When I think back to the early days of BMX cruisers, one of the first people that comes to mind is Scot “The OM” Breithaupt.
But others played a role too.
Craig Kundig, for one.
Craig helped lead the way towards making 24″ bikes “the standard” for BMX cruisers, replacing the 26″ versions that were more prevalent at the time.
Check out this excerpt from the ABA, when he was a 2004 ABA Hall of Fame nominee:
In a way, all cruiser racers have Craig Kundig to thank for the creation of the class they race. For it was Kundig, as owner of RRS (Riverside Redlands Schwinn), who put one of his fastest amateur team members on a 24 inch bike that quickly put the 26 inch beach-cruisers to bed and created the industry standard of 24 inch wheels on a cruiser. (Of course, it helped when that rider — Joe Claveau, went on to become ABA National No.1 Cruiser rider.) That year was 1981. Around that same time, Craig Kundig was also running the infamous Corona BMX track–still talked about today as THEE gnarliest track in all of BMX.
Craig also had some pretty innovative ideas (for the time) when it came to frame design which he incorporated into his own RRS frames. Just check out this ad:
Today, Craig is still going strong in the bike industry, running the Cyclery USA bike shop.
(Above pic from the Press-Enterprise)