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#51 2011-04-07 5:14pm

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Re: Fast Man, lemme tell you my story man.

So, I've gotten two main questions via PM. Basically "WTF is an Edgewood Bowl"? and "POW House? What is that?".

I will answer the first one now. The Edgewood bowl was an abandoned skateboard park in the town I grew up in. Edgewood MD. It got condemned and closed in 1978, and I first rode it in 1979 at age 9. I had my Schwinn Mag Scrambler and lived in the neighborhood right behind it, so every day I went up there. In those days, there were a few real hot shoes on bikes, and NO skateboards. One of the better ones was a guy who became my best friend, Dave.

When you think of skateparks, you probably envision Eddie Fiola in BMX Action back in the day. Ours was not like this. It was almost like a cement BMX track. Two long, snaking runs with huge berms, a bowl with vert in the center that always filled with water, and two smaller loops in the front. Around 1984, the guy who owned the land bulldozed his way through the a berm in the larger run, expecting it would stop us from riding there. All it did was create new lines.

One thing about learning to ride BMX is you fall down a lot. One thing about learning to ride BMX on Concrete jumps is you either learn to not fall or you spend a lot of time in pain. The place was brutally unforgiving. And it contributed a lot to my fanatical tuning of bicycles. I hated cable rattle. All I wanted to hear was the Comp TAs buzzing on pavement. To me, there was nothing more beautiful than hearing “fwwwwwzzzzz"  then silence, then “fwuuuuzzzzzzz" . No clanks. No bottom outs. Just pure smoothness. It's the sound of a perfectly executed air. Of course, keeping the bike quiet was one thing. You had to hold up your end of the bargain. Land on transitions. Don't slam lips. God forbid, don't hang your front tire. I saw a lot of people leave there bleeding.

My worst bail was there. Trying a lookback on the one area, and got it fully clicked. And, you could say I didn't get it unclicked. It wasn't vert, so I drifted over the lip and caught the front on the way back down. 14 feet of air and ramp, and I missed all of it. Landed on my face. Broke my jaw, dislocated the jaw hinge, and opened up 29 stitches on my chin. Major concussion. Still rode home though, where I drifted in and out of consciousness for a few hours til mom got home. Jaw was wired shut for nearly 6 months.

I rode ramps at an AFA contest a month later though. Don't tell my doctor.

There was a core group that rode there, and a few even went on to bigger and better things. Alan and Brian Foster being the two most notable. A skater named Bucky used to show up from time to time too. And it was cool, there eventually were a lot of skaters that came and it was never contentious. In fact we'd often while away the summer days trying to do skate tricks on bikes and vice versa. We pushed each other hard.

I can't confirm, but I believe the nac-nac and the tailwhip air were invented there. At least, we were trying them long before we saw them in magazines. Because the skaters could do them, you see. Tailwhips were our answer to Varials. We had no answer for kick flips, but they couldn't hang with bar spins. So nyah.

It started to get known and occasionally some tours would come by. Or some guys would come a long way to have a go at it. The Hutch tour came to Wheel Power and we took them over the bowl. Itson watched for a while and just shook his head. “Nuts" . The Hutch factory was 20 miles away and all their riders showed up at some point. And each time, they left shaking their heads.

Eventually, some squirrelly kid who had no business trying what he did got nailed hard. His parents sued and the dozers came for the last time. That was 1989. I had ten years of experience there. Now all I have left is a chunk of the concrete.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5107/5596594629_627e913f0c.jpg
That's Dave. Alley-oop lookback. That wall was a good 20 feet top to bottom, and he travelled it backwards a good ten feet.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5028/5597176022_72b6557e50.jpg
And, occasionally he'd just want to air out off the end. He was off on this day, he usually went higher. Now you know why the GT he gave me has a crack in it...

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5265/5597175586_8bd27edf1f_z.jpg
Our ramp owner, Craig and his ill-fated 87 sport. What you would do is rim around that berm and jump back up the wall of the next berm. What you DIDN'T do was try to 180 air and go back down. That's where I broke the jaw.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5302/5596593229_c59d889f63_z.jpg
Yours truly. I was mad for kick turns, don't know why. I even went as far as to drive to Pittsburgh for a contest because Dizz Hicks was supposed to be there and I wanted to challenge him. He was hurt and never showed. I won.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5270/5596580807_9d6dcd137c_z.jpg
I think I would have even if he was there. This was one of the skate/bike one-up sessions. The skater there was studying me to figure out if he could do it.
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5023/5597161364_fa317e6272_z.jpg
Here you can see where they dozed it in background. It was actually a good thing. Before guys would just zip from berm to berm. With the dozing, it forced us to change. One of the sickest things I saw there was when Brian Foster shaped the dirt pile next to the cut, and went full speed right past where I'm turning. He launch up and landed coming down the larger berm next to it, covering the full gap. About ten feet over the lips. Twisted nac-nacs, no handers. He was phenomenal.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5261/5597160580_6066cd4b89_z.jpg

