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Several steps beyond fixie bar-spins

If you think your urban riding skills are the shizzle - or even if you don't - take a look at this video featuring flatland BMX champion Matti Hemmings doing his very impressive thing on a big-wheeled singlespeed.

The story goes that after Matti made a video for GCN demonstrating how to perform a move called a hang 5 people asked if he could do it on a 700C wheeled bike. Well here he is aboard one of Dani Foffa's creations showing that he most definitely can. 

Want to learn how? Here's the GCN video:

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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Guyz2010 [304 posts] 2 years ago
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Cool. Bristol'
s a fab place, lived there couldn't wait to leave but miss it.

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matt_fantastic [86 posts] 2 years ago
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Balancing on the train track...!

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sm [387 posts] 2 years ago
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Lovely shots of Bristol, the Severn Bridge is beautiful. Much skill, bravo, although it doesn't look quite as elegant as the boys and girls on wider tyres.

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WolfieSmith [1323 posts] 2 years ago
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Very nice. Obviously got a slider for his birthday judging by all the tracking shots though. Less is more.

To be critical again; why oh why does every cycle video need to be accompanied by some annoying banging dance track? I am getting old it's true but constant dance beats just reminds me of those piss poor amateur YouTube films with someone's go pro descending a col with eurobeat over it.  37

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jellysticks [95 posts] 2 years ago
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The Severn Bridge might be beautiful, but that there bridge in the video is the Clifton Suspension Bridge