"The first jumps we build where some piled bricks with a wooden plate on the top. We used standard touring bikes with three speed hubs these days. All this happened, before bmx came over to Europe". - Frank Heinrich, owner of leafcycle
Already as a little kid Frank Heinrich got facinated about biking, pulling high speed wheelies, doing powerslides, getting some air over wooden ramps or doing some afternoon races together with friends at the local mx track. Back in the days, they used standard push bikes with three speed torpedo hubs and normal touring tires. There was no internet access or any bmx magazine, were you could stare on any heroes of the sports. So, there was no influence from any side at all. There where only you and a bunch of friends and that personal mission, which was pretty much beating anyone on the private races.
Frank saw a little article in a youth magazine about some kids somewhere in the USA, racing on small bikes with off road tires and it did not even take a thousands of a second to realize, from now on he has just one big mission! Saving up the money for a bike like that, as fast as possible. He worked as a paperboy, did some fruitpicking on the rasberry field and saved ever single penny of his pocketmoney to slap exactly 235,- german marks (today roughly 150 US$) on the cash desk of a local bike store, to take out a metallic red BMX 2000 with yellow nylon rims. Well the bike was a piece of junk but this bike was one of the biggest dreams in Franks young life. This investment happened auround 1982, almost at the same time, when a insane bmx boom was pumping all over Europe. Some intense years followed until this boom almost died overnight and all bikes got wiped out of the shops. Suddenly bmx was dead and it was even hard to get spare parts for those little "kids bikes". Frank still followed his passion, but riding alone wasn´t that much fun, like the years before.
There was a rumor about an other offroad wonder. People where talking about strong offroadbikes with gears, you can ride steep uphill. As soon as Frank saw the first "ATB - all terrain bike" today "called mountainbike", for him it was clear. Time to invest again!
The bikes where designed for riding offroad tours in the forests or mountains, but Frank was abusing this bike like all the bikes before. Some of his friends bought those bikes as well and the mission was the same like the years before. Pulling high speed wheelies, jumping around, doing some freestyle and go for some private race sessions. To say the truth, the adventure tours through the local forest were much more fun on the ATB than on the BMX the years before.
During the following years, Frank swoped his vehicle quite often. Sometimes bmx was his main activity, other times he prefered the mountainbike. Even riding trial was a major activity for some seasons.
His passion for riding bmx, made him start a small bmx clothing company called "dirty steel", back in 1994. Mainly made for the local riders, this brand got sold in some core shops around Germany. Photography was an other passion of Frank, so he decided to bring out a local bmx zine. The CroMo zine was completely homemade on a simple copy machine.
It must have been around 2005, when frank had his first contact to todays classic dirt bikes.
His bmx cruiser frame broke and he had some kind of a dirt frame left, he got for a photosession some time before. Frank decided to build up this vehicle to give it a try. From that day on, he just stayed on the dirt bike. His passion for biking offered him some doors in the bicycle industry. Beside working in bike stores, he although worked as freelance photographer for several international magazines and did the international marketing for the Scott Bike division. But after all the years of doing different things, there was always this little dream in his mind. Riding on his own frame. In the year 2007 this dream got true and the d.one hit the market. Leafcycles was born with the main intention. To create dirt goods from riders for riders. After all those years, Leafcycles is still a one man show and Frank does pretty much everything by his own. From product developing, designing new products on an old fashioned drawing board, answering e-mails, organizing imports and exports, updating the webpage, packing the orders and much more. At the end of the day, he still takes the bike and gets some air at his local spot!
"Thanks to all the riders out there, for your support. Enjoy your session".
LEAFCYCLES - EQUIPMENT FOR THE DIRTY HOURS OF YOUR LIFE
Thanks to Uwe Bartesch for most of the photos.
Here is a little look back at 2012. Eric Macdonald wanted to try out a bit of filming with me, not enough for a full length edit but I hope you enjoy it anyway!
Filmed these clips mostly right at the end of 2012, and a few today to finish it off! Kinda bummed i didn't get any street/peg clips but ah well, saves some clips for the next edit!
Filmed by - Jacob Jolly
Edited by - Myself
18-55mm Canon lens
Thanks for watching, hope you enjoyed!
Now go ride your bike...
So 2012 is well done and gone now being basically half way through january this blog update is well over due. But i guess better late then never ! 2012 was an epic year for riding bikes. I had my doubts coming back from a riding season in Whistler. I was plesently suprised of the riding over 2012, plently of new tricks were tried, lots of different places riden and a whole bunch of filming was done.
So i have decided to sum up my 2012 in a few photos that were taken over the year. Some of these photos have been already used in blog updates, there is still some new photos mixed in that never made the blogs.
Eagle champs was in january, for the past few years Adelaide has been holding the National Champs. In the previous years there was a jump jam held which always had a decent turn out. 2012 was much differnt, no one putting their hand up to fix the jumps up for the nationals ment there was basically no turn out except riders already racing and just looking for a fun jump. The jumps were in terrible condition but that didnt stop us having a good jump. Eagle champs was the first time i grew the nuts and tried a flip whip thats what makes it a memorable moment of the year.
Photos - Simon Cambell
Over 2012 i had plenty of really fun sessions at the local skatie. learnt a ton of new tricks and boosted a bunch of airs which i always find super fun !
Something else that happened over 2012, i was used in two Leaf cycles adds which was super cool. Even cooler because i think that in both adds the photos used could be two of my favourites taken in 2012. Both Taken by James Patterson, the first taken at easter time up in Mt Gambier and the second photo taken at Warnabool Skate park on one of the trips over to victoria during the year.
These two occations in 2012 will be some i shall never forget. The first photo was taken by Kane Naaraat at local adelaide bmxer Angus Sampson's back yard ramps, Halloween jam. I have to say it was the most rowdy druken out of control jam i have ever been to. The most epic night !
The second photo was taken by Simon Cambell up at Mt Gambier over Brads trails so much fun to ride was a fun all round trip. I always look forward to returning back to Mt Gambier to ride, always a rowdy time.
To finish of the summery of my year of 2012 ive decided to use a stage photo of one of my more hilarious crashes of the year. While filming for Where not training i had a couple of shots and trying to land the front flip which had been on the cards for a while. This one went terribly wrong after bailing out and ending up in the middle of the jumps !
Anyways that was 2012 and im so keen too see what 2013 has in store.