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Known JMC survivors

February 5, 2010

This is a list of all known JMC’s from info people will send me or I grab off the net. A place to list every JMC  known to survive even if it hasn’t been certified.
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JMC Long and Short Standards
#JMCXP3 #JMC1 #JMC5 #JMC12 #JMC20 #JMC21 #JMC49 #JMC68 #JMC88 #JMC159 #JMC230 #JMC235 #JMC413 #JMC468 #JMC527 #JMC537 #JMC615 #JMC641 #JMC806 #JMC923 #JMC1154 #JMC1165 #JMC1678 #JMC1712  #JMC1801 #JMC1844 #JMC1992 #JMC2177 #JMC2318 #JMC2457 #JMC2715 #JMC2911 #3360 #3405 #3609 #3852 #4151 #4287 #4329 #4390 #5606 #5629 #6010 #6686 #7242 #7608 #7902 #8060
Beginning in late(August/Sept)1982 they began putting the year in front of the serial number for the Standards.
#82219
#82311
#8389
#8391
#83797
#831071

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JMC Black Shadows and Shadows
Debuts early in 1980.
I need to exact date of first one from Jim and when they switched from JMC to K for those early ones.
At first it only came in Black and hence the name Black Shadow. Then they offered it also in Chrome. Then JMC began making it in other colors and renamed it Shadow.

Early ones had a K before the run number
#K381 #K3457 #K3277 #K3984 #K3997 #K4021 #K4438 #K4663 #K5834 #K6646 #K7423 #K7503 #K7709 #K7947 #K8080 #K8266 #K8273

Then they began using year after the K
#K8351 #K83133
#K83322 #K83409 #K83525 #K83838 #K83889 #K83912 #K831026 #K831114 K831313 #K831473 #K831498 #K831588
#K8437 #K84311 #K84401 #K84498 #K84970 #K841114
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JMC Darrell Young
#DY84380
#DY84503
#DY84523
#DY84557
#DY8535
#DY85201
#DY85264
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JMC Andy Patterson
#AP8533
#AP8575

#AP9
#AP121
#AP156
#AP182
#AP216

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JMC Cruiser
#24C27
#24C60

#84C108
#84C110
#84C129
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JMC 3.1 XL
#XL4133
#XL5192
#4370XL
#7392XL
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JMC Mini
I am not clear if Micro Minis and Minis had different serial number ID
#M4121 Unclear if this is a mini or a micro mini
#M5302
#M7447
#M7483
#M8360
#M82578
#M84164
#M84220

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170 Comments leave one →
  1. the sand man permalink
    February 25, 2010 12:21 am

    Hey Erick:

    Have you ever heard of the BMX rider named THE SAND MAN?
    He used to ride a tricycle with one of the back wheels missing. Mr. sand man was unarguably the greatest rider of the 20th century. Many witnesses of his skills claimed there was nothing he couldn’t do.

    Stay young,

    BRIAN

    • February 25, 2010 8:43 pm

      Funny the way I remember it I was the greatest BMXr ever. The only reason I wasnt factory JMC was cause i didnt want to take away a spot from DY or AP.
      Well that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

  2. getset permalink
    March 1, 2010 9:20 pm

    Cool website. I have been meaning to get my bike ID’d. I haven’t seen Jim’s add for the certificate up on ebay for a couple months. I think I’m going to email him. Hope this pic works…

  3. March 3, 2010 9:43 pm

    Nice bike, love JMC white. What’s the serial number? I will add it to the list if its not already on it.

  4. Kevin permalink
    April 11, 2010 5:11 pm

    I was thrilled to run across this site the other day, thanks for putting it on the web! My Black Shadow has been hiding in my parents attic so I thought I’d dig it out this weekend and share it with you. I’m the second owner, my dad bought it for me in Seattle in 1983. The serial number is K4442 and has the following goodies:
    Race Inc. bars w/ Ame grips, Dura-Ace cranks w/ Tuff Neck ring (I still have the original smaller Shimano ring somewhere), Cook Brothers BB, Suntour XC-2 pedals, Sunshine sealed hubs, Araya 7x rims w/ Comp III tires, Redline stem (I have a 3-bolt Sugino stem somewhere that was on it when we bought it), D.I.D. chain, Kashimax MX seat w/ Kuwahara Laser Post and Suntour clamp, Diacomp brakes w/ MX Tech-2 lever.

    Thanks again for the site!

    • April 12, 2010 11:05 pm

      Wow that bike is killer. Great parts. Like a time machine eh? Your dad bought you that bike? My dad said BMX was a stupid kids sport and frowned when I showed him my first trophy. Dont get me wrong I loved my dad and he loved me/ But your dad deserves mad props for that. Hope you remember him on fathers day!

  5. Rich permalink
    May 6, 2010 9:05 am

    Hi there,
    I think ive got a JMC BMX but would like you to help me identify what one it is,

    The serial number on it is XL841083
    It looks like a mini but not too sure.
    Does this number help??, i havnt got a photo of it at the moment.
    Many thanks

    • May 6, 2010 8:39 pm

      It is a very cool JMC 3.1 XL
      XL did not stand for Xtra Long but Xtra Light.
      It was the same frame size as the JMC Short Standard so not a mini more like a Junior sized frame really in my opinion.
      See the info here on the site https://jmcbmx.wordpress.com/2010/02/02/how-to-id-a-jmc/
      JMC only made nice bikes, all US made. So killer find.

