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MelvinsArmy last won the day on November 13 2019

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  1. Missing the warmer weather and my evening loops on the cruiser. In the meantime, waiting for real winter to arrive so I can put some miles on the new fat bike! I’m spoiled by the sweet single track a block from my house.
  2. The chainring is almost as big as the back wheel! I love RRS, they were so far ahead of their time. However, I can see how the 20/16 never caught on.
  3. New Old Stem. I collect certificates, so this is right up my alley.
  4. I never collected at the level most people posting in this thread do/did. But I did collect. I stopped collecting or even hunting vintage bmx a few years back. I still love it. Still love to see other people's bikes. Still love it when a classic rolls into the shop. But I just don't have the interest in chasing stuff any more. I never got burned out by the hobby, although the newer crop of collectors didn't help keep me interested. I really like retro bmx cruisers, I've got 4 and my wife has one too. I don't have the little voice in my head saying "don't fuck this bike up" when I ride it. Also, the proportions make me feel like I'm an 11 year old again on a 20". That's what I'm after. The feeling. Everything else is trinkets and trivia. I got way too caught up in that. It's actually a bit of a relief to have forgotten the exact specs of each bike in the 1987 GT freestyle catalog. I've moved on, at least as a collector. Still 100% enthusiast though. As for switching hobbies... I have a bit of a guitar problem. Vintage bmx is a cheaper hobby, maybe I should try to switch back.
  5. No problem. It’s on page 7 of the catalog. The one in the catalog is black, the bike was offered in several colors.
  6. 1988 was the first year the Vertigo was made. Until then, the Performer was the entry level GT, then they introduced the Vertigo. It was Vertigo, Performer, Pro Performer, Pro Freestyle Tour and the top of the line Pro Freestyle Tour Team Model. Vertigo had the same frame as the Performer, made in Taiwan I believe. Memory fades, but I think the front triangle is 4130 and rear stays are Hi-Ten. This is a sweet bike that is in incredible condition. Just looks a bit dirty. As for value, I honestly have no clue. I used to watch mid-late 80s GT freestyle prices like a hawk, but haven't for years. All I know is that this era has gone up a lot in recent years. I'd do a completed auction listing on ebay. Please do not part it out, that bike is a time capsule. Here's a 1988 GT catalog. https://issuu.com/pharv85/docs/gt_1988
  7. Joe Kid on a Stingray riding all thru the Soundgarden video.
  8. Send it to me. As a former professional art handler, I will evaluate your packing job. If I find it up to snuff, I'll let you know that it is safe to leave all of the other bikes in their boxes for long term storage. If the pack job does not pass, I will ask you to unpack the other bikes immediately, and I will hold on to the GT to make sure it is never improperly packed again. Actually, either way I'll hold on to the bike, because awesome bikes do not belong in boxes!
  9. That bike is all kinds of rad! I'd be super stoked to come across something like that. The Hank and Frank decal is like the sprinkles on top of the icing on top of the cake! Lucky squirrel!
  10. One of my all time favorite bmx shots. I've got a shirt with a line drawing of this image on it.
  11. Rad! This sounds great. Usually it's impossible to decipher tone in online discussions, but this post sounds like it was made by a happy and relaxed person. I know when I made the big move from NYC to Des Moines, my whole outlook changed. Things were really put in perspective when spring broke and I walked out my back door and stopped for a little bunny running across my stoop, in Brooklyn that was always a rat. Super stoked for you! Looks like you've got some good new riding spots too.
  12. The first figure is a vintage motorcycle action figure, I had him as a kid. Can't remember what bike he had, I feel like it was green? Repackaged in a new card obviously here. Those little hand painted bmx dudes are nice. The perfectionist and painter in me thinks maybe the maker should have made some decals for those logos though. Cylons. Reminds me of some of the Sucklord figures. Okay, I feel like I'm hating a bit now. Honestly though, I want to steal this rad idea and do my own. Those figures have to be about the same scale as those replica bmx bikes that were the rage a couple years back. Combo packs!
  13. Wow, that's interesting! We got a FIT Twenty Two in at our shop recently. It's incredible. I long ago kind of swore off 20" bikes, it's been cruisers only for me for quite a while. I built a Sunday 24 and test rode it, it was fun, then immediately after built and rode the Twenty Two. It was amazing, way more comfortable than even the 24. I can't quite explain it, but that thing just feels great. It's stretched out in all the right spots, they really nailed it. Almost makes me want to get a 22.
  14. Very real news. Prices on all kinds of bike parts have gone up. I believe it was the head of Giant that said as soon as the tariff talk started, they started looking for other countries to move their factories to. From what I have heard, most of the big companies have already made their move and are either on their way out or about to be completely out of China. We had to wait on a special order Diamondback mtb because mid-year Diamondback relocated their factory out of China. Let's start a trade war with China. As good an idea as dropping a nuke into a hurricane. Buying Greenland. Every other dumb thing he's tried and failed miserably at.