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  1. 7 points
    Looked for four years for the right 1980 Proline with original red finish. Head decal has been replaced, but I think the rest are original. Everything's era correct. Laced 7Cs to sealed sunshines. Tires are Raleigh Racer in the back and Cheng Shin up front. Redline bars & stem. Tourney cranks with KKT rat traps. MX1000 brakes with DC lever. Seat's a Kashimax. Nagoaka post & an Xcaliber clamp. Tange headset. Still have to dial it in. Will add better pictures then.
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    Back about twelve years ago I was contacted at work by a guy asking me if I wanted to buy a looptail mini Ripper frame. I told him to bring it up and I'd look at it. I did buy it and we got to talking about local Peoria BMX back in the day. A few days later he shows up with two cruisers in the bed of his truck that he had just bought from a long time friend of his. One was a three bar Laguna and the other was a Prodyne. I had only been collecting three years at that point but was already well aware of Prodyne and the connection to JMC. Frank took them both home with plans of redoing them. For twelve years every time someone online talked about Prodyne I just bit my tongue not wanting anyone to know I knew of a local one. Life happens as we all know and I lost touch with Frank and the Prodyne but he and it crossed my mind many times over the years. Fast forward to last month one night as I was driving home from work and my phone goes off. I'll be damned. It's Frank texting me asking if this was still my phone number and if I still lived in the area. After some texts back and forth he tells me he is ready to let go of the Prodyne. A few text convos and phone convos and him stopping by work to see me, we struck a deal. At that point I sold off about nine framesets in the last few weeks to make this happen Today was finally the day. Frank delivered the Prodyne to me at work exactly as it was from when I saw it twelve years ago. The back story on the bike is that Frank's friend, Dan Madigan and his son Danny raced alot in the early 80s. Dan raced his three bar Laguna to an Illinois state championship back in 80 or 81 and the trophy prize for winning the state championship was the Prodyne. Dan rode for Russell's Cycle World (who is still going strong) who was the local JMC dealer. He went on to race the Prodyne alot too. The bike is still as raced. I plan to disassemble the bike, scrub everything down and reassemble it. I have to buy a front tire (sidewall blown out), two tubes and a brake cable. I can't decide if the forks are bent out or just have alot of rake. I will be posting progress pics and good final pics in the next couple of weeks. Here are the pics today literally minutes after Frank delivered it to me.
  3. 4 points
    Here’s a pair of mine. Haven’t cleaned these yet but here you go : )
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    Always had a liking for red early Prolines,youve done a great job on this one.this is mine i got for xmas bitd
  5. 3 points
    It’s been close to 10 years since I’ve built a bike. i purchased this frame about 9 years ago with the intention of building it then. When we got pregnant it went on the shelf. Now my son rides... In anticipation of the summer to come I recently built this 1935 Schwinn Cycleplane Cal Custom. It kind of came out like a resto mod... Frame paint is original. Parts were kept with original finish where possible. In cases such as the rims and handlebars polishing was needed to restore finish and color uniformity. Frame: 1935 Schwinn Cycleplane Forks: SE Racing Landing Gear Bars: Tuf Neck Grips: Ame Rounds Stem: Tuf Neck Headset: Tioga MX-2 Headset Lock: Tange Cranks: Campagnolo Strada Sprocket: ? Pedals: Shimano DX Rims: Ukai 26X2.125 Spokes: 16g Stainless Nipples: Red Annodized Front Hub: Campagnolo Gran Sport Nuovo Tipo Rear Hub: Bendix Automatic (2-Speed Kickback) Seat: Schwinn Tires: Cheng Shin (it’s a daily rider...) Badge is not era correct but the head tube looked naked and needed something... What it looked like when I got it: After a color sand with 1000 grit: Pre Build Layout: The Final Build:
  6. 3 points
    Well she's finally done. After much back and forth in my head, I decided to initially go with the "as raced/ as found" combo. I'm a complete sucker for true survivors. I can't say thanks enough to shotgun for the help straightening the fork and farmboy for hooking me up with the exact seat post I needed and Metzone for the hookup on the exact tire I needed. As I said before, I replaced the tubes, rim strips, seat post, and added a brake cable ( it didn't have one). Everything has been scrubbed and polished (more than once). I also changed the brake lever. Otherwise it is all as it was back in 1981-82. Prodyne frame Tange TX1200 fork Tange headset Tange bottom bracket GT gen 2 bars Mushroom copy grips Shimano brake lever DiaCompe brake cable Shimano Tourney caliper Dia Compe brake pads ACS Stoker seat / Strong post combo ACS seat post clamp DK inverted stem Sugino spider Sugino sprocket Shimano DX pedals Ashtabula 178mm cranks (originally red) Sugino chain ring bolts Ukai 26x1.75 7C front rim Araya 26x1.75 7X rear rim Cooks Bros sealed hubs Izumi 3/32" chain Suntour freewheel Tioga Comp 3 26x1.75 front tire Snakebelly 26x1.75 rear tire
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    the pc of DY is from Ken Pliska an enlarged detail shot of Utterback from the BoysLife article
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    Forks are fixed. Before and after.
