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  1. 12 points
    After some of my latest research I figured it was time for a good ol' fashioned Show n Tell... As some might know, I'm kind of a nut about vintage 26" cruisers. I love them all. Over the years I've had the pleasure of hunting down and owning several different makes and models, again, loving all of them. Over their seemingly short lifespan from the late 70's to around 1984, a few of the BMX brands that got into the 26" steeds always stood out to me, usually based on their craftsmanship, well thought-out design, geometry and handling. One of those is the Cook Bros Cruiser. Being inherently curious, I've spent years digging for every little bit of trivial information and history regarding the manufacturing of these bikes. I've tracked down ex-employees, welders, team racers, old shop owners, just about anyone that had a personal first-hand story about Cook Bros Racing and their cruisers. Most exciting for me has been chatting with Craig Cook(co-owner/machinist/product developer), Bill McIntyre(team rider/head-welder until 1980), Jim Watson(shop manager until approx 1982) and Jack Witmer(owner 1983-current), all of which have their own memories and stories to tell. All of them have been super cool and unbelievably helpful in my research and they've all given me interesting info which lead me down a new path to more info. One of those breadcrumbs...was the name Evan Teske. I'd been hearing the name for years but never able to track him down. Everyone seemed to have an old or expired phone number for Teske, until recently. After finally making contact and meeting at his home, I learned immediately that Evan Teske is not just a super cool cat, he had some serious history to share. Evan started working at CBR around 1978 where Bill McIntyre taught him to weld. When Bill left Cook Bros and bicycle manufacturing completely at the start of 1980, Evan became their ace welder. He was also a team racer and responsible for product testing and development. He would test the strength of parts at the local skatepark on the one day a week that bicycles were allowed. He'd do fly outs of the bowl on his cruiser to flat landings until his fork legs would bend and the dropouts would break off at the axle slots...then he'd head back to the shop to make himself forks with double thick dropouts welded together(like S&M Bikes would do almost 10 years later) and sleeve the fork legs with smaller OD tubing for double walled strength. He came up with the bends/design of the CBR Cruiser bars, and later the 24" bars. On the side, he welded all the early ELF frames when the brand first started. He welded for CBR until about a week after Gary Cook sold the company around 1983, but Gary would continue to have Evan test his short lived "Cook's" products and CQP cranks for years after. One of the most interesting things I learned was that he still owned his original 26" cruiser. Not only that...the bike itself had quite a story to tell. As I would learn from Teske, the frame is the very first 26" frame they made. In 1979 Bill McIntyre welded this frame up and the guys all took turns riding it around the building. Unhappy with the steering angle, Evan watched as Bill cut the head tube welds, pulled the HT out and re-welded it. According to Teske, he did this at least twice before they all decided the bike rode the way they wanted it. Looking at the bike, you can see the welds in that area are built up and don't match the others. There's still tiny cut scars on the headtube peeking out from under the welds. The fixture was then made off this frame. Bill then made a frame for himself and for Kevin Cobb before they went into full production. This first frame became Evan Teske's. The serial number is "0" and under the BB shell the name "Evan T." is welded. For a short period in 1979 the bike was painted white. Here's Teske racing the bike in 79, coaster brake and pre-cruiser bars. The seat was a custom one-off Evan had made for himself and upholstered in red/white/blue vinyl. Less than a year later, chrome was becoming the hot ticket for the 26"ers so on a day when a batch of freshly made frames were getting picked up for chrome, Evan stripped his bike down, tossed it in with the newly welded frames and it hitched a ride to the chrome shop. Here's an article from Super BMX magazine, August 1980. The bike is now chrome, sporting the new cruiser bars, seat upholstery in need of repairs got changed to black, and always experimenting...running a crazy skinny rear wheel and radial laced front. Racing the 26" at the Las Vegas Nationals, 1980. Skinny rear wheel still in play. Cook Bros Classic, Irvine CA, August 10th 1980. And