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  1. Also just noticed this topic is 10 years old as of last month!
  2. Here’s an update I’ve been looking forward to making. Yesterday we went on our first family bmx ride! The soon-to-be-3-year-old has really taken to his Haro balance bike. The soon-to-be-6-year-old has upgraded from her 16” Barbie bike to a slightly larger and much cooler SE “Lil Ripper” 16. Lots of sudden stops, luckily my brakes are dialed! Lots of fun too, just gotta get ahead of the little guy when we approach an intersection. Where’s the proud papa emoticon?
  3. I was going to buy a Porsche but this crash test has me thinking maybe I shouldn’t. Safety first.
  4. Aaaaah, some good news! Thank you Brian! Stoked for you!
  5. Wow! That sucks. Are there any frame builders near you?
  6. Bummer. I'd still keep squirting some between the post and tube and letting it sit for hours. As many times as it took. I haven't used PB Blaster but I know most of those kinds of products will find their way between stuck parts eventually. After a few long soaking in sessions, if it still doesn't budge, heat that seat post.
  7. We use this stuff at work. Allowed to soak over night, and sometimes requiring a good whack with a hammer, it will free the most rusted and seized stems, headsets, seatposts, etc. Given the age and condition of some of the projects we restore, I’d think it would make short work of that post.
  8. What did you pour down the seat tube? Did you let it soak over night? Is there a hole in top of the bottom bracket to pour up with the frame upside down?
  9. I'm so far gone I don't even ride 24s any more. It'll happen to you! That there is a dream score. Color me envious.
  10. It rides great. Onyx hubs are the smoothest I’ve ever ridden.
  11. Gary Turner teamed up with GT BMX and did a run of 100 26” retro BMX packages, called Reunion sets. I got one. It kind of brings my adult BMX thing full circle. This whole hobby started for me circa 2001. I found an all black 1987 GT Performer in the Jersey City Salvation Army for $29. It was all original and in excellent condition. I wish I had held on to it or at least taken a good photo. Oh well. I’ve always been a GT guy. I’ve since evolved into an exclusively 26” and retro guy. I decided to go nearly all black with this bike, like that first GT, and the 87 PFT Team I hada couple years later. 2020 Gary Turner GT BMX reunion 26” frame, fork, seat post and bars GT retro mallet stem GT retro Power Series cranks and spider MCS chainwheel KMC chain Profile bottom bracket Profile GAS pedals Cane Creek 110 headset Paul brake and lever Profile seat clamp Brooks C17 seat Onyx hubs Velocity rims GT tires Oury grips
  12. Bumping this because it is one of the raddest.
  13. It’s great! Mine is a Surly Ice Cream Truck, which has 4.8” tires. I used to have a Surly Wednesday that had 3.8” tires. Both are great and allow me to ride year round. Granted, it’s a fraction of the hours I get in compared to the warmer months, between less daylight and lower temps. Bundled up, I’m good down to about 10 degrees. If I didn’t already have a sick mountain bike, I could see having a 4” tire fat bike as my all around mountain bike. They’re a lot of fun.
  14. It’s 54 today on this Superbike Sunday. The 5 year old and I went out for a ride. On the way out of the driveway I heard a PFSSSSSSSHH! coming from behind me. As I suspected, my daughter’s tire blew out. One too many skids in the driveway. She’s been riding a 12” princess bike for 2 summers now. I don’t have any 12” tires or tubes on hand so I pulled down the 16” Barbie bike we’ve been waiting for her to grow into. She hopped on and it fit! It’s still a bit big for her, but it’s less squirrely than the 12”. We did a nice 3-4 mile puddle filled cruise. 3 speed 26” kid chaser/escort-mobile.
  15. From this afternoon. If you look real close, that’s a retro GT stem holding S&M bars on my fat bike.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. New Old Stem. I collect certificates, so this is right up my alley.
  19. 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.
  20. No problem. It’s on page 7 of the catalog. The one in the catalog is black, the bike was offered in several colors.
  21. 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
  22. Joe Kid on a Stingray riding all thru the Soundgarden video.