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  1. Great pic. Reminds me of the time I was attempting something similar in my basement. My head hit the ceiling pretty hard. That’s not even the punch line, I was 39 years old at the time! Doh!
  2. I know this is nitpicking and beside the point but wouldn’t NOS, fake or not, have been painted? Pretty sure SE wasn’t selling raw frames to anybody, so a raw New Old Stock listing should be a huge red flag for anyone. Totally beside the point I know, but that’s what stuck out to me.
  3. Thanks Steve! If you’re ever in Des Moines I’d love to take you for a spin on one. Avatar fixed!
  4. A$AP Ferg and his signature Redline.
  5. A few months ago I was talking with Kerry and he asked if I knew of a good place to sell his Firemans Texas Cruzer 29er. I thought of a couple places, then came to my senses and said "sell it to me!" What I was going for is a retro BMX/Klunker single speed for hitting this really sweet section of downhill single track near me. That and something cool for cruising my little 5 mile loop in the evenings after the kids are in bed. I decided to mix it up a bit and combine some SE styling with the FM frame. It's kinda based on an OM to begin with. I was going for something between an OM Flyer, a Klunker mtb, with a Prodyne color combo. This thing is a blast. It tears up the single track like nobody's business. Also, it's a crazy wheelie machine. Frame: Firemans Texas Cruzer 29 Fork: S&M Pounding Beer Headset: Cane Creek 110 Stem: S&M Bars: S&M Husky 4spd Brake: Paul Seat post: Thomson Seat post clamp: S&M Seat: Brooks C17 carved Cranks, bottom bracket, spider, chainwheel: Profile Chainring bolts: Wolftooth Chain: KMC Hubs: Onyx Rims: Velocity Cliffhanger Tires: Felt (Duro) Retro Knobby Pedals: Crupi Pro Round (I've had these since 2005, they tore my shin open years ago so I've held onto them because of the giant scar they gave me) Last pic is the family shot. My old Firemans Texas Cruzer 26 (black with gold) that is now a 3 speed, my wife's Firemans 26 3 speed, and the new guy.
  6. $5000 bike with $2.00 seat guts, and on backwards as TrulyOdd pointed out. The ad copy is hilarious: Dior Homme has teamed up with French specialist BMX manufacturer Bogarde once again to create a limited run of ultra-luxe gold BMX bikes. This is the second collaboration between the French fashion label and Bogarde. The bike merges the technical skill of the cycle specialist with the Dior Homme aesthetic and references the house’s gold capsule collection. The gold BMX features an eye-catching shiny gold metal finish with supple calfskin detailing, while the Dior logo and Bee appear on the brakes and frame of the design. Dior Homme and Bogarde are dropping a run of 100 numbered bikes today, Friday, April 20. So if you’re in the market for an incredibly bougie, gold, limited edition bike, look no further than this collaborative BMX. Retail is set at $5,425. I find it impossible to believe they actually made 100 of these.
  7. 2017 Azusa XV 26" Made to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Azusa retro project, only 15 of these 26" frame sets were made, fabricated by Greg Melms. This one is serial number 007. F/F: 2017 Azusa XV 26 Bars: Bennett Stem: ESP Headset: Phil Wood Hubs: Onyx Rims: Velocity Cliffhanger Tires: GT LP-5 Bottom bracket and spindle: Profile Chainwheel: Profile Cranks: Hutch Aerospeed Pedals: Straitline AMP Chain: KMC X1 Post: Gary Turner Seat guts: Bennett Seat: Brooks C17 carved Grips: Oury DH Brake and lever: Paul
  8. Such a rad bike and what an amazing story! This bike is completely bananas on its own, but the back story makes it 10x more special. I totally get the not wanting to ask thing. My most prized worldly possession, after I paid the original owner for it, I mentioned that I’d thought of contacting him previously to see if he wanted to sell, to which his response was something along the lines of “haha, don’t ask, don’t get.”
  9. Cool stuff. I guess nobody cared about top tube length in the day? Seems like the only dimension people care about these days.
  10. This looks very interesting... Diggin into some research, I think I’ll try it. It’s amazing. Just get a plastic bin with a lid that will seal (so the stuff lasts longer) and a clean rag. Throw your parts in over night, wipe them off with the rag the next day (sometimes it only takes a few hours), and blow out any tubes/complicated bits with compressed air and you’re done. At the shop I work at I restore vintage Schwinns frequently, this stuff is the best. No elbow grease or tools besides a rag required. Also, totally environmentally friendly.
  11. Yes, new from new Hutch. They fit a Profile spindle and are in the shape of Aerospeeds, basically exactly what Kappa did a decade ago.
  12. It’s smooth as silk. Even assembly was smooth, it went together effortlessly. Those hubs are made by Onyx in Minnesota. I’m sure that front will need cleaning now and then. I’m hoping at high speed it starts sounding like a flute or something. I’ve been wanting to get a set of Onyx hubs for a few years now, never had a project worthy. A few years back a friend showed me his set he’s got on his S&M cruiser, they’re the smoothest hubs I’ve ever seen. Ever. No exaggeration, the rear hub spins as well and as long as any front hub, it makes no noise, I don’t think the pawls touch when it’s coasting. They’re insane, I always thought Campy were the smoothest, then my buddy showed me these. Seat is a Brooks C17 carved. Feels great and looks good.
  13. You kids and your slammed seats! Seriously though, the top tube is slopes real low, my knees are getting old and most of my rides are a minimum of 5 miles. Not many radical moves being pulled on my bikes, except long wheelies, which the tall post helps with.
  14. This is a 2017 Azusa Racing XV 26. Made to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Azusa retro project, only 15 f/f sets were made. This one is serial number 007. These were welded by Greg Melms. I’ve wanted a Melms frame since I first saw one online years ago, I miss my JMC 24, I want a Prodyne terribly, and I love retro bikes, so when I found out about this project (almost a year after it was announced and all sets were spoken for) I had to have one. Here’s the parts rundown: Bars: Bennett Stem: ESP Headset: Phil Wood Hubs: Onyx Rims: Velocity Cliffhanger Tires: GT Bottom bracket and spindle: Profile Chainwheel: Profile Cranks: Hutch Aerospeed Pedals: Straitline AMP Chain: KMC X1 Post: Gary Turner Seat guts: Bennett Seat: Brooks C17 Grips: Oury DH Brake and lever: Paul
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