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#555692 We are on the edge of the abyss... is it worth supporting the site to keep it...

Posted by PandaProAm420 on 15 April 2019 - 04:58 PM

With the very real possibility that Archive.org will be lost to people in the UK, and that may kill archive.org in the long run, it is imperative that this site be kept alive. I bring this up because I have been using archive.org's wayback machine to retrieve contents of old websites I ran and old pictures I have lost due to multiple hard drive failures in the past 3 years. here is a link to the OS/BMXSociety wayback machine:



This site here, above all others (including Vintage) is a treasure trove of info and history on BMX and must be preserved. I don't currently subscribe, due to a serious issue with keeping a balance in my bank or paypal,  but drop a chunk whenever I can. Those with predictable steady incomes should sub, and when I have an income to speak of, I will again.


Steve, give me the storage and bandwidth specs of what you need to keep this going, and I will research some possibly cheaper, lesser known providers.  What I lack currently in financial liquidity, I make up for in a good deal of time on my hands, and connections. Whatever I can do to help this situation, LMK. I have access to massive servers, I can have for free. Ever consider having someone private run the server for you? I no longer have a T1 line where I live, but that may be way cheaper than the other options. You would then only need to pay for your domain, the software I can probably get my hands on free to cheap, and the cost of whatever bandwidth the site needs. Maybe even do this as a fail-safe back up server, something akin to our own archive.org type thing, that I could probably do with materials and bandwidth I already have.


Anyone have any input on this? Any server admins out there have any suggestions? I have access to a lot of equipment and knowledge from friends in the industry, I just need to know the questions to ask and specs needed and maybe I can make something happen.

#555651 Replica of my childhood 81 GT

Posted by PandaProAm420 on 08 April 2019 - 04:10 AM

nothing like a chrome and blue GT, only way to build one in my opinion. Looking good, Steve!

#554540 1977 Diamond Back MX Forks

Posted by PandaProAm420 on 16 October 2018 - 02:13 PM

back hole for through axle or retainer washer maybe???

#553434 All Things Panda

Posted by PandaProAm420 on 03 April 2018 - 05:21 PM

Brian, I still shed a little tear every time I see her

#552322 Early Squareback w/Speedos find

Posted by PandaProAm420 on 20 November 2017 - 11:41 PM

Nice score, and it’s always good one one bike nut looks out for another like that.

#551816 Just another Race Inc RA7 build

Posted by PandaProAm420 on 10 August 2017 - 06:57 PM

Lovely build Brian. I guess I know where my stem from bitd is from now on. That was orig blue btw, I easy offed and polished it when I switched from my blue raider to my ProAm around 81.

#551279 Scale Model Bmx ...

Posted by PandaProAm420 on 29 May 2017 - 01:39 PM

Wooden Aerospeeds! So awesome.
For every idiot out there knocking off old school bikes and parts, claiming homage or some such, drop your artifice. We know your just waiting to pass them off as legit. THIS is true homage, craft and pure art.
Keep up the crazy good work, and if you can get a pic of a few of your scale models next to a full size bike for comparison.


#551032 Scale Model Bmx ...

Posted by PandaProAm420 on 20 April 2017 - 01:57 AM

there is already a treasure trove of measurements to be had from all the old magazines in the Johnny Ringo archives, reviews used to come with this info in BMXA and some of the other mags.





#550973 Want some true 1976 History? A 1976 DG as Raced

Posted by PandaProAm420 on 13 April 2017 - 03:26 PM

this needed the RZArector treatment, this bike and its era trickness are through the roof.

#549880 snapshot in bike room...

Posted by PandaProAm420 on 02 December 2016 - 03:32 AM

Houses built in 1850s didn't have bike rooms, so my shit is hidden/stashed all over. Here's my kitchens accent piece, Panda Pro Am Raider pit some may remember from a boty in the past.

#549478 COMPLETE! 1981 Candy Red Looptail Quadangle

Posted by PandaProAm420 on 13 October 2016 - 01:50 AM

Lovely bike, and worth the wait

#549444 CRAP at the SWAP (bike pics)

Posted by PandaProAm420 on 11 October 2016 - 04:41 PM

OMG, if that Panda is not now sitting in your bike room I'm going to drive out to Cali just to slap you, then hunt it down for myself, then beat you with those Z bars. Then I'd probably apologize profusely and take you out for a beer.

#549443 All things reproduced

Posted by PandaProAm420 on 11 October 2016 - 04:35 PM

MadeinJapan, sorry to grill you, but handle and everything seemed to point at you maybe being involved with the manufacturer. I know what I saw and held in my hands way back at Interbike way back when. I spoke with the booth people who told me they were prototypes, and coming soon. Myself and a few other old school collectors I pointed them out to expressed our anger/dislike of the reproductions, as they were 100% indistinguishable from original ones, and who knows, maybe this caused them to stop production of them. Shit, pretty sure I showed them to Greg Hill, who I ran into shortly after finding them.
What I feel I KNOW to be true is that they manufactures some number of "prototypes" that were brought to the US to be displayed at the bike shows. Maybe that was all that were made by them back then, still using the OG molds, but what manufacturer do you know that has ever fired up a machine, mixed up batches of colored plastic, and made ONE of anything. It was one of my favorite parts back in the day, and sadly I have not felt "safe" purchasing one since that day. That's the reason for this whole thread, what products out there are no longer able to be accurately dated and pedigreed? Some of us are to the point that you won't find a single piece on a build that does not have proper providence. We are the OCD, crusty curmudgeons of the hobby and we like it like that. I wasn't attacking you, I was hipping the faithful to the fact there are now two reasons to avoid "NOS" or not obviously old and crusty versions of this saddle, the Aussies, and Kashimax themselves.

#549359 Rick Twomey has left us Oct 1, 2016

Posted by PandaProAm420 on 03 October 2016 - 02:45 PM

Rick was a great and gentle soul who will be missed and long remembered.

Sending love and light to Patti and the whole family, including extended BMX family.

Rick touched a lot of lives in his lifetime, and made each and every one better by just being a part of it.


Rest In Peace

#549154 At least they had a protective coating against "shelf wear".

Posted by PandaProAm420 on 20 September 2016 - 02:47 PM

I have acquired a ton of parts, and even a few frames that were factory repainted white back around '86. among them were 2 almost complete white Mongoose expert/cali's thats frames were perfect chrome under the paint, and the parts were various colors of anno, again, painted white. When I first discovered the colors underneath, I posted some shots here of the stripping process and the perfect anno beneath the paint. One of those cranks is still on another Mongoose of mine in its chrome black and red glory. 




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