Must Watch: Reece Wallace's Wild Freeride House

Feb 3, 2023 at 12:21
by Giant Bicycles  

In 2021, Reece Wallace purchased a run down meth-lab like house, and rebuilt the entire thing from the ground up. The process was extensive, taking over a year and going long over schedule and budget. While the house was being renovated, Reece cleaned up the property littered with broken down cars, garbage, barns, deep freezes and dead animals. It had been neglected for decades.

bigquotesBuying this property was the biggest send of my life. At one point, I thought I'd never finish it. Almost had to start an OnlyFans to fund the build.

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bigquotesJuggling a house renovation, yard build, training, film schedule and injuries was a challenge. Happy to come through it, although I'd never do it again!

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Don't think, just do - Maverick

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bigquotesThese projects are a duality of creating a dream trick and feature list, then trying my best to get about 3/4's of them. Guinea pigging new stunts and tricks is very much a delicate balance between f*^king around & finding out.

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Second go on the fronty after slamming

bigquotesLike most mountain bikers, it's been a dream to have jumps in my yard. I grew up watching guys like Jordie Lunn here on Vancouver Island with jumps in his yard and I was hooked.

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bigquotesThe last clip of the video was a fronty and I crashed. The run in and landing were covered in ice and they were calling for two feet snow the next day, so I felt pressured to get the clip. I overshot and slammed on my face the first try. I chilled for a few minutes, got back up, then landed it. Once the adrenaline wore off, I realized I hurt my neck and ended up spending the night in the hospital strapped to a c-spine board. Thankfully, just some sore muscles and a sprain.

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bigquotesShoutout to my wife for letting me bike off the roof.

Follow all of Reece's adventures on Instagram here!

Video: Liam Wallace & Calvin Huth
Photo: Liam Wallace

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141 Comments
  • 219 0
 Go big or go ho...oh wait.
  • 38 2
 Go big AND go home?
  • 65 0
 Go home and go big
  • 37 1
 Big home and go go
  • 21 2
 dude is like mountain biking's Tom Cruise.
  • 60 0
 Hahah This “work from home” movement is officially out of control!!!
  • 3 2
 Go big AT home
  • 26 0
 @robomatic: Tom Cruise has never been World Champion though, so he's not even close to being Hollywood's Reece Wallace.
  • 9 0
 Insurance company: and the roof was damaged in a hail storm?
Reece: yep, a hail storm.
Insurance company: and the tire track are from...?
  • 126 9
 This is the guy that was World Champ and has that plane, right?
  • 41 0
 That's Rusty Wallace
  • 60 0
 Or Reece Witherspoon
  • 6 0
 Mason Reese
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 Reese's Pieces
  • 14 0
 Was? Once a World Champ, always a World Champ.
  • 21 0
 He also loves Wensleydale cheese and has a dog called Gromit.
  • 2 0
 @samanual: Cracking good jumps
  • 4 0
 @Dogl0rd: Reece Withabike
  • 61 2
 That house is gonna need a lot of baby gates in the future...
  • 197 1
 I'll stick with cats
  • 9 0
 @reecewallace: they keep the mice in check
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flag michaelheinrich FL (Feb 8, 2023 at 9:38) (Below Threshold)
 @reecewallace: You should reconsider that. It’s the greatest challenge that also gives the greatest reward in life!
  • 82 17
 @Germanmike: how is it so hard for you breeders to accept that some us have no desire to have children?
  • 13 14
 @reecewallace: That's what we all say.......
  • 21 0
 @BobbyHillbomb: They're jealous of all the riding we get to do.
  • 4 0
 @reecewallace: How do you go about designing those jumps?

