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  1. Here are some more from the JT vault
  2. In regards to the HUTCH grips, I think Oakley did it right by putting the Year produced on the grip. The HUTCH grips are basically identical except for the "BMX" lettering, gloss finish, and a tad softer...who's going to remember those details? I guess what it boils down to is if you want to buy something you need to do all this research to determine if it is OS or reproduced. Anything reproduced put a year date stamp on it and there ya go! For example, Profile re-released their Box crank set in 2008. When researching these today noticed there was no mention of these being serial numbered or limited quantity as when they first came out in 2008 yet a variety of outlets still sell them, PlanetBMX, J&R, Americancycle, AceBMX. Are these actually unique? Are these companies sitting on these because they didn't sell back in 2008? Honestly I couldn't remember the year these were "re-released" but if they put the date on them...BAM! The "repop" Gyrolites have nine holes vs. eight, could have stayed eight but with a year stamp. Honestly I didn't know they re-pop'd these until I clicked the Old School link on the Profile site.
  3. The thread is called, For the love of OG Torkers. Prior to November 1984 would consider that "OG." Post Johnson family Torker, TIOGA, Seattle Bike Supply (SBS), etc. is the "Torker" name being used but not OG. I believe there is a "Torker 2" Facebook group that can discuss the post Johnson Torker era.
  4. Will admit being a father four years ago took much of my time away but always paid my support and contributed when I could. Now that our daughter is old enough to understand about different bikes and interested in taking all of the frame/forks then matching them up with their era correct parts...that's awesome. In the last 18 months we built seven bikes together and she's hands on! Our daughter tried riding at a BMX track for the first time and loved it! Looks like we'll be attending her first race in the near future. Started in 1974 and never stopped riding or collecting BMX items all these years. Though I may not be as social as others I will always be a part of BMX in some way until I die. Wish more were online here and just like BMX racing in the 80's, there became other "choices" to pull riders from being into BMX...damn Internet evolution
  5. 1985 the newly designed Haro Master was released and had to retire my 1982 Haro Freestyler. The forks had bolt on standers and the rear had built-in standers. This Master traveled everywhere and took a ton of abuse until getting sponsored by General in 1987. Well that frame and fork has been sitting idle for 29 years until Haro Bikes decided to create a Retro version of the 1985 Master. Thought it would be great to build a new school flatland bike like how I ran it back in 1985 with the black mags and white wall tires. Even found one of the 1985 Motives kids T-shirts I never sold from my JTFreestyle shop BITD for our JT to wear
  6. Last year our little JT, Jemma (3), helped me put Tommy Brackens actual 1984 Torker Pro-x together, she had a blast. This year she asked about all the frames that are displayed if they will be "bikes?" We decided to pick some more Torkers as it is fitting my nick name was/is The Torker Kid. At four she understands which tools are needed for what and by their names! Talk about an expert at pumping up tires too! Ultimately it's teaching her that a "girl" can be mechanical and she enjoys it! Here's the Torker Big Bike which in 1978 had it's name changed from the Torker MX. The frame features the proper head tube diameter and rear facing drop outs like the Low Profile frames vs. the forward facing pressed drop outs on the MX. With the introduction of the Long LPX the Big Bike was discontinued by 1980. 1981 Torker introduced their first cruiser as 26" was the standard. By 1982 the new standard became the 24" The Torker 24" was a success by 1983 morphed into the Torker 340. We went with the classic Black/Gold/Chrome finishes as the Campagnolo BMX hubs and cranks were a great option then.
  7. Torker changed the name of the Torker MX to Big Bike in 1978 with rear facing drop outs. With the new Low Profile frames in "long" versions caused the Big Bike to be discontinued by 1980
  8. This was previously owned by David Clinton and given to him by Linn Kastan
  9. Perusing the Internets and yes Oakley's are now being reproduced from our friends down under. The fun of the "hunt" is gone and truly being completely Vintage except for a small family of us trying to keep it real. Hope these dudes selling fakes are reported and possibly have Oakley step in to curb it with them being such a large company.
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