Video: London Wheelie Kids Head to Scotland for Hill Bombs, Pump Tracks & MTB

Sep 24, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  

bigquotesSo we sent some of the Down To Ride team to Scotland for a week to shoot vlogs and a short film for our YouTube channel. Over that time the boys hit all the different terrain Scotland has to offer, from the city, to the dirt, to the hills. We would love to create more films like this as it's a first for the bike life scene and is something all the boys are proud of producing.Down to Ride

Riders:
Jake O'Neill AKA @Jake100
Kaine Broadhurst AKA @Nl.Kizzy
Barry AKA @Bazza_Onna_Mazza
Bradley Crichlow AKA @SendItB.Rad
Callum Bibby AKA @BibbyBMX

Filmers:
Callum Bibby

Second Camera:
Matteo Andreoli - @Teosnaps

Editor's Note

We encourage everyone to wear a helmet at all times while riding a bike.



92 Comments

  • 50 3
 If any of these horrid little drugged up velo urchins where to hit my Bentley whilst shopping in Chelsea I would be livid, drugs and wreckless behaviour belong in the board room, not on the streets.
  • 8 3
 HAHA! Love it so many pissy British people in the comments, wonder why. I for one love the Bike Life kids and even enjoy seeing their grown-up dirt bike counterparts. It's a big thing in Philadelphia where I lived, can't go a mile in the city without seeing some kids popping wheelies or guys on dirt bikes. Keeps things fun and spicy, not to mention there is some serious talent out there.
  • 70 38
 Wrong side of the road, against traffic, wrong way down one way streets and through red lights What a bunch of cocks
  • 27 23
 Can you remember always obeying the law when you were a kid?
  • 18 15
 @Steventux: is that statement meant to excuse this kind of behavior? Is this another “kids will be kids” or “boys will be boys” hand wave?

If a grown ass adult on a bike was running reds or going against traffic, I think the tune would be a little different. In fact, I know it would be different. Kids get a pass because they’re young and “don’t know better” (that’s a crock of shite lmao).

I’m not a Londoner and don’t claim to have any knowledge of what’s “acceptable” for street shenanigans over there, so maybe things are different from the US?

Sorry if this sounded confrontational. It’s not meant to be, my caffeine is still steeping...
  • 18 2
 @Osirian: wow wow wow slow down caffeine or no caffeine .
Don’t bring your common sense , road understanding and respect for other road users to PB comments , are you mad?!
  • 10 7
 Uh oh, someone’s triggered! I hate it when other people have fun too
  • 8 4
 @Osirian: I meant when you're younger it's tempting to find your boundaries and shock the previous generations, nothing new here... Mary Whitehouse vs. Sex Pistols
Forgetting the fact these are young folk - have you never broken the law? If not, try it, it's a lot of fun.
  • 2 6
flag number-6 (Sep 24, 2020 at 9:10) (Below Threshold)
 And during a global pandemic...... #to553rs
  • 4 0
 Those damn wheelie kids are at it again, why you !!!!!!!
  • 5 2
 Honestly, I could give a damn about traffic laws on my bike. Sorry. Just how I feel and have always felt since I started riding in the city at like 13.

