JMC Bicycles

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JMC, or Jim Melton Cyclery was a bicycle company in the 1970s and 1980s. It started as a bicycle shop in 1969. It began manufacturing bicycle components in 1974, mostly to make a bicycle look more like a motocross motorcycle, including fenders and false fuel tanks. In 1977 JMC began manufacturing BMX bicycles.[1] During the 1970s it sponsored BMX racers Harry Leary, Clint Miller, Tinker Juarez, and Darrell Young.

By 1979 the bicycle shop was sold and the company owned just the factory. Sales peaked in 1981 when it was number two of the American Bicycle Association title for top BMX factory team three years in a row.[2] Jim Melton folded the company in July 1985 because of his wife Vera's poor health,[3] and he did not want to move production abroad. Jim Melton died in late July, 2014.


The JMC Black Shadow was a desirable of their models with a reputation for light weight and an excellent black finish.

The most sought after models today are the Darrell Young pro model and the Andy Patterson pro model.


  1. ^ History Archived January 29, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ BMX Plus! September 1985 Vol.8 No.9 pg.12
  3. ^ BMX Plus! September 1985 Vol.8 No.9 pg.12