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2012, BMX Magazines world wide

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BMX Newspapers ánd Magazine world-wide from the early days, which made a difference.

Updated June 2012.
Ofcourse we will start with BMX magazines and papers from the USA, the country were BMX / Bicycle Moto-Cross as we know it, originated.

Bicycle Motocross Action was one of the first magazines I got a subscription on. This magazine started in 1976 and Bob Osborn was thé man behind this mag. Bob acted as Publisher/Editor, Windy was his Staff Photograher and Scot Breitahupt Associate Editor. Bob Haro got involved as Staff Artist. A unique magazine wiht good stories and fantastic pictures. Down below you can see how over time, the magazine changed, at first their logo from Bicycle Motocross Action into BMX Action and later on into GO, the rider's manual. At the time their saying was: BICYCLE MOTOCROSS ACTION = EQUIPMENT. And that it was.

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December 1977            May 1982              April 1986

During time Bob Osborn became Publisher only and Craig "Gork" Barrette started as Editor. The Staff in all departments grew from about 11 people towards about 18 people.

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December 1989            February 1990            April 1990

Around ending 80's Bob Osborn was Publisher and President of the company, Craig "Gork" Barette was now acting as Editor in Chief and Bob Haro was no longer involved as Stafff member, Chris "Mad Dog" Moeller became Editor Test Consultant.

BMX PLUS was another very important BMX magazine for the promotion and development of the sport as well as business. My first subscription is from 1979, but as far as I know BMX Plus did see the day of light somewere ending 1977 or early 1978. Jim Stevens the man behind this mag. and acting as Publisher. Mike Aquirre was Assisting Publisher and Advertising Director, well know Charlie Litsky (r.i.p.) acted as Editor of the magazine. Some of the other around 21 people working for this magazine were Mark Pippin and Bob Hadley.

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June 1979             January 1980            January 1982

In 1980 the Staff of BMX PLUS expended. Jim Stevens remained Publisher and Mike Aguirre the Publisher Advertising Director, John Ker came in as Photo Prodcution man and Bob Hadley as Editor at Large. Other Staffmembers were Mark Pippin, Ernie Alexander, George Esser, Russ Okawa, Merle Mennenga and Charlie Litsky. As European Editor, Gerrit Does was added to the Staff. At the time PLUS Publications Inc. was lead by Jim Stevens as President.

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December 1984              July 1988       September 1998

Later on in 1984 John Ker became Editor. Jim Stevens was no longer involved in BMX PLUS. Besides myself (Gerrit Does) another European Contributor was appointed, Don Smith from England. President and Publisher now was Roland Hinz and William R. Golden as Consultant and Founder.

In 1998 the situation was as follows: Mike Daily now was the Editor, John Ker the Contributing Photographer, Dennis West did Cover Design, Scott Wallenburg acted as Hi-Torque Ad Director and the magazine now was under (Daisy) Hi-Torque Publications Co. (already since 1984) with President and Publisher Roland Hinz.

BOTH ABOVE MENTIONED MAGAZINES HAVE BEEN INTSTRUMENTAL PROMOTING BMX, NOT ONLY IN THE USA, BUT ALSO WORLD WIDE FROM THE BEGINNING OF BICYCLE MOTO-CROSS AS WE KNOW IT TODAY.

 

Here some more magazine on BMX from the USA. You can also see how for instance "Super BMX" develops, changing their front page and such. You can also notice that during trhe 2nd half of 1980, BMX Freestyle is getting more and more popular, also in those magazines.

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January 1979        Oct./Nov. 1980     August 1981

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July 1982                   April 1983                 Summer 1984

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October 1984              July 1985              December 1987

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November 1990        Sept/Oct. 1996


From the beginning, besides BMX magazines, also BMX Newspapers were issued. Mainly the National BMX organisations in the USA started out with Newspapers, later on also some "independent" publishers joined them. Here an oversight during the years. The NBA (National Bicycle Association by Ernie Alexander - California) issued this newspaper for their members, NBA World.

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August 1978            April 1978 NBA          December 1978

The NBL (National Bicycle Association by George Esser - Florida) also started out with e Newspaper for their members: Bicycles Today. Later they changed to a magazine format. Also the ABA (American Bicycle Association by President Clayton John - Arizona) issued a newspaper for their members. Seen here the issue in which nthey celebrated the 15th anniversary of the ABA (1977-1992).

