What’s up. This is Junior, or Biker Jose as known by the city skaters. I am the one holding the O.S.B. Flatland Jam in Chicago. I usually do not get on forums however, I felt that I needed to in order to give everyone the 411, (info), and let everyone know why I am holding the jam. First of all I am not a pro and am not, by far, the best flatlander out there. I HAVE been in the game for a while, through good times, and bad, so I like to think that I know where the sport is going, or not going. I decided to hold a small little jam at Oak Street Beach, in Chicago, because of the fact that we have a good sized scene and I have witnessed many good riders come out of Chicago, both old school and new. This jam is aimed at bringing riders together for riding and networking but above all, it is to expose Flatland to those who don’t know, or don’t understand, what the sport is. The sport has gotten very esoteric, and although I personally like it that way, there is rarely an opportunity for riders to get together and represent the sport. I think that there is room for, “old school”, riding as well as, “new school riding”, and have witnessed kids, and adults, freak out at a rider doing a Miami Hopper, just as much as someone doing a Time Machine, even though the skill level may sometimes be different. The jam is for Flatland Freestyle. I am not making money off of it and I have actually kicked out some money myself in the form of flyers, web stuff, gas, sounds, and most importantly, time. Oak Street Beach is NOT the smoothest best area for Flatland, but that is the spot where many riders traditionally meet up and rode at. It is right up there with the underground garages at Grant Park (Now that spot was the lick). This is a simple jam for local riders. It’s, “grass roots style”, with a boom box for sounds, but anyone and everyone who rides is invited. Grand Cycle was cool enough to supply some fresh prizes like forks, stems, and tires. It’s not a pro purse or the A.F.A., but something is something and better then nothing. I have enough prizes for the 3 best new school tricks and 3 best old school stunts. Again, everyone is invited, from pros and experts, to beginners. If you come from out of state, I will personally tell you where to eat, hang, and ride so it won’t be a much of waste. Chicago is a great city, and it just built two Skate parks and although bikes aren’t allowed, it is usually all good if you’re smart. If you have any questions then drop me an email at my personal box and peep the web site, or call Grand Cycle for information, 773-637-0944. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org, web: http://flatland.netfirms.com/. The September 25th jam was cancelled due to, “mad”, rain and will try it again on October 2nd. Thanks for reading and Peace. “Riders Never Die”.