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#1 2013-01-23 11:27am

juanshop
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blacklite update, really exited about this one. (photo heavy)

so, i think a month or so ago i posted my find. a really rare blacklite with bottema fork and such, link: http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=478328

some time has passed, and i finally got around cleaning it. Got a brake installed, also i rebuilt the headset, trued the wheels and the only 2 things left are rebuilding the bottom bracket and get some time appropriate pedals.

the bike is in survivor  status, i just cleaned it up. i will maybe eventually buff it and get rid of some scratches (the old and original owner cleaned it up with steel wool... mad ) and some chrome peeling, but nothing too horrible, it is not shorwoom condition, but it has a charm, this bike was raced and used, and you can see that tongue

anyhow, i have learned a little about these bike, being so rare, but here is what i could find.

-where it comes from:

"Blacklite's were made in San Antonio by Ken Burleson for his son Kendell to race originally. He later started making and selling them for local riders. His son was his test rider and would bring out new frames all the time to Cibalo Vally bMX and River City BMX. There are several frame styles of the mini and micro mini out there and its always cool to see one pop up. brings back great memories every time I see one of those, I have never seen an aluminum f&f set."  [from vintagebmx, by user bmx2112]

- what this frame might be more specifically:

this frame could be one of the very few chromoly frames ever made between 83-84. its important to remember these frames where mostly chromed plated aluminum.

http://i588.photobucket.com/albums/ss321/keithd6942/8C30B3A6-DEEA-4B56-B05B-AF91F0E1BBEC-12799-00000AC5B5BBAAC0.jpg


and here is what is looks so far 90% finished:

http://i.imgur.com/O50zjJHh.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/WQRuOLrh.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/XhIs91Eh.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/2ERkqQUh.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/luwa5ERh.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/axMxgnLh.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/swI5lEph.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/Qpy23G0h.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/n2RXnirh.jpg

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#2 2013-01-23 11:33am

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Re: blacklite update, really exited about this one. (photo heavy)

Lookin good! Needs a matching rear rim tongue cool


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#3 2013-01-23 11:34am

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Re: blacklite update, really exited about this one. (photo heavy)

jsngrimm wrote:

Lookin good! Needs a matching rear rim tongue cool

they are both the same! but the color has faded since it only had rear brake his whole life big_smile

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#4 2013-01-23 12:03pm

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Re: blacklite update, really exited about this one. (photo heavy)

LOOKS KILLER!!
LOOKS VERY JMCish


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#5 2013-01-23 12:11pm

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Re: blacklite update, really exited about this one. (photo heavy)

jokerman13922 wrote:

LOOKS KILLER!!
LOOKS VERY JMCish

it does and i think i remember reading somewhere that blacklite had some relation to jmc, i am not sure.

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#6 2013-01-23 12:18pm

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Re: blacklite update, really exited about this one. (photo heavy)

juanshop wrote:

jokerman13922 wrote:

LOOKS KILLER!!
LOOKS VERY JMCish

it does and i think i remember reading somewhere that blacklite had some relation to jmc, i am not sure.

there is this theory why they look so similar:

"Some people theorized it might have been something Norm's Bikes produced, after he bought all the remaining tubing from JMC after they closed in '85."

but the weird thing is that these frame would be an 83-84, so dates do not match.

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#7 2013-01-23 3:26pm

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Re: blacklite update, really exited about this one. (photo heavy)

i need to get around to doing mine    yours is a inspiration


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#8 2013-01-23 3:30pm

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Re: blacklite update, really exited about this one. (photo heavy)

sweet smile


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#9 2013-01-23 3:33pm

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Re: blacklite update, really exited about this one. (photo heavy)

like the bike, especially the golden stem coolcool


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#10 2013-01-23 3:34pm

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Re: blacklite update, really exited about this one. (photo heavy)

my cousin still has his. cool little bike.


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#11 2013-01-23 5:27pm

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Re: blacklite update, really exited about this one. (photo heavy)

bird wrote:

i need to get around to doing mine    yours is a inspiration

appreciate it man:D i will hopefully get around making some replicas of the decals soon and send one pair your way.


and turbo todd, that's sweet, he has the looptail? or like the one on the ad? you have any pics?

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#12 2013-01-23 6:19pm

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Re: blacklite update, really exited about this one. (photo heavy)

juanshop wrote:

jsngrimm wrote:

Lookin good! Needs a matching rear rim tongue cool

they are both the same! but the color has faded since it only had rear brake his whole life big_smile

I wondered why the hubs were exactly the same tongue Does look alot like JMC cool


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#13 2013-01-23 7:04pm

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Re: blacklite update, really exited about this one. (photo heavy)

chrome plated aluminum how often do you see that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#14 2013-01-23 7:18pm

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Re: blacklite update, really exited about this one. (photo heavy)

squirrelsmith wrote:

chrome plated aluminum how often do you see that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But mine is one of the few made out of chromoly big_smile

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#15 2013-01-23 7:26pm

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Re: blacklite update, really exited about this one. (photo heavy)

jsngrimm wrote:

juanshop wrote:

jsngrimm wrote:

Lookin good! Needs a matching rear rim tongue cool

they are both the same! but the color has faded since it only had rear brake his whole life big_smile

I wondered why the hubs were exactly the same tongue Does look alot like JMC cool

It does smile there is speculations that blacklite bought whatever was left of jmc and made frames from those parts, hence being almost the same.

