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#555399 Early Stick Tail Quadangle Quick Guide

Posted by CharleyGnarlyP290 on 11 February 2019 - 02:28 PM

I have one of the blueprints (a copy) of the Stick drawn over the looptail that I got from Scot... can't remember the dates though.

#554701 Interesting Video of 70's BMX History with NorCal Emphasis

Posted by CharleyGnarlyP290 on 15 November 2018 - 01:40 PM

Holy cow, Steve. That's the best thing I've seen in a long time.

Caught a quick glimpse of an R&R at about the 4:10 mark. Was also digging the upturned roady drops on one of the kids bikes.

That sure brings back memories...good times. Those kinds of tracks were so much fun to ride, and so different from the tracks of today.

Thanks for posting it.

#554443 Looptail Quadangle Registry

Posted by CharleyGnarlyP290 on 28 September 2018 - 11:03 PM

Here's mine:

Purchased in August 1981 from a shop in Fresno, CA. Frame only.

Serial 3146

Weight from a UPS scale: 5 lbs exactly bare frame

Top tube diameter: 1 9/64" with paint

Original color: Red. Flaked off in chunks not long after I got it, hence the non-original color.

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#554369 R.I.P Bronco Rod Beckering

Posted by CharleyGnarlyP290 on 23 September 2018 - 03:23 PM

Sad stuff.

I used to stay in touch with him quite a bit. Was always a really nice guy... always friendly. In '81 or so, when I was on the local SE Factory Hot Shop team, I went over to check out the bus. He was the one that invited me to come in and hang out. He wa also the first pro to sign my form needed to get my pro card in the ABA.

RIP Rod...

#552576 I got schooled. Webco Mag / Bendix 76 hub rebuild with Sodbuster

Posted by CharleyGnarlyP290 on 17 December 2017 - 04:02 PM

Holy cow Steve... you just gave me a serious case of the flashbacks!

Summer '74. Me and pop on the laundry room floor. He disassembled my Bendix hub showed me where everything was and what it did. Reassembled it. Then he shoves it towards me and says, "Now its your turn." That is how I learned to work on them. 

I used to blow some of my friends minds when I would tear theirs down. And I would show them the same way my pop showed me.

And I started racing on a coaster brake bike in 1980. I even ran it on my Quadangle for a bit in '81.

Great, great post, Steve.

#551742 1982 ABA Fall Nationals in Lancaster PROMO flyer

Posted by CharleyGnarlyP290 on 26 July 2017 - 02:11 PM

That was my favorite BMX of all time. I had a blast there: I got third in the jumping contest; got to check out the SE bus (I was on an SE Hot Shop Team); watched Jeff Kosmala make his jump in the jumping contest, which produced a very well known photo; Got to witness the event that led to the Kos having a Tuff wheel in the back and spokes up front in said photo; got a bunch of autographs for my mom's BMXA mag with the double spread photo of a ton of pros; watched the Vans trick team; and most of all, was one of the few National events I went to that my pop got to go.

Great, great memories.

#551590 Found: The Humble Grail... the Redline Squareback cruiser from 1975

Posted by CharleyGnarlyP290 on 04 July 2017 - 04:50 PM

Holy shmokes. One of the best threads I've read in a looong time.

#550670 Where is everyone?

Posted by CharleyGnarlyP290 on 16 March 2017 - 12:51 PM

I rarely have anything to say these days even though I check in almost daily. I have never been a collector and really don't have much to offer as far as knowledge of the subject. I mainly like to look... especially at the photo heavy threads like the Mel Thread and the stuff Dennis Daine posts. You know... the nostalgia stuff.

#550648 Mel Stoutsenberger - History of BMX photos (the Mel Thread)

Posted by CharleyGnarlyP290 on 14 March 2017 - 06:39 PM

Here's an SE advertizement photo from the Mike Devitt archives, as seen on the BMX Society Facebook page.



Nice... and thanks for posting it here. Is that Fred Blood?

#549046 All things reproduced

Posted by CharleyGnarlyP290 on 14 September 2016 - 10:09 PM


If it had a 1" head tube would it be retro or repop?


For "repop" or "reproduction" it's a matter of being identical to the original vintage era production... on the other hand, "retro" as we generally use the term, has modern era "updates", canti brakes, 1-1/8 head tubes, and that sort of thing, or it was something never made back in the day... like 26", 29" etc.


