We teamed up with Ride BMX to create this look at legend Taj Mihelich’s career in BMX and what it was like making the transition to life after pro.
We originally produced this as a 4 part series for the ESPN website in the summer of 2015 but we’re re-up’ing here with all parts together in case anyone missed it. Happy 51st birthday Rick!
Last year we visited Davenport, IA and shot an extensive interview with BMX legend and Standard co-founder Rick Moliterno. This 4 part mini-documentary series tells the story of Rick’s early beginnings, the founding of Standard Byke Company, a subsequent move to an in-house machine shop, a look at Rick’s current riding, thoughts on past and current team riders, what the future holds for Standard and much more.
Part 1: Moliterno discusses his rise through the pro ranks and the decision to start Standard Byke Co.
Part 2: Moliterno discusses the early innovations in BMX technology made through Standard Byke Co.
Part 3: Moliterno discusses his current relationship with riding, and enjoys a mini ramp session on his indoor ramp setup.
Part 4: Moliterno discusses what it takes to keep the Standard team going, and plans for the future with SBC.
Produced and edited by Chris Rye for ESPN/Props.
In the summer of 2015 we had planned to shoot a video with Glenn Salyers and his girlfriend and fellow BMX’er Brooke Betancourt. Unfortunately Glenn died in a tragic motorcycle accident (it wasn’t his fault) before we could start shooting. About 2 months after the accident, Brooke mentioned she wanted to put together a mini-documentary about the whole ordeal, their relationship, her feelings and where she might go from here. Needless to say, we offered to help. The resulting documentary is called “Brooke’s Farewell”. RIP Glenn, only the good die young brother.
During the course of creating all the original artwork for the Props Box Set, we asked artist Eben Fischer to re-up an iconic sketch Taj Mihelich drew for the Best of 1997 VHS sleeve from nearly 20 years ago. We didn’t know what to expect from Eben, but were completely blown away by what he came back with.
This drawing is spread across the back covers of the 2 Blu-ray cases and the image is completed when the cases are put side by side.
Eben has little hidden details all throughout the different pieces of artwork he created for this project. For example, in his drawing above, the frame of the Bike Monster is a Taj. All 10 stickers from the Box Set sticker sheet are stuck on the TV.
When he designed artwork for the 5 discs in the set, he made the obstacles spell letters. They spell PROPS when put in a row.
Eben Fischer is a bad ass.
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We also added a SSL certificate to better secure the site.
If you haven’t already heard, we’re creating a book about Road Fools and we want to hear from you, the fans of the series!
Tell us something you love about Road Fools, or how the series has impacted you, and we might just include it in the book!
Spill your guts at http://roadfools.com/testimonials.
*The book will be available as a traditional print book and also as an interactive iBook for iPads sometime in the future. Visit RoadFools.com to sign up for updates on the project.
UPDATE: Now available!
Check out this nice little article by ESPN’s Brian Tunney about the Road Fools 1 re-mastering that’s going on! If you didn’t hear, we’re finally going to be releasing a complete Road Fools box set on Blu-ray with all the videos, RF 1-18 and the 2 Rock and Roll Tours.
Since the only master of the original Road Fools 1 is on analog S-VHS, the video is undergoing a complete re-edit and re-mastering from the source DV footage tapes to produce a native DV master for the box set.
We’re also putting together a Road Fools book, which will be available as a traditional coffee table print book and also as an interactive digital iBook version that will be available for download on iPads. All coming this year!