Thursday, January 7, 2010

BiG BiKE Magazine #1 Part 1

In an effort to make this one of the more interesting blogs, I try posting stuff that you just don't see everywhere else. I have a lot of old material and try to post it when I find time. I planned on posting some bikes from my collection of early Big Bike magazines, when a reader emailed me asking that I do just that.

Those early issues (69-late 70), were the best and there's probably no better place to start than with issue number 1.

I can't tell you how excited I was when I found this magazine on the newsstand of a drugstore in July of 1969. (magazines come out a month early).

Note: Joe Teresi (later of Easyriders) was the Technical Editor.

Before I post the first bike feature, keep in mind a few things:
1. I didn't want to damage the spine on a precious 40 year old magazine by smashing it flat on the scanner so, I took pictures with a camera.
2. These old magazines didn't always have the best photo or print quality.
3. I Photoshop each page adjusting for distortion, exposure, flaws, etc.
4. If you hate my watermark on the images (I'll try not to make them too distracting), remember, I spend a lot of time on each image only to find that they sometimes get posted on other bogs without credit.


Rob said...

These are great. "How To Build a Sissy Bar", I could have used this magazine a few months back. Thanks for the hard work!

Chris K said...

I didn't plan on posting the sissy bar tech, but...?

Anonymous said...

i punched in "big bike magazine" thinking nobody would even remember it.pleasant shock.i read my copies thin. i wish i still had was BBM that infected me as a kid, with chopperiasis,and there's no cure,lol. good work!! digger in nh

Chris K said...

Digger, Good you found it. Did you check the other post? If not, be sure to click on the label Big Bike Magazine below the post for all Big Bike related post, or click on the header for all the blog's posts starting with the latest. CK

Anonymous said...

I recieved a phone call last night from a man i have been waiting 49 years to biological father. He was known for artwork on bikes, dashboards and etc. He said he is on the front cover of big bike in 1992 his name is Pete Papilli.
I am having trouble locating information can anyone help?