The Grands were off the chain

29 11 2016

I didn’t catch a lot of The Grands livefeed over the weekend but I did have the dumb luck to tune in at just the right time to see a little bit of BMX history go down.

Here’s the setting: Drew Motley was in the gate in the no-joke 46-50 cruiser  main.

He needed a win –and only a win– to take the overall cruiser title.

No pressure, right?

Well, he got it done.

From lane 7, if I remember correctly.

That’s an accomplishment on its own…but what might be more exciting is he did it on a bicycle with no chain!

Drew pulled off the impressive win — and the title — aboard a YESS cruiser kitted out with a belt drive drivetrain. (Just like the one we talked about back in April.)

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This is the first time a non-chain bike has taken a BMX title!

motley-carnes-rupeMotley is in good company…just check out these former #1s congratulating him. (You know Carnes and Rupe ain’t no slouches.)

Motley’s performance and title certainly add some additional legitimacy to YESS BMX’s innovative concept.

It will be interesting to see if this now prompts other riders (and companies) to jump on the Belt Drive bandwagon.

 

(Pics: BMX News & USA BMX)





Attention shoppers, in aisle 24…

28 11 2016

After numerous requests and a few bouts of procrastination, I’ve fired up the t-shirt machine again.

Click on over to this link to have a gander.

You’ll find the OG Cruiser Revolution tee…

t-shirt-modelAlong with a few new(ish) designs for your torso-covering pleasure.

This one is particularly suited for busting out abubacas in.

24-king-of-very-big-bikes-modelWatch for additional designs to be added in a semi-sporadic fashion.

Bonus info: Save 20% today (on the site) with code CYBERMON





This 26″ cruiser is Dyno-mite!

18 11 2016

The Dyno Compe was my first freestyle bike so I’ve also had sentimental feelings for Dynos.

To me, they were there the slightly cooler cousin to the more “mainstream” GT Pro Performer…which, as you know, has been re-imagined for the modern age as the GT Performer Pro 26″.

The kid in me wished that GT would’ve brought back a souped up (and scaled up) version of my old fav but to this point…I’ve been out of luck.

But now it appears my luck is changing.

While GT snoozed, Gary Turner (the OG G.T.) cruised….right into my heart with a 26″ Dyno-inspired 26er called the 26D Legend Cruiser!

gary-turner-26d-sideSporting the iconic (in my mind anyway) frame platform, this is the cruiser to rep if you got the soft spot for Dynos like I do.

gary-turner-26d-topIt’s American made and full cro-mo, just like nature intended.

As far as specs go, there’s some customization available but the standard issue is as follows:

  • 72 degree head tube angle
  • 22.5″ top tube
  • 17.75 – 18.90″ rear stay
  • 13.7″ seat mast height
  • 1 1/8 cup style head tube

Custom bits:

You can go OG with an American BB or modern with mid BB. You also have the choice of 990-style or V-brake mounts.

I think the only bummer in this situation is that Gary didn’t go with the classic Dyno fork with the bend in it. The 26D Legend fork is cool in an old-school Bottema fork way, but it’s not the Dyno fork I remember.

gary-turner-26d-forkStill, I think the frame/fork combo is pretty cool.

Word on the street is that a 24″ version is also on the way…I’m really looking forward to that!

 





Time to celebrate #8

10 11 2016

Hot damn…the world keeps spinning and the calendar pages keep turning.

And here we are: 8 years old.

8-the-mayors-rideThank you so much for hanging with me all these years.

Too many cool things have happened as a result of writing this thing, it’s hard to keep track of them all…but they’re a constant source of stoke…and for that I’m eternally thankful.

Cheers to y’all for the positive comments, words of encouragement and all the good times.

You’re all aces to me.

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Thanks again…and let’s see if we can keep this thing rollin’ for a few more years.

Cheers everybody!**

 

*Special thanks to The Mayor of Hollywood for sporting a #8 on his Robinson Cruiser in anticipation of this important milestone.)

**Two “cheers” in one post…I think I may have started celebrating early





Hutch introduces the XL26

7 11 2016

Ready to relive the glory days of “The Coca Cola Cowboy” Toby Henderson?

If so, you’re in luck.

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Hutch dropped the news this past weekend that their new 26″ cruiser frame kit, the XL26, is now available in limited quantities on the HutchBMX.com website.

All chrome-plated (and all full cro-mo) the frame features the following specs:

  • 22.2″ top tube
  • 73 degree head tube
  • 71 degree seat tube
  • 17.1″ chain stay
  • 13″ standover height
  • 12″ bottom bracket height.

The frame is also paired with just about every other Hutch part you need to build it up (sans wheels).

We’re talking a heckuva lot of bling-y chrome…as you can see by the picture below:

hutch-xl26And that looptail…swoon.

Don’t sleep on this though…they only made 25 kits available, so they’re probably going to go quick.





Souping up the SE STR-29

5 11 2016

The SE STR-29 turned our heads from the very first time we spotted it.

A classic 20″ frame, reimagined as a 29″ complete….it was one cool looking bike…and as Stompin’ Stu (the ST in STR) demonstrated, a more-than-capable wheelie machine.

However, as cool as it looks out of the box, it’s always interesting to see how someone customizes their bike to suit their tastes.

Yet we just haven’t seen much of that to this point with the STR-29. Actually of all the ones I’ve seen, they’ve been bone-stock.

But that all changed this week.

SE shared a picture in their social media feeds of Clyde Akers STR-29…and he definitely souped it up.

str-29-clyde-akers

With fresh paint, a liberal sprinkling of gold ano and larger tire* in the front…you definitely have a fresh take on the original factory-version STR-29.

Love me some gold ano!

 

*shucks, it’s not a tanwall

 

(All pics: SE Bikes)





Grump Double Barrel Cruiser: 2X the fun?

25 10 2016

Maybe I’m showing my age…’cause right after coming across pictures of Grump Racing Cycles new Double Barrel Cruiser on the weekend…I immediately started humming that old “Double your pleasure” Doublemint Gum jingle.

Which is a little sad really, considering how cool this bike is…and how lame those commercials were.

grump-backLoving that double-top tube.

Seriously, when is the last time you’ve seen a double-top tube race cruiser?

grump-double-top-tubeNo word yet on specs or pricing (Grump is based out of Australia so keep that in mind)…but based on these pictures, I have feeling there’s gonna be a lot of folks interested in these.

grump-seat-stayIt’s gonna turn a lot of heads at the race track, that’s for sure!