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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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To live and ride in L.A.

14 09 2012

I’m in the L.A. area this weekend for a little R&R before hitting Interbike next week.

And while I won’t be hitting a 4130 Series Ride, I am going to try to get a bit of a BMX fix in anyway.

Planning to hit The Bicycle Source and Fullerton Bikes on Saturday.

If you’re near those two shops, maybe I’ll run into you..I’ll be the lanky guy in the Cruiser Revolution Rocker Tee (like the one on the right).

4130 Subway Series Documentary from ProtagonistBMX on Vimeo.