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PULL magazine dedicates issue to Cruisers

17 05 2017

The May issue of Pull Magazine showed up on my doorstep yesterday (on #TwoFourTuesday appropriately enough).

I had been waiting on this one with some anticipation ever I since I got word that they would be dedicating the issue to Cruisers.

Drew Motley , 2016 National #1 Cruiser Champ,  graces the cover.

Inside, Motley also gets a fairly in-depth interview talking about a whole range of things, including how Motley bested the comp (at the Grands) with a belt drive.

Another big part of the issue is their list of the 40 most iconic cruisers.

I think they made the right call (at least from a racing perspective) for the #1 placeholder.

The RRS 24 was truly a game changer in the cruiser scene.

Craig Kundig’s decision to put one of his racers on a 24″ instead of the more commonplace 26″ bikes (of the time) truly set a new path for race cruisers.

However, I’m bit a surprised by what got left off the list…but I guess you need to generate a little controversy with the readership to get people talking about it.

Plenty of other cruiser-related stuff in the issue for you take a gander at too. I’ll let you check those out on your own.

All in all, a solid issue by PULL.

Nice to see them giving cruisers some love.

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BMXers with a badge

12 05 2017

When you watch enough police shows on TV, it’s inevitable you’ll come across the line, “Turn in your badge”. It’s usually directed at a cop that’s raised the ire of the by-the-book chief and he’s getting yelled at for working outside the lines…but always with the best of intentions.

In the case of former BMX Pros turned cops, Stu Thomsen and Robbie Miranda, the phrase “Turnbar to badge” seems more appropriate.

Behindthebadgeoc.com profiled the two riders recently and it looks like they have transferred their passion for racing to catching the bad guys.

I suppose it doesn’t hurt that they get to use their bike skills while doing their job.

Imagine fleeing the scene and seeing Stu Thomsen or Robbie Miranda chasing you? You might as well stop and turn yourself in. You’re not getting away from either of them.

Heck, Robbie isn’t even shy about sending his police department issued MTB off the Megaramp….so there’s really no limit to how far they’ll go to chase down the bad guys.





Wall Street Journal writes piece on wheelies

5 05 2017

If you’ve keep up on your social media these past few days, you’ve probably already seen it…the Wall Street Journal wrote an article covering BMX, “Bike Life” and Wheelies in a piece called, “The BMX Bikes Getting Teens Back on Two Wheels — or One”.

SE Big Rippers and rrdblocks get a lot of play, as well as some commentary from Todd Lyons.

Apparently SE Bikes  (and BMX bikes in general) are seeing a sales spike over the last couple years.

That’s definitely good news! I don’t know if it’s “go-go 80s good” but it bodes well for our little piece of the cycling universe.

In other, semi-related news this week, SE also dropped some sneak peeks of the 3(!) colorways of the new 2018 So Cal Flyer.

I gotta say, I’m kinda digging the middle one…it has that Mike Buff/BMX Action trick team vibe that really takes me down memory lane.

I’m not so sure about the Killer Bees/Stryper colorway…but yellow and gold ano are definitely retro-fabulous, so I’m sure they will still get a segment of the old school heads with that version.

The blue one? Classic. Hard to go wrong there.

All in all, a good week for SE and “mainstream” coverage of BMX in general.

Hopefully, we’ll see more of this.





Turbo set to thrill at Worlds

2 05 2017

If you’re a 50-something cruiser rider prepping for the Worlds this year…there’s a good chance you’re going to see a familiar face in the gate with you come race day…Turbo Harry Leary!

That’s right, the former AA-Pro from the golden era of BMX (now racing in 56-60 Cruiser) is still going strong.

 

But don’t take my word for it though…check out this clip from the 2015 Grands…Leary still lives up to the moniker, Turbo.

I’m really looking forward to seeing footage of his class at the Worlds, it should be a good one!

 

Postscript: Wouldn’t it be great to see Eric Rupe, Greg Hill and Stu Thomsen (…and maybe a few more of the old school pros to round out the field) all back in the gate at the same time some time in the future? I think a lot of old school heads would explode (in a good way) if that happened.





Take a chrome Speedwagon home

19 04 2017

And now to add a bit more sizzle to the souped up S&M Speedwagon 24S&M has dropped the chrome version!

Hot damn, this looks good.

I’m kinda sweatin’ this frame now.

Check the previous post for more details on the updated Speedwagon 24…and of course, hit up your S&M dealer to score one of these bad boys.

 

(Pics: Cheap Goods BMX)





S&M soups up the Speedwagon 24

6 04 2017

Chris Moeller wanted a little more clearance to run bigger sprockets on his race cruiser…so as any good bike company owner would do…he redesigned S&M’s flagship race cruiser, the 24″ Speedwagon!

We got the first inklings of this when Moeller teased a sneak peek pic of the prototype on his Instagram page.

He said wanted to be able to run 42-18 gearing, so he incorporated a monostay into the frame to let him do it (making it somewhat similar to the old 38 Special design).

He followed that up with a closeup pic of the monostay a day later (love me some trans red!)

Now, word on the street is…they’re already available!

You can get them in clear, black, trans blue and trans red!

A chrome option is also slated for arrival in a few weeks.

Hot damn.

 

(Pics: Chris Moeller, Cheap Goods BMX)





Spring Fling Sneak Peeks

3 04 2017

The annual “Spring Fling” happened down in Florida this past weekend and from all indications it looked like it was off the hook (Do people still say that?).

In addition to bringing together a bunch of rowdy BMXers, it was also where quite a few 2018 sneak peeks went down.

SE bikesTodd Lyons brought a bunch of cruisers from their yet-to-be-released lineup and he wasn’t shy about showing them off.

Some bikes have changed in size for 2018, like the Mike Buff Looptail…which now rolls out with 29″ wheels…

We went big this year!🎉💪🏽🎉 #mikebuff #bigripper #29weekspregnant @mikebuff_

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…and the Stu Thomsen STR…which is now in a available in a 26″ version.

The Cycle Squad Maniacs were on hand showcasing the new eye-popping SE Factory Squad threads. (You’re not going to miss this race kit!)

Todd Lyons and rrdblocks also showcased the wheelie proficiency of the new Big Flyers (available in two different colorways).

I think I’m most stoked on the STR-26…or maybe it’s just that picture of Stompin’ Stu roosting on it!