The A-Head system has been a great invention for the BMX bike. The goosenecks from the early days followed by the Tuf- and Pro Neck type of stems had a few flaws.
First of all, with a little force you could move the stem in the forks, especially if you ran it high. The biggest problem was the headset getting loose all the time. When you were out for a BMX session, you always saw people grab the headset and turn the big nut and bigger ring to get the forks tight. Keep in mind that we did not have the right tools to counter lock the big nut and the ring. But even with the right tools, the headsets seem to get loose from time to time.
This changed with the invention of the Aheadset. I believe it was used on mountain bikes first and then got adapted on BMX bikes. Standard Byke Co were one of the first ones to change to this
OLD SKOOL, LIMITED EDITION SLAYER
Back by popular demand !! Slayer is the latest killer addition to the Vans band project (LTDs). The Slayer Old Skool, made to the band's specifications, features an all-leather upper, custom Slayer Eagle heel logo and Slayer tongue label, black sidestripe and red splatters friction. For a limited time only at your VANS dealer. Paul's Boutique BMX hardware store has these in stock.
Josh Harrington was ripping at the Metro jam and therefore he received the cover of the July issue of RIDEBMX. Josh actually messed up his [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=444]knee[/url] at this contest but still won. You can find a full report on the Metro jam in this issue and also a big report on the RedBull ditch contest in Mexico that sounded like an adventure. You can find all the latest in the Up Front part at the beginning of the magazine. Nate Wessel is answering the questions in the Pro Q + A part, some videos get reviewed and Chenga world ends up in the SPOT section. The Now and Then is with Kevin Robinson. Gotta love the old school pics. Product reviews on page 48, Whitton gets choked in the Shadow ad (part 3 of 7) and Wessel's bike gets inspected. Need a helmet for the park? Go to page 54. There are some product and bike tests and of course the RIDE BMX FOCUS photo section. Bike Show mini winner Ryan Guettler gets the pull-out poster but has to share it with Gary Young. Find part two of the cement QP How-to on 122/123, learn how to do 180 barspins with Corey Martinez step by step and learn who Larry Alvarado is. We say Happy Birthday and finish the July issue.
One more from the old box. This is a Pro-Tec ad that appeared in the July issue of Bicycle Motocross Action. It introduces the Professional MX Faceguard that can be attached to the regular Pro-Tec helmet. The description of the mouth protection cage reads the following:-It has no equal; it's made of steel
-And it costs more.
-Quite simply, it protects like no other faceguard.
Not sure who was the copy writer for Pro-Tec at the time but I hope this was his last advertisement.
25 years later Pro-Tec is around though with a strong team of riders like: Mike Aitken, Stephen Murray, Alistair Whitton, Cory Nastazio, Fuzzy, TJ Lavin, and Chris Doyle.
Some people wear them all the time, some never. Some want to get the latest hat to look stylish. Well, we've got some stylish hat for you here from UGP, FBM, VANS and KingKong. Make your choice and call your favorite BMX shop. We saw the sun out there today and your eyes need protection.
This is what you can find in the May Issue of BMX Plus! magazine:Events: NBL Christmas Classic, Boom Boom Huck Jam, ABA Silver Dollar Nats,
Features: Nostalgia, On The Move-Learn How The Smith Grind, Trash Talk, Faces-Cheeve, Junior Thumper, Threads, Inside The Pros Bikes-Brian Terrada and Ryan O'Conell, Norcal Explosion, Moving Pictures, Product Probe
Bikes: Diamondback Orion, DK Signal
Now if they would put us back on the mailing list we could get into some more detail.
Seeing BMX and BMX freestyle develop in the early years must have been fun. It was so new that something exciting was happening every week. Discovering the people who were actually doing new moves was a challenge. People from different areas were developing on their own without knowing what was going on 50 miles down the road. With maybe only a telephone to communicate with (no cell phones and no e-mail to communicate with in the late-'70-s/early eighties) it was hard to track people down for a photo shoot.
Innovations Tire Repair & Inflation Wallet Set
was sent to the FATBMX office a while ago and we gave it a test when I ended up with a flat tire after a short MTB trip on my HARO V4.This set contains:
1 Microflate CO2 tire inflator
2 Tire Levers
1 Small patch kit
2-16 Gram Threaded C02 Cartridges
1 padded nylon case
How can you tell this is an old photo of Martin Apparijo?
-First of all he's riding a quarterpipe. Martin is more know for his bar rides, infinity rolls and front/backyards.
-Martin is riding an aluminium PK Ripper. Enough said.
-Look at the helmet of choice, an open face. Don't see those around much these days.
-Notice the brake system. Front brake, yes. rear brake, yes. Potts modification? no. Rotor? no. The big number plate doesn't help much either if you want to cross up the bars 180 degrees or give them a spin.
-Martin is riding one-piece cranks. Not your crankset of choice today....
Click on the picture for a bigger photo to discover some more old school stuff. Photo: Cassimus/BMX Plus!
EPITAPH has been a long time supporter of FATBMX and every BMX'er should have heard PENNYWISE's song "Bro Hymn" at every Worlds.
Now the nice people at EPITAPH provided 3 PENNYWISE CD's that you can win. Answer the following questions about the alltime favourite BMX song "BRO HYMN":
1) When was the first release of the song "Bro Hymn"?