Archive for the 1975 Category

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?

 

 

 

May 1975 advertisement

Posted in 1975, CYC Advertisements on June 10, 2009 by Racer

This add shows a second CYC BMX model. Not sure who made this Monoshock. The add doesnt say but I don’t believe CYC was yet making their own bikes. Maybe one of you guys older than dirt may recall what brand this is or one of you willing to do some research. I checked and its NOT a Matthews frame set.

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The evolution to the first CYC

Posted in 1975 on May 21, 2008 by Racer

CYC Distributing was created to sell MX then BMX parts to dealers. At first they would build complete bike kits also. They called their complete bike kits, Stormers. One model say a Stormer based on a Redline frame, would be CYC part number BMX-20RLM.¬† In the fall of 1975 that would begin to change. AAA Products was making a frame called a Rascal. In September it would launch an all new version. This looptail would be sold under the CYC Stormer name in October 1975. The bike would be tested in 1976 by “Bicycle Motocross News”.

July 1975 CYC advertisment

AAA Rascal Sep. 75 advertisement

October 1975 Press Release

June 1976 CYC Stormer ad

April 1975

Posted in 1975, CYC Advertisements on May 15, 2008 by Racer

This second advertisement for CYC shows a rigid Littlejohn frame. Perhaps the monoshock in the previous ad is also a Murphy-Littlejohn.

April 1975 advertisement

March 1975

Posted in 1975, CYC Advertisements on May 15, 2008 by Racer

This is the earliest CYC advertisement I could find. The ad appeared in the March 1975 issue of “Bicycle Motocross News”, shows a monoshock bike called the Stormer. You cant get a good view of the bike to tell if it is another companies monoshock with CYC stickers. The advertisement points out that CYC Motocross was started 3 years earlier. So CYC dates back to 1972! But it is not clear if they meant they were doing Motorcycles untill there first monoshock released in 1975.

March 1975 advertisement