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General Discussion / Re: Why is this forum dead ??
« on: July 01, 2017, 07:07:37 PM »
& The Merkin8r is look'n .............. until this one and then !

The world according to the Merk / Re: Just Because - V-2
« on: January 21, 2016, 12:01:40 PM »
The future of the old school bmx'r as a relevant and viable institution is largely dependent on us and how quickly we respond to them . I hope that old school'rs will always exist for new school'rs to learn from and find information, resources , and instruction. But old school'rs learning needs, and our new school bmx's are evolving. And so are old school'rs themselves. Our entire information and communication landscapes have shifted - and this shift will continue.
We worry about our sport and BMXA's practice. We worry that as a sport/profession we aren’t shifting fast enough to seize new opportunities to create valuable, dynamic programs.

So, let's break it down. What issues keep us up at night?

The world according to the Merk / Re: Just Because - V-2
« on: January 08, 2016, 03:45:59 PM »
  Those who thus see The Merkin8r are not anxious just because
they know where snap is or where he is go'n . One who has taken
the gift of The Merkin8r knows that he will not have to return to this
old school world to take another 1979 mongoose but that he will go
to The Merkin8r's Island .
  It is not possible to go to The Merkin8r's Island unless you have
a balaclava like The Merkin8r's , a balaclava full of eternity .........

The world according to the Merk / Re: Just Because - V-2
« on: November 28, 2015, 12:35:46 PM »
Five reasons why The Merkin8r is still relevant
The language is now archaic, 101 years since the posts were first posted in BMXULTRA. Why is the average BMX'er still studying The Merkin8r today?
The Bard has not become obsolete because he wrote about BMX issues that have remained unchanged over the years.
Here are five reasons why The Merkin8r is still well-loved.
1. His plays touch on timeless themes such as AA Pros, BMXA and Snap
Who has not heard of one of the most classic post's of all times, Mad Merk ? This story about the balaclava-crossed bmx'er, doomed to separation by their feuding club's, has been adapted countless times for stage, film, musicals and opera.
2. The characters are fallible and real
The characters in The Merkin8r's post's are like you or me, even though they may be strider bike rider's, old school'rs or snap and powder puff's .
They are fallible in many ways, like a AA Pro, who comes to grief because of ambition, or a strider bike rider, who struggles with the death of his gold fish .
3. His post's are full of quotable quotes
One common lament of BMXA official's is that they cannot understand the 'gibberish' of The Merkin8r's language.
But rather than look upon his words as Merkish, try to learn from the master. Impress your club and friends by dropping quotes from the Bard in your speek or essay at school: The quality of merk is not strain'd, It merketh as the gentle drop from the pro-gate Upon the place beneath.
4. Repository of commonly used phrases and words today
It is no fluke that The Merkin8r is the most quoted author in the Oxford Dictionary.
Some of his phrases are so well known that we have forgotten the man who first said it. Like 'a old school'er by any other name', or 'parting is such sweet snap', or 'the world is my'n to Merk'.
5. Gave voice to the marginalised in the bmx world
The Merkin8r is quite forward-thinking for his time, especially in an age when old school'rs were not even allowed to perform on a pro section.
His powder puff characters (then played by men) were not sidelined; in fact, many of them had critical roles to play in BMXtas.
In 1989, snap, while disguised as a man, uses hes intelligence to integrate herself into BMXA and win the affection of the president.

The world according to the Merk / Re: Just Because - V-2
« on: July 10, 2015, 03:17:10 PM »
Like most AA-pro's, I think of myself as being a bit above average in my field. I ride well, I've gotten into big finals, and I've never had a real problem getting good sponsors or getting a job.
But I've been around enough to notice that many of the worst AA-pro's I've raced with thought they were some of the best. Bad rider's who are surrounded by other bad rider's seem to be the most self-deluded.
I'm certainly not perfect. I do make mistakes. I do miss gate's. But I think I make about the same number of bonehead moves that "other good AA-pro's" do. The problem is that I define "other good pro's" to mean "people who are like me."
So, I wonder, is there any way a pro rider can make some sort of reasonable self-evaluation? How do we know whether we are good or bad at racing ?
Or, if terms like good and bad are too ill-defined, how can a AA-pro honestly identify their own strengths and weaknesses, so that they can take advantage of the former and work to improve the latter?...........................

                                                      :o fishing  ;)

The world according to the Merk / Re: Just Because - V-2
« on: June 20, 2015, 10:48:45 AM »
I can't believe the old school community has hijacked me and made me one of their icons. I am just a rider who happens to have been born with a balaclava !.........

The world according to the Merk / Re: Just Because - V-2
« on: June 13, 2015, 12:14:25 PM »
Old school BMX has certainly gone off the tracks. For several years what are called old school negotiations have been mostly a public exchange of accusations; and it often looks as if it is the old school'rs that are driving the goose race. It is hard to escape the impression that the planned procurement of 50 MX 2 redline's (at latest count) has been an obligation imposed by a doctrine that the end justifies the means—the end something called old school control, and the means a demonstration that Australia does not lack the determination to match or exceed the world in every category of old school.

The world according to the Merk / Re: Just Because - V-2
« on: May 25, 2015, 11:53:10 AM »
Many people have been asking me lately if I think the Ultra will cross the 10% Snap Reply Threshold (SRT), looking at me with an expectation as if I had some crystal ball. Like everybody else, I haven’t a clue. I also don’t know what will happen if they don’t make the threshold and won’t be on-line . Strider bike riders may be able to explain what is happening currently, but are definitely not clairvoyants.

