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Old 02-15-06, 11:05 AM   #1
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1980s Nostalgia Thread

Okay, this is for all the old, old school dudes to post things from the 'golden era' of BMX.

I'll start with a few great ones:


Eddie Fiola


RL Osborn


Stu Thomsen

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Old 02-15-06, 02:09 PM   #2
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Redline was a bad ride back in the day, I remember Cook Bros. had a sweet frame, GT was still a small company, Hutch had some good stuff, Mongoose had that chrome frame with the big headtube gusset, there was PK Ripper too, I could go on and on.

Z-rims and Oakley 3's (ergonomic grips) were hot. Arai aluminum rims were strong.

This was way before this ramp stuff, the bikes were super light and precision.

Stu Thomsen was the man, 'cause he was like three times the age of all of the competition. I always figured he was a ringer.

There was that INSANE movie called "Rad", with that scene when they play "Dream weaver" at the dance, and then...........Oh, man.
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Old 02-15-06, 02:29 PM   #3
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Brian Blyther


Ron Wilkerson


Mike Dominguez and Woody Itson
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Old 02-15-06, 02:37 PM   #4
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Martin Aparijo


Dennis McCoy


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Patterson, CW, Hutch Prostar and Trickstar, GHP, Redline 600a PL20 and RL20 Prostyler, Skyway TA, Thruster, Schwinn Predator, Vector, GT Pro Performer, Haro Freestyler Master and Sport, Dyno, Profile, Diamond Back, Mongoose, Torker II, SE Racing PK Ripper and Quadangle, FMF... what else can you recall?

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Erzulis I agree 100% about Redline. That was the bike in my mind. I eventually had a white 600a, followed by a PL20 then an RL20II (in radberry!). Like these (not my bikes -- I WISH I still had them!):





I've always loved Redlines!

-Paul

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Even that stuff is too new for me!

I was talking like 1980, when the bikes were built for the track races.

We would screw around on the street, and make jumps.

The kid down the street named Wes Barber jumped some huge ramp we made, tried to do the "Tabletop", and never pulled out. He was thrashed. He had a Redline with white Z-rims, and that machine was badass.

Billy Huff had a chrome GT with blue anodized components, it was super fast.

PK Rippers would usually snap at the headtube or bottom bracket after some hard landings.

Diamondback frames were heavy, and were not considered top of the line. That is what I had.

Man, I would have been 10 in 1980, but I got into roadbikes by 12, so I must have missed all the trick bikes.

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I first got into BMX with my first bike (Team Murray) in 1981 (age 9), and got big into it 82-88. Raced only a wee bit and then got big into freestyle. As far as the neighborhood gang, my buddy Brad Brand always had the cool bike, from his Predator to his Vector, he always had the cool and unusual ride. Spencer Brown had a Mongoose Californian, Todd Smith had a Diamondback Viper, Trippy Freeman usually had some zoot race bike (GHP, Patterson), Patrick Bader had a Hutch Prostar (then a Trickstar), my brother had a GT Pro Performer (then a couple Haro Masters) and Cliff Sexton had a sweet Redline PL20. There was a guy (I forget his name) that had a PK Ripper and a Quadangle! Big time stuff when you're a preteen! lol

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Well, here is me in 1985 on my gt pro performer. I know I look like a dork.
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Old 02-19-06, 09:11 PM   #10
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Dude, that is awesome. I've totally got pictures just like that of me and my brother! lol
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Dude, that is awesome. I've totally got pictures just like that of me and my brother! lol
thanks! its the only one I have of me and my gt, There are a few of me racing bmx but my mom has them. I look like such a dork, but I was so psyched when I got that bike. I wish I still had it!
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ODI mushroom grips with the ODI donuts. I remember there was the short lived "I've got the longest cranks" phase.

Oh and here is a little something I foundRadical Rick
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Old 02-22-06, 11:23 PM   #13
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Dude! Radical Rick! Oh, my. That brings back memories, man! lol

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DANG!...to think I offed my Webco frame on eBay last year!! well, I lost track of the matching mag wheels years ago anyway. ..sigh..
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Old 03-01-06, 09:13 PM   #15
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I've always loved Redlines!

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That looks like the one I still own! Mine is radberry, but it's the series before that without the black bottom bracket.
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I had a Schwinn Predator which I thought was top notch and could ride a wheelie all day long on it. We spent hours each day at the "Dirt Trails" behind a concrete plant figuring out new ways to wreck ourselves. Somewhere in there I grew up and stopped with the BMX, but lots of memories...those ads you posted are great!
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I saved/put together a Hutch ProRacer. Shelled out over $1k in '84...2 years later I got my license then sold it for $150.

I was thinking with the wrong head when I got rid of it.
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I put a hat on it sometimes, and fixed my hair regularly, so I'd say...yes.
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I had the Redline Carrera and 600a. It was all about the track for me, not the park. But that was the early 80's. By 1987 I had a mountain bike.
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I still have my first real bmx bike which is a 1987 gt performer. man that bike is knarly.
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you mean gnarly? haha
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if you didn't know already, www.vintagebmx.com has a ton of old pro's and folks hangin round the forums. talking 'bout the good ol' days.....
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you mean gnarly? haha
But the way he spelled it was cool & original, I must say.
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My first was a '78 Webco frame that I saved up for and built up with all of my stingray parts, sans banana seat of course ...funny thing was I didn't have enough for a new seat so I rode it around for about three weeks without one. One vacant lot jump too many and Mr. Seat Tube showed me why seats are a good thing and nearly grabbed the jewels! A nice scar from the glory days!
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