What do you do in Colorado Springs when it’s November and there’s still no snow on the ground? The crew at the Goldenrod Trails did the same exact same thing we would do here. Take full advantage of it and squeeze out every last lap possible! Charlie Becker sent through this collection of photos he snapped at the jam, and from the looks of it, they definitely didn’t take the weather’s blessing for granted.
“The wack pack is on the attack!” Why anyone would think that would be a good slogan to sell bikes is completely beyond me. Given it was the 90s and shit was kind of kooky, but even at 15 I thought this was weird. It certainly didn’t have me saving up my lunch money to go buy a Univega.
Poor Robo, he had to eat A LOT of shit when he showed up on this aluminum piece. We were tolerant of his experimentation into the aluminum world when he was aboard the half aluminum half chromoly Frankenstein-esque contraption that was an Auburn. This was just too far though! Just like you never go full retard, you also never go full aluminum. Luckily for him, his Univega days didn’t last long. Also luckily and simultaneously amazing is the fact that this frame managed to not shear in half during that infamous ditch crash. Peep the other side of the poster after the jump.
Here’s another good one that I had hanging on my wall back in the day, and another gem shot by Keith Mulligan. Who knew that Brian was a pioneer in home brewing craze? The text in this thing cracks me up!
“Warning: Suspending a rider from BMX competition may lead to complications such as that same rider kicking everyone’s ass in subsequent dirt jumping events.”
“Contents: Malted aggression, domestic aluminum, and only the finest stuck landings”
The other day myself and a few guys were sitting around after a session at Boondocks and we got to talking about kooky bmx frames. A good number of the obvious ones came up like the Jad Sherman, Elf Doublecross, TNT Hwa Fong Daddy, Ace Holeshot, and even the two wheel drive Herrington Crusader II. One frame that didn’t get brought up and one that I had all but forgotten about until I ran across my 1996 Mongoose catalog was the Solution Pro R/S. Not only did this thing come stock with the infamous Answer Pro-Forx, but it also had a rear shock! I’m not even going to lie, my 15 year old motocrosser wannabe self wanted this thing back in the day. Hell I want it now cause I’m curious as to how such a contraption would ride. I don’t think it ever really went into production. Unlike all of the other frames I listed above (sans the Herrington Crusader II) I’ve never seen one of these in person. I did a Google and a Bing search (yes Bing!) and I couldn’t find a single picture or even a mention of this thing. I really think they just made a few of them for some of the team to fuck around on and to add some extra hype to the catalog. It worked because I remember passing this catalog around the lunch table at school and all of us drooling over not just the Solution Pro R/S but over all of the other Mongeese in there.
This pic of Gary Ellis firing out a suicide no hander at the trails had a lot of people talking. You didn’t see shit like this from top AA pros unless their initials happened to be BF. I’m not exactly sure when this came out, but if I had to guess I’d say like 97-98. It was definitely towards the end of Gary’s career. He went out with a bang, winning a bunch of races and even the NBL Grands. This picture that Keith Mulligan shot for Gary’s Snap interview was the icing on the cake! Take note of the motorcycle helmet, impeccable facial hair, combination kneepad/shinguards, pedals that could cut a man clean in half, Nike basketball shoes, and the pile of trash and scrap that wouldn’t in a million years fly with trail nazis today.
Where do I even start with this one? I was going through the box of photos that I used to have hanging on my wall looking for something good to put on the site. The only problem with that was the fact that pretty much every photo and or ad that I looked at became a candidate. I managed to narrow it down to a few really good ones and was just about to put the lid on the box when I saw the corner of this little gem poking out. Over the years S&M has had plenty of ads that were pretty out there, but I think this one takes the cake. I’m not 100% sure about the date or what magazine this ad ran, but if I had to guess I’d say it was in Snap sometime around late 1994. There’s two things about this ad that I’m still trying to figure out to this day. First, is that Butler’s real hair? Second, if that is his real hair, is that the hairdo he was rocking back then or did he just cut it into this ridiculousness for the ad?
The other day while helping out at my parents house and I noticed the remnants of some BMX pictures that I used to have hanging on the walls. There’s actually still a poster of Brian Foster permanently fused to one of the walls due to a broken water pipe many years ago. Anyway, seeing those made me reminisce about some of the things that were an inspiration to me back in the day. One of the first things that popped into mind was this cover of the December/January 1997 issue of Ride #25 featuring Robo (the original Robo). I loved this cover so much that I didn’t even pull it off and hang it on the wall, which was the fate of a lot of my magazines. Keith Mulligan shot it and still to this day it holds the title of my favorite magazine cover. Camo Standard, classic Robbie Morales style, the mecca that was Sheep Hills back then, and one hell of a close angle of it all captured by Mulligan. To quote the table of contents, “Damn that boy’s an artiste with the camera… The Robo Show at Sheep Hills. My favorite cover yet.” I couldn’t have said it better myself, and some 15 years later I still agree and still have this issue safely tucked away amongst my cherished belongings. Check out the full cover after the jump.