Ride BMX Interview: Trey and Bahlman

“What BMX video had the biggest impact/influence on you as a rider?”

For the latest installment of Ride BMX‘s Friday Interview they ask Trey Jones and Eric Bahlman, “What BMX video had the biggest impact/influence on you as a rider?”. Scroll down to see their response and then hit this link to check out what other riders had to say! Photos: Ryan Fudger
“For me it wasn’t a specific video, but rather three bad-ass sections from a rider that all dropped only a year or so apart from each other. That rider being none other than Jason Enns! First with the opening section to Little Devil’s world famous Criminal Mischief in 2001, followed by Etnies Forward and Demolition’s self titled video in 2002. I started to really get into BMX in 1999 and was quickly influenced by Jason’s riding. Every one of his sections were powerful, progressive and really made you say, “Damn, that was awesome!” Seeing these banger parts come out right after one another, all I wanted to do was grind shit and do tabes like the “Cougar.” I had the whole Enns’ kit—four-piece bars, four pegs, brakeless, I had Etnies shoes and even grew out my hair shaggy and wore a blue volume hat backward. Then fast forward ten years and I’m somehow riding for Volume Bikes on the same team with my childhood idol. It still blows my mind… Sorry to nerd out on ya so hard Jason, but let’s face it, you’re the fuckin man!” — Eric Bahlman
“Etnies Forward for sure was a huge impact on me, I got it when I was in third grade and it was my first video I ever owned. At the time I was racing and chad Degroot had just opened Mission skatepark. I got that video and started riding Mission all the time and ditched racing instantly—all I wanted was to jump stuff on my bike and be around people that just wanted to have fun. As for Forward, Ruben [Alcantara], [Josh] Stricker, Taj [Mihelich] and Joe [Rich] parts really stood out—Stricker especially. I really could relate to each one of those dude’s style and just the way their parts were put together with the songs and riding really hit me.” — Trey Jones