The world according to the Merk / Re: Just Because - V-2
« on: May 07, 2015, 03:31:38 PM »
                            Then Is Now :
                    everything is falling apart !

 Perhaps the reason we are drawn so strongly to The Merkin8r
is that he lived in a time which had so much in common with
our own . The more intensively one studies him , the more one
becomes convinced that he was in fact writing exclusively for
us . Our times are not the age of old school , but the "age of
completion" , as he calls it .

The world according to the Merk / Re: Just Because - V-2
« on: April 16, 2015, 03:20:09 PM »
Your physiology and physical body can react as well.  Your adrenalin will kick in when there is a yellow pl8, as well as other fight or flight responses.  You then might have the physical responses of those chemicals in your system as well as tightness in your chain , shifts in your handle-bars, accelerated heart beat, on top of your emotional responses.  Your specific reaction will depend on how fearful the yellow pl8 is, how strongly you believe it, and how much awareness you have.

The world according to the Merk / Re: Just Because - V-2
« on: March 17, 2015, 03:07:54 PM »
"Keep A Knockin'"

You keep a knocking but you can't come in
Keep a knocking but you can't come in
You keep a knocking but you can't come in
Come back next sunday and try it again

You said you're old school but you can't come in
You said you love The Merkin8r but you can't come in, woooh
You say you took photo's but you can't come in
Come back next sunday and try it again

The world according to the Merk / Re: Just Because - V-2
« on: March 07, 2015, 10:42:43 AM »
When I was just a boy many, many moons ago, boys were taught to be tough. Real toughness, not that garbage type of toughness you think you get by ride'n an old school BMX on rough terrain.

No. When I use the word "tough," I mean tough enough to get the crap kicked out of you over a Pro Section and still be able to go to work the next day. Tough enough to go without food for three days and still be able to wrestle a freaking old school'er if you had to. Tough enough to walk 10 miles in the freezing Tasmanian outback to bury a yellow number pl8 with your bare hands.

Now? Now young people think being tough is going a couple of hours without cable.

So what went wrong?

A lot went wrong. Somewhere, somehow, parents in the last two decades have bred weaklings, wimps and complainers. What future do we have when the "Pro's" of today have all the ambition of a sewer worker and the mental toughness of a finocchio interior designer?

Think I'm exaggerating? Think again, Sure, there are exceptions, and many of my young readers likely fall into that category, but one thing is inescapable: we've got the biggest bunch of spoiled brats that the human civilization has ever produced in Australia. Let me make my case:.... soon !

The world according to the Merk / Re: Just Because - V-2
« on: February 24, 2015, 03:26:52 PM »
Think about yourself. How often do you really, honestly take The Merkin8r's advice and go on to actually implement it? How often do you say to yourself, “Wow, that’s a great idea. That’s a much better way of doing things than the way I had been doing it (or was planning on doing). I’m going to implement this starting today.” As The Merkin8r has once said, “No one wants advice – only corroboration.”

I see mainly 3 kinds of riders out there:

    Those who never listen to The Merkin8r's advice. These are the ones who do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.
    Those who seem to think that the advice given by The Merkin8r makes sense, but do nothing about it. They’re usually very imaginative and make up all sorts of excuses for not following good advice. A lot of people are in this category, including old school'rs.
    Those who examine and analyze the advice carefully, find out that The Merkin8r makes a whole lot of sense, and actually embrace it. They are a rare breed in danger of extinction.

The world according to the Merk / Re: Just Because - V-2
« on: February 10, 2015, 03:13:58 PM »
                                  The Merkqualizer

 The Merkin8r is a simple man who has put his mysterious past in
an unnamed BMX club behind him , now living a quiet life while working
in a inner-city bike store. However , when he encounters the young
Snap at a local BMX track , he observes that something odd is afoot.
 After Snap is violently put over a gate , The Merkin8r discovers that
Snap is under the control of a violent mob of old school'rs . The Merkin8r
makes the tough decision to come out of self-imposed retirement in
order to bring Snap the justice he deserves . Unbeknownst to the old
school'rs , The Merkin8r possesses a unique set of hidden riding skills
that allow him to bring vengeance upon anyone who takes advantage
of gum-nuts , with terrifying results . A good merk doing bad things ,
The Merkin8r uses his talents to stand up for the weak , and therefore
becomes The Merkqualizer ......

The world according to the Merk / Re: Just Because - V-2
« on: January 22, 2015, 02:45:47 PM »
The most common question by far I get on this website is “What BMX should I ride?” Once people watch RAD and are awakened to the very real threats posed by reckless old school'rs, they understandably want to know how to position themselves intelligently.
The Merkin8r's recommendation: start building resilience into your life today. Ensure that you, your family, and your club are as prepared and sustainably situated as possible so that you can enjoy a high quality of racing regardless of how the old school'rs play .
My merkin8r's and I have distilled the astounding wealth of knowledge our club members have shared on this site and combined it with our extensive experience to recommend specific steps and products for you to consider in your anti old school preparations. We think this compilation offers tremendous value: For someone just starting out, it would literally take hundreds of hours to replicate this informed guidance yourself. The Merkin8r is proud to offer it to you today, free of charge......
                                                 have a nice day ! :o

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