I'm by no means a BMXer, but since I can't MTB while I am deployed I had my awesome team Mojo Wheels from Denver, CO ship me a couple BMX bikes to play around on to blow off some steam when I'm not on mission looking for bombs and bad guys.  This was some moon dust right outside our tents that I slid into :)
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I'm by no means a BMXer, but since I can't MTB while I am deployed I had my awesome team Mojo Wheels from Denver, CO ship me a couple BMX bikes to play around on to blow off some steam when I'm not on mission looking for bombs and bad guys. This was some moon dust right outside our tents that I slid into :)

103 Comments

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 I wish I could still nominate this for photo of the year. Thanks for you service.
  • + 17
 +1!
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flag winston77 (Nov 7, 2013 at 15:49) (Below Threshold)
 Vod Smile
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 Pod Smile lol oops
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 Hoo-aah
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 And yet another round of guess the bike!!
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flag riggadon (Dec 31, 2013 at 2:04) (Below Threshold)
 Great photo and theme. Looks like a 26er dj bike. my best guess
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 Im from canada, but i have massive respect for anyone serving the well being of their country. All the time young men and women are putting their lives on the line, to serve their country and provide freedom, and protect their family and fellow people. To this soldier, Salute from canada, happy new year, and may god shed safety on you and your team in Afghanistan.
  • + 8
 No way jose, its a bmx. Check out those bars stem and headtube angle. Gotta be a 20''. Bars on their own are a give away
  • + 46
 Just saying, if people read the description, it says that its a Bmx.........
  • + 4
 Its a specialized bmx Smile
  • + 6
 It's a green Specialized BMX Big Grin
  • + 9
 "Special" issue bmx Razz
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 specialised p series bmx in green
  • + 6
 Thank you for your service brother...
  • + 15
 Anybody else notice the pistol in his holster Haha sick
  • + 1
 dude it's a specialized p. whatever their bmx is.
  • + 1
 yeah that's what i said earlier but it doesn't matter
  • + 1
 Well. Yeah the pistol is in is Holster. When he's fighting crime overseas do you expect them to carry a eggo waffle with him? Lol
  • + 6
 First Matt Hunter makes his trip to Afghanistan and now this, looks like the scene is taking off over thereSmile
  • + 2
 why is it there always seems to be a streak of poy worthy pics right after poy is over?? haha
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flag sk8erstrt (Dec 31, 2013 at 18:23) (Below Threshold)
 man i can't believe that guy has no respect for the trails! I bet he can't even corner........
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 @sk8erstrt i cant believe you dont have any respect for these troops protecting their country, and fyi, hes not on a trail, hes in the middle of the desert if you look real close, you dunce
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 Ummm sarcasm there bud
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 kinda hard to sense sarcasm over the internet, bud. i apologize for any inconvenience
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 no poyblem
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 Thank you all for all the comments...I'm sitting here in my tent right now and all of the sudden I'm getting email after email in reference to this pic and wondering why so I get on here and see it's POD Smile I really appreciate all the love and support from not only the Americans following this, but all others outside of the US giving me shout outs..I feel so honored to serve for the freedom of our great nation that allows us to safely enjoy riding bikes. This is a BMX, but what I love the most is DH. I ride for the most amazing team ever, MOJO WHEELS, and will be racing CAT 1 this upcoming season after I return from this awesome place of chaos. Again, thank you for all the love and support...shred on...u can also follow my DH endeavors on youtube if you search for Matthew Dzuricky...God bless
  • + 4
 ok JOs w your slogan non sense GTFO......I just ETSd last 9 months at FOB Joyce so I imagine you too probably look at all those crazy mountains wanting to ride..best part of pic is seeing a SFC getting to it on a bike! Awesome stay safe....
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 Well played sir!!!! Stay safe and shred hard!!!!
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 "when I'm not on mission looking for bombs and bad guys" Simply like a boss
  • + 1
 my brother just joined the marines about 6 months ago. before that, we didnt have anyone in our family currently serving..

i must say, it has opened my eyes in ways i never thought possible. all my life ive had this little brother looking up to me and wanting to be like me (which is a horrible idea), now my little brother is my hero and i look up to him. (as well as anyone serving.)

