Real BMX: Five fast facts with Garrett Reynolds
Hard to believe, but Garrett Reynolds has been riding at a pro level for over a decade, and he's only 26 years old. A native of Toms River, New Jersey, Reynolds grew up sandwiched between park riding in central New Jersey and street riding in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With an early focus on park riding, Reynolds turned pro at age 13 and never looked back. Not long after, Reynolds' direction shifted to street riding, and he began releasing video parts of himself and his local crew, dubbed Deadline. A few influential video parts later, Reynolds was a multiple NORA Cup winner, bike company owner and the winningest BMX Street rider in the history of X Games. Here are five fast facts about Garrett Reynolds without mentioning his affinity for the San Diego Padres.
1. Garrett Reynolds discovered BMX after witnessing Jay Miron ride at the 1999 X Games in San Francisco, California. That's right, the future of street riding was handed to BMX via the influence of the Canadian Beast.
2. Garrett Reynolds' Instagram warm-ups are plain ridiculous.
3. Before X Games Los Angeles 2013, Garrett Reynolds had won every BMX Street competition at X Games. In 2013, he lost to Nike teammate Chad Kerley, but returned to the top spot in 2014. Currently, Reynolds has eight gold medals and one silver in BMX Street from X Games.
4. It's been a hectic few months of filming for Reynolds. Before his Real BMX debut in mid-September, Reynolds released a promo video for the second version of his signature frame for Fiend in early August, followed by a "Ten Trick Fix" from Red Bull in late August.
5. Reynolds started his own brand, Fiend BMX, in June of 2011. Before forming Fiend, Reynolds first rode for Redline Bicycles, followed by Premium Products. With Fiend, it's all from the riders, for the riders. "Every single thing goes through me and the riders. It's completely organically run by BMXers, and our number one focus is making bikes for street riding," says Reynolds. Reynolds also rides for Cinema Wheels.
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