I mowed some lawns and my parents supported my interest in having a nice bike..
Do you have some of those bikes in your collection today?
Jim Fisher: I do...I started out thinking I would just recreate an old GT I built in '82/'83 then the bug bit and I pursued JMC Racing and some SE’s. My collection represents a lot of different manufacturers now, I’ve just tried to hold on to the rare stuff I’ve found..
Do you feel that you had to race, or be part of BMX, to better understand how bikes should look like?
Jim Fisher: I would imagine it helps.. I really enjoyed building these bicycles as a kid... I bought sold and traded parts back then to better my bikes. Learned how to turn a wrench, paint stuff etc... Skills I’ve utilized my whole life..
Do you feel there is a need for BMX products to survive for history's sake?
Jim Fisher: I think it’s great if they do... I would think as my generation gets older there will be less demand for old school but I’m sure there will be some followers as long as people are riding BMX... I can tell you I’ve made some good friends around the globe collecting these bikes and some of my childhood idols are Facebook friends. I really enjoy that part of this hobby
Any special love for pit bikes from your side?
Jim Fisher: I do like pit bikes.. they take less space and had very low production numbers... My 1982 JMC 16 was my first pit build. One of, I think, 110 made. Has some history in the JMC group and was featured in the BMX Museum Calendar in 2019
When you started riding what bike was the dream bike for you?
Jim Fisher: Dream bike back then? A fully chromed and loaded Redline Proline with just a few red accents.
Do you have any BMX Freestyle bikes/products in your collection or is that not where your interest is?
Jim Fisher: I don’t... I did some abandoned skate park and pool riding in the early '80s and appreciate freestyle bikes but my knowledge is limited. I was on to mountain bikes, fast cars and girls with boobs when freestyle took off. I do collect some Vintage MTB’s, Yeti, Fat City, Fisher, Ritchey, ETC.
What products are a great help when you find an old rusty historical piece of shit bike that needs to shine again?
Jim Fisher: Depends on how bad but for basics, Gunk engine degreaser, Kroil oil, WD 40, Citric acid, Never Dull wading polish, Meguiars Cleaner wax and Armor All tire foam.
How often do you look on eBay/Craigslist/BMX Museum to shop for old BMX stuff?
Jim Fisher: I’m pretty full now but there was a time I was a daily user.. I pay attention though. A large part of my collection I’ve found local but my JMC’s are from all over. I like to buy complete bikes as opposed to individual parts if I can.
Do you have a man-cave where your bikes are displayed?
Jim Fisher: I’m fortunate to have a room to use and a cool wife. Not really a man cave but has a bunch of bikes, parts and paraphernalia. I’ll sometimes grab a whiskey and go sit in the middle of it.. lol. I hope to have a bigger space and workshop for the bikes someday..
What are the Bike Shows that you must attend?
Jim Fisher: Crown Point and I want to head up to WA, I think they have a couple big ones and I want to see that part of the country..
At swap meets or yard sales, are you always looking to see if there is some interesting BMX stuff in there?
Jim Fisher: Yes... it’s an addiction. I’ve found some cool stuff just milling around. I have some friends that know I buy this stuff so I get some phone calls about things from time to time these days..
What's a bike (part) you have been looking for but haven't been able to locate?
Jim Fisher: Yellow Zap Pads Velcro 82-83, Yellow decal Haro Series one plate, Yellow Oakley F1 grips.
Where can people reach you when they have that part available?
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