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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.
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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.
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    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
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    In May, 2019, I picked up this incredibly beautiful original finish 1979 Standard Long. According to the certificate, it was originally sold to a shop in California near the Nevada border. That shop is still in business today. I contacted them to verify that they were the same shop as identified on the JMC Certificate. While the owner couldn't verify specifically that he sold the bike, he did confirm that they have been in business since the 1970's and did sell BMX in the late 70's era. Over the decades, the frame ended up on the east coast and was eventually paired up with the bladed forks for a perfect color and condition match. The blue is vibrant with only minimal wear throughout the frameset. The rear dropouts do show some chipping, but nothing that detracts from the overall condition. It's in incredible condition for a 40+ year old frameset. Some may remember that I built a red JMC back in 2009. I always kind of regretted selling. So, eleven years have passed between the two bikes, and incredibly, they are only 39 frames apart. Red = JMC1191 Blue = JMC1230 The red JMC weighed heaviIy on my mind. I loved that bike and I knew that some components would be similar. I wanted to look for super-clean, used examples of all components to compliment the condition of the frame. I changed my mind many times over the past year regarding the parts I wanted to use, but this is what appeals most to me. I'm very happy with it. BY THE WAY: I would be extremely happy to find two (or even ONE) JMC Racing down tube decals that are not rub-ons. If anyone has a set of white on clear mylar originals (or even Jim's older reissues from 10+ years ago), please contact me. Identical to the fork leg decals. PART LIST: FRAME - JMC1230 Large Airfoil FORK - JMC bladed HEADSET - Tange MX HANDLEBARS - Redline Proline STEM - Redline GRIPS - Oakley 2 CRANKS - Campagnolo BOTTOM BRACKET - Cook Brothers PEDALS - Bob Reedy CHAIN - HKK Smoker SEAT CLAMP - Excaliber SEAT POST - Fluted SEAT - Elina Super-Pro HUBS - Campy (Paramount drilled) AXLES, NUTS,LOCK NUTS - Campy FREEWHEEL - Suntour 17T RIMS - 7B / 7C TIRES - Carlisle Aggressor MX / Cycle Pro Snakebelly BRAKE CALIPER - Shimano Tourney BRAKE PADS - Mathauser BRAKE LEVER - Dia-Compe Gold Dot PADS - Vinyl snap PLATE - Hunt Wilde rectangle (same plate from 2009)
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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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    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.
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    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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    Wow...the suspense that was building! “Is he going to able get the post out or not...?” I just didn’t know. Lol. I’m glad you were able to get it out. It gives me hope that just about any post can get removed without damaging the frame.
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    Aaaaah, some good news! Thank you Brian! Stoked for you!
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    good stuff... I love Phil stuff... not sure why, it's super simple and a spider is a spider, but the hubs are total butter and I always ran them as a did too. Some hate on them... I've never had any trouble with any of mine over the last 40 years.
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    Well this is a perfect thread. I was lookin for info on the stuff and behold I find 4 pages of it !! So I Picked up the Hubs over the summer in England at the MK19 show and just won the spider on FB for $20 lol
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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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    Ouch! That really sucks. I’m sure you’ll get it all squared away. Good luck
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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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    Forks have quite the rake but dont look bent.
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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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    What did you pour down the seat tube? Did you let it soak over night? Is there a hole in top of the bottom bracket to pour up with the frame upside down?
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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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    i think Cook bros forks would be cool on it
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    Yes SE didn't offer ANY complete bikes until mid 1982. You bought a frame you wanted and a fork you wanted. Every piece seperate was the ONLY way you could buy SE stuff from 78-82. These 81 OM Flyer forks are absoluteky "correct" for this frame. Prodyne never offered forks.
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    Could a person buy a LG fork separate bitd ? Just out of curiosity. Not saying it would be wrong to use them, I think it’s good to use what you like. That’s how it’s done on race bikes.
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    Ya I agree. Got these for it.
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    Wow! Very nice Brian. Congrats on the pickup! I noticed the forks immediately in the first picture...but im no expert, so I hope they are NOT bent. Really really cool. Looking forward to progress pictures.
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    You're doing the best thing. Things are just too fluid at this point. Best to just wait for things to settle down.
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    What he said! It could actually be 78 or 79 but yes.......
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    Yeah. Terrycable Power Cranks was my first thought as well.
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    Whoa, those came out really nice. Is that paint or powder.
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    Sure...I'll get with you. Thank you Ely
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    Nice save Tom, looks great.
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    Man that was me standing next to you when you got and dam !! Looks fantastic! And I still don’t know how I missed it THE TABLE NEXT TO ME !! Lol
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    Diamond in the rough. That came out great looking.
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    Thanks Craig. I couldn’t pass it up after we agreed to a price that was way less than he had it marked for. I figured I couldn’t lose with the stem, cranks, forks and wheels.
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    One of the old RRS ads called the 24" the "Un-Cruiser" and that tagline comes to mind when I'm out riding mine all over the place like a new school MTB... There is some kind of Mojo or something with this bike that makes me want to ride it all the time. All the parts work as a whole and the bike is just perfect for me as a rider. I'm really picky about the mechanical details and this bike is dead-nuts dialed in and smooth as silk. It just has "it" for me. I put some real Reedy pedals with fake Helix cages on it for riding and replaced the DiaCompe seatclamp with a Powerlite PL1; otherwise, it's been unchanged since I built it a couple years ago. I've been trying to teach myself to take "Photographs" rather than "pitchers" so I carry my camera stuff whenever I'm out riding the RRS around all the little Sea Islands we have here in coastal South Carolina. I still have no idea what I'm doing photography-wise, but I sure as hell love my RRS! Photography tips and critiques are certainly welcome!
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    Damn man, I am weighing the pros and cons of a trip to Corona-fornia pretty hard right now.
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    It always puts a smile on my face when I come across this thread, thanks Mel! Great memories indeed! Best to you as always, Wayne
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    The blue one the frame and fork is amazing! Thanks guys. I really enjoying building these again! Loving it!