From the Archives: Rich Upjohn, 1998
Here’s one for the flatland folks. Rich Upjohn is something of a New England flatland BMX legend. If you rode BMX in the late 80s and 90s you’ve probably seen or or heard of Rich. You might have seen him in Freestylin’ magazine, or Kieran Chapman’s Wire ‘zine and video series. Rich has a fast style, with original tricks, many of which can only be done by a tall rider like himself (the cross-footed undertaker above is a good example). In the late ’80s, Rich, along with his mother, did wonders for the New England BMX scene by organizing an indoor riding spot during the winter months at a National Guard armory (they held some contests there as well). What’s really interesting about Rich is how he runs his bike… He’s always run it his way, and doesn’t follow the trends. He STILL runs an SR Spintech stem and rotor system from the 80s. In these photos you can see it. It’s 13 years later, and from what I’ve seen he’s still running it, and still killing the cross-footed undertaker. That’s awesome. In these shots he’s still riding a General RL Osborne frame, about 10 years after it’s release. Shortly thereafter he upgraded to a Powerlite frame, which he still rides today. These photos, like the photos of Sean Maher in the previous post, are from the unreleased Nine-Ninety issue 2. Check out the photos above, as well as another photo, larger after the jump. Note: that’s an authentic, straight out of 1998, on-camera flash vignette on those photos.