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Shane Badman checks in…

Shane Badman is heading to his home town of Adelaide this weekend to do demos for the Port Adelaide football club awards night. Should be interesting !! Shane is on a roll of late as well, with taking out 1st place in the recent Newcircle Downunderground flatland series & the year end title. Congrats mate.


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Down Underground Round Three preview.

Here Shane Badman gives you a run down of the location of the finals for the Newcircle DownUnderground series. Happening in Redcliffe Queensland on the 28th of August.

Shane Badman checks in…

Shane Badman sent in a quick update of what he’s been up to of late… read on below.

Recently headed over to Bali for just under a week to go to one of my closest mates wedding (congrats Kieren & Nikki!). We stayed just outside Kuta and spent the time chillin by the pool, hitting up Balinese massages (for $8AUD you can’t go wrong!), crazy shopping markets, booting around on scooters like the big kids we are & just generally having an awesome time. Unfortunately the bike didn’t come with me (first time ever!), but sussed out a few spots to ride for the next visit.

If you are a surfer, you definitely need to check out around Bali, some awesome surf beaches!

Been super busy helping to get the finals of the DownUnderground underway as well. It’s going to be an awesome event for sure & myself & the crew at Newcircle are busy putting together a little promo edit for the event so stay tuned! – Shane.

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Downunderground Round 2 video…

The video for the second round of the Downunderground series is online now & you can check it out below. Look our for clips from our own Simon O’Brien & Shane Badman who scored 1st & 2nd respectively in the event. Supported by your own stop source for all things flatland in Australia, Newcircle.

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New team pages…

Everyone worked hard to get some new photos for their team pages along with new Q&A’s. I am stoked on how they came up! Check them here, have a read to learn a bit more about the team. Extra thanks go out to the photographers from around the world that helped out with team riders photos. The photo below is of Liam Fahy-Hampton from a fairly recent trip from Brisbane down to Melbourne, it’s amazing what you will find in small towns.

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Shane Badman’s Bike.

I went out and shot some photos with Shane the other night which was a bunch of fun! Here is a photo of his new Cube set-up.

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Shane Badman interview

Our own Shane Badman has an in-depth interview over on the Newcircle site. Grab a coffee, sit back & click here to read it now.

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Shane wins Flatitude 2010

Shane Badman won Flatitude 2010 down in Melbourne, Australia over the weekend. Congrats mate !! You can click here now over on the Newcircle site for results.

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Last times with Shane Badman

Shane Badman has a little mini interview over on the flatmatters website. You can read it now by clicking here.

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Downunderground teaser video…

Presented by Newcircle the Downunderground series 1 went down in Perth late last year & the full video will be online soon. Check this teaser featuring our own Shane Badman who won the event.

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Badman on your desktop…

Click here now to down load the entire 2010 Flatland Calendar as produced by Fat Tony, in desk top format. Now you can have our own Shane Badman as your desk top, nice.

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Shane Badman & his Fat Fav’s

Click here now to out out Shane’s Fat Fav’s over on the Fat BMX website.

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A month in Europe

Shane Badman put together this video from his travels throughout Europe in August earlier this year. Enjoy.

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2010 Flatland Calendar

Fat Tony has been busy once again producing a flatland calendar & we here at Colony are a part of it this year with our own month featuring Shane Badman. The calendar is available now exclusively through Flatland Fuel for free with every order placed while stocks last. Get on it !!

Click here if you want to read an editorial feature about the calendar.

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In other Shane Badman news, he won the Down Underground Round 1 in Perth on the weekend. Click here to read all the results. Congrats Shane !!

Shane also had this this to say…

After being out of Australia coming up to 4 years it’s good to be back. With so much that’s going on in the Australian Flatland scene with Newcircle & the Down Underground National Contest Series I’m so stoked to be getting involved & helping flatland grow even more!

I’m gonna be living in Brisbane which has one of the strongest scenes in Australia so loads is gonna be happening!

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Shane Badman’s new bike

Shane sent in some pics of his new Cube & it looks killer. He went for a Superman theme & it actually suits Shane very well I think. Shane is super human after all. Just please don’t start wearing tights mate !! Click here now if you want to read his full parts list.

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Newcircle…

I am very pleased & proud to announce the introduction of Australia’s premiere online flatland specific BMX store, Newcircle.

Long time friends Shane Badman & Ross Lavender have teamed up to bring riders in Australia, a place to get all their flatland needs from Colony & much more in the future. They are also set up to export to the world to any country. I believe this is going to be a huge benefit to the local flatland scene & I am excited as to what the future may bring.

Click here to find out all about Newcircle now & while you are there support some fellow Aussie riders & buy some stuff !!

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World travellers…

Thought I would let you all know of some of the travel plans the team have going on now or very soon…

Tim Wood was in Singapore last weekend for some demos at a brand new concrete park there, it was amazing park according to Tim. He took a bit of a spill on the vert bowl there but is OK.