I rode every day to school for years in the city (and also worked doing delivery) and over time realized that it tends to be safer if you just get out ahead of cars and around them. You don't want to be stuck among cars or constantly to the right in the door zone / right hand turn zone. I would ride with one OS: go sorta fast and stay alive. Stopping constantly for lights and stop signs is a massive waste of energy, really not much safer than just paying attention to traffic, and ends up pissing off drivers more because it gets cars stuck behind you rather than passing all them and creating a buffer while they wait for the light. Pissed off and slowed drivers act erratically, if you just blow past everyone cars are more like trees then people you are forced to have some strange, impatient, and potentially dangerous close interaction with.
  • 70 44
 London wheelie kids can eat a bag of dicks,
signed; a londoner
  • 36 24
 Just because someone is a bit different to you doesn't mean you have to be cruel. London's a shitty place with a lot of disadvantage, bike riding can do a lot for these kids, it definitely has for me. If you ride bikes, you're pretty cool in my eyes. That was a great video, those guys can really ride.
  • 17 4
 @iiman they are much better riding bike than doing something bad.
  • 25 25
 @g-fish: It's sad to see people downvote this comment and sadder to see @iiman's negative comment get so many props.
I call Wheelie Envy.
More seriously I call outright snobbery. Go to a skatepark and you'll see the exact same behaviour, attitude and raw skill. Don't expect kids to respect you for buying a couple of grands-worth of carbon and talking about Strava times.
Also a Londoner
  • 34 7
 @Steventux: Fine in a skatepark, not fine in traffic.
  • 12 4
 I have no problems with any form of extreme sports so I was wondering a lot why these wheelie kids trigger me so much. It's like backwards jaywalking would be considered cool and extreme. In reality it's just silly and annoying.
  • 22 4
 As someone in their mid forties I can understand why it annoys people but there isn't anything here that is worse that most bmx street edits. They are trying to do something different influenced by their background and culture and are clearly talented riders. In an ever increasing ocean of mtb vids that are mostly the same and sometimes a bit boring, good luck to them I say.
  • 10 6
 Asshole comment. They're good kids from disadvantaged backgrounds - growing up they were probably never afforded trips like this, let alone left the bounds of the M25.
  • 10 8
 @qblambda: because your only two options in life are committing crime or riding wheelies in traffic. Got it.
  • 2 1
 @MRLONDON: it's hard for them to leave the M25 when most of the slip roads run up hill
  • 8 3
 yeah yeah, all good guys, have you been in London's traffic much?
the a*sholes ride wrong way wheeling in front of you, they do it 1m ahead of 15 tonne trucks, they f*ck around in packs of 15 blocking 3 lane roads, and they are daring, disrespectful and a*sholes in general, and if something happens YOU are in trouble.

Come cheer from the sidewalks if love them so much.
  • 2 0
 @johnnyboy11000: it's hard for them to leave the M25 because of the mass of people crammed in to that area.
  • 25 6
 'Why do drivers hate cyclists?'
Exhibit A:
  • 38 2
 Exhibit B: Sunday Road-bikers riding three abreast.
  • 6 0
 @tobiusmaximum: holy f*ck this.
  • 2 0
 @tobiusmaximum: Thankfully the rule of 6 has removed the pelotons of local road cycling clubs from round here.
  • 16 0
 I was just wondering who was still buying forks with QR axles and this kind of answers it.
  • 10 0
 This scene is totally different from most of MTB. These guys aren't bike nerds. They could kinda care less about the equipment. For them, it's all about the show and the skills. It's almost like if someone offered them money to ride a crap bike, or instead, gave them an awesome bike for free, they'd just as soon ride the crap bike and get paid.
  • 13 2
 Awesome to see some shredding from people who found bikes in a different way to me, in a different place, for the same reasons. This might not look like regular mountain biking, but you only get this good when you LOVE bikes and get a massive kick out of sending something fast or stomping a trick. Also, those utility vests could not be more enduro!
  • 12 0
 When international air travel in and out of 'Murica gets going again, they should do a "London vs. Philly" video - a sort of global summit of wheelies, rudeness, and flaming disregard for traffic laws.
  • 20 2
 Chav vs Chad
  • 2 0
 HAHAHA
  • 1 0
 The guy who drove his dune buggy up the art museum steps got to be in on that. I remember in high school driving on I76 and a crew of guys on quads came flying through, lane splitting and hauling ass haha what a crazy ass place
  • 17 7
 To all the people so ready to write off these riders:


