I am stoked to announce Brisbane based sign company Hicks Sign Co has joined the list of sponsors for the Unscene Exhibit.
Glynn is one of the few riders in Brisbane who has been riding non-stop for over 30 + years. As a Dutton Park local he grew up with his brother Dean riding the famous Red Hill dirt jumps and racing at some of the early BMX tracks, including Windsor and Redlands. In 1985 Glynn was performing Freestyle shows with Johnny Chopper owner/fabricator Gary Winmill at shopping centres and school fetes. He was also seen on the children’s TV program Boris’s Breakfast Club launching off a rickety quarter pipe. For a period Glynn also skated and was featured in local skate rags and regularly sessioned the mini ramp in his back yard.
Glynn continued his Pro BMX career during the 1990’s and worked for his own business Hicks Sign Co. Most afternoons Glynn was seen building and riding the dirt jumps on the Brisbane Corso with the Fairfield and Yeronga crew, so much so the locals named them the Glynn Jumps. Glynn also screen printed the first batch of Prody t-shirts and hand cut vinyl decals for three of the Prody frames.
These days Glynn still races and runs Hicks Sign Co. With his passion and dedication for BMX he also operates Prosixtyfive – a store dedicated to buying, selling and restoring old BMX gear. Just recently Glynn placed 3rd in the 45+ Mens Cruisers at the BMX National Championships.
Be sure to check out the sponsors page for more info on Hicks Sign Co. and Prosixtyfive.
2Hip’s most iconic tee is back thanks to the guys at 2Hip bikes!
2Hip was a popular brand within the Brisbane Freestyle scene around the late 80’s and early 90’s. Riders wore the shirts, slapped the 2Hip logo on their bikes and helmets, subscribed to the ‘zine, and watched the videos. All this fine gear and the Wilkerson Airlines WAL RIOT frame/fork/bashguard kits were available in Brisbane through Trend BMX.
The OG logo is now for sale over at the 2Hip site for $19.99 USD. International shipping is available for Australian customers for approx $15.00 USD Airmail and $25.00 USD Priority Mail. If you are an Australian customer and would like to place an order, email 2Hip at email@example.com.
If you would like to see some original 2Hip gear, the Unscene exhibit will be displaying a series 2Hip shirts and a WAL RIOT frame and fork. If you would like to know more about the history of 2Hip bikes, you can click here.
That’s right kids! After a very successful Kickstarter program, Hal Brindley and Leigh Ramsdell over at Oldscool BMX have re-released a limited run of classic 2B Home Cooked, Play and Useless clothing.
For those who don’t know, 2B, Play and Useless were some of the most popular BMX clothing brands of the 1990’s. Their quirky and inventive designs kept BMX fun and colourful during some pretty lean times in BMX history. After all this time, it’s great to see these guys screen printing again and bringing back a little love to BMX!
On a side note, Hal is currently in Canada hanging out with Polar Bears and kayaking with Beluga Whales. To follow his wildlife adventures check out www.travel4wildlife.com – his stories and videos are truly remarkable!
For those of you who don’t know a helmet legislation came info effect in Queensland back in 1991, enforcing all cyclists to wear a helmet. Naturally this didn’t go down too well in the Freestyle community and examples similar Clint’s story became a regular occurrence.
Click here to read Clint’s story!
(Above: Clint Millar – Fenceride, West End 1993. Courtesy of Anthony Brown.)
Just Tricks is one of the first and longest running Freestyle teams in Brisbane. In 1979 Allen Newton, one of the original Redlands BMX Club founders, formed the team where the riders performed hundreds of shows at schools, fetes, premieres, motor shows, BMX events and famously at World Expo 88.
According to Allen Newton’s journal, Just Tricks performed at Sandgate State School 27 years ago today.
(Above: Left to right – Steve Smith, Chris Deeks, Tim & Tony Newton performing at Sandgate State School. Photo: Courtesy of Steve Smith)
Tim, Troy & Tony Newton, Steve Smith, Chris Deeks, Andrew & Michael Hatch, Nicki Aleman and Robert Cooper are some of the known riders to perform for Just Tricks.
You will be hearing much more about the team and their riders in coming blog posts but be sure to visit the Unscene exhibit this October, to see artifacts, photos and more info on the Just Tricks team.
Maxxim was a Redcliffe based BMX racing company created by ex-pro racer, Duane Prasser in 1988. The bikes were popular amongst the Australian racing community during the late 1980’s through to the mid 1990’s. In 1989 it was reported in Aussie Action that Maxxim had put together a Freestyle Team and was in the process of creating a Freestyle line:
“Thinking about Maxxim, D.P. told us this week they are moving into the freestyle market. Barry Huntington and his boys, previously known as the G.T.-Reebok Freestyle Team will now be known as the Maxxim-Vans Freestyle Team. Where will these Maxxim boys stop?” (Ransom, BJ 1989, ‘Have You Heard’, Aussie Action, April/May, QBH4424, p. 5.)
