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    BMX roots

    How many riders here have some history in BMX. I'm just curious because I know that one of the things I love about the singlespeed is that it feels so much like that type of riding did. It's just a lot of fun to me.
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    same here. i also rode my bmx on the trails religiously too so this was a natural transition for me, going to the bigger wheels as i grew a foot or so.

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    I was into BMX... I remember thinking I was so cool to have a MCS Spider for my race bike.... then I ditched the BMX Track and went to the Freestyle thing.... Haro master.... Yep Singlespeeding brings back the good ole days when riding....

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    Yep, I remember the freestyle thing hitting right when I was starting college and getting out of racing. The biggest goof I ever made was selling that Powerlite cruiser that I had. It was a 26" wheeler with the ladder tube frame.. Man, that would have made a sweet singlespeed now!
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    I never had or rode a BMX bike. BMX was mostly after my time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    I never had or rode a BMX bike. BMX was mostly after my time.
    Ditto. I'm in the stingray generation.
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    I was a BMXer. Had a Redline with Z-rims (? - some sort of nylon composite that was the shiznit back in the day). Never raced, but rode the hell out of that bike, riding all over the new housing developments and jumping stacked tires against my friends. The technique with the tallish gearing we used was to serpentine up the hills in my neighborhood. I agree the SS thing brings back a lot of those memories.

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    I was in and Still am

    I was in bmx for most of my childhood....and last year at 33 yrs old I went out and bought a new 20" and went to the local skatepark.....a year later and I am still hitting the parks...and have bought and sold a few bikes since then....

    Love to answer the question ...."how old are you?"

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    BMX was huge when I was a kid, but I never did any. I had a "banana seat" style bike, then graduated straight to 10 speeds, then bought a real MTB (Nishiki Ridge Runner) when I was 15.
    I tried BMX as an adult in my mid 20's and almost killed myself. Twitchy little deathtraps, they are.

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    Ex-BMXer, non-racer here. Mostly a freestyler and dirtjumper. Started in the earliest days of freestyle when RL Osbourne and Bob Haro were king and a framestand was pushing the limits.
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    Worked a few summers with my father doing roofing and bought a Dyno Nitro that I ended up completely rebuilding. I only raced once, but built a dirt park on my dads wooded property. Good times! Of course till my sweet bike got stolen!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonderdog
    How many riders here have some history in BMX. I'm just curious because I know that one of the things I love about the singlespeed is that it feels so much like that type of riding did. It's just a lot of fun to me.
    Back in the '70's I had a Stormer with Tuff II nylon wheels, fenestrated Kashimax nylon saddle, Mitsuboshi tires, Mongoose double-clamp stem, some kind of fluted seatpost. Man, I can't believe I recall all those brand names.

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    BMX Roots

    I rode BMX most my life. Started out on cheap used bikes then once I could earn some cash on my own graduated to a Hutch - til that got stolen of course. My highschool grad present was a 21spd mtn bike. My buddy drove over the rear wheel and the bike shop gave me just enough trade-in to get a new BMX, SE Racing Assassin. The first couple pedals on that bike made me remember what it used to be like. No gears, tight as hell, and responsive. I've still got the Assassin and I think I'm gonna finish rebuilding it and take it for a tear on the local trails today.

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    Those were the days

    My current goal is bringing them back. gotta scan more bmx pics too. here's the only one i can find on the computer and some from the same year after i got my K2.
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    Rode a GT before the Mach 1

    I also had Z rims. Loved that bike, raced it and won a little.

    Thought about getting a 20 inch just for dirt jumping but instead went with my ss Azonic. When i get back into jumping shape, I may rethink it. Not as brave as the mighty Thor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ganze
    I also had Z rims. Loved that bike, raced it and won a little.

    Thought about getting a 20 inch just for dirt jumping but instead went with my ss Azonic. When i get back into jumping shape, I may rethink it. Not as brave as the mighty Thor.
    i still need to build some z-rims up for my race inc. need more red for it too.
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    Yep - ex freestyle geek here...

    Got my start riding, then racing BMX - moved on to freestyle in about 1985 or 1986, right at the beginning. Ended up doing pretty well - trvelling all over the east doing shows for a factory team, then going to the old AFA National sereis competitions 5-6 times a year. Great group of people and some good old friends!

    Shot from Boston, MA in 1987 or 1988 at a now bulldozed place we called "Playland" or Turtles (for the concrete turtle/park fixtures). Believe it or not, Spike Jonze took the photo, and it appeared in "Club Homeboy" magazine, the silly offshoot of Freestylin' Magazine. The small inset shot is him (shot by Windy Osborne) footplanting off a big concrete tube. Sure miss the place!

