i used to have one way back in 1985 (i think that was the time when bmx's were a real boom and was real commercial then and this was in the u.k!)- my pop took me to the local bike store -downstairs they had normal racers (or skinnies as i used to call em) and ladies / kiddies bikes etc and a few of the black BOMBERS that were just about going out of fashion phase-but i wanted a bmx and they were on upper floor - i remember smell of new rubber as different bmx models lay side by side in rows--i wanted the diamond back - but no pop wasn't sure about the high asking price -around £220!! the salesman then directed us to a new range introduced to the bmx scene - the B.H range! ".....good quality stylish bmx bikes within the budget !" remarked the "not bothered really" dull salesman- there was a white framed one with blue trimmings (skyway wheels...i think,pedals etc) looked o.k - and i can't really remember the rest of the range - but anyways i was forcefully ended up buying the red framed one with yellow trimmings (yellow tyres-chunky front ones and skinny rears - black hand grips - crude to the touch which i eventually replaced with soft touch mushroom ones - the pedals were chunky black slaps of plastic and the seat was a cheap/nasty moulded hard pointed bright yellow which got dirty easily - the brakes were disappointing -it was as if the company b.h raided the old spares bin- huge clumsy brake levers grips/extra chunky block style brake pads with old fashioned nuts/fitments that rusted as well as other parts- i used to regularly oil the metal bits with a cloth - mind you the finish of the paintwork was not bad and the decals/ stickers were basic and minimal in bright yellow- the chrome bits were a little on the cheap side - overall it had that happy-go-lucky thing about it and you began to like it as it growed on you in sentimental terms - almost felt sorry for it. I remember when i used to doss the streets (-i was known as the B.H boy-) the chunky front tyre with its gum coloured sidewalls - the tyres themselves were durable - but got dirty quick obviously. sometimes other kids on their bikes used to taunt me - they themselves had haros,d.b's,mongooses with their flashy wheels like z-rims,skyways in different colors etc - but i didn't care - i used to bike to local events - race s and freestyle - and remember this american dude (some bmx star) from america- guest appearing on a freestyle event - i think his name was eric or erik something - A few months later they introduced a chrome version with black trimmings - kinda looked desirable . anyways a few months later my beloved b.h was stolen and i lost her for good - it was a sad moment until i saved up to buy myself a brand new falcon pro theta in beautiful chrome and black trimmings and nice bike sticker decals in digital mock up styleee - where the b.h was the ford escort of all bikes in that term- the theta was the AUDI TT with slight alfa romeo touches - i think this bike was well ahead of its time in profile- a real beauty - until that got stolen from me too! if i can get hold of either of these bikes now- preferably in sort of mint condition - that would be bliss for sentimental reasons ..
Last edited by zimmal; 11-13-04 at 08:27 AM.