Interview With BMX Pro Rider Kevin Robinson | STACK

Interview With BMX Pro Rider Kevin Robinson

October 1, 2009 | Featured in the October 2009 Issue

No, a Renaissance man is not a guy wearing tights and a ruffled shirt; it’s someone who is accomplished and knowledgeable in a variety of activities—like BMX pro rider, Kevin Robinson, who’s been pedaling his bike for more than 26 years. More than your average action sports junkie, Robinson is also a loving husband, caring father, amateur bodybuilder, country music singer, golfer, role model and entrepreneur.

STACK recently spent a day with this modern-day Renaissance man to see what life is like for someone who does it all.

STACK: What separates you from other BMX riders?
Kevin Robinson:
My whole life has been about going left when everyone else is going right. A group of guys will all be riding; one person starts learning one trick, and then they all start working on it. I pride myself on the fact that when they’re all doing [that one thing], I go and work on my own trick.

I really want to make the stuff I do unique. You see [the Double Flair] and think “Kevin Robinson,” because that’s a trick I came up with. I’ve done that with everything. With lifting weights, everyone was like, “You’re lifting weights and ride bikes?” And I would be like, “Yeah.” I just do my own thing, and I don’t worry about [how] everybody else is judging me.

STACK: What type of bike do you ride and how do you like to set it up?
KR:
I ride a Hoffman Condor [a purple one, courtesy of his daughter]. The bike is designed for vert. I run my bars the way I want to run my bars; I run my seat a little higher then everyone else; and I run about 120 psi, so the tires are really hard. I don’t like my pedals spinning when I take my feet off, so I keep them kind of tight. There are always the little things that you like, like the way your brakes feel, that make your bike unique.

STACK: Action athletes aren’t typically gym rats. How did you get involved in weight training?
KR:
My [identical twin] brothers are into bodybuilding. Back in the day, it was a big Arnold [Schwarzenegger] era. They would always push me to start lifting weights, and [they told me] it would help with my bike riding. I never really listened to them. Then as time went on, as I got older, I started to notice that I was getting hurt all the time and [that I] started to break things every time I fell. I started working out, and all of a sudden I was noticing changes in riding my bike. I started getting more comfortable on my bike; I could control my bike better; I wasn’t getting injured so often; I could take more of a hit. And when I would get injured, I noticed the recovery time was much shorter—[all by] working out and with proper nutrition.

STACK: So I heard you also sing country, another atypical BMXer activity.
KR:
I sing country music—and I actually sing it well, I think. My favorite band is Pennywise, and I listen to rap, too. People always look at me like, “You sing country music?” I say, “Yep. Does it bother you?”

STACK: I’ve noticed that you’re a big family man. How difficult is balancing family life with your line of work?
KR:
The great thing about what I do is that we have an offseason. All winter long, I get to be home with my kids and play and hang out with them. It’s tough having to travel and stuff, ’cause I have to leave them. I try to take them with me at times and share with them the experience.

STACK: Do you plan on hanging up the bike any time soon?
KR:
Riding my bike is who I am; it’s not a hobby. It’s who I’ve been for almost 30 years, [and] I can’t just stop being who I am. I’ll always ride my bike—until the day I physically can’t do it anymore. My body has been through a lot; but I’ll continue to take care of myself working out hard, eating right and riding my bike.

Matt Siracusa
Matt Siracusa
More Cool Stuff You'll Like

Greene

Kelly Clark: Strong Enough to Fly

The 14 Most Beastly Plays of 2014

The Definitive Guide to the World's Dumbest Sport

Exercises to Prepare Your Muscles for Winter Sports

On the Board With Paul Rodriguez

Amazing 6-Year-Old Surfer Girl Will Brighten Your Day

Steve McCann Talks Mongoose Jam and BMX

Hawaii Sanctions Surfing As Official High School Sport

Update: GoPro HD Hero3 Black

The 6 Laziest People Who Have Ever Stepped into a Gym

The 5 Biggest Rule Changes in Sports History

Fearless Femme: Pro Mountain Biker Georgia Gould

Ben Snowden

In Memoriam: Sarah Burke, 1982-2012

Ranking Top Athletes' Health by the Products They Endorse

Off the Waves With Pro Surfer Carissa Moore

4 Tips to Help You Dominate Your Fantasy Basketball League

Red Bull X Fighters Defy Gravity in SoCal

The Ol' Scottish Cement Bag Trick Is the Best

CrossFit . . . For Dogs

Walk the Line: The Art of Slacklining

Brian Deegan: Training to Be Indestructible

The Best Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals for Athletes

Nike Unveils Uniforms for First College Football Playoff

Tune Up Your Half-Pipe With Advice From Louie Vito

Introducing the Football You Can Throw 100+ Yards

Nike SB: The Bird Is The Word 2010 European Demo Tour

WATCH: High School RB Dominates Game With Only 5 Carries

Speed Climbing Looks Awesome and Insanely Dangerous

Fearless Femme: Pro Freeskier Roz G

WATCH: The Most Breathtaking Mountain Bike Video Ever

WATCH: 5-Foot-2 Guard Drops 41 Points

Cold? Try the Columbia Diamond 890 Turbodown Hooded Down Jacket

The 5 Worst NFL Performances on Thanksgiving

Nike 6.0 "Leave A Message" Movie Trailer

The Saddest CrossFit Fail Ever

Watch Shaun White's Perfect Snowboard Superpipe Run

New Mississippi State Egg Bowl Uniforms Are Certified Fresh

WATCH: Serena Williams' Skills on the Ice

Fitness Fail: Dance, Dance Revolution

The 10 Best Athlete Mustaches of All Time, in Honor of Movember

Wingsuit Flyers Soar Over Manhattan

The Push-Up Variations You Should Never, Ever Do

Surf's Up With New Rip Curl Search GPS Surf Watch

Nike and Pushead Team Up for Specimen Collection

Training to Hit the Slopes With Ellery Hollingsworth

The Athlete's Guide to the Slopes

Score Some Fancy Footwear With Reebok's Black Friday Sale

Fearless Femme: Freeskier Angeli Vanlaanen

Here's Your First Look at the 2015 NBA All-Star Uniforms

Go Harder With MIPS Helmet Technology