Transition Klunker: extra old school

24 10 2012

In a world that gets more and more complicated, Transition Bikes has decided to make a bike that’s decidedly simple. Big on the fun factor and low on newfangled tech features.

The Transition Klunker features a 4130 cro-mo frame, moto-style handlebars, big knobby tires and…wait for it… a coaster brake!

And yes, this is the second time in two weeks that we have looked at a MTB company crossing over to make a BMX cruiser…I think that we may have the beginnings of a bit of a trend here.

But back to the bike.

Two color options are available, Klunking Isn’t Free Eagle White and Party in the Woods Matte Black (both with checkerboard top tube and crossbar pads).

I can totally imagine Scott Breithaupt ripping up an old B.U.M.S track on one of these bikes.

Actually, if you squint hard enough at this pic of Lars Sternberg you might think it was Scott throwing a flattie back in the day. Classic.

Living in a world of pimped out rides isn’t always easy…but having a beer with your bros then getting sideways on the trails aboard a Klunker?* That’s as easy as it gets.

Check out Klunking 2 for more on the Klunking phenomenon.

*not necessarily in that order.

(Special thanks to Will Weisman for the heads up on the Klunker.)





BMX racing: from BUMS to the boob tube

8 08 2012

The hype factor has reached a fever pitch leading up to BMX hitting the Olympic stage today for the 2012 Summer Games,

The New York Times is doing features on Alise Post, Tory Nyhaug is showing up on Olympic TV spots in Canada and the list goes on and on.

It’s pretty amazing to see how far we’ve come.

And to think that much of modern-day racing has its roots with a guy in a vacant lot that wanted to hold some bike races.  That guy being Scot Breithaupt.

He didn’t just put BMX racing on the map…the “map” of BMX was basically set on its current course by much of what he learned holding those first few races in the vacant lot.

You could  say that Scot Breithaupt, figuratively and literally, wrote the book on BMX racing.

He also founded what could be called BMX’s first sanctioning body of any kind, the Bicycle United Motocross Society (B.U.M.S). Breithaupt…set up organizational features around his races very much as…the sanctioning bodies would base theirs; rulebooks, a point system, a skill level structure, a racing season, trophies and promotions of special races that were the prototype for Nationals. (Wikipedia)

Scot played a role in almost every aspect of BMX: as a promoter, manufacturer, sponsor, team manager and last, but certainly not least, as a racer.

Scot is also widely credited with bringing Cruiser classes to the various sanctioning bodies which also brought more adults to the sport in its early days.

So as we await those first few minutes of the Olympic BMX event, let’s take a minute to thank Scott “OM” Breithaupt for getting the ball rolling in those early days.

Little did he know that it would go from BUMS right up prime time coverage on the boob tube in so short of a time frame.