Archive for September, 2009

The “Lost” CYC Stormers

Posted in 1981 on September 23, 2009 by Racer

I just came across these pictures from the one time magazine “BMX Racer” from Jan. 1981. It shows 2 Stormer models I didn’t remember. I owned that magazine back in those days just don’t remember these pictures. First we have the “Stormer Comp 2” It is basically a new name for the Ames Stormer.




This second bike looks amazing. They list it only as the new Stormer so it is unclear if it had a fuller name like Pro Stormer etc.  Note all the changes. New huge top tube, new down tube bends at the headtube like the GT Performer but years before the Performer. Nice cool lil gusset tube like the National Pro or Webco Professional. The rear dropouts look like works of art. The seat stays meld into the top tube like I remember Astron’s or was it BXC or Traker did?

Not sure if this bike ever went into production or if you are looking at a picture of the only one known to exist. Had CYC came out with a sweet graphics package and ran ads for this bike, I’m sure it woulda been popular.


Mike Muniz with Ernie Alexander 1978

Posted in 1978, CYC Team Riders on September 7, 2009 by Racer

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!


October 1979 advertisement

Posted in 1979, CYC Advertisements on September 7, 2009 by Racer

This full page color ad shows the the lightning stickers still being used. The ad though was clearly written earlier then the ad appeared. Look closely and you will see that this ad talks about the “New” 1979 catalog. So clearly this is the 79 model.


But the ad appearing in Janurary 1980 shows the new bold Stormer logo. The Jan 80 issue probably was on newstands in November/December 1979. That means the add copy would have had to be at the magazine in Oct/Nov 1979. So the Bold logo is clearly the 80 model year but we can be certain it appeared in 79.


1979-80 CYC Luja Uniforms

Posted in 1980, CYC Advertisements on September 7, 2009 by Racer

This is an 1980 ad for the short lived Luja uniform company. Dont know if they were a part of CYC or simply sponsored the team.


Below is a 1979 ad for Luja. CYC still used to 78 jersey but has switched from the Bill Walters leathers.  In 79 you can see the switched the color stripe on the side of the pants to match the new 79 jersey.


Can anyone NAME the rider in either advertisment and tell me if they were Factory CYC?

1979 Addicks ad features Ames Stormer

Posted in 1979 on September 7, 2009 by Racer

Anyone know the name of this racer or the track?