So I found myself up at like 6 am this morning and couldn’t really get back to sleep, so I decided to flip thru some old magazines and stumbled upon these photos of Tate in an interview with Ride UK in one of last years issues. The above photo of the rollercoaster pedal grind thru the Home Depot trolley with shopping cart launch is one of my favorite things that Tate has ever concocted. You know someone has an extremely creative mind when they can look at two objects (of group of objects) meant entirely for another purpose, and see a spot to create and do a trick on.
I often hear people say things like “set-ups aren’t street maaannnn…” which I think is very silly considering 100% of what defines street riding is simply seeing your everyday surroundings that were not meant for a bicycle to ride, and putting them to good use however which way you choose. The fact that Tate can see more in his surroundings than just rails, ledges, and ‘play it as it lies’ type things, simply means he’s just better at looking for spots than you, and in turn can put his findings to more interesting uses…all while still only using his surroundings, essentially. This is why Tate is the definition of street riding….or a mad scientist…take your pick.
Check out anther mag photo after the jump of a pedal grind thru a tight squeeze and some illegible text.