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Old 09-17-15, 12:32 AM   #1
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I'm old and I want to vent....

I'm not that old...but old compared to most BMX'ers.

First bike...piece of **** Murray BMX. You could have 50lbs of lead weight underwear and still find it hard to wheelie with your center of gravity back.

I talked my parents into getting me a decent bike. I seriously spend months looking at every single catalog: Redline, GT, Robinson, Haro, Mongoose, Powerlite, etc...

I got to the point where I would visit bike shops and instantly recognize parts on the wall. Catalogs back then = visiting web pages now.

Odyssey Pitbulls...check
Redline Flight cranks...OMG HI2U

I remember just studying BMX Plus magazines to the point I would memorize parts/prices. Even to this day, I know the difference between an Expert/Junior/Pro/Team model frame.

My dream bikes: Auburn CR20R (green/chrome rear triangle) and Mongoose California Pro (triple rear triangle)..that gray splatter paint.

I miss BMX. I miss running to my mailbox to read the latest article about Matt Hoffman or Fuzzy Hall trying to sell me a Solution Pro (in that awesome blue color).

Not sure why but I was obsessed with Robinson's too.

Part of me wants to buy another old school BMX.

It's just crazy to remember going through BMX Plus' and scouring Dan's Comp ad's. If you wanted to order a product, you had to pick up the phone and talk to a live person. Even random questions to a bike shop (again, calling) was nerve racking for a teenager.

Sorry to vent.

BTW..I found a top tube pad for my old Mongoose Expert (early-mid 90's). If anyone wants it, they can have it. No foam, just the canvas/fabric with the velcro.
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Old 09-23-15, 12:00 AM   #2
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I used to be big into BMX/Dirt Freestyle when I was younger. I'm now doing the road thing. What's crazy is that all the bike shops that I frequent now are nothing but road and Mtn. bikes but I remember when I was a kid/teen those exact same shops were chock full of BMX and freestyle bikes... my how times have changed. I guess its because kids are now glued to electronic devices instead of being outdoors doing something active. sad really.
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Old 09-23-15, 05:12 PM   #3
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Those were some fun times. I got a job at 14 just to have enough money to build a frame up Team Mongoose and pay Saturday entry fees. That bike ran over $500 in 1980 dollars. Kind of crazy back then.
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Old 09-24-15, 12:05 AM   #4
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Those were some fun times. I got a job at 14 just to have enough money to build a frame up Team Mongoose and pay Saturday entry fees. That bike ran over $500 in 1980 dollars. Kind of crazy back then.
I totally forgot about my post.

Yeah, it was nuts. Even a simple "Expert" frame that had maybe a Cro-mo front triangle/hi-ten rear was at least $2-250. When I bought my Mongoose for around $275, you basically had to spend $300+ if you wanted a bike with full cro-mo/3 piece cranks.
At the time all I cared about was Redline Flight cranks. I would be out cruising with friends and see a set of those from 50yds away.

Sorry, it was kind of a lame rant...I need to get off my rocking chair. I just miss so much of that stuff. I remember trying to order JT gloves and finding it so difficult because you didn't have a catalog to reference what each glove looked like. You basically ordered a set and hoped they were the right type.
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Old 09-27-15, 09:08 PM   #5
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Picked up a nice Royce Union Vert X today, had been in a garage 15 years. Put air in tires, serviced bottom bracket, and rode it. Just needs cleaned, lubed, greased, wheels trued, some sticker brake pads, and adjust everything. Price was the best part, FREE.
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Old 10-01-15, 09:34 AM   #6
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I totally forgot about my post.

Yeah, it was nuts. Even a simple "Expert" frame that had maybe a Cro-mo front triangle/hi-ten rear was at least $2-250. When I bought my Mongoose for around $275, you basically had to spend $300+ if you wanted a bike with full cro-mo/3 piece cranks.
At the time all I cared about was Redline Flight cranks. I would be out cruising with friends and see a set of those from 50yds away.

Sorry, it was kind of a lame rant...I need to get off my rocking chair. I just miss so much of that stuff. I remember trying to order JT gloves and finding it so difficult because you didn't have a catalog to reference what each glove looked like. You basically ordered a set and hoped they were the right type.

Remember ordering stuff COD ? --
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Old 10-08-15, 09:15 AM   #7
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OP- I am with you 100% on your post. I remember spending hours reading the latest issue of BMX Plus, drooling over the Dan's Comp pages etc. That was my porn as a kid. I started my bike addiction with a blue Schwinn Predator w/ blue knobbies, traded for a beat Hutch trickstar (I think), got a Dyno Compe for Christmas, rode that thing for a few years before I finally saved up a bunch of money and bought a Redline Flight 720 with Redline Flight cranks. That was a cool bike but I still wanted an Auburn w/ the 2 piece frame. I finally got one as a frame set and built it up w/ Peregrine high flange hubs and a bunch of other cool bits. Somewhere in my timeline I had a Redline freestyle frame w/ twin top tubes that had some funky ACS plastic rims laced to ACS hubs. Unfortunately, when I moved from my mom's, I sold all my stuff to the kid down the street.

I recently picked up a GT Vertigo for a few bucks from the local bike shop. It needs some love but it's in pretty good shape overall. I need to find some new Gyro cables and lube the freewheel. Brings back so many happy memories!
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some funky ACS plastic rims laced to ACS hubs. !
sounds like Z Rims -- hugely popular for a while
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sounds like Z Rims -- hugely popular for a while
I think that is correct! I really miss riding as a kid, so much simpler
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I miss the old Dan's Comp mags as well. Im 31 but rode heavily from 12-20. First ride was a Trek Sub-Head and finished out on a first model Mutiny.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzg6qo1_TPI <--- me doing a small 360

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNlQCSPrsA4 <--- manual to small gap...

miss those days!
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I had a Hutch Prostar when i was 14 (my dad owned a bike shop), I am 46 years old... i miss that bike.
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Old 01-11-16, 01:24 PM   #12
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I raced from '87 until about '99. My last bike was a Cro-mo Powerlite XL with:

Powerlite Powerbend bars
DK stem
Profile cranks w/hop-up kit and sweet Powerlite CNC 1 piece chainring
Crupi Pro Square cage pedals (best cage pedals ever made IMO)
Odyessy Sidewinder one-finger lever
Pitbull brakes
Odyssey 222z seatpost
Odyssey AA Pro seat w/black kevlar (kinda rare)
Pozi-Stop seat clamp
NOS Sunshine mid-flange sealed cartridge hubs laced to blue UKAI Speedline rims (built by my dad)
VG Bullet valve caps and dropout protectors

That bike was so awesome and I parted it out to buy an engagement ring in college. I really miss that bike.
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Yea those are cool memories. I had a great time in the early 80's with all the new and cool stuff coming out regularly. I have probably cracked and broke more of those collector bikes than many collectors own now. We didn't have foam pits or videos to learn from. You learned by busting your nuts or going over the handlebars and knocking the air out of yourself.

I did do some road bike riding growing up as I looked up to my older brothers and their leftover hippy friends in my neighborhood. So ...I have also moved on, mostly Vintage hand made Italian bikes. They are like pieces of art you can't take your eyes off. If only BMX had sold like that, bikes based on the names of builders making them by hand. Would be incredible.
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