Since 1998. The Firemans 24", 26", and 29" BMX Texas Cruzers are 100% USA. A modern American classic, we offer a truly old school BMX product with modern touches. We have satisfied riders in over 30 states. Check out our new colors and join the 'family.'
Exhibitor Profile: Firemans Bikes
Fireman’s Texas Cruzers was started in 1998 by Greg Mundy. In the ‘90s, Greg raced BMX Cruisers for fun; he liked the comfort and simplistic style and function of the bikes. However, there was a dearth of readily-available 80s style BMX cruisers and there was nothing coming along to fill the void, so he decided to work on a range himself.
The initial plan was to fuse the Mongoose Kos Cruiser and the classic SE Racing OM Flyer as an experiment. The two bikes were typical of the 80s BMXs Mundy wanted to ape; the original Fireman’s frames incorporated elements from the short-and-aggressive OM and the tall cruiser that was the Kos in equal measure. A divergence from both designs was to shorten the rear end.
He got in touch with a welder in East Austin who made the first prototype; this was good enough for testing, but wasn’t polished enough to be a production model.
The next welder was in Florida who created two full production runs of frames. These still weren’t to Greg’s satisfaction though and so he next approached SE Racing. They were happy to help out and so Fireman’s bikes were (for a while) built at the SE factory. SE was sold shortly afterwards, but their experienced welder, Sal Correa, chose to go independent and has been welding Greg’s frames since.
A refinement of the frame was produced shortly after the sale of SE Racing; this change took the bikes more in the direction of the OM Flyer. And so was the current incarnation of the Fireman’s Texas cruiser born.
Some of Fireman’s bikes are put together out of a small storage area, whilst other are put together at Greg’s hired hands’ homes. This keeps the idea of “work” at arms’ length and make sure they're always having fun.
Firemans No. 4 Ale is named after the Firemans Texas Cruzer, and is brewed by Real Ale Brewing Company in Blanco, Texas. The two companies started doing promotional races together in 1999, and later came up with the idea to co-brand the beer. Be sure and check out Real Ale Brewing Company, and look for their fine products in stores and bars throughout Texas.
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