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John Wells

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  1. Resurrecting a very old thread. I went to the frog town BMX reunion this weekend. Great to see a lot a friend haven’t seen in a very long time. Three number one California cup plate holders were there. Kevin Ridling, Brent Patterson and myself. BRIAN may have been one too. So if that’s the case there were four.
  2. When I think about Bendix rear sprockets originally they only had a few sizes. It was like 16,18 and 19. Once Bmx became popular they came out with 14,15 and 17 tooth sprockets. I remember having a 15 and 17 was pretty cool and rare at first. Funny how you remember stuff like that.
  3. Bicentennial crossbar pad is a nice touch. Can’t imagine to many of those around.
  4. In the 70’s motorcycle chains were not very reliable. The master link could be problematic. It was common to have to replace the master link a couple of times in the ISDE. It was painted red so you could find it and replace it faster. They really wear in wet sand. The chain goes through a guide by the rear sprocket that is pretty tight against the side plates of the chain. It will wear the master link until the clip falls off.
  5. Thanks for the monark info. While we’re on trivia, the A&A head tube was slightly longer than a standard length head tube. To install original Redline forks you had to cut the bottom of the tube just a little. We used a Tange bearing cup upside down as a guide to cut off enough material. At 15 years old my cutting skill wasn’t really great so I had to file a bunch. Thankfully “O” ring chains were invented after Malcolm Smith rode the ISDT. In my trips to the ISDE I never had to change a master link (I looked at it every day).
  6. Great build Rick, A&A frames are always a favorite of mine. Your attention to detail is impeccable. Question about the monarch Cranks. I’ve never heard that name before. They look like the cranks that came on Schwinn continental 10 speed. We used to call them diamond cranks. They were The only cranks that wouldn’t bend before the hardened Ashtabula cranks came out.
  7. Here is another shot of Dave Busby in the background.
  8. The original 3 Panda team members I think turned out to all be excellent motorcycle road racers. Dave Busby, Dave and Allen Scott were all excellent Bmx racers and motorcycle racers.
  9. It is a small world Rick. Elaine’s accomplishment always amazed me. Through the time her brothers were racing Bmx she really had no interest is cycling (that I could tell). The dedication, the amount of training and the mental toughness to do that race and to win is unbelievable! Thank you for your service Rick.
  10. That would be Danny Mariolle. Two of his older brothers were on the Silver Shield Team also, Kevin and Ray. The Mariolle family was full of outstanding racers. Oldest sister Elaine won the 1986 Race across America and is a member of the World UltraCycling Hall of Fame. Dave Busby is in the background. Terry Barker in the middle and im on the right.
  11. Great A&A Survivor. Still my favorite frame to ride. I wish I would have kept the original prototype Ray Abrams gave me. Unfortunately it burned in the Oakland hills fire of 1991.
  12. Excellent work Rick, that’s how they were in 1975.
  13. That is a really well done video. I didn’t see Spike in there. Great shots of McClarren park and Merritt tracks. Had to be 1975 because I was on a Champion and Oakley was on Moto Pro.
  14. Great to see you on the board Garrett. The Silver Shield stickers from Alameda are really interesting (and old). They pre date the Champion frame by a few years at least. Silver Shield got involved in BMX at the Butters track in the Oakland hills. They gave gift certificates to the class winners and I remember going to the store in Oakland then, That was 1973, the Champion didnt come out until 1975.
  15. I dont think its an A&A. A& A head tube gusset was a single plate in the center , not two on the sides and the rear triangle had a brake bracket welded in.
  16. Cleaning the garage today and found this.I think its from the RC Cola National. Me and Tinker with Stu in the back.
  17. This is one of the first A&A frames produced. Ray Abrams delivered it to Silver Shield bike shop a few months after the Gold Cup in 1974.Best handling bike I ever rode.
  18. I remember going there with Danny Oakley in 1974. It must have been a pretty new place at that time. All Schwinn frames and Ashtabula parts in 1974. As I remember lots of bent forks from the jumps.
  19. We were a popular team in the early days. We started with four riders and it grew to about a dozen when the shop closed. Most of us went to Hank and Frank bike shop and we started the team there.
  20. Here is a picture of Dave Scott and me at McClarren park about the time that was filmed.