Josh Boothby

From the moment I wake up, I ride my bike.

Fixed gear freestyle rider Josh Boothby in San Francisco
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Hi, my name is Josh Boothby. My discipline is Fixed Gear Freestyle. I was born on 20 October 1985 in Hayward, California. My philosophy of life is don't ever give up. The most important person in my life is my mom. My favourite food is chow mein. My favourite music is anything that puts me in a good mood.


Doing tricks on fixed gear bikes may be a niche sport, but Josh Boothby is at the forefront of it, and he’s helping his sport grow in popularity. “I think realistically in the next few years, we’re going to see fixed gears everywhere,” Josh says. “It’s going to go from student-based subculture to global phenomenon.”

Josh, who grew up riding BMX in Hayward, California, started riding fixies when he was 24 years old. Within the first eight hours of getting on his first fixed gear, he already had an edit online of him doing tricks people had never seen before. In 2012, he became one of the first fixed gear riders to land a backflip, and now he’s working on landing double backflips, front flips and more.

The founder of a fixed gear contest called the AFC Uproar, Josh is doing his part to help grow his sport. “I can help dictate how this sport is perceived,” he says. “I can help open doors for others.”

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