here's the bike as it sits today. Notice the early Phil spider/Shimano chainring and Pete's sealed BB from his old 20" race bike in the Aug 1980 article has been moved over to the 26" cruiser. The custom bread loaf style seat was changed out years back and he lost track of it. Tires have been swapped for Cheng Shin but his original Carlisle knobbies from 1979 are still in tact and currently set aside. Rat traps are welded at all the joints and the outside teeth are sharpened. Where Bill McIntyre cut and adjusted the steering angle. You can still see areas where he slightly cut into the headtube. The base of this Slant Stem was never plated, just painted black by Teske as it was a prototype for an updated process of the underside being partially welded, as opposed to fully welded underneath, which was prone to cracking. This stem was tested hard and held up, production from then on changed. As CBR's 20" bikes would get updated with chain tensioners around 1981, Evan decided to mod his cruiser with the same treatment. Always preferring to cut his bars down...after he welded these, they were cut at the factory then sent to chrome after. Factory Team gear bags and race jerseys. All the originals from the old magazine shots are here. Including his old Charlie Gnarley t-shirt and Factory ELF jersey with the name "ET ?". Another fun idea Teske had during his time welding at Cook Bros...was to make a step-thru ladies bike for his then fiance! Built on the 26" cruiser jig with a standard toptube flipped upside down. Afterwards a couple other guys at the shop thought it was pretty cool idea and decided to make em for their wives as well. There are three ladies bikes and each one is slightly different. This one is serial number "1". Figured you guys might appreciate this stuff being history buffs. Hope you've enjoyed the read. -Ryan
  2. 11 points
    In May, 2019, I picked up this incredibly beautiful original finish 1979 Standard Long. According to the certificate, it was originally sold to a shop in California near the Nevada border. That shop is still in business today. I contacted them to verify that they were the same shop as identified on the JMC Certificate. While the owner couldn't verify specifically that he sold the bike, he did confirm that they have been in business since the 1970's and did sell BMX in the late 70's era. Over the decades, the frame ended up on the east coast and was eventually paired up with the bladed forks for a perfect color and condition match. The blue is vibrant with only minimal wear throughout the frameset. The rear dropouts do show some chipping, but nothing that detracts from the overall condition. It's in incredible condition for a 40+ year old frameset. Some may remember that I built a red JMC back in 2009. I always kind of regretted selling. So, eleven years have passed between the two bikes, and incredibly, they are only 39 frames apart. Red = JMC1191 Blue = JMC1230 The red JMC weighed heaviIy on my mind. I loved that bike and I knew that some components would be similar. I wanted to look for super-clean, used examples of all components to compliment the condition of the frame. I changed my mind many times over the past year regarding the parts I wanted to use, but this is what appeals most to me. I'm very happy with it. BY THE WAY: I would be extremely happy to find two (or even ONE) JMC Racing down tube decals that are not rub-ons. If anyone has a set of white on clear mylar originals (or even Jim's older reissues from 10+ years ago), please contact me. Identical to the fork leg decals. PART LIST: FRAME - JMC1230 Large Airfoil FORK - JMC bladed HEADSET - Tange MX HANDLEBARS - Redline Proline STEM - Redline GRIPS - Oakley 2 CRANKS - Campagnolo BOTTOM BRACKET - Cook Brothers PEDALS - Bob Reedy CHAIN - HKK Smoker SEAT CLAMP - Excaliber SEAT POST - Fluted SEAT - Elina Super-Pro HUBS - Campy (Paramount drilled) AXLES, NUTS,LOCK NUTS - Campy FREEWHEEL - Suntour 17T RIMS - 7B / 7C TIRES - Carlisle Aggressor MX / Cycle Pro Snakebelly BRAKE CALIPER - Shimano Tourney BRAKE PADS - Mathauser BRAKE LEVER - Dia-Compe Gold Dot PADS - Vinyl snap PLATE - Hunt Wilde rectangle (same plate from 2009)
  3. 9 points
    We (As the BMX Society) have an "affiliate" relationship now with Rail the Berm. Shortly after the BMX Society / Valley Relics show last spring, I did a podcast episode with the Rail the Berm guys, which was the segue into a relationship rooted in mutual promotion. These Rail the Berm dudes are cool - not really collectors, they are more core racing dudes. It's a good show by dudes who are passionate about BMX racing and race culture. Let's support them by giving a listen and share. They are doing the same for us.
