Pinkbike's early days were filled with freeriding - stair gaps, skinnies, and all sorts of hucks to flat were constantly on display during the site's formative years. Looking back through the Photo of the Day archives is a great way to travel down memory lane, to a time before crystal-clear smartphone shots and 8K video. The actual image quality isn't the highest, but the 10 photos below do a great job of capturing the overall feeling of the time period.
Will POD ever return? I'm not sure, an answer that's about as clear as these photos. In the meantime, take a spin through some classic shots from two decades ago.
Unfortunately, some of the information about the riders and photographers in these pics has disappeared into the ether - if anyone knows who's who, or has the story behind the shots please chime in in the comments.
Issue with clicks on POD and VOD was mobile site it didn't really work (I think we can all agree PB is not great on mobile).
And release a pb app (i don't really know why there is no such app?!)
Some Things I really like about this sport:
* Watching talented people doing things that take talent.
* Watching Feats of skill.
* Watching Feats of bravery.
* Watching Feats of stupidity.
* Watching Someone Send it and Succeed.
* Watching Someone Send it and Fail Spectacularly.
* Watching People Older Than Me Send it Harder than I Can
* Watching People Much Younger Than Me Send it Harder than I Ever Could
* Pushing Myself Beyond My Limits
* Watching Other People Push Themselves Beyond Their Limits
* Downhill Racing
* Enduro Racing
* XC Racing
* Not Racing
* Being Outside
* Seeing Outside Change with the Seasons
* Solo Trailwork
* Trailwork with a Group
* Having a Beer By Myself at the Top of a Climb with a Good View
* Having a Beer with Friends After a Group Ride
* Group Rides
* Solo Rides
* Tech Trails
* Flow Trails
* Bike Parks
* Backcountry Epics
* Obsessing over Bikes
* Obsessing over Bike Setup
* Learning to Take Care of my Bike
* Being Much Less Fat Than I Would Be if I Didn’t Ride
* Watching my Kids Learn to Ride
* Getting Passed by my Kids on Rides
Something I really, really dislike:
* Old Men Like Me Thinking They’re Awesome Because They’re Drinking Beer, Wearing a Loud Outfit and Screaming Into the Camera at a Mountain Bike-Related Event
He went in the raceface ultimate freeride challenge, and we all thought he might win but he lost out after the first round I believe.
Dude is taking some amazing photos these days!
Poor angle of Steve T. no hander. I know there was a better angle out there: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gGFTPF4fyY&ab_channel=firefightjason
The early freeride days were (for most of us) just about party and doing stupid stuff.
I probably haven't watched a full video clip since the days of Fro Riders, Bender and Metal Mulisha
Such an insane road gap, I can only imagine what this man was going through in his life to live so fully and ultimately succumb to his depression.
The photo must have been taken @ the same time as filming the episode because Romaniuk is wearing the same shirt & shorts
Here's the link to the episode, the road gap footage starts @ 04:00
The run up is horrendous, like maybe 6 feet between the barriers and edge of the drop, you have to turn in once moving, but also have to be going so slow to not overshoot. He made 3 pedal strokes and still managed to land like 15 feet down the tranny then bucked off and rag dolled down the hill.
Dug in my archive and found another shot of the drop, pretty sure this was the one from my above description, but it’s hazy that far back in the mind.
Now back to my cats
Hope the dude is still shredding.
Yeah I think he's still riding but he's settled down with a family etc now so I dont think chucking himself off mental drops has much priority these days ha
Legend of a Dude!