Very ramp was Rochford and the trails were in Rayleigh Essex.
What bmx did you have back in the day?
Very ramp was Rochford and the trails were in Rayleigh Essex.
1983...A Kays catalogue BMX called a Rustler, made by O'Brian Cycles in Coventry. A monumental POS. Crank snapped after a week.
1998...I'm passing a bike shop in Kings Heath...20 mins later I'm wheeling this out the door...
Yes, its covered in rust. I have some original black coaster brake Skyways to go on it.
I have still got my Rickman Freestyler from I think 1984, reynolds 531 tubing, Rickman bars, Pro Neck stem, Dia Compe freestyle brakes, Skyway Tuff II wheels, Elina UL seat post, SR seat clamp, GT epoch headset, Tuffneck chain wheel, GT fork standers, Shimano DX pedals etc etc. Really lovely condition Thinking of selling it to fund a full sus! COOL
Not trying to gloat, but I had some great BMXs back in the day. Started with a Raleigh Super Burner. Silver and Blue.
Chrome Firebird Freestyler.
Mark 1 Torker made chrome Haro Freestyler with black Skyways.
Swapped the frame for a SE Quadangle.
Swapped that frame for a pink Hutch Freestyler.
Swapped that frame for a white Skyway TA.
Swapped that frame for a SE PK Ripper with black Landing Gear forks. Black Z rims, Renthal bars. Jump bike before "jump bikes"
Kept that one.
Then with the proceeds of 5 paper rounds and working for my uncle in his car body shop, bought a green mark 2 Haro Sport with the small platforms on the chain stays and removable platforms on the forks. Built it up black and chrome, with black Skyways, Redline flite cranks, Dia-Compe 9000s, Elina Flite saddle, Redline forklifter stem and bars. Potts mod on the front brake.
My brother went through a few too. He ended up with a GT Freestyler in Candy Apple Red with white Skyways and all white GT parts. Ala Eddie Fiola, 1985 Kelloggs Champs.
We were BMX gods in our town. Nearly all of our mates had good BMXs too. During the school summer holidays we would ride for 12-14 hours a day. I remember some days it felt weird when you walked anywhere. As in, I've forgotten how to walk!!!
One of these
Followed by 4 of these (I abused the warranty for 11 years )
And finally this.
Can't believe that's only 3 bikes in 25 years of riding.
Raleigh something Burner
DP Freestyler GL plus
Kuwahara the one with twin downtubes
Anyone have Action Zone handlebars? cool as.
Mongoose Supergoose - 85 ish
Amacco Freestyle - 87/88
Haro Shredder - early 90s
Raleigh Extra Burner, which was white and red and looked like the ET bike.
got loads of nice parts for it through hard saving from my paper round, (and a wee bit shoplifting! )then transfered them to a DP Freestyler in a lovely smoke finish, with Landing Gear and white Z-rim wheels and white Comp ST Tyres.
Can't remember the bike, but it was a halfords job.
But did have the halfords trousers.
*uses SimonG's image for illustration*
Raleigh Gold Burner with black mags, my brother and I (who had a Falcon Pro) used to build ramps in the street and jump over the kids from next door...
I never did discover what my BMX was. It was bought off a local guy who's son had left it behind when he went off to join the army. All I cared about was that it had skyway mag wheels so was a cool as ****.
The gold burner is a super burner. With tuff wheel 2's it's a super tuff burner.
Giant GMX 175
Raleigh Tuff Burner
Raleigh Aero Pro
Dragonfly DFX - unfortunately I've still got that.
I don't remember the order, but owned loads. sold my last one at the age of 17 for £25 to go to the pub. it was worth £500!
Raleigh Burner, at least 3
Skyway TA x2
Haro, a racy one
Even got some lavender skyway Mag wheels imported from America. i must have looked ridiculous imitating paperboy on my full lavender blue freestyler.
Great thread! I had a second hand Tange Exploder - red with yellow Skyway Tuff 2 wheels, i loved that bike! Frame snapped so I was bought a Huffy Pro Thunder chrome frame and swapped all the bits over and had it for years.....never went anywhere without my bike! My dad made me sell it when i was 17 to "get it out of the shed" as i was joining the army so i sold it to a mate who destroyed it .....