  4. 8 points
    First new project from me since 2010! This project came about during a random conversation with Dan Goins back in early July of this year. He sent me pictures of this frame and a different Redline fork. It looked fantastic and I was immediately interested. We came to an agreement and the search for cool-looking parts was on.... I really like the way everything turned out. I saw the morning fog yesterday, and I sprung into action....there are NOT many good photo opportunities in Michigan in late November. I hope everyone gets a kick out of it. Nearly 10 years in the making.... FRAME: Dan Gurney Eagle looptail with Cook Brothers gussets FORK: Redline nickel HEADSET: Schwinn STEM: Schwinn HANDLEBARS: Dan Gurney GRIPS: O.G.K. PLATE: old motorcross SEAT CLAMP: 70's SR road stem cut off SEAT POST: solid aluminum SEAT: Selle Italia Grand-Prix CRANKS & BB: Schwinn PEDALS: KKT SPROCKET: Three Arrows CHAIN: Union FRONT HUB: ACS REAR HUB: Bendix Red Band turned down RIMS: Weinmann 2.125 TIRES: Cheng Shin PADS: Vinyl snap
  5. 8 points
    Rick Twomey of Rick's Bike Shop fame's birthday is a holiday for us... the man had such an impact on BMX, this site and indeed... Rick continues to have a deep impact on my life personally - and that may sound melodramatic, but I assure you - it is literally true. Where I live and what I do for a living now... all of it is connected to my relationship to Rick. This is not lost on me. Forever grateful and with deep respect... Happy Birthday Rick
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    Well folks, I've been pretty scarce around the site since we got everything fixed and the new site up in the beginning of August. The reason is that SO MUCH changed in my life last month. You see... I know longer live in Long Beach, CA. I moved to Oregon. In the very beginning of August, I was literally driving up to Oregon on a scouting mission for places to move to, and work, as I was getting messages from the web developers who fixed the cluster fuck that I'd gotten into with the new server etc. That all worked out that afternoon with the website after months of obstacles. It was the beginning of a whole new period, in fact, of things working out for me. I had become used to shit not going my way. It's been a struggle the last few years. I don't want to dwell on that at this point. So, here's the deal: I live in Eagle Point, Oregon now. It's a little town in Southern Oregon My wife and I both work for Jim Belushi. I grow cannabis and she is in the packaging department most of the time. We work at Jim's farm. My boss is BMX hall of famer and Rick's Bike Shop alumni, Thom Lund. Best manager I EVER had. Thom is the man. This is my dream job. It's been a LONG time since I could honestly say, "I love my job". But I can say that now... and mean it. I was made for this shit. I freaking love it. Also... life in a small town - haven't done that for a very long time, arguably never as an adult. So far, so good! Takes me about 8-10 minutes to get to work at the farm. My commute in Los Angeles was NEVER less than an hour and 20 minutes... often two hours etc. Fuck that. It's soul crushing. I love living in Oregon. Zero regrets... the only bad thing is that a handful of homies are far away now. Especially my neighborhood partner in crime, LBshane... he doesn't know it yet, but he will move to Oregon too.
  8. 6 points
    Looked for four years for the right 1980 Proline with original red finish. Head decal has been replaced, but I think the rest are original. Everything's era correct. Laced 7Cs to sealed sunshines. Tires are Raleigh Racer in the back and Cheng Shin up front. Redline bars & stem. Tourney cranks with KKT rat traps. MX1000 brakes with DC lever. Seat's a Kashimax. Nagoaka post & an Xcaliber clamp. Tange headset. Still have to dial it in. Will add better pictures then.
  9. 6 points
    About 9-10 years ago, the OM said he had a hat for me. Never got it from him but still a cool gesture. On October of this year, Scoty Jr. saw a drawing I posted on the Society's Facebook page where Scot signed the drawing off to "Radical Rick. He contacted me and asked me if his dad called me Radical Rick and if he "owed" me a hat. I told him that I was pretty certain that he called a few people that including Damian. He said he was going to send me the hat nevertheless. I told him I could not really say that was the one for me but he said it was all good. Put a tear in my eye. Scot was so good at making even the lowest moto-filler special. He's still doing from the great beyond.
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    here's my Quadangle in the first gen graphite configuration
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    photos from the 2019 gathering honoring Skip and BMX Products / Mongoose
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    No sound, music or edited. Just cool stuff. 1977 I believe because of the yellow San Diego BMXA plates. Not 78 as it states at the beginning of the video. Rancho, Lakeside and Las Palmas. Heavy On the Parson's Construction team.
