Archive for the Ames Stormer Category

Is this the cleanest Ames Stormer?

Posted in Ames Stormer on April 24, 2011 by Racer

I got a email from Jim Estelle regarding his Ames Stormer. He is the original owner and as far as he can remember his dad got it new back in 1978 from a bike shop. This is backed up by the decals. He didnt say if the chrome and decals are original. If so it is clearly NOS (New Old Stock) or as close as you can come. It is unusual in that is has the 78 decals but has a Gary Turner built frame.  The newer (2nd generation) Ames came out sometime in 1978. So perhaps his is the last batch of the Gary Turner built Ames and was simply made in very late 77 or early 78. It is unclear at this time when the first 2nd Gen frames were made.

It doesnt have a serial number just the letters “KAZ Y”. I dont think was normal for CYC and perhaps the bike was originally intended for a Team rider. Then the rider left before getting his or her bike.  Kaz could be a nickname or short part of the last name. Like Kos for Kosmala.


1978 CYC Ames Stormer

Posted in 1978, Ames Stormer on January 2, 2011 by Racer

Thanks to a CYC fan for sending me pictures of his Ames Stormer. It looks to be in great shape, just in need of a new decal pack. But thankfully till then he left the survivor decals on it.

Pedals Ready/GT Ames Replica

Posted in 1976, Ames Stormer on July 9, 2010 by Racer

The first version of what would become one of the most iconic bikes of a generation. It would also be the birth of the largest bike company the world has ever known.

Ames Stormer timeline

Posted in Ames Stormer on July 9, 2010 by Racer

This is a work in progress as all areas of my websites are. If you have any pictures, or catalogs or anything to contribute please email me at


Pedals Ready is a Pro Shop at the Western Sports-A-Rama BMX track. Gary Turner begins making them bikes selling them as Pedals Ready/GT “Ames Replica”———————————————————————————————


CYC begins selling them as Stormer  “Ames Limited Edition”.  *Note the catalog shows them still with GT downtube decals but a CYC head tube decal. Shown it was sold only as frameset. But CYC also sold kits so some bike shops may have gotten them complete with kits from CYC.



CYC now has its own Stormer downtube decals for the bike and begins marketing it as the “Ames Stormer”.

Bold colorful decals, like lightning, that most people remember CYC’s with.

Mid 78- Late 79 maybe



This is part of the ad that ran from Jan-Sept 1980. It may have ran longer but my collection ends in September and doesn’t start up till later in ’81.



No Information from CYC advertisements. All the adds showed a color posterized version of art. But looking thru the archives I remembered this 1981 release in “BMX Racer” magazine. It loooks as its possible that with Ronnie Ames no longer racing in ’81 they renamed the model the “Stormer Comp II”. It is clear in these pictures it is a Ames Stormer frame with new name.


Model Changes Changes made, not big changes but noticeable

OK looking over the pictures it became clear how to tell a 76-77 Pedals Ready/GT Ames  from the 78-80 CYC Ames Stormer. The GT version had a seat post tube that extended well past the top tube. The CYC only version had the post length reduced to about the same length as the top tube ran past the seat tube.


Germany goes Old School BMX

Posted in Ames Stormer on June 11, 2009 by Racer

One of the readers of this site recently posted a comment with a picture of a CYC Ames Stormer at a recent get together.

You can view pictures from what looked like 1983 all over again at his bloq.

Thanks for the contributions guys.


1979 Ames Stormer advertisement

Posted in 1979, Ames Stormer on March 4, 2009 by Racer

This full color advertisement appeared in the July 1979 issue of  “Bicycle Motocross Action”. Shows that the 79 Stormer used the same decals as the 78 Stormer but had a killer new parts group. Shows a Panther model. So now we know the Panther looks like it debuted in 79.


Original Ames Stormer

Posted in Ames Stormer, Bike Identifying on October 23, 2008 by Racer

This is an original Ames Stormer owned by Maik Puschert in Germany.

Ames Stormer

Ames Stormer

It has the original decals. Those decals appear to have debuted in 1979 and lasted till the end in 80 or 81. So not sure of the exact year of the frame year of the frame. Dont know the serial number yet.