Sunday, October 26, 2008

SkyWay Tuff Wheels

It was nice out today so I rode around Carlsbad on my Yamaha SR500, I realized what lured me to this bike. Black out the  Yamaha Mags, they look like Tuff Wheels & I love that look.
Back in the day I had my share of Tuff wheels, we actually preferred them, they didn't bend or get flat spots and we couldn't afford the money or the time it took to deal with spoked rims. Western Pennsylvania BMX kids had a short riding season and sketchy mail order was our only parts source. A good set of Tuffs would last through two or three bikes and could be traded all over the city for color preference, coaster brake or freewheel add a new set of gum wall tires and your shit was Rad...
Below is the coveted alloy hub in the non graphite version of the tuff II  these were hard to come by & the hubs didn't crack like the steel models. 
The Torker Bob Haro used to give birth to the Freestyle movement utilized Tuff IIs.
Here's A couple of shots of Bob riding The 6th & Commonwealth banks in LA. The last time I rode there was on a hot Sunday in 1989, I would guess these pictures of Bob (in uniform) date back to, well it must've been  81-82? Great spot, security was quick,  but on that last sunday we sessioned there the Big latin guard gave us 30min as long as we didn't grind & was stoked to watch.

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