  16. 5 points
    Well just before Christmas this popped up in the bay with a bin or best. Well it had posted about 20 minutes Priorso I made an offer and got it. Well I sent my phone number and the guy called me and I found out he raced this bike as a kid down in Texas in the 80’s so I asked if he had any other “Bmx stuff” and he had his helmet, old rad gloves,his plate and a nos Black and yellow Hot plate that he tossed in on the deal. Any rate she needs a good cleaning and I hole I can save the CW bars (rusty). But what I thought was pretty cool was the 180mm full wrap set up. Some how mounted a odd ball spider lol.
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    1977 RA -7 All original except the front tire. Kinda like the Rodney Dangerfield bike. Doesn't get much attention at shows. Only people who know admire it.
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    So as I do on a regular basis I posted that old “looking for old BMX” listing and yesterday I got a text with this. Guy was asking $50 for it so you know the rest. Picked it up this morning and man she’s a beauty. Really only needs a good wipe down and some air in the tires and done. And I love the shop sticker as I use to go to the shop bitd.
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    I’m partial to Xcaliber myself. The chrome is almost all gone off the one but I still like it.
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    Back about twelve years ago I was contacted at work by a guy asking me if I wanted to buy a looptail mini Ripper frame. I told him to bring it up and I'd look at it. I did buy it and we got to talking about local Peoria BMX back in the day. A few days later he shows up with two cruisers in the bed of his truck that he had just bought from a long time friend of his. One was a three bar Laguna and the other was a Prodyne. I had only been collecting three years at that point but was already well aware of Prodyne and the connection to JMC. Frank took them both home with plans of redoing them. For twelve years every time someone online talked about Prodyne I just bit my tongue not wanting anyone to know I knew of a local one. Life happens as we all know and I lost touch with Frank and the Prodyne but he and it crossed my mind many times over the years. Fast forward to last month one night as I was driving home from work and my phone goes off. I'll be damned. It's Frank texting me asking if this was still my phone number and if I still lived in the area. After some texts back and forth he tells me he is ready to let go of the Prodyne. A few text convos and phone convos and him stopping by work to see me, we struck a deal. At that point I sold off about nine framesets in the last few weeks to make this happen Today was finally the day. Frank delivered the Prodyne to me at work exactly as it was from when I saw it twelve years ago. The back story on the bike is that Frank's friend, Dan Madigan and his son Danny raced alot in the early 80s. Dan raced his three bar Laguna to an Illinois state championship back in 80 or 81 and the trophy prize for winning the state championship was the Prodyne. Dan rode for Russell's Cycle World (who is still going strong) who was the local JMC dealer. He went on to race the Prodyne alot too. The bike is still as raced. I plan to disassemble the bike, scrub everything down and reassemble it. I have to buy a front tire (sidewall blown out), two tubes and a brake cable. I can't decide if the forks are bent out or just have alot of rake. I will be posting progress pics and good final pics in the next couple of weeks. Here are the pics today literally minutes after Frank delivered it to me.
  25. 4 points
    Here’s a pair of mine. Haven’t cleaned these yet but here you go : )
  26. 4 points
    ** SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT ** It is with great pleasure and anticipation that I share the first details regarding the 2020 BMX Society Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. It will be Mr. Bob Osborn. All dates and locations to be announced. This is confirmed. It's going to be another amazing weekend of deep BMX immersion. Stand by for more information regarding the program and other special guests in the weeks and months to come.
  27. 4 points
    So a wile back I was contacted by a guy with this frame and story is this. His brother was the biggest Torker Distributor in California in the mid to late 70s it was very good friends with the Johnson family. One day his older brother owner of Winkel wheels asked him if you wanted to go to the factory with him and of course he said yes was introduced to Steve in the office with all sorts of Torker stuff hanging behind them on the wall, Steve went on to ask what frame he raced And he replied my sister’s Pk right after he said that Steve responded not anymore and handed him this frame and fork with stem off the wall and said now you ride Torker. And as a young lad he peeled the red candy coat off the frame that was also fitted with the original lightning bolt torker decal set. And put the decals on it that you see today. Raced/rode it for many years And once he got a car you put it up until the day he contacted me through Facebook. Told me the story it was hard to believe that he actually called me and I’ve been talking to him ever since. Hell he told me he comes from a large family of 15 brothers and sisters !! Any way this is where I am at with it as of today still waiting for the wheel set to be built (Phil woods on Arya 7b with red stripe) and I can’t wait to finish it. The frame was the original frame to set the jigs for all lp’s to follow. SN is T1PL and came with 1st gen gold Six bolt and I’m drilled forks.I have added the dura ace cranks,kkt rats and my go with some old v-bars. As this is how I was told he rode it bitd. I will post more pics as she gets built.