      • Rich permalink
        May 10, 2010 8:18 am

        Thanks, are there collectors about for these bikes?
        Un fortunatly i dont have time or money to look after the bike and it will only fall into disrepair 😦
        Would be a shame to have such a well made bike go to waste

  6. Adam Cox permalink
    June 29, 2010 6:20 pm

    My survivors are #JMC5, JMC21, JMC88, JMC413, XL7295, 24C40 and 1977 no number team frame that was originally built for Josh Gersten.

  7. Rod permalink
    July 6, 2010 6:38 am

    I was pretty excited to find this page. I’ve owned a DY since ’90, I bought it from my cousin but have no idea where he got it. It’s a little rough, paint chips and scratches. Nothing you wouldn’t expect from 4 years of teenage riding then it’s been stored since. Numbers are DY84523, color is maroon with chrome DY forks. I don’t know about the bars though.
    Thanks for having this page, it made my day.

    • July 6, 2010 9:52 am

      Wow so your the one guy that held onto a bike a since the old days lol. Congrats on keeping it all these years. I think all JMC bars have a oval crossbar but not certain. I will have to look into that.

  8. donnie Baird permalink
    July 19, 2010 12:39 pm

    my 80 black shadow that is listed here is done . please let me know where to send new pics for your site . thanks .

  9. donnie Baird permalink
    July 20, 2010 1:56 pm

    email sent with pics. thx
    donnie

  10. glen permalink
    August 3, 2010 12:59 pm

    here you go mate

    • August 3, 2010 8:08 pm

      Tell us about the bike. Year, model history if any. Was it always chrome is that original?

    • glen bettney permalink
      August 6, 2010 5:13 am

      hi there
      my shadow had quit a lot of work on it ,to bring it upto the standard its at today
      the rear drop-outs were pretty much shot

      and the intergrated seatclamp was not even there ,,so that is a total re fabrication

      then a re- chrome of the frame set , the bars are nos prior to be fitted to a previous build .

      nos bullseye cranks ,,stripped and re-chromed ,,,,

      and a custom padset ,,replacing the white lettering and stipes with chrome-silver

      dx seatpost , jaguar aero seat ,,nos tuf neck stem ,,

      anymore info needed give me a shout

      cheers
      glen

      • keith morrison permalink
        February 4, 2011 11:26 am

        glen what kind of rims are on that jmc? the first jmc i ever seen was my friends that got me in to bmx racing and oddly your bike is a mirror immage of his always tried to think of the name of those rims,help me out

  11. babybeau permalink
    September 4, 2010 6:52 am

    Hi there.
    I have just been given what i think is a JMC micro. Could someone help me confirm this. It has got the JMC logo embossed in back of the top tube and the frame number is M84164.
    Many Thanks Cherie.

    • September 4, 2010 7:09 pm

      Its either a Micro or Mini. Im not sure if JMC offered both sizes. the M is for the model and the 84 for the year I believe.
      Contact Jim Melton thru eBay and for a small fee he will send you a certificate showing you the who JMC sold it to, the original color, size etc. Very cool certificates suitable for framing. I got one for my bike.

  12. September 16, 2010 7:42 pm

    Great site, keep the info comming! I would love to see how many of each model was made in production runs.
    I have a 1981 JMC mini – serial # M7447

  13. dave permalink
    October 15, 2010 4:47 pm

    i think i have a darrell young, but my serial number doesn’t match what it should be. the number is k84523. thanks.

    • October 17, 2010 7:34 pm

      Its not a Darrel Young I dont think. The K stood for Shadow or Black Shadow. I think by 1984 the model was changed from Black Shadow (I think it originally only came in black) to Shadow.

  14. Mike Felts permalink
    December 31, 2010 8:22 pm

    How do I get my JMC on this site (Known JMC survivors)? Here is my bike’s # K3984

  15. Clifford Briggs permalink
    January 2, 2011 6:54 pm

    I just stumbled across this site and decided to find my numbers. The first on is a Chrome Shadow #K83409, the Black Shadow is #JMC294 and the Cruiser is #24C27. I was hoping you could add them to the survivors list.

    Cliff

    • January 2, 2011 8:58 pm

      OK added the Chrome Shadow and Cruiser.
      The Black Shadow number looks off. JMC294 was a very early JMC and Black Shadows were not even out yet. Im guessing you just made a typo.
      Also if you have any of those with Certifications from Jim let me know so I can add them to the certified list with original color etc. Thanks for contributing.

  16. Mike permalink
    January 23, 2011 11:05 am

    Hey, I believe I have a JMC bike frame with the serial number #K841062, can you give me any info on this?

    • January 23, 2011 11:22 am

      Its an 84 JMC Shadow
      For more details order a bike certificate from Jim on Ebay. It will tell you who it was originally sold to and where and color and model etc. Suitable for framing and signed by Jim Melton himself.

  17. January 27, 2011 3:58 pm

    Cool site!

    Everything about JMC’s screams quality, Jims eye for detail and craftmanship was second to none………………..
    Congrats on keeping the dream alive……
    Here is my ’84 DY………………I love this ride!

  18. Troy Jones permalink
    January 30, 2011 3:23 pm

    I have a JMC long frame large bottom bracket,i have owned the bike since 1980 or 81.The serial numbers is #1154,i contacted Jim Melton and he informed me of the bike.The bike was purchased by my sister as a birthday present from a shop called The Bike Smith in Milwaukee,WI.I am interested in selling the frame as it’s all i have left from the bike.The frame has no cracks,has never been cracked or repaired as i only rode it maybe 1yr then i got my license and the bike was stored until i started selling parts off of it but kept the frame as it’s got a personal value.Fell free to also contact Jim to verify the bike frame,thank you.

    • January 30, 2011 6:04 pm

      If you have pictures of the frame Troy I will post them for you. Contact member for his bike at your own risk. Once a guy posted here and several other places. Had 2 buyers, only one if any got the bike.

