Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Bikes and Boards

Note: This partial post was originally posted on August 5, 2010. Not much to write about market wise, so here it is.

(Tonight's post was inspired by reader Watchtower who offered that he wanted a Schwinn Stingray more than anything as a kid, but it never happened. Here is the model in question:

That is a fine bike!

Of course this got me all nostalgic about the means of transport in my youth. Maybe you will take a ride down memory lane?

BMX Bicycles
As soon as I could, I loved riding bikes. Not unique, I know. My first bike was this crappy thing that had plastic wheels and was made out of tin foil I think. I took it over a 3 foot jump, landed, and the frame broke in half and stuck me in the leg (no stitches needed!). I was not put off on my bicycle career by such a thing.

Skipping ahead, I wanted to share the hottest bikes from my golden years of BMX riding. Maybe you had one? Maybe you wanted one? Maybe you will have no idea what I am talking about? The last one is likely, but it is my blog!

Names like GT, Haro, Mongoose, CW, Redline, Kuwahara, Diamond Back, Dyno,

A few bikes of special note:

While I never wanted a GT Performer, this bike really set off the BMX/Freestyle bike mania:

Curvy frame!

A real Hutch BMX racing bike was out of reach for any mortal kid not from a rich family as these babies were BIG Bucks but the best available:


Another bike I never saw in real life, the Kuwahara Ripper:

Nice.

Ok, you know a Porsche is a "super car" in terms of performance? Well I worked 6 weekends one summer with my dad doing railroad work, mostly rail installations, to get the dough for a top of the line racer. The Bike "Pistol" Pete Loncarevich rode to numerous victories. The bike I always wanted, a Haro Group 1 RS-1:

I loved that bike! I had it one half Summer and the next Spring I left it out one night, ONE NIGHT, and it got stolen of course. I used to sleep with the bike in my room and I forgot one freaking night. Geez.

Skateboarding Decks
Stuck with no bike and looking at quite a few weekends of work to get a new one, I passed the time building half pipe ramps and doing a little skateboarding instead. We "liberated" wood from various construction sites (I never said I was a saint!) and decks were way cheaper than bikes plus near impossible to steal from under my bed at night. I actually grew to love boarding, but I was never any good at it.

Decks are a true artist medium as every rider used his own board as a medium for expression. The graphics were really wonderful. A few selections for your perusal (most pics from the great site Skates on Haight).

My first deck, a Powell Yellow Ripper:

I have no idea why, but I liked that one!

A great friend of mine communicates his love was a Santa Monica Airlines deck, this is the Bulldog:

Very nice.

The legendary Tony Hawk and his revolutionary bottle nosed deck:

That thing was cool as all get out.

A Steve Caballero Dragon Deck:

I like it!

Finally, the baddest deck art I have ever seen, the Tommy Guerrero Flaming Dagger board:

This was by far my most wanted board. Amazing artwork.

So what happened? I had enough saved up to buy a Guerrero (they were red by then) but I had been bitten by the boxing bug! The gym was 12 miles across town so I had to buy a second hand 10-speed bike to get across town (lots of hills, city traffic) and I needed something quicker than a skateboard and more adjustable than a BMX bike. It happens!

Well, sorry to get off track. Anyways, I like this break from the usual stuff so I hope you do as well.

Have a good night.

29 comments:

Jennifer Hillier said...

You already know I like posts like these.

Is it me or is that GT Performer a little girly-looking? :P

I wasn't a skater, but I do remember getting my first 10-speed (which was probably really a 5-speed) at age 10. I thought I was so badass until I wiped out in front of my house, scraping both knees.

My favorite bike was red, can't remember the brand, with a long white banana seat, ribbons on the handlebars, and a nice big plastic basket. Those were the days...

getyourselfconnected said...

JH, Yes, having a GT performer in my hood was not a good idea. That Haro was my favorite bike ever, one night I forget it outside, geez.

Watchtower said...

My inner child still wants a Schwinn Stingray, lol.

getyourselfconnected said...

Waychtower,
Yes, thought the repost might get you all nostalgic again.

GawainsGhost said...

I had a 10-speed as kid. In college, I had a 5-speed mountain bike. (Austin has a lot of hills.) It was a pain to go to the grocery store though, because I could only buy enough food to fill my backpack.

As for skateboards, yeah, I had one of those. We all did back then. Once, they drained the pool at our complex for some repairs. So I called my friends and they all came over with their boards. We rode the pool. That was fun, because there's a shallow area then a slope to the deep area.

Then one of my friend's dad built this giant U-shaped ramp out of plywood in his backyard. This was long before skateboard parks, so that was where we rode. The skateboard craze was just beginning then, and Channel 4 News came over and filmed us. Yeah, we made the news, doing wheelies and wiping out.

Ah, the glory days of youth.

GawainsGhost said...

