#tbt My first real BMX bike (June 1977)—a Super Cheetah II, as tested in issue #3 of Bicycle Motocross Action. Dual top tubes, a built-in, fixed seatpost (non adjustable) and a super low-profile asthetic. I still love the look of this bike. As stoked on it as I was, I cracked it at the chainstays, my Dad welded it, and I sold it to my friend Rob Martin. He ended up cracking it in like 10 different places, including the seatpost. Early BMX technology was very experimental, and this experiment didn’t pass the metallurgy testing phase. A couple things to note: The number, 283, a nod to my then (and now) hero Scot Breithaupt and the solder wrap on the spokes of the front wheel. My dad laced and trued these wheels (with a small crescent wrench!) and counter-weighted the valve stem like this. These were the first wheels of any kind Vern ever laced and I can tell you now they were perfectly straight, with zero hop. Precision. Also note the single clamp stem, three-armed spider (on the cranks), Roger Decoster forks and coaster brake.