  19. keith morrison permalink
    February 3, 2011 10:14 am

    i have a jmc i belive it to be a standard the serial # is 831071 it has no letters in it can anyone help me identify it

    • February 3, 2011 8:21 pm

      Appears to be a 83 Standard then. Long or short you can tell by looking at it. The long has a seat stay that angles down. The short seat stay is almost inline with the top tube. Contact Jim Melton thru ebay for a Certificate of Authenticity it will tell you original color, model, who it was sold to and when. It is signed by JimMelton himself and is suitable for framing. Its the first thing I bought for my JMC find.

      • keith morrison permalink
        February 4, 2011 11:18 am

        thanks so much it is a crome frame and fork but i for sure will contact jim thank you,thanks for this site as well,some awesom bikes to see im sure mine is a short.

  20. keith morrison permalink
    February 4, 2011 11:20 am

    also id love to see it added as a survivor.thanks

    • keith permalink
      February 7, 2011 7:34 pm

      what info do you need to make it happen thanks

      • February 7, 2011 8:16 pm

        Here is a link to Jim Meltons ebay JMC store. He has a category just for certificates.

  21. Mike H. permalink
    February 4, 2011 11:44 am

    I have been the proud owner of a blue JMC615 long standard since about 1977. I used to race it, after racing it went into storage for many years. My brother has a white JMC, will try to get him to add it to the list also. Please add to the known survivors list!

    • February 4, 2011 8:17 pm

      Thanks for the info, will add it now. Just for your information that serial number is just after the one I found. My bike was made in 1979 so yours was made also in 79 just a very short time after mine. If you get a Certificate from Jim Melton off eBay he can tell you exactly when it was sold and where etc. Very cool.

      • keith morrison permalink
        February 8, 2011 7:31 pm

        still looking for my jmc on the survivors list#831071 thanks

  22. February 8, 2011 8:02 pm

    OK added at the bottom as unknown since it doesnt fit without the K for Shadow. So Im not sure where it should go. Get the certificate for it.

    • keith morrison permalink
      February 9, 2011 6:54 pm

      thanks racer,keep you posted when i get the paper work thanks

      • keith morrison permalink
        February 9, 2011 7:18 pm

        racer i know im being a pain but i can not find the spot on jims space to get my paper work on my jmc,could you be so kind to walk me threw it?

  23. February 9, 2011 8:42 pm

    Not a pain.
    http://stores.ebay.com/Jim-Melton-BMX/JMC-Certificates-/_i.html?_fsub=7&_sid=9227386&_trksid=p4634.c0.m322
    Just send him your bikes serial number when you order it.

    • keith morrison permalink
      February 10, 2011 1:26 pm

      racer thanks so much for your help, i was able to contact jim by e mail threw e-bay he sent me back my info my jmc #831071 is a long standard and the chrome is orignal my certificate will be here soon thanks for all your help,although he did not elaborate why thier is no K in serial number but it is most deffently a 83 chrome long standard if you would like to move it from the unknowen list,ill post pics of the bike when my certificate arrives,thanks agine

  24. February 10, 2011 7:51 pm

    OK that means we now know something else. In 83 he changed the numbering formula for the long and regular standard. Before 83 they just went in numerical order. In 83 he added the year 83 then the numerical serial number. The “K” stood for Shadow and Black Shadow. Untill now I never knew that the regulars also began with the year starting in 83.

    • keith morrison permalink
      February 14, 2011 7:58 pm

      glad i was of some help,and not just being a pain,thanks for all your help,pics well be up soon

  25. Clint tuttle permalink
    March 22, 2011 9:18 pm

    I have one sn#mm8505 , what can you tell me about it? It has an old CANADA sticker on the side , chrome and super lite . Contact me at c.tuttle@live.ca thanks .

  26. Clint tuttle permalink
    March 22, 2011 9:35 pm

    I think it’s a micro mini ? Mm8505 , is the sn#……help me out someone!

    • March 23, 2011 6:36 pm

      I believe you are correct. Contact Jim Melton thru eBay and order a certificate of authenticity. It will give u details and be suitable for framing and signed by Jim himself!

  27. Clint tuttle permalink
    March 24, 2011 12:08 pm

    Thanks!

  28. mike permalink
    April 3, 2011 9:18 pm

    Hi , I have a JMC frame with serial number K8518 that my mom bought for me at a bike store on Sepulveda Blvd in The San Fernando Valley around 86′. It was a killer bike! Still in awesome condition too. I wish I had the time & money to restore it but I don’t. What should I do? put it up on ebay?
    Any help is appreciated.

    • April 4, 2011 7:02 pm

      Yes ebay is best. You could try to sell it to a JMC fan but how will you know who buys it? I tried in a BMX forum to sell a bike at a good price. The guy bought it and just parted it out on ebay. So from now on I’m only selling stuff on eBay or locally on Craigslist.

  29. JMCMAN permalink
    April 7, 2011 6:20 am

    I notice you mention that they started putting the date at the beginning in 1983. I have a JMC long with serial 82219. This one looks like my old 84 DY frame with the big fat downtube. Do you know the difference between the standard long, DY and AP frames? Great site by the way

    • April 7, 2011 7:24 pm

      Yes it was believed it started in 83. But your number clearly shows it must have started in 1982. To confirm contact Jim Melton thru eBay and get a Certificate to confirm when he sold it.
      I dont know the exact differences if I didn’t spell it out already. That’s where feedback from people is so helpfull. People that take the time to comment and maybe measure their tubs, weigh the frame or point me to a bike test with specs. Those days they rarely mentioned the top tube length.
      From memory I believe the DY was the same as the Standard Long but with steeper head tube angle. I think the AP was longer.

