anyone else that wants to come.

Stunt riding is big in Jamaica and everyone likes to customize their bikes. Video and pictures inside,
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I arrived in Jamaica on Friday night, spent Saturday doing things like building my bike and going to Scotchies for Jerk Chicken, and drinking Appleton at John Crow's Tavern. Sunday was the first real action of the trip with the Jamaican Bicycle Bash in Oracabessa. This is the Crankworx of Jamaica, and as you can see from the videos they do things a little differently down here. Everyone has a bike, and they use them for everything. There are a lot of custom decorated bikes as well, paint, lights, reflectors, even custom welding jobs.

Sick Custom Bikes
Sick Custom Bikes

Bunny Hop Contest
Bunny Hop Contest

Obstacle Course
Obstacle Course

Wheely Race
Wheely Race

The main part of the Bash is contests. And we're not talking about slopestyle here. There's a basic XC race around town, and an obstacle race that is kind of like speed trials, but there's also stuff like the Rambo Olympics where you have to ride 4 laps of a 200 meter track, second lap you pick up a beer crate, third lap you pick up a propane tank, fourth lap you pick up a weed whacker. So at the finish you're carrying all this stuff and trying to not fall off your bike. There's also a bunny hop contest and a wheely race and a bunch of other fun stuff.

This guy came second in the XC
This guy came second in the XC



Cool Cat, sick bicycle balancing guy
Cool Cat, sick bicycle balancing guy

SMORBA a non-profit organization affiliated to IMBA that is actively engaged in locating, building and maintaining bicycling opportunities on Jamaica’s famed North Coast.

Check out more photos in my Jamaica Gallery.


48 Comments

  • + 8
 "This guy came second in the XC" No way! He's my hero.
  • + 7
 Yeah, he was in front of a dude with a much better XC bike, fox's, elixer ect.. Love it!!
  • + 5
 Usain Bolt in bicycle
  • + 1
 thats really cool actually, its amazing what comes out of peoples imagination when there isnt anybody to tell them "thats wrong" or "thats stupid looking" I've never seen a bike with the stem backwards before and all those customs had that set up.

BTW milton i was just there last year and they all smoke two fatties before they even roll out of bed in the morning!
  • + 1
 when i next go jamiaca with my family ill ask my cousin's were the trails are never knew they had a bike scene well done to the guy who finished second on the xc race its not the bike its the rider
  • + 4
 love their, attitude, gear, shoes, bikes... haha priceless.
  • + 4
 eh a wheely contest with NO shoes on ! one word, Respect!!! Wink
  • + 4
 OMDZ I Love these guys,MADNESS
  • + 1
 wow that actually looks funner then sum of the bigger "ammerican and european" events just because every one big and small is getting in to it and everybody is haveing such a fun time
  • + 1
 hahah thats awesome, sounds like they got a lot of local support, that one guy who got second in the xc race was rocking sandals too!
  • + 3
 i hope they burned a couple fatties before the race Razz
  • + 1
 Ya Mon!
  • + 3
 the guy that came in second in the xc is just epicSmile just amazingSmile
  • + 2
 awesome shi! this guy came second in xc is the man!
  • + 3
 EPIC!
  • + 3
 Jamaicans are AWESOME!
  • + 2
 that guy came second in flip flops! im throwing my shimano spd's out!
  • + 1
 That's a fantastic story! Just a bunch of people with the common thread of biking mixing it up. Brilliant!
  • + 1
 Who's going to sponsor that guy!? Imagine what he could do riding a full-on XC bike?!
  • + 17
 Pinkbike brothers and sisters, seriously. Let's do an internet campaign and get that that guy sponsored. If he got second in flipflops, on that UNSPEAKABLE bike, imagine what he's capable of. Bike makers here's a "Cool Runnings" story for your press department....
  • + 1
 best article ive read in days. put a smile on my irie face
  • + 1
 That is sick man!
2nd in the XC? whatttt?!
  • + 1
 Great shots Ian, looks like a blast. I'll have to hit that up one year.
  • + 1
 was it in chain reaction III they went to jamacia?
  • + 1
 Jamaica looks like so much fun
  • + 2
 Scraper bikes!
  • + 1
 lmao scraper bike are the shit
  • + 1
 big up!
  • + 1
 SICK
  • + 1
 very funny!!! nice...
  • + 1
 so rad!
  • + 1
 My homeland.
  • + 1
 Sweet
  • + 1
 agreed epic
  • + 1
 YeaH Jamaica !!!!!!
  • + 1
 Rigid frame. Classic.
  • + 1
 sweet festival...
  • + 1
 Sweet!
  • + 1
 Sweet
  • + 21
 Its awesome to see these guys into riding bikes, no matter how quality their gear is, its just all about havin fun on bikes. GOOD Shit!, and those crazy contests look like mad fun!
  • + 0
 feel the rhythm! feel the rhyme! get on up! its bikeride time! COOL RIDINGS!
  • + 5
 He came second? tup that goes to show, it's not all about the bike, it's the rider!! - Taking your Santa Cruz out of a Kona box, you had me fooled Razz
  • + 1
 Just shows, you don't need the best gear to ride well!
  • + 2
 @nukethewhales: True Words! That's what it's all about!
  • + 0
 Sweet story and shots Ian!
  • + 1
 ire man , be happy
  • + 1
 wow sick article Big Grin

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