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Interview with Hub BMX!

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Interview with Hub BMX!

Hub BMX is an independent, rider owned and run BMX shop in Ipswich and somewhere to come hang out and meet up with other riders to build a sense of community in the Ipswich BMX scene. This is the general premise of Hub, and the inspiration for the name. IP1’s Emily Godden met with owner James Tarrant to find out more…

First things first, fill us in a bit on Hub BMX…
I cater for a wide range of customers; from inexperienced new riders, parents buying for kids, through to experienced full time riders in and around the Ipswich scene. I wanted to set the store up, not just as a shop, but as a central point for the BMX community in the Ipswich area.

How long have you been riding and how did you get into BMX?
I started riding bikes at a very early age, six or so. My Dad would always build me little ramps out of boards and bricks in the garden, and it grew from there. I started going to Landseer BMX track and raced a bit… we never had a skate park here in the late 90’s, so a lot of time was spent digging trails and dirt jumps around Foxhall woods. That’s it I guess, 32 now and still riding a kid’s bike, I plan to carry on for as long as I can continue to ride!

Favourite local spots to ride?
First has to be Ipswich skate park, as that’s really the main place to ride. A lot of street spots have disappeared over the years, but really I like to try and travel around a bit to keep riding different bits; Felixstowe, Bury St Edmunds or even further afield if work allows.

Dream BMX?
The bike I’m riding now, my S&M BTM frame. Easily the best bike I have ever ridden.

Favourite trick/stunt?
Anything that involves grinding at the moment I guess. I’m getting on and learning tricks is not as easy as it was, haha! I just like flowing about on my bike and having a laugh with the guys. That’s the important part of BMX for me. And skids too, everyone loves a skid or two.

If you didn’t own a BMX shop what would you most like to do?
Mostly, just be happy with what I have got and be content in what I’m doing. I’m really lucky in that this has been a dream of mine for easily 7 or 8 years so if I didn’t own the store, this would still be my ambition. That or lottery win…

What music floats your boat?
Real mixed bag for me. Any given day can see me listening to Johnny Cash one minute, Converge the next, bit of hip hop, Ray Charles, Rolling Stones, Carnifex… Simply put anything with real instruments and a bit of effort put in.

What’s an average day like?
Average day right now is work in the shop 9 - 5.30, bit of sweeping and a lot of coffee. Knock off work, go for a ride if the weather is good, and a drink or two at the pub with friends after. Simple but that’s all you need.

PC or Mac?
Mac all the way. Couldn’t get through the day without her, haha.

Favourite beverage?
Coke all the way. Massive Cola fiend. If there’s Sailor Jerrys in there too, all the better!

What would you most like to be doing right now?
Right this second, I’d like to be somewhere warm, sunny, on my bike with a bit of a BBQ going. Summer withdrawal symptoms have kicked in…

Any big plans coming up?
Got a few things in the works at the moment, have website in the making as I write this: with some very exciting plans for new stock arrivals coming in soon! Want to organise a Jam night at one of the local skate parks in the near future, but stay tuned to the website or our Facebook page for more details on that.

Relentless or Redbull?

Relentless all the way.

Anything else you’d like to say?
Just like to say a big thank you to every for supporting the shop and making the opening week a success. Special thanks to Ben Davies and Liam Stewart for all their help in the run up to the opening of the shop. Just keep riding your bikes, and remember where your local store is!



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