Looking to make something sturdy for our yard Smile
  • 37 2
 @Germanmike: Dude, I love having a kid but there is no need to push others to have a kid. For one thing, you don't know their situation and two it is annoying.
  • 10 1
 @xTwoSnakesx: I am, definately. Kids kill your riding.
  • 7 38
flag michaelheinrich FL (Feb 8, 2023 at 12:39) (Below Threshold)
 @93EXCivic @BobbyHillbomb wow, don’t really see me pushing someone in any direction. It’s your choice to have kids or not. I was asking a guy to reconsider
@reecewallace no offense: I just really hate cats! ;-)
  • 12 4
 @Germanmike: you’re saying it gives the greatest reward in life lol. Unless there’s a language barrier, that is pushing.
  • 3 2
 @reecewallace: I wouldn’t have thought breeding cats was a hobby of yours, but I learn something new every day.
  • 7 0
 @Jvisscher: so many occupations. Cats, building, flying, flips, world champs...crazy.
  • 1 0
 @artistformlyknowasdan: So do babies if you wean them proper-like.
  • 2 2
 @BobbyHillbomb: "breeders" just sounds so funny. Didn't even know breeders or "anti breeders" was a new thing. Atheism was getting a bit cliché.
  • 7 4
 @GermanBreh: Cats rule. If you can't appreciate cats, I cannot fvck wit U
  • 23 0
 @Germanmike: Asking someone to reconsider having kids is a bit pushy, and, to be honest, it's a very annoying type of comment to hear as a person who doesn't want kids. Many of us have been dealing with this same passive aggression from family and friends on the regular for years so it gets tiring. One other thing to consider: some of us don't want children due the likelihood of passing on genetic disorders.

Anyway, I think it's awesome that you're happy to be a dad and I'm sure your kids appreciate it. I wish you and yours all the best.
  • 7 1
 @BobbyHillbomb: #totalsupport Kids are heaven and/or hell but certainly not needed on this planet.
I do like kids, I've owned 3, but I may do life differently next time.
  • 4 4
 @BobbyHillbomb: thanks for the reasonable answer; I understand that better now
  • 5 3
 @Germanmike: no offense, but I stronlgy dislike people who hate cats (not only cats, but any creature).
  • 1 0
 I once remodeled a bathroom while my wife was pregnant with twins. Kinda the same thing, minus all the cool shit and at the end of it alls I got out of it was a new bathroom .... and twins.
  • 3 2
 @knut42:i find it interesting, that no one would dare say anywhere in public 'i hate dogs', but people think it's ok to say, or write comments online 'i hate cats', which promotes further hatred against defenceless animals. which i find repugnant and have the same reaction as you. what internal disorder does someone have to announce that they hate an animal? it's gross.
  • 4 1
 @jamesbrant: I almost killed a kid who was torturing animals when I was also a kid.I hope that fvcker is behind bars for whatever heinous thing he went on to do. Anyone who does not have an innate desire to protect and care for animals is no friend of mine.
  • 3 0
 @jamesbrant: That's quite a deductive leap. You can hate cats, dogs, children, or even ebikers and that usually just means you find them a nuisance to be around. I really don't think that's promoting violence, just a difference of opinion. You must have a hard time navigating conflict in everyday life.
  • 50 0
 *House goes up for sale in 40 years*

New buyer: "Yeah, there was all this wooden junk all over the property, some weird kinda bicycle stuff, took us months to clean up!"

