Archive for September, 2012

1975 Triple A Rascal advertisement

Posted in Triple A Rascal on September 24, 2012 by Racer

I chopped this add up to show the Triple A logo and Rascal icon. This clearly was the bike that CYC used as there own first edition CYC Stormer. Earlier editions used another companies frame, but did not hide that fact. The first CYC Stormers were just complete bike kits. Not a true race model.

In fact in their haste to rush out the CYC Stormer bike, they simply colored over the Rascal decal for the Press Release in “BMX News”.  So I dont think its possible to say for certain without decals or any insight if a bike is a CYC Stormer or a Triple A Rascal.

The ad shown is from the September 1975 issue of “BMX News”. The first press photo for the CYC Stormer was in the following months issue.

I’m also going to go out on a limb and guess that perhaps CYC which was a distributor located close to Triple A, may have bought out Triple A. CYC was in Hawthorne in South LA County, Triple A was in Gardena also. This link shows just how close they were. You may have to zoom out one click.

Again that is just a thought. I don’t see any advertisements for Triple A after that September 1975 issue.  If anyone knows any of the details of what happened to Triple A (Rascal) or its owner(s), please reply.

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Is this a 1975-76 CYC Stormer or a Rascal?

Posted in 1975 on September 24, 2012 by Racer

I got the following pictures and email.

Just came across this bike, I went to look at a few bikes on ebay that happened to be local and the owner is a huge old bmx collector. His was in his garage he didn’t know what it was but he new it was special. I did a package deal and bought 4 bike and some parts.

“Hi,

It doesn’t have a serial number anywhere, the seatpost mast has two slits, one in the front as well, is that how it was made? Appears to be a nickel finish. It came with Ashtibula forks and cranks which are stamped ’76. Has a double clamp neck with no markings or stampings, so I don’t know what it is. It also has a 36 tooth 3 arrows sprocket, and a red Lester mag (front) only.

I want to build the bike, do you suggest I put the frame in oxolic acid or leave it the way it is? If you know someone that has a set of the banana seat rear bars that CYC made let me know.

Check out the picks, hoping you can give me some history, ….year, model, how many were built for the year whatever info you may have. I like the history of stuff like this. – Darryl”

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I’m not sure if it is a CYC Stormer (First Edition) or its identical cousin the Triple A “Rascal”. I believe the bikes are identical. However if you look at the release image of the CYC Stormer from 1975 it has some identical parts as yours, so I believe it is most likely a CYC Stormer. More on the Rascal in another post.

Anyone else have anything to add and help the guy out?