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if grayboy can help you with those decals i say go for the restore.mine had been painted so many times during the 80s it was no problem refinishing mine after i found real og decals.i have never ridden one of the stick tailed cruisers,but my loop rides great and i can even ride a decent wheelie on it.

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man that motives ad just screams wake me up before you go go.......

 

 

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man that motives ad just screams wake me up before you go go.......

 

:ROTFLMAO:

 

Thanx!

 

Now I will have George Micheal tunes in my head.

 

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just got this....OG REBEL helmet bag :nah.I.mean:

 

Very cool item for your collection! :OSThumbsUpPeace[1]:

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got an email from Brock Bruce this morning, had a nice breakdown of the REBEL/BLAZER history..... :OSThumbsUpPeace[1]:

 

Bernie Anderson started Rebel Racing with Roland Chankin in '81, but then sold it and Blazer Racing to Charles Bruce in '82. Charles Bruce was the marketing arm of Rebel Racing, until Roland Chankin and Bernie Anderson parted ways due to personal issues between each other after the ABA Texas Tour in '82 (Really have no details why.). Manufacturing was actually in Phoenix through a Gene Roden (ABA) contact. Charles Bruce was the one who took over the management of the race team in late '82 and moved manufacturing of Rebel to Tennessee in late '83/early '84 to a manufacturer who also made Vector, because the quality of the Rebel/Blazer frames coming out of Arizona had quality issues and many were braking at the head tube. This is when the Rebel stick tails (Gen 2) frames started.

 

Charles Bruce closed up shop in '87, after the economy and BMX took a down turn.

 

Brock Bruce

Factory Rebel Rider from 81-87.

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from my understanding, bernie started blazer in 1979 :OSThumbsUpPeace[1]:

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from my understanding, bernie started blazer in 1979 :OSThumbsUpPeace[1]:

May have been, but I think a guy named Mike Mayberry started it in Lufkin, Texas. Not sure what year though. '79 may have been correct. Also manufacturing rights may still belong to Mike and/or Bernie. All I know is they were being manufactured, marketed, and the factory teams were being managed by Charles Bruce post '82. Hope this helps...Brock

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my mistake! i did see that it was mike that started the company on a post on museum, so im sure youre right about that. coincidentally, he friended me on facebook today, so i sent him a message and asked him exactly what year he started blazer bmx....he said 1980 :OSThumbsUpPeace[1]:

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mike said blazer was started by himself and dave gersten, bernie had nothing to do with blazer, just rebel :OSThumbsUpPeace[1]:

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From my understanding Mike Mayberry was to handle the marketing & management of the team while Dave Gersten was in charge of all fabrication for Blazer. (An interesting side note, Dave also manufactured the electronic starting gates for the ABA as well.)

After reading a lot of other forums regarding Blazer, Mike makes a lot claims that don't necessarily add up, here's a few factual and questionable statements he was quoted saying: Blazer made frames only, none where available in chrome, all where painted except 10 copper-plated frames, never used the single "B" as a head tube decal or logo, no pad sets or any other product bearing the Blazer name and besides being friendly with Bernie Anderson, Blazer in no way was ever connected with Rebel Racing.

From what I can gather Dave & Mike eventually had a falling out and went their separate ways, now considering Dave owned all the tooling and jigs for the frames, i believe it was at that point he either sold the company or partnered up with Bernie Anderson to keep Blazer going. This is probably the time period where Mike also claims someone was going around selling and manufacturing "fake" Blazer frames.

 

First generation "mini" in chrome.

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(non-machined head tube, hole in rear drop, decals w/o border.)

 

Second generation "mini" in metallic brown.

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(machined head tube, solid rear drop, decals w/ border.)

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(December '81 Blazer "Ad" showing helmet bag, pad sets, chrome frames and the lone "B" logo.)

 

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(Blazer "Authorized" Dealer decal out of a Rebel/Blazer distributor packet)

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(previously unopened Rebel racing box shipped from Blazer Racing Inc. Lufkin,Tx)

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(n.o.s. "copper-plated" Blazer)

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so there was never a blazer fork?

 

none confirmed or that i've seen. if they did....there's no ad, article or picture.

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Can anyone help verify / date these cruiser bars? They measure 29x7 and have knurling for the stem. I'm not sure if they are truly Rebel bars or if they are old or mid school. I don't remember where I picked these up but they appear to be NOS.- Bob

 

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Rebel/Blazer distributor catalog. This is no longer in my hands so these pics are all I have left of it. Problem with your Lil Reb? Just call up Mr. Bruce. Collect! What a trip.

 

Also, that Blazer dealer decal dubplatestyle posted is from my find and I have another if anyone is interested in it. TrulyOdd has first refusal since he started the thread.

 

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Rebel/Blazer distributor catalog. This is no longer in my hands so these pics are all I have left of it. Problem with your Lil Reb? Just call up Mr. Bruce. Collect! What a trip.

 

Also, that Blazer dealer decal dubplatestyle posted is from my find and I have another if anyone is interested in it. TrulyOdd has first refusal since he started the thread.

 

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Thank you for posting these, I've been dying to read this ever since I was fortunate enough to purchase the "dealer" decal from you. Mr. Seda do we have an approx. date when this may have been released? Thanks!

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wow seda, thanks.gifthat catalog is the business! was there another page with the blazer stuff listed too?

 

(pm coming on decal).

 

 

 

bob, those bars are interesting. i'm not sure what the are and don't know if Rebel even made cruiser bars. it's definitely possible but i've never seen anything to confirm so. there isn't anything listed in the catalog....although, they don't have any bars listed and they did make pro (CW style...no knurling) and johnny reb bars (V crossbar with knurling). post a close up pic of the knurling on yours and i'll compare it to a set of JR's i have. maybe that'll help.

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