September 2008

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Interbike 2008 - Coverage from ’round the net

I made a pretty bold claim last year, in my piece about Interbike 2007, stating that “We’ll be there in-person next year, with bells on.” Well, here it is, 2008, and I’m in Kansas. So, yeah, didn’t make it this year, either – oh well, there’s always next year. Maybe I’ll get Mr. Wasson to go with bags full of Super Rat pedals. No “booth”, just bags full. Pure marketing genius I tells ya… But I digress.

Just like last year, I’ve culled the web and dug up some links for your viewing pleasure. A little video, some photos, Kurt from BMX Union’s take on his first trip to Interbike, and Russ over at SPRFLS questioning some of the apparent Buff Guards of our time. Enjoy.

Vital BMX Interbike 2008 coverage

Ride BMX Magazine 2008 coverage – check out the Nora Cup action.

BMX Union – A “first-timers” point of view from Interbike. Nice work, Kurt.

SPRFLS – Superflouous? You be the judge.

24? Quadangle Looptail from SE Bikes

Okay, here it is – I’m gonna lay it out for you. Cruisers are the new black, and bike manufacturers seem to be getting the drift – or is it making the drift? This is about the fourth post I’ve made in the past month about a cruiser.

For today’s rider – when you’re not feeling it riding your slammed seat, brakeless bike across town to enjoy a beer, you might want an alternative.

For the older guys – when you don’t want to tear up your childhood dream bike, and you need something to ride to shave off the beer belly, (I’m speaking from intimate knowledge here) it is rad to ride something roomy.

So, maybe I’m stretching it a bit by thinking that your beer bike is this limited-edition Quadangle Looptail from SE, but it is damn clean looking, and would be a classy way to roll. I think the chrome rims are what do it for me, personally.

Here are some specs from Todd Lyons at SE:

  • Limited Edition Retro Cr-Mo Double Downtube Quadangle Frame w/ Looptail Rear End & Retro Dropouts
  • Chrome Alex Double Wall DM24 Rims
  • SE 3-pc 48-Spline CR-MO Cranks
  • Retro Blitz Seat w/ Bottle Opener
  • Fluted Seatpost
  • Quadangle Padset & Grip Donuts Included

Only 250 will be available in the US, so get a hold of your SE dealer now if you want one.

Related:
MacNeil Cruisers Coming Soon
Smitten with the Big Wheels
Knight Cruiser

UPDATE (092308): The 2005 250S is sold… I’m selling of my frames, bikes and parts, so I thought posting them here, as well as on some of the other BMX sites I frequent wouldn’t be a bad idea at all. Check out the descriptions as well as the images, as I’ve tried to be as detailed and honest about their condition as possible. I’d like to receive payment via PayPal. Email me if you’re interested, or want to see more photos: jeremy (at) bmxroots.com. Thanks for looking.

2005 Standard 250S F/F

Frame #1: 2005 Standard 250S
I didn’t buy this new, but based on research, and the SN starting with 05, this is a 2005 Standard 250S. I sprayed it a flat blue, with a number of coats of matte clear. It could use some sanding if you refinish it. I didn’t wetsand, so it has some fine sanding scratches. It also has some chips and scratches, from riding, but overall is free of dents, dings, cracks, etc.

It has a 21.25″ top tube, standard headtube (no h/s included), 14mm dropouts and a Euro bottom bracket. I’ll throw in a 22mm Primo euro bottom bracket.

SOLD

Here’s a link to the frame built-up in July: Standard 250S

2003 Standard TRLS 250
Frame #2: 2003 Standard TRLS 250
I didn’t buy this one new, either, but I’m pretty sure it is a 2003 – the SN starts with 03. Anyway, it has “the gusset” , which was a feature of Standard frames for many years. It has a 20.5″  top tube, standard headtube (no h/s included), 14mm dropouts and an American bottom bracket (not included). No dents, dings or cracks – just awesome American-Made tubing.

The frame is raw with spray-paint clear. NOTE: The clear is spraypaint, and has some large spots missing where stickers were removed, so should be redone if you decide to keep it this way. It currently has a newer 250L Standard sticker-pack on it.

Looking for $100.00 shipped via USPS in the continental US.

Here’s how I had it built up Last November: Standard TRLS 250

Black MacNeil Cruiser

Black and Orange Macneil Cruiser. Photo courtesy of the Defgrip Photostream

Just perusing Defgrip, and saw what appeared to be a clean-looking cruiser on their Random Photo feed. Sure enough, it linked me to the DefGrip photostream, and viola – a couple of shots of the new MacNeil cruisers. Harrison Boyce (Defgrip contributor and MacNeil Art Director) says that they’ll have them at Interbike, which starts this week, and that they’ll be available for purchase, soon. More specs as they come available.

