I Am Los Angeles is a video portrait series created by journalist and filmmaker Joris Debeij, showcasing the unique people and their ideas that make L.A. what it is. KCET Departures will be featuring these videos as part of our continuing coverage of the shifting cultures of Los Angeles.
You might have seen him and his crew riding around L.A. The bike he's riding may seem just like any other, but wait till you see what Dylan Hurst can do on his bike. And we're not just talking about riding with no hands. Dylan is a trick biker who pulls off crazy stunts in the streets of L.A. every day.
Fish and Chips -- that's what they call this London-born rider in the fairly new sport of fixed-gear trick cycling. "Its insane to see how fast this sport is growing and it's not a cheap sport. Kids are begging their parents to give them a brand new bike for Christmas." The popularity of fixed-gear trick cycling is beginning to rival what skateboarding was in the '70s. It's a fast-moving sport; kids are constantly coming up with new tricks, styles, and stunts and manufactures are scrambling to keep up.
The sport is gaining prominence through professional events all over the country, and there are riders getting sponsors. But for Dylan "Fish and Chips", it is a lot about having fun, riding the streets with friends and respecting the relative talent of others in the sport. He feels at home on the streets of L.A., which might seem crazy to a lot of people who have been in the city's traffic!
Originally published on I Am Los Angeles.
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