thank you for your service.
  • + 1
 Thanks for your service and for sharing this great photo. and have a safe and happy new year.
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 Thanks for your service brodda! Be safe over there.
  • + 3
 17 years of service, 16 years for your wife, and 8 tours between the both of you! My wife and I cannot thank you both enough for your service. As we sit here on this New Years Eve relaxing on our couch, I can't help but think of you two and I'm overwhelmed with humility and gratitude for the sacrifice you both have made to aid in the freedom we enjoy tonight. God bless you both and may you both have a wonderful and happy new year!
  • + 43
 war, what is it good for? absolutely nothing!
  • + 33
 It's good for causing corruption and making the rich richer... Also it's good for undertakers (to reference back to the song)
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flag elanto (Dec 31, 2013 at 4:07) (Below Threshold)
 also good for blowing up the middle east right ?


can we just do it already pleeeeeasseee
  • + 1
 I'm sure North Korea is on it
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flag GabrielDugas (Dec 31, 2013 at 7:35) (Below Threshold)
 Was about time someone ain't all "thank you for your service for my beloved freedom"... From what i heard of some Canadian over there in mission few years back, they were more destroying freedom and protecting "strategic area"(read economicly benefical area for north america)... Still...this kind of picture remember me that what ever your political/military/economic/whatever toughs are, we all belong to the mtb community.
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 My personal opinion on war is that it is only just when its civil to be honest, but they are the most brutal wars of all. Otherwise from a political viewpoint then if your cold hearted then yeah war is good. Ultimately the old empire system worked, and it did bring progression to so many countries. Its the current start shit then pull out attitude i have no respect for or understanding of. (now i know my wording can be off sometimes, so dont neg prop me if something comes across wrong, ask me about that point and i will try to explain my thinking on that. if you dont agree with that then feel free to neg prop that haha)
  • + 51
 From what you heard from some Canadian over there...now stop right there please...ONE, you will never catch myself nor any of my Soldier's demanding anyone's thanks for anything, but it is apparent you fail to understand who we are as a whole. We, Soldiers, do not chose our paths, they are chosen for us. We serve selflessly leaving our family and loved ones behind over and over and over and over to walk the path that we were ordered to walk. It baffles me when I come across such negativity from people that have never been a Soldier that know so much. My men and I do not walk around with our hands out looking for freebies or pity from a single sole. I will tell you what we do though. We roam the streets of Afghanistan looking for roadside bombs hoping to find them before they find us or another innocent victim. I have been two Iraq twice, and here once doing the same job. I am not here for any personal gain, and definitely not here for financial gain. Do not attempt to compare the motive of a Soldier and a government as one. Soldiers are far more different than any government official. You seem typical though, you base your opinion off of something you heard not something you know. Do you fall for all the propaganda passed around on Facebook too? Instead of glorifying someone putting someone down why not keep your negative comments to yourself. War is inevitable, it has been here since the beginning of man, and will continue to be here until the end. I would appreciate it if you attack the decision makers if you disagree rather than the innocent Soldier that simply says send me year after year after year. How about you take a selfie and just maybe you will get POD, but in the meantime keep flapping your jaw about people you don't know at all.
  • + 33
 I have served over 17 years to my country, and will always stand tall. My wife has served 16. We have a total of 8 deployments between the two of us. We have a beautiful daughter who just turned 12. We have a great love for people, yet we are not doormats for foolishness at all. This picture was not intended as a political statement. It is what I do no matter where I am and that is ride bikes because I feel free when I shred. Keep your stanching political crap where it belongs, and that isn't here. What a slap in the face your comment was ole Gabe. Happy New Year homie....
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 Nicely put Matthew. Have a safe new year out there. There's a time and a place for political debate and it isn't here. Any more unsolicited, ill-informed opinions will be deleted.
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 I appreciate it Matt. I try to not let myself get personally involved in any debates politically, especially on the internet, but I have been through a lot of ups and downs the past decade fighting these wars. I have lost many close friends, and had to police up a lot of limbs off of the ground because of the job I do so it hasn't always been full of glory. I don't expect everyone to understand what we do or go through, but I hope for people to be a bit more humble and understanding of what they think they may know. Long story short, the media has a very manipulative way of twisting the truth to win votes for this or that 24/7, and we are thrown under the bus for things we have absolutely no control over. The world we share is definitely changing a ton so I'm just glad I have an escape into the mountains away from all the foolishness that has recently become acceptable. Soon I will retire and have a sweet manly beard. AWWWW, let the good times roll...
  • + 19
 Oh god. Kids on pinkbike trying to talk politics. ABORT ABORT!
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 Right, I've deleted a few comments now, on both sides of the fence. We apparently have a wonderful forum where you can chat about politics to your hearts content, should you so wish.
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 Amen, mdzuricky, you're a well-spoken man. Many thanks to you and your family, stay safe and know you're incredibly appreciated. God bless and Happy New Year
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 Thanks Matt-W, saw this topic-landmine about to explode a mile away. Can't we just give the guy an internet-high-five and thank him for serving this country and leave it at that??
  • + 1
 It's good for getting rid of the bad guys and keeping countries safe
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 And stealing all their oil Wink And messing the countries up even more than they already were...