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NBL December 1979 ABA December 1992 ABA December 1993

NBL+ABA =  BMX USA 
As we know now, the NBL seized to exist ending 2011 and actualy merged into the ABA. In 2012 the ABA decided to adopt a new name for the newly formed organization: USA BMX saw the day of light in 2012. Both NBL and ABA magazine stopped and a new USA BMX organization magazine was introduced called  PULL - OFFICIAL MEMBERSHIP MAGAZINE of USA BMX. 

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As you can see on the following pictures, the NBL changed the name of their newspaper from Bicycles Today in BMX Today. In the December 1999 (number 3 picture) issue the NBL celebrated their 25th anniversary (1974 - 1999) and it was during this years National Congress that founder of the NBL, George E. Esser was the first person to be inducted in the newly started NBL Hall of Fame.

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NBL September 1994      NBL June 1996      NBL December 1999

Seen here a couple of BMX newspapers from countries world-wide: Canada, Africa, France and Australia

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Canada 1983        South Africa 1983

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AFB France 1984       BMX News Aussi 1985

 

Continue with BMX MAGAZINES world wide.

Last but not least we will go over BMX Magazines world wide from the eaarly days of BMX. Japan BMX Association, run by mr. Tadashi Inoue, was very active in the early dyas of BMX. In Belgium two (2) so-called nationla BMX organisations were active, the B.C.B. (mr. Albert Dekker) and the F.B.B. (mr. Armand Blondiau). Both groups had their own magazine as you can see down here.

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1980 Japan          1981 Belgium          1981 Belgium

The NBL - USA changed their format of Bicycles Today and went from a Newspaper to a Magazine type publication

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1981 USA         1981 BMX official      1981 France

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1981 England 

1981_France_scannen00141981_Holland_scannen00041982_Australia_scannen0008

1981 France         1981 Holland          1982 Australia

1982_Belgium_F_BMX_B_oud_FBB_scannen00181982_Chili_scannen00061982_England_scannen0024

1982 Belgium          1982 Chili            1982 England

1982_England_scannen00711982_France_scannen00031982_Germany_scannen0015

1982 England      1982 France        1982 Germany

1982_Spain_scannen00301983_Belgium_scannen00091983_Germany_scannen0048

1982 Spain      1983 Belgium       1983 Germany

Withwhile mentioning is ofcourse the German BMX Special Magazine with special attention for the Spielberg film E.T. in which BMX bikes played an important role, which was very important for the promotion of BMX and BMX bikes. Allthough the South African BMX Federation wasn't yet a member of the I.BMX.F. at the time, due to the "Apartheid" policy, BMX was growing in South Africa and there even was a National magazine reporting on races and stuff.

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1983 Germany      1983 South Africa       1983 Spain

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1984 Chili         1984 England           1984 England

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1984 France          1984 Germany          1984 Germany

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1984 Holland      1984 South Africa     1984 Sweden

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1985 England      1985 Holland      1986 Holland

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1989 Mexico        1991 England        1991 France

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1989 Australia           1989 Mexico        1989 England

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1992 England       1992 France          1992 Germany 

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1993 England        1993 Holland           1994 France 

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1994 England          1997 France         1997 France

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1997 Germany       2000 Holland       2002 England    

2004_Holland_scannen0021

2004 Holland 

NEW in 2011:

One of the latest BMX magazines and I mean BMX racing, not freestyle, is 2024 Bicycle Motocross Magazine from England. Johnathan Hearn and his staff is doing a great job. Besides the good articles, the pictures in this magazine are just great. Personaly this 24 Bicycle Motocross Magazine is my favorite (up and till today for sure, May 2012). Let's see if anyone can beat this project.

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2012 England, 2024 BMX Magazine is top.  

BMX Newspapers ánd Magazine world-wide from the early days, which made a difference.

Updated June 2012.
Ofcourse we will start with BMX magazines and papers from the USA, the country were BMX / Bicycle Moto-Cross as we know it, originated.