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    Last fall I picked up this frame set and wheel set from a seller in California. He purchased a complete bike from the original owner in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. I cleaned up the pieces and rebuilt it up the way I thought it would look good. Built to resemble the manner in which any kid might have ridden it in 1982. I’m happy with how it turned out. Original everything... Parts breakdown: FRAME: SE Racing PK Ripper FORK: Landing Gear HEADSET: Tange STEM: Tuf Neck BARS: SE Racing Powerwing GRIPS: Oakley .5 SEAT CLAMP: Excalibur SEAT POST: unknown (I believe MCS) SADDLE: Kashimax MX PEDALS: Shimano DX CRANKS: Takagi MX SPIDER: Takagi CHAIN RING: Shimano RIMS: 7C/7X HUBS: Bullseye TIRES: Comp 3 yellow label BRAKE: Dia-Compe MX900 BRAKE PADS: Kool Stop LEVER: Tech 3 CABLE: Terrycable PADS: California Lite PLATE: Haro Type 2 Picture below showing as-found from original owner...
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    Judging by some of the other components, I would feel comfortable identifying as S&S 'Power Cranks'. The bottom bracket was manufactured by the rather unknown company Acura Lite. So unknown, the only time I've seen their name in print was in a '87 BMX Plus! 'Buyers Guide' w/ no other information whatsoever. This same 'Buyers Guide' also included the new 'Power Cranks' from S&S Racing.
  18. 3 points
    Recently, at the Crown Point, Indiana show, there was a “70’s Webco” complete for sale. I stopped by the sellers table many times over the course of the day, trying to find out why no one had purchased it for the very reasonable asking price. Toward the end of the show, I was examining the bike again and I noticed the chainstay had a nasty repair done to it at some point in its lifetime. We came to a deal on the price and I purchased it. I was really happy, because it had some really cool parts on it. I took the entire bike apart and went over it with nevr-dull and 0000 steel wool. I think it came out great! Some of the heavily rusted areas are pitted, so it does still show some character, but 95% of the rust is gone. The seat post was stuck. I had my LBS remove it and it turned out to be solid steel weighing in at just under 2 pounds. I used some rough steel wool hooked to a power drill to clean out the seat post tube. I was finally able to install a normal 7/8 post and ditch the cheap vinyl seat. Instead, I was able to use the Cinelli Unicanitor saddle I have (I love this seat). I added some old vinyl pads and it’s done! Since all the dated components were 1978, I’m calling this a 1978 bike. Mucho Moto 4 Minimal Moolah! Parts breakdown: FRAME: Webco Replica FORK: Ashtabula HEADSET: Schwinn STEM: Ashtabula BARS: V-Bar GRIPS: Dorcy SEAT CLAMP: Steel SEAT POST: old, chrome SADDLE: Cinelli Unicanitor PEDALS: rat trap CRANKS: Ashtabula SPROCKET: Webco 44 RIMS: UKAI steel 2.125 HUBS: ACS (f)/ Bendix high-flange black coaster (r) TIRES: Cheng Shin (f) / Carlisle Aggressor 300 (r) PADS: Vinyl snap
  19. 2 points
    There was once a young man who wanted to race the Big Mama Classic in Corona so bad that he put aside his usual meticulous builds and slapped together a bike with whatever he could find at his shop. Schwinn sprocket from his FMF days, wheel with crappy SX hub on it. He even slapped a front Tuff Wheel cause he knew Skyway's contingency program did not stipulate that he had to run BOTH wheels. P.S. This is not a tribute bike, this is a bike built to bring back memories to a good friend. Big thanks to Ken for the stand, Dan for the use of the fork. Steve for the original head tube decal, Michael for the plate and John WhoDat Brown for the front Tuff. (Apologies to the good dude who supplied the other decals. Can't remember the name.)
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    Great looking bike even as it sits... kind of a survivor vibe. I'm not a Patterson expert, but they are around. I can pretty much promise it will require patience - that's one other quality of this site - lol, people take their time on weighing in.
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    Bought a couple of British BMX magazines and found this ad. Expert size frameset which matches the bike they tested in the same issue.
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    Well did a bit of trading today for this little honey. And yes my 1st Patterson and I can’t wait to build this gem up ! I do need some patty forks but I think I have some thing this will work for now lol
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    And just need a chain now.