We all break the law, we drive our cars too fast, omit to signal when we turn, park illegally etc, a bit of a trite example but none of us are totally law-abiding.
This is about attitude, the same attitude that drives certain aspects of extreme sports, youth identity and subculture.
We accept the co-opted corporate versions of this attitude, neatly packaged by RedBull et al but tutt and tsck at the raw unrestrained versions of it.
Worst of all though is one set of bikers, in all their privilege and maturity labelling another set 'cocks' so outrightly. I'd have to assume that similar to this comments section, some of them are cocks and some are OK.
  • 6 4
 I don't disagree with the main thrust of your argument, but just because you apparently drive like a weapon, doesn't mean everyone else does.
  • 5 8
 @not-finbar: Please refrain from being incendiary, it's poor form to imply I drive in any particular manner based on the general gist my argument.
I don't believe there's a single car driver here who hasn't once broke the speed limit. I also doubt there's a single person on PB who has not broken the law.
I think there's a lot of unfounded judgement going on here, none of our arses are clean.
  • 7 4
 The thing is it's hard enough at times for us to be accepted when we ride in the mountains and the woods, carrying on like this does none of us any favours. I think most of us would agree that we don't want to be seen collectively as a nuisance.
  • 7 1
 Amen. I don't get how this is any different then at least 90% of street BMX or skate edits. Or hell a lot of Fabio Wibmer or other urban edits that have been widely loved on this page.

This was a great edit.
  • 5 3
 Gatekeepers, gatekeepers as far as the eye can see.
  • 10 2
 Awesome film, awesome riding. Props to whoever is giving these guys the opportunity to expand their riding and explore new locations. Hope there’s more to come.
  • 15 6
 Looks like all the dentists with carbon frames and fox 38's who can't wheelie showed up in one thread, who woulda thought.
  • 8 2
 Awesome edit! If you know the background of the London wheelie scene (frequently young dudes who'd be up to far worse if bikes hadn't become their focus) you'll appreciate the fact that if the worst they do is some admittedly illegal bike tricks, we're seeing progress. If just one or two of them avoid getting sucked into gang culture, the prevalent knife crime in the capital, or drugs etc thanks to this movement, then I'm all for it.

Signed: an ex Londoner who grew up in a shit part of the city but got into bikes at 13 and avoided the football hooliganism that lots of my friends became a part of.
  • 2 5
 Doesn't justify their gang behaviours or public wrecklessness...they are all but what you say they are not
  • 8 3
 I love seeing something a little different and that was cracking. As a life long wheelie failure who is all out practicing at the mo, that gave me major motivation to man up and fall off the back a few more times!
  • 2 0
 Try using your rear brake
  • 2 0
 @Molesdigmyjumps: i do. Its that I never pull far enough back to reach the balance point because I dont want to fall off Wink
  • 2 0
 @ilovedust: haha oh ok! Are you on flats?
I felt like that when I used to wheelie on clips .
Best thing is really slowly do a few controlled jumps off the back as you pull all the way up. It really helps you feel the balance change. Or do it with one foot down and keep one on the pedal at almost stopping pace
  • 9 2
 It’s kinda not cool , but I’m sure just seems a lil disrespectful to the pedestrians ,and traffic.
  • 6 3
 Mate these guys don't care about rules of the road or pedestrians, I've seen them shoot a pedestrian crossing nearly cleaning someone out. Just waiting for the day that one of them gets hit by a truck when trying to look cool.
  • 15 7
 Christ there are some snobs on here.
  • 5 1
 I'm so confused, read the comments first and watched the video expecting to see everyone riding helmetless into oncoming traffic and pushing pedestrians to the ground. What actually happened: some kids on bikes had fun, rode on mostly empty roads, with helmets, far further from the pedestrians than Danny MacAskill, Fabio Wibmer etc, and generally embodied the spirit of Peaty, Warner which everyone says they miss. Maybe it's annoying being stuck in London traffic seeing them cruise by?!
  • 4 0
 Same read the comments thought this was going to be super anti social??? A little maybe, but no more that any skate or bmx edit.
  • 6 1
 I see the londoners on here are mad because they have to go all the way to Scotland to find a hill... and these folks did just that Razz

Lighten up!
  • 6 1
 Dump, that was funny and probably true.
Well done kids, a bit irresponsible at times but you’ve got the skills and look like you had a blast !
  • 6 1
 These guys are great. Enjoyed the vid. Different strokes for different folks.
  • 7 1
 Wheelies = 1 / Dentists in their car = 0
  • 2 0
 I didn’t know what to make of this.

Probably because 1) being Canadian I don’t know context and background, 2) being too old in the sense that there’s a generational gap.

Reading comments from the UK helps.

