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Certified JMC’s

February 2, 2010

This page is for only those JMC’s that have been certified by Jim Melton as to its original sale and color etc. He will provide you for a very modest fee a certificate suitable for framing and signed by himself. From these we can narrow down anyone’s year for their JMC as JMC’s were stamped from 1- 5,000 something before a date code was added around 83. Still, then after the first 2 digits the bikes were numbered in order.

So we know that for instance, #JMC1777 would be an early 1980 model or #JMC500 would be a 77-79 model. As we get more certified numbers we can even narrow things down more.

If you email me a picture of your bike and the certificate I will post both in this section. Thanks for your contributions to the site.

Certified Serial Numbers and Info
Color if listed is the original factory color

#JMC1 – 1977 sold March ’77. JMC Short Standard.

#JMC5 – 1977. Model? Owner – Factory JMC’s Adam Cox

#JMC20 – 1977 sold April ’77. JMC Long Standard.

#JMC21 – 1977 Model? Owner – Factory JMC’s Adam Cox

#JMC88 – Year? Model? Owner – Factory JMC’s Adam Cox

#JMC413 – Year? Model? Owner – Factory JMC’s Adam Cox

#JMC468- 1979 sold May ’79. JMC Long Standard. Current owner – Dana Nesiti

#JMC537 – 1979 sold May ’79 JMC Long Standard (Red) Current owner – Erick Weinstetter

#JMC806 – 1979 sold July 79 JMC Short Standard (Blue).

#JMC923 – 1979 sold August ’79.Β  JMC Short Standard.

#JMC1678 – 1979 sold December ’79. JMC Short Standard.

#JMC1712 – 1979 sold January ’80. JMC Long Standard.

#JMC1801 – 1980 sold February ’80. JMC Mini.

#JMC1992 – 1980 sold December ’81. JMC Long Standard (Blue).

#JMC2177 – 1980 sold March ’80. JMC Black Shadow.

#JMC2294 – 1980 sold April ’80. JMC Long Standard

#JMC2318 – 1980 sold May ’80. JMC Black Shadow. Current owner – Jimmy Holloway

#JMC2457 – 1980 sold May ’80. JMC 3.1 XL.

#JMC2911 – 1980 sold August ’80. JMC Long Standard (White). Current owner – ???

#3673 – 1980 sold December ’80 JMC Long Standard (Blue).

#3852 – 1980 sold December ’80. JMC Short w/Euro BB. (White). Current owner – ???

#4239 – 1980/81 sold January ’81. JMC Long Standard (Blue).

#4287 – 1981 sold January ’81. JMC Short Standard.

#8059 – 1982 sold November ’82. JMC Long Standard (Red).

#8060 – 1982 sold September ’82. JMC Long Standard (Blue).

#83821 – 1983 sold June ’83. JMC Short Standard. (Chrome).

Black Shadow, Shadow

#JMC2177 – 1980 sold March ’80. First JMC Black Shadow.

#K3457 1980 sold October ’80. JMC Black Shadow (Black) Current Owner – Erick Weinstetter

#K3997 – 1980 sold December ’80. JMC Black Shadow

#K4438 – 1880 sold ???. JMC Black Shadow Current Owner – Justin Merrett

#K5540 – 1981 sold April ’81 to Bills Bike Barn, Santa Maria, CA

#K5542 – 1981 sold April ’81 to STD Cycle, AUS. Black Shadow Current Owner – John

#K6805 – JMC Black Shadow

#K8266 – 1982 sold July 7, 1982. JMC Black Shadow (Chrome)

#K8351 – 1983 sold February ’83. JMC Black Shadow

#K83838 – 1983 sold June ’83. JMC Shadow (Chrome)

#K84823 – 1984 sold August ’84. JMC Shadow (White)

#K84970 – 1984 sold May ’84. JMC Shadow (Chrome)Current owner – Chris Carter

#K84979 – 1984 sold November ’84. JMC Shadow (Chrome) Current owner – Glenn Bettney

#K8542 – 1985 sold April ’85. JMC Shadow (Chrome)


#24C40 – 1982. Owner Factory JMC’s Adam Cox (First run of 50 bikes)

#24C44 – 1982 sold April ’82. JMC Cruiser.

