Seth’s Bike Hacks: The Trail to YouTube Fame

first_imgMeet Seth Alvo, founder of Seth’s Bike Hacks – one of the most popular mountain bike channels in the world He’s clearly being modest, and he’s a far better rider than most of us will ever be. Many of his videos include screaming fast downhills or huge jumps, and there’s even one where he learns to backflip. While the average rider may never have a backflip in their bag of tricks, Alvo makes an important point. His videos are entertaining and easy to relate to because he isn’t putting on any airs. He caters to riders of all skill levels, and he keeps it real by frequently showing his failures right next to his successes. While he regularly collaborates with other mountain bike channels, Seth’s Bike Hacks is a one man show with a demanding production schedule. Monday and Tuesday are shooting days, and he spends Tuesday night organizing footage meticulously. Wednesday involves writing the video script, recording a voiceover, and editing it into a polished form. It’s frequently a 16-hour day, but it’s a detail that differentiates his videos and gives them a professional touch. Thursday is an editing day that begins at 6am, and he does his best to finish by 2pm because he’s just worked a marathon. Friday is an administrative day, reserved for emails, calls, meetings, and contracts. Of all places, Seth’s Bike Hacks emerged from the flatlands of Florida. Alvo had started doing web development on the side, but by his mid-20’s he was doing it full-time and he had started his own company. Business was good, so he moved to Florida, where he figured he could afford a house. It turns out it’s only cheap relative to New York, but the weather was always great. He was working in coffee shops as a web developer and riding his bike in his free time. Everything was great living in the Miami metro area, until it wasn’t enough. Alvo’s introduction to mountain biking occurred in Long Island with his dad. There were no mountains, but they had a few hills and a small bike trail a few miles from the house. At the time, he had no idea how serious some people were about the sport, but he was certain of one thing: “Road biking was for losers, so of course we were mountain biking.” Chuckling, he admits that “now my views are a little more nuanced.” Alvo has come a long way since starting his channel, and his following continues to grow. The next generation of riders is emerging, and they’re getting their information on trails, bikes, and tricks from YouTube. Alvo might never compete in Red Bull Rampage and glamorous edits of those top-tier riders will always have their place, but the comments on his videos prove that he inspires people to get out and ride a bike. Without a doubt, Alvo and Seth’s Bike Hacks are going to continue to make waves in the mountain biking world. YouTube is powerful because it puts the choice of what to watch directly in the hands of the audience. The results are profound. “The thing is, when you just put a bunch of stuff out there and you let the audience choose for themselves, it turns out that they like people that are genuine. They can see themselves doing what I’m doing. I’m a short Jewish dude from New York with gray beard hair — I don’t look like an athlete. It’s more inspiring when they see me do it than when they see a god do it. I think that’s the case with every category on YouTube. There’s somebody who fills that niche.” If you’ve ever searched for mountain biking videos on YouTube, you’ve seen the work of Seth Alvo. Today, the creator of Seth’s Bike Hacks has a following of more than 1.1 million subscribers, making his channel the second biggest devoted to mountain biking and the biggest one-man show by far. Like most YouTube success stories, he didn’t plan for it to turn out that way. Fans of Seth’s Bike Hacks recognized they had found something special, and they regularly told him he should have a lot more subscribers. His response? “What’s a subscriber?” While he had no clue what he was doing on YouTube, he would wake up every morning to an inbox full of video requests, which validated the time and effort that he put into each edit. “I really enjoy editing and putting stuff together. I like being creative, and of course, I love mountain biking.” “I just really caught the mountain biking bug again, hard, and I was itching for more variety. I stayed in Florida as long as I did thanks to the incredible trail work done by builders in the area.” Trail systems like Santos and Markham featured not only great jump lines but extensive North Shore-style elements to get riders around or over the sand and mud pits that are part of the Florida landscape. In fact, when Alvo first rode at Vancouver’s Mount Fromme, he felt right at home. “I had already ridden stuff like that before. There’s just a lot more gravity involved up there.” Still, Florida was no Fromme, and Alvo started his YouTube channel because he was bored. In the early days, it was mostly repair tips, tutorials, product reviews, and backyard shenanigans. It wasn’t long until he had built up a small but passionate following and he felt obligated to continue. Alvo has worked quite a few different jobs, and while he wouldn’t trade his current profession for any of them, he’s not just raking Benjamins into a plastic bag four times a month. “It’s actually working like crazy to come up with ideas, get people together, organize things, make things happen.”center_img The more time he spent on two wheels, the more types of riding crept into his life. If you’ve watched his videos, you won’t be surprised to learn that he discovered street and BMX riding in middle school and it was his main focus through his high school years. It’s clear from his crisp style and tolerance for risk — both things that would come in handy for starting his channel. It took Alvo a long time to consider the possibility of making a living with his videos. He got to 10,000 subscribers and hadn’t even turned YouTube’s monetization feature on. “I kind of felt bad about it, but I turned it on just to see what would happen.” He was expecting a payout of pennies on the dollar, but the first month he earned $350. With the channel experiencing steady growth, it wasn’t hard to extrapolate what might happen if he kept the pedal to the floor. Alvo had just gotten married in 2016 and he and his wife were itching for a move. They honeymooned in Alaska. It was the first time she had seen mountains, and she didn’t want to leave. With her job in the medical world and his burgeoning YouTube channel, the pair realized they could live anywhere they wanted. Seth's Bike Hacks These days, there are quite a few mountain bikers with YouTube channels, but no individual has achieved anywhere close to the following of Seth’s Bike Hacks. Not surprisingly, people have lots of different notions about the life of a professional YouTuber and what it takes to be successful. “When people watch my YouTube videos, they don’t see everything going on behind the scenes. Naturally, they assume that my job is really easy and that it was all luck that got me here. All YouTubers experience it. As a viewer, it’s hard not to see a self-important asshole with a vlogging camera pointed at themselves just hitting record and walking around all day.” The reality is far different. After some deliberation and a quick visit, Asheville, N.C. seemed like a perfect fit. It was halfway between their families in New York and Florida, it offered year-round riding opportunities, and it was cheaper than options like Colorado and California. What followed was a huge leap of faith, but Alvo had to trust his projections. The pair sold their Florida house in just a week and moved to Asheville that April. “Now that I’ve discovered how good the riding really is here, I’m just so glad.” When he’s not enjoying the huge variety of trails that Brevard has to offer, Alvo loves going to Tennessee to ride Windrock Bike Park, which he calls “Pisgah on bath salts. It’s so raw, and you’re free to shred harder because they’re dedicated bike trails.” “I run it like a business. If you want it to be a living and you want it to be long term, you have to take it seriously. It’s work, and the hardest part is that most people don’t think of it that way.” How can he be so sure? All it takes is a glimpse into his inbox to see that viewers think he has unlimited time. He gets bombarded with questions about which bike someone should get based on their specific criteria, or people wanting him to help them learn a new skill. There’s also a healthy dose of advice, including an alarming number of people with the brilliant idea that he should make a video every day instead of once a week. Despite his obvious talent, Alvo is quick to point out that his channel is capitalizing on current entertainment trends that are driving the popularity of YouTube as a platform. Entertainment used to be produced by large broadcasting companies whose executives decided what people wanted to see. Just look at TV shows or news anchors — the people you see on broadcast television are as close to flawless as possible. Until recently, viewers didn’t have any other options. Seth's Bike Hacks Before he knew it, he was spending less and less energy on web development. He was turning down new clients and firing difficult ones to free up more time for editing. “A lot of the people around me thought I was crazy spending so much time making YouTube videos. I had my own business, and plenty of people warned me not to screw up a good thing.” It was too late. After a taste of something he loved, his heart was no longer in web development. “Any time my phone would buzz in my pocket, I had that sinking feeling — what crashed, what got compromised, what fire do I have to put out today?”last_img read more

