AI – Paul Rad

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          Paul Rad spends has spent over half of his life interested in BMX, specifically 20 years of being alive for 32. With being in the BMX world for that long he has some seen a lot of BMX.

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What got you into riding? I went to a GT Air Show in 1996 in Olean, NY. Absolutely the coolest thing I’d ever watched. Dave Voelker and Rob Nolli were ripping.. and I needed a GT after seeing that haha.

What inspires you to ride?  It’s so far engrained into my life at this point, not riding isn’t even an option. I always get excited when I see a tight transition, or weird setup though.

When you go to ride do you have a idea for new tricks or just go there and whatever comes to you, you try?  Depends on the flavor of the day. We’re supposed to have a new Standard DVD coming out next year, I’m definitely trying to push myself a bit harder for that. If I’m just having a casual day at the skatepark or DIY spot, I’ll try to do stuff that feels good, and doesn’t put me on the ground too hard.

What is your favorite place to ride? Any Jersey barrier with a little bit of quikrete slapped on the bottom.

What is the dream place to ride?  I’ve been eyeing up The Black Pearl Skatepark, or Orcas Island. Those places look amazing.

What is your favorite web edit or video part? Brian Wizmerski – Wide Awake Nightmare

Do you like your BMX scene Where you live? Cleveland is pretty tight. There are a few different cliques, but everyone gets forced to ride under the same roof all winter at Chenga and Ray’s. It really glues the scene together.

Who are your sponsors? Standard and Profile keep my bike dialed and awesome. I really can’t say enough good things about the product they put out.​

What are some things you have built at Ray’s MTB Park?  Oh man, too many to list. Ray, Jeff and I get a ton of stuff hammered out every summer.

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What is your biggest accomplishment in BMX so far? Probably getting into an issue of Props, or getting a photo in BMX Plus a couple of times.

What is the biggest problem in BMX that you have noticed? How do you resolve that problem? On the industry side of things, just too many companies making parts for the sake of making parts in a dumb color. It takes away from the companies making parts with superior design and integrity.

Who is your favorite rider? Why? I’m gonna have to list a top five of riders that influenced me. 1: Nate Wessel 2: Phil Wasson 3: Jeff Harrington 4: Jim Cielencki 5: Brian Wizmerski

Are there any place you plan on traveling to soon? Nowhere crazy at the moment, I’m locked into a pretty solid schedule at Ray’s once Fall/Winter hits. This time of year, I just zip around the Rustbelt on my days off.​

What is one thing you love about BMX? The fact that progression isn’t linear. You can take BMX in any direction you want and carve your niche. If every rider was working toward the same tricklist, BMX would be boring as heck. As long as you’re putting true creative energy into riding and bike control, and not doing some gimmicky bullshit, our community will be stoked.

​What is some advice you would give to a BMX rider that is kinda falling out of BMX? Stop being bitter toward the younger generation and discrediting their tricks on the internet. You’ll have a bigger impact with these kids if you ride with them, instead of calling their tricks gay on the internet.

​What is your role with Rays and Chenga? At Ray’s, I guess I’m a manager these days. I feel fortunate to be a part of something that gets so many people on bikes. I don’t really work at Chenga too much these days because I work over 40 hrs at Ray’s every week. But I’ll fill-in if Scott and Dave need someone.

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