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.
Paul's Boutique is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this upcoming weekend. We caught up with owner Paul de Jong to see how he survived:When exactly did you start Paul's Boutique BMX hardware store?
April 1st 1995 we started Paul's Boutique, Lambert van Stekelenborg (LAGEJA) and I teamed up and started a 100% PURE BMX shop, I bought him out in 2000.
What made you decide to start a BMX shop?
My shitty work as a salesmanager for roofing materials made it easy to quit my job and we couldn't buy anything in the Netherlands BMX wise so we started to import everything by ourselves and tried to sell it to the 100 riders that were left in the mid 90's.
It sucks when your own spot gets torn down. It doesn't matter if it's an official skatepark, trails or your ghetto spot.
Shred that place to pieces yo. Seek and destroy.
The 1980 April issue of Bicycle Motocross Action has Tinker Juarez on the cover. If you have heard that Tinker name in the last few years you probably follow the mountain bike scene. Tinker currently rides Marathon MTB rides (unless they steal his bike holding him at gunpoint) and used to be USA's hope in MTB cross country races riding for Cannondale for a long time.
As you can see, Tinker got his skills from racing BMX (Mongoose pro) and riding his motomag at the skateparks. Tinker was quoted in this issue as:
"The master of Vertical Surface; the Absolute Ruler of the Concrete Bowl; the King of the Skateparks."
It was indeed April (1st?) 1980 when this BMX Less! advertisement showed up in BMX PLUS! magazine. Gene Simmons of Kiss on a Redline somehow kept his tongue inside during this photoshoot.
Cover headlines were:
"$ 150.00 foolish buy"
"We're only in it for the money"
"All the news that fits, we print"
"Jenson beats Stu in match race"
It's time for an Ozzy version Adam!
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.
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.
Weil am Rhein/Germany, 26.-27.02.2005, Carhartt Skatepark
From Italy, Swiss, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria and of course Germany over 100 bmx riders made their way to Weil am Rhein to ride the infamous Carhartt Skatepark for the first time and to witness the premier of the Carhartt Ravage Tour 2004 DVD in the convention center, next to the skatepark.
Without exception and doubts every rider was truly impressed by the facility and the quality of the ramps. Some of them even said: "The miniramp is the pure sex!!"
Al DI Mino of BMX Invasion is putting on a contest on the West Coast this Saturday. The info we received from Al:
Here is the preliminary contest flyer for the West Coast contest. Any prizes you can send will be deeply appreciated for this event. Please send prizes to my affiliate and team mate Rick Vigil or Camp Real Ride. I will be in Huntington Beach Friday April 1st. Contest is to be held on April 2nd.
Thank you all for your help in the past and for this event.
Your friend , AL DI Mino
More info: http://www.directbmx.com