It was indeed April (1st?) 1980 when this BMX Less! advertisement showed up in BMX PLUS! magazine. Gene Simmons of Kiss on a Redline somehow kept his tongue inside during this photoshoot.
Cover headlines were:
"$ 150.00 foolish buy"
"We're only in it for the money"
"All the news that fits, we print"
"Jenson beats Stu in match race"
It's time for an Ozzy version Adam!
The 1980 April issue of Bicycle Motocross Action has Tinker Juarez on the cover. If you have heard that Tinker name in the last few years you probably follow the mountain bike scene. Tinker currently rides Marathon MTB rides (unless they steal his bike holding him at gunpoint) and used to be USA's hope in MTB cross country races riding for Cannondale for a long time.
As you can see, Tinker got his skills from racing BMX (Mongoose pro) and riding his motomag at the skateparks. Tinker was quoted in this issue as:
"The master of Vertical Surface; the Absolute Ruler of the Concrete Bowl; the King of the Skateparks."
SNAFU CONRAD seatpost clamp
When you're trying to save weight on your bike every little bit helps. Throw away your current seatpost clamp if it weighs more than 32 grams. It probably does.
-Extruded and CNC-machined aluminum construction
-Replaceable Allen bolt and hex nut hardware
Oakley is well known in the optical market but it all started with BMX grips over 25 years ago. This 1980 advertisement shows the pattern of the Oakley original grip that came in yellow, red, blue and black. The rubber Cam shaped grip had round suction cups and a single line of round indentations. The Oakley II grip had the same pattern but was all the way round.
Soon enough Oakley stepped into the goggle market and also had a goggle mask that looked pretty weird but the pros used them so it was cool.
The sunglasses followed later on with The Duke of Oakley and Phil Anderson promoting the hell out of them.
Premium Gloves have a nylon foam padded palm top with Premium 3D logo and are made of 4-way stretch spandex for comfort. The Clarino leather palm with internal thin padding makes sure you hold on to the grips. The Premium gloves have knuckle protection and a neoprene wrist band with velcro closure to make sure they're on as tight as you want them. The colour combination is grey/black and that's the only combination available. There are 4 sizes starting from Small through XL.
Paul's Boutique has the Premium Gloves available for 39 Euros. You can rock some Slayers with them too.
The January 1981 issue of Action Now magazine has an interview with Bob Haro in it. At that time Bob was still riding LPX Torker frames and Torker forks but it wouldn't be long before the first official HARO freestyle frame was born. For now enjoy the picture that Dean Bradley took of Bob doing a "speedway" as we called it. Note the two finger HARO levers, Max leathers, Offshore co-sponsorship, Oakley goggles, Skyway tuffs, Vans slip-ons, Bicycle Motocross Action jersey and Pro-Neck patch. More on the interview later.
BMX trix & Techniques for the park & street
By: Tony Donaldson
Prize: $ 19,95 US
BMX books are kind of rare. Whenever you come across one at the library or a book store they usually make you giggle. The pics are outdated and the tricks not from this time.
Tony Donaldson has finished a BMX-how-to book. Although the book was published in 2004, the pics already make me giggle. He's got Todd Anderson doing the vert part on a quarterpipe, Stephen Scheurer explaining the flatland tricks, Kyle Huber doing the street stuff and Mike Drolet doing the basics on a HARO Shredder with coloured chain wearing a pro-tec with sunglasses on.
Ahhh back again with a true old school picture from the May issue of BMX Plus1 (1980). The term Bicycle Motocross (BMX) is taken very seriously back then. It means sticking out your leg in the loose turn, crossing up the bars over jumps and ride any terrain that a motorcycle would go through.
The smooth BMX tracks of today do lack a lot of the Bicycle Motocross feeling. If it's too loose or bumpy, complaints will be heard. Sticking out a leg in the first turn? man, I'm clipped in!! When there's a chance of the track being muddy, some of the riders don't even bother showing up. How different it was back in the day when bike tests went on no matter how many puddles could be found in the first turn.
From the July 1980 issue of Bicycle Motocross Action
UK 1.25 Pounds
USA $ 1.75
Ahhhh you gotta love it, the tabletop. Still today my favorite "trick" of all if performed well. Vic Murphy is the master of it but back in 1980 Building Leapin' Jones did some rad ones for Bicycle Motocross Action magazine. These flatties are so rad, never mind the bowlegginess. The V-sign all makes up for it. Thank you Donny Jones for letting us enjoy your style 25 years later.