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8 hours ago, Jacob Emerson said:

I have an old Robinson BMX bike that looks like from the 70s real early model and would like to know from the vin the age of this bike. Will somebody email me and help me out with this. The bike is most definitely a collector.How do you tell what year the bike was made from the Vin number? 987491 jr is the vin

Without pics, it looks like a junior from 1987. 

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On 8/23/2020 at 9:56 PM, Jacob Emerson said:

I have an old Robinson BMX bike that looks like from the 70s real early model and would like to know from the vin the age of this bike. Will somebody email me and help me out with this. The bike is most definitely a collector.How do you tell what year the bike was made from the Vin number? 987491 jr is the vin

Sept 1987

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On 2/2/2007 at 9:28 AM, GREG_HANNA said:

Heres what I remember based on all the Robinson framesets I had owned. I think while collecting I had around 10 different framesets.

 

Chuck Robinson was involved with LRV before Robinson came to be. It is thought that in 1977 Chuck had been selling off LRV frames with Robinson decals, though I have never seen an LRV with Robinson decals.

 

1st design Robinson built frame: built in late 1977 until early 1978. Frames had 1 triangular shaped hole in each gusset plate and sometimes a small round hole in one of the gusset plates, flat brake bridge, Small or large BB (small seem to be more common), flat brace behind BB. Colors available were Candy Red, White, Candy Blue, and Chrome. Decals consisted of a Rub-on downtube and seat tube decals, and prismatic headtube decal with Van Nuys Ca. on the bottom. Forks were typical Robinson with the round bend at the tops of the fork legs and rub-on decals, have seen both with or without brake hole. I owned serial #1, which is NOS and blue in color, found in Ca. owned by a former shop owner that had no idea it was frame #1. The shops decal was still on the seat tube and allegedly that is the shop that Chuck once owned.

 

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2nd design: built in early 1978 to late 1978. Frames had 1 round hole in each gusset plate and sometimes a small round hole in one of the gusset plates, flat brake bridge, small or large BB, flat brace behind BB. Colors were Candy Red, White, Candy Blue, and Chrome. Decals consisted of a rub-on downtube and seat tube decal, prismatic headtube decal with no city/state desigantion. Forks were typical Robinson with the round bend at the tops of the fork legs and rub-on decals, have seen both with or without brake hole.

 

3rd design: built in late 1978 to early 1979. Frames had 1 round hole in each gusset plate and sometimes a small round hole in 1 gusset plate, flat brake bridge, 1 round hole in each dropout, small or large BB, flat brace behind BB. Colors were Candy Red, White, Candy Blue, and Chrome. Decals consisted of a rub-on downtube and seat tube decals, prismatic headtube decal with no city/state desigantion. Forks were typical Robinson with the round bend at the tops of the fork legs and rub-on decals, have seen both with or without brake hole.

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4th design: built in early 1979 to late 1980. Frames had smooth gusset plates with no holes and no "R" stamp, flat brake bridge, small or large BB, flat brace behind BB. Colors were Candy Red, White, Candy Blue, and Chrome. Decals consisted of a rub-on or red white blue downtube decal, rub-on or red white blue seat tube decal, prismatic headtube with no city/state desigantion or red white blue headtube decal, red white blue gusset plate decals. Forks were typical Robinson with the round bend at the tops of the fork legs and rub-on or red white blue decals, had Brake hole. Decals use on these framesets were transitional with all different combinations possible. Also of note, rear dropout slots may be angled downward or not angled.

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5th design: built from 1980-1984. Frames had gusset plates with the famous R stamp, flat or round brake bridge varied based on frame sub-contract manufacturer, small or large BB, flat, round, or no brace behind BB varied based on frame sub-contract manufacturer, Top and Downtubes tubes increased in diameter. Colors were Chrome and ???????. Traditional red white blue decal scheme on frames, on Pro sized frames sometimes a small pro decal will also appear on downtube. Forks were typical Robinson with the round bend at the tops of the fork legs and red white blue decals, had brake hole. Optional "Pro" Fork came out sometime in 1982, had typical round bend at the tops of the fork legs and larger dia tubing on fork legs, red white blue decals and sometimes a small pro decal will also appear, had brake hole but it was useless because of larger dia legs.

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6th design: 1985-late 1986. don't know alot, but no gusset and beefier dropouts. Forks had the straighter bends at tops of fork legs and beefier dropouts. Decals were typical Robinson Scheme.

 

 

late 1986-?????? Semi loop frame, new fork, and all new decals.

 

pictured: THE GRANDADDY OF ALL ROBINSONS....#1. Currently owned by Tim Cook.

 

More pics of different models soon.

Did the 78-79 Robinson's start with letters then numbers on BB for serial?

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Here’s some Robinson history that you may or may not Know.

I went to the shop one day (Riverside Schwinn) and there was a new frame and fork set that they had just got in. The frame and fork was a Track Master. It had the black and white checkered decals on it. There was a Track Master head tube decal on it but this was different then other Track Masters I’ve seen.
This was a new model that I had not seen before. Although it did look familiar.
The model was branded “Revenger”. It looked exactly like a Robinson, I asked one of the guys at the shop about it and they told me that Track Master builds frame and forks for Robinson.

FYI Track Master also built frame and forks for RRS Racing and some other brands.

So back to Robinson. Robinson ordered a run of f/f and when Track Master got done with the order Robinson could not pay. So Track Master had time and money invested in the order, so to recoup their money, they had new decals printed and labeled them as Track Master Revenger. This was in the early 1980’s. I do remember that with the “R” stamped in the gussets,  the name Revenger was perfect. I know that this is not the only time they did this. 

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13 hours ago, Papa Wheelie 03x said:

Here’s some Robinson history that you may or may not Know.

I went to the shop one day (Riverside Schwinn) and there was a new frame and fork set that they had just got in. The frame and fork was a Track Master. It had the black and white checkered decals on it. There was a Track Master head tube decal on it but this was different then other Track Masters I’ve seen.
This was a new model that I had not seen before. Although it did look familiar.
The model was branded “Revenger”. It looked exactly like a Robinson, I asked one of the guys at the shop about it and they told me that Track Master builds frame and forks for Robinson.

FYI Track Master also built frame and forks for RRS Racing and some other brands.

So back to Robinson. Robinson ordered a run of f/f and when Track Master got done with the order Robinson could not pay. So Track Master had time and money invested in the order, so to recoup their money, they had new decals printed and labeled them as Track Master Revenger. This was in the early 1980’s. I do remember that with the “R” stamped in the gussets,  the name Revenger was perfect. I know that this is not the only time they did this. 

Hope you don’t mind if I add this ad, it seems like a good place for it.

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