The American Bicycle Association is a US-based BMX sports governing body in Gilbert, Arizona created by Merl Mennenga and Gene Roden in 1977. It is the largest sanctioning body in the United States concerning BMX. It has tracks in Canada and Mexico as well as in the USA
After the first "Try-mag" we released in 1987 the feedback was so good that we decided to continue with the FAT-'zine project. Paul had just got back from the USA where he stayed for a few months and visited the 2-Hip KOV in Washington, Mount Thrashmore skatepark and the Powerhouse Bike Shop in Hampton, VA.
Issue 01 had three stickers, one FF sticker, one Powerhouse Bike Shop sticker and one Skeletor sticker that Paul found on a roll in the $ 1 dollar shop.
Mike Loveridge got interviewed and street riding is starting to take off. Paul and I used to do BMX freestyle demos and placed a full page ad in the FAT-'zine. Or maybe it was just a filler, who knows.
Some things that made it on the RAD list were: Town & Country wear, Club Homeboy, Fingerboards and Centerpull brakes. Yes, these were the eighties (1988). Things that made it on the Lame list were: The Del Mar killers, Grabber seats, Dyno shoes and Lee Chi brakes. Some of this makes me laugh.
Scooters were still hot (in our eyes) and we even had a page on Snowboarding (the next cool thing to do).
Robert Moeller got introduced as the first German FAT-'zine correspondent and we also took a trip to an LL Cool J, Eric B & Rakim and Public Enemy concert in Amsterdam. Memories........
When I started riding BMX as a kid, I never thought I'd still be riding in my 20s, never mind at 50! So this year I wanted to create a riding edit documenting that I'm still at it (however infrequently).
Name: Ediz Tensi Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey Started riding BMX in: 1981 Number of bikes in the collection: 25
Do you remember the moment that you decided to start collecting BMX memorabilia? Ediz Tensi: It was about 10 years ago and I saw Akman Atilgan on Facebook sharing his BMX builds, who is now also my BMX business partner. He was a big influence to me and I decided to collect BMX bikes.
What kind of bikes do you focus on? Ediz Tensi: There are not many old school BMX bikes in Turkey, therefore I am collecting whatever I can find. My main focus is freestyle BMX but I collect race bikes too and I enjoy finding different types of BMX.
shit, slugs, dead stuff, zombies, ghouls, dirt, tats, Mike and Sara's, wiggy p, fingerless judas priest gloves, cyder, skate boards, herbs, bugles, green beards, depression, noise, sticky fingers, girls aloud, iceland 1 quid specials, shit jobs, death punk, muscle cars, otter hunting, deformed animals, ass cannabilism, tony and guy hair styles, squashed insects, trick nuts, cocks, breaking stuff, 20 oz T-bone steaks, flash gordan, pigs trotters, leave passes, gangs, rat like animals, feeding the pony, agression, broken bones, denim, sk8 punk, pain, sunday sniff, hangman games, Leicestershire goths, chappy, ikea, giving to charity, stuffed trouts, stepping on dog turds, summer '08 argos catalogue, troy, emo fringes, shaved minges, dogs, chickens, Gin bummed off a old bald bastard, curry, lanacane powder, luxury toilet roll, four eyed bastards, the reeperbahn, pauline fowler dying a week after Rumplestiltskins long cock was written, dr hang tats, femfresh, food from m&s, moving metal, lawn mowers, 5pm on a friday, friday 13th tats, the rain man, razzel magazine, ginger haired people on coke, blow up tigers, bbq'd phesants, gypo equipment, fly tipping, rooms full of Guinea Pigs, Papa New Guinea, chembos mullet, massive black cocks, birthday parties, slap heads, Titch down the willies drinking a tot, pretty much anything!
Finally, Some Authentic Fresh Rubber for the Old School scene! For those riders and collectors out there, we have opened a mold for the iconic mid-1980s Panaracer Freestyle tire. The tire is upgraded to accommodate high pressure - up to 85 psi - and features the same tread, logo, and aesthetics as the original model.
As most will already know, this tire was OEM specification on the Redline RL 20 Prostyler and the Redline RL20 II Prostyler through the mid-1980s as well as the neon range of Haro Freestylers - The Master, Sport, and FST - in 1985. Preorder is open on the Redline Foundations website for those interested in grabbing a set. Availability is limited from the first batch.
Name: E (Six-Pack-To-Go) Hometown: Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey Started riding BMX in: As a kid in the '80s, just around town, never raced or rode anything organized. Number of bikes in the collection: Fluctuates but I’ve had up to 50 at one time.
Do you remember the moment that you decided to start collecting BMX memorabilia? Six-Pack-to-go: Yes, at was at the Race of Gentlemen in Wildwood NJ years ago and I saw a woman riding a Skyway TA and I was like damn, my buddy had that bike. That’s what sparked it. It was probably 2017.
You've got a museum in your shed, how often do you go in and just sit there with a 6-pack looking at all the stuff?
Come join Dylan and I as we catch up with old time friend and fellow Pro BMX Freestyler, Pete Augustine! In this episode we talk about Pete's healthy diet and lifestyle choices as well as what he enjoys to do for fun in his free time!