In all seriousness, it's far from junk and honestly this is such a creative concept. One of the coolest things I've seen on here in a while!
  • 30 0
 Being able to easily crawl home after eating shit is an underrated bonus. Also... that exterior siding rework is outstanding and looks phenomenal compared to the original. Great job !
  • 30 1
 I do gotta ask, how does this man afford such a lifestyle after only winning on WC?
  • 1 2
 I would imagine the house is quite rural and probably not that expensive.
  • 14 1
 @plustiresaintdead: it’s B.C. prolly a 450k or more house in the junk state
  • 11 0
 That sweet world champs money
  • 3 2
 @freeridejerk888: Not sure if you mean to say that's expensive, sounds cheap as hell to me.
  • 1 0
 @plustiresaintdead: for a non livable house you most likely cannot get a loan on and then you have to put 150-250k into it? Yeah that’s cheep lmao. You can buy 4000 sq ft houses that aren’t meth houses for that
  • 4 2
 @freeridejerk888: in Squamish that house would be 900k. Before the renno.
  • 4 3
 @Jvisscher: holy hell. Property is indeed theft.
  • 11 0
 @Jvisscher: @Jvisscher: 900k for 5 acres in Squamish? Try at least double that
  • 1 0
 @Jvisscher: 900k for that shipwreck? All is relative I suppose, but holy cr@p!
  • 2 0
 @garneau565: yeah. The acreage would be 5M. That lot on Perth at the end of roller coaster is about a million per acre.
  • 1 0
 In Vancouver I saw two parking spaces with a high rise for $450,000.
  • 1 1
 @freeridejerk888: Anywhere you can buy a house for less than 500k where there is good riding is a steal.
  • 2 0
 @plustiresaintdead: Ha! Check out Realtor.ca for a reality check. ; ) It's a different (not good!) world up here when it comes to real estate.
  • 1 0
 @plustiresaintdead: south wales valleys is where you want to be then. £100k (~$130 americans) will get you a 3 bedroom terrace in merthyr. That said, you might not want to live in merthyr, and our rooms are quite a bit smaller than yours..
  • 1 0
 Love the conversation, should have said “one,” but I was banged up, apologies fellow shredders.
  • 1 0
 @plustiresaintdead: Vermont NH Maine, upstate NY. Plenty of stuff in oregon WA. Utah. I mean idk what your looking at lol
  • 3 0
 @plustiresaintdead: Ha! this is Vancouver Island, not expensive doesn't exist!
  • 25 0
 Keep pushing Reece.
  • 17 0
 This is exactly what happens if you watch too much Seth's Bike Hacks
  • 13 0
 looks like a 13-story treehut episode, haha. way to go reece!
and props to your wife indeed Smile
  • 13 0
 Housepage? Rampaous? Great edit!
  • 15 3
 I think Remy just got oneuped!
  • 8 0
 Don't forget the Semenukhouse
  • 6 0
 Love this project - cool to see the hard work paying off with that sick looking house that seems to be the start gate to that amazing riding spot. Looks like childhood dream to me, congrats Reece!

Can´t wait for more clips from that place!
  • 8 0
 That’s amazing! A riders dream property come true
  • 8 0
 That house roof drop was huge! awesome video
  • 8 2
 Nice house and video, I think we can forgo the usual Reece W. mixup jokes this time...
  • 4 0
 Think again
  • 7 0
 What a well rounded savage!! Reece is killin it at life!!!
  • 5 0
 Holy Moly, I would have given up after knocking down one shed. Thats serious commitment, or a lot of $$. Either way, amazing!
  • 8 0
 Time for an Intern!
  • 6 0
 I guess Reece is firmly in the 5% of mountain bikers who actually make a living wage
  • 3 0
 Way past living wage, planes and funds to buy and renovate, plus pay rent or whatever while you fix the house.
  • 4 0
 How many new generation top tier riders don't come from money in the first place though?
There almost has to be an element of the bank of Mom and Dad to pay to play!

