Slack Randoms: Raleigh Relaunches the Burner BMX, Parisian Bicycle Hearses, Rocket Lawn Chairs & More

Nov 4, 2022 at 9:58
by Ed Spratt  
We use Slack as our workplace communication tool at Pinkbike and we have a #randoms channel which we use to share an assortment of videos and stories from all corners of the cycling world and beyond... We thought a couple of the moments from the past week were too good not to share with a wider audience, so here are some of the highlights.

Raleigh Relaunches Mk1 Tuff Burner BMX

As part of a limited-edition launch, Raleigh has brought back the classic Burner BMX. The Tuff Burner is an almost identical replica of the 1982 bike but a small change in geometry has made sure it will ride slightly better than the 80s offering. The 2022 relaunch still features the yellow Skyway Tuff 20" rims, blue gumwall tires and a blue Kashimax BMX saddle.

Pre-sale for the bike has already reached capacity but if there is more availability you can find out more here.

Paris has its First Bicycle Hearse

Looking like something straight out of the halls of Eurobike undertaker Isabelle Plumereau has been riding around Paris with a bicycle hearse. The hopes are that this will become a greener way to host funerals in the city with similar hearses already being available in Switzerland and Denmark.

YT Moves into Gravel with the Szepter

YT joins the growing list of companies launching gravel bikes with its Szepter bike. Just like the average gravel ride YT has shown off the bike taking on abandoned buildings and constant flat-out sprinting. Sadly there is no Christopher Walken.

Backyard Squirrelympics

Deep Fried Coffee

Rocket Powered Lawn Chair

bigquotesBob Maddox builds a Valveless Pulsejet engine-powered lawn chair using his Grandmothers 1960's lawn chair Robert Maddox

William Osman builds a phone you can't drop

Anything worth doing is worth overdoing... I guess?

What'd we miss this week?


  • 75 4
 None of the videos have started without me. Refreshing to open an article and not feel like I’m arriving late to a silent film.
  • 5 18
flag valrock (Nov 7, 2022 at 9:20) (Below Threshold)
 just... fucking... get over it already
  • 57 2
 I was in Paris a couple of weeks ago. The cycling infrastructure and everyday bike culture is a sight to behold. It's like they've gone out of their way to find a way to use a bike for everything that the petrosexuals on twitter tell you that you can't use a bike for. It's marvellous
  • 37 1
 Petrosexuals... thats a new one for me. Clever!
  • 5 1
 Petrosexuals, as in those who enjoy using petrol?
  • 16 2
 I bet that hearse is great for finding dead ends though.
  • 31 0
 Me: I’d rather die before I ride a bike with headset cable routing.

