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Papa Wheelie 03x

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  1. John learned how to back flip, first into foam pit the off ramp. IMG_2486.MOV
  2. My grandson John ”Johnny Rumblefish” Kerr airing it out at Yucaipa Bmx. 7X
  3. Bicycle Motocross. It was to emulate motocross. As a kid I loved motocross. I had a motorcycle and a bicycle. When I could not ride my motorcycle I rode my bike. I had motorcycle handlebars a tank, fenders with a mud flap and 3 number plates on my bike. I tried to make my bicycle to look like a motocross bike. Like others I would put cards in my spokes and also a balloon to sound like a 4 stroke motorcycle. 1972
  4. 1st Rumblefish frame built. Had to over come chain line issues and resign the rear end for production. Frame was built with True Temper chrome and Columbus Nivacrom (40% stronger then 4130). All tubing was manufactured in the shape that’s on the frame, it’s not round tubing smashed into an oval. In the mid 80’s I could buy a GT Pro Series frame and fork from GT for $35.00. The main tube on the Rumblefish cost me $35.00 from True Temper. Just a single tube was $35.00. Not all chromoly is created equal. Standard 4130 is relatively cheap. Tubing from company’s like True Temper (sadly out of business) and Columbus are much lighter and stronger but cost much more. Geometry was taken from a Rebel General Lee. I really like the way this bike rode. It came out of the gate quick and fast. It turned very good and was stable in the air. A well rounded bike. Short rear end and long front. I design all my bike to be race oriented first, I grow up riding and racing Bmx and motocross. I always loved the factory built motocross works bike of the day. This was the idea of Rumblefish, a works Bmx race bike for pro riders. Thanks for looking. Thanks for looking.
  5. My son shot this picture of my grandson John “Johnny Rumblefish “ Kerr the other night at Grand Prix BMX, Perris, CA I hope you enjoy it and thanks for looking.
  6. Here’s some Robinson history that you may or may not Know. I went to the shop one day (Riverside Schwinn) and there was a new frame and fork set that they had just got in. The frame and fork was a Track Master. It had the black and white checkered decals on it. There was a Track Master head tube decal on it but this was different then other Track Masters I’ve seen. This was a new model that I had not seen before. Although it did look familiar. The model was branded “Revenger”. It looked exactly like a Robinson, I asked one of the guys at the shop about it and they told me that Track Master builds frame and forks for Robinson. FYI Track Master also built frame and forks for RRS Racing and some other brands. So back to Robinson. Robinson ordered a run of f/f and when Track Master got done with the order Robinson could not pay. So Track Master had time and money invested in the order, so to recoup their money, they had new decals printed and labeled them as Track Master Revenger. This was in the early 1980’s. I do remember that with the “R” stamped in the gussets, the name Revenger was perfect. I know that this is not the only time they did this.
  7. I think this picture shows the Rebel a little better.
  8. I saw this Rebel topic and wanted to add to it. I rode for lighting express and they gave me a Rebel General Lee frame and fork to ride. I loved this bike. Long front end and short rear end. I got great starts on this bike, due to the short rear end. BTW can anyone identify the tracks in the pictures? (I should have scanned the photos instead of taking pictures but scanners down)
  9. I quit racing at around 24 and I was racing pro. I came back about 4 years later and got re-classified to amateur so I could race cruiser. The class was 26-30 and I soon found out that all the guys I raced against in the pro class did the same thing. The class was super fast. The next class up was 31-35 and more age groups The 31 and over classes were just like you, dads who were already at the track so why not race. The difference in speed was huge but it should be. Then the riders got older and the 31-35 class was fast and so on. Now you go to a national and guys like Billy Griggs are racing 46-50 and Harry Leary and Turnell Henry are racing 61 and over. The days of an ez, slow, old guy cruiser class are gone. Just think about it. When you were a kid at the track would you have ever thought there would be a 61 and over class. I remember a full page picture in I think it was BMXA with the caption “cardiac cruiser“ and the riders were all around 26 year old.
  10. If we are talking about 24” wheels I run 40-18 everywhere and I love it. That is with a 24 X 1.50 rear tire. But I must admit I’m a spinner and for me it’s all about the start, HOLESHOT! If you want to build leg speed get a nice set of rollers and spend a lot of time on them. Rollers not a free standing trainer.
  11. I got this bike a year or 2 ago. I it’s a Greenline, it’s my second one. I paid $45.00 for it. When I got the first one I thought it was a Yamaha motobike when I was it on Craigslist but after seeing it I realized it wasn’t. It was cheap so I got it. I had a Yamaha bike when I was a kid and I loved it. I never heard of greenline or seen a knock like this. Thanks for looking.
  12. The last place I used was UTV speed inc. I had the sidehack coated and some parts. I had two colors done, both were colors were two coats each. A chrome base and a translucent color. They got it done the next day. $100.00 minimum per color, not per coat. They did a good job but did miss masking a few places. They are over behind pedal power bike shop. In the same business complex. Seven S powder is in that same complex, never used them. Plus there is another powder coater in that same complex. Good luck.