I'd be fascinated to understand how many Stevie Smith type stories there are out there now as opposed to those riders fortunate enough that their parents can afford the multiple 8k bikes, season pass, travel, bankrolling a couple of years living abroad without working, development camps etc etc
  • 5 0
 I’m going to guess his wife is prolly the bread winner
  • 6 0
 Are he and Semenuk out housing each other?
  • 6 0
 When is the house warming?
  • 4 0
 House warming will require an ambulance on standby.
  • 5 0
 Another mint video! Glad you took the gutter off.
  • 4 0
 Just wait until an air strip gets put in. I see your whistler train gap and raise you a [wherever Reece lives] plane gap.
  • 4 0
 That first go off the house drop couldn't have been more dialed. Right at the top of the landing. Well done man!!
  • 4 0
 Nice reece. Way to accomplish some big projects. That being said you should still start the onlyfans
  • 4 0
 New favorite rider! Bike Hooning
  • 4 0
 Great vid, thanks for that. Cool plane!
  • 3 0
 Hello my friend
  • 4 0
 Hell yeah @reecewallace ! Awesome job.
  • 4 0
 Wouldn’t be a RW video without some C-FZOL
  • 3 0
 Thats one of my favorite custom bikes ever, super cool to see he's still riding it
  • 2 0
 That is dope! You could sell some tickets to ride your "park" if you need some more funding...would be better than Only Fans no?
  • 3 0
 Pretty sweet setup. He would make a great neighbour!
  • 3 0
 freeriding at its purest. excited for what he will do at world champs
  • 1 0
 10/10 for being a bike video featuring Chilliwack. Tough to get it any more Canadian!

Amazing work. Happy to see Reece living the dream Smile
  • 2 0
 sick bike, sick house, sick plane!
  • 1 0
 Hey Reece, is that your Nanchang in the hangar? Nanchangs and Yaks are fun airplanes. :-)
  • 2 0
 It'll be pretty cool to see this guy at rampage this year, just saying...
  • 2 0
 Wow, amazing video. Very cool!!
  • 2 0
 Awesome! How do I buy the house next door??
  • 2 0
 Seeing the transformation of that shack is the best
  • 1 0
 Looks just like my backyard. Without the jumps, dirt, carol lane, trees and other cool stuff.
  • 1 0
 "long over schedule and budget." yeah, same thing is happening when I want a new bike these days
  • 3 0
 Try this at home.
  • 1 0
 Beautiful piece of property and home! That roof drop is awesome, what an after breakfast wake up!
  • 1 0
 Would love to watch this but the bloody stupid code entry won’t let me how stupid
  • 2 0
 Stoked on life!
  • 2 0
 vraiment cool ...
  • 1 0
 Yoooo So dope! Let's see the run out on that oppo 3
  • 1 0
 Pretty sure that house has ghosts...
  • 2 0
 Dude gets air
  • 2 0
 Smooth landing(s)
  • 1 0
 Where do I check the property was sold for?
  • 1 0
 Enjoyed that. More like this please.
  • 1 0
 freaking love Reece! Such great edits and skillz. Van isle all the way!
  • 1 0
 We’re ready for a Life Behind Bars reboot! Somebody call Inti
  • 2 0
 No runway??
  • 1 0
 I was smiling the entire way through this video. So sick!
  • 1 0
 Sick dude. Love that you left the crashes in also. Crazy roof drop !
  • 2 0
 Rad edit!
  • 1 0
 I wonder what the insurance broker has to say hahahahaha Rad!
  • 1 0
 I would watch a whole edit of him flying with that cinematography.
  • 1 0
 House renovations look amazing. Dream setup!
  • 2 0
 Address ?
  • 6 0
 Innerleithen, Tweed Valley, Scotland.
  • 1 0
 @iamloz: cool, is there a loch nearby to land the plane?
  • 1 0
 @singletrackjamaica: St. Mary’s Loch my brother
  • 1 0
 Who? This might be the coolest thing I've ever seen LOL
  • 1 0
 Shouldnt he be focusing on the world champs right now?
  • 1 0
 Reece always delivers creative, playful edits - a joy to watch!
  • 1 0
 This man is an absolute legend.
  • 1 0
 I'm a simple man - I see roof drop I click, very simple
  • 1 0
 What a dream house! Great Vid Thank You!
  • 1 0
 Freeride Epiclandia
  • 1 1
 Cool house, but the black is a bit dark on the eyes!
  • 1 0
 Reece Wallet
  • 1 4
 Sick edit! What's up with the odd sped-up bits, though?
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