  30. pukkadog permalink
    May 1, 2011 3:25 am

    Hi just picking up a jmc racing bmx,needs a lot of work!!
    SN #M8246 any info appreciated

    • May 1, 2011 7:54 am

      For sure its a Mini frame for young guns. The 82 could be for 1982. It could also just be for the 8,246 JMC made.
      Ironically JMC switched its numbering system right around 1982. Its just my opinion though that its the 8,246 one made probably in 1982. Making it one of the last ones before the switch. To be certain of the date of sale and who it was sold to make sure you order a JMC Certificate form Jim Melton thru eBay.

  31. hsvz297 permalink
    May 2, 2011 7:53 am

    Hello
    Nice bits and pieces of JMC history here
    This is my 83 JMC Shadow ex factory co rider’s bike Scott Okrasinski This frame raced in the 1983 IBMXF championship in Holland
    I have built it up and would love to show for all JMC fan’s out there
    [IMG]http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j469/hsvz/bmx%20colection/P4230030.jpg[/IMG]

  32. obionecoby permalink
    June 1, 2011 8:58 pm

    hi just scored myself a black shadow ser k3831. great site will be buying a cert off jim will be interesting to know where it went. needs some work but thats what its all about.

    • June 1, 2011 9:04 pm

      Congratulations, will add it to the site soon. Scoring a classic old bike like a JMC is like getting your Christmas Gifts when we were kids. Magical.

  33. David M. Fletcher permalink
    June 12, 2011 11:21 am

    I have a JMC Sr#4495 short with an oval bottom bar and a 3″x1.5″ box behind the cranks trying to find the year and would like to sell it I have it for 20 years if u could find any info on it please let me know

  34. June 13, 2011 9:20 am

    Hi! love you site!
    i am writing from Sweden & letting you know i have me an 81 Black Shadow #K7423,
    Jim is certifying it for me & said (K7423 is a 1981 JMC Black Shadow, Original color was chrome. At that time we still called the chrome ones Black Shadow. It was shipped to Montgomery Hobby Ctr \, Montgomery AL Nov 9, 1981. Thank you for the kind words and your purchase. Jim Melton)

    thanks

  35. Michael permalink
    June 18, 2011 8:58 pm

    I have a DY8535 Chrome with original matching forks in “good” condition. No cracks, no chrome bubbles, one small chip on the top of the seatpost tube. I’ve had it since 1989. I found it in a van on some property that my friend’s parents purchased. The van was packed full of parts and several frames. I had no idea that it was anything special, but I raced it at Rockford in the early 90’s. I consistently placed second in my class. It was a low budget build, but outperformed many of the “GT’s” and Redlines. It was and is still an awesome bike. My oldest son (6) recently learned how to ride and got a Trek Jet 20 for his birthday. I was amazed that even though the Trek is aluminum, my JMC weighed less.

  36. richard permalink
    June 18, 2011 10:38 pm

    hello my name is richard henry, if you want to sell i am interested, 218 2095528

  37. Gavin permalink
    August 5, 2011 10:41 am

    Hi, was wondering if some1 can help me i have an old JMC Shadow frame and it is serial numbered K84592, didnt see it on your list and was hoping you could shed a bit of light. Many thanks.

  38. jmc2000 permalink
    August 25, 2011 7:53 pm

    Hi great web sight I still have my certified 1980 Jmc long standard serial # jmc 2000 I got my certification from Jim a couple weeks ago my son is racing it now and doing great 2 first so far

  39. christi permalink
    August 29, 2011 11:09 am

    We bought a red JMC this weekend. It is red and the serial number is 84653. Can you give us any details on it.
    email is go_bucks_13@sprint.blackberry.net

  40. christi permalink
    August 29, 2011 11:10 am

    just bought a Red (original paint) JMC with serial # 84653. If there is any info you can give us on this it would be greatly appreciated.

    • September 4, 2011 7:07 pm

      I think 84 is for 1984 and build number 653
      If Im right its a JMC Standard (Long). If it had a K it would be a Shadow or Black Shadow of same year.
      Just look for the JMC Certificates Jim Melton is selling on ebay it will tell you when it was sold and to whom. original color and model and it is signed by Jim himself.
      I got one and plan to get it framed.

  41. mick permalink
    September 1, 2011 4:15 am

    My name is mick , i live in Australia and i have had my JMC for 15yrs. the serial # is K82450 i think its a Shadow but it has a built in seat clamp and no square section were the BB joins the back drop outs witch is different to other Shadows i have seen. Can u help me? CHEERS MICK

  42. Matt permalink
    October 29, 2011 6:17 pm

    Hi,
    I picked up a JMC Frame before it was going into a salvage yard. The serial number reads jmc547 which doesn’t sound like most serial numbers that are listed here. I was wondering if you could tell me at least the model and year and then I will get a certificate from Jim on eBay.

    Thanks,
    Matt

    • October 30, 2011 7:28 pm

      Its built the same time as my JMC just 10 frames later, Summer 1979.
      Nice save.

  43. Brian Lloyd permalink
    November 5, 2011 6:04 pm

    Please add a black shadow serial # K83889 to the survivor list.

    Thanks,
    Brian

  44. Jim Volz permalink
    November 9, 2011 11:17 pm

    Please add my shadow to the survivor list #K831114. I’ve had her since 1984. Thanks Jim

  45. leon permalink
    November 23, 2011 12:31 pm

    hello all, I have a jmc ( what looks like a long standard ) it has a 4 digit serial with no letter prefix, did jmc make the frames with no letters in the serial ?

    thanks

    • November 24, 2011 6:40 pm

      Just order your certificate of authenticity and Jim can tell you all the details about your bike. Get it on eBay or from Jims new website I link to it on my side bar and in the news post I think.