  13. I was using r&r powder coating but I recently had a falling out with them. Missing eta’s by weeks. Storing parts outside in the back lot and parts getting missed placed. I dropped off a frame to have it powder coated blue and when I picked it up it was root beer (the guy never takes notes). I’ve had a couple parts done the wrong color. I was very forgiving because the work was good and the price was reasonable but when I dropped off the sidehack for my grandsons to get done they missed the second eta and they said it would be weeks before it would get done. I got into with the owner, well let’s just say I won’t be going back. So I’m looking for someone new. Thanks for your comments on my bike.
  14. I need to finish putting this back together. I took it a part to get new powder and rebuild it. This bike is the most fun bike I have ever ridden. I raced Bmx, mountain bike downhill (Mammoth mountain kamikaze downhill) and dual slalom, street riding and single track mtb. It’s just a very fun bike to ride. Based on my 24” Rumblefish Barracuda with front and rear suspension and front and rear Magura hydraulic rim brakes. I built this in 1991 for the Mammoth mountain Kamikaze downhill and dual slalom race. I got it done the day I was leaving for the race and had to wait for the rear shock to be made and the guy who was making the shock bailed on me. So I packed up my wife and kids and drove 6 hours to Bishop. Spent the night there and got up early morning and drove to the airport in mammoth and tracked down a welder to have new my old shock mounts cut off (mount were made for shock I didn’t get) and have new mount welded on for other shock I had for a back up. Got bike together and rode the bike for the first time from the car to the of the dual slalom.
  15. 2021 Rumblefish CS (custom shop) 18” wheel sidehack. I have been building a lot of different project, this being one of them. When I started I was unsure what to call them. I decided that anything that was not a single main tube design would be called Rumblefish CS (custom shop). This way I could still use the Rumblefish name but with a different logo. The hack is built using 4130 chromoly throughout and tig welded. I designed this from scratch, trying to build it to scale and small enough for younger kids without being to big. The hack is welded to the frame for Strength and light weight. The frame with hack is as light or lighter than most bolt on hacks. This being for younger kids I wanted it to be light and not over weight. Making it ez to ride and maneuver on the track. The grandsons love it and have a lot of fun riding it. Thanks for looking
  16. Not only a tab for a fender but also a kickstand mount. The original sting was an unexpected, high end and very cool build from schwinn. This is not unexpected from today’s schwinn. Just sad.
  17. I lived on Astoria dr. It was off the first street past NV. My back yard wall was on Tyler. I knew Leon, I don’t know if you ever see him but ask him about the rainy day he missed school because of what happened at the bus stop.
  18. Can’t seem to fix it. Like I said I have issues with this site.
  19. No the table that was talked about in stater brothers is still there. I’m sure this is what he’s talking about.There was also a few other jumps there and in the field across the street behind Adams Elementary school.The best thing about living and riding in Riverside back then was it seemed every empty field was some kind of track or jumps. When I was a kid my family moved to Riverside, it was October 1976. We moved into a house in Park Vista behind NV. It was dark when we got to the new house so I had no idea what was waiting for me. In the morning I got up and got my bike to check out my new surroundings. Tyler st was over my back fence and across Tyler was “The Crater” an old dried up reservoir. Really cool jumps and lots of riders on both bikes and motorcycle.I hated leaving my old home in Lakewood but after about a week of riding and exploring on my bike and my dirt bike l was like Lakewhat? For a Bmx / motocross rider this was the best place ever. I hated school but imagine my excitement when I found out that my new school (Wells intermediate) had a Bmx team and Corona downhill was the track we raced. My brother was on Norte Vista’s motocross team. Riding spots in Riverside. The crater. The church jumps (Joe Claveau’s BMXA hot shot photo was shot there.) Bonsai (where Lee Medlin and Kevin McNeal’s ACS ad was shot, I was there) G force, I the same field as Bonai. The Sandhills, end of Tyler next to twin palms (twin was not risen then) also where Kevin McNeal crash and sustained a serious head injury. Jones track, Arlington and Jones. (Not an official track) Twin palms. End of Crest ave. I tried to list them from earliest to latest. Also the race tracks, Sear track behind Sears off Streeter and sierra. Jones track, the downhill track. At the end of Jones st. Not far from the Jones track listed above. Jones track, the 2nd track at the same location as the downhill track. All the above tracks were run by Kevin McNeal. Twin palms track, NBL I believe. Again earliest to latest. A brief history of BMX in Riverside CA. It was a great place for Bmx. Sorry for the large font, I have problems post on this site
  20. This bike was featured in Bmx Plus magazine as project featherweight. It was on the cover and five pages inside. Project featherweight was to build the lightest pro bike possible. The bike came in at 18 lbs 6 oz. Bike could have been lighter but time would not allow it. The bike had a Titan titanium fork on it in the magazine (I still have the fork). The Rumblefish prototype handlebar are chromoly/carbon fiber, originally the bars were chromoly/aluminum (I still have the aluminum parts) This is the fastest accelerating bike I have ever ridden period. And yes I have race this bike.