A Slice of BMX History for Sale for $300,000

April 4, 2018

Die-hard collectors are some of the most interesting people on the planet. The fine line between cataloging and hoarding is in the eyes of the beholder. I stumbled across this BMX collection and had to bring it to light. To understand why this is important, you have to know your history. BMX freestyle wasn’t truly a “thing” until around 1984, when it gained massive popularity. The man who is credited for taking bicycles from the race tracks to the skateparks is Bob Haro. In 1982 he went to bike company Torker, bought a run of frames, put his own stickers on them, and dubbed them freestyle bikes. I don’t need to tell you how this worked out for him.


Fast-forward a few decades and horrible hairstyles, and Haro is still a bicycle manufacturer. Well, one of their employees started collecting bicycles before he ever started working there and managed to source every freestyle high-end bicycle Haro offered from the 1982 model up until the Dave Mirra and Ryan Nyquist signature edition models of the mid 2000s.

This collection shows how freestyle BMX evolved and how marketing schemes were more important than practicality for a long time. Flashy stickers applied to parts that are ridiculously overbuilt in all of the wrong places. And I cannot stop drooling. Some of the bicycles have sold, but there is a price tag on the entire collection: $300,000.