Comin' at ya! This picture is a miracle, because that General was effing HEAVY. Didn't quite get around on this like I wanted to... I was still sponsored by this point, but only because they had not yet learned that I removed all the stickers from the frame and replaced them with Club Homeboy and Rockville BMX stickers. They did not like that one bit. I had no use for the corporate BMX world back then...

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5106/5596577123_21d939e9c4_z.jpg
There's Dave again, after ringing around the bowl and jumping out. Newbies had a tendency to sit down there. All they heard was “fwooop – ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ"  as he launched right over them. And yeah, he'd clear the flat and land on the downslope to the left of the skateboarders.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5305/5596573209_7a56ae5ab0_z.jpg
Skateboard trick alert! Backside Boneless. Me.

It was totally by chance I lived in a town that had this thing. But it was so important. Kept me out of a lot of trouble in those days... This used to be my playground.


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#52 2011-04-07 5:47pm

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Re: Fast Man, lemme tell you my story man.

Absolutely killer documentation.

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#53 2011-04-07 8:27pm

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Re: Fast Man, lemme tell you my story man.

So, the real reason I started this was so I could get to 20 posts and be able to "Buy now" in the for sale section. 2 days ago, I missed a black and blue 87 Master frame/fork/bars setup because I couldn't hit the "buy now" button.

Not letting that happen again. smile

I'll post the POW stuff tomorrow. Thanks to all for indulging my trip down memory lane.

And now as much as back then, to me the sport was about the time spent and the good times, and not about the trophies. Don't give me lip because I tossed your current holy grail 20 years ago. Have pity on me that I lost a dear friend that happened to be made of metal. So, I'm sorry your chance of finding a "real" one got cut in half. But moreso, I'm sorry you never got to feel what I felt on that bike. To some, it's special because it's rare. To me, it's infinitiely more special and it still would be even if I had gotten the "ordinary" green one.

If you want them, go get them. But remember, if it's old school, it probably meant the world to someone at some time. Respect that. There's a soul to this here game.

If you're just out for the bucks, you miss the point.


I thrashed your grail, and I loved every second of it.

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#54 2011-04-07 8:43pm

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Re: Fast Man, lemme tell you my story man.

forty_three wrote:

All I wanted to hear was the Comp TAs buzzing on pavement. To me, there was nothing more beautiful than hearing “fwwwwwzzzzz"  then silence, then “fwuuuuzzzzzzz" . No clanks. No bottom outs. Just pure smoothness.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Fvxs4O09T_8/Slx1-2cfGzI/AAAAAAAAAwY/u67cpdyRAdQ/s400/goosebumps.jpg


I'm letting the liquor do the thinking.....

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#55 2011-04-07 8:50pm

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Re: Fast Man, lemme tell you my story man.

cool that looks like a awesome playground cool

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#56 2011-04-07 9:07pm

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Re: Fast Man, lemme tell you my story man.

forty_three, are you the guy on the pink master in the first post? I have seen that picture on another thread some time ago, cool pic. I can not remember what that thread was about, but I have seen that picture before.

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#57 2011-04-07 9:13pm

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Re: Fast Man, lemme tell you my story man.

Thank you for the great story,i felt 14 again for a couple minute's!!Very well done my man!!cool


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#58 2011-04-07 9:37pm

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Re: Fast Man, lemme tell you my story man.

fcuk, great post man!


wanted:
- Gary Littlejohn 26 fork
- MCS 6 bolt stem in black, first or second generation

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#59 2011-04-07 9:56pm

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Re: Fast Man, lemme tell you my story man.

great story!!!


i'm always online, but I come on the site a few times during the day....

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#60 2011-04-07 9:57pm

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Re: Fast Man, lemme tell you my story man.

just way cool

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#61 2011-04-08 5:13am

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Re: Fast Man, lemme tell you my story man.

bwnharo wrote:

forty_three, are you the guy on the pink master in the first post? I have seen that picture on another thread some time ago, cool pic. I can not remember what that thread was about, but I have seen that picture before.

Yeah, I posted it when I first joined in a Pink Haro thread, the thread that led me here, actually.

