Some of you might of already heard of this crazy Canadian doing flatland on a 26" beach cruiser.
If not, let you tell me about it:
About 12-14 years ago I rode BMX until my heart's content. All day and night I rode until I decided to try something a big different. (excuse the "big" pun) I always new I had flatland in my heart. And it wasn't until late 2004 that I realized I could bring the flavour of BMX back into my life.
'06 LeMond Versailles, '04 S&M Beringer, '03 Quamen Bowls, '68 Raleigh Grand Prix (converted to fixed gear)
Back before BMX people did all sorts of crazy stunts on road bikes, cruisers and fixed gear track bikes, often modified with SUPER low gearing. Go rent the movie 'Quicksilver' with Kevin Bacon for a demonstration. There's also a video or two floating around the net of some REALLY vintage flatland if you sniff around. A guy who worked at the last shop I worked for set up his 24" BMX cruiser for flatland (this guy was huge and 20" bikes were just too small) and could really throw it around.
Yeah Quicksilver. Rolling multiple flail boomerangs by Martin Aparijo and the famous Woody Itson frame stand. You have a good point about flatland being attempted on other bikes, however I have one good point: Most of the tricks in the past that were attempted on bikes other than BMX [20"] in the early days, I'm sure, pale in comparison of what's being attempted today. I missed the Suzuki Series, but did attend the Ninja Spin in Acheres, France. Watching most of these guys ride makes me wonder if any of it is possible on a bike other than a 20". I'm hoping to change all of that with a lot of hard work.
I'd really like to see some video of your friend. I was in Scotland just a little while ago and talked to a guy there with a 24" frame.
Thanks for the insight and reminding me to go and rent quicksilver. BTW: I haven't looked it up yet, but if memory serves me correct, the riders were Moralez, Aparijo, Itson and a couple more--they were all 80's pro BMX'ers.
Artistic cycling, which is about as big of an oxymoron as they can make it, happens here and there in Europe mostly. It is done on bikes with wheels no smaller than 24" (per their rule book) no front pegs, fixed gearing with a (generally) 1:1 gearing ratio (unicycle)...
It is a joke how little creativity and the complete lack of focus on originality - but there are some crazy, freakin' hard tricks being done by those guys. Forget hang gliders (multiple flail boomerangs) - they can do boomerang bar rides... I tried those 15 years ago and ate crap hard at least a dozen times without ever coming close.
Mostly it is really gay (point your toes!) - but it doesn't take away from how hard some of it really is. A far cry from what Jumelin or Wilhelm can do these days, but still some tough stuff on bigger bikes.
NOTE: Nice bike, but it looks like you are running steel pegs which you could replace with something like these to save weight and be more appropriate unless you are planning to grind.