As a sponsored FGFS rider, Service has every right to stick with that attitude. Local company Velo City Bags and California-based Destroy Bikes both hook him up with parts, and he’s grateful for their help in “keeping my bike sick-looking.” He’s currently rollin’ on a black Destroy frame, faded to “raw” on the back end, with tan wall tires, handlebars and, of course, a pair of trusty Velo City straps. When you ride big like Service, who is constantly in need of replacement handlebars, spokes and pedals, “bro-diddly” hook-ups from quality brands keep you on the road.
Service landed that kind of sweet deal in part thanks to the FOAD crew, which includes long-time local rippers Sam Allgood, Jackson Bradshaw, Parker Thompson and the star of the next generation of bike gang bangers, his own little bro, Izik Service. These boys are constantly filming quality edits, which you can check out on foadfixed.com.
This year’s been a busy one for Service. In addition to graduating from high school, he attended the Red Bull Ride + Style in April, a fixed-gear and urban arts festival in San Francisco. On this trip, he was invited, along with his bro, to meet up with Daniel Torres and the Destroy crew for a trick sesh at the infamous 3rd and Army in San Francisco. You can check out the edit from that ride on FOAD’s website.
Like most cyclists living elsewhere, Service looks to bicycle-booming cities like San Francisco and “Fixie Factory” (look it up on Vimeo) riders like Joe McKeag and Tom LaMarche for inspiration. “You go out there, and there’s a group of 30 kids around [on fixed gears], and you see kids on every corner that have one,” he says. It’s thanks to him and the FOAD crew that FGFS hasn’t died out completely in Salt Lake, and unlike his predecessors, he doesn’t plan to bail. His love for fixed-gear freestyle is rooted here, and he hopes to spread it by example. “[I plan to] just have fun and keep filming, and try to get more people to do it, get the scene bigger in Utah,” he says.
Service is currently working on “trying to get my bar spins on lock-down and off of stuff: stair sets and drops,” he says. When it comes down to it, though, he and the FOAD crew are just out to have a good time, and that positive sentiment and camaraderie is infectious when you meet them and watch their vids. See it for yourself on foadfixed.com, or like ‘em on facebook.com/foadfixed. Fuck off and die, y’all.