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Ted Emmer resurfaces, ready to ride

12 10 2019

Ted Emmer’s been called a freestyle pioneer (by me and this blog at least) ever since he made his imprint on the world of freestyle and skatepark riding with his iconic picture in the first issue of Freestylin’ back in the day.

For me, that picture really stood out…for many reasons.

Ted Emmer

First off, he’s competing in a skatepark competition on a 24″ cruiser…and we’re not talking a new school 24…he’s essentially on a converted race cruiser.

Second, those wheels! Custom 71(!) spoke Z-rims….48-spoke wheels hadn’t even become a thing yet at this point and ol’ Ted Emmer is jumping all the way up to 71 spokes (the 72nd spoke wouldn’t work because of the valve stem being in the way, if memory serves).

But what happened to Ted Emmer since that iconic photo?

Sure, we gave him some love with the occasional ThursdayThrowback or FridayFlashback ….but I always wondered what became of this trailblazer.

Imagine my surprise, when I got a message from Mr. Emmer himself earlier this week that simply said,

“I restored a bike you might be interested in”

(In my head) <Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?>

(Me)”The bike….from bitd?”

“Indeed”

Then the pictures came.

Sure enough, there was the iconic 24, along with the OG riding gear.

 

Pretty awesome….but I had to ask…what happened to the custom Z-rims?

Turns out they got stolen out of a storage locker….which is heartbreaking from a historical/BMX Nerd perspective. (However, Ted says he’ll whip up another set if he can get a hold of another set of 24″ Z-rims.). So the mags are on there now.

So what’s Ted been up to?

Ted’s is a drummer and rocked out in Hollywood during the hair metal years.

Fast forward to  the (almost) present and a series of events led him to getting the bike back together and riding.

He lost his wife a few years ago which got him thinking about reconnecting with biking. Then, a designer he was working with learning about his BMX roots and together they started digging through storage and decided to bring some of his stuff back to life. (The Wall to Wall Freestyle book was a nudge too). Then the restoration began and you can see the final results.

 

Ted’s now 54 and says “he’s starting from scratch again” with his riding. He’s been riding a small skatepark near his place to get his feet wet.

He’s already got some war wounds to show for his efforts. (see above)

Next on the agenda, a new helmet and a bigger park.

And after that?

Ted’s says his goal is “A sick photo with me, a bike, and sky.”

I like where this is going.

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Sunday Bikes gets high

4 06 2019

Just when you think you’ve seen it all…you see this….a 29″ Cruiser from Sunday Bikes.

Dubbed the “High C”, which I assume is nod to their iconic Model-C cruiser and/or a discontinued orange-flavored drink at McDonald’s, this kinda took me by surprise when I first spotted it on the weekend.

For a “core brand” who, despite frequent pleas from the 22″ BMX community, has refused to even entertain offering even a 22″ frame, fork or wheels…to suddenly offer a 29er seems to be a curious move.

I mean, Sunday’s sister (brother?) brand, Fairdale offers bikes that seem more in this category…wouldn’t it make more sense to make this the “Tall Taj“?

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great looking bike….and the full cro-mo frame, fork and handlebars are much appreciated…it’s just seems like the marketing/branding (badging?) of it seems a bit off.

For those of you sweating this new 29er, here’s the frame specs:

  • TOP TUBE LENGTH: 23.5″ TT
  • HEAD TUBE ANGLE: 71°
  • SEAT TUBE ANGLE: 71°
  • CHAIN STAY LENGTH: 17.6-17.85”
  • BOTTOM BRACKET DROP: 2.5″
  • SEAT TUBE LENGTH: 17”

In other news, Sunday also dropped sneak peeks of the 2020 colorways of their 24″ Model-C Completes.

Let me tell you, I really dig this Toothpaste colorway.

In addition, to the Toothpaste colorway, they are also offering a classic chrome option:

Both super nice in the looks department….however…..they are still not full cro-mo!!

This is particularly striking when you have these two adjacent to the High C (above) that is 100% Cro-mo (where it counts).

Chances are a Model C is going to see more hard riding then the High C so I’m at a bit of a loss to why Sunday would opt for full cro-mo in the 29er and not the 24.

Maybe I’ll find the answer in High Times.

 





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!





2020 Haro cruisers continue that retro vibe

25 01 2019

It appears where Interbike left off, CABDA has picked up.

In a Ride BMX coverage of the event, Haro’s John Buultjens dropped some teasers of some new additions to the 2020 lineup.

(Cruiser stuff starts at 9:09)

BMX Sloride:

A “signature” cruiser for Brian Blyther, Mike Dominguez and Xavier Mendez. (The BMX stands for Brian,Mike, Xavier).

It features an alloy frame with cro-mo forks and bars. 24, 26 and 29″ versions are planned.

 

Cab Dragon

A Steve Caballero collab with 27.5″ wheels and 8 speeds of cruising fury. You’ll be the envy of the beach with this one.

DMC cruiser

Dennis “DMC” McCoy also gets a cruiser in his honor. Twin top-tube alloy frame and a cro-mo fork.  24, 26 and 29″ versions are planned (although I think they’re tentative on the 29er).

 

Too be honest, I’m a bit surprised by the use of an alloy frame for a twin-top tube DMC frame.

It will be interesting to see what the reaction of buyers is to that detail.

Which we’ll find out soon enough…expect these cruisers to hit dealers this summer.





Back In Black: 2019 Colony Eclipse 24

19 12 2018

Colony BMX just dropped the deets on their 2019 lineup and their 24″ freestyle machine, the Eclipse, is back in the lineup.

Departing from the somewhat flashy red colorway of 2018, 2019 sees Colony going back to their roots, so to speak, with a black colorway reminiscent of the look it sported when it debuted into the Colony lineup (in 2015).

Colony has stuck with the same geometry from previous years — why mess with a good thing,  right? — so no big surprises there.

What that means is a roomy 22″ top tube, a high new school bottom bracket height (13.75″) and a steeper-than-most head tube angle  (75.2 degrees). In other words, an extremely responsive ride that could be the right choice for a rider that is more park oriented (see full specs here).

I would be remiss if I also didn’t mention that the frame, fork and bars are full cro-mo.

Other notables?

170mm cranks and somewhat skinny tires (for this day and age) which clock in at a 24 X1.95″ width.

All in all, a good looking complete from the boys at Colony.





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.





Too Big Tuesday?

23 10 2018

It might be #TwoFourTuesday today…but having just had a look at Sebastian Keep‘s latest video…we might want to call it #TooBigTuesday.

I don’t know if it was inspired by bikes like the Big Ripper (or perhaps the Fat Ripper) but Sebastian’s friend Krazy_Keef built himself a supersized version of a classic Mongoose that trumps those type of bikes by a bit siz-wise.

Heck, Keep and his crew can barely straddle the top tube!

And the bars, while normal looking, end up in ape hanger territory when attached to this bike fit for King Kong.

Of course, Keep and the crew take the bike to a couple skateparks because…I dunno….so hilarity can ensue?

Check out to  this vid to see how the big bike handles the local bowls.

I have a feeling Keep might not be trading his personal bike for one of these.