Mon, Apr 2 2012 4:00 am |
We’re excited to bring you our latest exclusive video to ridebmx.com–Clint Reynolds and his Welcome to Tree Day in the Life edit. Tree recently picked up Clint for their team and hooked us up with this awesome video showing Clint going about his day-to-day activities–breakfast in his Airstream followed by a day in the woods. Clint has always impressed me both as a rider and a person. To commemorate this exclusive, I reflected a bit on the video, which you can read below.
In a consumer-oriented world that is growing more and more contempt and disgusted with over indulgence by the day, humans like Clint rise to the top of the pool of averageness and naturally shine brighter than others–though it is not a deliberate attempt by Mr. Reynolds himself. This new edit from Tree Bicycle Co. shows him living through a humble and typical day–starting off with a healthy, homemade breakfast inside of his trailer on Stew Johnson’s property in Austin, Texas, followed by a day in the woods, maintaining dirt sculptures and buzzing the treetops. While most of American society snubs their nose at a human living in a trailer on a small patch of property, Clint shows that his lifestyle is much more Walden than Trailer Park Boys–though he is no stranger to fun and antics.
But enough about his morning, his trailer, and its allegory to the world as a whole. Clint heads to the Eastside Woods, a masterpiece to many trail riders in the world, and maintained by Clint and friends Matty Aquizap and James P. Nutter (among many others). There is plenty of Texas concrete to drive to and roast every day–but Clint prefers to keep it more “personal,” and his riding is a true testament to this. Why spend the day at the park, riding someone else’s creation with strangers, when you can be doing something constructive with a community of comrades that come from all across the globe?
A good percentage of park riding and the contest dirt scene are much more about quantity. Who can do the most spins? The most whips? Who can do them over the biggest jumps? Clint, his riding, and the trails he chooses to involve himself in are the antithesis of all this. Yes, the epic “Speedball” line in the woods of Austin may or may not be the fastest line in the States–but it wasn’t built for accolades or for a figurative display of “who has the biggest genitalia in BMX” by its creators. It was simply a natural progression of the land, the trails, and the riders.
Clint did not receive a NORA Cup nomination with fellow Anthem II riders Mike Aitken, Sean Burns, and Mark Mulville. This was surprising in my eyes, but really not, all in the same instance. It takes a certain breed of rider to make a topside can-can-to-one-footed table look good, and it takes a certain type of rider to be able to appreciate it. Plenty of riders are taking inspiration from classic dirt jumping tricks and are content on mashing, kicking, and jamming their appendages all over to be able to technically say that they “pulled it.” Meanwhile, Clint’s riding and lifestyle quitely state, “appropriateness,” and this makes a louder statement than most. With Tree’s grassroots and quality-focused approach to component making, I can’t think of a more fitting pair. We are excited to introduce Clint and Tree’s new relationship with the video above.
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