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In 2011 I decided to track down build an ’86 Healing Freestyler as a tribute to my much loved childhood BMX. It took me about 5 months to source what is now a fairly rare Kiwi frameset. I used those preceding months to really enjoy planning the build that I wanted – working out colours, parts and details. It was at this point that my first build design sketch emerged from the page as a hands on way to play with a mix of parts and colours. From that point on, picking up a pencil and drawing up my custom build ideas to spec has become a pre-build ritual.

Here are my custom build design sketches from the Healing Freestyler, and the following Taipan, Kuwahara Magician Pro and LixBMX ‘RAWR’ Custom Pro. Sketches for my Profile 24″ and Colony Prody are coming soon!


1986 Healing Freestyler

Custom build design sketch for restoration, by Lixy B.

Line drawing…

1986 Healing Freestyler custom build sketch by LixBMX

Coloured…

1986 Healing Freestyler custom build sketch by LixBMX

Animated…

1986 Healing Freestyler animated build sketch by LixBMX

1979 Koizumi Madison Taipan

Custom build design sketch for restoration, by Lixy B.

Line drawing…

Koizumi Madison Taipan build sketch by Lixy

Coloured…

Koizumi Madison Taipan build sketch by Lixy

Animated…

Koizumi Madison Taipan animated build sketch by Lixy

1987 Kuwahara Magician Pro

Custom build design sketch for restoration, by Lixy B.

Line drawing…

Kuwahara Magician Pro custom build sketch

Coloured…

Kuwahara Magician Pro custom build sketch

Animated…

Kuwahara Magician Pro animated custom build sketch

1980 LixBMX ‘RAWR’ Custom Pro (aka. Cobra Pro)

Custom build design sketch for restoration, by Lixy B.

Line drawing…

LixBMX RAWR Custom Pro (Koizumi Cobra Pro) Build Sketch

Coloured…

LixBMX RAWR Custom Pro (Koizumi Cobra Pro) Build Sketch

Animated…

LixBMX RAWR Custom Pro (Koizumi Cobra Pro) Build Sketch