Sun, Oct 30 2011 4:00 am |
Name: Luke Parker
Height: 5′ 6″ At least…I hope.
Weight: 141lbs (64kg)
Location: Murrieta, California
Sponsors: Fit, Ridingway Bike Store
Frame: Fit WiFi, 20.75″
Fork: Fit Blade 2
Bars: Fit Justin Inman (Cut to 27″)
Stem: Fit DLR
Grips: ODI Longneck
Seat: Madera Fat
Sprocket: Fit, 28t
Chain: Shadow Half-Link
Cable: Good ones.
Brake Lever: Odyssey M2 Trigger
Front Tire: Fit FAF 20×2.1″
Front Wheel: Profile Elite hub on an Alienation Skylark rim.
Rear Tire: Fit FAF 20×2.1″
Rear Wheel: Profile Elite hub (9t RHD) on an Alienation Delinquent rim.
Pedals: Fit PCP
Cut down he bars, and make the brakes work well.
Which parts do you go through the most?
Grips, tires, and spokes.
Describe your bike setup and how you like your bike to feel…
I like my bike to feel comfy and not stiff or really light. A hard gearing is great for going fast. I like normal size bars…I’m small, so they look bigger anyway. Good brakes, or just brakeless.
What part are you most particular about or do you feel makes the biggest difference on your bike?
My bars cut down to around 27″.
Do you remember your first “real” BMX bike?
Yeah, it was a Free Agent race bike.
Do you normally build up a whole new bike from the ground up, or do you just replace parts as needed?
Usually just replace things as I go, but this bike came along because my old one got stolen.
Are you particular about how much PSI you run in your tires?
Anything above 80.
I know you took it pretty hard at the Dew Tour finals in Vegas and spent some time in the hospital…What exactly happened, and what were your injuries?
I did a frontflip barspin and I don’t remember it, but I’m told I over-rotated a little and went down pretty hard. I was unconscious for a minute and a half, and then I just remember being in the ambulance. I ruptured my spleen and punctured my kidney.
What’s your recovery time looking like?
Every doctor told me something different. It’s really an injury you can’t rush, or it can be life threatening, but hopefully nothing more than four to five months.
When are you going back to Australia, and what do you plan to do in your down time when you can’t ride?
Well, I have been out of hospital for a few days now and feel good enough to travel home, so hopefully the next few days everything will be booked. Down time will be summer in Australia, so hopefully I’ll be motivated to be outside and just be with friends and have fun. I can start small forms of exercise after maybe two months, so hopefully that will get me ready for riding again.
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