LUFKIN, Texas (AP) - One Texas man got four dream bikes for Christmas - and they're 30 years old and have no wheels.
For Mike Maberry, unexpectedly tracking down four of the lightweight BMX Blazer bicycle frames he crafted with his own hands in the early 1980s and bringing them home have made this a special Christmas.
"It will remain forever among our fondest memories," Maberry told the Lufkin Daily News.
Maberry began building the bicycle frames, which became known as some of the lightest-weight BMX Blazer frames in the racing arena, in 1981. But within two years he and his partner stopped producing the frames made of aircraft tubing. And the limited production frames became something of a sensation among hardcore BMX bikers.
And so, when Maberry got a phone call a couple of weeks ago from one of his factory riders, he was surprised to hear he had found a frame online that was still in the box. With a bit of research, Maberry tracked the frame down to a Shreveport, La., shop that had shut down years ago.
Maberry and his wife, Terri, drove down to Shreveport to buy back the frames and bring them home, determined to save at least one for their two-year-old grandson.
"It was a strange feeling for both Terri and me to be holding a Blazer frame that I had personally painted, decaled and packed into this box," Maberry said.
When they returned home, they dug up the old records, retrieving the UPS shipping receipt for the last bike frame shipped to Jimmy's Bike Shop in Shreveport on Feb. 4, 1981.
"On the bottom left corner was the signature of the UPS counter girl, T. Gilliland, my wife," Maberry said.