  46. se666 permalink
    February 5, 2012 10:37 pm

    I have Danny Farmer’s 24″ race 1983 cruiser #83C 97

    [img]http://i750.photobucket.com/albums/xx144/se666/rad/DSCF0719.jpg[/img]
    [img]http://i750.photobucket.com/albums/xx144/se666/rad/DSCF0718.jpg[/img]
    [img]http://i750.photobucket.com/albums/xx144/se666/rad/DSCF0714.jpg[/img]
    [img]http://i750.photobucket.com/albums/xx144/se666/rad/DSCF0721.jpg[/img]
    [img]http://i750.photobucket.com/albums/xx144/se666/rad/DSCF0720.jpg[/img]
    [img]http://i750.photobucket.com/albums/xx144/se666/rad/DSCF0722.jpg[/img]
    [img]http://i750.photobucket.com/albums/xx144/se666/rad/DSCF0723.jpg[/img]
    [img]http://i750.photobucket.com/albums/xx144/se666/rad/DSCF0724.jpg[/img]
    [img]http://i750.photobucket.com/albums/xx144/se666/rad/DSCF0710.jpg[/img]

    • February 5, 2012 11:36 pm

      I dont think you can post images. I cant figure out a way to get a readers bike gallery or something going.
      If you want to post pictures email me the 2 or 3 you like most and I will post them. bulletproof2000@live.com
      Thanks
      Erick

  47. Ricardo Valdez permalink
    March 5, 2012 12:55 pm

    I have a JMC bike I bought from my cousin back when I was a teenager. The only number I can find on it is 6365. Was wondering what year it is and what is it’s value. Any help would be appreciated.

    Ricardo Valdez

    • March 5, 2012 8:13 pm

      Its worth no less then 300 but maybe more depending on shape and if its a Standard or Short and parts etc.
      To get full value sell it on ebay. To hook up a JMC enthusiast post it for sale here.
      Get a JMC Certificate from Jim Melton thru ebay, I think they are like 10 or 20 bucks or whatever. I got mine worth whatever I paid for sure.
      I would guess yours is a 1982 or so.

      • Ricardo Valdez permalink
        March 5, 2012 11:29 pm

        I sent Jim Melton the serial number and he said it was a Long JMC 1981 Standard with a Large American Bottom Bracket. I asked my cousin and he paided $250.00 for the frame back in 1981. I might sell it. If I can’t find the right buyer I will just keep it.

  48. March 14, 2012 7:36 am

    I have an 81 XL. (XL7172) Have owned it since I bought it from my cousin in the early 90’s. He rode in the early 80’s. Got it certified a few years ago. It’s unmodified from when I bought it off of him, so it looks the same as it did when he grew out of it.

    I have a bunch of images, just email me if you want any. 🙂

    • March 14, 2012 11:16 pm

      sure just email me pictures to bulletproof2000@live.com
      Great save all these years. Just so you know the XL wasn’t for a Pro Xtra Long. It was for a 3.1 XL as in 3.1 lbs, Xtra Light. Not for big riders. I forget weight limit, but like 100 lbs or something.

      • Ricardo Valdez permalink
        March 18, 2012 8:32 pm

        Yeah this frame is really light! I am not sure what it is worth.

  49. Pistol Miller permalink
    March 14, 2012 4:51 pm

    my ser # is 6694. i was curious about my bike.
    Could you get me any history and or certs. for it?

    • March 14, 2012 11:13 pm

      Contact Jim Melton thru ebay, the certificate isnt very expensive at all.
      I can estimate its age at a 1982 model.

  50. Scot permalink
    March 19, 2012 6:51 pm

    Just got my bike out of my parents garage it’s a k3527.

    • March 19, 2012 7:25 pm

      Nice, so its either a Shadow or Black Shadows.
      I think early on they all came in Black and were black shadows. Then when he added colors or white or whatever Jim changed the name to just shadow.

      • Scot permalink
        March 19, 2012 8:15 pm

        It’s a black shadow.

  51. Travis Markell permalink
    April 4, 2012 10:19 pm

    Hello I have a black shadow frame and fork 8051 and complete jmc k83647 curious what you could tell me about them. Have had these bmx bike since was a young kid. Never race bmx, raced motocross and have fond memories ripping around the pits with them. Will never sell. Was with my son at the local bmx park and was approached by unknown dude and he offered me a large amount of money for my jmc. I was shocked at the amount of the offer but declined. have had these bmx bikes for Thirty years. Not sure were my dad bought them never asked. He can’t believe I still have them after all this time. I am going contact Jim Melton and purchase certificates for them. thanks

    • April 5, 2012 8:46 pm

      JMCs command a good price due to rareness and lasting American made quality. They were race tested by perhaps the best team of its time, for sure the best team on a limited budget no question. Top racers from all corners of the USA and around the world. From micro warriors like New Jersey’s super dominant Stephanie DeFeo to Pro Icon Harry Leary and one of the smoothest racers ever, Darrell Young.
      Good call on the certificate, will fill in unknowns for you.

  52. dana roberts permalink
    June 15, 2012 1:02 pm

    i have a jmc shadow that i have had for 28 years. how do i contact anyone and give them the serial number and find out what its worth.

