Edwin De La Rosa reflects on 9/11

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"9/11 changed everything, not just bike riding in the city," says Animal Bikes/Skavenger pro Edwin De La Rosa.

Eleven years ago, Edwin De La Rosa was a 17-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y. based street rider, just starting to make waves on the BMX scene following features in Dig BMX Magazine, and video parts in the first Fit Bike Co.'s "F-it" and Ells Bells' "Rebirth." At the time, De La Rosa and his brand of street riding was well on its way to revolutionizing a new style of street riding. Along with friend Vic Ayala, Edwin would spend days in Manhattan, riding, filming and shooting photos.

In the early spring of 2001, N.J.-based component brand Animal Bikes was beginning to work on their first video, and De La Rosa was hard at work on his section for the video throughout the summer.

Then, on September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked the World Trade Center, and within minutes, life had changed in New York City. Edwin De La Rosa was on Bleecker Street, a mile away from the World Trade Center.

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