Apparently there were five made. 3 are known to have survived and are in the hands of members here. Mine died a noble death. So there's one more out there somewhere...


I thrashed your grail, and I loved every second of it.

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#62 2011-04-08 5:18am

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Re: Fast Man, lemme tell you my story man.

forty_three wrote:

But remember, if it's old school, it probably meant the world to someone at some time. Respect that. There's a soul to this here game.

If you're just out for the bucks, you miss the point.

+1

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#63 2011-04-08 6:37am

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Re: Fast Man, lemme tell you my story man.

smile

Damn.....AMAZING STORIES HERE......it's 3:35am in the morning here in Hawaii and I'm supposed to be asleep but was enjoying your awesome tales.....I myself was never a ramp person, strictly flatland back then, and even now.....but I still can relate to the many hours spent on my bike, the jam sessions we had back then, and the carefree lifestyle that we once lived.


Thank you for sharing.


smile


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#64 2011-04-08 12:34pm

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Re: Fast Man, lemme tell you my story man.

forty_three wrote:

But remember, if it's old school, it probably meant the world to someone at some time. Respect that. There's a soul to this here game.

That's some righteous words right there.....

I think I once  heard Omar say something like that on "The Wire"    cool

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#65 2011-04-08 12:58pm

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Re: Fast Man, lemme tell you my story man.

Raceface wrote:

Thank you for the great story,i felt 14 again for a couple minute's!!Very well done my man!!cool

+1

Probably the best thread ever on this board. Thank you forty_three.cool

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#66 2011-04-08 3:51pm

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Re: Fast Man, lemme tell you my story man.

Now... The POW house. That was one of the greatest times ever in my cycling life. As mentioned before, I was on the Wheel Power team. Did some racing, but I had a tendency to go big on step ups, and lose races. This in turn got me yelled at a lot, which then made me even MORE likely to throw a race away with a big Can-can or something. They kept me on the Freestyle team, and I was just fine with that.

Alan and Brian Foster were on the race team. Alan was wicked fast, and in 1988 or so, turned pro. He got well known fast because like most of us who were shaped by the concrete at the Bowl, dirt did not scare him AT ALL. He had some of the greatest bike control of anyone I've ever known, and combined with his extra half second of flat out before the finger reached for the brakes, well... There wasn't anyone he couldn't pass. He decided to make a run at the pro world, and realized he needed to be somewhere he could race all year round. And the Indoor track at Howard County didn't cut it. So he moved into the famed HBP house in Huntington Beach. He became a Huntington Beach Pro. John Paul Rogers, Mad Dog Moeller... Guys I had been seeing in magazines, he went to live with them. Then he started showing up in the magazines. I thought it was all pretty cool for him.

So in 1989, you know that San Francisco was hit by the quake. My cousin owned a house in Berkely at the time and made me a deal (boy, how my life was fed by family deals). All expenses paid, a little spending money and a room to stay in. All I had to do was help with some plastering and windows and stuff by day. Evenings and weekends were mine. Bonus: Two weeks to myself in early December while her and her hubby went away on business. Hells yeah!

Made a couple calls, got the numbers of some guys in NorCal to hook up with, bought a bike box and off I went. Met what was left of the Curb Dogs, and Craig Grasso. Rode with some really talented locals up there who were a bit taken aback by my east coast style. Embarcadero, Golden Gate park. I came to love the BART train system... But wait, you're thinking. I though POW was in SoCal. You're right. Sorry.

So when the free time approached, I thought, "I'm in California. I should go find Alan." Geography was never my strong suit. I found the number for Wizard Publications and figured I would start there tracking him down. I called and Mad Dog answered. Perfect! I explain who I am and ask if he can get me in touch with Alan. All he hears is my last name which is the same as a famous rock star and we spend the next 20 minutes dialing every extension is Wizard Pubs trying to convince people I am the rock star. Gork, Daly, even Oz himself. After that was over, I ask again about Alan. Mad Dog says, "I'll tell him, but frank it dude. Come on down. Here's the address." He takes my number and I hang up, thinking "did this really happen?"

Later that night Alan calls me and asks how I'm getting there. I had already booked an Amtrak ticket. He agrees to pick me up at the train station. "Hey, you might not get a sofa. Got some guys from Orlando in too. You cool with the floor?" You kidding me? I would have slept in the bathtub.

