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  1. 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?
  2. 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
  3. Awesome. I love the dark blue...and those pads! Get some links out of that chain!
  4. 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!
  5. Both are KKT K-MX. Are the top spindles incorrect? Or correct...but just a different year/style?
  6. Cool....I would love to go there one day. I imagine it to be a total blast. Nice pictures.
  7. These magazine scans are incredibly valuable. I find myself referring to the scans multiple times per week.
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. I'm picking around in here this morning. Everything looks good. I like the updates.
  11. Nice! That color was only offered the first year...1975. I had one nearly identical. Very cool.
  12. This is a terrific posting. I love the bike pics, but also very nice to see the people and 'things'.
  13. I'm not gone Brian! And while I have not been active in the hobby, I still think about bikes, look at bikes and dream of bikes. There are times I want to start a new project. There are times I don't. There are times I have money to burn. There are times I'm glad I didn't burn it. Thanks to Rick, I noticed a link to this thread on FB last night so I thought I would come to the site and post a personal update....nearly 10 years later: Life is different for me in 2017. Back when this thread was started, our daughter was just 4 years old, I was working at a job I hated, and my wife was working long hours. I had time. I was all in for collecting, Ebay, shows, parties, whatever. It was my great escape. I was extremely excited to be flying out to the '08 Society gathering in just two short months. I couldn't get enough of the hobby I enjoyed. BUT...from early on, I have also often said, "I'm not going to be buried with this stuff. Eventually, everything will be sold". I would say that I took a conscious step back from collecting in about 2012. My daughter was now eight, I had a new found excitement for my career of choice by quitting the old job and finding one that I love to this day. I sold most of my bikes. I only have two BMX bikes left: '84 Race Tech and '81 Minigoose I built for my daughter. I sold the bikes to raise money to do other things - point blank. The funds from the sales have helped our family bond and grow, so in my eyes, selling the bikes was a wise choice. Now, in 2017, nearly 10 years after this thread was posted I have a daughter who will be entering high school next year, a job I love, a wife who is not gone as much for work. They are my focus. They are my passion and hobby. I get ONE opportunity to raise a child, so I can never go back to the amount of time I was spending on searching for bike parts. Having said that, I still look for bikes/parts quite often. Garage sales, thrift stores, CL. I would like one more project to just pick at on the side of everything else. But to be honest, I have been away for such a long time that I would be worried about getting ripped of all over again by fake/reissue/reproduction stuff. How is that for irony? Talk about coming full circle. So, yea, I'm still out here in the world. Still love bikes and parts. Still dream of one more project. And I have a crazy amount of respect for the guys who have weathered the past decade better than I have. I love the fact that I still see some of you posting up new bikes! Now: Who has a pre-serial Pro Racer frame/fork/bars combo they might consider parting with?
  14. Happy for you Rick! Great bike! I was always interested in these. Always loved the forks.
  15. Thanks Dennis. Love the pictures and description. Big smiles everywhere.
  16. I like every piece of this bike. I admit, I do not know much about the AX cranks, but they seem to be right at home.I think Dura Ace components are timeless.
  17. Love it all! I had a 75 Scrambler at one point in time as well. That color, called Sunset Orange, was only offered for one year - 1975. That Mongoose w/ those forks = incredibly cool.
  18. Sad news. Wishing the very best for his family and all those close to him. I would like to repost a picture I took of Scot with Bob Osborne, but I could not locate it this morning. I will try to follow up this evening from home.
  19. I talked to my brother about this last night. Both Aaron and I knew Deanna from back in the early 80's as we raced locally in Michigan. She was fast! She was always winning. Maybe 6-7 years ago, we ran into each other again (bike show) and got reaquainted. She told me she wanted to meet up again and share all her old pictures with me. We met up (at yet another show) and she took the time to sit with me and go over tons of old pictures. Great memories recounted in wonderful detail. She was a terrific woman. Very nice. Very competitive. Always smiling. Always fast. Always winning. That's how I will remember Deanna.
  20. Memories I will always carry with me.
  21. All I want (at the moment) is a damn number plate. Haro 1B red w/ black lettering. Not the 'newly released' ones....an original. Yea, I sold a ton of stuff over the past few years. I still have at least a dozen bikes in my basement, but only 2 completes and a frame are BMX. Others are new school, or vintage mountain bikes or old Schwinns. I sold because shit needed to get paid and relatives needed help. No regrets. Ever.