Podcast – Mike Franze (Fullerton Bikes)
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Since I am at a race (sea otter) I thought this would make for a good flashback Friday post ! Not sure of the year but it is about 8-10 years old based upon my hair and the color! It was call the Monday night brawl at Bellflower Bmx and Tammy got all us old fat washed up never was anything bmx racers to come out and race! We had a full gate and did the 3 Moto points race which made it fun! I was able to get the win and the cup on the first Monday night brawl! Good times for sure! . . . #teamfb #teambp #bmx #thatwasbmx #bellflowerbmx ##bitd #vintagebmx #bmxracing #bmxlife #winner #bmx4life #bike #bikelife #bikeshop #oldguys
Mike Franze (Fullerton Bikes) podcast started out with his deep BMX history in Orange County, Southern California, which was one of the meccas of the BMX industry. Mike talks about the early days, how big the OC scene was, to what’s left of it now with the closing down of the Orange Y over 3 years ago now. Mike talks about test riding for BMX Plus, photo shoots for BMX Action, building and putting on his own races at Parks, how many BMX bikes he would custom build and sell during the 90s and 2000s alongside supporting riders and teams along the way.
We talk about Mike getting into mountain bikes, the Over the Hump MTB Series, NICA (National Interscholastic Cycling Association), and his thoughts on the current state of BMX racing. We also dive into the lack of marketing, promotions, media and what’s missing and what we could learn from the MTB World.
Mike’s got so much passion for everything bikes and still BMX after all of these years. It was great talking to him – hope you enjoy the listen.