From the moment I walked in the door, I was awestruck. First thing anyone said to me was Dave Clymer. "Who the F&%$ are you?". "Uhhh, I'm Alan's friend". Then I hear from the Kitchen "NUUUUUUGE!" Mad Dog comes out and looks me up and down. "You sounded shorter on the phone" So I get introduced to everyone officially. The "extras" from Florida turned out to be some guys who were starting up a clothing company and were out promoting it. UGP, Underground Products. They'd be there the whole week too. I still have stickers.

I got a couch, BTW.

It was kind of weird because I was in a den of hardcore racers. But they accepted me and we had some great times. Looking back it feels like it had to be more than a week. We rode some trails, went to 2 pools (one of which was in an abandoned motel), did the Three stooges wall, some ramp time, went to the WizPubs building. Met up with Brett Hernandez for some flatlanding in Huntington Beach, and eventually got chased because they thought we were a gang. Hit every piece of odd terrain in all of Westminster, got lost in Compton in Clymer's van, and even met a police dog with Stainless Steel teeth. Spent a Friday night at Orange County BMX. Mecca for all things two wheeled. A Friday night heat race with Mad Dog, Alan, John Paul, Pistol Pete and Billy Griggs. Nuts. By the third day, I was so star struck, I often couldn't find words. Mad Dog even got pissed at me because I didn't talk much. At that point, I started just talking in gestures, to see how far I could push him before he snapped.

I spent a lot of time behind the camera on our sessions, the few times I remembered I even HAD a camera. Most rides it stayed in my backpack in the van.

Here's some of what I did capture.
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5310/5597012998_22acd06f8a_z.jpg
The POW house. POW meant "Pro's of Westminster" which was nowhere near as catchy as "POW".

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5305/5597012852_b48fa8f3fc_z.jpg
THIS was the HBP house. "Huntington Beach Pros"

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5190/5597012534_80fe178da5_z.jpg
Just down the street from the HBP House is the famed Three Stooges wall. This is one of the UGP guys. Forgive me, but it's been more than 20 years. Don't remember names. This guy was the founder.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5226/5596429443_e850d7854f_z.jpg
A little perspective on how high up that wall these guys were going. I'm up top, looking down.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5142/5596428507_e3f7aa0359_z.jpg
Ramp, somewhere in Torrance.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5148/5597010062_94d98b6c6f_z.jpg
Clymer, rocking the spine. That's Alan waiting his turn.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5264/5596426635_33954c3d28_z.jpg
Next up, a school in Westminster. Bench at the top of a bank. Clymer provides the tire marks.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5305/5596426737_5d32a7a827_z.jpg
Usually.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5306/5599079329_df8a870de3_z.jpg
Same bank, bench removed. Alan letting it fly.

One day, Mad Dog tells Clymer to be at some trails for an S&M Ad shoot. In the van we went.
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5306/5596425969_4477918512_z.jpg
Alan, letting loose.
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5304/5596426967_944bdd56cb_z.jpg
Clymer dialing in the gap, and me being a little late on the shutter.
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5148/5597009940_1f1a5dc8de_z.jpg
Got 'em when it mattered though.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5149/5597010756_e5d5236168_z.jpg
Mad Dog spotting the landing. Before all the business stuff.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5266/5596427545_4aae3efa16_z.jpg
Damn he was wicked smooth. He'd hold these for what seemed like minutes.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5270/5596427281_019d63f27a_z.jpg
He had landed a no footed can-can xup and turned back to me and the other guy with a camera "DID YOU GET THAT?" Neither of us did, so I said "Do it again" as he headed back around the trail.

Guess he didn't want to.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5228/5597011660_ae2e3a3957_z.jpg
Damn shame what happened to that sofa. Someone found it out for trash pickup and thought "hey, we might need a sofa", so they heaved in the truck and brought it out to the house. I was doing laps on the jumps back there and someone yelled out "Hey Ted (My nickname evolved 7 times that week), test the springs on that thing!" At which point I hopped up and did a blunt on it. Then Clymer did it. Then One of the UGP guys tried to grind on the back. Before long we were fully assaulting it, ending with Clymer pushing Mad Dog in the wheel chair at it.  It never stood a chance.

Last edited by forty_three (2011-06-18 6:51pm)


I thrashed your grail, and I loved every second of it.

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#67 2011-04-08 3:53pm

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Re: Fast Man, lemme tell you my story man.

Definately the coolest thread I've read in a long time wink

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#68 2011-04-08 4:59pm

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Re: Fast Man, lemme tell you my story man.

woftam master wrote:

Definately the coolest thread I've read in a long time wink

Absolutely.  cool

I could sit and read stuff like this for hours and never get the slightest bit bored. 

