If there's one shared memory of childhood that seems to be pervasive amongst the MTV generation it's gotta be the Big Wheel. The fixed gear king of scraped elbows, bruised tailbones, and mini ramps was one of the signs of summer. It really was a sensory explosion. The feel of the injection-molded grips, the sound of the plastic on the pavement you could hear from two blocks a way, and the sight of your mom racing after you with the antibacterial spray. Growing up in Wisconsin was a particular benefit to owning a big wheel as the salt and sand meant to keep cars on the road in winter provided the perfect mix to ensure you could spin your big wheel right off of it in the spring if you could conger enough speed. 360? Try 1080.
It's also true that some people never grow up. That's why Trek introduced the "Mod" a few years back. Our product manager was once quoted when talking about the Mod that he wanted to create bike that was "Perfect for a 5 year old or a drunk uncle." Mission accomplished. The great thing about the Mod is that it stays true to the Big Wheel soul but has a few of the missing components like hand brakes and a rubber front wheel. Granted those are some nice features but I don't think we ever had in mind what X-Games King, Travis Pastrana did with it. Trek Mod. Perfect for 5 year olds and 45 feet gap jump backflips.
Disclaimer: Trek had nothing to do with the making of this video. It's just something I stumbled upon while on Youtube one day. DO NOT TRY TO DO THIS. EVER.