The Freestyle line included a Maxxim frame and fork, and handle bars, seat post and double barreled seat clamp made by Maxxim’s parts brand, Beyond.
(Above: A Maxxim Freestyle frame, forks & Beyond seat clamp.)
There are three known types of the Maxxim Freestyle frame – a blue prototype built for team rider, Randal Huntington, a second prototype and the production model (pictured) which was available for sale to the public. The second prototype is very similar to the production model with minor upgrades including knurling on the top tubes and rear platform brace; and a stronger seat tube gusset.
The Freestyle line is hard to come by these days. The original blue prototype still exists along with two of the production frames and a pair of the forks.
The frames were notorious for breaking and there was one report of a rider snapping the head tube after one afternoon mini ramp session.
(A crack on the down tube has been gusseted near the head tube for extra support – a common place where these frames broke.)
(Above: The twin top tube and platform with knurling. The Beyond double barreled seat clamp.)
(Above: The chainstay gusset which is common on most Maxxim race bikes.)
If anyone has one of these frames or any of the other Maxxim Freestyle parts drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
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In my later years of High School I kept a journal. I don’t know why I kept one, but I thank my younger self for doing it. Amongst the usual teenage stuff you would expect to write about, I kept a pretty good account of what our crew did when we went riding.
As it happens, 18 years ago today marks the anniversary of Riders Comp 5 held at Beenleigh Bike Park.
The Riders Comp series was created by Colony BMX owner Clint Millar with the help of other riders, most notably Michael Canfield and Tim Wood. During the early to mid 1990’s, and at the lowest of the Australian Freestyle recession, this 7 part comp series was one of the essential local events keeping some kind of organised competition alive in Brisbane.
Freestyle by then was well off the grid of corporate interest and very few bike stores supported these events or had the means to. Local competitions still played a major role and with limited resources, the comps were now at the hands of fellow riders.
Riders Comp 5 had a strong turnout compared to the previous Riders Comps. Sydney’s Mike Daly, Dave Hendren and Tim Lynch arrived the day before the comp and Newcastle’s Josh Goudy along with two of his mates camped by the Flatland area over the weekend.
Disciplines included Flatland, Street, Mini (the concrete bowl) and Vert with classes Beginner, Expert and Pro. Trophies and cash were awarded to the top three riders of each class. This was the second Riders Comp with enough funds to afford trophies. Previously all kinds of trophies were donated for the Riders Comp 1-3 – they were normally stripped of their original plaque and crudely engraved with a new one which often resembled a second grader’s handwriting. It was rider owned and rider run at its best and like everything back then you made do with what you had available to you. The cash prize was an accumulation of entry fees divided up and reimbursed to the place holders. You were lucky to see $20.00 if you placed top three and you won the lotto if you placed in more than one discipline.
At the end of the day the comps were a load of fun. It was just another excuse to ride your bike with your friends and hang out. More information will available about the Riders Comp series at the Unscene exhibit in late October and the Timeline coming in November 2013.
The ‘large’ turnout of riders and spectators look on during the Flatland comp.
Clint Millar filming Brad ‘BT’ MacDonald during his Mini run.
Brisbane Flatlander, Jim Gallichan. Dumptruck. Josh Goudy’s tent in the background.
Todd Neville airing out of the big bowl.
The remains of a Riders Comp 5 trophy.
Unscene History is dedicated to the documentation and preservation of the Brisbane Freestyle scene from 1985-1995. This website is a platform to promote current Unscene projects, including the timeline (to be released November 2013) and the exhibit Unscene: A History of Brisbane Freestyle (1985-1995) (coming 26 & 27 October, 2013). This news feed will keep you up to date with both projects over the coming months. There will also be regular features on some of Brisbane’s most iconic Freestylers, teams, crews, comps, and jams.
Unscene came to fruition after I wanted to gain a better insight into the Freestyle era that I grew up in and around, as a means to document it. People’s memories fade, some riders have passed away, and with such a gap between riding now and 25-plus years ago, there is distortion between what people recognise as “old school” bmx and fact. Unscene History aims to ensure our the local scene is preserved accurately.
Currently, over 40 hours of interviews have been logged from riders, bike shop and company owners. In addition, dated photographs, personal journals, magazines, zines and newspaper clippings, video, clothing and bikes are being archived. All of this information combined helps to create a clearer understanding of Freestyle in Brisbane and invariably how Brisbane had an impact on Freestyle.
Between the archived information, the timeline, and the exhibit, Unscene aims to present an unbiased and honest look at local Brisbane Freestyle and present it to the general public.
As the current timeline solely covers the span of a decade, future projects have been planned to further research both prior 1985 and after 1995 to extend on future preservation.
Unscene History is proudly sponsored by Brisbane based bike company, Colony BMX
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Ross D Lavender, Curator.
Tim Wood performing a Turndown at an early Wheels Entertainment show, 1992.