My name is Brett Middaugh. I was born in 1966 and in 1979 I became one of a group that was the first generation of BMX riders. Through my years in the lifestyle – sport I have held many hats. Racer, freestyler, dirt jumper, ramp rider, flatlander, street rider, park rider, announcer, tour manager, magazine editor, contest organizer…you name it, I’ve probably had a hand in doing it in BMX.
The one thing I never was though, was a well known name in the industry. I was always content to hang back and do my thing in NJ for the local guys and gals to help make the scene happen.
In 2005 I started a website called “brokenspokes.net“. Over the course of a few years it blew up the racing scene until in late 2007, I called it quits due to the drama of BMX racing in NJ at that time. After that I went on to found BMXNJ.com and BMXNJ Magazine and ran those from 2008 to 2013 when I realized that, nearing my late 40’s in BMX, I had outlived my usefulness in a sport that is clearly meant for much younger people. At that point I even put down my life memoirs of BMX in a book I called “The Average BMXer“.
As I neared 50 this past year in 2015, I realized that although I had become a bit codgy in my dealings with BMX in NJ, I still had a huge spot in my heart for what I grew up and grew middle aged doing. So with a renewed interest in BMX, I decided to start BMXNJ back up again. This time though just as a small site, not to travel all over going to contests and events but a place that could be used by the locals to gather for BMX info in NJ.
So here it is, in all its small glory. If you are reading this, involved in BMX in NJ and would like to contribute to the site in any way, from photos to videos, art or even some words, drop me a line and I will hook you up with an account to put content on here.
BMX was my life for a long time and I hope to see it continue for years to come with new generations taking over the helm.
Who is this guy?…