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Posted 23 Jun 2010picked up a number plate and some cable housing from dhenry11111.
very smooth transaction and everything was as shown/described.
Posted 7 Apr 2010My friend found this old rag recently. I scanned the pages dedicated to BMX. I'm diggin' the trials mention/photo and the Panda ad. Sorry about the gaps in the stitching. Enjoy!
edit: added the front and back covers, for reference, and a portion of the inside cover.
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Posted 17 Mar 2010picked up some OG tuffs from Shawn. very cool guy. fast shipping and fun to talk BMX with. thanks again, bro.
Posted 14 Mar 2010any of my nor-cal bretheren have any old riding pics from calabazas BITD? I'm designing the T-shirt for this year's get together and would love to use an old pic(s). of course you'll get a credit and a few cold refreshments on me.
please PM me if you have a pic you'd like to share.
Posted 13 Mar 2010thought I'd share my latest…
In 1975 my dad's friend gave me his daughter's bike which she had grown out of. It was a early 70's Western Flyer 16" girls bike. My dad made that bike into a really cool MX style bike. He painted it flat black and bought an MX kit with bars, grips, number plate, fenders and also put a loaf-style MX seat on it. If I recall correctly it had a "gas tank" on it as well but I can't tell from the pics I have.
Anyway, I wanted to do a build loosely based on that first bike. Instead of using a 16" I thought I'd use the bike that help start BMX: the Schwinn Stingray. I found a fairly complete example for a good price. The bike had 3 colors applied over the last 37 years so there was no worry about ruining an original finish. When I got the bike it was semi-gloss black, under that it was yellow and finally the original red. I stripped the frame and applied 4 coats of rattle can flat black.
For components I didn't want to go too high-end but rather find no-name parts like you would've found in the MX kits like my dad put on my old bike. I did splurge a little on the wheels but the bike didn't have original wheels so I used what would've been used in 1975. I tried using an MX loaf seat but the sqaure shape just didn't look right with all the curves of the Stingray frame. A very cool guy, Brian (a fellow OS member) was kind enough to fabricate some custom seat braces for me and they came out so nice. Thanks again SB! I have the correct number plate but am still searching for the correct numbers for it so it will stay off for now.
Frame: 1972 Schwinn Stingray
Fork: NOS Ashtabula stamped
Bars: No-name MX style bars 6" rise 29" width
Grips: No-name waffle grips
Stem: No-name double clamp stem
Headset: Original Schwinn
Front Wheel: Femco steel 20x2.125 rim, ACS 36-hole high flange hub
Front Tire: Schwinn "Studded" knobby reissue 20x2.125
Rear Wheel: Femco steel 20x2.125 rim, Shimano B-type 36-hole coaster hub, 16-tooth cog
Rear Tire: Cheng Shin MX 20x1.75
Crank: Schwinn 6.5" dated 1973
Chainwheel: Original Schwinn 46-tooth
Pedals: NOS Union rattrap
Bottom Bracket: Original Schwinn
Seat: Original Schwinn banana seat
Seat Braces: Sodbuster Labs Team Replica seat brace prototype (13.5")
Extras: Black vinyl 12" bar pad, 4" double clamp stem pad, NOS O.G.K. rear fender, white oval number plate (not installed yet)
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