Biking on one wheel is taking over big cities


Josh Harrington

Bike outs are pretty popular on the northeast coast.

Deep in the suburbs of the Northeast Coast, a thriving subculture is emerging on two wheels, or maybe one. 

The Bike Life movement started with teens on their bikes, wheelie-ing around the city with their friends. Recording their tricks and ride-outs with their friends to post on social media. One of the original bikers that started this whole movement was Darnell Meyers or more famously known as Dblocks. Dblocks’s legend started with his videographer friend recording his insane biking and wheelie skills on SE Bikes that were perfect for performing wheelies. From there, a person involved with the SE Bikes brand noticed a large amount of attention these videos were getting and immediately got in contact with Dblocks. The company flew Dblocks out to California and from there he was able to get his signature bike with the company and the rest is history.

Dblocks on bike

Biking OG, Dblocks, on his signature bike performing a wheelie in the city streets

Mohammed Trawally, a member of the Cycle Squad Maniaccs, a group of bikers sponsored by the SE Bikes company

Used as a way to get out of the struggles of inner-city life, the bike life movement has always had good intentions of giving young teens a hobby that they can share with their friends. In the city,  many kids are surrounded by violence, drugs, or gentrification from surrounding neighborhoods or their homes. Many riders dream of having sponsorships or deals with the bike manufacturers as a way to make it out of these lives and onto better ones by doing what they love.

The attraction of biking in large groups has led to huge biking outings called “ride-outs.” Hundreds and maybe even thousands of bikers of all different walks of life come together to bike in big groups through major cities. 

Given the nature of biking in large groups, the ride-outs can be seen as a danger to not only the groups of bikers but pedestrians and drivers. Often, police officers get involved in these ride-outs, claiming to be there to stop potential hazards. Many bikers see the resistance to letting bikers have ride-outs, as systematic oppression to people of color. Seeing many Latino or African-American bike groups can only be seen as a nuisance to the public because of their large sizes and the threat they pose to the law and order of the streets.  

Bikers find new and creative tricks to show off on the streets, on social media, or just for their groups of friends.