Bicycle Motocross Action was one of the first magazines I got a subscription on. This magazine started in 1976 and Bob Osborn was thé man behind this mag. Bob acted as Publisher/Editor, Windy was his Staff Photograher and Scot Breitahupt Associate Editor. Bob Haro got involved as Staff Artist. A unique magazine wiht good stories and fantastic pictures. Down below you can see how over time, the magazine changed, at first their logo from Bicycle Motocross Action into BMX Action and later on into GO, the rider's manual. At the time their saying was: BICYCLE MOTOCROSS ACTION = EQUIPMENT. And that it was.

thumb_bMX_action_1977_scannen1311bMX_action_1982_scannen1312bMX_action_1986_scannen1313

December 1977            May 1982              April 1986

During time Bob Osborn became Publisher only and Craig "Gork" Barrette started as Editor. The Staff in all departments grew from about 11 people towards about 18 people.

bMX_action_1989_scannen1314bMX_action_into_GO_1990_scannen1315bMX_action_into_GO_1990_scannen1316

December 1989            February 1990            April 1990

Around ending 80's Bob Osborn was Publisher and President of the company, Craig "Gork" Barette was now acting as Editor in Chief and Bob Haro was no longer involved as Stafff member, Chris "Mad Dog" Moeller became Editor Test Consultant.

BMX PLUS was another very important BMX magazine for the promotion and development of the sport as well as business. My first subscription is from 1979, but as far as I know BMX Plus did see the day of light somewere ending 1977 or early 1978. Jim Stevens the man behind this mag. and acting as Publisher. Mike Aquirre was Assisting Publisher and Advertising Director, well know Charlie Litsky (r.i.p.) acted as Editor of the magazine. Some of the other around 21 people working for this magazine were Mark Pippin and Bob Hadley.

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June 1979             January 1980            January 1982

In 1980 the Staff of BMX PLUS expended. Jim Stevens remained Publisher and Mike Aguirre the Publisher Advertising Director, John Ker came in as Photo Prodcution man and Bob Hadley as Editor at Large. Other Staffmembers were Mark Pippin, Ernie Alexander, George Esser, Russ Okawa, Merle Mennenga and Charlie Litsky. As European Editor, Gerrit Does was added to the Staff. At the time PLUS Publications Inc. was lead by Jim Stevens as President.

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December 1984              July 1988       September 1998

Later on in 1984 John Ker became Editor. Jim Stevens was no longer involved in BMX PLUS. Besides myself (Gerrit Does) another European Contributor was appointed, Don Smith from England. President and Publisher now was Roland Hinz and William R. Golden as Consultant and Founder.

In 1998 the situation was as follows: Mike Daily now was the Editor, John Ker the Contributing Photographer, Dennis West did Cover Design, Scott Wallenburg acted as Hi-Torque Ad Director and the magazine now was under (Daisy) Hi-Torque Publications Co. (already since 1984) with President and Publisher Roland Hinz.

BOTH ABOVE MENTIONED MAGAZINES HAVE BEEN INTSTRUMENTAL PROMOTING BMX, NOT ONLY IN THE USA, BUT ALSO WORLD WIDE FROM THE BEGINNING OF BICYCLE MOTO-CROSS AS WE KNOW IT TODAY.

 

Here some more magazine on BMX from the USA. You can also see how for instance "Super BMX" develops, changing their front page and such. You can also notice that during trhe 2nd half of 1980, BMX Freestyle is getting more and more popular, also in those magazines.

1979_USA_scannen004121980_USA_scannen04781981_USA_scannen0451

January 1979        Oct./Nov. 1980     August 1981

1982_USA_scannen04761983_USA_scannen04541984_USA_scannen0440

July 1982                   April 1983                 Summer 1984

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October 1984              July 1985              December 1987

1990_USA_scannen04361996_USA__scannen0420

November 1990        Sept/Oct. 1996


From the beginning, besides BMX magazines, also BMX Newspapers were issued. Mainly the National BMX organisations in the USA started out with Newspapers, later on also some "independent" publishers joined them. Here an oversight during the years. The NBA (National Bicycle Association by Ernie Alexander - California) issued this newspaper for their members, NBA World.

x_1978_USA_DSC00421x_1978_USA_DSC00423x_1978_USA_NBA_DSC00422

August 1978            April 1978 NBA          December 1978

The NBL (National Bicycle Association by George Esser - Florida) also started out with e Newspaper for their members: Bicycles Today. Later they changed to a magazine format. Also the ABA (American Bicycle Association by President Clayton John - Arizona) issued a newspaper for their members. Seen here the issue in which nthey celebrated the 15th anniversary of the ABA (1977-1992).

x_1979_USA_NBL_DSC00420x_1992_USA_ABA_DSC00430x_1993_USA_ABA_DSC00429

NBL December 1979 ABA December 1992 ABA December 1993

NBL+ABA =  BMX USA 
As we know now, the NBL seized to exist ending 2011 and actualy merged into the ABA. In 2012 the ABA decided to adopt a new name for the newly formed organization: USA BMX saw the day of light in 2012. Both NBL and ABA magazine stopped and a new USA BMX organization magazine was introduced called  PULL - OFFICIAL MEMBERSHIP MAGAZINE of USA BMX. 

