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Everything posted by Curt

  1. I was into Motocross as well as BMX in 76 so I was a fan on both fronts. That red FMF bicycle is looking good and done right!
  2. That is a stem I do not recall ever seeing. Interesting design as well.
  3. I saw those in person at the Beavers shop (not sure if that exact set but maybe as several riders had those other than Stu, Encinas comes to mind) Of note the spindle has off set crank attachment points. The purpose was that you could change the crank length by rotating the crank arms on the spindle. That of course did not make it to production. There was also a BMX specific pedal that was very similar to the AX road bike pedal that was under development at the same time.
  4. I keep coming back to this two wheeled goodness!
  5. After a 25 mile ride this bike and the comments are just right.
  6. Early mountain bike right there, I dig it, very cool! As for location, was that at Big Bear Lake?
  7. Those are good looking bikes which is no surprise considering the owner. Since I know nothing of Navajo, a question: Are the frames any relation to Patteson? The head tube and rear triangle appear Patterson like.
  8. I dig all these shirts. They were in the moment when made. Several stand outs: The 1985 GT World tour freestyle shirt only cause I had the same one and I wore it out. The 1986 BDS show shirt way cool. The early War of the Stars shirts cause War of the Stars. Keep em coming!
  9. That gold Race Inc / Cycle Pro Spoiler along with that purple Redline (and countless others) makes this one of my favorite threads.
  10. Brian, you just made my Friday a little better.
  11. No worries re the comment. What is funny is that on other thread I made comments about that 2nd STR so I did at one time know something about that 2nd STR. The 2nd STR thread is a neat story and a frame that appears to be the real deal. Note to self: Working too much.
  12. Re the under the bottem bracket STR-1: I was not aware of the 2nd one found. What is the story with that? Because from a quick glance it looks quite a bit different from the known prototype STR 1. I have one of the early (serial number less than 00150) prodution STR-1 downtubes not under the bottem bracket. I got mine in either late 79 ( November 79) or no later than Feb 1980. I purchased it as an STR-1 from Beavers AKA McConnell Racing Pro Service) a shop that was especially tight at that time with SE including Scot, Stu, PK and Rod not to mention others. So far my prior research has narrowed it to a that window+/-. I may be able to narrow it further with added looking at my 40+/- year old records. My only point is that before Stu went to Redline, the multi angle frames as shown were actively marketed (see some of the attached data and Wes BMX and other catalogus) as STR-1. This of course includes the frame(s) that Stu rode (Proof of concept/prototype) but also the first batch (#00001 to 00150+/-) of frames released to the public. Stay tuned. I will add that I am not trying to be combative with Steve Brothers, only to add my view of such history. For the record I am a fan of what Steve does and writes about.
  13. That bike is first class! But I have to ask, why do your electrical wall outlets have the ground at the top? I have heard that in some regions of the country it is a local code requirement.
  14. Lucky, remember this: All things are only original once. If this bike and the parts have some form of orignal finishes I would say to leave em as is, save a good clean up. If on the other hand the finishes are toast, re finisih and restore as needed. I await the results.
  15. I had both images on my bedroom wall and I think I still have them somewhere. Stu on the STR classic image of course. I especially liked the racing shot. Stu for a brief minute with a Beavers (my LBS) co sponsor patch which happened late in 79 right before Redline. I thnk Sewell on the Jag and of course Nachman on the goose bringing it on hard.
  16. Brian, That is a good looking bike. In the mid 80s I had a friend who had a chrome version of that frame. At the time I was racing 24s and that JMC 20 fit me just right which I did not expect. Yours is a very clean example, no surprise.
  17. My quick review and notes as follows: Yamaha Moto bike forks (I think) with upper crown mods and very cool fork leg FMF stickers. XR75 front fender, with very cool mini truck sticker. Rear shocks from a mid 70s 125 motocrosser, possibly BOGE shocks. Homemade chain tensioner (maybe not, it does have aircraft lock nuts). Oakley grips on ready to crack aluminum bars is perfect. Well used overall 70s look is just right. Oh and those motomags, why not?
  18. Victor Vicente of American (VVA) was a name change for one Micheal Hiltner. Hiltner was a member of the 1960 and 64 US olympic cycling team, One of the first Americans to try the grand tours of europe. Held the record for the Race Across America befoer there was such a thing, and without much crew support. He also was one of the inventors of the modern Mountain Bike, of which I can say I was able to see and ride back in 79. Also was inducted into the Cycling Hall of Fame.
  19. Great looking bike! Campy records are the cherry on top!
  20. I like them. I have no issue with modern bikes reissue/retro or otherwise. It is after all still a bike.
  21. Richard Vogt makes some note worthy observations. I think the answer is "Yes" re the frame being able to accept a motorcycle fork. But of course I am not the person to ask.
  22. Really cool before and after images and work to get to the after images, which is first class. A few details that make it extra nice: The original bike shop sticker, how nice the crank and sprocket look and of course the nickle on the frame. It is only original once.