Name: Alessandro Barbero Hometown: Ceva, Italy / Woodward, PA, USA Started riding BMX in: As a kid in the late '80's. Pro since 2001. Number of bikes in the collection: Most of my bikes are Race bikes from 1975 to 1985. I don't know how many exactly.
What is Italy's history like regarding BMX Bikes. Do you have any Italian BMX bikes in your collection? Alessandro Barbero: Of course I got some, so I usually try to split the BMX Toys from the Real BMX that
Name: Chad Powers Hometown: Grew up in Nokesville, VA, live in Richmond, VA now! Started riding BMX in: 1996 Number of bikes in the collection: 250-300 rideable bikes
The BMX museum you've got going at the shop is fairly new. Can you explain how it all unfolded? Powers BMX: it’s not new! It has always been in the works. But we just moved the shop into a bigger better spot which we had build a section dedicated for the BMX museum!
When you were looking for a new location, was starting a BMX museum always on your mind? Powers BMX: Yes, the museum was a main point of the new location!
It seems you've got plenty of bikes. How do you decide which bikes deserve a spot in the museum? Powers BMX: We don’t dislike anything that’s BMX! We are going to downsize it a little, get rid of some doubles.
What's the oldest bike in the line-up? Powers BMX: We have a Schwinn Sting ray. I personally love the '70s BMX.
Name: Mike Janssen, owner BMX Museum NL Hometown: Shanghai, China Started riding BMX in: 1982 Number of bikes in the collection: 100+, all part of the BMX Museum NL collection which opened the doors on February 8 th 2009.
Do you remember the moment that you decided to start collecting BMX memorabilia? Mike Janssen: Definitely! I started to look in 2000 for my own 1984 GT Pro Series because I regretted it
Name: Billy Mills Hometown: Romford, Essex, UK Started riding BMX in: 99’ Number of bikes in the collection: More than 10, less than 20…
When you saw that S&M x Supreme bike, what did you have to do in order to score one? Billy Mills: I’ve been into Supreme before the brand became ‘hyped’ around 2010. I’ve always collected the brand, so once I heard about the S&M collaboration I had to have it, I put feelers out to some friends but it was too exclusive to have one set aside. I eventually got this one from eBay after some pestering.
Has the value doubled already? Billy Mills: This is the question that everyone asks, it’s a strange one, because 99% of the owners of these bikes don’t actually ride or know anything about S&M, they just have a computer program that
Name: Shannon Gillette Hometown: Chandler, Arizona Started riding BMX in: Racing in 1980, but have been riding BMX bikes since about 1976. Number of bikes in the collection: Only a few as of now. It's alway revolving stable.
Do you remember the moment that you decided to start collecting BMX memorabilia? Shannon Gillette: I always just kind of hung on to my personal stuff. Like jerseys and number plates. But the first bike? I lived in Hawaii at the time and the year was 1989. It was actually a friend's old race bike, a 1979 Supergoose and he was throwing it in the garbage in front of his house. So I swooped it up and he told me I couldn't take it. I had to buy it from him. hahaha.. I said what?! You're throwing it out in the garbage. He said I want $40 for it. I said DEAL! It was in rough shape, but working in bike shops for 10 years I was up for the task. Long story short, I cleaned it up, rev=built the wheels as the spokes were all rusted. Hawaii does that to bikes with all the salt air.
Name: Grant Stone Hometown: Newbury, Berkshire, U.K. Started riding BMX in: 1980 Number of bikes in the collection: 8
Do you remember the moment that you decided to start collecting BMX memorabilia? Grant Stone: I’ve never really stopped riding BMX, so I have always had a current BMX in my possession. But I guess I started buying old school stuff about 9 years ago when I had the idea of replicating my Skyway TA that I sold in 1988 and regretted ever since.
At this moment, do you wish you had started collecting earlier?
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