What kind of bikes do you focus on?
Jeremy Golden: I’m mainly a late 80’s-early 90’s race guy as those were my fondest memories but I appreciate all those that paved the way before then and the ones that improved the design of BMX bikes after.
Do you have a favourite BMX brand?
Jeremy Golden: I don’t think I could ever choose a favorite brand with so many awesome ones to pick from. The early 90’s had some really unique designs, JAD, PMC, VG being amongst a few of my favorites. I do have a special place in my heart for Redline Flight 401’s though, they lasted the test of time.
The green Auburn with purple Pro Forx. What's the story of that bike?
Jeremy Golden: The green Auburn was definitely a special one for me as it was the final one of my top 3 grails I had been hunting since I started collecting. I honestly never thought I would be lucky enough to have one in my collection. Special thanks to Kyle Huffman for selling me the bike that he had held on to since he was a kid. It looked a lot different when I purchased it then it does now. I collected almost all the parts I wanted for it prior to ever owning the frame. I told Kyle about 5 years ago that if he ever considered selling it I would love to add it to my collection. Just last year Kyle contacted me and told me he wanted to see what I could do with it, it’s exactly how I would have wanted it 1992 now. Most of the purple parts including the ProForx were from a local GT Pro Series purchase that I scored years back.
How did you end up with the Kastan forks in your possession? Is that where this bike started?
Jeremy Golden: The Kastan forks came from a lot that I had purchased locally from a friend Daniel Easton. The lot included a 88 Free Agent 24”, 92 Kastan Proline Stretch, 89 Kastan KEX jr cruiser, and the elusive 91 Kastan KEX Pro S. He had Titron pedals on the Kastan Proline that I had to sell immediately to make sure I could pay the bills after that purchase but boy I wish I could have kept those.
When you started riding, what bike was the dream bike for you?
Jeremy Golden: When I started racing in 84 I was only 6 years old so I didn’t have a dream bike at that time but I was racing a JMC mini so it didn’t get much better than that. My father passed away shortly after and I took a few years away from the sport. When I came back to racing in 1990 I had a few on my dream list, Hawk, Kastan and Auburn were at the top of my list.
The BOSS bike, inspired by Steve Veltman?
Jeremy Golden: The Boss is actually in pieces now. I built it up with all the parts I had saved hoping an Auburn would fall into my hands. Two years after I built it the Auburn came into my possession so the Boss is on the back burner now. I’ve got some good plans and parts for how it’s gonna be built again in the future though.
Name three BMX collectors that you respect?
Jeremy Golden: I could name the top guys in the hobby like Haney or Chad Powers but I’m gonna go with some names not so known to this list that either inspired me or I just really enjoyed their collections.
1 -AJ Wilson (Huge 90’s collection)
2 -Brett Kimble RIP buddy you had some of the most tasteful collection I’ve ever seen
3 -Greg Tidey (might not the largest collection but the bikes he owns are something seriously special)
Do you have decent mechanical skills?
Jeremy Golden: I used to think I had zero mechanical skills but over the last decade I’ve gathered proficient enough skills to impress myself haha.
What products are a great help when you find an old rusty historical piece of shit bike that needs to shine again?
Jeremy Golden: I’m a bit of a purist so I don’t really do much restoration unless completely necessary although I did venture in painting a couple bikes recently. I even tried airbrushing some Cyclecraft Dirt Legz to match an original paint frame recently. I’ve had success with a few OA baths removing rust from chrome but for the most part I let other people take on those types of restorations. I’m more of a dawn dish soap and water to clean and with some Lucas Oil Red n Tacky grease for the parts requiring lube. One little secret I’ll share is to apply a thin layer of wax on your brake cable=game changer
What's the story behind Rubicon?
Jeremy Golden: The Rubicon is actually from a local builder here in AZ, Woody Woodruff. Some of his designs include Works Development, Enigma, Rubicon and his earliest design was the Direct Link. He’s possibly the best bike manufacturer and isn’t a household name. I purchased the frame from Shannon Gillette who sold it for Woody and built it up to what it is now. Gotta thank my boy Stephen Arndt for hooking me up with the last piece of the puzzle with the NOS Body Belt pads.
How often do you look on eBay/Craigslist/BMX Museum to shop for old BMX stuff?
Jeremy Golden: I haven’t been doing much shopping lately other than grabbing a few things that pop up BIN on my saved EBay searches. With so many collectors entering the market over the last couple years it’s become hard to financially compete and the stuff I still want ain’t cheap.
What's the most ridiculous amount you have paid for a bike part that you needed to own?
Jeremy Golden: I’ve spent close to 2k on a couple different bikes but I think the most ridiculous amount I’ve spent is $180 on a white Flite Titanium Perforated seat. Darn things never come up for sale.
Do you have a man-cave where your bikes are displayed?
Jeremy Golden: My man cave has been currently under construction for like 5 years haha. It looks good for a couple weeks them becomes a complete disaster whenever I start building bikes or taking them apart.
Do you always have room for "one more bike"? What will it be?
Jeremy Golden: I can always make room for the right “one more bike”. It will probably be a JMC mini to replicate my first BMX bike.
What's a bike (part) you have been looking for but haven't been able to locate?