    • June 15, 2012 8:51 pm

      Just post the serial number in a reply. I will post it on the site. Its worth alot.
      If you want top dollar sell it on ebay. If you want to make sure it goes into a huge JMC fans hand at a fair price, see what replies you get here. Obviously most people here are die hard fans, send me a picture or two and I will post them. bulletproof2000@live.com

  53. Lauren permalink
    August 5, 2012 11:16 am

    Hi all….I just acquired a jmc shadow from a rummage sale. I couldnt believe it myself. I contacted Jim melton to see if he had any info on the serial #. He did and told me it was sold to a guy named Andy Doves from australia 1984..Any know who Andy Doves>>??

    • Scott permalink
      August 5, 2012 1:21 pm

      Hi Lauren, I know of the Doves.He’s brother Chris was on the JMC team with myself, Andy Raymond and Damon Bevan back in the 80’s.

      • Scott permalink
        August 5, 2012 2:41 pm

        Sorry Lauren I’ll rephrase that… He’s son Chris was on the JMC team. And just to add Andy Doves was the owner of Champion Cycles.

  54. Lauren permalink
    August 5, 2012 11:19 am

    By the way…The serial # is : K831498 Chrome jmc shadow with an american bottom bracket..

  55. Joanne permalink
    August 17, 2012 12:35 pm

    Hi there, I am from the UK ! In a storage cabin at our Bmx Track, There has been a little JMC MINI in Chrome sat for years. Serial – M84189 !We are not sure on its history of how it got to be there 🙂 Its in original condition except for the bars and stem which have been replaced, Everything else is what we think has been on it since new, Even the tyres are the name that Tioga was Originally ! Any info would be very helpful.. Thank you in advance Joanne

    • August 17, 2012 10:05 pm

      Contact BMXJIM on ebay. He can send you for a small fee a certificate of origin. The exact day it was sold and to what bike shop and its original color etc. Its suitable for framing. I got one when I found my JMC.
      As for parts, JMC only made parts, if it was originally sold complete, it was the bike shop that would have built it up with whatever parts the rider or parent wanted or what they had lying around.

  56. Chris Carter permalink
    October 17, 2012 12:50 am

    Hi,
    Not sure if you’re still updating your database, but I still own unrestored JMC Shadow frame and forks K84970 which I used to race here in the UK back in the day. (I’ve got a photo of me lining up on the gate at the 1987 Worlds in Orlando, Florida. So we know the frame has crossed the Atlantic at least three times! 🙂 ). I just had the certificate of authenticity from the man himself.
    One thing I would be curious to know – how many of each model frame were built? I know there were 11 models and seem to remember reading that only 333 Andy Pattersons were ever built, but I’d love to know the figures for all the other models too.

    • October 17, 2012 6:42 pm

      Always updating as things get sent to me. Thanks.
      email me the picture and I will post it. Include a bit about yourself and your racing days. bulletproof2000@live.com
      Best to contact Jim for that information. I will contact him and ask him as well.

  57. Marty permalink
    December 22, 2012 8:51 pm

    Hi Jim,
    We’ve got 3 JMCs hanging out. My brothers and I got 2 of these before the NBL Nationals in Oklahoma City in 80? 81?
    M2816 mine
    2142 originally my older brothers know littles blue frame
    3796xl bought from a family friend when my older brother put grew his 2142.
    How do we get these certified?
    Best bikes ever still sportimg their Wizard # plates. I should order new sticker sets for each. I think my oldest girl is ready to ride one.

    • December 22, 2012 9:23 pm

      Oklahoma woulda been an ABA race.
      Yeah awesome bikes for sure. Cool you still have em after all these years.
      Just contact JMC at bmxjim on ebay. He usually has them there for sale. Its the first thing I do when I get a bike of his.

      • Phishtaco permalink
        December 23, 2012 5:34 am

        Thanks for the reply. I could remember what year/race, just know I won a big trophy. I was 5 or 6.

  58. John permalink
    January 30, 2013 7:13 am

    I have compiled a huge list of known DYD’s over the years. JMC DY serial number registry.

  59. mike permalink
    March 10, 2013 2:59 pm

    this is a cool page i’am from ontario canada i had a darrell young in red, back in the day around 1983 and still have an andy patterson #ap8533 frame and fork set

    • March 10, 2013 7:30 pm

      Nice and rare bike to still have. Shoot me a picture I will throw it up on the site. bulletproof2000@live.com

      • Ricardo Valdez permalink
        March 11, 2013 1:08 pm

        Where can I get a phone number to find out what year my JMC bike is? I want to restore it and sell it. I think it was made in 1982-1984.

      • March 14, 2013 7:57 pm

        Cont Jim on ebay at his store and website, it’s linked to on main page

  60. juan rodriguez permalink
    April 3, 2013 9:50 am

    I found a jmc at a garage sale here in chicago serial # 3237 what year would this bike be.

  61. April 18, 2013 2:16 pm

    Hi, great site. I am the lucky owner of a Jmc 80′ Black Shadow K4438, 84′ Darrly Young 84557 and Andy Patterson No. 9. Hope this helps.

  62. April 18, 2013 2:20 pm

    Sorry, all three reside in Australia

  63. Mark permalink
    June 4, 2013 10:30 pm

    not sure if this is the right place to post this but
    – vintage-bmx-store from ebay told me to contact you with my JMC number and you could hopefully tell me about its life and where and when its was born and maybe the value the Number on the frame is stamped 831327 …all chrome

    • June 5, 2013 6:32 am

      It is a 1983 model. Value is best found out by putting it on ebay and seeing where it sells. It is worth more then $100 and less then $1,000.

  64. Mark permalink
    June 5, 2013 7:00 am

    i would like to have the birth info if possible.

  65. June 5, 2013 6:09 pm

    To get specific info you would need to order on eBay a certificate thru Jim Meltons store bmxjim.

