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Old 08-17-04, 07:12 AM   #1
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haro original equipment

Hello all...my sons are starting to get interested in bmx and I kind of lucked into an old (and slightly beat up) haro. I am not really trying to trick it out, just wanting to have something decent to ride with my kids. I have been surfing around trying to find out what the original equipment for this bike is, but to no avail. The bike is a Haro Group 2 and it looks like a mike king signature model? I need new grips and brakes and tires, but overall in decent shape, just needs a cleanup. Any help trying to find a parts list or just some info on the bike. Thanks B
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Bikes have been standardized for years. So, what you need is a mix and match of the best products you want to purchase for your bike.

You can run pretty much any 20 inch tire on the market. Check www.danscomp.com for a list of product out there.

Grips and standard (one size only really), and personal preference.
Brakes come in 3 varieties - Caliper (bolt in the center) U-Brakes (mounted on welded on posts on the frame) or Cantilever (also mounted on welded on posts on the frame). You may have to ask at a shop what type of brakes you have if you don't know. Once again, there are many different types of brakes of varying quality and cost.

ORIGINAL equipment is a big mistake. Unlike your car which has 10,000 parts specifically made for it, your bike is built around certain standards which have been established within the industry. One of the big changes is that your bike probably uses a 1 inch head tube while all newer bikes use 1 1/8 inch head tubes. The result is that if your forks have problems you may have a really difficult time finding quality replacement forks. BUT, you can find plenty of so-so replacement forks, it's not the end of the world.

www.danscomp.com is perhaps your best resource on parts and pricing for your bike to get an idea of how much stuff will cost. I am not sure of what other information you may be looking for. I would go through your bike and clean it up first, then figure out what you want to replace, then ask about specifics of what you are looking to do. Your local bike shop can help you out, but you will probably pay 50% more PLUS to have this service from them. But, it is up to you on that.
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Thanks for the advice, but the bike only has rear brakes and I know I need to cables and pads, but it looks like there might have been front brakes possibly? Looks like there is a hole in the fork to accomodate this. Also, any good recommendations for a multipurpose tire? Thanks
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Lot's of good tires out there. As said, www.danscomp.com has a lot of good stuff. Don't buy their cheapest tires, but almost anything from Snafu or Primo will make you happy and should last a little while.

The change in quality from 80's/early 90's bikes to today's bike is really dramatic.
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Old 08-20-04, 08:31 AM   #5
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ya it might look like it had front brakes, but most likely it didnt all, haros for some reason usually use the same fork design in case you do want to put front brakes on sometime, thats why it has that little loop for where the cable goes through.
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but maybe im wrong, it couldve had front brakes
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