Oakley is well known in the optical market but it all started with BMX grips over 25 years ago. This 1980 advertisement shows the pattern of the Oakley original grip that came in yellow, red, blue and black. The rubber Cam shaped grip had round suction cups and a single line of round indentations. The Oakley II grip had the same pattern but was all the way round.
Soon enough Oakley stepped into the goggle market and also had a goggle mask that looked pretty weird but the pros used them so it was cool.
The sunglasses followed later on with The Duke of Oakley and Phil Anderson promoting the hell out of them.
Premium Gloves have a nylon foam padded palm top with Premium 3D logo and are made of 4-way stretch spandex for comfort. The Clarino leather palm with internal thin padding makes sure you hold on to the grips. The Premium gloves have knuckle protection and a neoprene wrist band with velcro closure to make sure they're on as tight as you want them. The colour combination is grey/black and that's the only combination available. There are 4 sizes starting from Small through XL.
Paul's Boutique has the Premium Gloves available for 39 Euros. You can rock some Slayers with them too.
The January 1981 issue of Action Now magazine has an interview with Bob Haro in it. At that time Bob was still riding LPX Torker frames and Torker forks but it wouldn't be long before the first official HARO freestyle frame was born. For now enjoy the picture that Dean Bradley took of Bob doing a "speedway" as we called it. Note the two finger HARO levers, Max leathers, Offshore co-sponsorship, Oakley goggles, Skyway tuffs, Vans slip-ons, Bicycle Motocross Action jersey and Pro-Neck patch. More on the interview later.
BMX trix & Techniques for the park & street
By: Tony Donaldson
Prize: $ 19,95 US
BMX books are kind of rare. Whenever you come across one at the library or a book store they usually make you giggle. The pics are outdated and the tricks not from this time.
Tony Donaldson has finished a BMX-how-to book. Although the book was published in 2004, the pics already make me giggle. He's got Todd Anderson doing the vert part on a quarterpipe, Stephen Scheurer explaining the flatland tricks, Kyle Huber doing the street stuff and Mike Drolet doing the basics on a HARO Shredder with coloured chain wearing a pro-tec with sunglasses on.
Ahhh back again with a true old school picture from the May issue of BMX Plus1 (1980). The term Bicycle Motocross (BMX) is taken very seriously back then. It means sticking out your leg in the loose turn, crossing up the bars over jumps and ride any terrain that a motorcycle would go through.
The smooth BMX tracks of today do lack a lot of the Bicycle Motocross feeling. If it's too loose or bumpy, complaints will be heard. Sticking out a leg in the first turn? man, I'm clipped in!! When there's a chance of the track being muddy, some of the riders don't even bother showing up. How different it was back in the day when bike tests went on no matter how many puddles could be found in the first turn.
From the July 1980 issue of Bicycle Motocross Action
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Ahhhh you gotta love it, the tabletop. Still today my favorite "trick" of all if performed well. Vic Murphy is the master of it but back in 1980 Building Leapin' Jones did some rad ones for Bicycle Motocross Action magazine. These flatties are so rad, never mind the bowlegginess. The V-sign all makes up for it. Thank you Donny Jones for letting us enjoy your style 25 years later.
Let's go back, waaaaay back. The 1980 April issue of BMX Plus! takes us to the first NBA race in Soledad Sands, California. The year is 1973 and we've got three riders on this page that made a name for themselves.
First up is #78 John Palfreyman who turns out to be one of the first guys, if not THE first guy to take a BMX bike to an empty swimming pool.
Next up is #63 of former Kawasaki and Shimano factory rider David Clinton
Last but not least riding the apehanger bars is non other than Bob Hannah who became an American motocross legend.
At FATBMX we've followed the BMX scene since the late seventies. Paul and I needed to get our hands on everything that had a BMX picture in it. More people were like that at the time but the difference is that we saved everything in an old box. Make that several boxes! Over the next couple of months we're going to dig in and show you some history. We'll show some pictures and list some quotes out of the magazines that have been collecting dust, some of them for over 25 years......
Finally after a year or two we have a new contact at Epitaph Records: Carolina! We will be reviewing CD's and Concerts and even give away Tickets/Merchandise/CD's/Stickers once in a while so keep on checking FATBMX.COM!Roger Miret and the Disasters: "1984"
Having a CD out named "1984" means that they are in the Punk/Hardcore scene for a long time. New York city based but born in Cuba its Roger Miret who says: "It's a very personal account of the past for me. Life stories. No Bullshit. No Gimmicks, Just reality".