3.1 XL’s

#JMC2457 – 1980 sold May ’80. First JMC 3.1 XL

#XL7295 – Year? Current owner Factory JMC’s Adam Cox

#XL831097 – 1983 sold August ’83. JMC 3.1 XL.

Darrell Young
#DY84557 – Current Owner – Justin Merrett

Andy Patterson

#AP9 – Current Owner – Justin Merrett


#JMC1801 – 1980 first JMC Mini.

1977 built for Factory rider Josh Gersten. Current owner JMC’s Adam Cox

Unique ID’s
1980 JMC Black Shadow
K4021 Current owner Greg Bennett had contacted Jim Melton to get his certificate. Jim informed him he had a Black Shadow with a Euro BB. But Greg informed him his bike seemd to have red pain inside the BB and had an American BB. Jim did some digging thru his records. Turns out it appears they made two bikes with this serial number. One a Black Shadow in Black as they all were and with a European BB. A second one Red was made with a American BB. It appears this was the first Black Shadow made in a color other then black.

57 Comments leave one →
  1. jonathan gomez permalink
    November 11, 2010 1:59 pm

    I dont have a picture but # is JMC330 what year ? and color? thanks jonathan

    • November 11, 2010 5:11 pm

      It is either a 1978 or very early 79. Couldnt tell you exactly or what the original color was. But this man can if you buy a JMC Certificate I bought one for my bike when I found it. Its suitable for framing.

  2. May 28, 2011 1:48 pm

    just wonder do all jmc frame serial always start with “JMC”? because I have 1981 jmc long standard the srial 6773

    • May 28, 2011 1:59 pm

      Not sure for sure. I think maybe the later ones dont. My JMC is from 79 and it does have JMC.

  3. Cary permalink
    August 7, 2011 9:01 pm

    Just discovered this site and went to the attic to dust off serial number K5452 on my black shadow. Still has the dirt on it from my last race probably 1982 or thereabouts. Now interested in a restoration and certification. Any insight on this would be appreciated. Thanks! Cary.

    • August 7, 2011 9:30 pm

      Wow you are one of the few that still has his old race bike, congratulations. You can get your certificate from Jim Melton on ebay. Just type JMC in the cycling section for search. You can find Jim’s store there,

      • james fite permalink
        August 16, 2011 8:39 pm

        My family were good friends with the Felts (still are) and in 1983 I had one of little Billy’s factory bikes. The frame was a mini, serial number BF01, and the bottom side of the bottom bracket had a rectangle section machined out of the chromoly and there was a accordian like plastic cover that protected the bottom bracket from debris. The bike also had a plastic chain, plastic pedals, and the steer tube on the fork was threaded and the neck screwed on to the steer tube, it was way ahead of it’s time and people used to freak out on that bike!! It weighed 9lbs. complete, in 1983!!

  4. jmc2000 permalink
    August 25, 2011 8:02 pm

    Hi still have my old race bike its a 1980 jmc long standard its whit with red stickers It sold at bicycle harbor in mesa in feb of 1980 serial #jmc2000 My son is racing it now I plan to restore it when he out grows it and would like to find a set of jmc handlebars and a jmc seat post My dad traded a pinto he bought for $50 for it back in 1982 I raced it in 83, 84, 85

  5. jack permalink
    October 1, 2011 11:29 pm

    Hey I have a JMC also its Yellow and its # is JMC 1814 . I need parts just have the frame bro sold forks > .

  6. Brian Lloyd permalink
    November 5, 2011 4:57 am

    I have a Black Shadow with the serial # K83889

    Can you please tell me what year it was produced? And how I go about getting one of those signed certificates?


