Interview with Lee Baker

March 17, 2015


I had a chance to ask Lee a few questions about his BMX history.

Q. Where was your first race and when? A. My first race was in March of 1977, at Burdette Park BMX, in Evansville, Indiana.

Q. What bikes shops did you race for?  A. My first bike shop sponsor was The Handlebar Bike Shop, in Evansville, Indiana. I got picked up by The Handlebar in July of 1977. In 1978, I rode for The Moped Center, in Evansville.

Q. What were your favorite tracks? A. My favorite tracks were Knoxville, Tennessee and the Supercross track in St. Louis, Missouri.

Q. What was your racing favorite memory? A. I really have two favorite memories. One of my favorite memories was beating Tim Judge for the first time during the pre-race for the National in Lawrenceburg, TN, in 1978. My other favorite memory is when Frank Nolte, who was a good friend of Chuck Robinson, called me to let me know that Chuck was going to pick me up. I had been holding an offer from Steve Johnson of Torker, and Frank made a call to Chuck. This all happened in February of 1979, and the rest is history.

Q. Who were the fastest guys you raced locally? Or the legends from your home track? A. The fastest guys that I raced locally were Chuck Barton, who was NBL National 3, behind Tim Judge and Matt Workman, in 1977. Also Buddy Higgins.

Q. What was your home track? A. My home track was Burdette Park BMX, in Evansville.

Q What did you do after BMX? A. By the end of 1980, I’d been racing the NBL national circuit for the last 3 years and raced indoors in Indianapolis on the weekends during the winter for the last 2 years, I was disappointed with how my 1980 season ended up, so I was tired and ready to give it up. In 1982, I went into the Navy. After the Navy, I went to college and then to law school. I always looked back with regret for giving up on BMX. So, I got back into it in 2010. I race the 46 & over Expert class, where my national rank is #16, and the 46-50 cruiser class. I’m sponsored by SSquared Bicycles and Answer BMX USA. It’s great to be back on the gate with old timers like Eric Rupe, Danny Wall, Turnell Henry, Billy Griggs, Greg Hill, Harry Leary and a bunch more. I’m having a blast. One of the highlights from last season was my old teammate, Mark Wegener, coming out to watch me race at Powder Springs, Georgia.

Thanks Lee for sharing some insight into your days tearing up the Midwest tracks


Indiana Lightning – Lee Baker

February 2, 2015


Early 1980, hammer down and rambling into the lead is Lee Baker #1 in Henderson, Kentucky. #41 is Chuck Barton and #6 is Mike Fowler. Lee was a 15 yr old expert until October 1980.


Mid-1980 at Evansville, Indiana. #6 is Mike Fowler. Mike was NBL National # 6 (14 yr old Expert) and Lee Baker was National # 2 for 1979 (14 yr old Expert).  In 1980, Lee ended up NBL National # 8. Lee was in position for a chance at National #1 going into the NBL Grand Nationals at #4. But he failed to make the main and finished the year at NBL National # 8.

More on Lee in a future post, including more pictures.



Robinson BMX Team managers

June 4, 2011

Chuck Robinson made a name for himself as the Team Manager for Webco and later DG.

But when he wore the big hat at Robinson he had to have help running the team.  If you can add details or bios on any of these guys please do.

Early 1980’s Team Manager – Mark Soria

Late 80’s Team Manager – Danny Nelsons Dad I think

Was Mrs. Hatfield a TM at one point?



1996 Catalog excerpts

December 13, 2010

Just a couple image from the 96 catalog. I will add more later. The MX, SST, Pro and Rebel were all the same exact size and geometry. But the Rebel was TriMoly I think and the other 3 4130 frames. I believe the Pro, SST and MX all had closed looptail, while the Rebel was not closed in 96.

The SST and MX appear to be almost identical. Perhaps one had a mild steel fork or different rims. But for the most part the same exact parts group.

Frameset Decals

June 4, 2009

Ok once you have the year figured out, should be pretty easy since most frames are date coded in the serial number. You may not have the correct decals or remember which ones were used. Remember bikes made late in the year were usually the next years model. So if your bike was made say 1089, it could very well be a 1990 model. You may have to look at survivors and their SN or tiny details in the frame or parts group to  be certain.

This list shows you the correct decals for the different year Robinsons. As always a work in progress.


Frame Specs (Race Models Only)

June 4, 2009

If you find a Robinson with no decals, this will hopefully help you ID the model or year.

First generation Robinson’s had a gusset with NO “R” stamp. (1978)

Second generation had the famous “R” stamp. (1979-83?)

Third generation had no gusset at all but were still looptails. (1984-88)

GT owned (made?)  Robinson’s had a plate welded to the frame’s seat tube with Robinson logo stamped.

Early GT owned Robinson’s were a full looptail and were made in 1987 and 88.

Second generation GT/Robinson’s had a semi looptail starting in 1989?

1987 Pro, Elite, Junior, Cruiser, Mini Cruiser

Pro [Top Tube = 19 1/2″]

1990 Pro, MX, JR

**Specs are from the catalog but I believe Pro,MX to be wrong**

Pro [Top Tube = 18 1/2″]

MX [Top Tube = 18 1/2″]


Junior [Top Tube = 16 1/8″]

Pro Cruiser

Mini Cruiser

1994 Amtrac, Pro XL, Pro, Junior, Pro Cruiser, MX, SST

Amtrac [Top Tube = 21″]

Pro XL [Top tube = 20 1/2″]

Pro [Top Tube = 19 3/4″]

Junior [Top Tube = 17 1/2″]

Pro Cruiser [Top Tube = 20 3/4″]

94 Notes* All frames USA made and 4130. SST frame fake looptail does not close.

1996 Amtrac, Pro XL, Pro Team, Pro, Junior, Pro Cruiser, Jr. Cruiser, MX, SST , Rebel (Tri Moly)

Pro Team [Top Tube = 20 1/4″]

Pro, MX, SST, Rebel [Top Tube = 19 1/4″]

Junior [Top Tube = 17 1/2″]

Pro Cruiser [Top Tube = 20 1/2″]

1999 Amtrac, Pro XL (Patriot, Missile), Pro (Defender), Junior (Patriot Jr.), Pro Cruiser (Patriot 24), SST, Rebel

Pro XL [Top Tube = 21″] Aluminum, USA made

Pro  [Top Tube = 19.95″] Aluminum, USA made

SST [Top Tube = 19.90″] 4130, USA made

Rebel [Top Tube 19.6″] Mild Steel

Junior [Top Tube = 18.13″] Aluminum, USA made

Pro Cruiser [Top Tube = 20″] Aluminum, USA made

1983 Product Info

June 2, 2009


1983 advertisement

June 2, 2009

May 1983 advertisement


Jersey Timeline

June 2, 2009

This is not 100% complete.



June 2, 2009

Just a few tidbits from Robinson Racings first year, 1978. The advertisement of Gary Renteria is the first ad in a magazine for Robinson it appears. It was in the October 1978 issue of “Bicycle Motocross Action”.  The press release shows the first generation Robinson.  It does not have a R gusset stamp yet. This is the first Robinson frame. The first bike the Factory team was mounted on was LRV frames/forks. Most of the team came from LRV.

The color shot shows Robinsons “Flyin’ Okie” Jeff Ruminer at the 1978 NBA East Coast Nationals at Craigmeur in Green Pond, NJ. All photos on all my fan sites from BMX Action are used with permission from Bob Osborn. Do not republish without his expressed written permission.

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