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.
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.
Weil am Rhein/Germany, 26.-27.02.2005, Carhartt Skatepark
From Italy, Swiss, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria and of course Germany over 100 bmx riders made their way to Weil am Rhein to ride the infamous Carhartt Skatepark for the first time and to witness the premier of the Carhartt Ravage Tour 2004 DVD in the convention center, next to the skatepark.
Without exception and doubts every rider was truly impressed by the facility and the quality of the ramps. Some of them even said: "The miniramp is the pure sex!!"
Al DI Mino of BMX Invasion is putting on a contest on the West Coast this Saturday. The info we received from Al:
Here is the preliminary contest flyer for the West Coast contest. Any prizes you can send will be deeply appreciated for this event. Please send prizes to my affiliate and team mate Rick Vigil or Camp Real Ride. I will be in Huntington Beach Friday April 1st. Contest is to be held on April 2nd.
Thank you all for your help in the past and for this event.
Your friend , AL DI Mino
More info: http://www.directbmx.com
With BMX racing becoming an Olympic sport several countries are already preparing for the big day in 2008. Argentina has formed a team of talented riders in hopes of winning some gold, silver or bronze.
The Argentine nationals team are supported by the Argentine National Sport Secretary, that will be supporting the BMX ARGENTINE TEAM for the China Olympic Games.
ARGENTINE NATIONAL TEAM:
Barry Kohne is one of those riders who lives BMX. Besides being one of the talents that Holland has to offer, Barry works in a bike shop, started organizing contests and is working on a clothing company. Being a BMX-er also means taking risks. Barry is currently out with a messed up ankle. We asked him some questions for an article on FATBMX. How's your ankle and what happened exactly?
My ankle is getting better. Despite the fact I have to chill and can’t ride for the coming 4 to 6 weeks. I have got a cast now so I'm kind of immobile and that sucks! It happened at the first round of the XLseries in Heerlen....the first contest I organized. I did this handplant transfer from quarter to quarter, but it didn't work out that good. I slid out and twisted my ankle resulting in a broken calve and some torn ligaments.
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.
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We have been really busy over here. Last weekend was awesome. Went to the DC Sprint Trails Event. Randy came home with the win, proving that Bombshell forks are the precision level fork for top pros. The way he was carving those turns, you would have thought it was Thanksgiving. Mike Day gave him a run for his money with the fastest qualifying time. No matter though Randy made it over the finish literally going over his bars in the final race to beat Day. It was a great event, thanks to Danny Meadows for taking care of the track and Dwayne over at DC for putting the event on and thanks to the Stumpfhauser's for letting them put the event on and all the hard work they put in. We'll be looking forward to next year.
You don't have to travel to Tasmania to ride 30 year old skateparks. Smaller budgets can bring you to Liege/Luttich/Luik. This Belgian city hosts a really old concrete snakerun. Inspired by the Burnside project in Portland, some people are looking into expanding the park. They're having a jam soon to collect some funds for cement bags. Here's all the 411 from Stephf:
Last year we organized two â€œconcrete workshopsâ€? at the snakerun of LiÃ¨ge (Belgium) with the Brusk crew. Young and old generation skaters and bmxers worked together in order to update the 30 years old skatepark!
Front Brake Revolution, Rampage Jam 2005
-By Ben Foakes-
The second FBR Jam just took place at Rampage Skate park, Davenport, Iowa, USA.
The event brought together the greatest front brake tech riders from around the globe to bid farewell to the legendary skate park that has served the mid-west BMX and skate scene loyally for the past 16 years.