I've changed my mind. For Friday Night Entertainment, I recommend Black Sabbath, "Rock n Roll Doctor."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaI6si_4VV4

Anonymous said...

That GT performer happens to belong to me.I have had it for 22 yrs.It has stay og for the pass 22 yrs other that the grips and tires.I still ride it on a reg basis.

Anonymous said...

are lightweight which makes it easy to move [url=http://www.tonyluxury.com]トリーバーチ サングラス[/url]STs 1997 27 944 Check out644 1998 25638 5276 [url=http://www.tonyluxury.com]トリーバーチの福袋[/url]started yelling and the dogs came chasing [url=http://www.tonyluxury.com]トリーバーチ トート[/url]off shore I wish I had had time to get my http://www.tonyluxury.com[/url] and will likely earn that back by your http://www.tonyluxury.com[/url] the seat doesn't come with a manual get in

Anonymous said...

Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems
as though you relied on the video to make your point. You definitely know what youre talking about,
why throw away your intelligence on just posting videos to your blog when
you could be giving us something informative
to read?

Take a look at my web blog :: miu miu 財布

Anonymous said...

Hi there! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any problems with hackers?
My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I
ended up losing many months of hard work due to
no data backup. Do you have any methods to prevent hackers?


Feel free to surf to my weblog :: クロエ財布

Anonymous said...

Thanks for finally writing about > "Bikes and Boards" < Liked it!

Also visit my page ... コーチバッグ

Anonymous said...

Hello, I enjoy reading through your article.
I like to write a little comment to support you.

Feel free to surf to my webpage: コーチバッグ

Anonymous said...

Saved as a favorite, I really like your site!

Here is my website - http://www.miumiuoutletshop2013.com/

Anonymous said...

We're a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community. Your web site provided us with valuable info to work on. You've done an impressive job and
our entire community will be thankful to you.

Also visit my webpage ... トリーバーチ

Anonymous said...

I am extremely inspired along with your writing abilities
as smartly as with the layout for your blog. Is that this a paid subject or did you modify it
your self? Either way stay up the nice quality writing, it is
uncommon to see a great blog like this one today.
.

Visit my weblog - トリーバーチ店舗

Anonymous said...

Wow, that's what I was searching for, what a data! present here at this weblog, thanks admin of this website.

Feel free to surf to my website クロエ店舗

Anonymous said...

Thanks for ones marvelous posting! I truly enjoyed reading
it, you're a great author.I will make certain to bookmark your blog and may come back sometime soon. I want to encourage you to definitely continue your great writing, have a nice holiday weekend!

Also visit my web page クロエ店舗

Anonymous said...

Every weekend i used to visit this website, because i wish for enjoyment, as this this web site conations in fact nice funny
data too.

Take a look at my web page; ミュウミュウアウトレット

Anonymous said...

Hello there, just became alert to your blog through
Google, and found that it's truly informative. I'm going to watch
out for brussels. I will be grateful if you
continue this in future. Numerous people will be
benefited from your writing. Cheers!

Here is my web site トリーバーチ店舗

Anonymous said...

I'm truly enjoying the design and layout of your site. It's a very easy on the eyes which makes it much
more enjoyable for me to come here and visit more often.
Did you hire out a developer to create your theme?
Excellent work!

Feel free to surf to my weblog; miu miu 店舗

Anonymous said...

Howdy! I could have sworn I've been to this site before but after browsing through a few of the posts I realized it's new to me.
Anyways, I'm definitely pleased I stumbled upon it and I'll be book-marking it and checking back frequently!


Also visit my web site louboutinshoe.soup.io

Anonymous said...

Hmm it appears like your blog ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I'll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I'm thoroughly
enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I'm still new to the whole thing. Do you have any helpful hints for first-time blog writers? I'd genuinely appreciate it.


Also visit my weblog: shipmates.in

Anonymous said...

There is certainly a great deal to find out about this issue.
I really like all the points you've made.

Look into my web-site; コーチ 財布

Anonymous said...

If you would like to take a good deal from this post
then you have to apply these strategies to your won
webpage.

Feel free to visit my blog ... クロエ店舗

Anonymous said...

Thanks for finally writing about > "Bikes and Boards" < Liked it!

Feel free to visit my weblog http://artax.
karlin.mff.cuni.cz

Anonymous said...

You could definitely see your expertise in the article you write.
The sector hopes for more passionate writers such as you who aren't afraid to say how they believe. At all times follow your heart.

Feel free to visit my blog post http://cdinterface.sourceforge.net/

Anonymous said...

Nice respond in return of this query with solid arguments and explaining everything regarding that.


Feel free to surf to my web page :: ミュウミュウ店舗

Anonymous said...

Hi! I've been reading your site for a while now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Lubbock Tx! Just wanted to say keep up the excellent work!

Check out my website - volvo c30

Anonymous said...

Thats my haro...my dream bike too