Conclusion: there’s so much about the world and bike culture that I know nothing about.
  • 4 0
 Riding where 'Longer, lower, slacker' is all about the style, not the bike.
  • 6 1
 As a middle aged rad addict I approve of a good wheelie
  • 4 0
 Its always interesting to see what kind of videos/behavior the pinkbike hive mind approves of.
  • 1 0
 yeah, makes me wonder too
  • 8 4
 Who exactly was endangered?? Didn’t realize there were so many old ladies on PB
  • 2 0
 Cool bike skills, no question about that. However, seeing as this video is likely to inspire others to jump on a bike, they really could have made a statement and all wore a lid.
  • 2 1
 Yes, cool riding, but lack of awareness. Will not be showing to my bike mad son.
  • 4 3
 Nice video. It's mostly a compilation of their Insta or Tiktok videos.

Nice to see another part of the biking scene on pinkbike.

Danny and his pals rides some stuff in Elgin and Lossie that is not in the best condition before being ridden and he isna hero, these guys go through a red light and wheely down the Lecht and the carbon 29er brigade are all over them.
Follow them on socials and see what they get up to. (The stuff not in this edit from others in the scene would have you lads in hospital with a rage heart attack).
  • 2 1
 I am not sure why they don't get more love here. If I could ride like that in my teens, or even now, I'd probably be doing that all day. If this was a video of Wyn or some other MTB celebrity we would all be saying "does he even use his front wheel?".

I guess no one likes gangs of teenagers unless they are part of them. I say let them live.
  • 2 1
 Great riding from people that clearly love to ride. So different from most of the videos that are out there. Reminds of me of being a kid trying to find spots to play around in before skate parks were common.
  • 9 9
 Dear Pink Bike Editor in Chief

Please do not give these ##### the time of day, publicity or endorsement. They have no regard for bike culture. All they do is give us a bad rep from their gang culture, reckless regard for others, motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, taxi and bus drivers. They've got skills, well debatable. Don't be like the London Police who support these ###### on mass rides and escort them while they literally terrorise Londoners on a daily basis through the dispicable behaviour, fowl language, rude gestures, littering...the list goes on. Ban them until they earn our respect and prove it. Bikes are for everyone, but sadly they abuse them, the public purse, public life and our bike culture/lifestyle. We...strong word...hate them...gang of Ps and Cs.

Remove this and the other post a few months back. Massive bunch of F####ING W####RS

It makes me so angry along with 000s of others in London.

Thanks
  • 7 3
 Oh god.
  • 3 0
 I would have liked to see a few more skids and endos
  • 7 5
 I dont even need to watch the video to realise there will be some weapons grade bellendery taking place.
  • 3 1
 These guys should really shoot for the wheelie world record. They'd probably crush it.
  • 3 1
 Americans are thinking these guys are so steezy they forced the CARS onto the wrong side of the street
  • 1 1
 Apparently Londoners don’t like the wheelie kids. Who knew. Can we all agree that Arsenal are going to win the title this year and ride over Spurs and Chelsea like some crazed miscreant without a front wheel!
  • 2 0
 Its kind of cool but I'm not sure...
  • 2 0
 A bit different I suppose.
  • 2 0
 Owning the road is by the way make all the cars ride on the left side !
  • 5 4
 Must be the middle-aged Audi driver in me that just wants to mow these f*ckers down!
  • 4 4
 There is a growing contingent in London who want too, sadly if we hit them wheeling at us, coming from the wrong side of the road, we get in trouble and not them.
  • 1 0
 Lmao this was cool AF, if you don't think so you're a certified herb haha. Get after it kids, bike riding is sick.
  • 1 0
 On a positive note ,The box guy rips pretty good .
  • 8 7
 Far out, must be that time of the month for some pb commenters.
  • 10 10
 All great till one of these wankers takes the fucking mirror off your car or rides into your kids. Fuck em.
  • 5 4
 agree- they are wankers, not cool or worth the airtime
  • 1 0
 Front tyre sponsors will be wanting their money back.
  • 2 1
 ......but 12 year old in me (not like that!) wants to join in!
  • 3 2
 sick video
  • 4 4
 no, just knob heads
  • 2 1
 Awsome video!
  • 1 4
 weird...
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