What Steve said.

I have a retro Floval Flyer with Landing Gear fork, and there is no mistaking they are retro and not repops. That is why I got it... old school look that I can ride to my hearts content for an early '80s racer like meself, without the expense of an original Floval. I would be too afraid to ride an original for fear of a gang of OS bike thieves beating my head soft and taking my ride. Or worse, getting rad and jumping the neighborhood kids, only to break in two.

That's why my cherished 1981 Quadangle frame hangs in the man tunnel, in front of my SE banner.

#546633 Loopy Quad ««« New Project.

Posted by CharleyGnarlyP290 on 06 February 2016 - 04:31 PM

Beautiful. Good color combo. And I fully agree with you on the re-finish in this case. It looked pretty bad...

I got my Quad in '81. It was in the candy red they offered. Not long after I got it, the red started flaking off in chunks, so I stripped it down and painted it. Every once in a while, I would strip it down and repaint it when it started looking gnarly. I always painted it in SE colors.

#546632 Welcome to BMX Hall of Famer, Dennis Dain - The Red Baron!

Posted by CharleyGnarlyP290 on 06 February 2016 - 04:25 PM

I too appreciate these stories as well, Dennis.

The downhill tracks, hacks, bell-bottoms... that was the time frame in which I got involved with BMX. I didn't start racing organized BMX until October 1980, but was heavily into it starting about '74. That is when I modded my first Stingray.

I lived in Lake Isabella CA and MX was a huge thing. Those of us that couldn't afford motorcycles imitated the MX guys on our bikes. There were trails and homemade tracks all over the place for the motorcycle guys, with lots of downhill action, so that is where we rode.

All of your stories and photos take me back to those times and bring up lots of great memories of my own.

#546546 Leathers, who's got them?

Posted by CharleyGnarlyP290 on 03 February 2016 - 01:39 PM

I love the clarity of this Russ Okawa picture of me on my Dain Replica at the Valley Youth Center. 1976


attachicon.gifDain Replica Valley Youth cntr.jpg


BMX action (not the mag!) at its finest, right there. Excellent photo.

#545252 35 Years Ago, My Life Changed... Forever

Posted by CharleyGnarlyP290 on 22 October 2015 - 01:19 PM

Yes, indeed. 35 years ago this month, I raced my first BMX race at the YMCA in Bakersfield CA. The track operator was Bob Hicks, and he convinced me to join the ABA. As a matter of fact, I still have the original, temporary ABA card from that sign up. I also have my 3rd place ribbon from that first night. The two guys that finished ahead of me were Ernie Ballard (later sponsored by Nomura, and one fast dude,) and Mike Goldsby.


My equipment was as follows:


R&R mild steel frame with the teardrop down tube with the seatpost brazed in since the top of the seat mast was broken off.

Redline nickel fork

Tuff Is with a coaster brake

Schwinn Scrambler tire up front 2.125

Comp II 1.75 tire in the back

Unknown box-type bars

Grab On grips

Ashtabula gooseneck

Ashtabula cranks

KKY rat trap pedals

Shimnao rear caliper brakes

Unknown seat

Paper plate with number


Pro-Tech helmet

Generic mouth guard

3/4 sleeved baseball tee

Levis 501s

Vans low tops


As I said, I have the original temp membership card, and 3rd place ribbon. I also have some pics of that first race rig. I am pretty sure they are posted here on the site somewhere.


Am I waxing nostalgic? Yes, I am. Those were spectacular times. And those times that aren't tinted by nostalgia. I knew what I had then. I was part of a great sport and rubbed elbows with some awesome people, from other racers, track families, to organizers, and some of the well known personalities of the time. Its not one of those things that was fun then, but seems better now than it was. It was great, and those vibes don't go away.



#543745 Dateline 1980... Brent Patterson wins that Trans Am for being No. 1

Posted by CharleyGnarlyP290 on 01 July 2015 - 03:21 AM

At the risk of sounding old, or hokey, or whatever... "Those were the days."


I remember being blown away at the money those pros made, the cars they got, etc. I was so entrenched in BMX during those years, it was all I thought of. I LIVED BMX. The whole scene was happening. Numerous bike shops that were heavy into BMX to choose from. Riding with the BMX crowd after school. Driving to different spots to jump, practice racing, or just putter around.


I am so glad I was into it during those days.


Halcyon days, my brothers... gone but not forgotten.


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