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#51 2012-01-25 4:09am

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Brian Blyther joins Haro from Huffy in late 1984 and begins riding for the team in early 1985.

The first tour shows him riding a 1984 US Made second generation Sport with red woody bars. This is January or February.
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/DOMPHIPPSIO/Brian_Blyther_1.jpg
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/DOMPHIPPSIO/Brian_Blyther_2.jpg

In February/March the 1985 prototype bikes arrive and Brian is given a chrome sport to ride which he does through an entire European tour with black woody bars. The bike is hanging on a friends wall in Los Angeles and has the serial number 85010009. This makes it January production and the ninth 85 frame made. The serial is also in the left rear dropout, not the right as we see with all production bikes...

http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/DOMPHIPPSIO/Untitled-66.jpg
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/DOMPHIPPSIO/Untitled-65.jpg

The boys in Germany after the UK Kellog's event
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/DOMPHIPPSIO/Untitled-30.jpg

This is the serial of the frame taken last year
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/DOMPHIPPSIO/WP_000804.jpg

The 85 production bikes arrive in around May/June. The advert "Alone at the Top" shows the three bike line up and you can see that the FST is actually a red painted 84 US Made Sport. Machined Head tube and BB. Gusset behind the BB and the narrow coaster anchor.
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/DOMPHIPPSIO/gen2sportred.jpg

Blyther seen here on a sport painted red in mid 85 at the pipeline
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/DOMPHIPPSIO/279.jpg

This looks like 1986 although it may be 1985 and this is an FST Frame that was made lonegr. He may have opted for chrome forks as the frame probably would have arrived seperately. Just a theory, it may well be 1986.
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/DOMPHIPPSIO/26386_1401569321845_1310692183_1101295_8207212_n.jpg

Hers a couple from Brians album of him riding at the pipeline in 1984. Notice he was on Huffyin some shots (although Brian recalls this being a Robinson "Long " Frame decalled as a Huffy). If anyone can clarify that, please do so... Also a few of him riding a Skyway TA with Bottema Skate Park forks. Enjoy.... cool

http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/DOMPHIPPSIO/Untitled-115.jpg
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/DOMPHIPPSIO/Untitled-09.jpg
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/DOMPHIPPSIO/Untitled-08-1.jpg
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/DOMPHIPPSIO/Untitled-02.jpg
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/DOMPHIPPSIO/Untitled-96.jpg
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/DOMPHIPPSIO/Untitled-69.jpg
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/DOMPHIPPSIO/Untitled-61.jpg

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#52 2012-01-25 4:39am

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Un-be-lievable!  Incredible images and info Dom - so fantastic that you posted these!  Thank you!  I love 'em!

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#53 2012-01-25 5:27am

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kmpap wrote:

Un-be-lievable!  Incredible images and info Dom - so fantastic that you posted these!  Thank you!  I love 'em!

My pleasure smile

Some great rider rep projects in the above. How about somebody building that chrome sport

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#54 2012-01-25 5:42am

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Re: Brian Blythers Bike....

now those were some great shots...confirmed that it was indeed a sport painted red w/ woody bars . I didnt even know he rode a skyway w/ bottema forks !!!.... Now those pics are VINTAGE....

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#55 2012-01-25 7:45am

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Re: Brian Blythers Bike....

DOMPHIPPSIO wrote:

kmpap wrote:

Un-be-lievable!  Incredible images and info Dom - so fantastic that you posted these!  Thank you!  I love 'em!

My pleasure smile

Some great rider rep projects in the above. How about somebody building that chrome sport

Some great rider-rep bike projects in those photos, indeed!  I actually have a chrome Sport frame set like the one Brian rode....now that would be a fun build.  Hmmm...

Thank you again, Dom.  Keep 'em coming, if you happen to have the time.  These photos are pure gold.

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#56 2012-01-25 7:57am

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Re: Brian Blythers Bike....

WOW WOW WOW Dom!!!!


Amazing pics.
Awesome to see the progression of Brian's bikes.

A few funny/odd things.  It's surprising to see frame stander knurling on that Very early 85 Sport, since a Lot of the production bikes didn't have that until mid-late 85.
Also - The Huffy shot is killer. Apparently most of the Huffy Pros of that era were re-stickering other bikes like Pattersons and Redlines. I'm not quite sure if that's a Robinson - since most Robbys had a pretty substantial looptail chainstay. Though - you never know.

The TA/Bottema bike is amazing - totally tribute worthy.

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#57 2012-01-25 8:00am

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GREAT thread...awesome photos here. Blyther and Wilkerson were my heroes back in those days. cool

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#58 2012-01-25 8:17am

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Great pics Dom! I could look at those all day.cool

Although, I have to admit I am crushed to find out the bike in the "Alone at the Top" ad was a Sport. I ordered my red 86 FST after seeing that ad. I'm suing Haro for false advertising. winktongue

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#59 2012-01-25 8:26am

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chromey wrote:

WOW WOW WOW Dom!!!!


Amazing pics.
Awesome to see the progression of Brian's bikes.

A few funny/odd things.  It's surprising to see frame stander knurling on that Very early 85 Sport, since a Lot of the production bikes didn't have that until mid-late 85.
Also - The Huffy shot is killer. Apparently most of the Huffy Pros of that era were re-stickering other bikes like Pattersons and Redlines. I'm not quite sure if that's a Robinson - since most Robbys had a pretty substantial looptail chainstay. Though - you never know.