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenzx
    Believe it or not, Spike Jonze took the photo
    Speaking of Spike Jonze, anyone remember Rockville BMX? He used to ride for the shop.
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    I rode that wave

    Being 42, I started in the stingray era and was just the right age to enjoy the early growth of BMX. I went from a schwinn stingray gusseted and with extra welds, jr bars, cheater slick, heavy duty rims with the spokes tied. We just rode trails and did jumps. (actually we started with stock stingrays, but we broke those pretty quick.)

    The initial BMX gear I saw was limited to motorcycle style bars, grips, number plates,etc. Then came actual BMX bikes and a bit of racing. In Colorado, we kids organized our own races on tracks we built and gave out trophys we made ourselves. I moved to CA when I has 13 and raced a few times at the BMX track in La Mirada Regional Park (RIP). It was way more fun to ride that track when no races were happening; if you used the highest berm as a jump you could get about 9' of air under your tires before landing on the flat grass behind the 6-7' berm. Bikes I remember having were a Moxy, a Redline with Tuff wheels, and a Stroker with MotoMags. The Stroker was the jump bike, it had huge rectagular tubes and weighed a ton, but I never saw anyone break one.

    I must say, the first ride on my first SS MTB felt really familiar and really good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dansjustchillin
    My current goal is bringing them back. gotta scan more bmx pics too. here's the only one i can find on the computer and some from the same year after i got my K2.
    That first pic is right out of Napoleon Dynamite.

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by riderx
    Speaking of Spike Jonze, anyone remember Rockville BMX? He used to ride for the shop.
    I remember, bought some blue alloy wheels for my Race Inc, at Rockville BMX.
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    Bmx..

    Quote Originally Posted by Wonderdog
    How many riders here have some history in BMX. I'm just curious because I know that one of the things I love about the singlespeed is that it feels so much like that type of riding did. It's just a lot of fun to me.
    Man...I started riding BMX around '81 and went strong until the mid-90's. Mainly raced until I was 19 or so, but was mostly into dirt jumping. I am kinda itching to get back into it.
    Here is an old pic on my S&M Dirt Bike...


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    Yup

    And now my son and I are into it.... I ride in the cruiser class and he rides as an intermediate with some fast kids.... We mainly just do it for fun..... He won a huge trophy and plaque last year at the Redline National..... He is my hero!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonderdog
    How many riders here have some history in BMX. I'm just curious because I know that one of the things I love about the singlespeed is that it feels so much like that type of riding did. It's just a lot of fun to me.
    I started riding BMX with a converted stingray in the early 70's. Here is a pic of my last BMX bike, a Race Inc, around 1980.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenzx
    Got my start riding, then racing BMX - moved on to freestyle in about 1985 or 1986, right at the beginning. Ended up doing pretty well - trvelling all over the east doing shows for a factory team, then going to the old AFA National sereis competitions 5-6 times a year. Great group of people and some good old friends!

    Shot from Boston, MA in 1987 or 1988 at a now bulldozed place we called "Playland" or Turtles (for the concrete turtle/park fixtures). Believe it or not, Spike Jonze took the photo, and it appeared in "Club Homeboy" magazine, the silly offshoot of Freestylin' Magazine. The small inset shot is him (shot by Windy Osborne) footplanting off a big concrete tube. Sure miss the place!

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    Man...I was a member of Club Homeboy..even had the Chuck Brown signature shirt they sold. Mad Dog Moeller was my hero and I rode S&M's from the day they came out until I pretty much quit. Beacuse of a pic of him launching off a berm at the Orange Y BMX track in BMXA, I had to emulate him and use the last berm of the local BMX track as a hit..only lasted a few times before my bars and pedals were toast.

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    im bringing this thread back to life, anyone else have any old school bikes or anything cool to share? i have a powerlite P-51, its newer that alot of these bikes but look older than this newer stuff. it has an old school feel. i still have all the stock parts in a box. BTW, does anyone no where i can score an axle for my p-51? it cracked so i was forced to buy a new rim cuz they dont make my hub or axle anymore.

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    Ive got a question for you BMX types. What was the name of the BMX hub that had a normal gear when you pedal forwards and a higher (forward) gear if you pedaled backwards?

    Any of them still around?

    (obvious question) Anyone put one on a singlespeed?

    Cheers

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    I'm still a BMXer, 18 years seriously now. I switch off between a Standard 250-S and a Azonic Steelhead. Both ridden exactly the same way. Learn more tricks first on the Standard though.
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    Ex BMX'r here, stopped racing 20 years ago (yeah, I'm oldish).

