Decided to make a thread for all things Blacklite. Don't own one myself but they were made not far from where I currently live and I've been on the hunt for one down here... Post anything you have.
sept. 1982 advertisement originally posted by dubplatestyle
"lightest mini ever" test from 1984
Got some info about Blacklite from a local guy who used to ride for Haro! Eben Krackau. I know he has an account here, hopefully he'll post up his two Blacklites.
Here's the info I got from him. He said there was a little more to come too.
"I started racing towards the end of 1981, and my first memory of Blacklite was sometime around early to mid 82. There were a few guys racing them, namely some of the faster, more known younger guys in the area. Scott Rickets, Ricky Davis, and the older Forman brother (James I believe) rode them. At first I remember more aluminum frames with chromoly forks, then chromoly frames came along. Sometime around mid 83 Scott Rickets showed up with the first titanium frameset. Needless to say there was a huge demand right off the bat. Right around that time I somehow ended up riding his hand me down chromoly frame and then a month or so later ended up with the 2nd titanium frameset. At that time I believe that it was Gus and Ken Burleson welding all the blacklite stuff. At that time they had a shop off of old O’conner road, I know the building was still there a year or so back and has somehow survived quite a few floods back in the day. From what I can tell you 90% of Blacklite stuff was built in that shop, up until sometime around late 84/early 85 when Gus decided to move to Portland. I know he built a handful of frames up there, but eventually ended up fabricating something else like race boats or something similar from what I can recall.
I want to say that Ken was with Gus until mid to late 83 and there was possibly some sort of disagreement and Ken along with someone else started building Titan frames."