Bike Industry: We can make that happen.
  • 20 0
 Seeing James Hoffmann here is a weird hobby crossover I never expected
  • 4 0
 Same here, I thought for a second I accidentally left pinkbike site
  • 4 0
 Never heard of the fellow, but I like coffee and I like Steve Buscemi, so he gets a thumbs up from me.
  • 1 0
 Same! Maybe we just don’t talk about it here, like Fifth Club stuff.
  • 1 0
 There's at least a few coffee obsessed MTBrs. Jesse and Remi carry around an espresso forge during the season and they both post regularly about their morning cups. You've got Traction coffee. Probably many others. Now, lemme go grind my afternoon cup on my Niche.
  • 4 0
 Being a mtb and coffee (add craft beer) snob go hand in hand.
  • 16 3
 The Burner was the bike you rode if you wanted the p#ss taking out of you, they were horrendous. Looking at the image provided they have also changed the pedals and crank set along with the geometry, so you aren’t actually buying a replica you are buying a mash up to look like a Burner.
  • 22 4
 Absolute pieces of shit. Raleigh jumped into BMX milked the market for all it was worth with shit bikes, put a generation of kids off BMX as a result and then fucked off. Now they've seen they can turn a quick buck on nostalgia. Just stay fucked off.
  • 3 1
 @G-Sport: Is this the same G- Sport that made the 20mm axle bmx hubs in 90s?
kept me rolling and grinding for years on those.
Agree with the nostalgia BS those bikes were terrible, headsets literally exploded, bottom bracket cups cracked, one piece cranks were like noodles. Saddle guts slipped. think every single part of those bikes failed in some unique and horrible way
  • 6 1
 @Banjoking: Yep, that's me.
  • 2 0
  • 9 0
 My first BMX was a Burner not an expensive one but I moved onto an Ammaco Freestyle Pro. Nobody took the piss at all, they served a purpose for me and an ailing once great bike company. These bikes would have got masses into riding which is surely a good thing? I’ve never looked back personally at 52.
  • 3 0
 @dhdogred: Yeah, growing up on the west coast of Ireland in the 80s that was my dream bike! I never got one! They might have been a bad bike according to the thread but man I wanted one!
  • 2 0
 @G-Sport: preach! I had a Night Burner and a Tuff Burner in the early 90s (2nd hand of course) and they both rode horrendously. Like night and day compared to the GT my Canadian friend had.
  • 13 0
 I'd love to have a few beers with Bob Maddox.
  • 2 0
 I agree - that goofy grin/smile that he puts on for the camera as he's ripping along makes you think 'redneck', but in the last video linked here on Pinkbike when his rocket failed between his legs and he talked about it I was quite impressed with his grasp on what was going on and the design issues he was contending with.

My first thought when I saw this week's installment was 'hm, maybe he should include a dead-man's-pedal as fuel cut off' so he doesn't have to take his hands off the wheel (or selfy pole) when things go awry.
  • 9 0
 @leftypumpkin: I don't think redneck, more of a old hippy from the 60's/70's type who not only smoked copious amounts of weed, but was also a clever sob also and just lives life to the fullest Big Grin
  • 2 0
 More likely, a few tokes!
  • 11 0
 Backyard Squirrelympics was genius
  • 8 0
 Did I just spend 20 minutes watching a squirrel video on a mountain bike web site?

Still an amusing video though.
  • 6 0
 Speaking of crazy things, where's Tom-Tom Bradshaw at???
  • 3 1
 Sorry YT, can't watch 2 minutes of road sprinting without turning it off. I never got to the off road part of the video, I died of boredom in the meantime. Seems contradictory to the 'gravel bike for mountain bikers' tag line.
  • 1 1
 Was that video supposed to be self-parody? Watch the whole thing - I dare you to try.
  • 5 3
 Opened article, saw first picture, immediately winced at how obviously overtightened the chain is on the raleigh burner. And we know it's been ridden like that cos of the brake tracks on the rims. Come on kids, do better.
  • 11 11
 I like my bike chains like my women, taught.
  • 7 1
 Are you sure it doesn't just look tight because there is downward pressure on one pedal (other foot is on the floor)?
  • 4 1
 @tremeer023: Bottom run would then be saggy. That chain is tight like a guitar string
  • 1 3
 @gabriel-mission9: I just tested it on my ss. The chain goes taught.
  • 2 0
 Most bmx folks run their chains pretty taught. Especially modern bikes with small chainrings, it’s a fine line between too taught and rattling of the chain stay/brake

