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First completed bike build 2012 - 1980 26" DG Vulcan

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This is my first completed bike build of 2012.

 

 

On this build I decided to do something different than the typical Yellow DG that you see built up. Most of the time guys will build them with blue rims, blue chain ring, pedals etc. I wanted to make it different from the norm.

 

On this build I went a bit "Anal" for year of parts. Most of my builds I use the typical 2 year rule. If the part is around the 2 year mark, I will use it (with some exceptions)

 

For this build I based all parts with a 1 year + or - around the frame, 1980.

so all the parts are either from 1979,1980 or 1981

 

 

Here is the parts breakdown

 

 

FRAME/FORK.............DG 26" Vulcan (1980)

 

HEADSET................Tange MX3 (Ad in 1980 BMX action)

 

HEADSET LOCK...........Blue Suntour (Ad in 1981 BMX action)

 

STEM...................Tuf Neck patent pending (Ads seen in 79 BMX action)

 

BARS...................Early no knurling GT cruiser bars (Available 1981)

 

GRIPS..................Black Oakley 2's (Ads in 80 and 81 BMX action)

 

BRAKE LEVER.............Dia Compe straight (1981 stamped)

 

BRAKE CABLE.............Yellow Terry cable with black boot (Ad in 1980 BMX action)

 

BRAKE CALIPER...........Dia compe MX1000 (1981 stamped)

 

BRAKE PADS..............Skyway with blue fins (Ad in 1981 BMX Plus)

 

SEAT....................Elina Super pro (1980 stamped)

 

SEAT POST...............Early no stamp GT post (nos pior to install) (Available 1981)

 

SEAT CLAMP..............Dia compe 2 pc (ad in 1980 BMX action)

 

RIMS....................26 x 1.75 Araya 7X (nos prior to build) (introduced 1980 per Araya website)

 

HUBS....................Shimano Dura Ace (nos prior to build) ("E" stamped = 1980)

 

TIRES...................26 X 1.75 Yellow label COMP III (introduced 1981)

 

CRANKS..................Shimano Dura Ace 175mm with One Key ("D" Stamped = 1979)

 

CHAIN RING..............Shimano 39T 3/32" ("F" Stamped = 1981)

 

BOTTOM BRACKET.............VDC sealed (Ad found 1980 BMX action)

 

PEDALS.................Demco Futura 9/16 with RARE Ti spindles (original finish) (1979/1980)

 

CHAIN..................Sedis Sport 3/32" (racers started using sedisport around 1980)

 

PADS...................Original DG snap pads

 

 

 

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The Bike Gallery in Portland was one of the largest DG dealers. I acquired the frame while I lived in AZ and I recently moved back to Portland, Oregon. The DG fits wonderfully back at home.

 

The Inspiration for the number I used on the number plate came from this photo, the guy in the middle is racing a 26" DG vulcan, silver wheels so I went with his number

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Thanks Guys I appreciate the comments! :)

 

Here is the bike gallery today about 2-1/2 miles from my house. The original location is no longer at the address on the frame decal

 

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That bike is perfect, nice job! And congratulations on completing your masters. :OSThumbsUpPeace[1]:

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That bike is perfect, nice job! And congratulations on completing your masters. :OSThumbsUpPeace[1]:

 

 

Thank you, I appreciate it! More time to build bikes now :)

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Looks great! It's great to see a yellow dg without too much blue :)

 

What koolstop pads are those? I don't recall that shape pad.

 

Nice to see you ha be some early gt cruiser bars. I've been looking for some of those forever :)

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Looks great! It's great to see a yellow dg without too much blue :)

 

What koolstop pads are those? I don't recall that shape pad.

 

Nice to see you ha be some early gt cruiser bars. I've been looking for some of those forever :)

 

 

Here is an ad from 1979 BMX action

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:OSThumbsUpPeace[1]: Thats a real beauty, nice jobs on the parts selection but I don't dig the cranks. It needs some Profile's or 401's!

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Looks great! It's great to see a yellow dg without too much blue :)

 

What koolstop pads are those? I don't recall that shape pad.

 

Nice to see you ha be some early gt cruiser bars. I've been looking for some of those forever :)

 

 

Here is an ad from 1979 BMX action

 

Yeah, but the actual pads are different. I always thought the early Kool Stops had the salmon colored pads, and they were "rounded" on the ends. Those look like Skyway pads.

 

 

Regardless, it is a killer example of an early 80's 26'er. I bet it is fun to ride.

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very clean! very cool :OSThumbsUpPeace[1]:

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Looks great! It's great to see a yellow dg without too much blue :)

 

What koolstop pads are those? I don't recall that shape pad.

 

Nice to see you ha be some early gt cruiser bars. I've been looking for some of those forever :)

 

 

Here is an ad from 1979 BMX action

 

Yeah, but the actual pads are different. I always thought the early Kool Stops had the salmon colored pads, and they were "rounded" on the ends. Those look like Skyway pads.

 

 

Regardless, it is a killer example of an early 80's 26'er. I bet it is fun to ride.

 

 

Crap you are right, I bought 4 NOS sets of pads in their packages, I had to go check the garage out and see which was which

I put the kool pads on the prodyne

 

Anyways, I updated my description and the year the pads came out, still came out in the 1 year tolerance :)

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good looking rig :cheers:

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Wow! Sleek. Looks almost streamlined. I'll bet it's a pretty fast bike.

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Wow. That is one unique machine Thornton. So clean!

Great job as always!

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