By the mid-70s, bicycle motocross had grown from a bunch of neighbourhood kids racing their Schwinn Sting-Rays around dirt tracks in empty southern Californian lots to a full-blown phenomenon. Gary Turner, a former drag car racer, decided to build his son a better bike to ride, utilising his engineering experience and, in 1979, GT Bicycles was founded, beginning a meteoric rise to become one of the world’s biggest cycling brands.
In 2012, S&M Bikes celebrated their 25th anniversary of manufacturing US-made BMX frames and components. Not a bad innings. Formed from the initials of Chris Moeller and Greg Swingrover, the company is responsible for bringing into reality some of the most iconic bikes the sport has seen, including the flatland Sabbath frame. The Intrikat is the latest iteration of that frame.
A few years ago, Freemans Sporting Club, all-American-made clothier and providore, and the sadly-defunct Freeman Transport collaborated on a ‘townie’ that raised the ire of both fashionistas and velo-spotters alike. Like most things, beauty is in the eye of the beholder but it did, however, provide the inspiration for a completely different interpretation of bicycle: Albert Ocampo’s FIT Bike Co. WIFI.
In 1988, Ron Wilkerson was the points leader in the American Freestyle Association (AFA) pro ramps class. Halfway through his run, he crashed while performing his trademark trick — a no-footed, no-handed ‘Nothing Air’. It was a disastrous accident which left Ron in a two-week coma, but it motivated him to leave his lucrative Haro sponsorship deal and realize his dream of starting his own BMX business: Wilkerson Airlines.