1982 First Gen Blazer Mini
June of 2018, I receive a message from a gentleman stating he had a Blazer mini that he might be interested in working out a deal on. I’m a big fan of BMX mini’s and had seen this bike before posted by owner Bob McKay aka Falcon8. After a couple of months of discussion and a couple more months to complete the transaction I’m now in possession of this little piece of BMX history.
The Blazer was first brought to Arizona sometime between 81-82’ by Blazer owner Mike Mayberry. It was given to Carl Bartley of Bicycle Harbor and Harbor Lite. Carl built the bike into the lightest BMX bike in the world at that time weighing in at just under 10.5 lb. Shortly there after it was given to Bob McKay’s daughter Tracy to campaign. A few parts were changed out for safer items. The Blazer was campaigned until a crash during a race. Afterwords it was put into storage, not seeing the light of day until now. Including Chandler dirt, it is as I received it with the exception of the front tire and rear cog and retainer. I had a used Cycle Pro Snake Belly that matched the rear to replace the front that was blown in the crash. The rear cog was missing so I replaced it with a nos Shimano cog and retainer ring.
Frame: 1982 First Gen Blazer Mini. One of two known to exist. The two frame sets, with raw finish and no decals, were taken in person by Mike Mayberry straight from their warehouse in Texas to Arizona. Chromoly tubing still has steel plant manufacturing markings. Fork: 1982 Mini forks, made by David Gerston pre Navajo. Chromoly. Also in raw finish with one off, pre Harborlite, “LITE” decals added by Bicycle Harbor Headset: Nylfor vinyl plastic headset Stem: One of four stems made by Bergeron Marine. Complete with aluminum hardware Bars: Powerlite power bend mini bars, First Gen, Patent Pending decal, polished aluminum Grips: A’ME Second Gen Tri’s, black Brake Lever: Dia Compe straight lever, silver Brake Cable: Unknown brand, black Brake: Weinmann Type 500, black anno Seat: Uni Hammerhead, black Bottom Bracket: Custom bottom bracket with aluminum spindle Cranks: Suntour, 152 mm, Alloy, Silver, Pedals: Suntour MX 1000, First Gen, drilled out bodies and cages Chainwheel: Unknown brand chainring, 40 tooth, black anno. Mounted to unknown brand power disc in black anno Chain: HKK Ultra 6 Wheels - Built by Carl Bartley Front Rim: Unknown Aero style, 36 hole, 20” (17.125” actual diameter) x 1-1/8” Front Hub: Hutch magnesium with aluminum axle (spoke ripped out of hub due to crash). 36 hole. OG Trick shop sticker was added by Bicycle Harbor. Front Tire: Cycle Pro Snake Belly sew up, 1-1/8” Rear Rim: Nisi, 24 hole, 20” (17.125” actual diameter) x 1-1/8” Rear Hub: Shimano DX, 24 hole, Silver, running a 16 tooth cog Rear Tire: Cycle Pro Snake Belly sew up, 1-1/8”
Extras: Number Plate: Bicycle Harbor lightweight number plate.
Videos of Tracy competing with Blazer:
Special thanks to Bob McKay and Stephan Arndt