The Art of the Handrail

In 1990, 18-year-old Mat Hoffman blew the collective minds of all BMX fans by sliding a double peg grind down a San Diego rail. Twenty years later, the level of progression is through the roof. From grinding up rails to riding down rails, handrails are no longer a one-way, grind-only maneuver. And the beauty of the handrail -- from tiny ones to epic Brian Kachinsky monsters -- is that no two rails are created alike. You could literally spend your entire life searching for new rails to grind, and never tire of the rush felt after that first time going down (or up) the rail. Here's to twenty years of handrails. (Photos by: Romanowski, Pavia and Kosman)