MacNeil BMX Cruiser - White
White Macneil Cruiser. Do I see a big-ol’ gusset? Nice. Photo courtesy of the Defgrip Photostream

Look for a site for the cruisers off of the MacNeil site soon. Oh, and while you’re at the MacNeil site, check out Travis Collier’s new frame. It is a very traditional looking flatland frame that’s meant to be ridden on most-any terrain. Simple and clean, without flatland-specific geometry that limits the use of the bike.

For the past four years, one of the good guys of the vintage bmx scene has held a party at his house in New Jersey. Brian P and his family let a bunch of BMX kooks invade their yard, street and home for a day of fun. Folks bring out their bikes for show, and to get their kick-turns on with the wedge ramp. Enjoy the video from this year’s 4th annual Summerjam.

This is what “roots” are all about, indeed.

Oh, and you KNOW I mean “kooks” in the best way possible. Heh.

UPDATE: Looks like Ride has added a video feature to their site to capture the happenings during the party. It isn’t exactly live streaming, but it is being updated quickly, and is very cool nonetheless. Check it out on their homepage.

Ride BMX Magazine 150th issue logo

If you’re in SoCal, and can make your way to Tustin, CA (1421 Edinger Ave. to be exact), you should go to the party that Ride BMX Magazine is throwing in celebration of their 150th anniversary at their HQ. They’ll be giving out copies of the magazine, handing out beer mugs to the first 150 or so people, and having a bunnyhop contest and a mini-ramp jam. Plus, there should be a bunch of pros of all eras on-hand. As of this posting, you have 4 hours to get there (it starts at 3PM PST).

Mulligan posted about all this on his blog and said “Consider yourself officially invited. Bring your bike and a smile, we’ll take care of the rest.” Go, dog, go, and if you’re there and shoot some photos or video, send ‘em my way and I’ll post them on BMX Roots.

Congrats to the Ride staff (past and present) on this achievement. Can’t wait to see issue 200. Also, I dig the understated approach to using the above logo on the cover. Nice and clean, but there for all to notice – plus, it looks like there is a special 15oth issue poster inside.

Ride BMX Magazine 150th issue party invite

Dave Mirra at his warehouse
Dave Mirra might not show up at your next homegrown jam, but the SNAFU parts he rides might. Photo from Mirraco Bikes

McGoo’s been posting like mad over on the SNAFU site. New product, new photos and new words that should make you stop and think.

Anywho, he mentioned that they’re getting ready to do a bunch of updates to their MySpace page, and with that, he wants anyone doing a contest, jam or other bicycle-related shenanigans to send him a flyer of the happening, as well as info about it. They will post it on the SNAFU MySpace page, as well as their blog, and send you some product to give-away at your event. Gotta make room for the ’09 product, so why not give it to those evangelizing the BMX-culture? Sounds like a solid plan to me, so, hell, why not go plan something right now? Summer is almost over, trail season is firing up…

If you are planning something, drop me a line, and I’ll post it here on the Roots as well.

Knog Frog
Business in the front…

I work a full-time job, have two rad kids and an awesome wife. Thus, I ride on the weekends, early in the morning or at night. This time of year, early in the AM in the midwest = darkness, plus, my late-evening rides are becoming darker, sooner, as well.

I’ve been nosing around my local shops looking for some sort of light that had a few key features:
1) Small in size – I want to use it on my BMX bikes and my road bikes, and not look like a complete dork – meh, I wear a helmet, too, so who cares about my “street cred”?
2) Easily mounted/unmounted – I don’t want to buy a whole bunch, I want to swap between bikes.
3) Show up to cars and pedestrians – I don’t need it to light the streets, just let people know I’m there.

Earlier this week, I got turned on to the Knog Frog from another site, I don’t remember which one, but it seems the fixed-gear crowd are using them as lights and fashion-accessories, as they come in multiple colors and styles. They’re perfect for what I need – they fit all of my criteria above, and are relatively cheap. I picked up the single light model – the Frog – front and a rear (white and red, respectively) for approximately $25. Knog also offers multiple-light versions called the toad and bullfrog as well – these are larger, but also provide more power and visibility.

Knog Frog - Rear light
…party in the Back.

The Frog features a waterproof silicon body, a LED with two modes (steady and flashing) and uses two coin-style batteries. The design is clean, and makes me smile when I see it. Kinda reminds me of an alien from Star Wars.

I dig Knog’s brand statement very much – “Knog loves bikes and bike gear for the city streets – simple.” A perfect way to describe the Frog.

We’re only a few weeks from the wrap-up of the Beijing Olympics, and the London 2012 organizers have released the plans and the above video for the “VeloPark”, which includes an indoor velodrome and outdoor BMX track. As this is one of the premier permanent facilities for the 2012 Games, it will remain a part of the London cycling scene, and an additional 1-mile road cycling path and MTB course will be added after the games. Read more about it over on the BBC.

I know this is for the Olympics and all, which means big plans and a big outlay of cash (though not to the extent of the Beijing games, I’ve read) but it would be great to see more multi-use bicycle facilities in the US. With the popularity of track/fixed/single-speed bikes, it would seem that there is a market for more velodromes, and BMX tracks and skateparks should just go hand-in-hand.

