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Thursday, March 3, 2011
Bike Check: Angie Marino's BSD Trailorpark

Angie Marino and Niki Croft, laundry session. Launch Angie Marino Bike Check »

On a recent trip to Austin, Texas, BSD team rider Angie Marino stopped by the T-1 ramps to get a stylish box jump session in. Originally from the Buffalo area, 20-year-old Marino is one of many up and coming female rippers that shreds a BMX bike. But riding in the humid Austin climate, even in the dead of winter, means a laundry day is necessary before making the trip back home. So Angie, The Make pro Niki Croft and BSD team manager Grant Smith met up with photographer Sandy Carson at a laundromat to shoot a not-so-traditional bike check. This is Angie Marino, her all-chrome BSD Trailorpark setup, and some looseness inside an Austin, Texas area laundromat.

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Frame: BSD TrailorPark
Fork: BSD Ghetto Forks
Bars: BSD Highlander Bars
Stem: BSD Toploader
Wheels: Rims- Odyssey 7KA Hubs- Profile Mini
Cranks: Eclat Tibia
Pedals: Fly Ruben
Sprocket: BSD Superlite
Chain: KMC
Brakes: Fly
Tires: Front- Odyssey Aitken Back- Odyssey Path
Seat: BSD Wingthing
Grips: ODI Longneck
Extras: My lucky magnet I found on the ground about three years ago. How did you get into riding? I heard something about a pond?
Marino: My dad got my brother and I into racing when I was about 6 or 7. I raced for almost ten years. I didn't get into riding trails and parks until I was 15. My brother would always take me to the skatepark to watch him and I always wanted to try. The one day he came home from the trails with a chrome GT Mach 1 that he got out of the pond by the trails and that was my first "freestyle" bike.

What's your preferred style of riding?
Smooth, fast, high with a smile.

Do you do your laundry at laundromats or at home usually?
Usually at home.

Does Niki Croft know how to fold his clothes or does he just throw it back in the bag?
He's a lot more together than ya think.

How did you get on BSD?
I was on a Europe trip in 2009 and went to Scotland. I stayed at Unit 23 for about a week. I think like the first day or so, BSD's Grant Smith was at the park riding. We were riding hall one together and the first time I dropped in and jumped the box, he got all excited and was running around making fun of all the dudes, because apparently I jumped better than them. And then he just asked if I wanted to be on the team.

Angie, Niki Croft and BSD team manager Grant Smith shoot the breeze. Launch Angie Marino Bike Check »

And why is Grant Smith hanging out of the washer in your bike check?
Hahhaha, why wouldn't he be is the real question? Grant is rad and that just sums up his crazy life.

Was it difficult to piece together an entirely chrome bike?
Not really, it was kind of on accident actually.

What's your favorite thing about your bike?
It always runs really nice and smooth.

Do you ever ride pegs or do you prefer to keep it simpler?
I think I had pegs on my bike once for about 15 minutes and then took them off. It's was never my thing, maybe in the future, but for now I like to keep it simple.

Can you explain the magnet on your top tube?
It's my lucky magnet! I found it on the ground a few years ago and has just been on my bike since. Made it through some pretty bad rain and snow storms.

If you had to sum up your setup in a few words, what would you say?
My shiny shiny.

Finally, any special modifications we can't see?
Nope! I think it's bad luck to cut down bars and such. Straight up and simple!