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Old 08-15-04, 01:09 AM   #1
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Hey I recently picked up a Balance Bmx bike, does anybody know anyting about these. It looks like an 80's freestyle bike. It's all chrome, made in USA from 4130 co-mo. Other than the frame nothing else on it has any brand name... not even cheepie stuff, just blank.


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Old 08-15-04, 02:10 AM   #2
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hey i think he means that its well balanced for flat land

flat landers need a well balanced bike to keep as you know.. BALANCED .
some bikes will have heavy front ends and weigh up to 36 pnds
some light weight bikes will distrubute the weight over the area of the bike instead of having a 402130289320 pound front end.
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Old 08-15-04, 10:07 AM   #3
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who knows...unless its a brand but ive never heard of it
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Old 08-15-04, 10:25 AM   #4
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Actually I used to own a Balance cruiser (24" race bike) it was outfitted with some quality race components, it were a bike company owned by Harry Leary (now the owner of Dirtwerx) that went under. I loved the bike and never had a single problem with it, but they had problems with the paint coming off, I wouldnt be suprised if the bike you have is a freestyle venture from the company. Maybe not a top notch bike but definately a valuable piece of bmx history!!!
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Old 08-15-04, 10:26 AM   #5
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BTW the company was called Balance Cycles and I believe Stu Thompson may have ridden for them but I can't remember, maybe someone else can confirm this.
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just added some pics to the first post
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whoa. yeah thats a flatland bike. you can see the platform on the top tube in the 2 pic. handle bars are kinda...huge. i think it be an awesome bike, which some new handle bars. it almost looks like racing bike, because it has no gyro. and a race seat.
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That bike looks fine for flatland, although the seat that high looks weird and the handbars all the way frontward but i think it's still nice.

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Geez' you guys are young. All freestyle bikes of the 80's had platforms. It was very, very unusual for a freestyle bike not to have a platform. So, it most definitely is not a 'flatland specific' bike just by the looks... and actually was not designed for flatland if it was being ridden by Harry Leary and others of his caliber.

The bike is old, which means it was a modified race bike instead of an actual freestyle bike. The geometry was likely more shallow than most freestyle riders use and the tubes are not sturdy enough for any serious street - or even flatland - use. The frame uses a 1 inch head tube instead of a 1 1/8 inch like all current bikes and the quality of the bike pales in comparison to what is available today at the $200.00 price range. No U-Brakes, no detangler, has reflectors AND a chain guard, chincy dropouts, weak rims, plastic pedals, one piece cranks, ape hanger bars, chincy brake levers, etc., etc., etc.

If the bike were a classic Haro or GT is might score some old school high end quality points for how much original stuff is left on the bike. But, by todays standards, that's about a $15.00 yard sale bike, no matter what condition it is in.

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Old 08-15-04, 10:01 PM   #10
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I said it looked like it lol but im dumb and you've been doing this for 17 years, i think you would know lol.
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I have a Balance BMX just like that one! I got it new in 1995 from Bluebonnet Bicycles in Lewisville, TX. It was the last one at the store and was on clearance, so who knows how long it had been there. I think it was about $130-$140 new. I rode it to elementary school as did my brother after me. I don't know any history of the company or anything on this particular model. I have never seen another one until yours. I still have the bike and it is very good condition and I ride it regularly. As for the quality, it has survived 9 years of riding, jumping ramps, and off-road trail riding with only a bent crank, bent rear wheel, and bent seat post so I would say it's a pretty good bike. I shaved the stickers off years ago as they had faded and craked from the sun. I replaced the bent seat post with a handle from a car jack because the local bike stores have no posts with such a small diameter anymore. I recently took the whole thing apart, polished it, regreased the bearings, and replaced the tires so it is pretty much like new.

I got the pictures posted. They are not great but I won the digital camera free at work. Go ahead and gripe about the seat being way too high. I am 6'2" and the bike is a little small for me now.

I also found a picture of me with the Balance on the day I got it, but it is a Polaroid. I compared your photos with my old one and found that your bike is pretty much all original including the pegs which came on the bike new. I took off all my reflectors and chain guard soon after buying the bike because they just were not cool. Eventually I replaced the original pegs with those large GT pegs that were hip at the time. I don't remember where the pegs went (probably in the trash because they were laying around the house). At some time I also replaced the original seat that had the rad lightning bolt down the side with some padded thing off of another bike.

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Old 08-26-04, 07:39 PM   #12
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srry for correctin u bmx trix but those arnt ape handlebars, unless u meant they looked similar to them, otherwise if u wanna see apes, check out the ones on my lowrider, i should put them on my mirra
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