90s BMX riders get back on their bikes

Adam Hough performs for friends under Flemington Bridge. Photo: Paul JeffersWork, families and responsibilities have taken ’90s BMX bandits away from their bikes.
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While there are events for current or “new-school” and “old-school” riders, who had their fun in the ’70s and ’80s, those from the “mid-school” BMX scene, in the 1990s to mid 2000s, have been getting rusty.

So Dave Rooney decided to organise the inaugural Melbourne Mid School BMX Jam to get them back on their bikes.

“We didn’t really have any events that focused on us,” he said.

“Those of us from the mid-school are in our early 30s through to our mid 40s and we just wanted to get everyone together.

“It used to be quite a strong scene in Melbourne.”

About 25 riders met at the bowl at Fitzroy’s Edinburgh Gardens before stopping at a Brunswick pub and riding for more tricks underneath the Flemington Bridge.

“A lot of guys were quite rusty – a lot of guys, including myself, hadn’t ridden in 10 years or more,” Mr Rooney said.

“But we saw a few 360s, lots of big airs actually. Mostly the basic tricks, we didn’t get into anything too crazy.”

Andrew Black, who came down from Ballarat for the event, said it was good to catch up with his old mates.

“It’s a bit hard these days with families and work and all that stuff,” he said.

“A lot of people there knew each other and hadn’t seen each other for, some guys, 10 or so years.

“It was a big part of everyone there’s life, that’s for sure.”

They now plan to hold meet ups every few months during the warmer seasons.

“It would be good to see a few more people there next year and hopefully more faces of people I haven’t seen for awhile,” Mr Black said.

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