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Bully for you…Snakebite Meth Bars

9 02 2018

If you’re old school fool (like me) you probably remember the old Bully handlebars (and the Redline Forklifter Bars that inspired them) fondly.

I had a pair of the Forklifter bars back in the day…and like a fool (I’ve a got a theme going here) I sold them for a song sometime in the 90s.

A bad move on my part.

(Freestyle legend RL Osborn with a pair of Redline Forklifter bars)

Thankfully, the dudes at Snakebite have stepped in to save guys like me for our previous bad decisions.

That’s because Snakebite has come out with the “Meth bar“…a 4-piece bar with the classic Bully/Forklifter styling but updated with modern geometry (featuring the same upsweep and backsweep as the equally iconic S&M Slam bars).

Here’s the lowdown on the specs:

Height: 8.9 or 9.2″
Width: 29″
Upsweep:1 degree
Backsweep: 12

Made in the USA.

Available in black or chrome.

So much radness.

And now, the obligatory action shot:

Sean Yarroll showing you what’s what.

So good.

Interested? Snap ’em up at Goods.

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Bikes like back in the day

24 09 2015

Call it what you will…nostalgia, “retro-inspired” or just a nod to the old school…you could be forgiven if you felt there was a bit of 80s in the air at Interbike.

Over at the Haro booth, the retro fever got started with a teaser photo — released just prior to the opening day of Interbike — of a new re-pop Dennis McCoy Haro Master.

That definitely got the ball rolling!

Haro DMC Master Interbike

Not to leave out the cruiser folks, Haro also showcased this bad boy…so you can get that retro rush while rolling comfortably on a 24″.

Haro 24in Master Interbike

Over at GT, Haro’s main rival back in the 80s glory days, their booth was adorned with a mint GT Pro Performer (paging Martin Aparijo!).

GT Pro Performer Interbike

I don’t think this bike is going to be a re-pop…or what it was even doing there exactly…aside from making me drool a bit and making me reminisce about my own Pro Performer from back in the day.

SE, of course has had its retro game on lock for years now. This PK Ripper, for example, is like candy to an old schooler.

SE PK Ripper Retro Interbike

And of course, SE had the big wheels covered too.

SE Creature 24 Interbike

Redline had their PL-26 on display.

And We The People had the Avenger.

Heck, if even the new school components are going a little retro these days.

Over at the Sparky’s booth, I mentioned to Sean Burns that the new Bone Deth bars reminded me of the old Redline Forklifter bars…he replied that he thought they were more reminiscent of the Hoffman Low-drag bars.

Old school or mid-school…you decide.

Bone Deth Bars Interbike

Word has it that Haro is also updating and re-releasing their Group-One cranks from back in the day.

It’s an interesting turn of events. Back in the 90s/early 2000s it seemed everyone wanted to distance themselves a bit from the 80s era.

Now, it seems people are looking back at it a little more fondly and reinserting some of that style back into the marketplace (albeit with the necessary tech upgrades).





RL Osborn would be proud

2 02 2011

Stumbled across this build the other day on bmxmuseum.com.

This guy did a great job of transforming a regular 24″ race bike into a cool looking 24″ version of one of the iconic freestyle bikes of the the 1980s, the Redline RL-20II.

Hard to believe that it started off a 2000 Redline John Purse Signature Series 24.

Check out this “before” picture:

Pretty amazing what Rustoleum Key Lime paint, Forklifter bars and some creativity will get you. You can follow the build of the bike on this bmxmuseum.com thread.