6 Biking Videos You'll Want to Show Your Non-Biking Friends
There are millions of biking videos on the Internet. Cringe-worthy crash reels, sick action edits and hilarious parodies to name a few of the subsets. We at Joystick love a good procrastination session when sitting at our monitors and we'd be lying if more than a few of those hours weren't spent watching biking videos. But the true barometer of success for these shorts (besides the millions of YouTube hits) is their ability to engage a non-biking audience. To that end, gather around the smartphone screen as Joystick Bicycle Components presents you with 6 Biking videos to show your non-biking friends.
One Shot: Brandon Semenuk Gets Lost in the Moment
It's safe to say that the 2015 film unReal, written and directed by Anthill Films and produced by TGR, turned a lot of heads. But as with most successful action sports films, there's one breakout segment that catapults it to fame, well beyond the sport's own audience. In the case of unReal, it was Brandon Semenuk's Get Lost in the Moment segment, filmed entirely in one uninterrupted shot. It was made possible by the most advanced gyro-stabilized camera system in the world, the GSS C520, mounted to a truck. A custom-built road for the truck ran alongside the custom-built trail, on which an injured Semenuk only hit the full line once. Outside Online headlined the video with "No One Will Ever Make a Better MTB Video than This." Cinematic beauty, pure and simple.
April 2009 - Danny MacAskill
Celebrated trials rider Danny MacAskill shot to stardom after releasing April 2009, filmed over six months in Edinburgh, Scotland by Danny's flatmate Dave Sowerby. The urban streetscape provided the perfect canvas for this young rider from Isle of Skye to hone his skills and redefine what was possible on a trials bike. The opening scene of riding a flimsy fence (with more than a few attempts resulting in painful crashes) was the probably most impressive balance scene captured on video since Ryan Leech's segments in early The Collective films. With over 38 million views on YouTube, April 2009 has clearly inspired a new generation of trials riders.
Whistler Bike Park - Remy Metailler
French rider Remy Metailler is now a household name among mountain bike and downhill circles from his series of high speed, big hit and scary-cornering-speed videos he posts from the Whistler Bike Park every summer. Working with Chris Ricci of Influx Productions, Remy has since released many hip-hop soundtracked edits with such inspired titles as Remy Metailler Attacks the Whistler Bike Park and Remy Metailler Burns the Whistler Bike Park. But it was this first video the duo released, simply titled Whistler Bike Park - Remy Metailler that had everyone questioning what speeds and lines were possible in the world's biggest bike park. Hold on to your helmets.
Backflip Over 72ft Canyon - Kelly McGarry Red Bull Rampage 2013
The internet is awash with GoPro footage, some that's impressive and a lot that's less than mediocre. Kelly McGarry's historic 72-foot canyon gap at the 2013 Redbull Rampage was most definitely the former. Rampage POV videos are always a thrill given the speed and air time that the competitors achieve on their bikes, not to mention the severe exposure on knife edge ridgelines. But Kelly's canyon gap backflip was a trick that no one saw coming. Kelly McGarry died after suffering cardiac arrest while riding in his home country of New Zealand in February, 2016. This video is one of the many elements of his bad ass legacy in freeride and slopestyle mountain biking.
Martyn Ashton - Road Bike Party 2
After Danny MacAskill's 2009 debut it would be hard to follow up with any sort of conventional trial riding video. Martyn Ashton decided that he could attempt similar level tricks on a Pinarello Dogma 2, the carbon road bike that won the 2012 Tour de France. Donning his finest lycra and hitting urban and off-road features across the United Kingdom, Road Bike Party was born. Ashton suffered a spinal injury after a crash during a trials demonstration at the 2013 Silverstone Moto GP in England which left him in a wheelchair but with the help of fellow trials riders Chris Akrigg and MacAskill he was able to finish and release the secretly-filmed filmed sequel Road Bike Party 2.