Is it true? No idea. The only way to know would be to contact ken, but I haven't been able to find any sort of contact info.sad

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#16 2013-01-24 12:19pm

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Re: blacklite update, really exited about this one. (photo heavy)

"there is speculations that blacklite bought whatever was left of jmc and made frames from those parts, hence being almost the same."



Sorry for the confusion, but Blacklite never bought the old inventory from JMC, it was Norm from Norm's Bikes. Before your frame showed up w/ Blacklite decals, I was trying to identify mine and that's when Jim Melton mentioned it could have been something Norm put together using old tubing from JMC. However there is no way to verify that, so it's purely speculation.

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#17 2013-01-24 3:23pm

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Re: blacklite update, really exited about this one. (photo heavy)

dubplatestyle wrote:

"there is speculations that blacklite bought whatever was left of jmc and made frames from those parts, hence being almost the same."



Sorry for the confusion, but Blacklite never bought the old inventory from JMC, it was Norm from Norm's Bikes. Before your frame showed up w/ Blacklite decals, I was trying to identify mine and that's when Jim Melton mentioned it could have been something Norm put together using old tubing from JMC. However there is no way to verify that, so it's purely speculation.

good stuff wink i am still intriged by the fact that they look soo similar to a jmc. big_smile

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#18 2013-01-24 3:48pm

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Re: blacklite update, really exited about this one. (photo heavy)

prettysure someone was selling blacklite titanium forks in the beta section cant find them anymore....i maybe wrong...


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#19 2013-01-24 4:06pm

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Re: blacklite update, really exited about this one. (photo heavy)

efil4a8ks wrote:

prettysure someone was selling blacklite titanium forks in the beta section cant find them anymore....i maybe wrong...

wow, i have read that they offered them back then with the frame as a package  but never seen one.

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#20 2013-01-24 6:55pm

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Re: blacklite update, really exited about this one. (photo heavy)

juanshop wrote:

efil4a8ks wrote:

prettysure someone was selling blacklite titanium forks in the beta section cant find them anymore....i maybe wrong...

wow, i have read that they offered them back then with the frame as a package  but never seen one.

They were on the last page in forks in the beta section. 

Now they're gone they were cheap too.


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#21 2014-06-25 6:40pm

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Re: blacklite update, really exited about this one. (photo heavy)

juanshop wrote:

so, i think a month or so ago i posted my find. a really rare blacklite with bottema fork and such, link: http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=478328

some time has passed, and i finally got around cleaning it. Got a brake installed, also i rebuilt the headset, trued the wheels and the only 2 things left are rebuilding the bottom bracket and get some time appropriate pedals.

the bike is in survivor  status, i just cleaned it up. i will maybe eventually buff it and get rid of some scratches (the old and original owner cleaned it up with steel wool... mad ) and some chrome peeling, but nothing too horrible, it is not shorwoom condition, but it has a charm, this bike was raced and used, and you can see that tongue

anyhow, i have learned a little about these bike, being so rare, but here is what i could find.

-where it comes from:

"Blacklite's were made in San Antonio by Ken Burleson for his son Kendell to race originally. He later started making and selling them for local riders. His son was his test rider and would bring out new frames all the time to Cibalo Vally bMX and River City BMX. There are several frame styles of the mini and micro mini out there and its always cool to see one pop up. brings back great memories every time I see one of those, I have never seen an aluminum f&f set."  [from vintagebmx, by user bmx2112]

- what this frame might be more specifically:

this frame could be one of the very few chromoly frames ever made between 83-84. its important to remember these frames where mostly chromed plated aluminum.

http://i588.photobucket.com/albums/ss32 … BBAAC0.jpg


and here is what is looks so far 90% finished:

http://i.imgur.com/O50zjJHh.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/WQRuOLrh.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/XhIs91Eh.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/2ERkqQUh.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/luwa5ERh.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/axMxgnLh.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/swI5lEph.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/Qpy23G0h.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/n2RXnirh.jpg

That's so dope

Last edited by Texasbmx (2014-06-25 6:42pm)


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#22 2014-06-25 6:58pm

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Re: blacklite update, really exited about this one. (photo heavy)

Very cool

I remember Blacklite.  I lived just a neighborhood away from Blacklite.  A lot of us would visit the place BITD.  Kendell was a well known commodity.  Blacklite is also where Titan was born.   

Jesse Cortez was Ken Burleson's welder. 

About a year ago, a Blacklite frame popped up on CL.  It was being sold as an unmarked JMC. 

Thanks for sharing.

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#23 2014-06-25 10:43pm

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Re: blacklite update, really exited about this one. (photo heavy)

killer bike, I dig Blacklites and watched a few of the ti-frames break when Kendell would test ride and race at Cibalo BMX and River City BMX in San Antonio.

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#24 2014-06-26 6:57am

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Re: blacklite update, really exited about this one. (photo heavy)

Very cool indeed!


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