Props Road Fools 1 -- Where are they now?
Props 'Road Fools '98' cast
Clockwise rom left: Derek Adams, Jerky, John Paul Rogers, Joe Rich, Dave Freimuth, Robbie Morales, Jimmy Levan, Marco Massei, Chris Rye, Taj Mihelich, Sandy Carson.
Robbie Morales, London, UK
Following "Road Fools 1," Robbie Morales was originally supposed to join forces with Levan on Metal Bikes, but instead joined the Terrible One team, and enjoyed several years of success as a pro for T-1, Fox, Etnies, DC and Vans. After leaving T-1 in 2000, Morales joined forces with Chris Moeller to create Fit Bike Co.
Dave Freimuth, Post-crash, Germany
Following "Road Fools 1," Dave Freimuth went on to ride for Huffy for several years, followed by MacNeil Bikes (where he had a signature frame) and Colony. Now 42, Freimuth doesn't enjoy a wealth of coverage in the BMX media anymore, but his BMX abilities laid the groundwork for technical skatepark riding through the '90s and early '00s.
Freimuth etnies ad
The rail Dave Freimuth bombed while in Roswell, New Mexico on the first Road Fools trip went on to become an etnies ad sometime in 1998.
Jimmy Levan, Austin, Texas
Following "Road Fools 1," Jimmy Levan started Metal Bikes BMX brand, which enjoyed success with the help of several co-owners and an eclectic team, including Sean Burns. Levan was sponsored by Odyssey, DuFFS Footwear, but endured several severe injuries which sidelined him from riding through the late '00s.
In 2007, Levan fell while skateboarding in New Jersey and experienced a traumatic brain injury. After recovering, Levan was struck by a car in Seattle, Wash. and broke his leg. Last year, Levan was filming for Fuel's 'Built To Shred' when he fell and broke his pelvis.
Following "Road Fools 1," Joe Rich joined forces with fellow RF1 participant Taj Mihelich and created a new bike company dubbed Terrible One. Rich enjoyed close to a decade as a top pro for T-1, Etnies Footwear (designing several signature shoes), Primo and Fox Racing.
In the early '00s, still caught up with the travel bug, Joe Rich and fellow T-1 riders embarked on a Terrible One world tour, which produced the full-length T-1 DVD "You Get What You Get." Rich continues to travel, shoot photography, edit video, and occasionally judge contests such as the X Games.
Robbie Morales, second from right, at the premiere of Empire BMX's "Bad Idea" video in 2011.
Following "Road Fools 1," Sandy Carson appeared in "Road Fools 2" and after a short stint on Metal Bikes, found a home with U.K. upstart brand Federal Bikes. Carson enjoyed years as a top pro for Federal, Primo and Etnies Footwear, while also working as a photographer and editor at Dig BMX Magazine.
By 2006, Carson joined the Terrible One team, and now rides for fun while hustling freelance photography jobs for a variety of outlets. Carson has also produced a full-length photography book entitled 'Paradise Has Relocated.'
Following "Road Fools 1," Taj Mihelich joined forces with fellow RF1 participant Joe Rich and created a new bike company dubbed Terrible One. Mihelich enjoyed close to a decade as a top pro for T-1, Etnies Footwear (designing several signature shoes), Primo and Fox Racing.
Taj Mihelich, Redwoods
Mihelich experienced career-ending back injuries for which he underwent extensive surgery. After not being able to return to BMX, Mihelich worked with Odyssey BMX to create Fairdale, a line of commuter and touring bicycles that incorporate BMX technology into larger, non-BMX bikes.