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Kip Williamson: Dope Bikes Built

18 November 2009 3 Comments

When Kip Williamson started posting pictures of sick, sick custom-built bikes on Facebook, I remembered his name from the old UGP videos that got me through hours of bike maintenance at the shop in Seattle when I worked as a bike mechanic. His style as a video editor, flatland rider, and bike-builder are undeniable. The more I saw of his bikes, the more I knew we needed to get a closer look.

Kip Williamson. photo by Cody York

Roy Christopher: First up: Where are you from? How long have you been riding? What got you into BMX?

Kip Williamson: I live in Maitland, Florida (Orlando suburb). I’m originally from Angola Indiana. I moved to Orlando in 1996. I started riding 23 years ago. I had a bmx bike growing up like most kids, but didn’t have a real freestyle bike until 1986. I always jumped and raced with my friends around the neighborhood, but I was horrible at both of those things. One day in the summer of 1985 I saw this guy riding flatland on a Hutch Trick Star, and that changed my life forever…

Master Blaster Planet

RC: Tell me about Master Blaster Planet. Where did it come from and where is it going?

KW: Master Blaster Planet is my eBay store. I sell things I enjoy myself. I sell BMX components, complete bikes, sneakers, clothing, watches, sunglasses, wallets, hats, urban vinyl toys, and some Star Wars toys. I try to diversify my interests in terms of what I sell, so if one market goes bad or slows down, I have something else going on. I started off in 2002 just selling a few things I had around the house. I was amazed how much money I could get out of some of my stuff. One time I sold a Shadow Interlock chain for the same price as Dan’s Comp, and it got me thinking that maybe there was a market on eBay for high quality BMX components at normal prices. I worked things out with Sparky’s Distribution which is Shadow Conspiracy, Subrosa, and Sputnic and as those brands have gained recognition, my sales have continued to grow, even during a recession. Beyond selling BMX bikes and parts, I try to offer expert answers and advice, as well as good communication, and excellent customer service, along with fast shipping.

Mutiny X Shadow Conspiracy Sinister

RC: Tell me about a few of these dope bikes you’ve been building.

KW: When I started riding in the mid 80s, it seemed like the bikes were as exciting as the tricks. I always loved the look of mags, even though I only rode them for about 6 months before getting my first pair of 48s which were a new concept at the time. While mags do flex a bit, it also makes things pretty fun! Just riding down the street they feel different. I enjoy taking a current frame and set up, and using mags to give it a retro feel. The integrated headsets, bbs, and the wheels are all sealed bearing so the bikes feel amazingly strong and smooth. I rarely do a custom build with brakes, even though I run 2 brakes on my flatland bike. I just enjoy the simplicity of the bike itself. Pegs and brakes are an easy addtion for anyone who is interested. Having all of these SHADOW and SUBROSA components to play with makes it fun because I have almost every color at my disposal when I’m customizing a bike. I just built up one of the Subrosa Pandora Double Top Tube frames with my Skyway graphite mags and it looks pretty dope! It’s the ultimate new school meets retro bike! Every time I complete one of these custom builds there is a smile on my face by the time I finish it!

I’m actually selling the Subrosa Pandora DTT frame kit I just put together. I’m keeping the mags for another build, so this sale is just a kit. Still shows the effort I put into my builds as well as my eBay auctions themselves. Thanks again for the opportunity!

Subrosa DTT kit

3 Comments »

  • SubRosa Pandora DTT: Flatland Ready | HEADTUBE said:

    […] that make up the drivetrain, and the old Primo Hemorrhoid seat I’m running. Many thanks to Kip Williamson, Ronnie Bonner, Sandy Carson, Brian Tunney, John, Mike, and Bryce at Clowndog, A.J. at The Peddler, […]

  • Comprehensive Exams Web Edit | HEADTUBE said:

    […] also neglected to thank Kip Williamson, The Clowndog dudes, Taj Mihelich, Sandy Carson, A.J. at The Peddler, Tommy at Ozone, as well as […]

  • Comprehensive Exams: Flatland Video | Roy Christopher said:

    […] also neglected to thank Kip Williamson, The Clowndog dudes, Taj Mihelich, Sandy Carson, A.J. at The Peddler, Tommy at Ozone, as well as […]

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