Bike Check: Timmy Theus

Name: Timmy M. Theus
Age: 24
Height: 5’ 5”
Weight: 150 lbs.
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Sponsors: Cult, Tree, Vans, Sun Ringle, 4Seasons Skatepark, Let’s Roast Cycles.

Frame: 20.5” Cult Deathrow (Let’s Roast Cycles Trans Red)
Fork: Cult IC
Bars:  Tree Moto 9”
Stem: Tree
Grips: Cult Faith
Barends: Tree
Headset: Tree
Clamp: Tree 6 mm bolt
Seatpost: Cult CC Pivotal
Seat: Tree Ergo slim
Pedals: Cult
Cranks: Cult OS
Sprocket: Tree OG spline drive
Chain: Cult half-link
Front Tire: Cult Dehart slick 2.40”
Front Wheel: Prototype tree hub laced to a SunRingle Big Baller
Rear Tire: Cult Dehart slick 2.40”
Rear Wheel: Cult complete FA freecoaster wheel
Pegs: (When you use them) Cult Butter

On a scale of one to ten, ten meaning you love it, how much do you like working on your bike?
I’d have to say an 8. I enjoy working on my bike until I run into problems. For instance my cranks being stuck in my bottom bracket [laughs].

How long do you typically ride a bike before building a new one?
I usually ride the frame until it’s twisted or dented badly. Other than that I switch out what I need when I need to.

What were the last three new parts you put on your bike (not including tubes)?
A back wheel, pedals, and tires.

What is the oldest part on your bike?
The oldest part would probably be my seat post at this point.

What parts do you change out the most often and why?
Pedals and tires. I like to do skids and pedal stuff a lot lately.

What are you most particular about on your bike?
My bars, for sure. I’ve been running Tree Moto bars for a while and it feels odd when I put something different on.

No pegs on at the moment?
Yeah, no pegs right now. I enjoy doing peg tricks, but it’s fun to take them off and focus on other tricks that I find fun and I don’t really think about when I have pegs.

Are you willing to experiment with new parts and mix things up, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true?
I like to switch it up for fun whenever I want. Pegs, no pegs, cassette or coasters—I’m still having fun. But riding and testing new parts can be a pain because they haven’t been perfected yet.

Tell us more about this prototype Tree hub…
The Tree hub I run is a bit beefier than normal. It has straight pull spokes and the flange is reinforced to sorta be it’s own hub guard. I’ve been riding on it for about a year. It doesn’t have a name yet and I’m not sure when it will be out,  but I hope it will be soon because it is definitely the best hub I’ve ever ran.

How has the scene been since the opening of Let’s Roast Cycles?
It’s been amazing. Let’s Roast is what Chicago has been missing for the last few years. They really pull the scene together—all across the board. From kids having a place to meet up and hangout before they go ride. All the way to speaking for BMX in Chicago and having a voice in what happens with skateparks in the city.

Timmy’s going hard way with this 180, but he couldn’t have made it look any easier with all the pop he has. Photos: Zielinski

Isn’t the city breaking ground on a new park that will allow bikes in the heart of downtown as well?
Yeah there is going to be a new addition to the five parks Chicago already has. This one is going to be more of a plaza/park than the traditional skateparks they have done in the past. It’s going in the park downtown and will for sure bring a lot more attention to BMX in Chicago.

Have you been having as much luck collecting footage back home as you did while you were in California last winter?
It’s been going good. I have a few projects in the works. Filming after work and later into the night has been working.

You were in town during the US Open and out filming everyday with Veesh and the dudes, were you guys working on a specific project?
Yup, I was in Cali for a couple of different things. The Vans US open was great to be at and enjoy watching the best guys roast around a bowl. While I was in town the crew and I did a ‘lil Cult camp at the Vans Skatepark that went really well. Then the next day was the Vans am contest. We went filming most everyday to put together a video for the release of the second edition of Vans X Cult collaboration.

What else are you looking forward to this summer?
I guess I’m suppose to be going to Colorado for work when I get home, so I’m looking forward to ripping around there for a while.