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Old 03-12-08, 12:57 AM   #1
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Formula One BMX small wheeler on ebay

I came across this crazy thing and thought some of you might be into it-
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWA:IT&ih=025
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Old 03-12-08, 01:17 AM   #2
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How does it fold? Isn't this just a kid's bike? Why would this be of interest to this forum?
So many questions. I think I know the answers, though.
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....... Why would this be of interest to this forum?
The advert uses the word ''steel'' four times, that's enough to get people excited around here.
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I guess there should be a "Steel" forum then. I'm an aluminum man myself. I know, I know - don't start up anything, okay?
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Think thats got a few upgrades

Dura Ace mech

I saw one in Richards bicycle book.
Seems like a good bike
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Old 03-12-08, 03:40 AM   #6
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I like the geometry of the bike. I happen to think this bike would make a very good folder as the geometry is aggressive instead of being straight up.
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Old 03-12-08, 03:51 AM   #7
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I've seen one or two of these on the net over the years. They're collectable.
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Any bike folds. I had a Sears Spyder when I was 9 that folded under my Mom's Chrysler station wagon.....
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I think this is definitely of interest because this forum informally embraces the non-folding minibike...

Ok so here's what I know about F1 BMX. Definitely not a kids bikes - F1 BMX series was a short-lived series in 1988 for fast and loose dirt racing on the flat with geared frames and pursuit geometry.

I love these frames and they're pretty rare - there was another like this on the Fixed Gear Gallery a couple of years ago that had had the fixie treatment;


Will's Fixed Gear Schwinn Qualifier


Only a few manufacturers made frames; Diamondback F1, Schwinn Qualifier, Haro Dart... Anyone know any others?



A Haro Dart

See also the the Mongoose Moosegoose also for larger sized BMX frames (very similar to the minibikes popular in Asia and the new non-folding Dahons)

Mongoose Moosegoose

I'm sure someone here turned an F1 into a nice tourer... [goes and looks]...
Yes - here


There a fair few threads here if you search for 'moosegoose' 'f1' or 'minibike'

Also you can get replica frames made new: Rockfish:


Lastly - don't do this: It's not big or clever. Look at the rake!

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there cool bikes

not sure of the mongoose tho
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very short lived ...... Shimano driven actually , they made a group for those bikes. They invisioned Parking lot racing , just like BMX racing on dirt. We made a few bikes at the time ( velo Schauff ) after riding them ( the little frames ) we concentratet more on MTB instead. BMX was huge around that time, but the sales were going down, hence the new idea about F 1 bikes ....
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I'm glad you showed up littlepixel! I actually posted this here because I saw your post on a blog about them when I was trying to research what this thing was.
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freaking awesome!

what size wheels are those? 406 or 451?

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I think they're all 406 though 451s would be excellent in one of those frames if you can manage to make them fit...

@ garagegirl- you're welcome! I don't need many excuses to go off on one about minibikes, especially vintage ones...

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It is good to be reminded of these bikes . I like the fat Bmx tires ( i did the same thing with my BF Metro)on that last bike pumped up hard they are probably comfortable and still fast.I would go with moustache bars not drops.It would be nice to get a hold of one those but they are probably out of my financial reach.

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http://houston.craigslist.org/bik/604519458.html

I went to look at this yesterday. Too small for me (and my wife was sat in the car frowning). Maybe someone else will save it?
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Cool. Non folding minibke. What the ?%#* is this?
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Thats a burro .... super super cool indeed.. however its VERY Expensive I mean very ... and the tires are heavy, meaning they wont ride like the the bikes we are ued to ... But on sand or just cruisng along they are hot...

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These bikes are sweet... I need to focus here! The last thing I need is another bike project... I guess I could start lookin for next winter's project?
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oh think my Lil blue bikes going under the spanner

how hard are those guys cornering?

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Lastly - don't do this: It's not big or clever. Look at the rake!
Au contraire Rodney, it's not big, but it's definitely clever, and rather awesome! Also, don't talk 20" fork rake with me, unless you can top this:

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A few months ago I built a mini partly inspired by the BMX F1 bikes. I described the design and build in my blog:

http://www.tonyrentschler.com/Bicycl...struction.html



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I saw your website Trentschler

loads of good bikes I want...cant afford....dont have the tools to build...

Ive built chopped bikes with lots of rake on forks...
Still got those long forks in the shed have to build a bike for them
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Great looking bike! Loved reading your complete and well written story. I would love to be able to build my own frames. That would truly qualify as "building up" a bike.

Keep up the great work.
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A few months ago I built a mini partly inspired by the BMX F1 bikes. I described the design and build in my blog:

http://www.tonyrentschler.com/Bicycl...struction.html



How did you make /what did you use for the handlebar stem?I picked up( someone discarded it.) a 20"wheeled bmx frame and am thinking of making it usable for my 5'8" self who likes to sit upright.

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