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Jim Melton – God Bless

July 20, 2014

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A Down Under build, Over the top

April 18, 2013

Justin Merrett is the proud owner of not one, not two, but three JMC’s. Shown here is his pride and joy ultra rare Andy Patterson Model. #AP9 to be exact.

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This is the parts list breakdown. All NOS components:
Profile lockjaw stem
Profile bars
Profile cranks, 2nd Generation
Profile horse shoe pedals
Profile gyrolite hubs
Araya 7x rims
Hatta headset
Elina lightening bolt seat
Dia Compe MX1000 brakes
Oakley B1B grips
JMC seat post

JMC Restoration Project: Part 1

December 9, 2012

When I got my first JMC, I was so excited I built this site. But didn’t really work on the bike. Then I got a second JMC, one year different and a different model. Finally, got the base of the bike done. It has taken much longer than I would have liked, to have gotten this far, but I’m happy with the results.

The bikes look beautiful in the sun. Part 2 may be a long time coming. I have scored some NOS items. But still need a gold set of alloy bars and a few other items. Part 2 will be building on the core. Part three will be the wheels and finishing touches. Could take awhile lol.

Note the all the differences between the two bikes. The Black Shadow has a much steeper head tube angle. The Black Shadow has a bladed downtube, while the Long Standard has a elliptical downtube. The Black Shadow has a box stay, the Long Standard and elliptical stay. The Black Shadow has a shorter extension of the top tube, behind the seat tube. The Black Shadow and Long Standard both I believe came with an optional Euro Bottom Bracket. The Long Standard has that.

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Living in Chris Carter’s Shadow

November 19, 2012

Got this email from Chris today.

‘JMC Shadow frame and forks (K84970) in action back in the day.
The racing shots are:
1) The bike leading the pack round the first turn at Romford in the UK – 1987;
2) The bike on the gate at the World Championships in Orlando, Florida – 1987;
The next shots are the frame and forks as they stand today. The chrome and decals are all original and just as they were when the frame left the factory on 11th May 1984. Unfortunately the fork decals have long since come off, but apart from that everything is in tact, even the seat clamp system (I think the bolt itself has been replaced, but the welded on bosses are still perfect). To my knowledge, it has only had two owners including myself. I plan to rebuild it using the period parts I still have plus a few that I’ll need to find.
I raced in the UK from 1983 to around 1989, campaigning the JMC for the ’87 season in the 17+ category.
In truth, the bike was too small for me, but with a DK extra long stem it just about fit perfect. But I always found the handling of the JMC so sweet, that the sizing problem didn’t seem to matter. I found that you didn’t have to get used to a JMC – you just climbed aboard and went and it was right straight from the word go. Undoubtedly one of BMX’s finest frames!
And from one JMC admirer to another, thanks for keeping the legend alive via your website.
Best regards,
Chris Carter.’

Man, Chris kept rocking JMC after the company folded! Hope Jim reads your unsolicited praise.
Everybody likes a certain feel. Once you find a bike that has it, hard to let go.
Thanks for sending the pictures and info. – Erick Weinstetter

Some JMC firsts

October 25, 2012

Was talking to Jim and asked him for some of the exact dates an item or model was first sold. As I get more info from him I will post it here and just edit this thread.

JMC Andy Patterson Series Frames
Prototype July 1984
AP1 is un accounted for
AP2 and AP3 first ones accounted for went to Andy Patterson 8/2/84.
AP4 went to a Michigan team member on 8/3/84
AP5 the first sold went to Sundance Cyclery in Illinois on 8/3/84.

JMC Black Shadow Frames
1st JMC Black Shadow was not marked with a K.
#2175 was first ever JMC Black Shadow sold. It went to Bicycle Harbor in Arizona on 3/25/80.
#2175-2187.
Not sure when the first Black Shadow starting with “K” in the serial number was sold.

JMC Darrell Young Design Frames
2 Prototypes of the Darrell Young Design frame were made in October 1983 and marked DY XP1 and DY XP2.
However 7 more frames were made at that same time. After testing was complete these were the first JMC Darrell Young Desgins released.
DY 8401- DY 8405 all went to the ABA or Team racers in December 1983.
The first JMC Darrell Young Design frames were sold on January 8, 1984 to the Bike Gallery in Oregon including DY8411, DY8413. That same day DY8420 was shipped to the Bicycle Center in Southern California. Those were the first 3 sold but not made.

Thanks Jim for all your help.

Keep Jim in your Prayers

March 14, 2012

Talked to Jim by email recently. He is excited to come out to California in June. May have some big news. But at this moment he is not feeling himself lately. He is going to be getting some tests and hopefully it is nothing, just getting older. But not feeling yourself or feeling 100% is never good or fun. Getting any kind of tests is always nerve racking. So please keep Jim in your Prayers.
Jim you gotta stop going 100 miles an hour and get your sleep. Take your vitamins to make up for not eating healthy. Dr. 4130’s orders.

JMC Reunion

March 5, 2012

I got this email from Jim awhile back. If you want a chance to meet him and see a ton of restored JMC’s and maybe even pick one up, dont miss this event. Its probably on a saturday and I work Saturday’s but those that can make it, should. – Erick

“Hi All JMC Team Riders and Friends,
We are going to have a Reunion June 2 at ***Bellflower BMX. Steve Bothers was nice enough to allow us to have it there at the 2012 BMX Society Old School Reunion. Please bring any thing you have pertaining to JMC Racing. This will be the 35th year since we started production on JMC Frames. I will keep you posted on any updates. Thanks and may God bless you all!” – Jim Melton

*************Has been moved to Whittier Narrows Park and BMX track**********************
This is still in SoCal just off the 60 and 605 Freeway, not that far from Bellflower’s track.
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