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My first General show was in Middletown, NJ in ’87. It featured Fred Blood, Mark Roldan, Chris Rothrock and Brian Belcher. I can’t believe I even remember all of those names verbatim. To this day, I remember thinking, “Why is Fred Blood even pro?”
The same shop had shows from Haro the next year, with Joe Gruttola, Rick Moliterno and Hoffman.
He was just at our house last week.
Orchid, Lotek, Caste, SCG and UGP all make shoes that are designed for BMX and actively support the scene without also having vested interests in skateboarding.
Vans, Etnies, DuFFs, Adio and DC all have BMX teams and actively support the BMX scene, but they also support and sell shoes in the skateboarding/lifestyle market.
Nike 6.0 is a new one too. Their sponsor a team and advertise in the magazines. But I have no idea where a dollar spent on Nike goes.
If all else fails, wear whatever you like.
Between advertising, promotions, video production, team salaries and miscellaneous costs, I’m guesstimating that Etnies puts over $20,000 a month into BMX.
Yes, they do also support skateboarding, but to assume that Etnies money goes solely back just into their skate programs is inaccurate.
If you really want to support a company that will insure your money goes fully back into BMX, and that actively supports the BMX industry, Orchid would be your safest bet.
Who was the dude that rollerskated naked through the convenience store next to TC Cycles?
You should get your barber to shave “BMX” on the back of your head.April 25, 2007 at 12:28 am in reply to: If you don’t know this parking lot, you are no veteran to NJ #43975
I fingered my first girl there in ’88.
That was Jared Washington, one of my best friends now and also one of the people I ride with almost everyday.
I remember that dude, rode flat from south jersey and rode to classical music at the king of the court…..
I never left NJ, still not sure why….