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    Much appreciated! Glad everyone's enjoying it!
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    Just got this blue devil today on a Webco
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    1984 ALL original Raleigh F7000fs 1982 SE Racing PK Ripper 1983 Navajo Racing Warrior Pro 1984 JMC Darrell Young Design 1993 SE Racing Quad Angle ALL finishes and decals are original (except the DY fork and bar decals are from jmc.com). All parts are original survivor condition
  31. 4 points
    Took me a while to find a survivor frame set, too many people are refinishing these days No disrespect to people that like shiny bikes, I'm liking the used look for old school Anyway got myself a nice F/F to start, never had one of these BITD
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    Spotted Scot wearing these in the Dec. 1976 BMXA on oldschoolmags.com
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    So, the seat post clamp is a very nice piece that I received from Rick G many years ago. Actually, I am reusing it! It made an appearance on a DG Skibel I had back in ‘08 or ‘09...
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    Yep! that yellow Goose is looking trick! And Dan sporting the "salad bowl" haircut!! Just the best. Laguna 101 and a DG-3 Racer.
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    Cool bikes. Nice dual dropout forks on the Madison.
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    So I feel I need to chime in on this subject... As for the quality of the packing job, only the best "tools" were used including Shiner Bock, a bottle opener and some trap music, maybe a crescent wrench and pretty close to the correct size sockets and a handful of old towels and free T-shirts thrown in each box. So yeah, shits gravy. On a side note, will this be the year that you duplicate the Christmas morning photo? Can I suggest replacing the actual tree with another 6 foot crop from the farm? I can't wait to see that card taped on my refrigerator!!
  43. 4 points
    Just finished my second Navajo build Navajo Pro Warrior frame and fork Tioga Beartrap 2 headset SST Dirt Skirt GT Pro bars Ame Tri bubble font grips DC MX1000 caliper DC Tech 3 lever New cable DC seat clamp Diamond Back seat post Ariake Jaguar (Shotgun 2) Pro Neck Sugino CT 175 cranks Sugino 44t sprocket Sugino chainring bolts Isumi chrome chain KKT Lightning pedals DC brake pads Araya 7X 20x1.75 hoops Suzue loose ball hubs Shimano 16t freewheel Tange looseball bottom bracket Cal Lite pads 20x2.125 & 1.75 skinwall Cheng Shin Comp 3 tires
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    Pffft, Oregon. Yeah, well growing weed with Jim Belushi could be cool.... if that's your thing. I just want to take this opportunity to announce that I have a recent opening on the LB Peninsula Bench if any parties are interested, PM me your application. Must have vast knowledge of early SE Racing and S&M and also the ability to kill an 18-pack of Tecate is a must!! Oh and congrats I guess too (peace sign emoji, etc.)
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    Got these form Linn Kastan last week via email. Looking at the forks for the squareback I'm guessing 75 since he didn't say a year. Just thought it was cool to see and share. The prices!!!! If only.
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    Tom's PLME that was cut in half... great customization actually. Tom sold it about 10 years ago and regrets it.
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    Got this 1993 SE Quad from Shane. Bought it as a complete but changed everything but frame, fork, headset, cranks and BB. 1993 original finish and decals chromoly Quad frame and Landing Gear fork Tioga Beartrap 2 headset DK stem SE knurled Powerwing bars Ame bubble font Rounds Vetta seat SE knurled seat post Odyssey seat post clamp CQP cranks 180mm Primo sealed BB Odyssey Shark Bite pedals Araya 7x rims with DK sealed hubs GT 44t chain ring 16t Dicta freewheel Unknown brake and Odyssey lever Odyssey brake pads KMC chain Cheng Shin 2.125 and 1.75 skinwall tires
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    Forks are fixed. Before and after.
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