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Discussion in 'Announcements & Open Forum' started by Sonar, Mar 19, 2018.
If so where and what time period? Myself, 1979 Queens NY.
Not since I bought my own motorcycle at age 12.
Not since I was in the Navy
In elementry school I had some roller blades. I figured out how to go really fast but had trouble with the stopping part. Before I figured it out I outgrew the skates. Later I got a 1971 or 72 Honda Trail 70 and my priorities changed. I can't remember how many times that little bike kicked my ass.
I'm not sure where you live, but I also rode whet I was a kid. I had a Honda Z50 when I was 9. By time I was 12 I had a 125. Imagine ripping around the fourth largest city in America (Brooklyn NY) on a machine that did over a hundred miles per hour. There were several of us neighborhood kids that were literally chased by the cops everyday. As soon as we saw the lights and heard the sirens we would all just break up and head down one-way streets the wrong way. We rarely ever ever got caught. There were very few places nearby where one could ride a dirt bike in the setting for which it was built. So we did the best we could. Fun times that's for damn sure. Most of my friends still ride. They traded in their 125's and 250's for Harleys many years ago.
The town I lived in had less than 500 people at the time. Lots of dirt roads that were a maze that covered a good portion of the county. We had one cop that was retired from a bigger city. He let us get away with a lot.
When I was 14 I had a Honda 305 Super Hawk. As long as I kept the front wheel down the local police left me alone. Comal County Texas was pretty sparsely populated back in 1966 and I had the run of it.
I fell off a skateboard once. Didn't break anything and my brother took his skateboard back before I could try again.
I did a lot boarding back in the late 80's and early to mid 90's. Got very lucky and never broke anything but boards and pride. The cops around here had it out for us so we all made ramps and such in our back yards or an ally or wherever..... some parking lots.
And now we have a mid size 2 yr old skate park that nobody hardly ever uses.... my tax dollars at work now that I gotta pay em.... LOL
Does anybody remember the Fifteen Toes skate board? A solid rigid plank of 3/4" plywood with metal roller skate board wheels?
500 people? Now that's a small town. There were more than 500 people living on a single block in my neighborhood. What would usually happen when one of us would get caught was we would be brought down to the station (62nd Precinct) we're out parents would have to sign us and the bike out. If someone got caught too many times they would on rare occasions confiscate the bike. Then you would have to go to The police auction in sawmill, and bid on your your own bike. If you were the highest bidder you'd get back, tearing up the streets again. I came from a fairly upper upper middle class neighborhood where parents would normally buy there's son's another bike in the event it was confiscated.
The only place to really experience dirt biking thethe way it should be was a place called Gerritsen Beach. It was in Mill Basin (bk,) and was located right-off Jamaica Bay. It was a 45 minute ride from Bensonhurst to mill basin. And if you didn't get caught while trying to get there it was worth it. Sandy Dunes with a few nice jumps overlooking Jamaica Bay and out to the Atlantic (I think.) A beautiful place to ride. otherwise it was normally a black top weekend.
Many people collect vintage decks. Even home made one's. Some are worth good money. There's a FB page called old school skateboarding. It's a great page if you're into the sport or ever were. Excellent vintage photos, decks, trucks accessories, Wheels ect ect. And in my opinion that Facebook page has the most extensive photo collection of vert skating I've ever seen. People add their personal skateboarding photos from the 60s through the 90s. I hope you'll check it out.
We would steal plywood from construction sites as often as we could. Most of the ramps we built were simple quarter pipes. Half pipes were rarer than hen's teeth back then. I was into skateboarding and CB radio during the same time period. I usually bought my CB equipment from Millie's CB shop on 85th Street. And wood take the train to to NYC in order to purchase my gear from Paragon sporting goods or the Scandinavian Ski Shop. They offeredoffered the mostmost skating equipment in NYC back then. There were also a lot of little mom-and-pop type skateboard shops. Their prices were usually higher then Paragon or Scandinavian. I guess they're purchasing power was much greater than the mom and pop stores so they could offer better prices. I Remember buying the first-ever Burton board. I purchased it at the Scandinavian Ski Shop. It was the first snowboard mass-produced. It had two metal fins at the rear of the deck and a rope fastened through a hole drilled in the front of the board.. I'm not sure what they're going for now but the original Burton's must fatch a pretty dollar. I lent it to my friend Jose who was a fellow skateboarder and he brought it back in two pieces. The tallest hill in my neighborhood was on the Dyker Heights Golf Course. It's where all us kids went with our toboggans and Yankee Clippers. It wasn't a very high hell but it worked. I remember seeing the faces of the other kids when I showed up with that Burton Board. They didn't know what to make of it. it's amazing how far both skateboarding and snowboarding have come. X Games and even the Olympics. It blows my mind.
I destroyed my old board by Road Skiing. One of us would ride the motorcycle and another would be on the skate board. We literately drove the wheels off of it.
Imagine 30 mph on steel wheels!
We used ski rope when possible, heavy duty extension cord, chains, any or all of these tied together for towing the intrepid skier.
Not since I was 12 years old.