    • November 6, 2011 2:14 pm

      1983 and visit JMCs new website, I link to it in News and on the Navbar

  7. Brian Lloyd permalink
    November 27, 2011 3:55 pm

    I scored another one.

    This time the serial # is 83340A. Not sure what the “A” is all about.


    • November 27, 2011 6:18 pm

      IM not sure thats a new one. Contact Jim Melton thru his new site. Teld him you found it thru me πŸ™‚ Im guessing it just looks like a A and is a actually a 4. Post the answer when u find out. Erick

  8. Brian Lloyd permalink
    November 30, 2011 4:01 pm

    Hey Erick,

    It came with a certificate sign by the man himself. I just wanted to be sure that it is captured on the list of survivors. Its in EXCELLENT shape. I feel like I hit the lotto πŸ™‚


  9. kerby haney permalink
    July 12, 2012 5:20 pm

    i have a picture of my original jmc 68 still in original race condition where can i send it to ?

  10. Mark Woods permalink
    August 5, 2012 6:54 am

    I had a co sponsorship with jmc in early 80 s Still have my crome shadow #82753 great shape w/ jmc seatpost.I also kept my candy apple red jmc #6686 frame and fork .I have learned alot from u guys Thanks

    • August 5, 2012 10:10 am

      Does your Chrome shadow have a K in the serial number?
      Glad you enjoy the site. Thanks for submitting your info. Your numbers have been added to Known JMC list.
      If you get the JMC Certificate I will move them into that section as well.

      • Mark Woods permalink
        August 6, 2012 9:13 am

        no ,it does not, just numbers.I plan on getting both certified Thanks

  11. David Brudnicki permalink
    August 24, 2012 7:58 am

    Hi Erick,
    I have what appears to be a JMC mini judging from how much the seat tube extends, though it looks really small like it could be a micro. I just emailed Jim about it, but I was wondering if you had any insight. The serial # is B84.

    • August 24, 2012 10:38 pm

      Jim has all the insight. Good move contacting him.

  12. October 5, 2012 10:33 am

    I have what I believe is a “Mini” with # M7483. On the “How to ID a JMC” page there’s nothing in the time line when the “M” came to be used. Above on this page shows Mini’s with JMC prefixes. Although on the “Known JMC survivors” page there’s two listed under “JMC Mini” with #’s starting with “M”. Also, what format did the “Micro Mini” use? Do you have more info regarding the “Mini”?


    Oh, and once I get a Certificate for my “Mini” I will be selling the F&F. It’s In excellent condition. No dents, cracks, or re-welds. All original chrome frame & “Mini” forks. They’re NOT the forks with cutouts in the drops.

  13. leiper204 permalink
    October 1, 2013 2:30 pm

    I am the new owner of JMC 2318 black shadow frame and fork,I purchased it from Donnie Baird of Toluca lake Ca. it wasnt cheap but I am very glad to own it now.I received it yesterday 9/30/2013.Please post that I am the new owner.Jimmy Holloway

  14. leiper204 permalink
    October 1, 2013 2:54 pm

    I also purchased an original 1980 standard long frame and fork with the Euro bottom bracket.serial number JMC2294 it was shipped to PRE-BMX 0n 4/17/80..this one is gonna be an awesome build when finished.

  15. October 1, 2013 7:00 pm

    Sweet bikes!! PRE was huge and fast team BITD in Seattle area. They had their own track.
    Ill update bike list now.

  16. rich diaz permalink
    October 24, 2013 2:32 pm

    Bidding on jmc serial xl83442..any info available?

    • October 24, 2013 9:58 pm

      ON that it is a 4.1 XL model. XL doesnt stand for Xtra Long as in most brands nowadays, but rather for Xtra Light. I forget weight limit but its like a rider under 135 or something so if you build it dont risk riding it hard. But a very rare model for sure.