As long as people are not asking for America to help, America should stay the F away.
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 Matt, I want to thank you for censoring (deleting) my comment in regards to my fellow serviceman. I, a marine, was merely giving gratitude to my fellow brother, and you chose to delete my comment.

I USED to come to pinkbike because it was the ONE place I could go without having to deal with politics, censorship, picking sides. but you, Matt Wragg, ruined that for me, along with that poorly written "letter to america". I get it, you were TRYING to be cheeky, but you failed, MISERABLY. If it were actually funny, it would've been a good read, but it was not.

Thanks for ruining pinkbike matt!
  • + 21
 I don't always rides bikes in the desert, but when I do, I'm rockin my side arm.
  • + 9
 Bikes over Bombs
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 hey! that is a job well done!
Thank You for your service and for this shot too. The numbers have probably already turned 2014 in where You are, so best wishes for the coming year, be safe around bombs and bad guys and keep on shredding!

PS: wonder if You come across any Estonian unit in Afghanistan, wish them well from home too!
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 Matthew, for all of us that have deployed, whether in peacetime or not, there are times when you just need to go out and blow off a little steam... Glad you can shred a little dirt now and then. Be safe on this deployment, wish you and yours the best Season's Greetings and a quick return home. Semper Fi.
  • + 4
 think the slight smile/grin on the riders face really sets off this photo. Brilliant.
  • + 2
 I like the one where he is falling as well. Nothing political about it, just shows men having fun when they can. I would post the image number, but it's hard to find while on the mobile.
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 And for the 5mins after, you're cleaning your pistol Wink
  • + 3
 awesome pic ... thank you for your service Salute
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 Thats some sweet detail on the dust and particles that have been kicked up... I fear for your bearings!
  • + 1
 Great pic to end the year on and from one service man to another, thanks for choosing to serve despite the political storms we're facing.
  • + 1
 Now that is a soldier for ya, where there is a will there is a way. Improvise... Now if he could just fond a way to mount the SAW! signed 2WZ vet! Tear it up!
  • + 2
 Nice shot! Can't wait to shred Trestle with you when you get back.. THANK YOU for your service. And thank you for the pod.
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 Shout out to MOJO WHEELS!!
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 what does the rest of this specialised military issue bike look like nice photo.
  • + 1
 POD...so sick you got some bikes out there and you can shred them! Thanks for your service
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 This photo is BEYOND cool on so many levels! @mdzuricky77, thanks for serving!
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 Where is your helmet SOLDIER?!?
  • + 1
 Massive shout out to all the guys and girls in the services...you do an amazing job!

Happy new year everyone Smile
  • + 1
 lovin this shot. the grade is sickter also
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 Thanks for the service! Thanks for getting on two!
  • + 1
 looking for massive weapons destruction? better RIDE!!!
  • + 1
 Sweet. Thats a lot of dust your kicking up!
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 Great pic to finish on the year!!
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 Specialized!
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 Great shot! Respect from the UK!
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 This is by far the photo I have seen on here......
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 Yes. It's definitely a photo, you're right there.
  • + 0
 I meant to say the BEST photo but unfortunately I was ever so slightly intoxicated when typing the above. never mind Happy New year and God Bless you all
  • + 1
 Looking good!
  • + 1
 IUD?
  • + 17
 I reckon most soldiers out in the field right now would give near enough anything to see an IUD right now...
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 If you can SEE the IUD you might be trying too hard!
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 But it's always nice to know they are there.
  • + 0
 Bomb it like you mean it soldier!
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 I don't under stand why you can get a bmx bike and not a mountain bike.
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 When I was on a long vacation out of country I bought myself a BMX bike rather than a mountain bike because it was cheaper and there were no real MTB trails around where I was at. BMX is less maintenance and easier for transport too. All I had was flat ground around me and time to kill, so the BMX seemed like a good option. The plan was it would help me develop new and different bike skills. But I am in no way a fan of a rigid jump bike, they are very hard on the upper body.
  • + 3
 When he leaves both bike are going to stay for the afghan kids.
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 Ture statement, I am going to hand them off to kids Smile
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 Can't say it enough, Thank you! I'm so grateful for our freedom, I can get up and bomb trails with no worries! No pun intended Smile
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 Wear a helmet man.
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 Yes
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 great photo, thanks for your service.
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