purchases the hot supreme items - this bike being one of them. The resale market is not really there for these. I cannot find any sold prices, however people are asking up to 7/8k for one, a hard sell for sure.
Do you remember the moment that you decided to start collecting BMX memorabilia?
Billy Mills: I’ve always loved the old school bikes, especially race ones. Growing up at Rom Skatepark, I was constantly surrounded by them, I just love the simple design and engineering. 6 years ago I purchased an 83’ Profile Champ from a friend, I’d loved Profile as a current BMX brand, and always wanted that first frame they did. It’s still as good today in terms of quality. That extra tube in the frame may have been pointless in terms of strength but so cool in design. I was hooked since building that bike.
At this moment, do you wish you had started collecting earlier?
Billy Mills: Judging by the current prices, yes!
Do you feel there is a need for BMX products to survive for history's sake?
Billy Mills: 100%. The products I collect represent so much more than a BMX part, they reflect an era or a particular moment in time.
What's one of your oldest BMX products in your collection?
Billy Mills: Probably my '79 Mongoose Motomag.
When you started riding what bike was the dream bike for you?
Billy Mills: When I started riding properly, it was definitely the first Kink Freebird for me. Trans Am Firebird Decals, gloss black and £499 in Cyclone Cycles! The Rolls Royce for sure!
Name three BMX collectors that you respect?
1) John JP Paddick Aka Roast. - If it's reproduction, he won't let me live it down!
2) Brent Mckenzie (Sweden.) Fantastic collection and knowledge, helped me out with my bikes.
3) Darren Wood - 80’s Pro racer and a good friend
Do you have decent mechanical skills?
Billy Mills: I like to think I do, I’m an engineer for work and run a drag car with my dad.
What products are a great help when you find an old rusty historical piece of shit bike that needs to shine again?
Billy Mills: SBD (SuperBike Dan) paint and powder coat! Mothers polish, a citric acid bath is great for rusty chrome and carb cleaner!
How often do you look on eBay/Craigslist/BMX Museum to shop for old BMX stuff?
Billy Mills: I do look on these sites, but can’t warrant the prices. I use the facebook pages that have been fantastic over the years for building relationships with collectors.
What's the most ridiculous amount you have paid for a bike part that you needed to own?
Billy Mills: I’d say my '85 Slingshot frame and forks, that I had to have. A few £££ there, but I mean once you’re into £300+ for a plastic saddle you kinda know it's a bit of an addiction :)
Do you always have room for "one more bike”?
Billy Mills: Always. I've tried to keep my collection to one of each bike, but with a theme. I like early '80’s race bikes, but they have to have something whacky about them. I really like frames that are over-engineered with extra tubes, random gussets etc, even ones with cables instead of a downtube!
What's a bike (part) you have been looking for but haven't been able to locate?
Billy Mills: I’ve kind of ticked all my boxes in terms of bikes I’d like to own, I’d really like a Nomura race bike though. In terms of parts I’d really like an original Profile lockjaw stem.
Where can people reach you when they have that part available?
Billy Mills: @billymills (instagram)
Thanks to: My missus for putting up with the bikes in the house. Anyone on the pages that has helped me out with bikes and parts over the years.
Previous Episodes on FATBMX:
Episode 1: Christophe Detandt (BEL)
Episode 2: James White (GBR)
Episode 3: JT Freestyle (USA)
Episode 4: Ben Murphy (IRL)
Episode 5: Rainer Schadowski (GER)
Episode 6: GAry Sansom (USA)
Episode 7: Michael Gamstetter (USA)
Episode 8: Grant Stone (GBR)
Episode 9: Steve Blackey (USA)
Episode 10: Shannon Gillette (USA)
Episode 11: Woody Itson (USA)
Episode 12: Oliver Kienzle (GER)
Episode 13: Kelly Swanson (USA)
Episode 14: Pat A Lar (GBR)