As you can see I re-chromed the bike and forks. Tried to use as much original parts as I had when I was a kid. My dad bought me this bike at Hank & Franks Bike shop in Oakland , CA right around 1978 or ’79. The downtube decal is not the right one. I had a CYC Ames Stormer decal. I cut this one up and put it on. There are no serial numbers or if there was they got worn down. I bought and put on these new parts. Chain, tires, brake lever, and cable, grips, pedals, seat. All original is the frame, Cycle Pro forks with new decals, Original handles bars, Araya rims, Sugino cranks, original Dia Compe brakes and Mathauser brake pads, seat post, post clamp, goose neck . If you guys know the exact year and where I can get the right downtube sticker that says CYC Ames Stormer that would be great! Enjoy! David Cato
Archive for the 1978 Category
These pictures are from the October 1978 issue of “Bicycle Motocross Action”. They appear courtesy of Bob Osborn. Do not reprint or publish without his expressed written permission.
Seeing the bash guard on the Stormer Jr. made me wonder if it wasn’t the Pikes Peak bike. So I had to find the article. Clearly the bash guards are different. And the bike in the test is a regular Stormer. I have not reprinted the article do to its very long length. I may later on till then try to get your hands on the magazine and enjoy these pictures in the meantime.
Ok this bike was recently spotted and I had to add it to the site. Thanks to Steve for sending me the pictures. Two very unsual things about this bike. First was immeadiately obvious. The bike has a CYC Bashgaurd just like the one in the article in “Bicycle Motocross Action” on Pikes Peak.
Was this that bike, or merely a local attempt to duplicate the Pikes Peak bike? **Editors Note- See the article above (Pikes Peak). Clearly the bash guards are different, and the bike used in the test was stickered as a regular Stormer. **
Second was the decal says Stormer Jr. Never heard of this model before. The bike shows tall and looks like a a regular Stormer. This bike has a 18.5″ top tube just like a regular Stormer. So what is the difference? Could it be that CYC had intended to do a CYC Stormer Jr. Model and just never did? This clearly looks like a regular Stormer to me. Could it be the factory simply mislabeled it? This is a very interesting find.
***This just in*** Barry (last name unknown) just commented that he was on the CYC mailing list for years. CYC it turns out made a production run of special edition Pikes Peak Stormers and Stormer Jr.’s. maybe 500 of the Stormers and 250 of the Stormer Jr.s were planned for production. It is unclear how many they actually produced. Thanks for the info Barry!***
I recieved some great photos from Mike Muniz. One is of him with his second place trophy at the 1978 NBA Grand Nationals indoor LA Sports Arena race. Standing with him is NBA President and Founder Ernie Alexander. At the time the NBA was the undisputed king of BMX. I have more pictures from Mike I will upload from time to time. Thanks Mike for digging them up!
Wow Doug found this bike cheap he says on ebay. It looks to be an all original survivor! Amazing, even has the original decals intact and pads. The only thing that may not be original are the grips, but even those could be. Terrific save Doug.
[Specs] 1978 Stormer MX: Top Tube = 18.5″ Rear End = 14-16″
For some reason the CYC team riders got very little coverage in the magazines. The most famous of all their riders was undoubtably Ronnie Ames. Ronnie’s nickname was “The Animal” He is featured in CYC and Bill Walters advertisements. Below is perhaps the most famous picture of him of all. Well at least the caption is remembered by many, ‘…Ronnie novocained the entire 10 expert class’. Classic Bob Osborn. Picture was taken at the first ABA Winternationals in 1978. The race was held in March in Azusa, California.
All pictures from BMX Action are used courtesy of Bob Osborn. Please do not publish without expressed written permission. Copywright Wizard Publications.
Looking to build a era correct CYC Stormer? This ad will help you out. It points out that CYC custom builds bikes from their large stock. Brands they carry include Shimano, Tange, Oakley and more.