I'm old and I want to vent....
I'm not that old...but old compared to most BMX'ers.
First bike...piece of **** Murray BMX. You could have 50lbs of lead weight underwear and still find it hard to wheelie with your center of gravity back.
I talked my parents into getting me a decent bike. I seriously spend months looking at every single catalog: Redline, GT, Robinson, Haro, Mongoose, Powerlite, etc...
I got to the point where I would visit bike shops and instantly recognize parts on the wall. Catalogs back then = visiting web pages now.
Redline Flight cranks...OMG HI2U
I remember just studying BMX Plus magazines to the point I would memorize parts/prices. Even to this day, I know the difference between an Expert/Junior/Pro/Team model frame.
My dream bikes: Auburn CR20R (green/chrome rear triangle) and Mongoose California Pro (triple rear triangle)..that gray splatter paint.
I miss BMX. I miss running to my mailbox to read the latest article about Matt Hoffman or Fuzzy Hall trying to sell me a Solution Pro (in that awesome blue color).
Not sure why but I was obsessed with Robinson's too.
Part of me wants to buy another old school BMX.
It's just crazy to remember going through BMX Plus' and scouring Dan's Comp ad's. If you wanted to order a product, you had to pick up the phone and talk to a live person. Even random questions to a bike shop (again, calling) was nerve racking for a teenager.
Sorry to vent.
BTW..I found a top tube pad for my old Mongoose Expert (early-mid 90's). If anyone wants it, they can have it. No foam, just the canvas/fabric with the velcro.