I’ve been running a taught chain on my bmx for years without problems
  • 2 0
 I worked in a little bmx shop for many years when i was younger. It was a personal mission of mine to convince all the local riders to loosen their chains just a touch. Cumulatively, I must have saved them thousands of £££ in driver bearings, chains and chainrings. Thats probably why the shop eventually went out of business, haha.
  • 1 1
 Some want that chain tight. Imagine throwing a tail whip only to find the pedals are not where you left them on the catch.
  • 7 1
 @bikeracer28: I think we all mean *taut* here? Unless you chain has learnt something?
  • 1 0
 @dirtyburger: Put an old grip in your bb. Same effect and doesnt blow out your driver bearings
  • 2 0
 @sheepsfootchoilbelly: I think you're right and I am embarrassed. Taut is not a frequently used word in my vocabulary, so I didn't think about what the correct spelling was. I'll update my vocabulary with the correct spelling.
  • 1 0
 @sheepsfootchoilbelly: I've learnt something too. Always thought it was the same spelling.
  • 2 0
 @upisdown: how has this been downvoted!?
  • 4 0
 The YT Szepter gave me an instant burning sensation. It wasn't the money in my pocket thought - just a bucket of eyebleach.
  • 2 0
 Dear Raleigh please look at you MTB history and produce a contemporary hardcore Hardtail that people would love and purchase! Planet X seam to make a business out of it why can't you?
  • 3 1
 One Raleigh Lizard coming up.

Or a Mustang/Massif/Activator 1 or 2.
We laugh. But I had a QR seat and that made it the dogs bollocks! Used to take a separate cable lock to school to lock my saddle.
  • 3 0
 I'd love to see a geo update & re-release of the DHO. Reynolds 853 frame, sensible layout & I still think one of the best looking DH bikes ever made. It was meant to ride pretty well too.
  • 4 0
 Only thing more lame than a gravel bike, is a gravel bike built by YT, on pavement, in the dark with no lights.
  • 3 0
 YT was supposed to be the anti-gravel bike company. Can’t hate them too much for making money!
  • 1 1
 Also they were supposed to be the affordable direct-buy company, but those two models are a bit pricy. Though in fairness, they are well-specced for the price, and I'm guessing since there are cable routing options, that some non-axs models might be due at more reasonable price points in the near future.
  • 1 0
 I don't understand this gravel bike. You have a heavy (for a gravel bike) fork combined with limited tire clearance and a fairly aggressive (for a gravel bike) geo. It seems like they were caught half way between making something like the Salsa Cutthroat and a Scott Addict and ended up with something that makes no sense.
  • 2 0
 @93EXCivic: people had similar sentiments to the Izzo, Jeffsy, and probably the Capra when it came out. After the dust settles, I’m sure there’s going to be a group of people that like it.

Maybe instead of comparing it to a road bike, compare it to old school mountain bikes.
  • 4 0
 Jimmy and Chuck for Rampage Announcers?!
  • 1 0
 Aah when I look back at how bad the braking systems on bikes used to be (Burner)... we've come a long way.

Even a great set of V-brakes cannot compare to the stock discs on low end bikes nowadays
  • 1 0
 Freestyle BMXs still run u-brakes or even no brakes.
  • 3 0
 Do the cables route through the headset?
  • 2 0
 Love the fact he's built a Pulse Jet with three outlets and has no brakes on his kart - just awesome!
  • 1 0
 As someone who has graduated from a popcorn popper to a fresh roast for my coffee roasting journey, I was quite intrigued by the idea of deep frying coffee.
  • 7 0
 Meh, would be better in batter.
  • 2 0
 @pipm1: Beat me to it
  • 3 0
 It makes me feel old that I can remember when YT bikes were good value.
  • 3 0
 Bob is the best!
  • 1 0
 That Lawn Chair is the bollox ... AWESOME!!! Just wonder how he would stop that jet in an emergency... mmhhhh
  • 3 2
 Really wish YT would put out an aggressive hardtail, I would be all over that!!
  • 2 0
 Y though?
  • 1 0
 @mi-bike: because they’re fun, and YT makes fun bikes!
  • 1 0
 Why has the yt gravel bike saddle and seatpost? You just can sprint on it… the commercial shows
  • 1 0
 Was really rooting for @mikelevy to test the Szepter on those gravel rides he goes on!
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 Dude is gonna need more than a jar of aloe when that lawn chair melts
  • 2 3
 YT were supposed to be the chosen ones. And look at them now. Making XC and gravel bikes.
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