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  1. That hub modification was detailed in a 1979 issue of BMXA. The article claimed you could remove up to 4 ounces of weight from the hub shell, but (although I do not have a picture of the BEFORE weight) the hub shown was only reduced by just under 3 ounces. As the BMXA tip suggests....try to work out a trade with a person who has access to a metal lathe....which I did. Fortunately he was a super cool guy. It only cost me a 6-pack of Squirt and a 1lb bag of beef jerky. lol He did a terrific job....but it took him a while. He could only work on it in his spare time when he wasn't busy at work.
  2. So, the seat post clamp is a very nice piece that I received from Rick G many years ago. Actually, I am reusing it! It made an appearance on a DG Skibel I had back in ‘08 or ‘09...
  3. Something else I was wondering about along the way.... The Cheng Shin tires I have look to be identical tread to Dan Gurney branded tires. I know the Cheng Shin's went through some subtle tread changes over the years, so it seems I lucked out on this small detail. I still do not know how to decode C-183's, but the set I have on the bike are C-183A-1. I've seen the last letter and number grow with on other tires, so maybe ….A-1 is super early? Can anyone shed any light on this? I can post clear pics of the tires I have later tonight if that helps...
  4. I ended up finding that hub in the back yard! Actually, my dads back yard. He has LOTS of old balloon tire Schwinns and a few of them are returning to Earth...FAST! So I asked him if I could take the hubs off two of the worst bikes. One was a replacement for my favorite neighborhood cruiser...the other one, more pitted, was a perfect candidate for the lathe. I know that BMXA told its readers "you can remove 4 ounces" or something crazy like that....but I only had the one hub, and I didn't want to push it too far. I didn't take a picture of the before weight, but I believe it was about 2.7-3 ounces removed. The damn thing still weighed in at 2lbs (packed with new grease).
  5. First new project from me since 2010! This project came about during a random conversation with Dan Goins back in early July of this year. He sent me pictures of this frame and a different Redline fork. It looked fantastic and I was immediately interested. We came to an agreement and the search for cool-looking parts was on.... I really like the way everything turned out. I saw the morning fog yesterday, and I sprung into action....there are NOT many good photo opportunities in Michigan in late November. I hope everyone gets a kick out of it. Nearly 10 years in the making.... FRAME: Dan Gurney Eagle looptail with Cook Brothers gussets FORK: Redline nickel HEADSET: Schwinn STEM: Schwinn HANDLEBARS: Dan Gurney GRIPS: O.G.K. PLATE: old motorcross SEAT CLAMP: 70's SR road stem cut off SEAT POST: solid aluminum SEAT: Selle Italia Grand-Prix CRANKS & BB: Schwinn PEDALS: KKT SPROCKET: Three Arrows CHAIN: Union FRONT HUB: ACS REAR HUB: Bendix Red Band turned down RIMS: Weinmann 2.125 TIRES: Cheng Shin PADS: Vinyl snap
  6. Did anyone grab screenshots of the $6,400.00 G-Boy sale (August or September)?
  7. As for you, Brian...you've always been one of the guys who seemed so 'immersed' in the scene. I sure hope you never get out totally. You're a good person whose knowledge I've always respected.
  8. I can chime in here. I stepped way back in about 2012. Sold 95% of my parts and all but two old school completes. Very similar to Brian...I sort of shifted hobbies. I got back into baseball card collecting with the goal of completing some of the sets I never finished as a kid (I still have all my old cards). Again...similar to BMX and most every hobby, I got burned on the last two high dollar cards I needed to complete a set. I spent a lot of money after taking a lot of time to research the seller, the card, etc....and still got burned TWICE with "altered" cards. I was fortunate to get my money back, but it completely popped my balloon. I was so mad and embarrassed to get taken two times. I remember thinking, "Fuck this! I'm going back to bikes...bikes are more fun anyway". So, in May of 2019, I jumped back in the BMX pool. The prices of things SUCK compared to 10-15 years ago, but the fun and excitement of trying to track down just the right parts is most definitely still there. In 2012, I felt burnt. In 2019, I feel great! Happy to be back and eager to re-learn everything I have forgotten.
  9. Thats crazy! What a terrific gesture!
  10. Jason! Ava is 15 now. A sophomore in high school! She's driving (on her learners permit). It's crazy! So cool to hear from you.
  11. Yes. Overspray. Not sure what to do there? Leave the pedals/cranks as-is? Or clean them (remove overspray). I like the idea of leaving it. If I cleaned it...it would simply be for something to do. The bike has been totally disassembled. I'm working today, but I plan to repack everything, true the wheels, and reassemble. Thoughts on swapping out the tires and grips for era correct?
  12. When I raced BMX, we were living in a very small town in southeast, lower Michigan. I had a close group of friends and we all shared the same love of the sport. We raced regularly. Always locally, but we did it regularly. From 1980-1984 bikes were how we filled our days. Riding, jumping, racing, doing tricks...our bikes took us everywhere. We rode to school nearly every day (2.5 miles each way) - even in winter. As time moved on and we reached the age of driving, the bikes were used less and less. I was the first one, regrettably, who sold my last childhood bike. 1982 Hutch Pro Racer sold for $125 in my parents yard sale in the Summer of 1984 to raise money to buy my first car (which I do still own). But when I rediscovered BMX and collecting, it always bothered me that I had sold my bike, especially having been born and raised by 'saver' and 'collector' type parents.. Years pass...decades pass...until September of this year. In a passing conversation with one of my old friends, he mentions that he is willing to sell his bike, which, ironically enough, is also a 1982 Hutch pro Racer. I asked for pictures. He sent them. It was like looking into 1982. We worked out a price. He was happy and I am happy. I own a 1982 Pro Racer again. A Pro Racer I actually rode in 1982. It's not MY original bike, but it's the closest I will ever come to it... Nothing on the bike is dated past 1982 other than the obvious - tires and grips. Hutch f/f CW Pro bars Ame Tri's (not bubble font) Pro Neck stem Beartrap 2 headset Tech 2 Lever MX1000 caliper (April 1982) Viscount seat Post??? Generic, I believe - and bent) Tuf Neck seat clamp Dura Ace cranks (175, October 1979) Shimano DX pedals (February, 1981) Araya 7X Sunshine Gyromaster hubs (December, 1981) Zeronine Airflow plate Knock off Comp 3 tread tires
  13. Awesome. I love the dark blue...and those pads! Get some links out of that chain!
  14. It’s all very exciting news. And it sounds like it is all GOOD news too! Like everyone, I am surprised. I wasn’t sure what was happening, but didn’t want to seem nosy by sniffing around in your business. I hope you and your wife flourish in the new location. As usual, the things you are doing sound intriguing, and I look forward to seeing and hearing more about it all. Congratulations to you Steve!
  15. Both are KKT K-MX. Are the top spindles incorrect? Or correct...but just a different year/style?
  16. Cool....I would love to go there one day. I imagine it to be a total blast. Nice pictures.
  17. These magazine scans are incredibly valuable. I find myself referring to the scans multiple times per week.
  18. Ok, thanks. I've decided to limit the number of bike groups I'm joining on there. It can become too much, too fast. I actually need to prune a few more that I rarely visit. Regarding the way this person is interacting with Jeff....that's a real bummer.
  19. Where are you guys reading these posts? I keep stumbling across references to him and his interactions, but I have no idea where this is happening. I am assuming it is happening within a FB group?
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