  66. bttmft permalink
    June 16, 2013 5:47 pm

    Great website. Please add #8391 to the survivor list.

  67. Scott Hill permalink
    June 23, 2013 10:59 am

    I have a JMC Andy Patterson AP182. Frame only with Darrell bars and forks.

  68. leiper204 permalink
    August 27, 2013 11:20 am

    I have a 1982 JMC standard Long frame only.Its a local frame that never left town,serial # 82311, shipped to BMX World Johnson City Tenn sept 3 1982, chrome finish.I am currently getting it back to its original condition…

  69. paul badertscher permalink
    November 14, 2013 6:21 pm

    just found this sight i have #ap216 got it from Scott Hill 27 years ago lol

    • November 14, 2013 7:43 pm

      Dont tell Scott or Im sure he will want it back. Nice saving it all these years.

      • Scott Hill permalink
        November 16, 2013 7:00 pm

        That’s okay. I’m glad to know it’s in the good hands of a friend and I have AP182 previously listed here!

  70. November 16, 2013 7:16 pm

    Sweet, but dont tell Paul, or he may want twins.

  71. Keith permalink
    December 13, 2013 1:37 pm

    New at computer thing, so here I go. I own ap121 and 24c60 . I don’t know how to post pictures , but if somebody reads this email me, I will try and respond. Thanx

    • December 13, 2013 11:11 pm

      Very cool, 2 killer models for sure. I emailed you for more info.

      • December 17, 2013 8:02 pm

        OK added to the known survivors list.

  72. John Noerenberg permalink
    December 18, 2013 10:11 am

    I have DY84440. Original finish, original owner certified by Jim.

    • December 18, 2013 8:36 pm

      everyone loves those DY’s. I got to see him race BITC a real treat, he was Mr. Smooth even before Craig Reynolds.

  73. Curtis permalink
    December 24, 2013 1:06 pm

    i have k7728 Jim says it a 1982 Shadow and that the factory color was red. Do you happen to know how many red shadows were made in 82

  74. lhenney permalink
    January 23, 2014 8:56 am

    Just started researching these. I have a mini M84220. We bought it for our son about 20 years ago at a National in El Paso TX. Can anyone help me find out what it might be worth? Our son is now 32 and I’d like to see the mini go to someone who would appreciate it.

    • January 26, 2014 9:41 pm

      Minis are usually not as valuable as Pro sized bikes us older guys can actually ride. However to someone looking to complete his JMC collection or to buy for his son or daughter to race etc it has value. Id throw it up on ebay to get the most you can for it. Start it at 1.00 and you risk selling it for a bit less then its worth perhaps. Sometimes bikes fall thru the cracks. So id start it at what youd like to get out of it and not be mad, $99 or 199 etc. If its complete with good parts it could bring 300-500 maybe bit that is just a guess.

  75. nextek permalink
    February 6, 2014 1:54 pm

    i have an JMC Short Standart with the serial number JMC1165

  76. Troy knapp permalink
    July 20, 2014 4:18 am

    Thank you for compiling this amazing information. Your website is keeping a great part of history alive. Way to go! I own a K8273. It’s alive and well. I’d be glad to send more photos if you’d like to send me an email contact. Troy

  77. Damian Owen permalink
    August 21, 2014 10:14 am

    Hi,

    Hoping someone can help.

    I have JMC mini, chrome. I used to race it in the 80’s and serial number is MM8450.

    How can I date and ID it, also thinking of selling….what wouldn’t be worth?

    Thanks Damian (UK)

    • Damian Owen permalink
      August 21, 2014 10:15 am

      What would it be worth!

    • August 21, 2014 12:34 pm

      Im not sure since Jim’s passing if you can still get a certificate of authenticity from him on his ebay store. Think it was jmcjim or something.
      84 could be the year and it was the 50th one made or it could be the run number. He produced bikes by numerical order till sometime in the 8000s. Either way Minis were not introduced till the early 80s. Before then they only made a long and short standard.

      • Damian Owen permalink
        August 22, 2014 8:48 am

        Hi,
        Thanks for your help and taking the time to respond.

        I’ll keep digging and see what I find, hopefully something before it sells on eBay!

        Damian

  78. james permalink
    October 13, 2014 11:20 am

    Hi there ive just found a JMC BMX with the serial number 84352 just wondering if you could let me know which model it is. Also whats the situation with the certificates and info on the frames now jim has passed on. Is someone else passing on the info and doing the certificates ??, many thanks

    • October 13, 2014 11:32 am

      Sorry no updates on certificates.
      As for the frame it is a 1984 model. mostly likely a Long or Short Standard. Other models would have had a letter or two to go with the number. I have both a black shadow and a long standard. The lengths are almost identical, just the head tube angle is steeper on the Shadows. But again they had the letter K. So its pretty easy to tell the difference between the short and long standard just by looking at them. Nice find.

  79. james permalink
    October 14, 2014 6:17 am

    Frame is 19″ Long so im thinking its a Long would that be right ??

    many thanks for the reply and info

  80. October 14, 2014 8:26 pm

    sounds like it and your welcome

  81. Reggie permalink
    November 20, 2014 7:07 pm

    New to this but does anyone know how to register bike SN? I finally found my bike stored away from my parents house and would like to register the SN of my AP..

    • November 20, 2014 7:57 pm

      Awesome getting the bike back. Just post the serial number here and I will post it to the site. Thanks

  82. Mark M permalink
    December 4, 2014 10:43 am

    I just dug my old JMC out of my parents attic. I bought this frame used at the Azusa swap meet around the 1980-1982 time frame, so it has to be an early one. I tried looking for a serial number but didn’t have any luck at first glance. I see lots of info on serial numbers… but where do I look on the frame? I spray painted the frame when I bought it, so maybe it’s under the paint and not obvious to see.
    I have pictures I just took of the bike, and can post those to help ID.
    I only bought the frame and forks at the time, and built the bike up from there.
    Signed an old school BMXer from Claremont.