Nick Richardson is off to the USA for 2 months to stay at Ryan’s house in Greenville. Expect some good things to come from Nick while over there. Nick also recently put together a nice new 2010 Gnarkill Frame.

Zac Miner & Liam Fahy-Hampton are off to China at the end of the month for an invitational comp over there in Beijing. Should be interesting.

Shane Badman is due back to Australia soon after a few years in Europe.

Mick Bayzand is also coming home in October after 18 months in Canada. It will be good to have him back in Australia.

I am off to the US in a couple weeks for Interbike. So looking forward to the Nora Cup party once again, just not the day after.

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Shane Badman checks in…

Shane sent in an email on what’s been going on with him. Read on below…

After spending nearly a year in Sweden it was time to get moving. It’s been well over 3 years now since i’ve been living in Europe & i’m starting to lose track of the countries that i’ve visited & lived in. Never forget the riders that i’ve met, nor the riding sessions that i’ve had though… funny how some things stick in your mind?!

I’m in Hungary at the moment just chilling & riding as much as I can. Living in Sweden was great, but winters that last 6 months & very few riders make it tough for any nomadic BMXer. Hungary is awesome for riding. The weather rocks 9 months of the year & all the riders are super motivated – probably a reason I’ve been here every year since 2005. I’ve been staying with one of my good mates, Andras Pentek, who co-owns OG Bike Company. In between him running the business & their shop, we’ve been hitting up spots all over the country including the OG Summer Camp & Contest in Szombathely & visiting riders in a bunch of different cities.

I’ve got another week of riding here & then off to the sunny UK for more riding… stay tuned!

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Shane Badman interview

Shane Badman is over in Sweden right now & has been for quite a while now. He recently did this interview for a Swedish media outlet over there. Click here to check out the short video. If you can read Swedish then click here to check out a short interview with him as well. Shane is such a superstar world traveller. Hurry up & come back home mate !!

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New Shane Badman video

Shane made this awesome video of some ‘scrap’ footage he had collected over the past 9 months. Wish my ‘scrap’ flatland footage was anything like this! Enjoy.

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Sneak peak – Cube Bars.

We have been working for some time now with Shane Badman on his own flatland specific signature bars & here are the final samples. They will be out worldwide late August/early September 2009. Specs are as follows…

Material: Full post heat treated multi butted CrMo
Width: 24.5″
Height: 7.9″
Backsweep: 2.5 degrees
Upsweep: 2.5 degrees
Weight: TBA

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Product highlight – Cube Frame

I have known Shane Badman ever since we started out as penpals (yes, before email existed) & we would write letters back & forth exchanging flatland trick tips & riding photos for years there. I am very stoked to have Shane as an integral part of the Colony flatland program & even more stoked to be able to offer Shane his first signature frame, the Cube.

Shane is known to be rather tough on frames, or any part for that matter, so we set out to make him a bullet proof flatland frame that would hold up to his brand of riding. I think we achieved it with this frame. For the full details click here now.

While you’re at it, you might as well check out the new Australian Flatland blog by clicking here as well.

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Shane Badman checks in…

Shane Badman sent in an email with a few pics of what he has bene up to of late. Read on below…

The harsh northern winters of Europe arn’t great for riding. Living in Sweden is awesome but with snow becoming an all too familiar sight & the temperature currently around -12C during the day sometimes you gotta make the big call. So 4 airports, 3 flights & 22 hours in the air later I landed back in Australia to warm summer weather & white sandy beaches. Word.

It was a great being back in Aus. Coming back to visit never leaves you with as much time as you’d like, but we were still able to get to Melbourne for a Jam that was put on by a bunch of the locals – big thanks goes out to Paul Chamberlain & crew for putting it all together. While in Melbs I also managed to hook up with world renowned photographer Chris Polack for a shoot. Getting the job done at Imax & down at St Kilda was great with an impromptu demo going down for the locals at the beach – look for upcoming shots in future issues of Rebelyell!

So I’m back in Sweden now riding in my warehouse that I have for the winter. I’m taking care of a few projects & also planning for some of this years trips – stay tuned for further updates!

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Colony Cube – out now

Shane Badman’s premiere signature flatland frame is available in selected countries right now. You can check out the full specs here now.

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Shane Badman checks in…

Shane Badman sent me an update on what he has been up too of late… read on below.

After finishing up the shows in Egypt, visiting Cyprus, Hungary & the UK, I’ve settled myself down for the moment in the south of Sweden with my lovely girlfriend Jo. We live in a small town called Staffanstorp which will be our home for the next little while. Even though we live in Sweden, we’re about 30 minutes from Copenhagen in Denmark & a few hours from Germany. Unfortunately, I’ve not come across any other riders in the area, so if there are any out there holla at me! In between learning some Swedish & riding I also dug up some footage I had lying around from around 2000. Check it out below.


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Shane Badman bike check

Shane sent me some pics of his new bike he has just built up. It’s loaded with a bunch of Colony prototype parts. Looks like black is back? The Colony parts list reads as follows…

Frame – Cube (available September 2008)
Fork – Cube (no release date set yet)
Stem – T.L.D (available late 2008)
Seat – Cube (available September 2008)
Pedals – Fantastic Plastic (available late 2008)
Pegs – Plastic prototypes (no release date set yet)

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Shane rules – rain, hail or shine.

