Mike Mastroni

1. Best part about where you live?

The weather in California is always amazing, there’s a million and one people to ride with, everything is a half hour from everything, and there’s also lots of enjoyable ways to spend your time off the bike.

2. What’s your daily routine like?

Wake up, take Gucci (dog) for a walk, Eggs/Coffee/Monster, I usually try to schedule any moving jobs for the A.M…so maybe one of those, riding with everyone in the afternoon or exploring around by myself trying to find new stuff, come home and cook feasts with Platt, maybe capture footage or work on an edit or go out for some drinks with my friends.

3. Upside of being a pro bike rider?

I would say just the little opportunities it provides you here and there. From traveling experiences, to my current living situation, to not having a real job, etc.. in a nutshell. I think I have BMX to thank in large part for the way my life is now.

Downside of being a pro bike rider?

Not being able to wipe with $100 bills.

4. What do you see yourself doing after riding?

I really haven’t given that too much thought at this point.

5. Magazines or the world wide web and why?

In BMX the web is obviously way more prevalent in terms of where people get their daily news and content, but the way it is now vs. like 5 years ago….I find it borderline overwhelming. I’m not really putting down the web because I use it just as much as everyone else, but anything you can hold in your hand or put on a wall holds way more value in my mind.

6. Best story that you could tell us that happened to you this year?

The year is young…so I’ll just tell one from this past year…this also might be the weirdest thing that I’ve seen, ever. So we (Adam Grandmaison, Charlie Crum, Craig Passero, Devin Feil, Ditchburn, and myself) were on an OSS trip from Cali to Austin, Texas. It was roughly 4 am and we had just drove across the texas state line. I pull into the most middle of nowhere rest stop and park the van off in a dark corner so we could all get some sleep. There was a red van parked no more than 15 feet directly in front of us.  Right as we are about to dose off, we see the light in the red van flick on. A 50+ year old bald man in his boxers rises out of his makeshift bed, hunches over, and pees into some sort of plastic jug. He then opens the side door, dumps it out, and fills what appeared to be the same container with water from his built in sink next to his bed, and then proceeds to down the water. Devin, Adam and I were all looking at each other like, “did he just use the same one he pissed in… Yeah, he did!!!” However, it was 4am, we were all delusional, so we laughed about it for a while then got some sleep. 6 am rolls around, I wake up to Devin getting something out of the back of the van, I look around, see the other van’s light flick on again, and right as Devin gets back in the passenger seat, I’m like “dude-dude-dude, look he’s doing it again!” This time there was no way in hell that what this guy was doing could have been mistaken for anything other than straight up drinking his own pee. We all sat there and watched as he peed into a weird brown laundry detergent sized bottle, did not dump it out this time, raised it to his mouth and drank it. At this point we were all so freaked out that we got the hell out of there asap. As we were driving away we caught that his Wisconsin plates read “No. 1 LAB” as in pee lab, I’m assuming. We Googled him and even told a lady a few exits down the highway what we had just witnessed…she seemed very un-impressed. Nonetheless, truth be told, somewhere in America right now there is a man driving around the country in a red 15 passenger van, just eating, sleeping, and drinking his own pee.

7. The ultimate spot you’ve ridden?

This one time I found a cow that was next to another cow…

8. What do you do besides ride (video games, razor scooter, watch porn and etc)?

Moving jobs with my van, spend time with the lady, camping, hiking, beach and anything to do with the outdoors.

9. Favorite picture that has been shot of you on your bike and why?

I really like this recent photo that my friend Devin Feil shot of a downtube grind up a pole jam. He really did an amazing job of capturing the trick and it was one of those things where the photo came out exactly how I pictured it looking in my head. Hopefully you guys will see it somewhere soon.

10. Last words?

Thanks you’s to Volume Bikes, Adam Grandmaison at OSS, Brian Castillo, The Garden, Devin Feil, Jeff Z. All my friends, Mom, Dad, Girlfriend, and everyone in my life who supports what I do in any way big or small… thanks!