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    I'm getting closer, but there's still a lot more to do. Shortened and modified 'campy' cranks (approx. 155mm in length) O.M.A.S Cartridge Bearing Bottom Bracket (Alloy bearing cups & aluminum spindle) 34T Specialites T.A. Chainring. (Total combined weight): 585 grams Demco Futura X Pedals w/ modified cages and titanium spindles (Total combined weight): 212 grams SR Extra Super Light Stem w/ Titanium Hardware (O.E.M.) 192 grams Modified Dia-Compe N500 brake caliper w/ an O.M.A.S. (Titanium / Alloy) Brake Kit (Weight as shown): 100 grams
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    If you're looking for a lightweight chain, the Regina 'America' Superleggera is an awesome choice. At full length (8 speed) it weighs exactly 250 grams, the only real downside is when it comes to shortening or adapting it for BMX. There's only approx. 4-6 links provided with solid pins, so it requires carefully grinding off one side of a hollow pin and punching out the remainder of the pin without damaging the inner bushing (you will need it for reassembly once you got the chain to it's desired length). On a side note: There's also a Extra Superleggera SL that weighs 10 grams less than the incredibly costly Regina Titanio (Titanium).
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    No sir but Ive been given some good pointers from guys who have dealt with this so we will see what tomorrow brings.
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    Narler Park was a track in Long Beach CA and designed by Scot Breithaupt. It is said by many to be the first track with a separate pro section. Just a thread to see if we can shake the trees and come up with some other interesting photos or insights. Detail of the watar hazard The actual sign belongs to John Paul Oates... super OG LB'er.
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    Nice frame set . Bump for an interesting read and future post. Early 1975 Northridge model shown below.
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    The Special Mini Guide was actually in the Oct. '88 issue of BMX Plus! Here's a close-up of the Acura Lite Axles
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    That bike is sweet! That brake lever is hard to find I’ve been looking for one for awhile. Nice!
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    I think they’re Terry Cable cranks.
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    Short gusset behind seat stay, diamond rear dropouts, brake bridge and absence of weld seam on bracing between b/b and chain stays. It’s a 1978 race inc made frame.
  39. 2 points
    It looks like the repair weld is chromed. If so, it’d be done after being sold. I agree it’s for sure an old chrome job though. Besides being all rusty, etc...definitely doesn’t look like the new process at all.
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    That bike is off the chain. Little bit of humor during these rough days. Bike looks great.
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    True. I had a set years ago and tripped when I removed them and saw that angled crown. I can’t remember what happened to them now.
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    Just got this 1985 GHP Pro II with og chrome and decals. The Pro II was the long frame with a 19.5" top tube. The Pro I had the std 18.5" top tube. The late 85 frames were no longer VDC made and had a long serial stamped on the BB instead of the dropout and had these different forks which are Spinner stamped. This frame set was bought by the og owner at a race in NJ from Greg Hill out of the back of a van in 85.
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    Bored much? I'm lucky to say I'm enjoying this time to get a bunch of projects done (my wife too)! But this whole debacle got me thinking there are some people bored out of their minds. And, since this year's BMX Society Extravaganza has been postponed, I figured we could do what we do best and look back at our past to relive some of those really good memories! So here is the deal, you can access, look at and download these images and use them for non-commercial use. Basically, anything personal. Make prints (Big images only), or share on the Internet (small images only). Don't forget to throw a shout out to BMXSociety.com and MoPhoto.co ! There are two folders for each event, one with large images (print only, too big for Internet) and one with small images (Internet and e-mail only, too small to print) The file numbers are the same, so if you want to print IMG1234Small.jpg, go to the corresponding Big folder and download IMG1234Big.Jpg (may also be IMG1234.Jpg). To download click on any image, use the Download Pull Down at the top and select Original. DO NOT Select All Available Originals as it will download the entire gallery and you will curse me--you have been warned! Enjoy and be safe everyone! https://mortonphotographic.zenfolio.com/bmxsociety PW: osbmxbmxsMPSB
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    Yowsers! That's a beauty! 7x/7c combo is something you dont see too often and I dig it! That # plate is the cherry in the PK sundae! Great build Tom!
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    The BMX Society Show 2020 with Life Time Achievement Award Presentation to Bob Osborn What: BMX Society Show & Bob Osborn Lifetime Achievement Award & Symposium When: May 15th evening, Saturday May 16th 9am to 4pm Where: The Oakley facility One Icon Foothill Ranch, CA 92610 Tickets and Bike Show Registration Info Coming later in March
  47. 1 point
    You're on a roll, Tom. Another stellar build.
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    Sure...I'll get with you. Thank you Ely
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    I may as well add one of my old Red Lines into the mix. This is my old 75, serial number 800. Believed to be one of the last of that year. I sold it a while back to a RL collector.
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    Fun thread... Bill was wacky. My Dad worked for him at night for extra cash in 76 I think. He has some stories... Last time I ever talked to him was Xmas eve in the mid to late 90's. He wanted me to come paint the bottom of his sail boat on xmas day while it was out of the water. I did yacht maintenance as a side gig for years but I said no way on xmas. He got pissed and I never heard from him again. Gilbert worked for Devitt for years, Ending up at Conant where I would go in atnight and weld. He also worked for Turner when I was there in the mid 90's. He did the aluminum stuff and I did the Ti. Some day I will find the pics of the pre FMF Bastian frames. I had to use axel raiser plates because the ground clearance was LOW.