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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.
  10. Saw this picture around 2003 and thought she looks awesome on that bike! What also attracted me was her stage name Jem as she is a singer from Wales. Always thought that would be a great name if I ever got married and had a girl. 2005 finally got married but it took seven years until we finally received our "Gem/Jem" and named her Jemma. Oh, we never had to look through books of children's names as my wife loved it immediately! Jemma also loves to BMX and wants to be like Alise Post.
  11. Yes still have them and always will. Bring them to local events here in Minnesota and everyone enjoys the history of our great sport and seeing what we rode BITD.
  12. Yes a combination of both. Jack Doherty loved the name TAHOE from the Chevy S-10 "Tahoe" model back in 1982. With the company name set the love of skiing in Lake "Tahoe" was added as the Blue, Green, and White graphic. Will always remember seeing Harry Leary being elbowed in the main causing him to just miss the Chevy S-10 that ultimately Kevin McNeal won. Leary was so pissed!
  13. Here's a project I had for the last 14 years and with a little free time from my injuries and medical issues finally put this guy together. Been out for four months due to a bad mountain bike crash and prefer to show bike pictures vs. the gross ones of my face...yes I'm even more ugly now :-) 1978 Cook Bros. mini which only accepts a 20 x 1.75 front tire. Haven't seen too many of these around including the original finish dark blue gen 1 ARAYA stamped 7b's. VEHICLE Frame - Cook Bros. Mini Fork - Cook Bros. mini (rare) Stem - 1st generation Cook Bros. Bars - Cook Bros. mini Grips - NOS original Oakley I's Brake lever - NOS Dia-Compe pre-bent with cover Brake cable - NOS Schwinn Caliper - NOS Weinman Brake pads - Weinman Headset - NOS Tange Hubs - 1st generation Cook Bros. Freewheel - Suntour Spokes - Double butted Nipples - Brass Rims - Araya 7b with rare original dark blue finish Front Tire - NOS Cheng Shin 20 x 1.75 Rear Tire - NOS Cheng Shin 20 x 1.75 Chain ring - Shimano Chain - Schwinn Spider bolts - Shimano Cranks - Shimano Dura Ace Bottom Bracket - Cook Bros. Pedals - Bob Reedy Seat - 1974 Raleigh Grand Prix Seat post clamp - Cook Bros. Valve caps - Chrome steel Pad set - 1st generation Cook Bros. pad set Plate - Cook Bros. NBA
  14. Is this Rianna BITD? Shannen Doherty
  15. Haven't seen a picture of Farrah riding the BX-200 but guess she had as she did skateboarding then too!
  16. That's too bad to hear and hope he has a speedy recovery!
  17. I hear ya Dennis on racin' in jeans, especially bell bottoms. Had a few go in the chain to make an interesting experience trying to stay upright on the bike. 1978 Santa Ana Elks track
  18. Remembered a recent poll about what kind of leathers we liked BITD and didn't see a "Leather's" post so curious what brands and styles you wore and/or liked?