Ditch Your Car: Try Bicycle Ballet
Okay, maybe we should restate that: Don’t Try Bicycle Ballet at home. The man in the above video, Keelan Phillips, is a professional freestyle BMX rider who’s been doing what he does best since grade school — and whose passion is the originality, style and finesse of the skill.
It’s hard to actually describe what Phillips is doing in the above video, though we do think the term ‘bicycle ballet’ is fitting. What’s absolutely obvious through watching this is that Phillips is so comfortable on that bike that he moves as if he were one with it.
Want to understand a little bit more about how he does it? While we can’t go into the details of this man’s skills (since we don’t quite even understand them), we can ascertain that he couldn’t manage bicycle ballet on, say, a mountain bike. Freestyle BMX bikes like the one he uses are specifically built for vertical movement, as well as “aggressive street riding,” as bicycle.org puts it. The site adds:
They (BMX bikes) come with axle pegs for doing the tricks although some manufacturers leave them off so you can choose your own. They have a heavy duty frame and tires that are designed for pavement… Freestyle bicycle wheels are usually heavy duty with 36 or 48 wire spokes. “Mag” wheels, made of sturdy nylon, are available too. The tires are 20 x 2.125 or wider. Unlike the other BMX types which have knobby tyres, the freestyle bike has smooth tires which make it suitable for road riding. Accessories include a GYRO (enables the handlebars to swing 360° without tangling in the brake cables) and stunt pegs (allow the rider to move around the bike) to assist in stunts.
Though most of us will never even consider getting on a BMX bike, there’s something to be said for humans who can dance with bikes the way the man in this video does.