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Is chrome done?

15 03 2019

S&M Bikes owner Chris Moeller may have just sounded the death knell for chrome bmx bikes.

A staple of the bmx scene for decades, a chrome frame was de rigueur for BMX riders in the 80s and remained popular for many right up until the present day.

But with more stringent environmental regulations hitting many chrome shops it’s getting harder and harder to make the business case with continuing to offer chrome bike parts.

This is especially true in California where S&M Bikes is located.

Moeller dropped the bomb on his Instagram last night:

More bad news from the chrome shop. As of April 1 pricing is going up again, and it’s way up this time…50% increase on chrome frames. Get your American made chrome @sandmbmx and @fitbikeco parts ASAP because we’ll probably phase chrome out after March.

Granted, some companies that source from overseas may be able to make the numbers work for a little longer….but word on the street is that regulations are tightening up all over these days.

What does that mean then in the end?

Chrome parts are going to get rarer, what will be available will get more expensive….and if you have plans to get some chrome parts, you better jump on it like right now!

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Thanks for 10 years!

22 11 2018

Blogs…they grow up so fast.*

It’s hard to believe that this month marks ten years (!) at this little corner of the internet.

And by golly, it’s still so much fun.

Cruiser Revolution got its start when I found myself researching 24″ cruisers and got frustrated because I had to go from place to place to find information on cruisers.

Then it hit me. If I was going to be doing the “research” anyway I might as well blog about it. Surely some other folks must be interested in the same stuff I am.

Turns out that was true!

It’s difficult to put in to words how I feel about the continued support from y’all. Thank you for the great comments, kind words, rocking the CR stickers and just reading the posts…it means a lot.

I’ve written posts in three different countries, rode with so many cool people all around the US and Canada, and had so much cool stuff come out of this site.

Wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Thanks again,

Ed

P.S. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating….and good luck and good gates to everyone racing The Grands.

 

*I feel like I’ve used this line before…but it really does seem fitting in this case.





Chockablock cruiser coverage in Pull mag

28 10 2018

The October issue of USABMX/BMXCANADA’s Pull Magazine follows in the footsteps of last year’s “Cruiser Issue” with pretty much chockablock Cruiser coverage.

The cover is a good one, with National #1 Cruiser rider Major Marshall Gehrke busting out a sweet tabletop, and it is just the start of the cruiser goodness.

Interviews with both Gehrke and National #1 Cruiser Girl Cruiser champ Maddie DeSantis are big features in the mag.

I wasn’t that familar with Gehrke’s background but the interview clearly shows he’s shifting his energies more to freestyle these days. Judging by the cover (and his Instagram) he certainly not afraid to bust out some style and catch air over jumps…so maybe an X-Games medal is not that far off either!

The “Clipped-In” bike check features FallRisk’s Chris Sutton tricked out SSQuared CEO cruiser as well. (It’s pretty trick with a disc brake and carbon fiber wheels.)

Rounding things out is a 6-page feature/buyer’s guide about the the 26″ cruiser revival.

The article talks about the origins of the cruiser class…back when everyone was on 26ers. Of course, as we all know (and if you don’t, check out this post on 24″ RRS cruiser) 24″ cruisers ended up taking over and dominating the cruiser class.

With that being said, we’ve been reporting on this resurgence of interest in 26″ cruiser for a long time now. Back in 2014, we said that 26″ cruisers were having a moment. And, as the years went on, they were making it last.

These days it’s not uncommon to see 26″ dirtjumpers and 26″ cruisers racking up with 24″ cruisers in the older cruiser  classes. Heck, as Pull puts it in the article’s intro:

“Daylight’s Turnell Henry, a BMX Hall of Famer who once raceed on a 26″ Nomura in the early 80s, is now competing on a 26″ Daylight…and winning on it.”

So yes, as the magazine’s cover says, things have come full circle. Good to see the racing world (by way of Pull Magazine) acknowledge it.

All in all, some solid cruiser coverage from Pull Magazine.





Slick silver for WTP’s race-inspired cruiser

14 09 2018

Last year, WTP flipped the switch a bit with their 24″ Atlas: going from a trails-y 24 to a what we called a “race ready” version.

For 2019, WTP continues that philosophy with a bike that takes more of its cues from the track than the woods.

Color-wise, the Atlas gets an update with a silver colorway frameset complemented by blue anno components. Nice.

The race-y accoutrements that you expect on a track-worthy bike are also there: v-brakes, large(ish) front sprocket and race tires.

The bike also sports the race geometry that was introduced last year:

  • Head Tube Angle: 74°
  • Seat Tube Angle: 72.25°
  • Top Tube Length:  21.75”
  • Chain Stay Length: 15”
  • Bottom Bracket Height: 12.25”
  • Stand Over Height: 9.5”

All in all, a pretty sweet ride for someone looking for a full cro-mo complete that you can take to the track.

The only con (if you’re a “weight-weenie”) is this rig clocks in at a bit over 27 pounds. If you’re schooling fools in the hyper-competitive older cruiser classes at Nationals you might want to look at some areas to drop some weight on this bike.

If you’re just having fun at the pump track or hitting a local here and there…I’d say the added durability of the cro-mo frame and durable (vs. super light) components would be another one for the plus column.

Hop on over to the WTP site for more details and your local dealer for a test drive.





Have bike, will travel…and get NAG titles

17 03 2018

Laurie Harding, 46-50 Women’s Cruiser phenom, got some good coverage in the Jan/Feb. edition of PULL Magazine.

One cool part of her story, that caught my eye at least, was the way Laurie travels to races.

She uses a CBR 250 motorcycle, kitted it out with a 2X2 Cycles bicycle carrier!

And she logs some serious mileage too.

Last year she did over 160 races and did somewhere in the neighborhood of 8-10,000 kms (approx. 6,000 miles).

Her longest trip was a 9 1/2 hour ride from Idaho to BC…that’s no joke.

Definitely an interesting way to get to the races!

Bonus info: Laurie is also, like her team mate Drew Motley, a convert to the Gates Belt Drive (drivetrain).





Your pad or mine?

11 01 2018

I don’t want to say I told you so…but I kinda told you so.

Well, maybe I didn’t so much as tell…but maybe I asked the question:

“Padsets: poised for a comeback?”

And if not the entire padset…maybe just the crossbar pad.

In that prescient post, I noted my own journey that culminated in me digging up a cross-bar pad to run on my bike.

But it’s not just me who’s holding a torch for the crossbar pad.

Shawn Mac is rocking one proudly these days on his 2018 MAC Signature Complete bike.

And now The Shadow Conspiracy is jumping into the crossbar pad game!

They just introduced a limited edition crossbar pad. (Only 50 sets exist).

According to Shadow, it’s a”callback to classic race pads. [It] features a velcro closure and a custom camo crow print.”

Friends, it’s starting to look like we might be at the cusp of a crossbar pad renaissance.

Remember, you heard it here first!





The greatest race on earth

26 11 2017

As many of you know, the USA BMX Grands are happening this weekend.

It’s a race often billed as the “greatest race on earth”.

So, like many race-y types, I tuned in to try to catch some of the “Pro show” Saturday night via the live feed.

Well, the feed was buggy and ultimately froze…so I bailed.

It got me thinking about the “greatest race on earth” catchphrase though.

For me, this Euro cruiser final would definitely be a top contender for “greatest race on earth”.

It’s got it all…thrills, spills, you name it…a wild ride from beginning to end.

I just can’t get tired of watching this.