Do you feel there is a need for BMX products to survive for history's sake?
Larock: Absolutely. It was the fabric of life for so many. Not many of us didn’t want to own most every bike and part that we saw in the magazines. There was always something new and exciting to look at and want. Those same feelings still ring true today. Without the past, there is no future. I love seeing the progression of BMX from its early beginnings to where it is now. Eventually the things of today will need to be preserved for the future generations to enjoy.
How long did it take you to get your collection together?
Larock: It’s been a a life long pursuit that has never completely ended for me. Most of the bikes I’ve built and collected have moved on to new owners. I enjoy the chase of parts first, the build second and finally documenting with photos. I can look at and store photos much easier than hundreds of bikes.
Is it for the love of BMX you've got all those bikes, or is it a pension plan for you?
Larock: It’s the love of BMX for me.
Which bike do you like to ride on a regular basis?
Larock: I have a '79 Schwinn Spitfire that is BMX inspired that I enjoy riding.
How often do you look on eBay/Craigslist/BMX Museum to shop for old BMX stuff?
Larock: Daily, just to see if the next “one” is there.
Who are some of the people who have helped track some parts down that you needed?
Larock: Oh boy! That list is long & distinguished. Joe Buffardi, Darren Chan, Dan Goins, Brian “Sodbuster” Gutierrez, Dennis Dain, Bryan Fox, Rick Gaytan, Roc Caravalho, Jesse Vargas, Pat McKenna, Mark McCorkle, Perry Wills & Steve Firestein to name a few. I’ve had help from all over the country!
Who are some of the BMX connectors that you respect?
This is a tough one! There are many that I respect. The four that pop into my head instantly are listed below.
1) Darren Chan
2) Dan Goins
3) Brian “Sodbuster” Gutierrez
4) Joe Buffardi
What's the most ridiculous amount you have paid for a bike part that you needed to own?
Larock: I don’t consider any of my past purchases ridiculous, if I need it, I buy it.
Do you have another BMX project in your head? How would you start on it?
Larock: I do. I would start with Webco Mags. It’s not a Webco by the way.
Do you always have room for "one more bike"?
Thanks to: My wife and my sons. All of the friends and great people I’ve met through this kooky little hobby of ours.
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)
Episode 15: Billy Mills (GBR)
Episode 16: Steve Brothers (USA)
Episode 17: Aykut Hilmi (GBR)
Episode 18: Alex Leech (GBR)
Episode 19: Mike Janssen (NED)
Episode 20: Brian Gutierrez (USA)
Episode 21: Chad Powers (USA)
Episode 22: Alessandro Barbero (ITA)
Episode 23: Chris Daly (GBR)
Episode 24: Ian MacArthur (GBR)
Episode 25: Steve Strong (GBR)
Episode 26: Stephen Joseph (GBR)
Episode 27: Paul de Jong (NED)
Episode 28: Jon Western (GBR)
Episode 29: William "LaRock" LaRoque (USA)
Pics by William LaRoque aka Larock