Thanks so much for sharing cool

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#69 2011-04-08 5:06pm

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Re: Fast Man, lemme tell you my story man.

What I like about this thread is that you actually have pictures to back up your shlt!!!!  Great stories to begin with, but the pictures make it that much better.  Hey man, thanks for sharing.

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#70 2011-04-08 10:00pm

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Re: Fast Man, lemme tell you my story man.

MOAR STORIES!!!!


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#71 2011-04-08 10:21pm

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Re: Fast Man, lemme tell you my story man.

These are the kinds of stories that give me that itch to build up a bike again after not riding for probably 15+ years im 38 but the memories and story take me back in the day thanks again for sharing

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#72 2011-04-08 10:34pm

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Re: Fast Man, lemme tell you my story man.

Great story 43. Thanks for sharin. This is what its all about!


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#73 2011-04-08 10:45pm

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Re: Fast Man, lemme tell you my story man.

shelloil23 wrote:

Acup4130 wrote:

WOW!! wait WOW!!!!! this is definitely The best post on here! I had to reread twice to take in the EPIC! Do you have a name mystery man??Great story with pics ( So IT DID HAPPEN)
& a Pink Master to boot! (again with pics)! This is what this site should be all about, not the " im going to quit painting drama/whine" or the "mine is worth" or "he ripped me off (cuz I am a DA who allows myself to be ripped off)" thread. This is REAL! ride or show how you rode. Collecting is cool if you actually rode & were not just a dreamer/poser who could not afford what the "cool" kids had, Otherwise its just ghey& more poser than the first time. That all said this by far is the greatest thing I ever read on here
THANK YOU

so I guess since my parents could only afford a DB Silver Streak when I was a kid I'm a "poser" now because I buy all the bikes I wanted? (aka the bikes the "cool" kids had)
I'm 40 with a career and a family....sorry I can't ride all day like you! roll

Sorry to cut in with this, but that DA comment got me off track, GREAT story...it's amazing how much these bikes bring those memories back huh?

No Sir, I'm " The Poser " lol !


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#74 2011-04-09 2:28am

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Re: Fast Man, lemme tell you my story man.

Awesome stories you've posted forty_three, thanks for sharing big_smile

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#75 2011-04-09 7:18am

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Re: Fast Man, lemme tell you my story man.

A few have requested to see what's left of the bike. Remember Haro fans, it might be a little shocking to see the GT skeleton underneath it all smile

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5262/5595929857_a38e9331a2.jpg
As you see, I wasn't a fan of "Stock" Stickers.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5263/5596512050_7a16ebb1fd_z.jpg
I was, however, a fanof O'Neill clothes. Seems like ever iteration of my bike had an O'neill sticker somehwere. Top tube here.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5029/5595930053_5f51d91d21_z.jpg
Oneo fmy buddies thought it would be funny to put the Body Glove hand on the seat to "see if it tickled". I had some weird friends.

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Those things were bulletproof.

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Battle scarred. That's some "fresh" dirt from the Landsdowne spill.

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Whoa. That Chrome's gonna need some help. BOAs are still operational though. Best Calipers Ever.

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More "fresh" dirt. These pegs were made by Dave. We, or I mostly, had to buy new pegs every few weeks because I was killing them. The ones that lasted the longest for me were the Tioga Roll-ons, but even then I kept killing the threads. So he went into the machine shop where he worked and made a quarter inch thick washer, welded it into a stell tube, cut a few grooves into it and voila! Custome pegs. Only two sets exist. As you can see, I never even painted mine.

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Rear pegs. Not sure why they kept falling apart on me. smile

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Yes, ladies and germs, that is a real live generation 1 Suntour Freecoaster. The coaster part's a little rough, but it still works.

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Whoo. Those are gonna need some help too. It was one of the greatest things ever to me when Haro released the Knee savers. Because they did save my knees often.

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I always used Rotors. For one, you couldn't adjust the length of the top Gyro cable, and I was fanatical about no loose cables. Second, I was doing a walk around and caught on of my nards on the bottom gyro cable giude.

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Loved me some Rockville BMX more than O'Neill. The one thing holding me back from doing an full back to original resto is that I would have to take the Rockville stickers off. I can't. And I won't. If anyone knows where I can get some new ones or some re-pops, I'd love to know. I am buying a Group 1 to start racing again and would LOVE to pun the familiar traingle on it. Call it tradition.

There's the before. Resto underway. I'll pop the afters in here as I can.


I thrashed your grail, and I loved every second of it.

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