Jeremy Golden: I’m still looking for a few bikes but for the most part I own the ones I really wanted. I wouldn’t mind if a first generation Haro Monocoque 92-93 or Haro Group 1 Composite or possibly a Hyper HPR 20 2 piece fell into my hands. I would also love to own a VDC Changa long, RRS or maybe a JMC 24”. I could use some blue Hyper hubs also. Put it this way, there is still a lot of grails out there I would love to own but most of them either never come up for sale or someone else is willing to pay more.
Where can people reach you when they have that part available?
Jeremy Golden: Most likely I’ll find you if you have what I want lol but per chance I don’t I can be reached on FB and on the BMXmuseum.com page under the alias “The Hawk f-20”
Thanks to: Special thanks to all those that helped contribute to my builds. I know many times I’ve run into situations where friends I’ve met along the way of collecting that could have sold something for much more than I paid for the item but they chose me over the money knowing I would try my hardest to do something special with it. Without those guys this interview wouldn’t exist.
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Episode 6: GAry Sansom (USA)
Episode 7: Michael Gamstetter (USA)
Episode 8: Grant Stone (GBR)
Episode 9: Steve Blackey (USA)
Episode 10: Shannon Gillette (USA)
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Episode 12: Oliver Kienzle (GER)
Episode 13: Kelly Swanson (USA)
Episode 14: Pat A Lar (GBR)
Episode 15: Billy Mills (GBR)
Episode 16: Steve Brothers (USA)
Episode 17: Aykut Hilmi (GBR)
Episode 18: Alex Leech (GBR)
Episode 19: Mike Janssen (NED)
Episode 20: Brian Gutierrez (USA)
Episode 21: Chad Powers (USA)
Episode 22: Alessandro Barbero (ITA)
Episode 23: Chris Daly (GBR)
Episode 24: Ian MacArthur (GBR)
Episode 25: Steve Strong (GBR)
Episode 26: Stephen Joseph (GBR)
Episode 27: Paul de Jong (NED)
Episode 28: Jon Western (GBR)
Episode 29: William "LaRock" LaRoque (USA)
Episode 30: Johan Janssens (BEL)
Episode 31: Darren Chan (USA)
Episode 32: Frank Lukas (GER)
Episode 33: Jason Teraoka (USA)
Episode 34: Shad Johnson (USA)
Episode 35: PJ McKenna (USA)
Episode 36: Henry Sarria (USA)
Episode 37: Jonathan Sherwood (SAF)
Episode 38: Trevor Henry (GBR)
Episode 39: Daniel Purcell (GBR)
Episode 40: Mark McCorkle (USA)
Episode 41: Tom Sustarich (USA)
Episode 42: Adam Cox (USA)
Episode 43: Perry Wills (USA)
Episode 44: John Buultjens (SCO)
Episode 45: Jay Eley (GBR)
Episode 46: Alvin Mullins (USA)
Episode 47: Scott Barrette (USA)
Episode 48: Ashley Little (GBR)
Episode 49: Bill Batchelor (USA)
Episode 50: Steve Firestein (USA)
Episode 51: Jon Hoffman (USA)
Episode 52: Peter Ashby (AUS)
Episode 53: Patrick Freitas (USA)
Episode 54: Mel Stoutsenberger (USA)
Episode 55: Martin Primentel (AUS)
Episode 56: Chino (USA)
Episode 57: Ely D. Thomas (USA)
Episode 58: Mickael Clerté (FRA)
Episode 59: Toby Henderson (USA)
Episode 60: Eddy King (USA)
Episode 61: Byron Friday (USA)
Episode 62: Lionel Eden (USA)
Episode 63: Donnie Platt (USA)
Episode 64: Brad Nash (USA)
Episode 65: Mohamad Al Amin (MAL)
Episode 66: Christopher Wesley (USA)
Episode 67: Sean Stiddard (GBR)
Episode 68: Tyler Collins (USA)
Episode 69: Rod Miles (USA)
Episode 70: Brian Britt (USA)
Episode 71: Sean Ewing (USA)
Episode 72: Jim Fisher (USA)
Episode 73: Òscar Pallarès (ESP)
Episode 74: Jeff Utterback (USA)
Episode 75: Timmy Williams (USA)
Episode 76: Tommy Yaley (USA)
Episode 77: Jason van Buskirk (USA)
Episode 78: Stu Thomsen (USA)
Episode 79: Scott Towne (USA)
Episode 80: Raphael Lawson (AUS)
Episode 81: Cash Matthews (USA)
Episode 82: Arthur Kourtis (AUS)
Episode 83: Maurice Meyer (USA)
Episode 84: Jeremiah Grimes (USA)
Episode 85: Karl Chalk (GBR)
Episode 86: Bill Ryan (USA)
Episode 87: Luke Haralambous (GBR)
Episode 88: FJ Weeks (USA)
Episode 89: Bob Lipsett Jr. (USA)
Episode 90: Brett Jackson (USA)
Episode 91: Six Pack To Go (USA)
Episode 92: Michael James (USA)
Episode 93: Ediz Tensi (TUR)
Episode 94: Mike Allred (USA)
Episode 95: Kurt Stark (USA)
Episode 96: Jeremy Golden (USA)
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