The TA/Bottema bike is amazing - totally tribute worthy.

smile

Thanks guys

Matt, That knurling is unlike any i have seen before. Looks like the texture goes one way stronger than the other, its messy. Maybe they tried it and couldnt make it work so scrapped it until they got it right.

The Chrome Sport rep is definately achievable. I think all parts there are within reach.

I have over 1000 more shots of these guys that ill be posting to my site in the coming months...

I have a few very early shots of Brian on a PK Ripper at uplands. Ill try and get those up.

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#60 2012-01-25 8:43am

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With these pictures and the one's you have... could really do a nice article, mag, something - BIO on Blyther/etc


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#61 2012-01-25 8:44am

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Really digging the TA with Bottema Forks...  Not sure if there is more information on the story behind that or if anything.


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#62 2012-01-25 11:52am

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Nice photo,s love the history ............cool


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#63 2012-01-25 12:13pm

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http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/DOMPHIPPSIO/Untitled-02.jpg

This is a killer picture! I love the Bottema forks on that TA.

Dom, please keep the photos coming. I know it takes a lot of your time to sort and upload but these images are  priceless.


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#64 2012-01-25 1:24pm

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vassar wrote:

http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd27 … led-02.jpg

This is a killer picture! I love the Bottema forks on that TA.

Dom, please keep the photos coming. I know it takes a lot of your time to sort and upload but these images are  priceless.

Dude, im on it. Ill get some more up in the next 24 hours cool

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#65 2012-01-25 1:37pm

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Amazing research as always, Dom. Earliest pics I've seen of Brian were on Huffy. Now show us him on a PK and I hope to see some tribute builds at the Worlds in Cologne this year! Respect in every aspect.

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#66 2012-01-25 1:45pm

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OK , Here we go...

Woody looking confused..
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/DOMPHIPPSIO/Untitled-25.jpg

Mike D at the pipeline on a Hutch. Donovan Ritter watching
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/DOMPHIPPSIO/Untitled-52-1.jpg

Eddie on the Vans Ramp
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/DOMPHIPPSIO/Untitled-60.jpg

Ron and Greg Hill on the ODI Shoot
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/DOMPHIPPSIO/Untitled-125.jpg

Ron in 84. 2Hip trick team
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/DOMPHIPPSIO/Untitled-69-1.jpg

Brian somewhere...
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/DOMPHIPPSIO/Untitled-72.jpg

Blyther somehwere in Europe. great shot!!
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/DOMPHIPPSIO/Untitled-93-1.jpg

Ron and Terry Jenkins at the Kellogs series UK 85
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/DOMPHIPPSIO/Untitled-137.jpg

Rons GT Transport
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/DOMPHIPPSIO/Untitled-144.jpg

Ron and Brian in Bristol UK
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/DOMPHIPPSIO/Untitled-258-1.jpg

Ron on a very narrow ramp in Holland...

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#67 2012-01-25 1:54pm

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Last couple for now...

Blyther on a PK Ripper at Uplnads in 1982
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/DOMPHIPPSIO/Untitled-05.jpg

The back yard half pipe in Cypress
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/DOMPHIPPSIO/Untitled-88.jpg

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#68 2012-01-25 1:55pm

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larsvegas43 wrote:

Amazing research as always, Dom. Earliest pics I've seen of Brian were on Huffy. Now show us him on a PK and I hope to see some tribute builds at the Worlds in Cologne this year! Respect in every aspect.

Cool Lars, look forward to seeing you in July dude..!!

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#69 2012-01-25 1:57pm

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the pic "Ron and Greg Hill on the ODI Shoot" has got to be @end of 85 (or very early 86 - Ron is on an 86 Sport).  Ron and Paul Delierio (sp) put on a freestyle clinic at a local HS.  that's what Ron was riding.  i LOVED the color combo and still to this day want to do an 86 like it.

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#70 2012-01-25 4:25pm

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Re: Brian Blythers Bike....

Best thread. 

Thanks so much.

I remember going to a mates place, he was riding for haro/skyway?? whatever was cool and was aussies first national flatland champ, he had all the vhs tapes back then, blyther at upland on the huffy at KOS comps, we just about wore that tape out to nothing.

Always the best, style forever, Blyther. smile

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#71 2012-01-25 4:50pm

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Hey dom do you know anything about haro's? Only joking, cool info as usual cool


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#72 2012-01-25 4:50pm

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Geeeez.  These images are amazing, Dom.  Vassar said it best - priceless!  Just fantastic,  Thanks SO much for taking  the time to scan and post them! smile

But tell me - how in the heck did you find yourself in all the right places at all the right times to snap these incredible shots?  Seems you were literally everywhere i would have given my left n*t to have been (BITD)!  My apologies if I don't quite understand your place in the firmament of BMX History yet...

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#73 2012-01-25 5:14pm

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Ill second that:cool: oh by the way the photo above is not Ron n terry jenkins tj rode for torker in 85, its Ron and Chris young


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#74 2012-01-25 6:03pm

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killer thread and great pics, thanks for taking the time Dom !!


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#75 2012-01-25 10:02pm

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Ro, you started a monster thread. Dom, awesome archival photos, stories, knowledge....I have a feeling the RED FST/Sport is going to be a huge build this year.  cool

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