2012_USA_scannen0033

 

As you can see on the following pictures, the NBL changed the name of their newspaper from Bicycles Today in BMX Today. In the December 1999 (number 3 picture) issue the NBL celebrated their 25th anniversary (1974 - 1999) and it was during this years National Congress that founder of the NBL, George E. Esser was the first person to be inducted in the newly started NBL Hall of Fame.

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NBL September 1994      NBL June 1996      NBL December 1999

Seen here a couple of BMX newspapers from countries world-wide: Canada, Africa, France and Australia

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Canada 1983        South Africa 1983

x_1984_AFB_France_DSC00431x_april_1985_Australia_DSC00417

AFB France 1984       BMX News Aussi 1985

 

Continue with BMX MAGAZINES world wide.

Last but not least we will go over BMX Magazines world wide from the eaarly days of BMX. Japan BMX Association, run by mr. Tadashi Inoue, was very active in the early dyas of BMX. In Belgium two (2) so-called nationla BMX organisations were active, the B.C.B. (mr. Albert Dekker) and the F.B.B. (mr. Armand Blondiau). Both groups had their own magazine as you can see down here.

1980_Japan_scannen00051981_Belgium_BCB_scannen00171981_Belgium_FBB_scannen0016

1980 Japan          1981 Belgium          1981 Belgium

The NBL - USA changed their format of Bicycles Today and went from a Newspaper to a Magazine type publication

1981_Bicycles_Today_scannen00031981_febr__England_scannen00111981_France_scannen0058

1981 USA         1981 BMX official      1981 France

1981_UK_BMX_official_Mag._scannen0018

1981 England 

1981_France_scannen00141981_Holland_scannen00041982_Australia_scannen0008

1981 France         1981 Holland          1982 Australia

1982_Belgium_F_BMX_B_oud_FBB_scannen00181982_Chili_scannen00061982_England_scannen0024

1982 Belgium          1982 Chili            1982 England

1982_England_scannen00711982_France_scannen00031982_Germany_scannen0015

1982 England      1982 France        1982 Germany

1982_Spain_scannen00301983_Belgium_scannen00091983_Germany_scannen0048

1982 Spain      1983 Belgium       1983 Germany

Withwhile mentioning is ofcourse the German BMX Special Magazine with special attention for the Spielberg film E.T. in which BMX bikes played an important role, which was very important for the promotion of BMX and BMX bikes. Allthough the South African BMX Federation wasn't yet a member of the I.BMX.F. at the time, due to the "Apartheid" policy, BMX was growing in South Africa and there even was a National magazine reporting on races and stuff.

1983_Germany_scannen00651983_South_Africa_scannen00471983_Spain_scannen0003

1983 Germany      1983 South Africa       1983 Spain

1984_Chili_scannen00411984_England_scannen00071984_England_scannen0080

1984 Chili         1984 England           1984 England

1984_France_scannen00591984_Germany_scannen00611984_Germany_scannen0062

1984 France          1984 Germany          1984 Germany

1984_Holland_scannen00421984_South_Africa_scannen00461984_Zweeds_magazine_scannen0001

1984 Holland      1984 South Africa     1984 Sweden

1985_England_scannen00791985_Holland_scannen00221986_Holland_scannen0031

1985 England      1985 Holland      1986 Holland

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1989 Mexico        1991 England        1991 France

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1989 Australia           1989 Mexico        1989 England

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1992 England       1992 France          1992 Germany 

1993_England_scannen00721993_Holland_scannen00251994_France_scannen0068

1993 England        1993 Holland           1994 France 

1994_Ride_England_scannen00011997_France_scannen00191997_France_scannen0067

1994 England          1997 France         1997 France

1997_Germany_scannen00492000_Holland_scannen00262002_Janary_scannen0002

1997 Germany       2000 Holland       2002 England    

2004_Holland_scannen0021

2004 Holland 

NEW in 2011:

One of the latest BMX magazines and I mean BMX racing, not freestyle, is 2024 Bicycle Motocross Magazine from England. Johnathan Hearn and his staff is doing a great job. Besides the good articles, the pictures in this magazine are just great. Personaly this 24 Bicycle Motocross Magazine is my favorite (up and till today for sure, May 2012). Let's see if anyone can beat this project.

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2012 England, 2024 BMX Magazine is top.

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