Related:
2008 Olympics BMX coverage on BMXRoots.com


RAD, GNARLEY, DUDE BMX Freestyle illustration by Bob Haro, 2008
“Rad. Gnarley. Dude,” illustration by Bob Haro, 2008. Click to view at 3x (1500x1211pixels).

Well, I’m a week late to closing out the week of Bob Haro here at BMXRoots. However, I think this installment and the above image makes it worth the wait. See, after I began scanning a bunch of the previous illustrations from my old magazines, I began digging deeper into the web and I found a couple of Haro’s images that others had scanned, and then I found the image above – a recent illustration that Bob had created and passed along to a guy by the handle of “Wildman” over on the vintagebmx.com forums. I knew I had an week-ender with this image, but because Wildman mentioned that Haro had sent it to him personally, I wanted to see if I could get Haro’s permission to run it here.

So, I fired-off an email and waited. Note that I had also waited to send the email until last Friday, the same day the official Bob Haro week was ending, but anyway, I digress. My email was at least 4 paragraphs long. I had so much to say to him, I mean, this is BOB HARO, c’mon, but knew I should cut to the chase. Seriously, I was anxious enough that I shot the email off and forgot to attach the image. Nice one. Bob was kind enough to write me back, ask to see the image, which I promptly sent again, and then wrote me back almost immediately giving me the okay to post it for your viewing pleaseure.

I love this one because it encapsulates the history of Freestyle in one simple image. As with the other illustrations that I’ve featured, the details are thoughtful and at-times humorous, from the bikes and clothing featured to the brands and sponsors. Unlike the Zipatone shading of the older drawings, this seems to be marker-drawn and scanned (or illustrated with a pen pad, directly) and then shaded on the computer.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these illustrations/cartoons/drawings as much as I have. Keep looking here for more features like this, including some bike collections, and even more history from a broader swath of bicycle culture.

Thanks again for the inspiration, BH.
-Jeremy

Related:
Bob Haro week, Day 4
Bob Haro week, Day 3
Bob Haro week, Day 2
Bob Haro week, Day 1

Thrown-back; Bashguards and Twin-tubes
A little of this, and a lot of that…

A couple of new complete BMX bikes have been hitting the web in the past few days that reference earlier times in freestyle. One from the recent past, and one from the very beginning.

Subrosa Bash Bike

First, Subrosa has released news that they’re going to be doing a bashguard bike that is a modern take on the old Bully bashguard frame of the early 90s. As Ryan Sher, of Subrosa puts it on their site, “I can vividly remember seeing a bike that I only wished I could own, or even knew how to use; that bike was the Bully R.L. Inc”. He goes on to say that it was around this time that he was inspired by the progression of BMX, and the street riding “style” that became so prevalent.

Subrosa Bash Bike Detail

Ultimately, he says that it is about bringing the fun back into BMX. A topic that seems to be popping up in a number of places (Thanks, mcGoo – note I meant “sight”, not “site”, ugh). I’ll keep saying it – remember, this is about riding bikes, and bikes should be fun. If sliding on a plastic bashguard helps to get you there, cool, go for it.

2009 Haro Retro 1st Generation Freestyler Complete Bike

Next, there’s news that the retro Haro Bikes Gen-1 Freestyler is  finally happening. After a couple years of speculation, and a few prototypes (one of which was at last year’s Interbike), there are images of the 2009 Haro Bikes catalog floating around that shows what should be close to the production version of the retro Freestyler, based on Bob Haro’s original Haro Freestyler,the predecesor to the ubiquitous Haro Master. As with the Subrosa Bash Bike, it looks like an integrated headtube and “updated geometry”, as they say in the catalog, are part of the package.

Rumor has it that both of these are going to be limited-edition run. With all of the clamor about the Haro, I have a feeling they’ll go quick, but then become available over the upcoming months. This is the third retro model done by Haro, the first was a Dave Mirra-based Freestyler, the second was the 2005-06 retro Sport. For Subrosa, the bash bike is a continuation of what they started with their Letum cruiser.

I’m down with either of these, but of course, I have a lot of heart for the Haro, just because it has been discussed for SO long in the vintage bmx circles. However, I have to dig the Subrosa because it not only has graphics in the vein of the Bully designs, but also because I was right there, watching RL and Chris Day tear it up on early Bully frames at a mall show in Overland Park, KS, during a summer tour. We snuck our bikes in and rode through the mall – good times…

FBM Featured on local Binghamton, NY news
Click the image to watch the video over on the NewsChannel 34 site.

FBM has a piece from the local news station about their facilities in Binghamton and their new complete line of bikes. Their master welder, Big Dave, John Paul Rodgers and Steve Crandall are all featured in the video. It looks like most of the bikes being built in the video are FBM Fixed frames, which look so damn nice. Side note – awesome to hear the reporter say “Fat Bald Men”.

Related:
FBM Owner’s Group
FBM Shop Tour

Found over on DigBMX