Shane Badman just sent me an email from the UK. Read on below to see what one of our most travelled riders has been up to…

Just got back from round 2 of the Grassroots series in Southsea, UK. It was held at the infamous Southsea Skatepark, home of the King of Concrete for many years. Moving the ramps out for the day, we had the perfect marble floor underneath it for the contest. As per the UK, rain was a constant threat with the clouds finally opening up & dumping it down right before Pro finals. As people had come from far & wide in the UK & beyond, we just decided to ride in the rain instead. When all was said & done I was lucky enough to bag 2nd place – stoked!

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Shane Badman checks in…

Shane sent me an update on what he has been up too of late… read on below.

After several months of living & working in Egypt, I recently finished the shows that I was doing there & was next due in Hungary for the their annual flatland event, The Summer Gypsy Games. Along the way I decided to make a few detours & visit a few places that have always been towards the top of my list, namely Cyprus in the Mediterranean & the Pyramids.

Flying from Hurghada to Cairo early on July 13, my connecting flight to Larnaca in Cyprus didn’t leave until that evening so after a few phone calls I’d organised myself a driver to take me around for the day. It was great to see Cairo as a whole; a hugely progressive place with new buildings & construction everywhere & people rushing about their daily lives as part of any large city. The feel was very modern, but as a nation proud of its history, you often saw evidence of this through huge ancient Egyptian monuments that scatter randomly about the capital. The standout though has to be seeing the Pyramids for the first time. It is awesome to see the size and precision of them & again it makes you understand why they are referred to as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Arriving later that day in Cyprus, I was collected at the airport by my good friend & old riding buddy Manni Gaganis. With sunny weather all year round, friendly locals & perfect Mediterranean beaches, Cyprus is an amazing place to visit. He was kind enough to let me crash at his pimped out bachelor pad while we did a couple days of travelling, chilling & shooting some riding photos. Pics never give the places the credit they deserve, but shooting some flatland photos at a several thousand year old Roman amphitheatre is definitely a highlight of my riding career. Who said BMX won’t take you anywhere?

Next stop on the calendar is the Summer Gypsy Games in Hungary… stay tuned!

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More from Shane in Egypt

Just recently I decided to take a day trip to the inland city of Luxor on the bank of the Nile, about 4 hours from where I currently live in Hurghada. Through a friend of a friend, I managed to get a hook-up for a driver to take me there and back for a decent price and meant that I wouldn’t have to survive the tourist buses for the day! My plan was to visit some of the ancient temples and also the Valley of the Kings – an ancient burial site for Egyptian Kings from roughly 2,500 years ago.

Egypt has a lot of similarities with Australia: they both have perfect sunshine all year round, good beaches and same type of desert landscape that continues forever. The culture is hugely different, Egypt being one of the oldest cultures/civilizations on the planet. The Valley of the Kings is immense & visiting the tombs gives you a good idea of how together the ancient Egyptians were with the story of the dead King drawn in hieroglyphs that you can still see today. Makes you wonder if anything that humans create now will still be around in 2500 years time??

From the Valley of the Kings, I drove out to visit a few other sites including Al-Bahir Temple and the Colossi of Memnon that were built about 3400 years ago. Huge and awesome, all of it built without the technology that we use today & photos never do things like this justice. The city of Luxor is constantly busy, but without all the tourists that Hurghada has so it does feel a little more “Egyptian”. Markets and Bazaars everywhere, you can buy pretty much anything you want for very little.

The trip home was uneventful, my driver constantly beeping and yelling at other drivers in Arabic and dodging the various herds of goats that are being moved along by their Bedouin shepherds. I’m hoping to next visit the pyramids in the coming weeks so stay tuned…

Talk to you soon,

Shane.

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Shane Badman in Egypt

Shane Badman sent me email from Egypt… read on below.

Everything is going really well down here in Egypt. I’m living in a resort city called Hurghada about 4-5 hours south from Cairo on the Red Sea. The city is known mostly for it’s local diving scene and crystal clear water, but is also a popular destination for the super-rich and wealthy luxury boat owners as it’s central to a bunch of other places around the Middle East & Africa.

Living in England I heard through the grapevine that a local company in Egypt were looking for a rider to do demos for a few months. After a few phone calls followed by sending some footage, they were happy to ask if i’d come down for a few months to work with them. Admittedly, the lure of white sandy beaches, 40degree weather, no rain for months and months on end and the fact that all i’d be doing is endless riding was too good to pass up.

So for the next few months or so I’m here doing daily flatland demos in the newly opened Marina for tourists and the like. The lifestyle is good, the locals are friendly and I’ve got a bunch of good spots to ride at. I have a bunch of other trips planned around Egypt over the coming weeks so stay tuned for updates and photos!

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The life of a pro flatlander hey?

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