Name: Michael Gamstetter Hometown: Dayton, Ohio, USA Started riding BMX in: 1978 Number of bikes in the collection: Currently, 5. At one time, 20+.
Do you remember the moment that you decided to start collecting BMX memorabilia? Michael Gamstetter: Yes, it was around 1996 or 1997. It was a random thought that popped into my head while I was working. I thought it would be cool to find an old JMC or Torker, a pair of Oakley II grips in the box and a set of Reedy pedals (I eventually had all those.)
Name: GAry Sansom Hometown: Lewiston ID... Started riding BMX in: 1969 Number of bikes in the collection: Over 600..200 plus completes and 400 plus framesets
Do you remember the moment that you decided to start collecting BMX memorabilia? GAry Sansom: Hmm... a couple times.. I rode all thru the 70's..and 80's.. when I moved to Portland in 1996, I was down to 5 bikes..then I found ebay..
At this moment, do you wish you had started collecting earlier? GAry Sansom: Yes..they were so inexpensive in the early 90's.
Do you feel there is a need for BMX products to survive for history's sake? GAry Sansom: For sure..part of the reason I started collecting.
What's one of your oldest BMX products in your collection? Gary Sansom: My 1981 Kuwahara.. Skyway forks..Redline squareback
When you started riding what bike was the dream bike for you? Gary Sansom: SE Quad angle..I recall seeing one in the shop.. 1980 or so.
Name: Rainer Schadowski Hometown: Karlsruhe, Germany Started riding BMX in: 1980 Number of bikes in the collection: Currently 61 and counting
Do you remember the moment that you decided to start collecting BMX memorabilia? Rainer Schadowski: It evolved from my habit keeping bikes and gear I had raced and never sold. Then my Dad added more bikes and gear he got from retired racers and all of a sudden it was a collection. That was in the mid to late 90s.
Name: Ben Murphy Hometown: Dublin, Ireland but now living in Vancouver, Canada Started riding BMX in: 2000 Number of bikes in the collection: 20 I think, plus Tons of spare parts, Boxes and boxes of Magazines and a VHS/DVD collection for around 700 or so, who knows haha?
Do you remember the moment that you decided to start collecting BMX memorabilia? Ben Murphy: I remember it to the day. It was 26 December 2015, I bought an FBM Night Train with Kick Ass Forks, 44t FBM sprocket. I had joined the group Mid School BMX Day on Facebook a while before. I got some money for Christmas and I knew I had to buy it.
Name: Jeff Tollefson, aka JT & The Torker Kid Hometown: Saint Paul, Minnesota (USA) Started riding BMX in: 1974 Number of bikes in the collection: Down to 25
Do you remember the moment that you decided to start collecting BMX memorabilia? Jeff Tollefson: I actually started the day I got my 1974 Redline Squareback frame and fork 46 years ago. As a kid I traded and sold various parts yet by 1984 I had a basement full of vintage items then started JTFreestyle, my mini bike shop/mail order selling new school parts while doing Freestyle shows. So basically I was collecting from the start.
Do you feel there is a need for BMX products to survive for history's sake? Jeff Tollefson: Yes, there are so many BMX innovations throughout the years and having those documented/displayed is key for all future generations to experience BMX. My daughter, Jemma (8), grew up with my vintage bike collection in our home. Seeing first generation Redline parts, Motomags, Addicks sprockets, various stems, one piece/alloy/chromoly cranks, into the crazy Freestyle parts she knows so much about the history of our sport before she became a National #1 BMX racer. When I bring vintage bikes to a BMX race the kids and adults all freak out on what we rode back in the day and have an opportunity to explain the history of BMX through the bikes.
What's one of your oldest BMX products in your collection? Jeff Tollefson: My original 1974 Redline Squareback frame and fork
Name: James White Hometown: South East London Started riding BMX in: 1979 Number of bikes in the collection: About 10 complete I guess
Do you remember the moment that you decided to start collecting BMX memorabilia? James White: No, I don’t think that ever happened, I prefer to call myself a BMX Historian, Hah. It goes far deeper than just collecting for me. The evolution of tricks, the media, it’s all of interest to me, the bikes and parts I have accumulated is just a part of it.
At this moment, do you wish you had started collecting earlier? James White: Yes and No. I can’t help but cringe over the parts that have slipped through my fingers over the years but that was then and this is now. In the early 90’s everything was worthless.
Name: Christophe Detandt Hometown: Pont à Celles - Belgium Started riding BMX in: 1984 Number of bikes in the collection: More than 40, I don't know exactly...
Do you remember the moment that you decided to start collecting BMX memorabilia? Christophe Detandt: Yes, when I removed dust off my old 1985 GT PRO laying in the garage in 2006 ... the memories came back quickly and I took a look on the net and I discovered that there were some guys who were collecting BMX bikes... One month later, I bought the first bike of my collection, a Skyway Streetbeat!
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