Why the love for Redline in particular?
Tommy Yaley: Early on I had a converted Schwinn Stingray, then a Webco. My buddy got a '76 Redline squareback and it was love at first sight. When I finally got one in 1977, I was bummed they changed the rear chain stay. I got it anyway but it just wasn't a squareback. Then the Proline came out and I bought one of those. The V bars were so cool and the double clamp gooseneck was art. Red Line was my brand!
Do you feel there is a need for BMX products to survive for history's sake?
Tommy Yaley: Yes! I'm a musician and I feel that we can't forget about the music from the past (it's the best). It's the same with bikes. I hope people will still appreciate the works of art that they are.
What's one of your oldest BMX products in your collection?
Tommy Yaley: I have a '76 Red Line squareback that I bought myself for my 50th birthday but the most valuable bike I have is the earliest known 1977 all OG Red Line Pro-Line. It's the only bike I don't ride.
How does it feel meeting the OG's at the bike shows and having a beer with them?
Tommy Yaley: I've been to Planet BMX Florida's Spring fling on a few occasions. Hanging out with Stu, PK, Eddie King, Bob Haro has been fun. Honestly I like talking about life more than what was their favorite bike or race. We have a lot in common.
Name three BMX collectors that you respect?
Tommy Yaley: 3? Crap...
2) John Dalingwater
3) Jonathan Hoffman
Do you have decent mechanical skills?
Tommy Yaley: Yeah but I can't build wheels.. I change my own guitar strings too
What makes Linn Kastan a special man to you?
Tommy Yaley: I reached out to Linn when I started the Red Line BMX Appreciation FB page. Wanted info and some serial numbers. Since then, Simon Slater (another Red Line nutcase) and I worked with him to re-issue the double clamp for members of our page and is working on other items as well including first gen V bars. I have the prototype of those. He's been a great help to us!
How often do you look on eBay/Craigslist/BMX Museum to shop for old BMX stuff?
Tommy Yaley: Daily... it's good to see what's out there
What's the most ridiculous amount you have paid for a bike part that you needed to own?
Tommy Yaley: That's a tough one! Probably my NOS Cook Bros slant stem. That set me back a few dollars but my '77 Proline frame/forks was several months mortgage payments.
Do you have a man-cave where your bikes are displayed?
Tommy Yaley: I did in my old house. Now they are tucked away nicely in my garage.
Do you always have room for "one more bike"?
Tommy Yaley: I'm working on my 2020 SE STR-1 20". That will be my last bike... lol
What's a bike (part) you have been looking for but haven't been able to locate?
Tommy Yaley: I almost had an OG quadangle, but the deal fell apart. Can't afford it now unless I sell my whole collection. Lol
Where can people reach you when they have that part available?
Tommy Yaley: The Red Line BMX appreciation page or my facebook page.
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