Don't speak to my mate anymore - or my dad for that matter!
Raleigh aero-pro, swapped the frame/fork with a mate for a dp freestyler. Black skyway mags, sold it for £40.
Patterson Pro imported from the 'States. Really wish I hadnt sold it ;0(
I'd love to find some old photos of me on mine. Need to go round my old mans and go through them some time!
I had a Silverfox like this:
Tangerine coloured Puch Murray with black Skyway mags. Can't remember the model but jeez how I loved that bike...
Raced for the first time at the old Southport BMX track when I was probably no more than about 8. Wearing a motorbike helmet which I was glad of the first time someone ran over my head!
Raleigh Ultra Burner. My first ever brand-new bike. I still remember going to Geoff Hall's Toys in Coalville to buy it....
damn you, work web security! it was black with gold bits, you get the idea, burner owners...
A Raleigh Super Burner, black and gold. Never really used it as a BMX, it was my combined school/paper round commuter and my mountain bike before I knew mountain bikes existed.
1983 - Puch Murray. 2nd hand thing I bought off a mate. Coaster brake!
1984 - Firebird Freestyler. In Chrome, not white. Saved hard from a paper round and built it up. Arayas (and then Skyways), GT bars, tioga one-piece crank, dia compe brakes, kashimax aero saddle... all in tasteful yellow and blue.
Team Murray with Lester mags
DP Firebird Delta 2
Robinson Pro kept just for racing.
Chrome Falcon Pro with yellow Skyways
Standard Bicycle Moto Cross
I had a raleigh night burner, which i 'modified'. Had acorn freestylers (wheels) which were just cheap skyways, but looked cool. Bought a bmx last week, and feel like I am 15 again
I had one of these, I guess it was the US Raleigh version of a Pro Burner at the time. My Dad pimped it out with a Suntour stem and 3 piece chainset plus a selection of chainrings so I could change gears dependent on the track; he even made me 'train' by riding up the local hill 10 times every day after school then spent his weekends driving me all over to race.
He was/is a proper good dad.
AndyF1 wrote I had this untill a few years ago. I got an offer i couldnt refuse.
Mk1 Raleigh Pro Burner.
Can I ask how much you let it go for?
a black Kuwahara frame ( well the cheapo version of the E.T. edition) with red rims, crank, a red elina saddle with integrated post (no clamp), red AME grips, White Aero padset and graphite X flat pedals. Used to have some funky black and white gear cable covers too. Had a red SR stem and I loved it Sold it to get an ATB. Wish I hadn't. I put landing gear stickers on the forks and a JT racing sticker on my Full Facer
Friends at the time had Aero Burners, Burners, a Saxon, DP firebird and one of my all time faves - Diamond Back Silver Streaks.
This is a great book for those who love bmx.
[quoteI had a raleigh night burner, which i 'modified'. Had acorn freestylers (wheels) which were just cheap skyways, but looked cool. Bought a bmx last week, and feel like I am 15 again
Had pictures of the night burner on my bedroom wall (next to Sam fox :wink:) adored the colour scheme on that bike. Bert an original is worth a mint now...
Raleigh Tuff Burner, blue frame with yellow Skyways.Then bought a Montesa chrome framed bmx and put best bits of Raleigh on to frame and gave swapped result to my sister. Bought MX levers, CW bars, lay back seat post and bear trap pedals(the ones that cut and dent shins if trick fails). Still swear by flat pedals on MTB.
Capital Typhoon from Ellis Briggs snapped 3 piece crank on numerous occasions eventually told them I wanted a replacement cos riding to the bike shop every other week with your trainer tied to the pedal by its lace to have it repaired was not on. Then got a Peugeot something or other. Always hankered after a DP Firebird Freestyler and been looking for 1 recently. The other year a guy was walking an immaculate Skyway TA through the park with his missus when I started talking to him about it his misses' eyes just rolled round the back of her head
I had a Raleigh Extra Burner which must have been 1984. Then did a morning paper round (£9 a week back then!) to save up for a Rickman Freestyler which I loved. Sadly it was stolen a couple of years later.
Last year I bought a Haro Sport 2006 re-issue on ebay due to to nostalgia and the hope I would have have time to learn the tricks I used to do as kid. However sold it recently as only ever rode it once!
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