Catching Up With Bobby Carter – Video, Bike Check, & Top 5s


Video courtesy of Bobby Carter.

Top 5s

5 things about flatland you are most stoked on right now:
– Martti Kuoppa got a job-e-jobb! So now he is free to do what he wants with his riding. The future is going to be crazy!
– I can get on the Internet and see all my friends riding in different parts of the world!
– I’m still having fun riding and progressing!
– Terry Adams didn’t get a job-e-jobb, he is also able to live his flatland dream!
– Looks like people are coming together online to put more focus on the amateur riders.

5 favorite flatland videos of all time:
– Rum.97-05
– Dorkin’ 5
– Baco 6
– Diversion 6.0
– 25th Parallel

5 tricks that were the most difficult to learn for you:
– The first three multiple brakeless whiplashes. (After three, things get a bit easier.)
– Spinning in general is difficult for me.
– Double decades.
– Backwards cross-footed hitchhikers
– Foot pivoting is difficult for me.

Bobby Carter Pro BMX Bike Check
"Spinning in general is difficult for me." - Bobby Carter

5 tricks you’ll never get tired of doing:
– I never get tired of any trick. I try to keep most tricks in the rotation and do them every so often—even old the school flow… It’s all magic. It’s all fun!

5 riders that inspired you growing up:
– Kevin Jones
– Chase Gouin
– Josh Evans
– Rob Walkowiak
– Jon Dowker

5 favorite contests you’ve ever been to:
– Red Bull Circle of Balance – Tokyo
– Ninja Spin – Monaco
– VooDoo Jam – New Orleans
– Space Ark League – Kobe
– King of Ground – 2004 Nagoya

5 trends you’ve followed over the years (for good or bad):
– Learning tricks/techniques that Kevin Jones and Chase Gouin invented.
– Riding with one front brake.
– Being anti-mainstream in the early 1990s.
– Doing tricks freely, without stylistic bounds. That free era started eroding around 1999 and dropped even more so after 2005. I’m still for it though, there’s so much to be explored!
– I still tend to roam around the planet meeting riders and having fun!

5 most memorable countries you’ve visited:
– Japan
– Hungary
– Australia
– Brazil
– France

5 things helping flatland grow in 2010:
– Diversion TV
– Ground Tactics
– Global-Flat
– Flat Matters
– Flatland Fuel

Bike Check

Name: Bobby K. Carter
Age: 33
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 183lbs?
Location: Worldwide!
Sponsors: Sick Child, Diversion TV, and some flow from Odyssey and Bizhouse.

All photos by Fat.
All photos by Fat.

Frame: Sick Child Instrumental, 19.25″ TT
Fork: Prototype minimal offset Odyssey forks.
Bars: Sick Child Metal Years
Stem: Flatware
Grips: Bizhouse Microsof’ Blue
Barends: CamAcura
Headset: Eastern
Clamp: Odyssey Mr. Clampy Too
Seatpost: Ceneca (Thanks Bo!)
Seat: Shane Badman Colony Seat (Oz represent!)
Cranks: Odyssey Twombolt
Sprocket: Magic Fruits Jelly Fish
Chain: Gold
Brakes: Odyssey Evo II
Cable: Odyssey Original Slic Cable
Brake Levers: Odyssey Monolever
Detangler: Motions Conditioner
Front Tire: Odyssey Frequency G, 1.75
Front Wheel: G-sport Rollcage 36 hole rim with Odyssey Vandero 2 hub.
Rear Tire: Odyssey Frequency G, 1.75
Rear Wheel: G-sport Rollcage 36 hole rim with Nankai hub using a Profile shell.
Pedals: Odyssey Twisted
Pegs: Older Ares Pegs

Modifications/Other/Extras:
Dual front brake setup.

Which parts do you go through the most?
Tires.

Describe your bike setup and how you like your bike to feel…
I like a lot of room between the seat and the bars. Also, the bars are a bit forward for whiplashes.

What part are you most particular about or do you feel makes the biggest difference on your bike?
Me, myself, and my mindset!

Do you remember your first “real” BMX bike?
Schwinn Predator Freeform BG. I think it was in 1985.

Is weight of your bike important to you? Is PSI?
Yes and Yes. I need responsiveness and I need to roll.

How long have you been riding the dual front brake, and why did you decide to put the second lever on?
Richard Aguayo helped me hooked it up around the end of January. I like brake tricks. I always figured that one side was going to waste without a brake on there. So now it has opened up a lot of new avenues to explore!

You’ve been around the flatland scene for a long time and have seen the trends come and go, and you were on a frame with some significant “bends” for a while, and now are on a more simple double triangle frame. Talk about how you see the trends in flatland frames right now…
In general, I think we’ve gotten to a point where frames are so light and the walls of the tubing is so thin, bends can’t hold up to the abuse of flatland. Straight tubes are sturdier than the bendy tubes.

Bobby Carter Pro BMX Bike Check

Bobby Carter Pro BMX Bike Check

Bobby Carter Pro BMX Bike Check

Bobby Carter Pro BMX Bike Check

Bobby Carter Pro BMX Bike Check

Bobby Carter Pro BMX Bike Check

Bobby Carter Pro BMX Bike Check

Bobby Carter Pro BMX Bike Check

Bobby Carter Pro BMX Bike Check

Bobby Carter Pro BMX Bike Check

Bobby Carter Pro BMX Bike Check

Bobby Carter Pro BMX Bike Check

Bobby Carter Pro BMX Bike Check

Bobby Carter Pro BMX Bike Check

Bobby Carter Pro BMX Bike Check

Bobby Carter Pro BMX Bike Check