  17. Terry permalink
    February 10, 2014 5:35 pm

    My son and I have a few JMC’s in our small collection.
    1- Mini
    3-Black Shadows
    1-Standard Long
    Along with these we have a few Hutches, a few Banditos, and others. This site is great. And always, “Thanks’ go out to Mr. Jim! If not for his dream, we would not have any of our prize bikes.

    • February 14, 2014 12:15 pm

      Thats not a small JMC collection that is a big one!

  18. Corey permalink
    June 22, 2014 1:30 pm

    I have a JMC serial K5540 is a 1981 JMC Black Shadow, original color was black. It was shipped to he Bike Barn of Santa maria, CA 4/2/1981.

  19. July 13, 2014 7:52 pm

    I have a crome jmc 3.1xl mini the # is 4370xl can you tell me anything about it please?

  20. July 13, 2014 8:23 pm

    The 3.1 XL is not really a mini. JMC made a mini. The 3.1xl would be more like a 80-90s Jr.

  21. John permalink
    July 26, 2014 12:40 am


    I’m John from Australia and known as vw_stylin on all the forums.
    I’ve just found your site and will be spending time checking it out. Great site! πŸ˜‰

    I own a 1981 Black Shadow serial number K5542 in Black, ship date 4/27/1981 to STD Cycle. I’ve obtained a COA signed by Jim on 24th Sep 2008. I’m going to make some changes so i will email you pics soon but I currently have it on bmx museum

    I’ve also just bought another JMC of my friend. It’s an 1983 JMC 3.1 XL I’ve yet to get its on bmx museum also

    I’ll probably rebuild it again in Black with gold parts so maybe i can keep you in the loop during the progress of the build. Chat soon!


    • July 26, 2014 2:09 pm

      sounds good when you get pictures send me an email. Cool bikes for sure.

  22. mike permalink
    September 14, 2014 3:35 pm

    Do you know if we can still get certificates? I just saw that Mr. Melton passed away in july. My condolences.

    • September 14, 2014 7:51 pm

      I believe so as I still see JMC pads and decals etc for sale.

      • Mike permalink
        September 14, 2014 8:00 pm

        Thanks racer. I looked on ebay but the store is closed and has a message about just fulfilling prior orders before they closed the store. Do you know where else I can order a certificate for my mini jmc?

  23. September 14, 2014 8:20 pm

    No sorry I just assumed someone in his family would take it over. The ads I saw must have been old adds that were not taken down.

    • Mike permalink
      September 14, 2014 8:28 pm

      No problem they left an email on the ebay listing but I hate to even ask them about that stuff. I’ll keep
      Checking ebay and see what happens. Thanks again.

  24. Kirk Farnsworth permalink
    September 28, 2014 3:49 pm

    I am in possession of k7891.
    My brother acquired it years ago (’81-83).
    It has never been assembled. It has all his decals. It is missing the top head stock bearing cap. It has been hanging in his garage in various locations all of these years.
    Can you tell me anything more about it?

    • September 28, 2014 4:02 pm

      I can only tell you it is either a late 81 or early 1982 JMC Black Shadow and should be either black or chrome.

      • Kirk Farnsworth permalink
        September 28, 2014 4:35 pm

        It is factory black.
        How do I go about getting it certified? What is the cost?

  25. September 28, 2014 6:39 pm

    Jim Melton himself was doing it before he passed away recently. Check eBay from time to time to see if one of his kids or grand kids has taken it over. The cost was reasonable like 19 or 29 bucks but that included a hand signed certificate suitable for framing.

  26. BMXguy permalink
    October 16, 2014 5:56 am

    I recently purchased a 1983 JMC Long Standard frame and fork that I am in the process of building. The previous owner contacted Jim Melton via email inquiring about the serial number. Jim wrote back describing the original color, type of frame, date of sale to their distributor, and name of the distributor. Would this email (which was forwarded to me)constitute a verified or certified JMC? Apparently the guy I bought it from was a bicycle shop owner that dealt with Jim and knew him personally; Jim alluded to as much in the email. Thanks for you input.