    • December 4, 2014 8:10 pm

      wow very cool that you found it back then and kept it all these years.
      Did you race it? What tracks and when did you start racing if you raced.

      • Mark M permalink
        December 6, 2014 10:51 am

        I grew up along the foothills in Claremont We used to ride in a few old reservoirs, along the fire trails, and in the wash areas north of the City (the area known as the Claremont Wilderness Park used to be private property of the Pomona College, and was like our own private play ground for locals), and by San Antonio Dam (where skateboarding the 14′ half pipe started in the 1970’s). We used to bring out BB guns, and disappear for half the day or the whole day. No cell phones existed, and we all just knew where the hang outs were to meet up. Fortunately, I am still in good enough shape at 47 to still enjoy getting on the mountain bike, or old school 10″ wide skateboard, or hit the snow in the local mountains on skiis or a board. The other thing we used to do for fun (which I don’t recommend today), was to hike our bikes up to the top of Clareboya, and make a fire trail run down hill on our bikes. We would keep a 2.1″ or larger front tire, and a 1.7 or 1.8″ wide rear tire, so the back tire would break traction (on the dirt fire trail corners) before the front tire. It was referred to as “riding the slide” on the mountain fire trails, with a good speed downhill. JMC527…

  83. December 11, 2014 1:13 pm

    Hey, Josh Brown here I have a jmc long standard #3609

  84. Mark M. permalink
    December 12, 2014 5:07 am

    For the JMC survivor list… I see a couple JMC’s on Ebay right now. There is a 1983 Long Standard in original chrome, with JMC forks. The number is 83797. The second bike is JMC641 and also has the original JMC forks. The seller is out of Illinois, and shows several trophies the bike has won in recent times BMX shows.

  85. Armando Guerrero permalink
    December 26, 2014 10:17 pm

    How many where sold in Texas

  86. Sarita Wells permalink
    January 7, 2015 1:09 pm

    Hi there! My husband has a Daryll Yound JMC, bought when he was a young lad and lovingly looked after. Serial number DY85264, could you please add to your JMC survivors list .. Many Thanks!

  87. flamey1 permalink
    June 14, 2015 9:52 am

    Hi,
    I have M82578. It’s a chrome mini. I’m in the UK. I wrote a longer post with more details but it isn’t showing here.
    Amy

  88. Annette permalink
    July 8, 2015 2:16 am

    My JMC 3.1 XL serial no. has the XL at the end of the numbers versus the beginning, does anyone know the reason for this? It reads, 7392XL. Thanks in advance.

    • July 8, 2015 7:34 pm

      Good question. Could have just been an error. I only list 3 3.1 serial numbers and two are your way and one the other way.
      Maybe some one has a more definitive answer.
      Just so you know its not for Xtra Long but Xtra Light and is aimed at smaller, lighter riders.

  89. Greg Single permalink
    December 11, 2015 10:11 pm

    I have a jmc 3.1 xl that I’ve owned since I was 10. Got it sometime in the mid 80s. Still own it. Has matching forks and bars. A little rough but still straight. Serial # xl 4133.

  90. December 12, 2015 4:43 pm

    Nice Greg. Lucky to have it after all these years. Just dont try and ride it they built for those under 100 lbs. or so

  91. Jason Muza permalink
    February 12, 2016 12:42 pm

    I have a micro mini in Chicago Il. It’s frame #M4121 were do I register it? I would like to get more info on it! Thanks
    Jason

    • February 12, 2016 8:03 pm

      I will add it to the list of survivors. For a certificate of authenticity http://jmcbmx.com
      Im not sure since Jim’s passing, how much is getting done there, but that’s where you get them.

      • Jason muza permalink
        February 12, 2016 8:11 pm

        I was told by the original owner it is a micro mini. Do you know how many were made? What was the difference between the two? Thanks
        Jason

  92. Shawn Hunt permalink
    March 27, 2016 9:49 am

    I bought a black shadow frame and fork. Still a build in progress. However, it didn’t come with the seat clamp bolt. I am having a hard time trying to find the right bolt for it! Could you possibly shed any light on this subject for me? Thanks.

    • March 27, 2016 10:32 am

      Sorry dont have that info. Perhaps someone can chime in.
      I have a Black Shadow but never got the bolt sized up. I will try to do that one day.

  93. Tom permalink
    September 29, 2016 8:09 pm

    Not sure if this site gets updated anymore but would be honored for my collection to be added to the list! If I knew how to post pictures I would but here is what I have;

    1. Black Shadow – K3422
    2. XL7314 – I think a 3.1 XL
    3. XL831561 – I think JMC-XL
    4. Certified JMC Long Standard from Carla – 83268

    Any info on number 2 & 3 appreciated!

    • October 2, 2016 8:09 pm

      Pretty sure the xl always stood for the 3.1 no?
      Are the frames side by side the same?
      3 is for sure an 1983 build. as is 4.
      I havent figured out a way to let people upload pictures. If anyone knows how to let me know.

  94. Tom permalink
    October 3, 2016 4:38 pm

    As of now not sure about XL vs. 3.1 XL….definitely differences such as top tube from head tube to seat post is smaller in diameter on # 3 vs. # 2! interesting?

    How do you indentify JMC forks and handlebars year vs. type? Anyway to indentify?

    thanks in advance!

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