Top Australian rider Andrew Dickey has just released an amazing new street video, Black Bike Vol. 1, which shows off his incredible talent and apparent lack of fear and has caused a bit of a stir online in the few hours since it was released. We interviewed him several weeks ago following the release of his previous video, Art of Bike, in which he showed his skill not only for riding his bike but for putting together a decent video, and here’s the English version of that interview. So who is Andrew Dickey? Photos: Lewis Greenhalgh, Owen Gwilliam.
Hi Andrew, your video, Art of Bike, really impressed us! You’re the current Australian Elite 26” Champion, but are relatively unknown in this hemisphere. Can you introduce yourself to our readers?
I started riding trials in 1997, I’ve won 7 national championships in 26" and 6 in 20". I’m 26 years old and work as a carpenter.
That’s an impressive collection of titles! A carpenter, no wonder the wooden obstacles in your videos are so well made! Does trials take up a large part of your daily life?
I ride 3 to 4 times a week, maybe average 10 hours total. Yeah I’ve built a good trials course in my backyard, great for making hard and interesting lines.
Cool, we’ll look forward to hearing about those in due course! You’re a competitor, but you also ride a fair bit of street; is that an important part of your training? Which do you prefer, street or natural?
I think both types are important - to be a good rider I think you need to ride as much different terrain as possible. Street is good for practicing technique, with clean edges - natural is good because it is less uniform so you learn how to use the shape of the obstacle to your advantage. I probably ride equal parts natural, street and in my backyard.
What do you think about pure street trials riding, which is becoming more popular in Europe, thanks in part to Danny MacAskill and his success? What do you make of Danny and his videos?
He is a amazing rider and makes cool vids. Personally I prefer more pure trials, where the focus is on the difficulty of the line rather than what trick you can do on it. I see trials as closer to rock climbing rather than parkour
All the top comp riders, especially Kenny because he has a versatile riding style.
What’s your opinion of pure trials in Europe and events like K-124 Days or the World Cups? Have you already been to Europe to ride with the top riders, or do you plan to come in the future?
Yeah, these are my favourite sorts of events, but it’s hard to do them being from Australia, because it’s so far/expensive to travel to them. Maybe I’ll plan a holiday where I can do some world cups next year or the year after.
Cool! Who are the riders that you train with in Australia then?
There is a good trials scene in Melbourne, I ride mainly with Joe Brewer, Nathan Mummery, Paul Gerloff and Owen Gwilliam. We also have a weekly trials ride in the city every Tuesday night with up to 10 riders.
What are your goals for next season? Australian Championship takes place in early 2012 right?
Yeah the Australian Champs is the most important comp in Australia by far - Joe and I have had some good battles in the past so it should be good next year. Andrew went on to win the Elite title in the Australian Championship following this interview – see our article on the video.
This video was an idea i had about 3 months ago. I like having a theme- I already did “Indus[trial]”, and had seen a few good lines on sculptures around Melbourne so I thought it would be cool to do a vid all on public artwork. I just wanted to do something a bit different to other trials videos - it’s fun to find lines when your options become limited a bit, like in the case of "Art of bike" it made me find lines on things I usually wouldn’t ride.
Paul Gerloff wasn’t involved in the project, contrary to what we’d originally thought, it was you and your girlfriend Gemma who filmed the video…
Yeah, he’s a good rider and friend, plus makes some good videos. He’s helped me with filming in the past, but wasn’t involved in filming this one. I think he’s just started work on a new project so hopefully you’ll see a new video from him soon... The video was filmed by my girlfriend Gemma and I, over about 2 months when we had spare time and the weather was good, until i had found enough good lines that fit the theme. I enjoy the editing side of making videos- finding music that fits, making intros…
Well, you both did a great job! Moving on, do you have any other hobbies and passions in your life, other than trials?
Making new obstacles for my trials course!
You contact us regularly with you new videos, are you a fan of Tribal Zine?
Yeah it’s good, thanks for doing it!
We’re also big fans of yours! Give us your address and we’ll send you one of our new shirts. Good luck for the future and keep in touch!
Thanks that would be good, always good to have riding t-shirts!
Some more photos of the Australian Championin training, by Lewis Greenhalgh & Owen Gwilliam.