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"Wonder Wheels" on the Move

   
           
 

COLUMBIA, MIssouri - They call themselves "Wonder Wheels," traveling the world turning heads with BMX bikes.

These stunt artists call concrete their canvas.

"We'll spend night alone in a parking lot or parking garage or wherever we're at practicing and you'll actually have people roll up and watch you for hours. They'll sit there in a car and just watch you," said BMX rider Bill Nitschke. "We're doing things that no one's ever done on a BMX bike before."
For this demonstration, they landed at Rock Bridge Elementary.

"You hit the jump and the ground just drops away. And you're like 'man I'm pretty high.' And you see the landing like floating like 20 feet away and you're like 'man that's pretty. far am I going to make that?" said Brian Strieby, another BMX stunt artist.

Added Nitschke, "There are still millions of people who have never seen this and they are blown away."

Together, Brian Strieby and Bill Nitschke say they know more than a thousand tricks; including one Bill invented in the Burger King parking lot.

"So we call it the whopper. A whopper is the bunny hop with a tailwhip," said Nitschke.

Nitschke and his buddy Brian, a 25 year veteran of the sport of BMX, are pedaling more than just bike tricks.

"What we're talking about today can and will save your life," Nitschke claims.

When Bill was in sixth grade, a boy tried to lead him down a different path. He talks to kids about what it feels like to be tempted.

"So this eighth grader came up to me and offered me something commonly known as drugs. So I had a choice to make. Do I do drugs and ruin my life or do I keep sticking to my goals and dreams?"

Bill and Brian credit their drug-free lifestyles with ramping up their professional careers, including placing in the top ten in the X games.

"These kids are faced with something and I tell them you have a choice. You can do drugs and ruin your life or you can stick to your goals and dreams and be somebody someday. Be the best in the world at what you do. "

Perhaps invent a whopper. It all depends on how you want to land.

Wonder wheels also talks to kids about the importance of wearing helmets. The team is based out of Indiana.

Reported by: Sarah Hill
Photojournalist: Scott Schaefer
Posted by: Brendan Marks

Published: Monday, May 19, 2008 at 8:59 PM
Last Updated: Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 11:04 AM

 


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