    • October 17, 2014 7:33 pm

      Thats up to the end user to decide.
      For me the certificate would be the only sure means of positive ID.
      However i bought both my JMCs without a certificate and then got one.
      As for the info you were given it could very well have come from Jim as he often answered emails etc.
      The best I can do is confirm what I know when I see the serial number but nothing like Jim could provide.

  27. Michael permalink
    January 29, 2015 9:55 am

    How do I send a picture? I was fortunate enough to have my bike certified before Jim passed away just have not gotten around to taking a picture yet. Also I am needing replacement frame stickers and have been waiting to see if Jim’s family would re-open the store but have not seen any yet any idea how I can get stickers for a 1981 JMC Black shadow? My bike is already listed in the known survivors list however I want to get it in the certified list.

    • January 29, 2015 4:52 pm

      Just email me Michael at
      Did they stop selling them on ebay?
      If not maybe somebody in here bought an extra set.

      • Michael permalink
        February 6, 2015 9:12 am

        Yes ebay store is closed however I just visited and there is hope website said Please pardon our dust.The JMC-BMX online store will reopen soon. For everyones info I will send pic as soon as I can thanks.

  28. James Edden permalink
    February 16, 2015 3:28 pm

    From reading the info am I right in saying there were not more black shadows badged up after the release of different coloured frame sets which were labeled up as just shadows. Thanks.

    • February 16, 2015 3:31 pm

      No, there were more done in black. Just then known only as Shadows.

  29. flamey1 permalink
    June 14, 2015 9:31 am

    Hi there!

    I have M82578. It’s a chrome JMC mini. I found the mini about 15 years ago at a bike hire place in the New Forest in the UK and I enjoyed riding it so much that I bought it. I have riden it a lot even though it is too small for me, it was great fun. Even though i have always ridden BMX, when i bought the bike i had no idea about JMC or Jim Melton. Then one day i came across the serial number & the JMC logo on the frame and did some research. I then became a huge fan. I looked into refurbishing it several years ago but at that time there was no way to replace the tyres because nowhere sold any skinny enough and the original tyres are now totally worn through. BMX racing seems to be popular again in the UK so hopefully i can find some tyres now- any tips would be greatly appreciated. The only odd thing is that the forks were rusted when i got the bike although the frame itself is fine, so i assumed the forks had been changed but looking at photos i think they are original. Anyway i would love to bring it back to its true shiny condition and keep it but i dont really have space for it so my hope is to sell it to a JMC fan and looking at your posts ebay might be the best place for it. I love it but its just been in my loft for years now unappreciated.

    Your page is so interesting, thanks.

  30. September 18, 2015 6:27 am

    Have a shadow # K8437

  31. Mike Barkdoll permalink
    November 15, 2015 2:30 pm

    Trying to figure out what year my JMC is. Serial number shows as 7557 only. No letters.

    • November 15, 2015 5:41 pm

      At some point they stopped JMC before the run number. Your bike is from 1982, that’s about all I can tell you from the number.

  32. Christopher McCorkle permalink
    December 30, 2016 2:01 pm

    I just purchased a JMC short standard and I would like to get a certificate of authenticity from Mr. Melton. I would also like the exact red color code as I want to repaint it in the same color as the one I raced in the eighties. Can you help me get in touch with Mr. Melton, or point me in the right direction? The serial number on the rear dropout is 6006.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!


  33. Alejandro Garcia permalink
    July 15, 2017 3:52 am

    Hi. I’m a bit new to this. I recently had a bit returned to me that was acquired when inwas about a very young man. I adored this bike. By all estimations it is a 1981 JMC BMX. Acquired by a friend who used to race. I’m wondering if this Link is still active and if there are any resources to get more information about this bike.

    • July 15, 2017 8:31 pm

      Still active what is the serial number that can tell me a few things perhaps. But to know for certain you would have to look for the JMC store that was on ebay or their website if it is still up and order a certificate of authentication. Will even tell you when it was sold and to whom.

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