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Life Behind Bars

Real Estate Agent with Crown Key Realty

My son who is 16, has spent the last 25 months of his life behind bars. Not the bars you may be thinking, but behind a set of handle bars. His mantra is now, “life behind bars”. Two years ago he took up BMX bike riding. Not racing but what is called in BMX circles “street and park” riding. I encouraged him to ride as I have riding most of my life and found it to be a great sport. Here is the rub. When I rode my goal was to keep the wheels on the ground and to go straight as far and fast as possible. His goals is to get the wheels off the ground and to maneuver in the air in impossible ways.

The trick in the picture is called a hand plant as he goes up and over a small wall. He is doing what I always had hopped to avoid. It is amazing to me to watch him riding along in a straight line and suddenly see him and the bike jump into the air, do a complete 360 and keep going as if that’s normal.Hand Plant


He wears shin and knee pads and of course a helmet but injures one body part or another almost ever week. So far only two hospital trips and one broken bone. This is how he hopes to make a living and there is a lot of money available for the top riders. I thought about encouraging him to become a Realtor, but then I realized that all we get to do is jump through hoops while he get to a wide range of tricks.


My name is Dale E. Bledsoe with Crown Key Realty and as always I maybe reached at 209-481-6031. This blog comes under the heading of a very proud dad. 

Comments (10)

Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
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That is more than I have ever done on a bike except if crashing.

Jul 16, 2012 02:41 AM
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
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I watched some of these kids - ( some were in their 20s ) at a 'bike park' in St George.  Wow!  They are doing that stuff on purpose - and the place was packed, I didn't see any crashes, they were all doing stunts and interweaving on the ramp things at the same time.

Jul 16, 2012 02:46 AM
Fernando Herboso - Associate Broker MD, & VA
Maxus Realty Group of Samson Properties - Clarksburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

It is after all our roles as parents to point them into their passion to preserve assurance of a good life. .that trick is amazing. .he must be very talented. .

Jul 16, 2012 02:51 AM
Steven Nickens
Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

Kids will be kids.

Jul 16, 2012 03:40 AM
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

We used to jump our bikes (grew up watching Evil Knievel), but our bikes were too heavy for the type of stunts they do today.

Jul 16, 2012 03:49 AM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Dale, I love your sense of humor and style of writing..................the last line of your post is priceless.

I thought about encouraging him to become a Realtor, but then I realized that all we get to do is jump through hoops while he get to a wide range of tricks.

Jul 16, 2012 08:53 AM
Doug Rogers
RE/MAX Coastal Properties - Destin, FL
Your Real Estate Resource!

That looks fun. I remember as a kid BMX bikes will all the rage, for off road riding. If you bike did not say "track certified" it meant your parents didn't love you. Those were the days!

Jul 16, 2012 09:12 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
LoKation Real Estate - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

Dale, That's amazing!  Your title really drew me in but, to be honest, as a mother, I would have a hard time watching this.  I wish him great success.

Jul 16, 2012 11:58 AM
John Cannata
214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

Well I am certainly glad you didnt mean the other type of bars.

Jul 30, 2012 05:07 AM
Mike Young
203kOnLine.com, covering the USA - Stallings, NC
FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1809

live behind bars,,, wow, I was feeling bad for you when I first started reading. Thanks for not going where we expected.

Jul 31, 2012 03:55 AM