Dee Snider & S&M: The backstory

26 11 2019

In a recent episode of Grilled, S&M Bikes owner, Chris Moeller gets asked

“How did you get to know Dee Snider [of Twisted Sister]?”

After appearing to momentarily dodge the question, Chris answers with the story of a Florida bike shop calling with a customer that was cruiser rider looking for a bike….it turns out that rider was Dee Snider.

Check out the video below starting at 9:45

Well, Chris was a big fan so he offered to hook him up with a bike.

Dee Snider ended up coming out to visit the S&M HQ, they hit off and then they ended up doing a signature bike with him: The Widowmaker.

 

Pretty cool story (and part of BMX...and heavy metal(!) history). To think it all started because Dee Snider just wanted to ride.





Dee Snider just wanted to ride

7 06 2011

After rock stardom with Twisted Sister in the early 80s, Dee Snider had to find his kicks in other ways.

One of those ways was BMX.

Snider was a local at Coral Springs BMX in Florida in the early 90s and could be found there, week in and week out, getting his race on.

Dee Snider getting his race on

At the time, Dee was riding a Hutch cruiser but when Chris Moeller at S&M got wind of the rocker’s involvement in BMX, the two ended up collaborating on a signature frame called the Widowmaker (that I posted on recently).

Kind of crazy when you think about it.

Imagine getting up on the gate…and Dee F’n Snider (!) is lined up next to you?

Madness.

(Photo credit: Planet BMX/Color Tuffs Facebook page)





I wanna rock…an S&M Widowmaker

5 05 2011

Sometime in the early 90s, a  metal band lead singer (that hit the big time a decade earlier) got together with a  little bike company called S&M Bikes and the S&M Widowmaker was born.

The lead singer? Dee Snider from Twister Sister.

Here’s a excerpt from the news section of the February 1993 edition of Ride Magazine with some more background.

There was  an extremely short run of these made so prices commanded for these rigs has understandably gone through the roof.

Love the graphics:

Especially this one:

All in all, pretty cool.

If you want to learn more about the S&M Widowmaker, check out ryanpartridge.blogspot.com (where these pictures are taken from) or BMX Museum.

If you just want to rock out, maybe you should try to relive Dee Snider’s glory days and check out this video.