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Video: BMX champ Matti Hemmings urban singlespeed flatlanding

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:

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for Along with founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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jellysticks | 10 years ago

The Severn Bridge might be beautiful, but that there bridge in the video is the Clifton Suspension Bridge

WolfieSmith | 10 years ago

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

sm | 10 years ago

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.

matt_fantastic | 10 years ago

Balancing on the train track...!

Guyz2010 | 10 years ago

Cool. Bristol'
s a fab place, lived there couldn't wait to leave but miss it.

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