BSD Forever

Mike ‘Jersey’ Taylor

MIKE ‘JERSEY’ TAYLOR

Year of Birth?
1983

Current place of residence?
WZA

Where did you grow up and what’s your hometown like?
Warrington. It’s quite a large town in between two major cities. It’s nothing special but it’s close to all the things I like doing – riding motorbikes on tracks and riding mountain bikes in north Wales.

How old were you when you first started riding and what got you into it?
13 or 14 just. At school mates brought BMX mags in and there was a little jump we used to session. I didn’t really know what I was doing till I was about 16, a bit late in the BMX world these days lol!

What was the first BMX video you owned?
On the Down Low, but mates from Runcorn had bootleg copies of Soil, Props vids and Don’t Quit Your Day Job.

Early start or sleep in?
Early start. It annoys me feeling like half the days gone on trips sometimes.

You’ve been riding long enough to see street riding evolve over the years. What changes have you noticed for better or worse?
Bikes are a lot easier to ride! Street has also got a lot more technical and a lot more emphasis on how tricks look n how they are pulled. Sloppiness is very much the difference between a good rider and a great rider.

What riders originally inspired you?
Gonz, rat boy, Zach Sprinkle, Chris Toth, Ralph Sinisi, Grimaldo, Butcher, Luc E, Mike Tag, Van Homan and a hell of a lot more…

And who do you like watching ride now?
People I know, I don’t get a lot of time to just chill n watch videos. I occasionally look at The Come Up and see a screen shot of something sick and the video doesn’t live up to the screen shot.

How did you manage to survive a trip with the Yeti and Grant Smith and continue to want to be on BSD at the end of it?
I’m still having counciling now to deal with those deep issues…

One-and-done or one-hundred tries?
One n done.

Is balancing working full time with riding a challenge?
Yeah wish I could just ride it would be a lot easier on the body and I’d be able to ride a lot more but that’s life.

Tell us about rolling your ankle while BSD were on Props Megatour 10 but continuing to ride anyway.
As a bmxer you know your body. I’ve broke my ankles before so I knew it wasn’t broke and I hate hospitals. Not many times you’re gonna be on Megatour so I just stuck to doing one time bangers. If I crashed at least I didn’t have to worry about fucking my ankle.

What’s your thoughts on riding contests?
I like them but my body is so battered now I’d rather ride what I really love which are setups on street.

What’s your worst habit?
Riding wise probably injuring myself on something that I’m not stoked on. Life wise my diet, I have a sweet tooth.

What’s the hardest you’ve worked to get a clip?
The clips not out yet but it involves a span of three years, big crashes modifying the spot, dealing with bad light and fear.

Metals or plastics?
Metal (plastics if not possible with metal)

What does a typical BSD team trip consist of?
Laughs, banter, drama, beers, buddies, a trip song, a trip saying and crazy riding.

Style or stunts?
Stunts (I have no style)

In all your travels have you had any crazy situations kick off?
There always seem to be drama when Grant is about but on the first trip with G I had a fight with some dudes trying to follow us! Haha.

Night in or night out?
Night out if there’s no hangover.

Video part or web edit?
Video part. Web edits feel like it’s throw away.

Tell us about the genesis of your signature WZA frame, where the name came from and how you specced it up?
It started with all the problems of old frames and eliminating them. I’ve had to take the angle grinder to so many other frames because they were designed by someone who doesn’t ride street. If I find something that is causing a problem it’s cool because Grant will listen and trust me that I know what I’m doing with the design or an idea.

How do you like to run your setup?
Like my motorbikes, I mechanic my own bikes so trusting that everything is done up and tight at 160mph+. Everything is greased, tightened to the right torque, oiled n checked. I like my bike dialled.

Any final words?
Get out and ride, it doesn’t last forever, but BSD does…