FIFA Ban legal battle: Siasia turns to Gofundme to raise $250,000

first_img Promoted ContentThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The WorldThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime Apparently overwhelmed by the burden of financially pursuing his case at the court of Arbitration for sports (CAS), former Super Eagles Coach Samson Siasia has started a GofundMe appeal to raise the needed funds. The former Nigerian international is seeking to overturn the life ban slammed on him by world football Ruling body (FIFA) Siasia, who scored Nigeria’s goal in the 1-2 defeat to Argentina at the country’s first appearance at the World Cup in 1994 had the appeal created for him three days ago and is aimed  at raising  $250,000 (about N90million) “Samson Siasia, was alleged “to have agreed to collect bribe” in relation to a football match. He was subsequently banned for life from all footballing activities, without the benefit of defending himself. Siasia, a member of Nigeria’s famed ‘Class of ’94 Eagles,’ was handed the ban by FIFA last August. Close associates of the former Nigeria coach revealed that he has been in depressed mood in the last few months following the saga.Advertisement FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Apart from the case with FIFA/CAS, his mother was kidnapped and was with the criminal gang for months before allowed to go after a ransom was paid. It was the second time the 76-year old lady was taken into custody by the kidnappers. Court of Arbitration for Sports waiting for Eagles coach defence Siasia coached Nigeria’s Super Eagles between 2010-2011 and returned for another spell in 2016 and also served as coach of the country’s Under-20 and Under-23 sides at different times Siasia has continued to protest his innocence, saying he had no recollection of ever agreeing to manipulate any football match and has also said in previous interviews that members of the Super Eagles team he played with have not offered him the kind of support he needed. Read AlsoFIFA life ban: FG, NFF abandoned me – Siasia “But I will fight to the last to clear my name because I know that I did nothing wrong,” he vowedlast_img read more

Numerous Citizens welcomed Amel Tuka at the Sarajevo Airport

first_imgThe best BH athlete and winner of the bronze medal at the World Championship in Bijing, Amel Tuka, was welcomed with ovations and applause at the International Airport Sarajevo.Tuka was welcomed by the group of citizens and fans, but also a large number of youth who asked for his autograph or photograph.Tuka greeted all with a smile, especially his family who always welcome him and celebrate his success.After the press conference at the Airport, Tuka went to Zenica where the welcome ceremony was organized at the stadium Kamberovica polje and started at 8.30 p.m.As a reminder, Tuka achieved the historical success in Beijing by winning the first bronze medal in the race on 800 meters with a time of 1:46:30.(Source: Photo:

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Daisy Girl

first_imgFacebook117Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Daisy Girl! She is a 3 year-old, 78-pound, people-loving girl in search of her forever home with loving humans who will provide her with a securely-fenced yard, plenty of exercise, leadership, activities for my “superior smarts”, and a grain/chicken-free diet to keep her healthy. She would prefer a home where she can be the only pet, but has done well with other dogs after proper introduction and supervision. Daisy Girl was raised by children, so you can imagine what a people social dog she is! She is a lovely girl with a happy disposition! The volunteers love to walk her, and see her running and playing in the yard! Daisy Girl is a great companion and family dog!If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Daisy Girl in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-a-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email [email protected] or call 360-432-3091.Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.last_img read more