    I picked up an old Auburn 20" that is in great shape for my 9 yo son almost a year ago.
    Watching him ride that bike around was one of the reasons I bought a SS. Kinda brings
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonderdog
    How many riders here have some history in BMX. I'm just curious because I know that one of the things I love about the singlespeed is that it feels so much like that type of riding did. It's just a lot of fun to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by riderx
    Speaking of Spike Jonze, anyone remember Rockville BMX? He used to ride for the shop.
    he grew up in my neighborhood and was instrumental in getting me into riding. he worked at my local skateshop and also got me into skating. last i saw him was at at the ABA grands in '92 taking pics. those old rockville bmx demos were huge. i think there are some pics at my parents house somewhere. i still have whats left of my Club Homeboy t-shirt and my original membership card is in spokes of my MTB. good times for sure. spike was a very nice guy and its great to see him doing well. rumor has it he is still skating.

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    Digging up old memories

    Quote Originally Posted by wooglin
    Ditto. I'm in the stingray generation.
    I remember one year my step brother (4 months older than me) got brand new Stingray for his birthday; it was the tiger seat version with the six speed shifter on the top tube. All I ever got was a 3 speed road bike I put together out of spare parts. I wanted that bike so bad I could stand it; Oh well, guess that's why I started out as a roadie; just to spite him and his friends who all had stingrays.

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    As soon as I finish the build on my KAPPA K26, I'll post a pic. Kind of an old-school looptail, but with euro BB and steeper seat angle than the old school cruisers. For me, early-80s BMX cruisers led me straight into mountain biking, then road biking, then fixed gear, and now back to the BMX roots. It's all good!
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    I rode BMX/Freestyle for most of the 80s and early 90s. Lots of fun times, still have a few scars.

    I was working at a shop a couple years ago and sold a BMX bike to a guy in his late 30s. We were talking about how he was going to ride with his son, and I thought that was cool. I just about **** myself when I got his name - Craig Grasso! I've seen him around a bit, he's still riding that BMX bike, and is getting into DH a bit too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rusty_ss
    Ive got a question for you BMX types. What was the name of the BMX hub that had a normal gear when you pedal forwards and a higher (forward) gear if you pedaled backwards?

    Any of them still around?

    (obvious question) Anyone put one on a singlespeed?

    Cheers
    well you have the obvious Fixed gear dealio, but I had an '87 or '88 mongoose decade pro (pink...uggg) with a hub that had two external fingerscrews adjacent to teh freewheel...rotate the hub to a specific mark, screw the turnscrews in and bamo, you have a fixie...damn near neutered myself on that thing...tried it that once and that was it!

    Rode freestyle and BMX from '86 until '93 or so when I got into the 26ers....all my bikes are essentially set up as big BMXs....except my 2002 K2 Dennis McCoy LOL....that IS a BMX.

    Attached is my old Master...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vermont29er
    I rode BMX/Freestyle for most of the 80s and early 90s. Lots of fun times, still have a few scars.

    I was working at a shop a couple years ago and sold a BMX bike to a guy in his late 30s. We were talking about how he was going to ride with his son, and I thought that was cool. I just about **** myself when I got his name - Craig Grasso! I've seen him around a bit, he's still riding that BMX bike, and is getting into DH a bit too.
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    Been racing BMX for 27 years. Started on 20" bikes, but switched to Cruisers when I started MTB racing in 1993. My current SS is also my BMX race bike: a 1980 Mongoose Kos Kruiser.
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    Yep bmx will always be in my heart. Lots of riding, jumps, and even trails all over Santa Cruz. Natural progression once I got to about 6'3" was to go for a mountain bike. Oddly enough I found that a slalom style mtb was even more fun to ride than the bmx. Only advantages of the bmx are the fast acceleration and ability to whip the little things around when jumping.

    I had several of the classics while growing up. Champion, Panda, GT, SE PK Ripper, Mantis, elf double cross cruiser, mongoose nickel plated. I wish I still had them. Today the only thing I have around is an SE Assasin chromoly. I ride it every now and again to remind myself that I can't ride little bikes any more

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    I'm 6'2" and still ride the 20s. I can even grab my daughters 16" and do bar-spins and 360 tail-taps. Just spend a little more time with your 20. I find that they are the best place to learn new tricks.
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    Did my first BMX race in 1979.... Just started again this last spring with my 5 year old son!
    The best memories of this entire summer are from BMX!
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    Quote Originally Posted by scoutdog
    Did my first BMX race in 1979.... Just started again this last spring with my 5 year old son!
    The best memories of this entire summer are from BMX!

    That's cool.
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