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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
KKY rat trap pedals
Shimnao rear caliper brakes
Paper plate with number
Generic mouth guard
3/4 sleeved baseball tee
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.
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.