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!
Name: Brett Jackson Hometown: Hudson, Massachusetts, USA Started riding: 1983 Number of bikes: 22
Do you remember the moment that you decided to start collecting BMX memorabilia? Brett Jackson: Yes, absolutely. I’m still green in the BMX collecting hobby. About 2 1/2 years ago I was looking for bikes for my twins. One wanted a BMX, one a mountain bike. While searching for a good quality bmx, all of the old feelings of riding came flooding back. I ended up buying my son a 2016 Redline and myself a 1998(?) GT. I quickly learned the difference between old school, mid school, etc. I became determined to build a few old BMX bikes for my kids to ride. I found a couple great local guys into the hobby that turned me onto great Facebook groups. I was hooked.
What kind of bikes do you focus on? Brett Jackson: I focus on bikes from late '70-s to mid '80-s. I do not like to go beyond 1985. (I have one or two beyond '85). I love both race and freestyle. I started collecting freestyle, and fell in love with so many race bikes.
Name: Bob Lipsett Jr Hometown: Hamilton NJ, Mercer county, USA Started riding BMX in: 1980 Number of bikes in the collection: 8 bikes
Do you remember the moment that you decided to start collecting BMX memorabilia? Bob Lipsett Jr.: Exactly when! I bumped into my buddy 2 years ago that I used to ride with back in 1980. We were talking about his business and what I do and he made mention that he just bought a new SE racing PK Ripper. I instantly thought of my 1981 Super goose that I lost in my parents divorce when I was 12 so from that day until now I've been back involved with late seventies an early '80s BMX racers,
Name: Luke Haralambous Hometown: Birmingham, UK Started riding BMX in: Around '81 Number of bikes in the collection: 9 left (8 VDC, 1 GJS)
Do you remember the moment that you decided to start collecting BMX memorabilia? Luke Haralambous: Late '90s, it felt like I was the only one into old school BMX back then. Many friends questioned why I had BMX.
Is the focus on VDC, Vincent Frames and Vector Bikes for you mainly? Luke Haralambous: Now it's just VDC freestylers I own, I have stopped buying BMX, don't get me wrong if I was offered another MK1/2 , VDC freestyler, it would be hard to turn down... I've collected Vector, Hutch, TRM and Vincent over the years
Where does the love for these brands come from? Luke Haralambous: Good question, because the brands I have collected I had never heard of as a kid! Think it comes down to my love of quirkiness. The wackier the better. Rarity is also a big draw.